Gunther Cunningham thinks anonymous rip of Suh “obnoxious”

AP

Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham gave an entirely Gunther Cunningham response when asked about the anonymous scout’s comment that Ndamukong Suh was “coddled” and an underachiever.

Cunningham called the comment “obnoxious,” and said he’d love to have a word with the unnamed NFC scout.

“You can cross some things with me, the line, and say things, but you don’t say that about anybody I deal with,” Cunningham said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “It’s against the rules, as far as I’m concerned.

“And I’m not being anonymous, by the way. I’m saying it, and so if you can find out who it was, I’ll go visit him, and we’ll find out.”

The idea that Cunningham would coddle anyone seems unusual, given his hard-boiled style.

“Anybody that knows me, that’s bad to say that I’m going to let a player get away with anything — anything,” Cunningham said. “I don’t do that, and if there’s one thing that I really get upset about is somebody challenges me on that.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time. I make guys play that don’t want to play, and you can take a poll around the league, a lot of guys would want to choke me to death, but they made a lot of money, they had a lot of success, and I’m not about ever to back off a player. Ever. Ever.”

Or anonymous sources, apparently.

12 responses to “Gunther Cunningham thinks anonymous rip of Suh “obnoxious”

  1. They always get so upset over ‘anonymous’ statements … but never seem to address whether or not they’re true. Hint … they are.

  2. Get ’em Gunther! I may not agree with the wide 9 every single play but he’s right: anonymous smack talkers, especially those who have no idea what goes on within the Lions organization are obnoxious, to say the least.

  3. These “anonymous sources” are either cowards who won’t stand up and be real people, writers of fiction looking to get a reaction, or front office people looking to advance an agenda. In any event, I wish “reporters” would stop quoting them.

  4. fuglyflorio says:
    Nov 16, 2012 2:54 PM
    They always get so upset over ‘anonymous’ statements … but never seem to address whether or not they’re true. Hint … they are.
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    Did you read the story?

  5. The Lion’s defensive coordinator probably shouldn’t run around challenging any criticism of his players. I’d wait until you have had at least 6 months without any arrests or drama before you start beating your chest.

  6. It’s a shame that the media uses anonymous sources so often. I would bet that many don’t even exist. It could be just a lame way to give their speculation some credibility. If someone is not willing to attach their name to what they say then they are a coward or are violating trust. Either is grounds to ignore what they say.

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