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Lions’ website pushes Suh as defensive player of the year candidate

Ndamukong Suh Jay Cutler AP

Fans of 31 other teams may view Ndamukong Suh as the dirtiest defensive player in the NFL. But supporters of the Lions see Suh as perhaps the best defensive player in the NFL.

The Lions’ website is pushing the case that Suh should be viewed as an early defensive player of the year candidate, noting that he has played well early in the season and played particularly well on Sunday against the Bears, sacking Jay Cutler twice, forcing a fumble and adding two more tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

There’s little doubt that Suh is a force in the middle of the Lions’ defensive line. When he burst on the scene as the defensive rookie of the year in 2010, he had 10 sacks, but Suh said after Sunday’s game that he believes his rookie year was his worst year, and that he has consistently improved since then. And there’s a good case to be made that Suh is right. He’s more disruptive and better against the run now than he ever was before.

If Suh can keep being disruptive and refrain from crossing the line between “tough” and “dirty,” he’s going to help the Lions win a lot of games. And may win himself some individual awards as well.

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56 Responses to “Lions’ website pushes Suh as defensive player of the year candidate”
  1. thekiy says: Sep 30, 2013 11:32 AM

    They are right. He’s been absolutely dominant.

  2. groleo45 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:33 AM

    Hard for a DT to win this kind of stats-driven award, but Suh is an absolute monster. That Lions D-line spends tons of time in the backfield.

  3. numbr4stuna says: Sep 30, 2013 11:34 AM

    Ndamukong Suh is a lock for DPOY.

    Oh wait I thought that stood for “Dirtiest Player of the Year.” My bad.

  4. twonis says: Sep 30, 2013 11:35 AM

    He should be the Offensive Player of the Year…as in, his disregard for the rules and the safety of other players is highly Offensive.

  5. blacknole08 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:36 AM

    Suh wont win because of his reputation. Corners are having tremendous success as well. Al Verner, Aqib talib and Richard Sherman have been pretty dominate so far and Patrick Peterson basically won the game vs the Bucs.

    But my vote right now would be for Justin Houston, who also has some of the more entertaining sack dances I have seen in awhile.

  6. thebandit27 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:36 AM

    Going to be hard to top Richard Sherman right now, though Suh has been excellent.

    Dark horse candidate:

    #TheLegendofKikoAlonzo

  7. td40 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:36 AM

    Um, no.

    Sorry. You just don’t reward a guy who has blatantly disregarded the safety of other players with his dirty play. Maybe if he can string a couple seasons together with zero incidents, he can qualify- although it would be a stretch even then.

  8. jakec4 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:39 AM

    If they’re touting him to receive those kinds of accolades, it would be fair to speculate that the Lions don’t want to lose him in free agency. This is similar to Rex Ryan calling Revis the best defensive player in football, then Revis remembering those words when it was time to get paid. The Lions are driving up the price of Suh themselves.

  9. swampfox42 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:40 AM

    He is dirty and a great player.
    If he is so dirty, fine him o suspend him.
    If not, shut up about it

  10. purpleguy says: Sep 30, 2013 11:41 AM

    Is there some sort of NFL requirement that Suh’s name be referenced in an article every week?

  11. jdubkc says: Sep 30, 2013 11:43 AM

    LOL.. Suh has 11 tackles (ranked 181), 2 sacks (ranked 59) and 1 Forced Fumble…

    I can see why they would think that…

  12. runmarshawnrun says: Sep 30, 2013 11:43 AM

    It’s WEEK FOUR! Geez. Can we at least make it to the halfway mark of the season before we give the Super Bowl to Denver and the POY awards out?

    Also, there’s a guy in Houston who has something to say about this award.

  13. primetime0552 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:45 AM

    Last year was easily Suhs best year if you actually watched the games and not looked at box scores. The way he is playing already this year, it should be a lot better year than last year. Last year he was the most dominate DT in the league. This year he has been the most dominate defensive player in the league. He has to be the front runner right now for the DPOY award. Of course there has only been 4 games played and a lot can change.

    I just hope Suh and the Lions can work something out with his contract, or he will probably be cut this offseason. Suh has redone his contract the last 2 years, so Lions could get Calvins deal done, sign Reggie Bush and Glover Quin and other free agents. There is not way the Lions will be able to keep his 22 million dollar cap number next year.

  14. michiganstillsucks says: Sep 30, 2013 11:47 AM

    That scumbag dove at Cutler’s knees. Looked like he was trying to hurt him. Should be suspended

  15. johnnycash19 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:48 AM

    td40 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:36 AM

    Um, no.

    Sorry. You just don’t reward a guy who has blatantly disregarded the safety of other players with his dirty play. Maybe if he can string a couple seasons together with zero incidents, he can qualify- although it would be a stretch even then.
    ————-

    You’re 100% correct.

    Super Nice and Friendly Joe Green won 2 DPOY awards because he was such a nice guy.

  16. ocgunslinger says: Sep 30, 2013 11:48 AM

    I forget….was it zebras or skunks that can’t change their stripes? Suh will never change his attitude or aggressiveness.

