Detroit Lions: Time for Warren Sapp to Put Up or Shut Up About Ndamukong Suh

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2012

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 22:  Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions rushes Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during the third quarter at Ford Field on December 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Atlanta won the game 31-18. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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NFLN analyst Warren Sapp has spent most of the past year criticizing Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Now, Suh has certainly earned some criticism through his actions on the field this season. He's far from beyond reproach.

That said, Sapp can't seem to shut up.

Well, according to Suh, if Sapp thinks Suh has so many problems, he'd gladly take advice from him on a full-time basis.

He'd definitely take Sapp on as a mentor.

I think Suh is dead right. Sapp has spent so much time spouting off how Suh is wasting his potential and making mistakes on and off the field, it's clear he feels as though he could run Suh's career better than Suh can.

He feels he can help, and now Suh says he's willing to take his advice? To listen to it and try to execute it?

Sapp should reach out and offer to help.

It's so easy to spout off on television, radio or even in columns and not think about what you said again.

In this case, Sapp is in a position to help someone reach their potential.

The thing is, I don't think he will, because Sapp (at least the Sapp on television) is like a rhino in a china shop. Sapp says whatever comes into his head and doesn't really care about the repercussions.

We only need to look to his comments about Jeremy Shockey being the whistle-blower in the New Orleans Saints bounty case to see his lack of verbal control.

In this case, though, Sapp's comments are more acceptable, because he's criticizing a man widely criticized across the league. Sapp should step to the plate and put his actions behind his words.

Suh will take his help.

Given some of Sapp's actions on and off the field (including his financial issues), Sapp could have a lot to teach a player like Suh. Sapp can help him avoid the pitfalls he's stepped into as well as ones he's seen other players stumble across.

It's easy for Sapp to sit on his high horse and point a finger at Suh. Really, it's easy for any of us to do it.

The difference is, Suh can make a difference in the young man's career. He can be more than just one more voice telling Suh he's wrong.There are plenty of people who do that every day.

Sapp can be a voice, a person in Suh's corner who can help him reach his potential.

It's one thing to point out the flaws in something or someone.

It's another to try to help make that person or thing better.

Warren Sapp has gained plenty of attention tearing Suh down.

Let's see if he can put his money where his mouth is and build something up.


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