Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham gave an entirely Gunther Cunningham response when asked about the anonymous scout’s comment that Ndamukong Suh was “coddled” and an underachiever.
Cunningham called the comment “obnoxious,” and said he’d love to have a word with the unnamed NFC scout.
“You can cross some things with me, the line, and say things, but you don’t say that about anybody I deal with,” Cunningham said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “It’s against the rules, as far as I’m concerned.
“And I’m not being anonymous, by the way. I’m saying it, and so if you can find out who it was, I’ll go visit him, and we’ll find out.”
The idea that Cunningham would coddle anyone seems unusual, given his hard-boiled style.
“Anybody that knows me, that’s bad to say that I’m going to let a player get away with anything — anything,” Cunningham said. “I don’t do that, and if there’s one thing that I really get upset about is somebody challenges me on that.
“I’ve been doing this for a long time. I make guys play that don’t want to play, and you can take a poll around the league, a lot of guys would want to choke me to death, but they made a lot of money, they had a lot of success, and I’m not about ever to back off a player. Ever. Ever.”
Or anonymous sources, apparently.