  17. miamizombie says: Sep 30, 2013 11:48 AM

    Even though the redskins D is bad overall, Ryan Kerrigan has been a beast

  18. pilot2011 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:52 AM

    Pretty sure Luke Kuechly has that in the books.

  19. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 30, 2013 12:03 PM

    My vote is for cheapshot player of the year, or most valuable stomper!
    LOL @ Lions website!

  20. dalcow4 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:03 PM

    More than a little early for “Player Of The Year” stuff– Detroit p.r. people should save it.

  21. wearethesteelers says: Sep 30, 2013 12:04 PM

    LOLOLOLOL

  22. radrntn says: Sep 30, 2013 12:05 PM

    Well I am one of the other 31, but like suh a lot….he can play for us whenever he wants.

  23. wearethesteelers says: Sep 30, 2013 12:06 PM

    Here we go Steel rings, here we go!

  24. goodluckking says: Sep 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    Maybe this web site can go review the film of the game for a week looking for fouls like they did the Lions and Arz game. If they do so unbiasedly they will find that Chicago had close to 8-10 hits that were illegal that went uncalled.

  25. kchoya says: Sep 30, 2013 12:14 PM

    Funny, it’s not just the Lions website that is touting Suh as the quarter-pole DPOY. Peter King’s MMQB column today said the same thing.

  26. kchoya says: Sep 30, 2013 12:16 PM

    Peter King touted Suh as DPOY in MMQB today.

  27. runmarshawnrun says: Sep 30, 2013 12:21 PM

    The Lions front office must be getting ready for the inevitable late-season collapse that knocks them out of the playoffs.

    “Hey, let’s start campaigning for end of season awards now so we can partially mitigate the upcoming disappointment our fans will feel by season’s end!”

    REGGIE BUSH FOR MVP!

  28. wearethesteelers says: Sep 30, 2013 12:21 PM

    DPOY = Polamalu and it really isn’t close if you know football.

  29. dbones750 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:33 PM

    People dislike Suh too much for him to win anything other than Dirtiest NFL player. No matter what he does moving forward, he’s tarnished as a bad guy.

  30. Nick says: Sep 30, 2013 12:34 PM

    jdubkc says:
    Sep 30, 2013 11:43 AM
    LOL.. Suh has 11 tackles (ranked 181), 2 sacks (ranked 59) and 1 Forced Fumble…

    I can see why they would think that…
    ——————-

    Clearly you understand football and especially the DT position.

  31. housport22 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:38 PM

    His reputation will hurt him come award time, whether he deserves recognition or not. Either way, I think it goes to Richard Sherman, if he keeps playing the way he is now.

  32. allday420ap says: Sep 30, 2013 12:41 PM

    wearethesteelers says:

    DPOY = Polamalu and it really isn’t close if you know football
    ————————————-

    Too funny, if a safety were to get win it would no doubt be Harrison Smith.

  33. joemammy says: Sep 30, 2013 12:42 PM

    D’Qwell Jackson is a more complete defender…doesn’t cheapshot people…and a team leader. Al three of those traits, Suh can only DREAM about possessing.

  34. flipadelphia says: Sep 30, 2013 12:51 PM

    housport22 says:
    Sep 30, 2013 12:38 PM

    His reputation will hurt him come award time, whether he deserves recognition or not. Either way, I think it goes to Richard Sherman, if he keeps playing the way he is now.

    —————————————————-

    Yes, because Richard Sherman is such a stand up guy and has an impeccable reputation. Brilliant.

  35. mylionsroaring says: Sep 30, 2013 12:52 PM

    It’s not the website it’s the people who actually watch the games. Suh is a BEAST and by the way he has had one Personal foul this year, My guess is so have a lot of other players in the NFL

  36. lks311 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:52 PM

    wearethesteelers says:
    Sep 30, 2013 12:06 PM
    Here we go Steel rings, here we go!
    ——
    Your team is garbage, so shut up.
    #backtothe60’s

  37. huhsj says: Sep 30, 2013 12:55 PM

    Pro Football Focus has also mentioned that if his play continues he will be in the running for it.

  38. jdubkc says: Sep 30, 2013 12:55 PM

    Nick says: Sep 30, 2013 12:34 PM

    jdubkc says:
    Sep 30, 2013 11:43 AM
    LOL.. Suh has 11 tackles (ranked 181), 2 sacks (ranked 59) and 1 Forced Fumble…

    I can see why they would think that…
    ——————-

    Clearly you understand football and especially the DT position.
    _______________________

    Clearly you have no understanding of the award. The last DT to win the award was Sapp in 99, he won it because he had 12.5 sacks as well as being a dominant player with 27 tackles. But yes, because he “played particularly well on Sunday” lets give him an award.

    Get a clue Homer…

  39. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:56 PM

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  40. tnutzz says: Sep 30, 2013 1:08 PM

    Suh has 26 total QB disruptions this year. He can be the first DT to eclipse the 100 mark.

    He’s absolutely dominant this year. His pass disruption stats are sick for a DT, and almost unheard of.

    All the whiners about him should consider this: All these years of physically domination he has injured ZERO people.

