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After meeting, Goodell praises Suh’s “great skill and passion”

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Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh got his meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today, and afterward Goodell had nothing but praise for the player who has been decried by some as dirty.

“Ndamukong plays the game with great skill and passion and is a major reason for the Lions’ success this year,” Goodell wrote on Twitter.

The mere fact that Goodell chose to tweet about the meeting is interesting. Goodell isn’t particularly active on Twitter; the only time he tweeted in the entire month of October was when Al Davis died. So Goodell choosing to go on Twitter and address the fans directly about the Suh meeting suggests that Goodell wants to get in front of the story and put forward his praise of Suh, lest he be portrayed as cracking down on one of the NFL’s most dynamic and charismatic young players.

It was Suh who requested the meeting in the first place, saying he wanted to know why he’s been fined multiple times for hits on opposing quarterbacks. Suh wrote on Facebook after the meeting that he was pleased with what he heard from the commissioner.

For his part, Goodell said he thinks Suh has been playing the game the right way.

“We reviewed video showing that he has clearly made the adjustments to play consistently w/in the rules so that he can continue to help the team,” Goodell wrote. “We commend Ndamukong’s leadership in taking the initiative to schedule today’s meeting.”

As trips to the principal’s office go, it sounds like Suh’s was a success.

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24 Responses to “After meeting, Goodell praises Suh’s “great skill and passion””
  1. waxthat says: Nov 1, 2011 5:52 PM

    teachers pet. did he leave an apple on your desk, goodell?

  2. nfloracle says: Nov 1, 2011 6:10 PM

    Looks like Suh’s read the self-improvement books on being proactive to take charge of situations.

    Smart guy; great player.

    What a future he has.

  3. getweird4u says: Nov 1, 2011 6:18 PM

    Say what you want about how he plays the game (dirty vs. all out ) no one out there that wouldnt want this stud on their d-line

  4. teal379 says: Nov 1, 2011 6:25 PM

    Goodell’s positive outlook on Suh probably has a lot to do with the fact Suh could break him in 2 and eat him before anyone would notice.

  5. footballisking says: Nov 1, 2011 6:33 PM

    Every coach and player in the league is blowing Suh’s phone up trying to find out if for the first time ever a concrete and proper explanation on the rule has been given…I am leaning towards no from past experience on this issue

  6. Soulman45 says: Nov 1, 2011 6:48 PM

    The best T in football doing his thing getting ahead of a problem how coming home to help the Lions win a Super Bowl.

  7. dapell says: Nov 1, 2011 7:26 PM

    Suh’s sack numbers are way down this year and while he’s been very good, he’s hardly been dominant. I’d say the rules are hurting him.

  8. simplesimon1 says: Nov 1, 2011 7:45 PM

    dapell says: “Suh’s sack numbers are way down this year and while he’s been very good, he’s hardly been dominant. I’d say the rules are hurting him.”

    This is the problem with people who only look at stats. The kid is just as dominant this season as last season. He’s been doubled and tripled every play all year. People keep expecting 10 sacks every year. It’s not going to happen. If you haven’t noticed the D-line of the Lions is ahead of last year in sacks. Suh is eating up blockers and the others are one on one. He is playing just as good this year as last year if you actually watch the games.

  9. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Nov 1, 2011 8:07 PM

    Mybe Dunte from the Falcons should stop in and show the commish he’s a good guy too !

  10. teal379 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:06 PM

    simplesimon1 says:
    Nov 1, 2011 7:45 PM
    dapell says: “Suh’s sack numbers are way down this year and while he’s been very good, he’s hardly been dominant. I’d say the rules are hurting him.”

    This is the problem with people who only look at stats. The kid is just as dominant this season as last season. He’s been doubled and tripled every play all year. People keep expecting 10 sacks every year. It’s not going to happen. If you haven’t noticed the D-line of the Lions is ahead of last year in sacks. Suh is eating up blockers and the others are one on one. He is playing just as good this year as last year if you actually watch the games.
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    Same idiots say that Clay Mathew’s play has gone down this year and try and attribute that to testing – ignoring that he’s not just a pass rusher anymore. He’s playing a lot more in covereage and doing a good job of it as well.

  11. woodyg says: Nov 1, 2011 9:14 PM

    Looks like Suh is finally playing within the rules of the game ….. Against Denver, he was credited with one tackle & zero anything else ….. However, I did notice him openly singing at halftime sitting on the bench waiting for the 2nd half to begin ….. It was embarassing & I doubt any Lions’ Fans will even want to comment on it ….. What is Suh? … Like about 12 years old or something?

  12. sbxxix says: Nov 1, 2011 9:20 PM

    Old school style player. Gotta love this guy unlike those linemen who cry about dirty plays. If someone plays you dirty you gotta play them NASTY!!! Suh does it all the time and appearently the commish likes it

  13. m2karateman says: Nov 1, 2011 9:28 PM

    dapell says: Nov 1, 2011 7:26 PM

    Suh’s sack numbers are way down this year and while he’s been very good, he’s hardly been dominant. I’d say the rules are hurting him.
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    Shows what you know. Suh is tied for fourth among DTs in the league in sacks. His numbers are down from last season, that’s true. But at this time last season teams were just starting to game plan against him as an individual, because he was destroying them. He’s constantly double teamed now. Last season, not so much until the second half of the year. He’s also tied for fifth among DTs in the NFL in total tackles. I’d say that’s pretty much a strong season for a guy who hasn’t been dominant.

