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Ndamukong Suh: Lions can go 16-0

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Ndamukong Suh has Lions fans feeling optimistic after a season in which he won the defensive rookie of the year award and the Lions won their last four games.

But you’d be hard-pressed to find any Lions fan who’s as optimistic as Suh himself.

Asked on NFL Network if he thinks the sky is the limit for the Lions, Suh answered, “No question.” And then he let loose with an extremely confident assertion.

“I don’t see there’s a reason why we can’t be 16-0,” Suh said. “As long as we put in that hard work throughout -– I don’t know if we’re going to have OTAs, but throughout camp and getting ready for that 2011 season — as long as we stay healthy and are putting in that work, I think we should be happy with what we end up with.”

The Lions haven’t had a winning record since 2000, the year before Matt Millen was hired as team president, so Detroit fans would be happy if the Lions just end up at 9-7.

But 16-0, three years after the Lions went 0-16? I’m going to go ahead and say Suh is being slightly unrealistic. Even if I admire his confidence.

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  1. grandpoopah says: Mar 8, 2011 12:41 PM

    The only possible explanation for this statement is dyslexia.

  2. darthvincent says: Mar 8, 2011 12:42 PM

    that’s not optimistic… that’s delusional. After a few years in Detroit we’ll be able to say disillusional

  3. jaggedmark says: Mar 8, 2011 12:43 PM

    It’ll be hard to go 16-0 when you’re quarterback can’t play two consecutive quarters without getting injured.

  4. jimmysee says: Mar 8, 2011 12:45 PM

    It’s great to see such enthusiasm in March!

  5. sourdough says: Mar 8, 2011 12:45 PM

    Puff, puff, pass Ndamukong!

  6. lucky5927 says: Mar 8, 2011 12:48 PM

    The Lions team can go 16-0.. but it may take natural disasters, untimely arrests, and Donovan McNabb playing against the Lions every week for that to happen. 10-6 would be amazing for that franchise. With the NFC South and AFC West mixed in with winable games against the Bears and Vikings, they have a chance to win 8-10 games this year if they improve their roster at the same pace they have the last two seasons.

  7. 305phinphan says: Mar 8, 2011 12:50 PM

    If Rex Ryan can claim the Jets are going to the Superbowl EVERY YEAR, then why can’t Suh predict an undefeated season?

  8. wryly1 says: Mar 8, 2011 12:51 PM

    Prior to the season in which the Lions went 0-16, their QB said they’d win at least 10 games.

  9. clint7lipke says: Mar 8, 2011 12:52 PM

    I’ll take the under on that!

  10. Matt-NC says: Mar 8, 2011 12:53 PM

    If the QB can stay healthy, they can get to 8-8.

    16-0? Umm….. no.

  11. francheyes says: Mar 8, 2011 12:55 PM

    He does realize he plays for the Detroit lions right?

  12. mr92687 says: Mar 8, 2011 12:55 PM

    Dear NFL,
    Please drug test Ndamukong Suh.

  13. chapnastier says: Mar 8, 2011 12:57 PM

    If Rex Ryan or any member of the Jets said this all hell would break lose on here.

  14. nyjalleffingday says: Mar 8, 2011 12:57 PM

    16-0 is a bit much, but the Lions are definitely a team on the rise. They have some pretty exciting players, and if Stafford can keep healthy, he’s got the talent to get it done.

  15. roxtar10 says: Mar 8, 2011 12:58 PM

    Might be a bit of a stretch (say by 7 or 8 wins), but, I’m not going to stand in front of him and say he’s wrong….

  16. jusford says: Mar 8, 2011 12:59 PM

    Here’s the reason: You play the Superbowl Champions twice!

  17. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 8, 2011 1:02 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen, your 2011 Preposterous Statement Tournament champion!

    http://www.kfan.com/pages/bridgepages/commonbracket/index2010.html

  18. dfensfelix says: Mar 8, 2011 1:02 PM

    THE most delusional statement I’ve heard anyone utter in quite a long time. 8 – 8 would’ve been a stretch for chrissake. Settle down Mr. Suh

  19. burntorangehorn says: Mar 8, 2011 1:03 PM

    Can? Sure. Will? No. Any team in the NFL can go 16-0, but it’s something that’s not going to happen more than once in a decade, I don’t think.

  20. spungy says: Mar 8, 2011 1:04 PM

    Somebodies been watching too many Eminem Chrysler commercials.

  21. b7p19 says: Mar 8, 2011 1:06 PM

    Every team CAN go 16-0. He doesn’t say they are going to.

