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Todd Haley doesn’t know if there’s an answer for Ndamukong Suh

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As the Chiefs’ offense prepares to face the Lions on Sunday, one of the biggest questions is how they’ll block Ndamukong Suh.

The bad news is that coach Todd Haley doesn’t know the answer.

“Some of the problems that Suh presents I don’t know there are answers for, to be quite honest with you,” Haley said. “This guy’s a dominant inside player that can really disrupt the game plan if you let him, and you just got to find ways to not allow that to happen.”

Haley acknowledged that he’s worried about the potential for Suh to put a hurting on Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel.

“I’m very concerned about him getting his hands on Matt, or really any of our guys, because he is a big, strong dude that brings it,” Haley said. “As far as him as a player, he’s one of the bright young stars in the league at a position that doesn’t always get a lot of notoriety. I love the way he plays. I love his intensity, his toughness and his ability to make plays.”

Haley just wishes he knew how to stop it from happening on Sunday.

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  1. vernhh says: Sep 16, 2011 1:46 PM

    Might I suggest a bazooka? Otherwise, you can pretty much kiss Cassel’s butt goddbye.

  2. southpaw2k says: Sep 16, 2011 1:47 PM

    Todd Haley doesn’t have answers for a lot of questions, not the least of which is Ndamukong Suhu

  3. lacharger2112 says: Sep 16, 2011 1:49 PM

    If he had no answer against the Bills, he certainly won’t have one here!

  4. joetoronto says: Sep 16, 2011 1:50 PM

    Haley is a crackhead loser.

  5. mustbejealousof6 says: Sep 16, 2011 1:51 PM

    I thought they fired him

  6. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 16, 2011 1:51 PM

    As I said in December 2009: “If you want a Hall of Fame DT, draft Suh.”

    Dude’s absolutely ridiculous.

  7. cowboydipl0macy says: Sep 16, 2011 1:53 PM

    Todd Haley is an idiot.

  8. halfie6 says: Sep 16, 2011 1:55 PM

    Just give up and turn the ball over. That’ll stop Suh.

  9. beltlessbuckler says: Sep 16, 2011 1:55 PM

    Play dirty like him – hit him low early and try to knock him out of the game, send the message that you won’t be pushed around.

  10. halfie6 says: Sep 16, 2011 1:55 PM

    Punt on first down?

  11. capslockkey says: Sep 16, 2011 1:55 PM

    If you have followed Haley press conferences, the guy basically says nothing of substance and just deflects questions like this one about game planning to stupid responses like these. It’s all part of the “veil of secrecy” that Pioli brought with him from NE. I honestly don’t know why they even bother addressing the media anymore because it’s never more than Haley rambling about nothing and uttering the words “it’s a process” and “progress” over and over.

  12. suhnami says: Sep 16, 2011 1:56 PM

    Mr. Suh – this is why you continue to play the ferocious brand of football that you do – you strike fear into opponents and opposing coaches.

    Thank you for playing football as it should be played.

  13. ike1973 says: Sep 16, 2011 1:56 PM

    It’s easy to block Suh. Just put 3 men on him.

  14. Deb says: Sep 16, 2011 1:58 PM

    I have a suggestion. Did you see how my Steelers handled Haloti Ngata on Sunday?

    Okay … don’t do that.

  15. m2karateman says: Sep 16, 2011 1:58 PM

    The Buccaneers were able to keep Suh away from Josh Freeman, but in order to do that they sacrificed their running game and effectively gave up on throwing the long ball.

    It didn’t work out too well for them.

    Besides which, Suh isn’t the only D-lineman in Detroit other teams have to worry about. Kyle Vandenbosch, Cliff Avril, Lawrence Jackson, Corey Williams and Sammie Lee Hill are there as well….and any of them pose problems for an offense.

    Good luck Chiefs. You are going to need it.

  16. tenotnamedmiller says: Sep 16, 2011 1:59 PM

    Try blocking him.

  17. imasturbate says: Sep 16, 2011 1:59 PM

    I don’t know…how about starting with a double team?

