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Source: Teammates are covering for Suh

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The battle lines have been drawn.  On one side, former NFL player and current network analyst Heath Evans says teammates privately have complained that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is uncontrollable.  On the other, several teammates have gone on the record to say Suh isn’t a problem.

According to a league source, teammates are covering for Suh publicly because that’s what good teammates do.

While the source didn’t echo Evans’ claim that Suh is “uncontrollable,” there definitely is a sense that, under coach Jim Schwartz, Suh didn’t always follow the rules, specifically regarding punctuality.

If accurate, it’ll be interesting to see how new head coach Jim Caldwell deals with the situation.  The second overall pick in the final year of the pre-wage scale rookie compensation system, Suh has always been untouchable, from a financial standpoint.  If he gets a second contract this offseason, he could feel even more emboldened to do what he wants.

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17 Responses to “Source: Teammates are covering for Suh”
  1. dtownsportslions says: Feb 2, 2014 4:00 PM

    They aren’t covering for him. He’s not a bad dude, find someone else to make into a villain.

  2. realfootballfan says: Feb 2, 2014 4:05 PM

    Bottom line is that was the kind of ship that Jim Schwartz ran going back to his coordinator days in Tennessee (only the Raiders probably got penalized as much, which was notoriously an Al Davis systemic organizational thing).

    Don’t try to hang it on Suh although he is a borderline sociopath in how he acts on the field sometimes. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t the only one late to a few meetings, much like the QB was telling people nothing about his game needed to change despite all of us witnessing his major mechanical regression.

    Even if Caldwell isn’t successful in winning, I’ll expect him to fix these problems at the very least.

  3. thevikesarebest says: Feb 2, 2014 4:06 PM

    The lions will Be in the kitchen cooking for the vikings while we are out winning superbowls,becoming a dynasty,and smacking the packers around and the packers fat boy fans.

  4. ziggystheansah says: Feb 2, 2014 4:12 PM

    If richard sherman gets the excuse that he was in the heat of the moment for his inexcusable post game interview(s), why does suh get condemned for an IN THE MOMENT stomp? seems like the media just wants to attack Suh. i trust real names (bush, mosley) then unnamed sources.

  5. Ferdinand says: Feb 2, 2014 4:20 PM

    The main reason Schwartz lost his job wasn’t the team’s record but his complete lack of control of the team. His refusal to hold anyone accountable for anything was the reason why they did so poorly – because no one was thinking of anyone but themselves making the nightly highlight reel on tv. That attitude/action cost them several games they should have won.

  6. shaggytoodle says: Feb 2, 2014 4:24 PM

    From what I have seen and heard between watching football and the police blotter.

    It seems like Suh has a problem keeping his composure and acting mature.

    It would not surprise me, if he acts like a clown in the locker room as well.

  7. blackngold4life says: Feb 2, 2014 4:28 PM

    Last time I checkd..Suh didn’t play Safety,DB or Quarterback..there’s the Lions problem

  8. footballfather says: Feb 2, 2014 4:43 PM

    So, as of right now, what we have is actually Heath Evans saying these things about Suh, not former teammates of Suh. If you’re not going to name names and give proof, then don’t speak. We don’t believe you, Heath. Anyone could say that “some of his teammates told me he’s a terrible person.”

  9. oldlthrneck says: Feb 2, 2014 4:52 PM

    Really? You’re going to compare Suh stomping someone, when he is down and Sherman doing some trash talking? Wow, that’s amazing.

  10. cjforpresident says: Feb 2, 2014 5:03 PM

    Heath Who? Is this the same guy that looks for any opportunity to pile on the Lions? Maybe that was Warren Sapp… or maybe they got a thing going together… you tag team piling on. Both of them should be bagging groceries at the local IGA… not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  11. 26predator says: Feb 2, 2014 5:09 PM

    “Bottom line is that was the kind of ship that Jim Schwartz ran going back to his coordinator days in Tennessee (only the Raiders probably got penalized as much, which was notoriously an Al Davis systemic organizational thing).”

    The Ravens led the league in penalties last year and one the Superbowl. This year Seattle led the league and is in the Superbowl.

    Not saying penalties are acceptable, just that they can be overstated. Good teams with good coaching win.

  12. 26predator says: Feb 2, 2014 5:10 PM

    *won the Superbowl. :face meet palm:

  13. purpleguy says: Feb 2, 2014 5:53 PM

    Again, where there’s smoke, there’s usually at least a little fire.

  14. flickaboogie says: Feb 2, 2014 10:41 PM

    Sounds to me like Heath Evans made up a story to keep himself relevant and to feed Suh’s reputation as a bad guy. There are many named sources that say this story is garbage. Until some named sources step forward I’ll believe that this story is garbage.

  15. snorkelson says: Feb 3, 2014 7:37 AM

    More piling on. I understand that he has earned a reputation, but why is this even a story on Super Bowl weekend? If you ask any player I bet they would take Suh as a teammate in a heartbeat. He is a star, and the media recognized that his rookie year when he dominated, now they want to write any story they can about how “bad” he is. Guarantee he spends more time and money helping charity than Evans. Outside of the stomp what does he do? Throw QBs down? That’s his job. I’m tired of hearing baseless stories like this (3 lions told me? who cares? probably 5 packers that didn’t like Favre…) that lead to baseless flags in season. He could cure cancer this offseason but if he got a speeding ticket we’d hear about what a bad seed he his.

  16. thetruthcampaign says: Feb 3, 2014 10:33 AM

    ” there definitely is a sense that, under coach Jim Schwartz, Suh didn’t always follow the rules, specifically regarding punctuality.”

    Where does that “sense” come from? This whole report is being debunked by Schwartz, Bush and other NAMED teammates. There’s NO sense of that right now.

  17. easyeddie says: Feb 3, 2014 10:56 AM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Feb 2, 2014 4:24 PM
    From what I have seen and heard between watching football and the police blotter.

    It seems like Suh has a problem keeping his composure and acting mature.

    It would not surprise me, if he acts like a clown in the locker room as well.
    ——————————

    Police blotter? Nice try troll.

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