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.