  18. detroitkitty says: Sep 16, 2011 2:00 PM

    Double team and keeping a back in to block ought to about do it. Of course, then you have to account for Williams, KVB and Avril….

    Lions D-Line rocks. Good luck.

  19. favreforever says: Sep 16, 2011 2:00 PM

    They’re looking to bring in Godzilla for the game, if they can clear all the paperwork with the Japanese embassy in time.

  20. scudbot says: Sep 16, 2011 2:00 PM

    He doesn’t know if anyone has an answer for the Bills, either.

  21. craggt says: Sep 16, 2011 2:00 PM

    I’m a Lions fan and its actually quite simple how you take care of Suh, the Bucs did it last week: you double or triple team him every snap. Of course the problem with this strategy is that it leaves you exposed to the rest of Detroit’s offensive line…

  22. scoops1 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:01 PM

    Haley looks like he jsut came off a 48 hour coke bender in Vegas in that pic

  23. comebackid says: Sep 16, 2011 2:01 PM

    There’s a lot of questions he can’t answer.

  24. ninjapleazee says: Sep 16, 2011 2:01 PM

    Suh.. MONSTER game last week.. 1 tackle

  25. lacharger2112 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:01 PM

    berniemadoffsides says: Sep 16, 2011 1:51 PM

    As I said in December 2009: “If you want a Hall of Fame DT, draft Suh.”
    ————
    Nobody cares that you said that, even if it was 2005!
    We are all happy that you impressed yourself so much.

  26. icelovinbrotha215 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:03 PM

    People need to realize Coach Haley is just saying this so he gives Suh no extra motivation. Yous are smarter than that.

  27. imjinbrdgr says: Sep 16, 2011 2:03 PM

    Some GHB in his pregame meal might work.

  28. chizzle20 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:03 PM

    He’s right! (for once)

  29. drshakedown74 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:06 PM

    Todd Haley doesn’t know…………….much.

  30. drshakedown74 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:07 PM

    Hey KC…………spend some friggin money.

  31. p4hbiz says: Sep 16, 2011 2:10 PM

    0-2

  32. tbswarm says: Sep 16, 2011 2:12 PM

    Even though the Bucs lost, Suh didn’t get any sacks last game ….

  33. gustavejfrerotte says: Sep 16, 2011 2:13 PM

    Nice knowing you Mr. Cassel.

    Best case scenario you will be known as ‘Mrs. Suh” from gametime forward.

    Worst case scenarion, well, lets not talk about such dreadful things………………..

  34. Exiled1 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:14 PM

    Suh is a must-see defensive lineman. How often do those words come to mind. Stafford leads the offense. Suh is the face and leader of that team.

    For one of the first times that I can remember I’m actually happy that I live within the Lions local viewing area. And I’m a Packer fan.

  35. Fast Football says: Sep 16, 2011 2:15 PM

    I love that Suh has just been an absolute beast and is relentless and throws QBs, WRs, and RBs all over the place (penalty or not) He created a monster persona and it worked as Haley is scared if Suh gets his hands on Cassel…knowing it won’t end well.

  36. snowpea84 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:15 PM

    Is someone in this thread seriously trying to pat themselves on the back for “predicting” Suh would be a hall of famer? I’m pretty sure that when everyone is calling the guy the best at his position in a generation you’re not exactly going otu on a limb when you follow suit.

  37. severs28 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:16 PM

    Do what the Bucs did. Commit 3 players to blocking him on the majority of plays.

  38. crazysandude says: Sep 16, 2011 2:16 PM

    Hey Todd… Don’t let the door hit you in the vagina.

  39. dasportsninja says: Sep 16, 2011 2:19 PM

    He didn’t have an answer for the Buffalo Bills…….NUFF SAID

  40. ninjapleazee says: Sep 16, 2011 2:21 PM

    Suh is a MONSTER…. with 1 tackle… PRO BOWL stats!

  41. detroitkitty says: Sep 16, 2011 2:27 PM

    All you morons talking about sacks and tackles just don’t get it. If he’s sucking up 2 or 3 blockers on every play it leaves the rest of the defense free to make plays.

