Suh: Nick Fairley “has an opportunity to be better than me”

AP

While Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley has lost his starting job, one of the club’s stars still has hope he can find his way.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, fellow defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh indicated Fairley’s skill set remains strong — and that now is the time to show it.

“I haven’t said this a lot or to many people, more or less, but Nick is more athletically gifted than me, and he has an opportunity to be better than me, and that’s what I want to see out of him,” Suh said Wednesday, according to Ashley Dunkak of CBS Detroit.

The Lions’ 2011 first round pick, Fairley has shown intriguing ability in his NFL career. He recorded a half-dozen sacks a season ago — an impressive total for an interior lineman.

However, it’s clear Fairley still has something to prove to the Lions. The club didn’t exercise an option to extend his contract through 2015, and he was demoted from the starting lineup last week in favor of C.J. Mosley.

According to CBS Detroit, Fairley told reporters Wednesday he wants to shed 10 pounds from his current weight of 315. He also indicated he believes he’ll be starting by the regular season opener vs. the Giants.

Fairley said Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin wants him to “play consistent.”

“That’s just something I’ve got to do this season,” Fairley said, per CBS Detroit.

And time is of the essence for Fairley, with unrestricted free agency around the corner.

20 responses to “Suh: Nick Fairley “has an opportunity to be better than me”

  1. I’m sure Fairly has a chance to have a better attitude and demeanor than Suh.

    They will be in a race for the most fines/penalties perhaps.

    If they were both more solid in the head, the Lions D-Line would be much more dominant.

  2. Watching Fairley struggle is maddening.

    We keep hearing how good he SHOULD be, then keep seeing how good he actually IS, and the two stories are just so different.

    Something aint right.

  3. This Bears fan is very happy that the worst-case scenario of Suh and Fairley — healthy and motivated — has yet to materialize.

  4. Detroits defense was atrocious so when Suh says he could be better than him, that’s not saying much.

  5. Being better than Suh at this point isn’t exactly that high of a benchmark.

    Considering what people predicted about Suh before he came into the league and showed himself to be more of a punk than a professional.

    If either Suh or Fairley were really anything special they probably wouldn’t have been drafted by the Lions in the first place.

  6. Detroit sports fans are terrible. Whine for good players, then keep praying they leave once they get there.

    The last 2-3 years in Detroit, “fans” have wanted to get rid of:

    Suh, Calvin, Stafford, Fairley, Cabrera, Kinsler, Verlander, Scherzer, Lidstrom, and on and on.

    Detroit fans would rather have 5 2nd round picks than win a title.

    Go Lions!

  7. Any team in the NFL would love to have either Suh of Fairley. Fairley would be an instant upgrade in any other NFCN team.

    Suh and Fairley combined for 4 sacks last year on Cutler, hopefully they can make that 6 this year. Especially against that soft o-line Chicago has.

  8. Any team in the NFL would hate to have either Suh or Fairley. Fairley would be an instant downgrade on any other NFCN team.

    Suh and Fairley combined for 4000 consumed Bigmacs last year, hopefully they can make that 6000 this year. Especially since the team has no leadership and can’t get above .500 for the past 15 years!

  9. It is pretty sad that Fairley can’t get the job done while Suh eats up double teams next to him. Sheesh, the least he could do would be to stay in shape. Say what you want about some of Suh’s dirty plays, but at least he has the right work ethic.

  10. whooligun says: Aug 20, 2014 4:18 PM

    Detroit sports fans are terrible. Whine for good players, then keep praying they leave once they get there.

    The last 2-3 years in Detroit, “fans” have wanted to get rid of:

    Suh, Calvin, Stafford, Fairley, Cabrera, Kinsler, Verlander, Scherzer, Lidstrom, and on and on.
    Detroit fans would rather have 5 2nd round picks than win a title.
    Go Lions!
    ——————
    As a true Detroit Sports fane. I have to say, “HUH?!?” Who has EVER wanted to get rid of JV, Lidstrom, Scherzer. Are you speaking in jest? How then do you wrap it up with go Lions???

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