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Ndamukong Suh still talking about Lions going 16-0

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Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said in March that Detroit can go 16-0. Three months later, he’s not backing down.

“Like I said before, we can go 16-0,” Suh told the Detroit News today. “One of the reasons I’m saying this is because we should shoot for the top. And if you don’t want to be a Super Bowl team, what are you playing for? If you are satisfied with winning games and just making the playoffs, I think you should expect more. There is more to just playing and trying to win games. That is my mentality and that is my approach. We should come in with the attitude of the sky is the limit and we want to be the best.”

To Detroit fans, Suh’s prediction may bring back some uncomfortable memories of former Lions quarterback Jon Kitna, who insisted before the 2007 season that the Lions would win at least 10 games. After the Lions went 7-9 that season, Kitna emphatically stated that they’d win more than 10 games in 2008. And then the Lions went 0-16.

Granted, there are more objective reasons for optimism about the Lions now than there were three years ago. And Suh isn’t saying the Lions will go 16-0, just that they can go 16-0.

But on the Lions, who haven’t had a winning record since 2000 (the year before Matt Millen was hired as team president), it sounds a little ridiculous to talk about 16-0, when even 8-8 would represent significant progress.

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41 Responses to “Ndamukong Suh still talking about Lions going 16-0”
  1. thephantomstranger says: Jun 10, 2011 12:03 PM

    How can they go 16-0 in an 8-game season?

  2. baddegg says: Jun 10, 2011 12:11 PM

    New York Jets, Part II.

    No doubt the Lions are improving themselves personnel wise. But this is too much hype too soon for a team looking to turnaround their fortunes.

    I know people who are predicting them to go deep into the playoffs this year and maybe even win the Super Bowl!

  3. woodyg says: Jun 10, 2011 12:17 PM

    Gotta love the ‘Paper Lions’ …… However, the 6 is patially correct like in 6-10 ……

  4. tbtrojan says: Jun 10, 2011 12:22 PM

    Granted, there are more objective reasons for optimism about the Lions now than there were three years ago.
    ——————————————-
    That has been said for years now and each and every year they continue to suck.
    On paper they do a great job at improving the team but when push comes to shove the results stay the same.
    4 head coaches
    14 first round picks in 11 years (most of them high)
    2 top 3 overall picks at QBs
    2 first round RBs
    4 wideouts taken in the top 10
    All that an they haven’t managed to field an offense that finished better than average (16th/17th in the league)

  5. cured76 says: Jun 10, 2011 12:22 PM

    I hate articles like this. Suh is a competitor and competitors never talk about losing. This wasn’t a brash prediction, this was someone trying to establish a culture of winning; that 8 or 10 games isn’t enough and if that mark is hit, they shouldn’t be satisfied.

    Reading too much into what an athlete says can be just as boneheaded as when a player makes an unfortunate comment on twitter.

  6. blackheld says: Jun 10, 2011 12:27 PM

    “Four NFL Teams go 8-0 in abbreviated season. Commish says no idea how they’ll be seeded.”

    “Eight Teams go 5-3…wildcard picks a nightmare.”

    “Rex Ryan says Jets deserve playoff wildcard, even after beating only Buffalo, Carolina, Vikes and Cincinnati.”

    “Vikings scoff at comparison to Lions, after going 0-8.”

    “Ryan Mallett a big reason Pats in playoff hunt.”

    “Suh has no comment after record setting 17 sacks in 8 games.”

    “Free agency looms for Larry Fitzgerald, Peyton Manning, and others…”

  7. willycents says: Jun 10, 2011 12:30 PM

    Imagine the flack he would have gotten as a “loser” if he had said ” we could go 8 – 8″

    Good attitude for a player

  8. pkrjones says: Jun 10, 2011 12:31 PM

    Why not? Rex Ryan still thinks they would’ve won SB 45, Wendy still believes in Peter and Tink, and the Vikings don’t think they’ll be last in the NFC North. Let him dream…

  9. berniemadoffsides says: Jun 10, 2011 12:34 PM

    Guaranteed future HOFer.

  10. wozzmann1955 says: Jun 10, 2011 12:34 PM

    Im not sold they can do 16-0 but they are for sure getting better.I figure that defensive line may cause a few teams some headaches

  11. clintonportisheadd says: Jun 10, 2011 12:48 PM

    Well–they have already done 0-16 so it would be a nice bookend.

