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Nick Fairley: Suh and I are the best defensive tackle pair in the NFL


The bold proclamations from Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley are continuing.

When we last checked in with Fairley, he was predicting the Lions would go to the Super Bowl. Now Fairley is saying that he and Ndamukong Suh are already the best defensive tackle tandem in the NFL.

Of course,” Fairley told the team’s website. “We’re going to give guys trouble, man. It’s like pick your poison this year with our defensive line. You cannot come in and double-team Ndamukong and you can’t come in and double-team me.”

Fairley said that there’s so much talent on the line, with him and Suh in the middle and a three-man rotation at defensive end, that opposing offensive linemen aren’t going to be able to block them all.

“You won’t be able to double-team Ziggy [Ansah] or Jason Jones or Willie [Young]. You have to pick who you’re going to bring your back to chip. We’re going to feed off each other, and when we get that chemistry down, it’s going to look real good for us,” Fairley said.

Fairley came on strong in his second season and was one of the Lions’ few bright spots in a disappointing year. The Lions will need Fairley and Suh to be as good as he says they are, if they’re going to be as good a team as he says they will be.

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101 Responses to “Nick Fairley: Suh and I are the best defensive tackle pair in the NFL”
  1. seatownballers says: May 16, 2013 10:19 AM

    I don’t doubt that front as being top rated. It’s the lions secondary that loses them games tho

  2. kouks22 says: May 16, 2013 10:20 AM

    Ah, Geno Atkins is better than them combined no matter who plays beside him, Domato, or one of their young studs from last year.

  3. kissmyconverse says: May 16, 2013 10:23 AM

    Until Star and Short get a year under their belt…

  4. chasefan31 says: May 16, 2013 10:23 AM

    Nobody needs to double team either of them. They will be rendered useless by the teams deploying misdirection into their game plans.

  5. twilson962 says: May 16, 2013 10:25 AM

    I like Fairley, and think he can be a heck of a player. But to be honest, Suh & a tunafish sandwich would be in the top 10 DT pair in the NFL.

  6. johnelwayishorsefaced says: May 16, 2013 10:25 AM

    They are. There really isn’t any question about it.

  7. shaggytoodle says: May 16, 2013 10:26 AM

    You both got to be on the field to take advantage of that, so if neither of you get suspended for anything this season you may be able to take advantage of that.

  8. tiggerblood says: May 16, 2013 10:27 AM

    Umm no. Peko Atkins. Let me know when you put up the numbers to go with the hype, Mr. Fairley.

  9. reesesteel23 says: May 16, 2013 10:27 AM

    Kevin Williams and Shariff Floyd > Fairley and Suh

  10. charlesanakin says: May 16, 2013 10:28 AM

    They are the best DT combo in the league. It’s really not even close.

  11. bossbertozzi says: May 16, 2013 10:29 AM

    He’s actually right this time

  12. johnnyb1976 says: May 16, 2013 10:29 AM

    There’s a couple of guys in Cincy that says different nick. Geno Atkins and Domata Peko says you talk to much.

  13. onearmsteven says: May 16, 2013 10:30 AM

    what has nick fairley even done in the NFL?

  14. purpleguy says: May 16, 2013 10:30 AM

    Admittedly, they have the best egos.

  15. realdealsteel says: May 16, 2013 10:31 AM

    He should feel that way..good for him. To bad his GM didn’t want to get him some quality secondary players in the off-season to help him.

  16. iluvbears says: May 16, 2013 10:32 AM

    They may be in talent, but they certainly ARE NOT in on-field production. Once they get their act together we can talk about them being best. Until then, they are just pretenders, like the rest of that team.

  17. tremoluxman says: May 16, 2013 10:32 AM

    Oh, really? Kevin Williams and his rookie partner might have a different take.

  18. kev86 says: May 16, 2013 10:33 AM

    Talk is cheap chubby

  19. profootballboss says: May 16, 2013 10:35 AM

    and you have the Super Bowl rings to prove it

  20. jwil007 says: May 16, 2013 10:36 AM

    Match tackles and sacks between Atkins and Peko and Fairley and Suh….Who wins? Atkins has blown Suh away for 2 years straight.. And we wont even talk about the DE’s comparisons…. Dunlap and Mike Johnson with Wallace Gilberry and James Harrison coming off the edge….Dude please..Stop smokin.. LOL

  21. inyofaceagain says: May 16, 2013 10:37 AM

    Maybe until Shariff lines up next to K-Will.