    You can have a massive impact on defense without ever recording a single sack or even a tackle. Ask any elite nose tackle in a 3-4 what their job is.

  42. gustavejfrerotte says: Sep 16, 2011 2:29 PM

    Taking on double and triple teams and getting one tackle….I’d take that as a coach.

    Leaves no excuses for the rest of the Dline and backers not to make plays.

    Now, if they do or not is another story, but a coach will take the 3-1 every time.

    Be honest…the guy is a monster.

    GO PACK!!

  43. bturner032002 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:29 PM

    Suh is one brag away from a chop blocked ACL

  44. comeonnowguys says: Sep 16, 2011 2:29 PM

    @ninjapleazee

    Right, and I bet you’re going to tell me that Julius Peppers is terrible, too. Refresh my memory: what kind of lie came after “lies” and “damn lies?”

  45. crubenst says: Sep 16, 2011 2:31 PM

    Sorry but I don’t think Haley is long for this job. He’s essentially waving the white flag before the game even started. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chiefs come in to town and lay down in awe of Suh and the mighty Lions.

  46. kevinfromphilly says: Sep 16, 2011 2:32 PM

    42.

  47. halfie6 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:35 PM

    Taunt him with Johnny Cash songs?

  48. simplesimon1 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:35 PM

    snowpea84 says:
    “Is someone in this thread seriously trying to pat themselves on the back for “predicting” Suh would be a hall of famer? I’m pretty sure that when everyone is calling the guy the best at his position in a generation you’re not exactly going otu on a limb when you follow suit.”

    Actually, and I didn’t write the post your talking about, there were a lot of haters on Suh in the draft. Many thought the Lions were stupid to not take Okung. Others said McCoy was better. Only the people that really looked at what he did in college said he was the best. I’m glad the Lions did the right thing and took this young man. He’s already in the discussion for best defensive players in the NFL and he’s only played one year.

    By the way, for those saying Suh didn’t get any sacks last week against the Bucs, you’re right. I guess when you double and triple team one player all game long in 90 degree heat the stats don’t look great for that player. Then again, by doing so, the Bucs couldn’t run, others were single covered and the Lions defense was a monster outside of 2 possessions. At one point yardage was 155-1, then over 300-51, etc, etc. And that was in 90 degree heat against a very good O-line.

    Poor, poor Matt Cassell.

  49. nineroutsider says: Sep 16, 2011 2:36 PM

    What’s the over/under on a Haley mid-field blowup? This week, next week?

  50. goawayeverybody says: Sep 16, 2011 2:37 PM

    Lions 56, Chiefs 3

  51. football58 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:37 PM

    Chuck Norris is the answer for SUH!

  52. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 16, 2011 2:37 PM

    Release the Cracken!

  53. deadmanwalking47 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:39 PM

    the only way to stop him is triple team him which opens up a hole for somebody else to get through.

  54. radrntn says: Sep 16, 2011 2:42 PM

    I love suh! Best defensive player in the nfl right now.

  55. bigdan7885 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:43 PM

    Just have the fullback do a straight up running drop kick like in The Waterboy.

  56. gustavejfrerotte says: Sep 16, 2011 2:44 PM

    Ochocinco is in awe of Suh.

  57. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 16, 2011 2:44 PM

    @ lacharger2112:

    I love you.

  58. polishrod says: Sep 16, 2011 2:45 PM

    Todd Haley should be making my slurpee, not coaching an NFL team

  59. firerosenthalthebastard says: Sep 16, 2011 2:46 PM

    Atta boy Haley…. show no fear.

  60. alldayvikings says: Sep 16, 2011 2:50 PM

    Ravens say chop block

  61. beerbaron says: Sep 16, 2011 2:51 PM

    Suh better be careful — if he tries to lay any cheap shots on Matty Cassel, Haley is prepared to administer a serious finger-wagging at midfield after the game.

  62. tinbender2000 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:52 PM

    @ Deb and halfie6 L.O.L Great Posts! A+++

  63. visible4 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:52 PM

    KC is going to wish they did not file those tempering charges. Gunther is going to have that defense extra fired up. The Lions will not let up in this game.

