On Saturday afternoon, we discussed whether NFL teams need to hide the women and children when they face Ndamukong Suh and the Detroit Lions pass rush. Saturday night, the Lions battered New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in a manner rarely seen during a preseason game.
Brady didn't exactly retreat to a fallout shelter, but he never established a rhythm and wasn't his normal accurate self (12 completions in 22 attempts). That's what any good pass rush hopes to impose on opposing quarterbacks, whether it's a future Hall of Famer or an undrafted rookie.
The Lions sacked Brady twice and hit him five other times, and Suh made clear afterwards that the Lions were hoping to defeat both the mind and body.
"To be honest with you, I didn't pay attention to his emotions," Suh said when asked if he thought Brady succumbed to the pressure. "My job is to continue to rattle him, get after him, and be in his face. When he starts yelling at me, like, 'leave me alone', that is when I know I have completed my job. ... He didn't talk too much today. He is a good player and I respect him a lot...."
I'm both amused and impressed that, with a relatively straight face, we're discussing how the Detroit Lions defense planned to (and perhaps succeeded in) intimidating one of the toughest and best quarterbacks in NFL history -- in a preseason game, no less. So why not reinforce the growing legend of Suh by recalling his classic appearance on ESPN's Sports Science in the spring of 2010?
As the video shows, Sports Science measured Suh with the quickest reaction to the snap of any player in the 2010 draft. He also "sacked" a "quarterback" with the equivalent of 3,200 pounds of force -- a record in Sports Science research. Quite literally, he was an unprecedented combination of quickness and strength.
Like anything else, these measurements are but one way to evaluate a football player. But go ahead and watch how Suh crushed the "quarterback" and ask yourself if any NFL quarterback wants any piece of that.
(Thanks to Kaitee Daley for digging out the video.)