  22. redandgoldhitman52 says: May 16, 2013 10:39 AM

    hey nick fairley , thanks for the early morning joke.

  23. dwarftosser says: May 16, 2013 10:41 AM

    Yup, just like you couldn’t double team Suh before because that would leave Vanden Bosch alone and he would.. oh wait.

    Every year the Lions have the best DL on paper.. and then reality sets in and you see how overrated Suh and the rest of them are. This will be yet another year of them disappointing their fans but not surprising anyone who is paying attention.

  24. kayakattack says: May 16, 2013 10:45 AM

    This article makes me miss the William’s tandem in Minnesotta and Stroud-Henderson in Jax.. Now those were DT tandems that gave teams nightmares…

  25. bigbenh8tr says: May 16, 2013 10:45 AM

    It’s nice to see Suh’s performance in the championship game still carry this much weight

  26. slowclyde86 says: May 16, 2013 10:46 AM

    To label one’s self in such a way is silly. If it’s true, others will do it for you. If it’s not, you just look stupid.

  27. silverhornet says: May 16, 2013 10:48 AM

    ah the offseason. So much talking and bragging. Although this time, it actually sounds correct.

  28. kaliker says: May 16, 2013 10:49 AM

    Starks/Soliai most underrated DT combo

  29. bengalguy says: May 16, 2013 10:52 AM

    Peko & Atkins….hands down!!!!!!

  30. johnnyjagfan says: May 16, 2013 10:52 AM

    Best at stacking up arrests and guilty pleas, maybe.

  31. hrmlss says: May 16, 2013 10:52 AM

    I just snorted coffee out my nose and ruined my dress shirt.

  32. christopherdene says: May 16, 2013 10:53 AM

    Fairley and Suh combined for 13.5 sacks during 2012, second most among defensive tackle duos. Cincinnati’s Geno Atkins and Domata Peko totaled 14.5 sacks, with 12.5 belonging to Atkins.

    And keep in mind Fairley missed the Lions’ final three regular-season games.

  33. pigskinrube says: May 16, 2013 10:54 AM

    You sir, are one drug test away from irrelevance. You have a long way to go before you can be Robin…

    I’d like to see you live up to your potential though.

  34. phinfan says: May 16, 2013 10:58 AM

    Its too bad Suh gives them too many penalties. Can’t win when the defense plays for the offense.

  35. jamesmcv72 says: May 16, 2013 10:59 AM

    JJ Watt and Antonio Smith are better than Suh and Fairley. Actually JJ Watt and a homeless guy are still better than those two.

    Yeah, yeah, I know Watt and Smith are 3-4 DEs. But 3-4 DEs and 4-3 DTs are basically the same position.

    Anyway, I think the interior of Houston, San Franciso, and Cincy’s D-lines are better than Detroit’s.

  36. ucbfan says: May 16, 2013 11:00 AM

    Profootball focus has Fairley and Suh rated in the top five at their position using an objective evaluation system. Ah, yes they are the best DT tandem in NFL.

  37. patrickvwashington says: May 16, 2013 11:00 AM

    Nothing better than early morning jokes from a joke of a team like the lions.

  38. quicktaker says: May 16, 2013 11:01 AM

    I’ll take Haloti Ngata and who ever plays next to him. I’ll take Haloti Ngata and a tin can.

  39. t8ertot says: May 16, 2013 11:02 AM

    Bengals disagree

  40. 1oldpro says: May 16, 2013 11:02 AM

    Even if what he says is true, it doesn’t seem to have helped the team win much.

  41. evilglazers666 says: May 16, 2013 11:03 AM

    Welcome to “The Stomping Grounds!”

  42. tokyosandblaster says: May 16, 2013 11:04 AM


    Thanks for being a punch line for all these years, Detroit.

  43. golfongrass311 says: May 16, 2013 11:04 AM

    Yeah okay…. The 9ers were blown out of the SB until Ngata got hurt. He is better (when Healthy ) than those two combined.

  44. staffordsyear says: May 16, 2013 11:08 AM

    Sharrif Floyd hasn’t played a down in the NFL and Kevin Williams is on thae back end of his career..spare me that nonsense.

  45. theboondoggles says: May 16, 2013 11:08 AM

    Atkins was a one man show last season, but Suh and Fairley are the better tandem. Go look at the numbers.

