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Jim Caldwell expects leadership from Ndamukong Suh

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Since taking over the Lions, Jim Caldwell has talked about what a great leader Ndamukong Suh is.

This week, he’ll finally get to see it.

Suh has been absent from offseason conditioning, and skipped Caldwell’s first minicamp. But Caldwell said Sunday he expected Suh in soon.

“Obviously he’s a great player and he’s also got great leadership ability as well, so to have him back here working amongst the group is going to be a great time for everybody,” Caldwell said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I’ve been a few places in my time and I can cite you so many different examples of guys that maybe weren’t here during the time period that did a tremendous job just in terms of their leadership and those kinds of things. And I don’t expect him to be any different. I think he’ll fit into that category as opposed to any other category you’d like to slide him into.”

Caldwell said he’s remained in touch with Suh via phone and text, and wasn’t worried about the absence.

Skipping offseason workouts is nothing new for Suh, who is an occasional participant in the Lions’ program. But coming is is also a show of good faith at a time when they’re talking about a contract extension.

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37 Responses to “Jim Caldwell expects leadership from Ndamukong Suh”
  1. joefelicelli says: May 19, 2014 8:16 AM

    Just a quick comparative example of leadership in the Lions own division. Kyle Long, rookie Pro Bowler for the Bears, and his running mate, Jordan Mills, stayed around Halas Hall to meet with the entire group that came in for rookie mini-camp, and to offer advice and feedback. And these are guys who are not considered among the veteran leaders on the team.

    Just saying, there are premier players, and there are leaders. Not necessarily the same thing.

  2. radiofriendly420 says: May 19, 2014 8:17 AM

    Suuuuh!

    Love this guy. Very glad he’s a Lion. Hoping for a long term deal soon!

  3. bennyb82 says: May 19, 2014 8:18 AM

    They should really change the workouts before OTA’s to Mandatory if you don’t wanna get slammed by the media.

  4. bradyisyourdaddy says: May 19, 2014 8:23 AM

    Hes comin to New England… Welcome to the Patriots Ndamukong Suh.

  5. ninjapleazee says: May 19, 2014 8:34 AM

    Same guy that lead the team with a members only meeting only resulting in another dirty play few weeks later. Stay classy Lions.

  6. packerman1968 says: May 19, 2014 8:39 AM

    Caldwell is off to see the Wizard.

    I am sure Lions fans cannot wait to see the stonecold stare when things are going wrong from Caldwell.

  7. packerman1968 says: May 19, 2014 8:42 AM

    I guess that would make Caldwell the cowardly lion.

  8. theheyseed says: May 19, 2014 8:45 AM

    Expecting and getting what you expect are two different things.

  9. flmike says: May 19, 2014 8:48 AM

    Caldwell can expect anything he likes…the reality is, he’s going to be severely disappointed.

  10. peytonsneck18 says: May 19, 2014 8:48 AM

    Jim Caldwell…….lmao!!! Stone face

  11. whatjusthapped says: May 19, 2014 8:51 AM

    Leadership? The Lions should aspire to taking steps toward helping the team like avoiding 15 yard Unsportmanship penalties for stomping on a guy who just happened to pancake block you.

    That would be a step in the right direction.

  12. pleazenufalready says: May 19, 2014 8:59 AM

    ….and Caldwell would know that Suh’s a great leader…….based on what?

  13. grogseal says: May 19, 2014 9:05 AM

    Wow, is Caldwell going to be disappointed!

  14. metrocritical says: May 19, 2014 9:10 AM

    Ex-coach Schwartz probably expected leadership from Suh, too.

  15. allseeingone says: May 19, 2014 9:10 AM

    When it comes to playing dirty and reckless driving he is definitely a leader.

  16. johnnycash19 says: May 19, 2014 9:12 AM

    Wait, first everyone makes fun of the Lions coach because he was to short tempered and yelled a lot. Now everyone is making fun of them for getting a coach who shows no emotion.

    How do some of you people make sense.

  17. steelerben says: May 19, 2014 9:13 AM

    “I’ve been a few places in my time and I can cite you so many different examples of guys that maybe weren’t here during the time period that did a tremendous job just in terms of their leadership and those kinds of things.”

    Is he comparing Suh to Ed Reed?

  18. xpensivewinos says: May 19, 2014 9:34 AM

    Well, we know it won’t be coming from Caldwell, so he knows it has to come from someplace……

  19. motowncool says: May 19, 2014 9:38 AM

    Suh led the sweep of the Bears last season. So there is that.

  20. munny10 says: May 19, 2014 10:15 AM

    Suh is to Leadership what Dr. Seuss was to the medical field. Wouldn’t want to be a rider on any trip that Suh was leading.

