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The House of Spears will once again be the dominant playmaker we all drooled over during his rookie campaign.
Suh had a rookie season unlike any other defensive lineman in recent history, but his sophomore year was a major disappointment.
All his stats were down, and even the most novice of fans could see him often get trapped out of plays. Eventually his frustration got the best of him in the Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers.
This is where Cunningham must improve his defensive scheme by making Suh the defense’s version of “Where’s Waldo?”
“I’m going to move him all over the place now.” That is the battle cry from Cunningham early in the offseason as he has vowed to move Suh around more this year and take the bullseye off of his defensive standout.
Having the best defensive lineman line up in the same spot every snap was easy to scheme against, and so far in OTAs Suh has lined up at the opposite tackle and defensive end.
The 14th highest-paid athlete in the world is entering his third year in the league, and Cunningham feels Suh can put the transgressions of last year behind him and this will be the year everything comes together for No. 90.
Al Davis always put three fingers up. He said, ‘Son, some day you’re going to learn it takes three years how to learn and act to play in this game,’ and he wasn’t wrong. You can’t give up just because a guy takes a wrong turn. You just gotta smack ’em upside the head or you gotta love ’em.
Gunther was speaking of Fairley in the quote, but it also applies to the talented Suh as he dropped $36 million into his banking accounts last year. I think Gunther will choose the latter and give some love to the Subway/Omaha Steak spokesman.
Ndamukong will put "The Stomp" and his Portland driving record behind him this year and prove to every one, including Pete Priscoe, that 2011 was an aberration. Thanks Petey, you've poked the bear with your ridiculous statement, and the Lions coaching staff and the fans thank you.
If Detroit advances in the playoffs this year, Ndamukong Suh will be a major contributor.