Sunday, October 30, 2011
Suh will meet with NFL -- but not change
By Kevin Seifert
DENVER -- Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will meet Tuesday with NFL officials, he said, to get "an understanding of how they want to honestly look at my plays and the different things I've done."
But speaking to reporters after Sunday's 45-10 victory over the Denver Broncos, Suh made clear he wasn't expecting the meeting to impact his approach, one that we've all dissected and analyzed for the past 14 months.
"I'm not changing my game," Suh said. "My game has got me to where I am right now. I'm only planning on building off the things that I have accomplished, and a lot of that has been accomplished because of my teammates that I'm around…."
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports first reported the pending meeting, which was scheduled purposely for the Lions' bye week. The NFL said in a statement that Suh "reached out" to schedule the meeting; Suh said the initiative was "mutual." Regardless, the league's statement said Suh has a "desire to gain a deeper understanding of NFL rules and policies."
So what's going on here? Is the league trying to rein in one of its more notable and marketable players at a crucial point in his career? Will Suh attempt to convince the league he isn't a dirty player with a first-person narration of his actions? Or is this more of a routine event that isn't always publicized? Time will tell on that one.
"To me," Suh said, "It's just an opportunity to go out there and have good dialogue and see what I can take from that meeting. If it's nothing, then it's nothing. If it's something good, it's something good."