Ziggy Ansah on 2016: “I feel like I didn’t do my job”

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In 2015, Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah racked up 14.5 sacks. In 2016, he had only two. And while his output was diminished by an ankle injury suffered in Week Two, Ansah assumes responsibility for his performance.

I take it personally,” Ansah said regarding his, and the team’s, lack of sacks a year ago, via the team’s official website. “I feel like I didn’t do my job. That is what I’m paid to do. So, like I said, I’m really focused this year and excited for what we have coming up and it’s definitely going to be better than last year.”

It can’t be much worse, unless Ansah has more injury trouble.

“I’m really focused this year, not really thinking about what happened last year,” Ansah said. “Every year when you come in you want to try and do better than what you did last year. I have a lot of catching up to do. It’s going to be a great year coming up.”

He needs a great year, because he wants a new contract. Whether he gets the contract he wants will depend on whether 2017 is more like 2016 or 2015 for Ansah.

If it’s more like 2015, the Lions could end up doing even better than they did in 2016, when they made it to the playoffs despite minimal contributions from Ansah.

11 responses to “Ziggy Ansah on 2016: “I feel like I didn’t do my job”

  1. I hope he has decided to start wearing shirts that fit better. I’ve yet to understand the baggy arm t-shirt thing he wears under his jersey. This isn’t 1983 anymore, Nike and the like have, you know, performance gear.

  2. Ziggy played guitar, jamming good with Weird and Gilly
    And the spiders from Mars.

  3. jerrysbrother says:
    May 9, 2017 3:11 PM

    Why do players always wait until contract year to decide to play hard?
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    Who said he didn’t play hard? He was injured all year. What he did do was say that he felt like he didn’t do what he was paid to do. And that’s a good sign.

  4. jerrysbrother says:
    May 9, 2017 3:11 PM
    Why do players always wait until contract year to decide to play hard?

    It had absolutely nothing to do with not playing hard. He had a high ankle sprain and those linger and take a very long time to fully heal. Also he was the only one of our guys up front who posed any kind of threat to get to the quarterback so he was consistently double and even triple teamed

  5. He was better when playing next to Namdong Suh. Needs someone strong playing next to him.

  6. senatorblutarsky says:
    May 9, 2017 3:45 PM

    jerrysbrother says:
    May 9, 2017 3:11 PM

    Why do players always wait until contract year to decide to play hard?
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    Who said he didn’t play hard? He was injured all year. What he did do was say that he felt like he didn’t do what he was paid to do. And that’s a good sign.

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    Apparently he did, it’s in the title of the article you m0m0! Part of the job is playing hard.

    He’s just another wasted talent ruined by the miserable Lions! Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson, Nad. Suh, this list will continue….

  7. So true…. you didn’t have Suh suckng up blockers . Did you notice that Olivier Vernon and now No Name DE’s n Miami are having 6+ sacks? I excluded Wake because he was going to get his 12 regardless. Seriously, Suh makes all the difference.

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