  22. jerryloler says: Mar 8, 2011 1:08 PM

    Inb4 Rex Ryan one-ups-manship press conference to announce Super Bowl/World Series/Kentucky Derby victory guarantees.

  23. youboettcha says: Mar 8, 2011 1:09 PM

    One reason why they can’t: the Packers.

  24. bigfog says: Mar 8, 2011 1:10 PM

    Didn’t Kitna say something similar when he was in town? Must be a Detroit thing.

  25. billygoat says: Mar 8, 2011 1:12 PM

    They could go 0-16 also.

  26. jbaxt says: Mar 8, 2011 1:14 PM

    Suh, should watch it. He’s already been fined for “pushing” guys around.

    He’s a beast, a guy like that on my teams defensive line, I’d believe him too.

    I’ve never seen a guy fined for being too much of a badazz until Suh this past year. I’m a part time fan of Detroit just because of him.

    I don’t see how they could get past GB but I could see them #2 in the north and maybe getting into the wild card round.

  27. johnnyb216 says: Mar 8, 2011 1:15 PM

    Oh my god! That was the funniest thing I’ve heard all week!

  28. ubummer says: Mar 8, 2011 1:15 PM

    Not even in Madden.

  29. donterrelli says: Mar 8, 2011 1:17 PM

    Maybe 12-4 because they wont beat Green Bay twice or Chicago twice.

  30. uncommon1 says: Mar 8, 2011 1:18 PM

    He didn’t predict 16-0. He just doesn’t SEE any reason why they can’t go 16-0. He just isn’t looking in the right place. They have a favorable schedule, and its fair to predict 2-3 division wins. A 10+ win season for the Lions would be similar to a Super Bowl apperance for many other teams. C’mon Suh, walk before you run.

  31. lrt79 says: Mar 8, 2011 1:18 PM

    If the Lions keep improving, then I see them making a run for NFC North in the next few years. 16-0? That only makes me want to cackle hysterically.

    Also, Matthew Stafford does have the talent to get it done. So did Joey Harrington.

  32. dcowboy77 says: Mar 8, 2011 1:19 PM

    He didnt say they will go….he said they can go.

  33. spartyfi says: Mar 8, 2011 1:20 PM

    He didn’t say he thinks they’ll go 16-0…he said it’s possible “if….if….if….if….if…”

    Pretty much any player on any team can say something like that.

  34. turk2875 says: Mar 8, 2011 1:20 PM

    All I have to say is…….

  35. footballfanatic101 says: Mar 8, 2011 1:21 PM

    i think the lion are on the rise but they haven’t risen enough to go 12-4 you know

  36. momsasaynt says: Mar 8, 2011 1:24 PM

    I live in Detroit trust me they’ll find a way to screw it up.

  37. kindasporty says: Mar 8, 2011 1:24 PM

    Well technically they could go undefeated this year if there is a lockout that wipes out the season. But if there’s not a lockout then does he not have confidence for the last two games of the season?

  38. EJ says: Mar 8, 2011 1:30 PM

    That rookie of the year award has gone to his thick head…

  39. odessabucs says: Mar 8, 2011 1:31 PM

    Ndamukong is considering a stand up comedy career if they can’t get the CBA done.

  40. thejuddstir says: Mar 8, 2011 1:33 PM

    Didn’t Jon Kitna say the same thing about the Lions a few years ago, LMAO……Suh is starting to sound like Rex and the Jests!

  41. Mike Tomlin says: Mar 8, 2011 1:39 PM

    I think you guys are taking it too literal. He meant the lions can win ANY game not EVERY game. He doesnt guarentee or even say that he thinks it will happen, hes saying he doesnt see why the Lions cant win any game on their schedule.

    At least I hope thats what he means cause no way the lions win more than 10.

  42. midniterambler7 says: Mar 8, 2011 1:41 PM

    What’s he supposed to say? “uhhh, I think we’ll go 10 and 6 this year. Yah, we’ll lose 6 games this year”.

  43. theallegedone says: Mar 8, 2011 1:42 PM

    So we should be expecting a 4 game suspension coming right? Mr. Suh is clearly taking some sort of banned substances if he’s having these thoughts.

  44. phinheads says: Mar 8, 2011 1:45 PM

    Suh is hanging out with Charlie Sheen

  45. jpmelon says: Mar 8, 2011 1:45 PM

    I like the Lions….not a fan, but you gotta respect a fanbase that supports a team like that.