  12. myschwartzisbiggerthenyours says: Jun 10, 2011 12:54 PM

    I wish the media would stop reporting that Jon Kitna predicted the Lions would win 10 games. He NEVER predicted the Lions would win 10 games, NEVER. He NEVER said the Lions will win 10 games, he said he would be DISAPPOINTED if the Lions didn’t win 10 games. And why wouldn’t he, if you win 10 games, especially in the NFC North more than likely you are going to make the playoffs. This is another case of the media twisting somebody’s words to fit their agenda.

  13. rushbacker says: Jun 10, 2011 12:59 PM

    I’m relatively certain that Suh doesn’t remind anyone of John Kitna– in any way. As Tom Jackson would say, “Come on, man.”

  14. We'reFineThere says: Jun 10, 2011 1:04 PM

    I was under the impression he came “from humble beginnings” and would not forgot that.

  15. harmcityhomer says: Jun 10, 2011 1:08 PM

    Hey you play to win the game, you do not just play just to play it.

    There is no reason to give any team on the schedule a win before they beat you.

    I like the direction the Lions are heading and can see them going 10-6 or 11-5 this year if they stay healthy. Megatron and Suh are spectacular and there are plenty of other good players on the roster.

  16. batmanofpintucky says: Jun 10, 2011 1:13 PM

    They COULD go 16-0, and I COULD win the lottery.

    So far, not so good.

  17. bucs1723 says: Jun 10, 2011 1:15 PM

    Not with chad Pennington 2.0..

  18. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 10, 2011 1:21 PM

    that D-line is scary. nuff said.

  19. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jun 10, 2011 1:26 PM

    This d-line next year… Uh ohhhhhh

  20. cusoman says: Jun 10, 2011 1:27 PM

    In the NFC North? Now? Heh, keep dreamin’.

  21. 2mannings1cup says: Jun 10, 2011 1:28 PM

    Dude looks like a lion taking down prey in that photo. Nothing wrong with what he said. He wants to win.

  22. buzzardpointlookout says: Jun 10, 2011 1:35 PM

    myschwartzisbiggerthenyours says:
    Jun 10, 2011 12:54 PM
    I wish the media would stop reporting that Jon Kitna predicted the Lions would win 10 games. He NEVER predicted the Lions would win 10 games, NEVER. He NEVER said the Lions will win 10 games, he said he would be DISAPPOINTED if the Lions didn’t win 10 games. And why wouldn’t he, if you win 10 games, especially in the NFC North more than likely you are going to make the playoffs. This is another case of the media twisting somebody’s words to fit their agenda.

    ——————————————————–

    Lions fan here. On the Jim Rome Show, Kitna predicted 10 wins when the Lions were 6-2 in 2007.

    They went 1-7 to close the season at 7-9.

  23. bhindenemylines says: Jun 10, 2011 1:45 PM

    Fortunatelty for Mr. Suh, with the current NFL labor situation, there is no random drug testing at this time.

  24. clownburger says: Jun 10, 2011 1:47 PM

    He’s saying good things about the Lions……and PFT declares he is out of line!

    Good thing we have PFT here to dictate to us how people should behave.

  25. ihnen0840 says: Jun 10, 2011 1:53 PM

    I think 16-0 is insanely far-fetched… however, as a Vikes fan, the Lions are starting to scare the crap out of me…

  26. fringetastic says: Jun 10, 2011 2:10 PM

    How the hell does PFT keep twisting Kitna’s words years later? WHY does PFT keep twisting his words? Especially when you call others out on doing the same thing? He did NOT ‘insist’ or ‘guarantee’ 10 wins. He simply did not. But PFT insists on twisting it that way.

  27. thephantomstranger says: Jun 10, 2011 2:23 PM

    I get a kick out of people who think Fairley is going to be such a superstar. First-round defensive linemen are often busts, and this guy dropped to the 13th pick because people thought he had bust written all over him. Now that the Lions have him, he’s this great can’t-miss player.

  28. trbowman says: Jun 10, 2011 2:38 PM

    Better chance they go 0-16 again than 16-0.

  29. flapjackdaddy says: Jun 10, 2011 2:46 PM

    Everybody feels that way until they give up that first TD.

  30. canetic says: Jun 10, 2011 3:14 PM

    I still think I could play NFL football if given the opportunity. That doesn’t make it true.

  31. RussianBreadMaker says: Jun 10, 2011 3:43 PM

    Losing respect for this guy

  32. polegojim says: Jun 10, 2011 3:58 PM

    Keep laughing Lion Haters. Keep laughing.

    We’re going to Suh every one of you, and book end the other side of the line. QBs will have a VERY long day against this D.