  46. @Cereal_22 says: May 16, 2013 11:12 AM

    Ngata & Williams

  47. pacopicopiedra says: May 16, 2013 11:13 AM

    Miami’s D Line will be better, especially against the run. Cam Wake, Dion Jordan, Randy Starks, and Paul Soliai, with Odrick in for Jordan on running downs. That’s a great line.

  48. lks311 says: May 16, 2013 11:13 AM

    tremoluxman says:
    May 16, 2013 10:32 AM
    Oh, really? Kevin Williams and his rookie partner might have a different take.
    Floyd may be a tad overrated. Check out the Florida-Kentucky game highlights from this past year and watch how Larry Warford abused him all game long. The NFL is full of Larry Warfords.

  49. packmangamble says: May 16, 2013 11:14 AM

    The only way you two are going to the Super Bowl is if you buy tickets for it.

  50. daysend564 says: May 16, 2013 11:16 AM

    Best at getting arrested

  51. christopherdene says: May 16, 2013 11:16 AM

    Actually Suh was hardly penalized last year.

  52. ndrick731 says: May 16, 2013 11:17 AM

    Did he make this statement from a jail cell?

  53. bullcharger says: May 16, 2013 11:17 AM

    When the media asks a player if they are the best at their position, and they say yes, it’s not the same as the player volunteering that opinion.

    Some players down play those questions and answer in a media savvy way and others answer honestly… “yes I am the best… yes I think we’ll win the Super Bowl”. Every player at that level is confident and believes in themselves.

    I don’t think anything here was particularly bold.

  54. AntoineDodson says: May 16, 2013 11:26 AM

    Gen0>Suh – that’s without taking into consideration that Suh is an idiot, on and off the field.

  55. elmustardo says: May 16, 2013 11:26 AM

    Keep talking Nick.

    Youre still a Detroit Lion.

  56. cgravyboat says: May 16, 2013 11:27 AM

    Newsflash Bengals fans: Atkins and Peko are overrated. Atkins has that many sacks because the line in general (including DEs) and LB core are all very strong as a “front seven.” He also plays against Ben Roethlsiberger, Joe Flacco, and Brandon Weeden who all hold onto the ball so long that it starts to deflate… I’m not saying he isn’t a great player, just that he gets far too much hype for what he actually does. I point to week 17 when Geno Gradkowski (Ravens center in his 1st start) completely nullified Atkins with no help! Fairly and Suh are obviously the best 1-2 DT tandem in the NFL. K-Will is getting old and Shariff is unproven in the NFL. He struggled against top-tier talent in the SEC when he was matched up. Watch out for Ngata and Brandon Williams this year!

  57. prideof10000lakes says: May 16, 2013 11:28 AM

    I wonder what Adrian Peterson would have to say about this…

  58. bahoto34 says: May 16, 2013 11:30 AM

    You also forgot to mention that you don’t have cliff avril this year taking away the attention. If anything, I see their numbers declining

  59. radrntn says: May 16, 2013 11:31 AM

    hard to argue with that.

  60. raiderlyfe510 says: May 16, 2013 11:36 AM

    On paper they are, but not on the field,

  61. SilentMajority says: May 16, 2013 11:38 AM

    Regardless how good you think they are I think everyone can agree that they’d be better if they quit kicking people in the balls…

  62. footstepsfalco says: May 16, 2013 11:49 AM

    Sorry buddy, while Nick Fairley is sitting on his couch smoking weed watching his days at Auburn where no one blocked him into his first round draft status, and Ndamukong Suh is driving 120mph down Detroit streets after school lets out…

    Paul Soliai and Randy Starks are making Probowls, combining for close to 20 years of NFL experience, creating one of the most versatile DT tandems in the league. Backed up by first round draft pick Jared Odrick, and before that Kendal Langford who is now starting on the rams for a nice chunk of change, they also give way to Cameron Wake a perennial Pro-bowler now, and 3rd overall pick Dion Jordan out of Oregon.

    Good luck Suh and Fairley. you have the potential, but put some time in the NFL first, watch some games of other DT;s who have been doing it longer, and try to have some sustained success. As of now you haven’t, so don’t pull a (vontae davis and sean smith) and let your mouth write checks your butt cant cash

  63. thestrategyexpert says: May 16, 2013 11:55 AM

    And last year we had the best DL hands down by far and it would have been a shocker if we didn’t lead the league in sacks.

