Monday, August 30, 2010
Suh learning line between nasty and wrong
By Kevin Seifert
Considering how fanatic the NFL is about protecting its quarterbacks, it's probably a safe bet that Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will at least be fined for his Saturday night takedown of Cleveland Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme.
At least one Browns player believes Suh should be suspended. The play is available for online viewing on NFL.com, where you'll see Suh grab Delhomme's facemask and spin him to the ground. I don't condone any part of the play, especially to the extent that it cost the Lions penalty yardage, but I think it gives us another instructive moment as we get to know the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
As we noted during our training camp tour, Suh is one serious dude. It appears he also has a mean streak. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Suh said that no level of discipline will change the way he plays. "I'm going to keep getting after quarterbacks and keep getting after running backs," Suh said.
If Suh can channel that energy into legal plays, he could have a deep-seated impact on how the entire defense performs. If he hasn't already, he'll soon learn there are plenty of ways to be nasty in this league without incurring penalties.