Warren Sapp hasn’t been shy about sharing his negative take of Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh over the last couple of years and Suh’s aware of the criticism.
Suh’s heard the slights from Sapp. He responded Wednesday with an offer for the longtime star at the same positions Suh plays now. Instead of criticizing him, Suh invited Sapp to teach him how to be a better player in the coming years.
“Show me what you think I’m doing incorrectly, or I’ll just consider you a fan, somebody who just wants to criticize me,” Suh said, via Anwar Richardson of MLive.com. “I’m not afraid by any means, I said this since I’ve been young … I’m still young in this game, very much so, even though this is my third year. I’ve got a lot to learn. I’m not afraid to learn from anybody, whether it’s somebody immediately who I’m playing with or somebody who has been long gone and been out of the league already for five or six years. I’m not afraid to learn from anybody, in essence, take a back seat role, and learn from somebody who has gone through the ropes already.”
Sapp’s most frequent criticism of Suh has been about his football awareness, something that would seem to be a correctable problem as long as Suh is willing to make it a priority. Whether or not Sapp takes Suh up on his offer, the Lions defense will be better off if Suh makes the effort to improve in that regard this offseason.