    Newsflash – we didn’t come close.

  64. jprcox says: May 16, 2013 11:56 AM

    I think Lions will be a playoff team this year, and I even expect them to compete for the division – perhaps they have the best DT combo. Their DBs and LBs are far from solid, and this is a team sport.

  65. logicalbuccaneersvoice says: May 16, 2013 11:59 AM

    McCoy Spence is the best DT combo. Bowers McCoy Spence Clayborn best DL in the league.

    50 sacks this year. #bucsnation

  66. themackstrong says: May 16, 2013 12:14 PM

    I think they are the top tandem, last year both were getting so much pressure up the middle and I don’t see other teams doing that. The negative though is the get run on for too many years and that’s part of being a DT. Dolphins DT’s were as stout as can be but not the same pass rush pressure.

  67. packerfan12 says: May 16, 2013 12:15 PM

    They have 3 picks in the top 14…They SHOULD have a top rated defensive line, if they don’t they need to reevaluate who’s drafting their players.

  68. njdet says: May 16, 2013 12:18 PM

    He’s right. They are the best by far.

  69. jwil007 says: May 16, 2013 12:19 PM

    Compare the entire Front 7 of both Detroit and Cincy…Compare the DE’s along with the DT’s…How many sacks did Detroit have as a team vs Cincy? Where did Detroit rank in Run defense vs Cincy? What about tackles solo and assisted? What about total defense for 2012?? Atkins better than Suh Hands down… Fairley and Peko I call a wash…and Devon Still and Brandon Thompson will quickly get to Fairley’s level… SOME of Detroit fans are delusional along with Fairley….LOL

  70. steelers4385 says: May 16, 2013 12:26 PM

    Atkins and peko? Lol. Please. Id rather have fairly and suh. You morons look at numbers and not in between the lines with all the little stuff suh and fairly do.

  71. Talk football or shut your pie hole... says: May 16, 2013 12:32 PM

    I’d say they have as much “potential” as anyone. But so far they haven’t gotten close to being the best DT combo in the league. Far from it.

  72. timmihendrix says: May 16, 2013 12:36 PM

    Suh and Fairley are up there now and you can’t argue their potential. I’m not saying the lions defense is gonna be great but their DB situation is pretty good. Houston and Quinn are solid. Delmas can be great when healthy. Bentley, Green and Slay all show potential as #2’s. The problem last year was injuries (especially to the safeties) and with Speivey now being a backup and the young CBs gaining some experience that helps a ton. The DEs and OLBS are a much bigger concern than the DBs.

  73. jjackwagon says: May 16, 2013 12:38 PM

    IF it were true, you wouldn’t have to say it, others would be saying it for you.

  74. spooner97 says: May 16, 2013 12:40 PM

    Okay so get out there and prove it.

  75. deflateddome says: May 16, 2013 12:42 PM

    Lets just see if they can stay off the Police blotter for a season. Then talk about being the best

  76. harrisonhits2 says: May 16, 2013 12:46 PM

    If you have to run around trumpeting that you’re the best, you’re not.

  77. PayBizzy says: May 16, 2013 12:51 PM

    Jerome Brown(God Bless) Was Better Than You Two Combined

  78. theytukrjobs says: May 16, 2013 12:55 PM

    It is a solid front 4 but not by any means the best in football. And you need to play defense behind that front 4 for it to really be effective. Suh I feel is good but slightly over rated based on how much attention he garners. Fairley hasn’t really done much yet.

    I’d take the Vikings front 4 over this one, especially if Floyd can play the nose for a year in Vikes 4-3. There you have Allen, Floyd, Williams, Robison, with Griffen floating around in sub packages. Straight nasty.

    Vikes line led the league in sacks and added a guy most boards had as #3 in the entire draft.

  79. dsimo says: May 16, 2013 1:03 PM


  80. judsonjr says: May 16, 2013 1:09 PM

    So dominant that the Lions were 27th in points allowed.

  81. easyeintennessee says: May 16, 2013 1:12 PM

    Geno Adkins by himself is the best DT duo in the league. WHO DEY!

  82. Nick says: May 16, 2013 1:13 PM

    @ jamesmcv72 says:
    Yeah, yeah, I know Watt and Smith are 3-4 DEs. But 3-4 DEs and 4-3 DTs are basically the same position.

    Anyway, I think the interior of Houston, San Franciso, and Cincy’s D-lines are better than Detroit’s.

