Jim Schwartz promises not to get too cute with Ndamukong Suh


Ndamukong Suh proved as a rookie with the Lions last year that he’s quick enough to line up on the outside as a pass-rushing defensive end or even a linebacker. But Lions coach Jim Schwartz says that while Suh’s freakish abilities give him plenty of flexibility, the Lions won’t forget that Suh is, first and foremost, a defensive tackle.

Schwartz told the Detroit Free Press that Suh played “maybe a dozen” snaps as a stand-up pass rusher last year, and that’s about what the Lions will keep doing with Suh: Have him standing up on the outside maybe once a game just to give the offense one more thing to think about, but don’t get too cute with it.

“I think that when you do, you need to have reasons for it,” Schwartz said. “If you just try to junk it up where you’re moving him every play, you take away from what the guy’s good at and what he can do.”

Suh had 10 sacks last year, most in the NFL for any defensive tackle, and eight of those 10 were from his normal left defensive tackle position. The other two were a sack of Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb with Suh lined up at right defensive end, and a sack of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with Suh lined up as a linebacker, three yards off the line of scrimmage.

Those sacks from positions other than defensive tackle might keep coming in 2011. But they’ll continue to be the exception, not the norm.

17 responses to “Jim Schwartz promises not to get too cute with Ndamukong Suh

  1. He will be solely responsible for the death of at least 4 QBs next year. Calling it now.

  2. Guys a beast. one of a kind talent.

    Patrick Peterson has the same abilities in his own respect. I believe Jimmy Smith is up there two. but he aint breaking any molds.

  3. He’s absolutely ridiculous – and he has the potential to turn that team around. Get one or two more impact players and the Lions are back. Or…. they’ve arrived. Finally.

  4. He can be Reggie White and Warren Sapp rolled into one – if Stafford doesn’t pan out for them then they’re going nowhere in that division.

  5. Suh only had a half sack more than Carlos Dunlap of the Bengals. And he only played in 8 games. Dunlap was the steal of the 2010 draft, not being selected until the 2nd round. He will be the sack leader of all defensive lineman in the years to come.

  6. Dunlap is a DE….put him at DT in a 4-3 and he would get eaten up every play. And I don’t think you can call a 2nd round pick a steal, you’re Supposed to be able to find those guys, Especially in the 2nd…if he was a 5th or 6th rounder, than ya, a steal.

  7. Suh is also a DT, which means its really impressive to get 10 sacks in a year. DE’s and outside linebackers should have more sacks than interior linemen. Dont worry Suh will be > than dunlap

  8. Obviously, I’m a huge fan of Suh. Coming from my extremely biased perspective, I think he’s the best defensive line talent since Reggie White. I really want to see the Lions play against the Browns sometime so Suh can throw Colt McCoy around like a rag doll again.

  9. Johnny Cash did not write A Boy Named Sue. Shel Silverstein did. Shel is very famous for where the side walk ends and a light in the attic poetry books for kids.

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