    16-0 is a foolish thing to believe, but then again, 9-7 would be a horrible thing to say in March. I hope all my teams players are shooting for 16-0 as well.

  46. suhnami says: Mar 8, 2011 1:45 PM

    I love all the anti-detroit sentiment and lions jokes on here…. people can poke all the fun they want but the fact remains the lions are a team on the rise, and doing it the right way. the turn around in talent on this team in 2 short years from being the worst team in nfl history is truly remarkable and i can’t imagine many teams would be able to right the ship as quickly as schwartz and company has.

    the funny thing is, anyone who follows the lions knows, by FAR the worst 4 games they played all of last year were their final 4…4 games in which they won starting with the SUPERBOWL CHAMPION green bay packers.

    a side note, knowing that someone is sure to point out aaron rodgers got injured half way through…well first off, the lions defense held rodgers to a 34.7 passer rating and 0 points on the scoreboard, flynn came in and passed 15-26 for 177 yards but the offense was held to a field goal. the following week flynn put up 3 tds and almost topped NE in foxboro. last point, the lions were playing with DREW STANTON the #3 QB so even when people want to argue the “backup QB playing for GB half the game” at least they actually had their #1 and #2 playing.

    the lions FOUND WAYS TO WIN and that is the one thing they had not been able to do. the one hurdle they could not get over…they played everyone strong then couldnt close games out.

    obviously its highly unlikely the lions go 16-0 as it has only happened once in history…the point suh is trying to make is he knows they can play with ANYONE in the NFL, and they can beat ANYONE in the NFL. that regardless of what people want to think the lions will be there week in week out in 2011.

    GO LIONS!

  47. henryd3rd says: Mar 8, 2011 1:47 PM

    A lot has been said about the effects of head injuries on former NFL players; maybe the NFL should investigate and see if some present players, i.e., Suh are suffering the ill effects of too many shot to the head. And while they are at it; please check Chad ‘Ocho Cinco” Johnson and everyone’s favorite punching bag Terrell Owens.

  48. xli2006 says: Mar 8, 2011 1:49 PM

    Ah man, 20 seconds ago I really liked and respected Ndamukong Suh… and then had to say something that dumb.

    Try making the Playoffs first or at least a winning record before that nonsense.

    The Lions have become the poster team for terrible and now their top young player is talking about the “potential” to go undefeated? In the division with the defending Super Bowl Champs, why?

  49. somisseagle says: Mar 8, 2011 1:50 PM

    They could win 9 next. I doubt the Vikings win more than 4, so there will be potential for the Lions to get 9.

  50. suhnami says: Mar 8, 2011 1:53 PM

    youboettcha –

    So who is the last team to beat the green bay packers???

    oh yea, and when detroit went up to green bay week 4 and lost 26-28 that really showed how much of a strangle hold GB had on the division.

  51. suhnami says: Mar 8, 2011 1:59 PM

    i think its funny how people on here are so dumb they read the article and interpret it has Suh “Guaranteeing they go 16-0″

    the guy is saying he doesn’t see why they can’t go 16-0 which most rational human beings could intelligently interpret as meaning he believes they can beat any team in the NFL which if you follow the lions last year you would definitely agree

  52. lucky5927 says: Mar 8, 2011 1:59 PM

    wryly1 says:
    Mar 8, 2011 12:51 PM
    Prior to the season in which the Lions went 0-16, their QB said they’d win at least 10 games.

    ———————————————
    They won 6 games with their 2nd and 3rd string QB for 3/4′s of the season. With a healthy Stafford, they could win 9-10 games. Especially considering they lost heartbreaking close games to the Jets and Bears twice. They even beat the Packers this year. So I definitely see a bright future for the Lions if Stafford can remain healthy.

  53. oldschoolfootball says: Mar 8, 2011 2:03 PM

    Who does he think he is? Suh-per Man!
    <>

  54. hrmlss says: Mar 8, 2011 2:11 PM

    “I don’t see there’s a reason why we can’t be 16-0,” Suh said, “in our next 16 games against the Vikings.”

  55. toolkien says: Mar 8, 2011 2:18 PM

    The Lions almost beat my Packers twice last year. They sort of jobbed themselves from being 7-9 in 2010. Given a softer schedule in 2011, a healthy QB, and some new blood they could be 10-6. With their luck though they still won’t make the post-season by losing to Tampa who will edge them out via tie-breakers.