    Tell me, what DT has been MORE dominant than Suh?

  14. scudbot says: Nov 1, 2011 9:34 PM

    Suh’s getting doubled and tripled, which provides a big benefit to other D players. Same thing’s happening with Clay Matthews and undoubtedly some other D menaces. Last I looked Suh was ranked 11th for pressures/sacks/QB hits for D lineman. He’s doing more than fine.

    But damn. He really ought to try staying out of the media spotlight instead of giving it sound bites. And stop producing bulletin board material for other teams. That way lies ruin.

    Not really related, but I’m totally fed up with Dollar Roger.

  15. mojosmagic says: Nov 1, 2011 10:02 PM

    Now go crush somebody.

  16. steelersownyou says: Nov 1, 2011 10:05 PM

    Amazing! The guy rips helmets off. Laughs & makes jokes while matt ryan lays on the ground hurt, but james harrison n & a great competitor says goodell. The guy males no sense & has no clue how to run a league. Go back to ambulance chasing goodell!is evil and suh has passio

  17. hrtbrokeskinzfan says: Nov 1, 2011 10:32 PM

    For purely selfish reasons I hope this guy goes Albert haynesworth in a few years when he hits FA. He’s too good & I am jealous of Detroit. Detroit?!?!?

  18. tombradyallday says: Nov 1, 2011 10:50 PM

    suh prolly threatened to tackle goodell if he fined him again. thats y hes gettin praised ha jk

  19. Deb says: Nov 1, 2011 11:20 PM

    So Goodell has fined Suh multiple times … but now he’s looked at the film and says Suh is playing the game the right way?

    I’ll buy that. Goodell has fined Suh for playing the game the right way. That man is a menace. And no, I don’t mean Suh.

  20. yoopthreat says: Nov 1, 2011 11:51 PM

    woodyg says:
    Nov 1, 2011 9:14 PM
    Looks like Suh is finally playing within the rules of the game ….. Against Denver, he was credited with one tackle & zero anything else ….. However, I did notice him openly singing at halftime sitting on the bench waiting for the 2nd half to begin ….. It was embarassing & I doubt any Lions’ Fans will even want to comment on it ….. What is Suh? … Like about 12 years old or something?

    ==================================

    if you didn’t notice, the lions defense had 7 sacks and quite a bit of that was directly led from suh drawing so much attention inside. and you know what? i got a huge kick out of suh bouncing around to some tunes on the bench!! i thought it was great! they were out there having a good-ol-time, just the way it’s supposed to be!

  21. stevenfbrackett says: Nov 2, 2011 1:42 AM

    So, Goodell, tell us how his butt tastes…..

  22. piemasteruk says: Nov 2, 2011 3:06 AM

    The reason Goddell is waxing lyrical about Suh is probably because, for the first time that I can remember, a player getting repeatedly fined has actually had the maturity and common sense to request a meeting to discuss the issue.

    Has James Harrison ever done this? Terrell Owens? Nope, they just complained endlessly about it in interviews and on Twitter instead. Suh is probably a breath of fresh air in the league office right now.

  23. leofan1234 says: Nov 2, 2011 9:54 AM

    steelersownyou says:
    Nov 1, 2011 10:05 PM
    Amazing! The guy rips helmets off. Laughs & makes jokes while matt ryan lays on the ground hurt, but james harrison n & a great competitor says goodell. The guy males no sense & has no clue how to run a league. Go back to ambulance chasing goodell!is evil and suh has passio

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    look another person who doesn’t watch the games!

    Whose helmet did he rip off? Andy Dalton’s? Look back at the film, buddy. Dalton didn’t have his chin strap secured before the play. Please keep pretending that this is the first helmet to ‘fall off.’

    Where did you see him laughing and making fun of Matt Ryan? Show me the clip because the clips that I have saw show Suh no where near Matt Ryan. And don’t you think that if he DID say something that the ATL players would have taken care of it then rather than run to the media after?

    Keep beleiving everything you read.

  24. Deb says: Nov 2, 2011 12:36 PM

    piemasteruk says:

    The reason Goddell is waxing lyrical about Suh is probably because, for the first time that I can remember, a player getting repeatedly fined has actually had the maturity and common sense to request a meeting to discuss the issue.

    Has James Harrison ever done this? Terrell Owens? Nope, they just complained endlessly about it in interviews and on Twitter instead. Suh is probably a breath of fresh air in the league office right now.

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    Well, you’re wrong. James Harrison did exactly what Suh did. He requested a meeting with Goodell last season so Goodell could explain what he was doing wrong. He and Steelers owner/president Art Rooney II attended the meeting. Afterward, Goodell praised Harrison just as he’s praising Suh.

    When you don’t know, don’t post.

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