  64. riichiieriich says: Sep 16, 2011 2:55 PM

    I love it when casual football fans say moronic things like “X player only got 1 tackle, he’s not that good” or “X player didn’t have any interceptions, he must blow.”

    Defensive players can impact a game without accruing massive stats or even any stats at all.

  65. drakost says: Sep 16, 2011 2:56 PM

    Suh has thus far demonstrated that he is one of those rare players that can dominate a game. He has a long way to go before being mentioned as a HOF’er. Two seasons do not make a Deacon Jones or a Joe Greene. Don’t get me wrong, he could very well get there one day, however lets give it a little more time.
    Responding to the few that are pointing out that he only had one tackle, maybe you should watch the game. They double teamed him AND had a player back playing safety net. That’s 3 guys out of you line and backfield accounted for and now you have mismatches all along the line. That’s called dominating a game without the stats, and that’s something that all players in the HOF could do.

  66. polishkingski says: Sep 16, 2011 2:57 PM

    wait?….who is he the coach of?….the way he talks, sounds like he is telling everyone that the lions are great and the chefs don`t have a chance. this guy is a total boob. haley, pioli, ravioli, stromboli…..mmmmmmmmm.

  67. kevpft says: Sep 16, 2011 3:08 PM

    He’s just echoing the words of so many great historical leaders. Wasn’t it Winston Churchill who said, “Some of the problems that the Germans present, I don’t know there are answers for, to be quite honest with you.”

    Surely one of the greatest quotes of all time, that one.

    Is THIS how a winning coach and leader talks? I’m leaving open the door to this being some kind of reverse-psychology trick, but it sure sounds like plain ol’ pathetic.

  68. alaricsrevenge says: Sep 16, 2011 3:09 PM

    kevinfromphilly says:
    Sep 16, 2011 2:32 PM
    42.

    ——————————————-

    Am I the only one that get’s the Hitchickers guide to the galaxy reference here? My guess is yes. Nice Kev…

    But I do have the answer for Suh…ever watch the opening to “The last boy scout”?

  69. isphet71 says: Sep 16, 2011 3:13 PM

    Calling out Suh for only having 1 tackle last week is like calling out Revis for not having any interceptions last year.

  70. klunge says: Sep 16, 2011 3:14 PM

    Where’s ninjapleazee at? He must’ve heard MDS coming down the cellar stairs and had to go put his redball harness and handcuffs back on before he got caught using the computer.
    This guy is just another anti-Lions troll. There’s no sense arguing with him, he already knows the facts but just chooses to ignore them.

  71. mmcdan13 says: Sep 16, 2011 3:19 PM

    This game interests me. You have a playoff team who’s had to hear how awful they are for a week straight getting 9 points on the road. Pride is a powerful motivator, and while the Chiefs are lacking in a lot of areas, they have some major playmakers on that team. I bet they give Detroit a scare. Detroit 24, KC 21.

  72. m2karateman says: Sep 16, 2011 3:20 PM

    ninjapleazee says:
    Sep 16, 2011 2:21 PM
    Suh is a MONSTER…. with 1 tackle… PRO BOWL stats!
    ———————————————————-
    That’s right. One game is the best way to judge a season. And stats are the best way to judge talent and a players affect on the game.

    1 tackle….guess that means Suh just flat out sucks. And I guess that’s why Haley is worried about him.

    OK, you hit the nail on the head ninja.

    Mr. Haley….ninjapleazee has it figured out. So, PLEAZEE, don’t block Suh, at all. He only made one tackle last week, so after all, what’s to worry about? Just let him alone, and I’m sure he won’t maim your running backs or quarterback. He’ll likely just trip over his own feet. After all, he’s no damn good, and we all know ninjapleazee is an expert on these things……

  73. cowboydipl0macy says: Sep 16, 2011 3:21 PM

    Play out of the shotgun, bubble screen to Jamaal or Dexter.

  74. freedomispopular says: Sep 16, 2011 3:21 PM

    After Suh beats up on the Chiefs’ offense, Haley’s gonna shake his fist at him and whine about it.

