Ndamukong Suh bashed by anonymous Detroit Lions teammate
- By Kevin Patra
- Published: Dec. 7, 2012 at 06:42 a.m.
Another day, another person bashing Detroit Lions third-year defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
This time it isn't an anonymous general manager, an opposing player or a media member. This time it was a teammate.
"Yeah, we're loaded," an anonymous Lions player told Yahoo! Sport's Jason Cole after Sunday's 35-33 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. "But we have a couple of guys who don't understand what it takes to win. Just making a couple of plays and thinking that makes you great ... sometimes you want to just shake some of these guys and say, 'Don't you get it?' "
When asked to name one of those teammates, the player responded: "Ndamukong [Suh] would be first."
Suh has been embroiled in controversies the past year ranging from traffic citations, to his sister's tweets, to midair ninja-kicks to the groin.
He has become a microcosm of the 2012 Lions' disappointment: Tons of talent, lacking composure and mental toughness.
Suh's play has improved from a disappointing sophomore season after inflated statistics his rookie year put the spotlight on his broad shoulders. Few have noticed.
It's not his strong play up the middle -- disrupting the pocket, taking on double teams and allowing fellow defensive tackle Nick Fairley to have a Pro Bowl-type season -- that has people talking. It's his boneheaded lapses.
"He's focused for 90 percent of the time," a teammate told Cole. "But it's the 10 percent that kills you...With [Suh], he loses his cool and all of a sudden we're blowing a play or dealing with some controversy. When stars act like that, everybody else thinks it's OK to act like that. It's like with kids. You let one get a little out of control, the other one does the same thing pretty quick. It's human nature."
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