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Ndamukong Suh loves Lions’ line, at least on paper

Chad Henne, Ndamukong Suh AP

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is excited about the possibilities of lining up next to first-round draft pick Nick Fairley for years to come, but he’s tempering his excitement with a dose of reality: They haven’t done anything yet.

Suh talked about Fairley in a promotional appearance today and said he’s expecting a big rookie season.

“It’s going to be exciting to be able to have a guy like that come out and be really a truly impact guy from the first couple days of him getting on the field,” Suh said.

But Suh then pointed out that all the Lions have right now is a defensive line depth chart that looks impressive.

“I think on paper we have one of the strongest defensive lines across the board,” Suh said. “It’s going to be exciting with that, but we’ve got to go out there and prove it. It may look good on paper, but you definitely want to get out there and make some noise.”

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27 Responses to “Ndamukong Suh loves Lions’ line, at least on paper”
  1. tjacks7 says: May 15, 2011 8:26 PM

    Hard not to like this guy. Great player with a head on his shoulders.

  2. bigdaddy44 says: May 15, 2011 8:27 PM

    Off subject:
    It’s time for the fans to start the “NFL Fans Strike Back” boycott. Right here and right now, May 15th, 2011. I’m calling on all NFL fans to boycott everything to do with anything NFL, it’s players, it’s sponsors, it’s lawyers and ANY BUSINESS that an NFL owner or player has a stake in. The only things that should be exempt are direct contributions to charities that the NFL is involved with.

    In a country that is seeing the worst economic crisis in a generation, the NFL is making RECORD profits. The fact that these parties cannot decide how to split up nine billion dollars is unconscionable. This is especially true when there are so many people out there suffering in this economy, and any work stoppage of this sport will hurt so many more working class people whose livelihoods are tied to the football season.

    We do need to realize that there are decent owners and decent players who would like nothing more than to resolve this travesty right now. Unfortunately, these people cannot be exempted from any boycott. They also must be subjected to these actions to get them to apply more pressure to the owners, players and lawyers who suffer from the addiction of runaway greed and arrogance.

    This boycott must go deep. If it has an NFL logo on it, boycott it. If a player endorses it, boycott it. (Sorry Peyton, if you lose endorsement money that YOU give to charity, YOU have to decide whether you are going to make it up out of your own pocket!) Every business that an owner or player or lawyer has a stake in, boycott it! I’m calling on fans from every NFL city to do some homework, dig deep, find and post any connections of any type of NFL conversation board.

    If you boycott a business, let them know it. Contact them and POLITELY let them know why you will not be purchasing their products or services. Please don’t sink to the level of classless rhetoric that we have seen out of some players and owners in this dispute.

    It’s time to hit ‘em back and hit ‘em back hard. There is enough money to go around to take care of the owners, the current players, the retired players, all their healthcare, the lawyers (yes, even them) and then some. It’s time for common sense to overtake greed before it ruins the NFL that many of us love so much and ends up hurting many more working class people.

    If you agree with this, cut it paste it, distribute it everywhere you can. It will take a monumental effort to spread this across the country, but it can be done. Boycott the products and businesses, politely contact them and let them know why. Make a stand – it’s time to end this ridiculous stoppage now.

    ” With great power, comes great responsibility”
    These people have failed in their responsibility, it’s time to set them straight.

  3. dirtytaco says: May 15, 2011 8:28 PM

    The only “noise” Suh and Fairly will make will be coming out of their asses

  4. raynman49 says: May 15, 2011 8:28 PM

    Like this guy.

  5. atlien698 says: May 15, 2011 8:35 PM

    I can’t wait to hear Millen take credit for leaving the cupboard stocked with talent…

  6. commandercornpone says: May 15, 2011 8:47 PM

    well, having watched the lions out here near daytwa for a while… they will probly both go down with injuries in september and watch the lions cruise to 2-14.

  7. egreen4590 says: May 15, 2011 8:52 PM

    HONOLULU BLUE WRECKING CREW!

  8. jbaxt says: May 15, 2011 8:55 PM

    You know how we all know that Suh is a badazz? He got penalized for pushing a guy down too hard… The ref saw that Suh almost buried a QB 6 ft under, with a shove, and he didn’t know what to do so he threw the flag.

    Suh alone scares me from an opposing fans point of view, adding a potential badazz like Fairly… I can only be happy that my Chiefs meet them in week 2, hopefully Gunther doesn’t realize what he has in those 2 just yet. We still love you Gun, take it easy on our o-line. I have a feeling the NFC North is definately taking notice. If Stafford can last 14-16 weeks they might just sneak in the playoffs with the Pack.

  9. kyle90 says: May 15, 2011 9:13 PM

    The Lions are starting to look like they’re gonna be real good one of these days

  10. skins359 says: May 15, 2011 9:14 PM

    I think they’re most likely going to dominate up front but I’ve been fooled by the Detroit overkill strategy before, most notably in 2005 after the Lions drafted Mike Williams and people told me that defenses would be clueless as to who to cover. Turns out that same unstoppable offense ended up finishing 27th overall.