  21. johnelwayishorsefaced says: May 19, 2014 10:40 AM

    “Stomping on a guy who just happened to pancake block you”
    That’s funny. 3 Evan Dietrich-Smiths couldn’t pancake block Suh and Suh kicked him in the leg because he wouldn’t stop untying his shoes in the pile but don’t let facts get in the way of your uninformed narrative.

  22. winstonjed44 says: May 19, 2014 10:46 AM

    So people are ripping Suh for not going to optional mini camp drills, but plenty of veteran players don’t go and no one says a peep. Just because Suh is a player people don’t like, he’s going to get criticized over this.

  23. truthofthefootballbusiness says: May 19, 2014 11:02 AM

    Suh’s first leadership role, professor of “How to Road Rage, Suh Style”

  24. radiofriendly420 says: May 19, 2014 11:04 AM

    It’s funny. Every teammate of Suh’s has always stepped up to say he’s a great teammate and a solid leader.

    It makes no difference, however. The guy sitting at home reading a headline about Suh not being at “voluntary” OTA’s knows more about the situation than the players. Every time. What a joke.

    SUUUUUUH!!!

    You love him when he’s on your team. You hate him and believe the BS hype when he’s not.

  25. hyzers says: May 19, 2014 11:10 AM

    Did someone really bring up Kyle Long? A dish rag put up more of a fight against Suh last year!

  26. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 19, 2014 11:31 AM

    Yes someone did bring up Kyle Long, it was in regards to the great example he sets as leader, which Suh is a dirty pair draws when it comes to that. If you could read the point being made you would probably understand it.

    Suh is the dirtiest player in the NFL, with selfish punk attitude.

  27. notthetroll says: May 19, 2014 11:53 AM

    It’s funny. Every teammate of Suh’s has always stepped up to say he’s a great teammate and a solid leader.

    It makes no difference, however. The guy sitting at home reading a headline about Suh not being at “voluntary” OTA’s knows more about the situation than the players. Every time. What a joke.

    SUUUUUUH!!!

    good point. I expect my leaders to be at home when I’m working. It makes me want to follow more when I am doing the heavy lifting on our collective goals, especially when I am paid far less then they are.

  28. ndrick731 says: May 19, 2014 12:01 PM

    Then he is going to be greatly disappointed

  29. mazenblue says: May 19, 2014 12:02 PM

    Already been vote team captain in his second year. Teammates do that. So you people crying saying he isnt a teammate. He also restructured his contract ast year to save the TEAM over 7 and a half million. Nice try trolls.

  30. mazenblue says: May 19, 2014 12:05 PM

    bearshaterseverywhere says: May 19, 2014 11:31 AM

    Yes someone did bring up Kyle Long, it was in regards to the great example he sets as leader, which Suh is a dirty pair draws when it comes to that. If you could read the point being made you would probably understand it.

    Suh is the dirtiest player in the NFL, with selfish punk attitude.
    —————————-

    HAHAHA we beat the Bears twice last year. LMAO. What did you just say? Oh thats right, nobody cares.

  31. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 19, 2014 12:14 PM

    HAHAHA we beat the Bears twice last year. LMAO. What did you just say? Oh thats right, nobody cares.

    +______________________________+

    You barely won both games and still finished behind the Bears, PATHETIC!!!!!

    Your only claim to fame is you beat us twice in one year, by a combined margin of 10 points……that’s pretty sad.

    Suh Dirtiest player EVER!

  32. peytonsneck18 says: May 19, 2014 12:24 PM

    But will the.Lions get leadership from Jim Caldwell is the real question……

  33. thelionsrgreat says: May 19, 2014 12:49 PM

    He has already shown his incredible leadership skills by not showing up for voluntary camps. I don’t care what they are, team leaders who care show up. It’s that simple, common sense.

  34. mazenblue says: May 19, 2014 2:22 PM

    “Suh Dirtiest player EVER!”

    Never seen such jealousy from a grown man before. I never been to Chicago either tho.

  35. granadafan says: May 19, 2014 2:23 PM

    Some leaders operate under the guiding princicple and leading by example to earn respect. Others operate under the fear principle, the fear of getting a beatdown. It’s hard to earn respect this way especially when the leader displays a lack of discipline.

  36. calvinthegreat81 says: May 19, 2014 7:10 PM

    Suh is the man. I swear, if ESPN would just shut up about him then nobody would be hating. Guys in the past before all this 24/365 news feed were way more dirty than Suh has even been close to being. I bet if I put your life under a microscope all day long while you were at work, we could find a way to call you dirty too. So, Chicago fans stop being so jealous about how Suh eats Cutler alive every game. Good luck getting swept again this year! Go Lions!!!

  37. calvinthegreat81 says: May 19, 2014 7:11 PM

    Suh is not being traded by the way. He will sign extension before game 1.

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