In a week when much of the talk around the NFL has centered on the criticism that Tim Tebow took from an anonymous source in the Jets’ locker room, another one of the most polarizing players in the NFL has also taken some heat from an unnamed source.
In a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about the Packers’ upcoming game with the Lions, an unnamed NFC scout is quoted as saying that Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh hasn’t lived up to his physical talents because no one pushes him to bring the best out in himself.
“He is one example of a football culture that coddles elite players and does not force them to push themselves for fear that the player will tune you out,” the scout said. “We complain at this level that finding leaders is a difficult task, but leadership is, as Eddie Robinson once said, fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you. For a player like Ray Lewis, he demands so much of himself and is willing to push himself, that when he confronts a teammate over work ethic, the player has no choice but to respect him. Players like Suh do not demand excellence of themselves because they believe they can be excellent just by walking on the field. These players will underachieve by comparison to expectations.”
Since his breakout rookie season in 2010, Suh has taken a lot of heat for a decline in production, as well as personal fouls on the field and personal troubles off the field. The Lions’ coaching staff, however, has always insisted that Suh is playing well, even if he has fewer sacks and tackles than he did as a rookie. At least one scout seems to think that the Detroit coaches defending Suh are part of the problem.