Ndamukong Suh says he doesn’t care if his numbers are down

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Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s numbers have declined across the board since his rookie year: He had more tackles, sacks, passes defensed and forced fumbles as a rookie than he has had in his second and third seasons combined. But Suh insists that a decline in his numbers doesn’t translate to a decline in his quality of play.

Asked about the box score from Sunday’s win over the Jaguars, which didn’t include Suh’s name at all, Suh bristled at any suggestion that he hadn’t had an impact.

If it was true, it would bug me,” Suh said, via Anwar S. Richardson of MLive.com. “But the key point in your question is recorded because the film never lies, and there’s been a lot of games I’ve experienced that throughout this year. For whatever reason, I can’t tell you that. You’ll have to ask somebody else, but that’s just the way the chips fell. In the stat book, I got no tackles. What I did on the field was a different story.”

After Suh’s rookie year, people were talking about him like he was the next Mean Joe Greene, a truly game-changing defensive lineman. There were even suggestions that Suh would have a greater impact on the Lions than Barry Sanders did. No one is suggesting that anymore: Suh is still a fine player, but he’s not a dominant force, and considering how high he set the bar as a rookie, he’s now viewed by some as a disappointment.

So what does Suh think about that?

“To me, I don’t care because I’ve always had high expectations when I came out as a senior in high school to a senior in college going into being a rookie here in the NFL,” Suh said. “To me, it doesn’t really matter.”

The numbers may not matter, but Suh’s production does. And the numbers reflect that Suh isn’t producing on the same level as he was when he was a rookie.

59 responses to “Ndamukong Suh says he doesn’t care if his numbers are down

  1. Suh is definitely not a bad 4-3 defensive tackle.

    But compared to his pre-draft hype and the potential his rookie year demonstrated, being “pretty good” is a disappointment.

  2. On behalf of Lions fans everywhere: Exactly who are these ‘some people’ that are disappointed?

    Suh is still a force, draws constant double and triple teams, and allows other guys to make plays. Stats are overrated in general, and seriously overrated for DTs.

  3. Even as a Lions fan, it is hard to believe anything he says after he denied stomping a player when the film clearly showed it.

  4. Ndamukong dont care about his skill level or who he stomp on or who’s car he wreaks. Detroit needs to throw his raggady azz out of there and DONT CARE.

  5. Haters keep hating. He’s a fine young man off the field, very respectful and polite. Sure, he can’t drive, but if you ever met him in real life you wouldn’t be able to pretend he is a villain like you like to do.

    And he’s as effective as an interior lineman can be in the current NFL. Dude is double and even triple teamed, so sure his stats are down.

    This Suh hate is so stupid, but so fitting for an America that seems to be completely ok with being ultra-hyperbolic. See recent presidential election for all the evidence you need. “Our side is good, and your side is EVIL” is said more and more.

    Seeing things in such black and white terms, instead of being able to think for yourself, just shows how un-intelligent you are.

  6. Who’s the moron that said Suh gets triple teamed? I’m sure he’s so good that everyone waste their center, guard, and another guard or tackle to block Suh and leaves the LB or DE to run freely to the backfield.

  7. stats in his rookie year were the outlier. he’s still a top-5 tackle and would be starting for any team in the league. he still pressures the QB, still knocks passes down. where i think he’s regressed is against the run. but i guarantee any team in the league would be glad to take him.

    if only he could be less of an a-hole away from the field, maybe then the media would leave him alone and allow him to pad his stats again. it seems like the attention gets him off his game.

  8. And that ladies and gentleman is why you dont waste the #2 pick on a d lineman when your needs are much greater at CB and LT. I think Walter has a good writeup from when the lions were thinking about this. It was teams who spent a top 5 pick on a dt and won a Superbowl with him.

  9. The person who said he’s good off the field is an idiot btw. Did you even read on those road rage or hit and run incidents?good people don’t do things like that. Those players donating money out of their own pockets for the hurricane? Those are good people.

  10. If Detroit doesn’t want him, we’ll take him in Washington, and to the person who doesn’t think he gets triple team he does there is a RB that blocks on some downs as well

  11. Why is it at that we get at least two suh-bashing stories every week? Speaking of dissapointments, how is Gerald McCoy doing down in Tampa (taken third, immediately after Suh)?

    I will readily admit his production has been down, but I find it ridiculous that an interior lineman on a .500 team gets multiple stories every week.

  12. hey moron when a guy gets triple teamed its doesnt mean the only guys that block him are centers guards and tackles , ever hear of a rb,fb ,tight end or wr blocking

  13. Wow I really hope Suh doesn’t even take the time to read all these idiots comments! He’s a force and everyone who denies it just wishes he was on their team!

  14. I don’t care that much about stats, but no way in hell a 4-3 defensive tackle can have a positive impact for his team with no tackles or assisted tackles. Zero is the same amount of tackles Betty White made.

  15. You can’t find one clip pf Suh getting tripled teamed. He’s the 3rd best d lineman they have. Besides when do you see a tight end chip inside the o line to block a d tack? Ever play the game before or just try to justify Suh being good?

