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Jim Schwartz: Ndamukong Suh’s practice behavior hasn’t been an issue

Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh stands on the field during warms-ups of their NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Detroit in this file photo Reuters

On FOX’s pregame show on Sunday, Jay Glazer reported that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s penchant for crossing the line in games extended to practices as well.

“Even in practice, Ndamukong gives guys the business,” Glazer said.  “He’ll slam a guy’s head against the ground.  He’ll stomp on a guy.  He’ll take little shots at guys.  And guys are concerned if he can’t control himself even in practice with us, how can he control himself against someone else’s jersey?”

Lions coach Jim Schwartz was asked about Glazer’s report on Monday and said that there were no issues with Suh’s behavior and that he thought the team’s beat writers would have turned up something before Glazer if there were issues that needed to be dealt with.

“I can say unequivocally he has never slammed anybody’s head to the ground or stomped on anybody,” Schwartz said. “That’s just inflammatory stuff, it gets headlines and it gets reaction. But I would bet that you guys would have reported that long before a guy that’s never been to one of our practices reports it.”

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press quotes a team source as saying that Suh’s behavior has not been an issue this year, when the team opened all of their preseason practices to the media, but that there were times he got “too rough” in the past. Birkett writes that Schwartz seemed to keep his comments focused on the current season, but there wasn’t much sign in previous seasons that the Lions had problems with the way Suh conducted himself around his teammates.

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22 Responses to “Jim Schwartz: Ndamukong Suh’s practice behavior hasn’t been an issue”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 16, 2013 3:30 PM

    Step 1: identify the problem.

  2. thekiy says: Sep 16, 2013 3:31 PM

    All the beat reporters are agreeing with this, they’ve never seen it.

    I think Glazer is just off the mark on this one.

  3. dalcow4 says: Sep 16, 2013 3:38 PM

    Remember those 15 minutes when Schwartz was the hot new coach and the Lions were supposedly on the verge of dominance?

  4. hatesycophants says: Sep 16, 2013 3:45 PM

    Glazer made it up to pile on.

  5. theflyingtad says: Sep 16, 2013 3:46 PM

    Reporter: Coach Schwartz, are you failing to do your job at managing and controlling one of your players?

    Schwartz: Absolutely not. Our players are behaved and there are no issues with the way we run practice.

    What were we expecting the answer to be?

  6. mikewhorio says: Sep 16, 2013 3:47 PM

    Glazer should really be held accountable for this if it’s not true.

  7. wtfpft says: Sep 16, 2013 3:50 PM

    The head coach is the main problem with this football team. It’s hard to understand how ownership cannot see that, wait this is the Lions…no it’s not.

  8. flipadelphia says: Sep 16, 2013 3:57 PM

    If it really happened put your name on it.

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 16, 2013 3:58 PM

    We only care about the W/L record, that’s all that matters in the end. Win the games.

  10. mackcarrington says: Sep 16, 2013 3:59 PM

    Apparently the Detroit writers don’t have the same kind of negative agenda that the writers in New York City have for their local teams. They don’t want to run Suh out of town because regardless of his failings, he is still a great player.

  11. thetruthcampaign says: Sep 16, 2013 4:00 PM

    We all would’ve heard about it long before now, if it happened. Lions beat writers aren’t extreme fan boys, and they know what the issues are. They address them fairly. Never heard ANYTHING about this.

  12. deweyaxewound says: Sep 16, 2013 4:04 PM

    “A team source said Suh’s practice etiquette has not been an issue at all **THIS** year, but there were times he tended to get too rough in the past.

    In defending Suh, Schwartz seemed to keep his comments to **THIS** season, too…”

    -from the article.

    -Emphasis **MINE**

  13. Stupid Lions Fan says: Sep 16, 2013 4:08 PM

    At least it wasn’t an ‘unnamed source.’ The pathetic media is getting a little better. It’s still BS thou but hey, people are talking about Glazer, mission accomplished!

  14. peopletrains says: Sep 16, 2013 4:10 PM

    There was a history of Suh doing this back at Nebraska. No reason to believe it hasn’t continued in the NFL especially when his head coach is his enabler.

  15. lions81slappy says: Sep 16, 2013 4:10 PM

    to the guy who says glazer should be held accountable, he should be but won’t. that’s what happens when the source is “anonymous”, glazer can claim he is just protecting sources even if it is all hogwash. thanks respectable journalism!!!

  16. thetruthcampaign says: Sep 16, 2013 4:12 PM

    Team**MATES** elected Suh **TEAM CAPTAIN** this season, **SO…**

    - Emphasis **TRUTH**

  17. davikes says: Sep 16, 2013 4:24 PM

    All the sports “journalists” these days are really just rumor mongers. At least PFT has the sense to call it “news and rumors”. The rest should just fess up and do the same.

  18. furnhole says: Sep 16, 2013 4:30 PM

    I wish he was playing 20 years ago. He’d be in the Hall by now and boy, it be fun to watch.

  19. ocdn says: Sep 16, 2013 4:45 PM

    Jay Glazer is a tool for Fox sports. Just looking for sensationalized reporting. He’s the Jerry Springer of sports reporters.

  20. Nick says: Sep 16, 2013 4:58 PM

    Didn’t Tebow do something? Or a scuba team searching a lake in Massachusetts? Or Leslie Woodyard try to kick Eli Manning and it not get mentioned by anyone because he’s not Suh?

  21. caeser12 says: Sep 16, 2013 5:20 PM

    Jim Schwartz: Ndamukong Suh’s practice behavior hasn’t been an issue.”

    Translation: I’m scared of him.

  22. grruffgrruff says: Sep 17, 2013 10:37 AM

    Jim Schwartz: Ndamukong Suh’s practice behavior hasn’t been an issue

    No, it’s just his behavior on Sundays that has been an issue!

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