    So while Suh alone makes this line great, I’ll still take a wait and see approach to Fairly.

  11. freedomispopular says: May 15, 2011 9:25 PM

    Having a great defensive line can make the whole defense better. It makes the LBs’ jobs easier consistent pressure on the QB makes it easier on the DBs. Hopefully Matt Stafford can stay healthy, cause this’ll be an exciting team to watch in the next couple years.

  12. berniemadoffsides says: May 15, 2011 9:33 PM

    I’m a Huskers fan. When Detroit drafted Suh, I said, “Congrats on drafting a future Hall of Famer.”

    Suh gives you 11.5 men on the field every defensive snap. I’m excited to watch his career, despite being a diehard G-Men fan.

  13. sakatak says: May 15, 2011 9:35 PM

    Paper Lions, the hype might be more than they can handle. I believe this team now has enough pieces in place to make a run for the playoffs, can they live up to the pressure?

  14. indywilson40 says: May 15, 2011 9:48 PM

    This line will be great fairley suh.

  15. mondzy805 says: May 15, 2011 10:20 PM

    If you can get a full season from Matthew Stafford, watch out for the Lion. And this is coming from a member of the 49ers faithful.

  16. johnnycash19 says: May 15, 2011 11:27 PM

    egreen4590 says: May 15, 2011 8:52 PM

    HONOLULU BLUE WRECKING CREW!
    ————

    Eh I like

    The SUH-perb Sack Attack

  17. polishkingski says: May 15, 2011 11:29 PM

    WHY WOULD ANYONE GIVE A THUMBS DOWN TO bigdaddy44? HE speaks the truth. good idea bigdaddy. i will c&p and send it around.

  18. motownlion says: May 15, 2011 11:57 PM

    RE: “dirtytaco”;

    This post must have been made by either Jay Cutler or Jake Delhomme.

  19. stairwayto7 says: May 16, 2011 12:25 AM

    Can’t wait to see Suh and Fiarly KO cancer survivor hater Rodgers!

  20. paulieorkid says: May 16, 2011 12:27 AM

    was a little kid back in the day but very astute in enjoying the biblical greatness of the Steeler front four of White, Mean Joe, Arrowhead and Greenwood. It was effing awesome!!!!!!

    Now Detroit has some sick rhinos of their own. Suh is off the charts – it’s ridiculous. And they already had Vandy and his crazed motor on the edge. Now they bring in Fairley. That is filthy.

    Recall Cutler, McNabb, Delhomme, etc. just getting DESTROYED by Suh? Anyone know what I’m talking about???

    Oh boy — that figures to be just page 1, Chapter 1 in a long, miserable tale of havoc and destruction for interior OLs and QBs.

  21. lionsmaverick says: May 16, 2011 12:46 AM

    Top 3 defensive line in the game…

  22. whoknowsnothing says: May 16, 2011 1:03 AM

    Maybe if Stafford stays healthy the Lions will reach the playoffs too. They have assembled a decent team.

    The Lions schedule is starting to look much better.

    How many players are left from the Millen era?

  23. weneedlinemen42 says: May 16, 2011 7:31 AM

    Lions fans deserve some time in the sun. Only true fans will have stuck with the team through times as tough as that franchise has gone through.

    They’ve got some exciting offensive playmakers and the basis of a stellar d-line. However, the offensive line looks like a major problem and the defensive backfield looks like it will need all the pass rush they can get. They’re in a tough division as well.

    They’re going in the right direction but they may not be ready for the play-offs for a few years. They’ll probably have their biggest impact in the damage they wreak on the health of rival QBs.

  24. FinFan68 says: May 16, 2011 8:51 AM

    The Lions could be a great team this/next year. Yes, I meant great. They have talent on offense and defense. Stafford needs to stay healthy. The D-line group should mask the deficiencies of the secondary. This team could easily win the division. The Packers did a lot with the injuries they had but if Rodgers goes down for any length of time (like Stafford) they are done. The Bears got a lot better but their defense is getting a little slower with age. Lions should go 10-6 and could be even better with a few breaks that have usually gone against them.

  25. burntorangehorn says: May 16, 2011 9:54 AM

    The front four looks like it could be better than the Buccaneers’ line during its peak, but I have to wonder if the linebackers are there to make it matter. Obviously there’s no Derrick Brooks there, but there’s also not really even a Jamie Duncan, Nate Webster, or Shelton Quarles. But the line’s definitely in place to not only terrorize a quarterback, but to make whatever linebackers are in place a lot more effective.

  26. hobartbaker says: May 16, 2011 12:43 PM

    The Paper Lion line.

  27. tjrubleysaudible says: May 16, 2011 12:52 PM

    The “on paper” champions are the greatest.

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