  56. nps6724 says: Mar 8, 2011 2:20 PM

    Suh is 100% correct in that Detroit has a chance to go 16-0. Though it conjures memories of Dumb and Dumber (“So you’re saying there’s a chance?”)

  57. dexterismyhero says: Mar 8, 2011 2:21 PM

    Why not 18-0. Isn’t that what they will be playing?

    Great words from a boy named Suh…….errr man named Suh…Sorry

  58. beedubyatoo says: Mar 8, 2011 2:21 PM

    Sounds like Suh and Charlie Sheen are hanging out together. Both are delusional.

  59. JimmySmith says: Mar 8, 2011 2:36 PM

    Ok, they play the Vikings twice so he’ll just have to figure out where they might win the other 14 games. But he is as delusional as any Viking fan and he just can’t be that stupid.

  60. swankybeat says: Mar 8, 2011 2:45 PM

    #suhsquad on twitter. Suh is the best thing that has happened to the Detroit Lions in a very longtime. Proud to have him here in Detroit, representing the city in a positive way! We all know the Lions aren’t going 16-0, that’s happened once. Watch out for the Lions in 2011. Key is Stafford’s health.

    Prince 2011

  61. blewinski says: Mar 8, 2011 2:46 PM

    Delusional maybe but the Lions did beat the World Champion Packers last year!

  62. polegojim says: Mar 8, 2011 2:48 PM

    HaHa HoHo HeeHee

    I’m telling you – all you Lions cynics will eat your words soon.

    Do you enjoy your Crow with or without hot sauce?

  63. shaggytoodle says: Mar 8, 2011 2:50 PM

    I like Suh, and yes I guess techincally the Lions CAN go 16-0. It won’t happen.

    I don’t know why the Lions players feel the need to make predictions (Roy Williams). They not only sound silly, but they often wind up looking foolish when they end up winning less than half of whats predicted.

  64. beauregard says: Mar 8, 2011 2:51 PM

    I wouldn’t want a player on my team who didn’t believe they could go 16-0 before the season started. He has a winning attitude and the Lions need more of that.
    He’s a good kid.

  65. rockbottom37 says: Mar 8, 2011 2:52 PM

    youboettcha …..where were you when the the packers got held to their lowest points scored in the 2010 season!!! A Field Goal!!! The lions beat the packers and vikings and got robbed in week one vs the bears….thanks to the referees.. the lions are definitly a team on the rise…10-11 wins is very realistic with their schedule…and im drug and alcohol free son!!

  66. 13xworldchamps says: Mar 8, 2011 3:08 PM

    a side note, knowing that someone is sure to point out aaron rodgers got injured half way through…well first off, the lions defense held rodgers to a 34.7 passer rating and 0 points on the scoreboard, flynn came in and passed 15-26 for 177 yards but the offense was held to a field goal. the following week flynn put up 3 tds and almost topped NE in foxboro. last point, the lions were playing with DREW STANTON the #3 QB so even when people want to argue the “backup QB playing for GB half the game” at least they actually had their #1 and #2 playing.

    ————————————————–

    First off Junior, it makes the biggest difference in the NFL as to which QB gets the reps during the week….When Matt Flynn played against the Patriots he had a whole week to prepare and knew he’d be the Starter…..a big difference as opposed to coming in against your bunch, cold off the bench……Do the lions really have a 1-2-3 as far as QB’s…in the games I saw them play they all get injured so much they seemed interchangable…….Not to worry though, next year the lions are not going to sneak up on anyone, and Mr Suh has a year of tape for the offensive line coaches to watch. As for Rodgers 34 rating, If jennings catches that one pass it’s a whole different game, stats wise and result wise.

  67. spartyfi says: Mar 8, 2011 3:21 PM

    @jimmysmith: Stupid is the person that takes what he says and twists it into a big deal like he was all but guaranteeing they’d be 16-0. Jesus man, what do you people expect an athlete and competitor to say…I think we’ll lose 5 next year?

    Come on you pansies, get a life and man up!

  68. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 8, 2011 3:22 PM

    Jimmy, did a Viking fan steal your cheesehead hat when you were a kid? Where does this irrational compulsion to build yourself up by putting down Viking fans come from?

  69. packerpaul200 says: Mar 8, 2011 3:43 PM

    16-0? I don’t think so.
    You do realize that the Lions haven’t won in Wisconsin in 20 years. I don’t see the Lions going undefeated.