    The fact that players can play both positions does not make them “basically the same position”. Huge difference in scheming.

  83. moeman79 says: May 16, 2013 1:19 PM

    hmm they could be, but for all the talent that team has where are the wins? A good pass rush can make a bad secondary look good…so does that mean the secondary is JV league? All the money and top draft picks on your d-line I would expect total devastation? So does this mean your just lazy? IDK

  84. kabasaman says: May 16, 2013 1:19 PM

    Yea, that’s why the Lions are picking in the top 5 of the draft every year. You two might be good, but the rest of your team sucks……

  85. j4man1 says: May 16, 2013 1:21 PM

    Didn’t you two play together last year, yeah, how did that work out for you. None of you call for a double team. The only difference between you and every other DT in the league is they are real and you have to stomp on people.

  86. Norseman says: May 16, 2013 1:25 PM

    “Best” isn’t the right word. “Most” is more appropriate, as in MOST:

    – overrated
    – arrogant
    – trash-talking
    – undisciplined
    – unlawful
    – dirty

    If you want an example of someone who has been the best over his long career, look at Kevin Williams. He lets his play on the field speak for itself. Something most players in Detroit fail to understand.

  87. whatjusthapped says: May 16, 2013 1:31 PM

    The Lions were 4-12 last year, who cares if what he says is true or not, it sure didn’t reflect in their record.

  88. lionsdraftguy says: May 16, 2013 1:36 PM

    Suh and Fairley have the potential to be the best DT in the league. Anyone that disagrees with that simply does not watch football. But they have to prove it this year.

    And anyone that says they have no on-field production is a moron. Just talking crap to talk crap, and they dont know a thing about football.

  89. bookofelisha10 says: May 16, 2013 2:38 PM

    “Of course,” Fairley told the team’s website. “We’re going to give guys trouble, man.”


    que the police chief investigation

  90. scoregasmic says: May 16, 2013 2:41 PM

    Suh picked up double and sometimes triple teams on every down last year. I’m gonna go ahead and agree with NFL coaches that he is a beast. Instead of listening to fans who think they know how to scout. I’m sick of the Suh hate. Yes he stomped a guy it was wrong…but GET OVER IT. I mean come on he’s young he makes mistakes. He’s aggressive and I love that about him. He will go down as one of the best DTs of all time. Fairly needs to stay healthy but if he does look out this Dline could be something special. Once Ziggy gets goin and Willie or Jason do their thing. I’m excited.

  91. lionsdraftguy says: May 16, 2013 2:49 PM

    Funny how has Suh and Fairley rated #1 DT tandem in league. Thats the National Football Leagues website folks.

    Id have to agree with them.

  92. ososrule says: May 16, 2013 3:04 PM

    Yeah……ok, that’s why they were 4-12 last year….

  93. rohlo says: May 16, 2013 3:23 PM

    fairley is becoming annoying..thing is i remember him more for his playing at auburn than i do in detroit… stop riding that dirty player suh’s coatails fairley!!! ever heard of that old school rap song “you talk to much,and you never shut up” …..
    be about it,dont talk about it!!!!!

  94. jimmysee says: May 16, 2013 3:36 PM

    Hey Hey — and Henry and Tommy Aaron are the brothers who combined have the most home runs in major league history!

  95. 3spooky5me says: May 16, 2013 3:58 PM

    Geno Atkins was rated +80 this season by pro football focus. The next defensive tackle was Gerald Mccoy at +31.2. So we can assume that Suh’s and Fairleys grade combined are not as good as Atkins. He made more plays than those 2 combined

  96. coltzfan166 says: May 16, 2013 4:52 PM

    They actually are

  97. ironman721 says: May 16, 2013 5:44 PM

    If you don’t agree, they will stomp you and kick you in the groin.

  98. commitment2excrement says: May 16, 2013 6:18 PM

    Justin Smith is better than them both. Combined

  99. sprtsfan1 says: May 16, 2013 8:12 PM

    Ha! Spoken like a true Lions fan. Hahahahaha!!!

  100. vikescry1 says: May 16, 2013 11:41 PM

    funny the lions players mouth’s are righting check’s their play on the field can’t cash. 4-12 again??? oh let’s be nice 6-10.

  101. allen227 says: May 17, 2013 7:40 AM

    Seriously? What have you done Fairly? Exactly! Not a damn thing!

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