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

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.

56 responses to “Lions’ website pushes Suh as defensive player of the year candidate

  1. 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.

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

    Dark horse candidate:

    #TheLegendofKikoAlonzo

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

    I can see why they would think that…

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.
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    You’re 100% correct.

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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…
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    Clearly you understand football and especially the DT position.

  15. 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.

  16. wearethesteelers says:

    DPOY = Polamalu and it really isn’t close if you know football
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    Too funny, if a safety were to get win it would no doubt be Harrison Smith.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

  19. 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

  20. 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…
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    Clearly you understand football and especially the DT position.
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    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…

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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…
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    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.

  25. 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.
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    DPOY – “Dumbest Post of the Year.”

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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…

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

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    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.

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