ESPN loves talking about issues in the NFL, and besides debating over Tebow, the most discussed topic on the countless talk shows seems to be this guy:
The Network loves to get everyone who has ever played or watched football to talk about if they thing Suh is a dirty player or not. The 2010 Defensive Rookie of the Year has certainly put up huge numbers that have grabbed everyone’s attention. 97 tackles and 13 sacks in two years are definitely going to get attention from Offensive Linemen everywhere. Sadly though, especially as a Lions fan, Suh’s great numbers aren’t the reason that he gets talked about on ESPN. The way Suh plays has played has always been over the top. At Nebraska, he was a fan favorite for his ability to destroy the offenses the Cornhuskers faced, including 4.5 sacks against Texas in the Big XII Championship Game ni 2008.
Suh entered into the NFL with a bang, not even waiting until the Regular season began to get attention with his physical play:
It quickly became clear that while Suh is on the field he doesn’t care about the conventional way that people think the game should be played. He has picked up nine personal fouls, the most in the NFL in the last two years, and been fined for $42,500. Stopping at the whistle and respecting the quarterback are clearly aren’t what Suh does. Earlier this year, Suh visited NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell to make to see if there was a way he could conform his play to a more proper stile that would not get him in so much trouble. However, the meeting with the Commissioner did not do much for Suh’s feelings on how he plays the game. If you haven’t watched sports or the Local News since Thanksgiving, Suh has been suspended for two games for stomping on the arm of a Packer’s Offensive Linemen. Suh was frustrated after being double-teamed and shut down for the majority of the game and after a play which lead to Suh on the ground with Packer Evan Dietrick-Smith, Suh hit the Packer’s head into the ground three times and then got up and stomped on Smith’s right arm. You can watch the play here.
The fight is now on how do you classify Ndomukong Suh? Some on ESPN say they like his reckless play. He has inspired the Lions, who have seemed to changed their loosing ways. They reflect back to the way the the Pistons of the Late 80s known as the “Bad Boys” who were know to be over physical as well and won two NBA championships. However there are others who think his play is too much. Some say that those two games were not enough and Suh needs to be more thoroughly punished if he is going to change his ways.
Suh isn’t a bad person. He is very charitable, donating money quickly after he signed back to Nebraska and this year saved a Detroit High School’s season. He just plays the game of football differently than most do. He sets his own rules of conduct.
Personally as a Lion’s fan, I love watching him play. Hitting a quarterback “too hard” is not bad. However, I think he needs to reform the way he plays. Ignoring the rules to play tough is one thing, but there needs to be a limit. Being the craziest player on a team including Kyle Vanden Bosch is probably not the best thing.