  70. khmer379 says: Mar 8, 2011 3:54 PM

    More like 0-16 if you think the vikings gonna be the bottom feeder then your must be a packer fan why is everybody think the lion are so great all of sudden they won four meaningless game at the end of the season n now they jump ahead of the vikings ha u guys r hilarious well see about that your QB can barley stay healthy so let be real people

  71. lucky5927 says: Mar 8, 2011 4:14 PM

    13xworldchamps, no offense, but the Packer’s Roster is way farther along then the Lions. Their was no excuse for the Packers losing that game. So perhaps instead of talking about a caught ball or this or that, you should gracefully give the Lions credit for having a solid season and beating the Super Bowl Champions. I think that speaks more about the Lions growth then it does for the World Champion Packers.

  72. thefiesty1 says: Mar 8, 2011 4:20 PM

    In your dreams, Suh. Detroit will NEVER go thru the season undefeated. NOT gona’ happen.

  73. deconjonesbitchslap says: Mar 8, 2011 8:01 PM

    yeah, and the vikings won the superbowl this year.

  74. joerevs300 says: Mar 8, 2011 11:13 PM

    While I could probably list a thousand reasons why seeing pigs fly unassisted will happen before the Lions go 16-0 I’ll settle on these:

    - The all-time wins leader as head coach? Wayne Fontes, with a WHOPPING 64 wins.

    - # of times the Lions have won 10 or more games in the Super Bowl era: 4 (with 12 being the most in 1991)

    - # of times the Lions have won 4 or less games in the same span: 11

    - Highest rated category: 11th in Turnover Ratio (aka Takeaway/Giveaways)

    - # of times they’ve scored more points than they have allowed in the past 11 seasons: ZERO

    So, if you can’t outscore your opposition for a season, and you’ve lost 12 or more games 11 times in 45 seasons, you’re supposed to go 16-0?

    Wake me up when that dream ends there, Suh. :)

  75. klunge says: Mar 9, 2011 2:51 PM

    khmer379 says:
    Mar 8, 2011 3:54 PM
    More like 0-16 if you think the vikings gonna be the bottom feeder then your must be a packer fan…
    ——————————–
    Or you could just be someone who noticed that in the official NFL division standings the Vikings ARE on the bottom at the end of the season. Perhaps you also are aware they are picking ahead of Detroit in the draft too…It’s OK to be a slappy for your team, but when you open your mouth you need to speak with data, my friend.

    Does anyone even read the articles here??? Nowhere was a prediction made about number of wins. Suh said what every player on every team should say. They are all professionals paid to win games and he intends to earn his money. Typical PFT idiots, attributing pride & work ethic to insanity or drug use. How do you go through life being such haters.

  76. waynefontes says: Mar 9, 2011 4:45 PM

    joerevs300 says:
    Mar 8, 2011 11:13 PM
    While I could probably list a thousand reasons why seeing pigs fly unassisted will happen before the Lions go 16-0 I’ll settle on these:

    - The all-time wins leader as head coach? Wayne Fontes, with a WHOPPING 64 wins.

    ————————————————–

    Are you implying that I was a bad coach?

  77. bcgreg says: Mar 10, 2011 6:35 PM

    ROTFLMFAO

  78. juancorsair says: Mar 11, 2011 12:48 PM

    But 16-0, three years after the Lions went 0-16? I’m going to go ahead and say Suh is being slightly unrealistic. Even if I admire his confidence.

    I’m not drinking Suh’s 16-0 koolaid by any means, but I do believe that the Lions have a much better chance of going 16-0 next season than the Vikings do of going 8-8… and that’s WITHOUT Favre under center to throw half the games away on a last-minute pick-6!

  79. athomas1488 says: Mar 11, 2011 2:04 PM

    any team has the potential to go 16-0 in a season. it’s just the likeliness of it happening for a team like the lions is slim to none. if stafford can stay healthy (i know, i know) and they add more young talent through the draft then they should be a playoff team within the next two seasons.

    theyre already there on offense just maybe a linemen or two away and their defense is getting better too

  80. cmizzad says: Mar 11, 2011 3:35 PM

    I realize he wasn’t guaranteeing a 16-0 but who cares? When you play for the DETROIT LIONS and you talk about going undefeated, you open yourself up for ridicule (and deservedly so).

    There’s no point arguing about it – it is what it is.

  81. gabriality says: Aug 1, 2011 2:18 PM

    Don,t underestimate the heart of the D! Does anyone remember the Detroit tigers from 2002-2005? AL record 119 losses in 02 and being the lauging stock of baseball until 06 when they won the ALCS? Everyone is a fair-weather-fan nowadays!

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