  16. Suh is the dirtiest player in the nfl, He is the most hated by me and way overrated. One lucky season does not make you great. Doing it consistently does.

  17. Does he care that Gerald McCoy, taken one spot after him, has been significantly better than him this season?

  18. Does he care that Gerald McCoy, taken one spot after him, has been significantly better than him this season?
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    Significantly better? McCoy has 17 tackes and 3 sacks, while Suh has 12 tackes and 3.5 sacks. Not to mention this is McCoys first year of even moderate production. Keep trying though…

  19. Suh will not resign with the Lions and he knows it. My guess is this guy wants to be Warren Sapp. No, not on the field, in the broadcasts booth.

    I”ve got him going to a big big city team like the Jets or Giants, ya know, madison avenue. He is looking way beyond football right now.

    His agend must have told him that bad boys get the attention and news media so keep being bad. Stay in the news baby.

  20. isphet71 says:Nov 10, 2012 9:00 AM

    Haters keep hating. He’s a fine young man off the field, very respectful and polite. Sure, he can’t drive, but if you ever met him in real life you wouldn’t be able to pretend he is a villain like you like to do.
    __________________

    Thats just how people are, just pull up any article with Aaron Rodgers, they hate on the guy, no real reason hasn’t served any time.

    People just want to pile an on him because he answers questions honestly and apparently that makes it just more fun to bash people behind a user name.

  21. nonsense! unless he is a sociopath, he cares at least somewhat what others think and wants to play well. He didn’t do all the weight lifting, practices,etc for nothing. He needs to focus and control his anger/rage.

  22. I remember when Richard Seymour had a zero stat game. The yahoo radio hosts interviewed Belichick the next day. He said it was the most dominating game Seymour had played as a Patriot. I think the coaches know that they are doing what they are supposed to do, and doing it very well. Vince Wilfork is the same way. Zero stats across the board, but you can see him pushing the interior line in play after play.

  23. groleo45 says:
    Nov 10, 2012 9:36 AM
    Why is it at that we get at least two suh-bashing stories every week? Speaking of dissapointments, how is Gerald McCoy doing down in Tampa (taken third, immediately after Suh)?
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    Considering GMC is spearheading the league’s top rushing defense and his stats are better than Suh’s and without the on-field and off-field antics, I’d say he’s doing pretty well. GMC>Suh

  24. When Suh was putting up all these stats the Lions rush defense and defense in general were amongst the worst in the NFL. A DT’s #1 job isn’t to be a pass rusher.

  25. All talk, no walk.
    I don’t watch game films, but I’ve watched all but one of the Lions games this year, and Suh hasn’t made an impact in a single one of those games. He’s a very average player at this point, drawing double teams only part of the time, and still not making ANY tackles AT ALL, behind the line, at the line, or beyond. The talent is obviously there, but he disappears week after week, going through the motions.
    Legend in his own mind.

  26. I don’t know any Lions fans who are disappointed with his play. In my view, all stats are team stats.

    I do like how everyone has this phony concern for his play.

  27. Who really cares how some wussy players think? He is a superb DT every team wishes to have. FYI, am AFC east team fan.

  28. thekiy says: Nov 10, 2012 8:35 AM

    “Stats are overrated in general, and seriously overrated for DTs.”

    Funny how I only hear this argument from Lions fans defending Suh, or Megatron for only having one TD…And for what it’s woth, stats are not overrated, regardless of who you root for.

  29. eddielionhead says: Nov 10, 2012 8:47 AM

    “ask jay cutler if he does care lol”

    I might, if I knew Jay personally, and if he wasn’t more focused on leading the 7-1 Bears against the 7-1 Texans Sunday night.

  30. If suh was taken later in the draft then it would be okay for him to just be taking on double teams and not making plays for himself. But he was the second overall pick and you have ask for more from a guy making that much money. He should be shedding these blocks and making plays in the backfield.

  31. I don’t like him, but he’s a great player. If he got justa little class, and went to another team, he’d become a legend, but Detroit ain’t going anywhere anytime soon. They just don’t play up to the sum of their parts, like the Cowboys………….

  32. eddielionhead says: Nov 10, 2012 8:47 AM

    “ask jay cutler if he does care lol”
    —————————————————————Excellent point!

    After you take that one sack against Cutler away do you know what his stat line looks like for that game against one of the worst O lines in the league?

    Hint: It’s not plural…

  33. So he’s a hot-head on the field and a lousy driver — that’s not the point here. What is the point is that he’s a top 10 pick that hasn’t played like one for two years now. He might get some slack if he had built up any goodwill at all.

  34. Haters galore, including Michael David Smith. He hasn’t written a positive article about Suh since his entry into the NFL.
    Give the guy a break. He is doing his job.

  35. The numbers show that this is a team game, not an individual game. The Lions are #7 in the NFL in total defense.

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it haters!

  36. jimmylions says: Nov 11, 2012 5:10 AM

    “The numbers show that this is a team game, not an individual game. The Lions are #7 in the NFL in total defense.”

    And they’re fourth in the North, too.

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