    Our offense could stay at 16/17 and still do extremely well… but…. ; )
    it will be top 10 this year

    Keep it coming though, I’ll remember all of you down the line.

  33. tylerdurden0 says: Jun 10, 2011 4:16 PM

    I like the Lions this year. Fantastic draft. I think after all is said and done, 2-3 years from now we’ll be saying that the Lions 2011 draft class was one of the best of that year.

    I think 10 wins is realistic if they can keep Stafford healthy (a good running will help).

  34. mistahsingh says: Jun 10, 2011 4:26 PM

    Ain’t happening Ndamukong. Wouldn’t be surprised if you won 8 though.

  35. myschwartzisbiggerthenyours says: Jun 10, 2011 5:19 PM

    buzzardpointlookout says: Jun 10, 2011 1:35 PM

    myschwartzisbiggerthenyours says:
    Jun 10, 2011 12:54 PM
    I wish the media would stop reporting that Jon Kitna predicted the Lions would win 10 games. He NEVER predicted the Lions would win 10 games, NEVER. He NEVER said the Lions will win 10 games, he said he would be DISAPPOINTED if the Lions didn’t win 10 games. And why wouldn’t he, if you win 10 games, especially in the NFC North more than likely you are going to make the playoffs. This is another case of the media twisting somebody’s words to fit their agenda.

    ——————————————————–

    Lions fan here. On the Jim Rome Show, Kitna predicted 10 wins when the Lions were 6-2 in 2007.

    They went 1-7 to close the season at 7-9.

    —————————————

    His exact words were “I will disappointed if we don’t win 10 games”, I don’t see were the prediction is.

  36. myschwartzisbiggerthenyours says: Jun 10, 2011 5:23 PM

    thephantomstranger says: Jun 10, 2011 2:23 PM

    I get a kick out of people who think Fairley is going to be such a superstar. First-round defensive linemen are often busts, and this guy dropped to the 13th pick because people thought he had bust written all over him. Now that the Lions have him, he’s this great can’t-miss player.

    ————————————————

    With guys like KVB and Suh we know Fairly will at least be working hard, those guys aren’t going to let him slack off. So if he is a bust it will be because his skill set doesn’t translate to the NFL not because he didn’t work hard.

  37. granadafan says: Jun 10, 2011 6:25 PM

    Not a Lions fan at all, but I love Suh’s attitude. He may be brash and a little arrogant, but this is the type of comment that is positive for a team. Going 16-0 is completely unrealistic with a good young core (Jahvid Best, Calvin Johnson, Stafford) and that defensive line, this team can go far.

  38. ramofsteel says: Jun 10, 2011 6:35 PM

    I’m a Rams/Steelers fan. Suh is gonna be a stud. No wait he already is. And I’m sick of the whole “you can’t say this” crap. Why can’t players say we can go 16-0 or tryin to shoot for the Super Bowl? It’s stupid how that’s a big no-no.

  39. jamezz23 says: Jun 10, 2011 6:41 PM

    I’m sure everything he said was blown out of proportion. What I thought he was meaning when he said we COULD go 16-0 was that we can win all 16 teams the nfl has scheduled us. The the lions are no longer written down for a loss almost every week they play. He was just saying that there isn’t anyone we can’t beat anymore.

  40. jthom19802 says: Jun 11, 2011 2:32 AM

    Sigh… Jon Kitna did NOT predict 10 wins, and the whole mention of it is in reference to an entirely different interview BEFORE the season.

    He said – when asked about the upcoming season and how he felt, etc – “Your goal should be to make the playoffs. Usually when you win 10 games you are in the playoffs. I’d be disappointed if we didn’t make the playoffs”.

    Immediately, the national media went bananas and the next thing you know NFL Live had a ‘Kitna Prediction Meter’.

    I don’t care WHAT he said on Jim Rome. I listen to and have listened to the weekly media conference calls with the Lions for about five years, and that particular season I had to listen to some yuppie from the other teams’ media ask him the same question about it, and sixteen straight weeks had to listen to him explain that he didn’t make a prediction.

    Believe me, he didn’t predict squat.

  41. dewalt2990 says: Jun 12, 2011 8:01 AM

    The best part of this Lions team compared to old ones is the continuity of the staff, and the ability to dominate certain aspects of the game. Older Lions teams were merely average in most positions, you dont with with average, you with with domination. This offense should be as potenient as any in the league, and the D line…not average. They have the man power/coaching to scheme against any team’s weaknesses, and win.

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