  75. onetobeamup says: Sep 16, 2011 3:23 PM

    Just watch the Buc’s game film from last week. Suh did nothing against an average O-line. Overrated!

  76. jimmylions says: Sep 16, 2011 3:26 PM

    Injuries on both sides of the line in KC are a bigger worrry for them than Suh. Suh’s great, but one player doth not make an entire team. The Lions defense isn’t perfect, but we are much, much, much better than 3 years ago. If the offense finds a way to become consistent with the run … lookout!

    Because of injuries, the Chiefs are really hindered in their scheme for both offense and defense. This is when I wish coaches would give up on their genius scheme, just look at what they have, and play creative, crazy, schoolyard football. Make it exciting and pray for a little luck.

    Unfortunately for Cheifs fans, they could be headed for a season with 10+ losses, and having been there, I don’t wish it on them. It’s no fun.

    But they’ll definitely be 0-2 after Sunday.

  77. schmitty2 says: Sep 16, 2011 3:33 PM

    The only answers Haley has is to Lil Wayne trivia questions

  78. jamezz23 says: Sep 16, 2011 3:34 PM

    No one will take a dirty shot on suh like everyone is thinking. He is a well liked player in the league, and other players have allot of respect for him.

  79. professorcolumbus says: Sep 16, 2011 3:42 PM

    For everyone acting like the Bucs “triple-teamed” him, watch the game again. Bucs got beat in just about every phase of that game, but Davin Joseph actually handled Suh well, often in one-on-one situations.

    Not trying to slight Suh, he is phenomenal (I would LOVE to have had him instead of McCoy,) but that game he was pretty much a non-factor.

  80. jamezz23 says: Sep 16, 2011 3:44 PM

    @onetobeamup if your actually watch the game like you said you did, you would have seen tampa commit 2 offensive lineman plus a running back on most plays. If suh is getting tripled teamed its a win for the lions defense.

  81. haleyistheman00 says: Sep 16, 2011 3:44 PM

    so I guess haley is suppose to tell the media how exactly he is going to handle suh??? all he is doing is saying how great of a player he is. end this non story. start writing your next non story

  82. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Sep 16, 2011 3:45 PM

    jamezz23 says:Sep 16, 2011 3:34 PM

    No one will take a dirty shot on suh like everyone is thinking. He is a well liked player in the league, and other players have allot of respect for him.
    __________________________________

    That can all change at the drop of a hat when he cheapshots an opposing QB…..or should I say drop of a penalty flag.?

  83. EJ says: Sep 16, 2011 3:47 PM

    If Suh wants to make the Pro Bowl, he’s gonna need better stats than his last game…

    Monster? C’mon.

  84. 3ghostninja says: Sep 16, 2011 3:49 PM

    Thing is, you can go ahead and throw the kitchen sink at Suh. All that means is that Williams, Avril, Vanden Bosch, LoJack and the linebackers will have a field day.

    Delmas might even get in on the action if he plays.

    The linebackers stuffed Blount, and they were sniffing out screens all day in week 1. Your best bet is short quick passes and maybe Charles breaks a couple.

  85. granadafan says: Sep 16, 2011 4:12 PM

    Lots of 3 step drops, quick slants, screen plays. Basically, get rid of the ball FAST.

  86. techstar25 says: Sep 16, 2011 4:26 PM

    @jamezz23
    Suh had 66 tackes and 10 sacks last year. He’s a productive player who puts up pro-bowl numbers. So when you hold that guy to one tackle, that’s a win for your offensive line.

  87. omnipresentfan says: Sep 16, 2011 4:32 PM

    “I’m very concerned about him getting his hands on Matt, or really any of our guys, because he is a big, strong dude that brings it,” Haley said. “…he’s one of the bright young stars…”
    ======================================

    Suh: “Yo Haley, did you just talk about my mama? Your QB is powder toast!!!”

  88. onetobeamup says: Sep 16, 2011 4:40 PM

    @jamezz23
    Davin Joseph handled Suh BY HIMSELF for 80% of the game. Fact of the matter is…Suh had ONE tackle and NO sacks. I stand by my statement.

