We’ve been hearing a lot recently about how good Lions defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley look at training camp. Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch has a particularly good viewpoint on that.
Many of Tulloch’s assignments in the Lions’ defense require him to react to the way the opposing guards and center block Suh and Fairley. But Tulloch says Suh and Fairley are knocking opposing linemen backward as soon as the ball is snapped, making it hard for Tulloch to tell what the offense is trying to do. Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham says that’s getting tough for Tulloch to handle.
“The other day, Tully came off the field frustrated, I mean really frustrated,” Cunningham told the Detroit News. “We had a run-play-action drill, I said ‘Tully what’s wrong.’ He said, ‘I can’t get my reads, Nick and Suh are screwing up every play that they run. I couldn’t get any reads; they’re knocking the crap out of everybody.’ I was laughing because I saw it from the sideline. Going back to Suh and Nick playing together, everybody in the league is saying the same thing – look out.”
Of course, in training camp, the guys Suh and Fairley are knocking the crap out of are teammates. Which means the issue could just as easily be the weakness of the Lions offensive line as the strength of Suh and Fairley. The Lions just hope Suh and Fairley keep knocking the crap out of everybody when everybody is wearing a different uniform.