    In the last 20 games he has one Personal Foul. By making a block that was legal up until this year.

  41. jglion says: Sep 30, 2013 1:09 PM

    Suh has absolutely dominated in all four games played this year, not just against the Bears. So he has as much a claim at this point to defensive player of the year as anyone does.

  42. shayeezy says: Sep 30, 2013 1:10 PM

    justin houston

  43. bignugs says: Sep 30, 2013 1:28 PM

    I agree he’s been dominant but you have to wonder how much his reputation will hurt when it comes time to hand out the award. Not only will he have to continue playing at this level but he will also have to play clean the rest of the year, neither of which are small tasks. One more dirty play will probably lead to at least a game suspension which will most likely cost him the award.

  44. johnnyprc says: Sep 30, 2013 1:32 PM

    Right now its either Sherman or Watt. Both those guys affect the game they’re playing in like no other.

  45. jdubkc says: Sep 30, 2013 1:35 PM

    Suh WILL NEVER EVER EVER be DPOY… Period.

  46. Nick says: Sep 30, 2013 1:36 PM

    jdubkc says:

    Clearly you have no understanding of the award. The last DT to win the award was Sapp in 99, he won it because he had 12.5 sacks as well as being a dominant player with 27 tackles. But yes, because he “played particularly well on Sunday” lets give him an award.

    Get a clue Homer…
    ———–

    Try again. Using stats to show that Suh isn’t good (showing his rank in tackles and sacks), is a whole different ball game than arguing the award rarely goes to DTs.

    And might want to rethink the “homer” angle unless you classify a Lions homer as anyone who disagrees with unsound logic.

  47. easyeddie says: Sep 30, 2013 1:36 PM

    numbr4stuna says:
    Sep 30, 2013 11:34 AM
    Ndamukong Suh is a lock for DPOY.

    Oh wait I thought that stood for “Dirtiest Player of the Year.” My bad.
    ——————————–

    DPOY – “Dumbest Post of the Year.”

  48. jdubkc says: Sep 30, 2013 1:43 PM

    Sep 30, 2013 1:36 PM

    jdubkc says:

    Clearly you have no understanding of the award. The last DT to win the award was Sapp in 99, he won it because he had 12.5 sacks as well as being a dominant player with 27 tackles. But yes, because he “played particularly well on Sunday” lets give him an award.

    Get a clue Homer…
    ———–

    Try again. Using stats to show that Suh isn’t good (showing his rank in tackles and sacks), is a whole different ball game than arguing the award rarely goes to DTs.

    And might want to rethink the “homer” angle unless you classify a Lions homer as anyone who disagrees with unsound logic.
    __________
    Never said he wasn’t good, just not on target to win the DPOY… It is not a popularity contest. Look back at every DPOY winner and tell me one that didn’t look good on paper. You guys are hilarious.

  49. ivanpavlov0000 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:46 PM

    Funny how there’s still no talk about the blatant cheap shot at the end of the game when one of the Bears speared a Lions player (on the onside kick).

    If Suh had delivered that hit, people would be screaming to ban him from the league.

  50. rl7911 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:12 PM

    Peter King of SI has him as the Defensive MVP as of right now.

  51. aut1111 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:15 PM

    Not sure about this, Sherman probably deserves the early lead, especially after a pick 6 in a game that was very close, but Suh (or our safeties?) has definitely been our MVP. Biggest win for us in a while, very exciting! But, and this must be said, Stafford looked bad, it is concerning. And I’m not talking about the freakish pick. Some of those receivers were wide open and were just missed with no pressure on him, ignore the numbers.

  52. redruckus81 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:55 PM

    jdubkc says: Sep 30, 2013 11:43 AM

    LOL.. Suh has 11 tackles (ranked 181), 2 sacks (ranked 59) and 1 Forced Fumble…

    I can see why they would think that…

    ———————————————

    Thanks for letting everyone here know that you dont actually know anything about the Lions beyond looking at a box score

  53. esotericmindguy says: Sep 30, 2013 4:43 PM

    Dominant? It’s his first two sacks of the season, and the bears have one of worst OLs in the NFL. He has 12 tackles in 4 games. The guy is the most over rated player I have ever witnessed. He’s not even the best DT on his own team. Good grief.

  54. ajlynema says: Sep 30, 2013 5:03 PM

    esotericmindguy says: Sep 30, 2013 4:43 PM

    Dominant? It’s his first two sacks of the season, and the bears have one of worst OLs in the NFL. He has 12 tackles in 4 games. The guy is the most over rated player I have ever witnessed. He’s not even the best DT on his own team. Good grief.

    ______________________________________
    It’s so sweet when people that have no clue about about football just look at the box scores and think that tells the only story. You want to know why Fairley has better numbers? People are more worried about Suh.

  55. tripps3 says: Sep 30, 2013 6:35 PM

    Not gonna happen – great player but takes away from himself when he continues to take cheap shots

  56. kenzmassage says: Oct 2, 2013 11:52 AM

    Am I the only one who say clay Matthews take a flying leap out of bounds and take a man down by his neck? Why isn’t he being called a dirty player?

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