    Suh has put up some highlight sacks and ripped some helmets off and all of a sudden, he can’t be stopped.
    Two games against the Buc’s and he’s shown NOTHING!

  89. mmcdan13 says: Sep 16, 2011 4:50 PM

    Detroit, let’s just relax. You’re 1-0. Lock up a playoff spot before you puff your chests out and talk tough, ok?

    Good lord, you’d think it was the ’78 Steelers the way you guys talk about your defense. Good to see Suh brought the misguided righteousness with him from Nebraska.

  90. richm2256 says: Sep 16, 2011 4:53 PM

    Deb says:
    I have a suggestion. Did you see how my Steelers handled Haloti Ngata on Sunday?

    Okay … don’t do that.

    ———————————————————
    Gotta hand it to you; that right there was funny.

  91. maninmo says: Sep 16, 2011 4:54 PM

    Just go ahead and play Palko! Let him get crushed. Then maybe we can get a better back up QB!

  92. jsalis13 says: Sep 16, 2011 5:15 PM

    For the Chiefs there isn’t one. But lets see how Suh likes to go against the interior of Baltimore’s line.

  93. blackheld says: Sep 16, 2011 5:22 PM

    onetobeamup says: Sep 16, 2011 4:40 PM

    @jamezz23
    Davin Joseph handled Suh BY HIMSELF for 80% of the game. Fact of the matter is…Suh had ONE tackle and NO sacks. I stand by my statement.

    Suh has put up some highlight sacks and ripped some helmets off and all of a sudden, he can’t be stopped.
    Two games against the Buc’s and he’s shown NOTHING!

    ——————————–

    The Lions won both games against the Bucs. I suspect Schwartz is quite pleased with Suh and the entire defense. The big talk all last week was how Tampa would run the ball on Detroit. Blount was totally ineffective, and Tampa simply abandoned the run in the second half.

    Joseph did as well as any O-lineman has against Suh. Suh even said so. But…the double teams and triple teams happened, and you’ll note Vanden Bosch had nine tackles and a sack.

    Hate on Suh all you like. He doesn’t care…we who are Detroit fans don’t care…and…just wait til Nick Fairly joins him in the D-line rotation. You ain’t seen nuttin’ yet.

    It’s good to be a Detroit fan, these days.

    And…Go Green Bay and Minnesota. The NFC North rules…except I cannot cheer for Chicago, as long as they have Martz and Marinelli, who were responsible for the Lions’ 0-16 season.

  94. onetobeamup says: Sep 16, 2011 5:48 PM

    @jamezz23
    We won’t talk about the Winslow touchdown that was ruled offensive pass interference. Yeah…The NFL head of referees APOLOGIZED for that call.

    Seriously though, I get where you’re coming from. The Lions remind me a lot of the ’97 Bucs. You guys have an up and coming team and have a lot to be proud of. Good Luck.

    I’m just glad you don’t have Barry “Buc Killer” Sanders anymore.

  95. mrcosio says: Sep 16, 2011 6:00 PM

    You can start by stripping Bill Muir of his play calling duties

  96. mrcosio says: Sep 16, 2011 6:15 PM

    @ blackheld says:

    Don’t be silly, Matt Millen was responsible for the 0-16 season

  97. boogiesauce says: Sep 17, 2011 12:40 AM

    Can the Bucs fans get out of here….we already spanked that last week. Chiefs turn!

  98. jmacphee9 says: Sep 17, 2011 3:22 AM

    ninjapleazee says:
    Sep 16, 2011 2:01 PM
    Suh.. MONSTER game last week.. 1 tackle

    triple teamed half the game though. can’t stop him with 2.

  99. axespray says: Sep 17, 2011 4:20 PM

    ike1973 says:Sep 16, 2011 1:56 PM
    “It’s easy to block Suh. Just put 3 men on him.”

    That works?
    C’mon, that’s like saying, just put 3 buildings in front of Godzilla…. it’ll sorta slow him down.

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