Wednesday, October 26, 2011

To silence the critics, the Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh must make more big plays

Ndamukong Suh is obviously prideful - and that's a good thing. So that he answered back the charges by the Atlanta Falcons' offensive line that he was out of line with his 0n-field comments after Falcons quaterback Matt Ryan was injured Sunday is understandable.
But the truth is there is a mind game going on in the league right now to get under Suh's skin. He has called a lot of attention to himself because of his outstanding rookie season, and his rough play, which takes the game to the line and sometimes crosses it. He's also in a lot of commercials. There is a lot of envy.
Good for Suh. He is a great player. The key, though, doesn't involve the charges of being overly aggressive or over-hyped. Rather, it's the production. In seven games this season, Suh is on pace for 53 tackles and seven sacks - both below his production from 2010 (66 tackles and 10 sacks). He doesn't have a forced fumble or an interception, like he did last season. In other words, he just needs to make more big plays, and none of the rhetoric would matter. Until he plays better, it does.



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