2011 Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh-Nami and "The Perfect Storm"

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Yes, I am having some wordsmithing fun with the Detroit Lions defensive tackle and 2010 Rookie of the Year, Ndamukong Suh. The word play draws an accurate picture, however. 

Suh will be tearing up the field, leaving a path of destruction in his wake, and sacking QBs all season.  You can count on it.  Yet, Suh, off the field, is a pretty quiet guy.

After watching Suh play all last season and then hearing him speak softly and humbly in off-the-field interviews, it struck me how good he is at balancing his life.  He doesn't take the "rage" off the field.  He leaves it there and comes back to it on game day.

Take what you already know about Suh, add rookie DT Nick Fairley to the line, and you lead me to believe that the Detroit Lions and their fans will be witnessing something quiet spectacular (I really wanted to spell that "spectackler") in 2011.

The Lions had secured a powerful defensive line last season. Now put one more year under their cleats and a rookie who will help take some of the load off of Suh and what do you have?

I propose that the Lions front line of Suh, Fairley, Corey Williams, Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch will create "The Perfect Storm."

If you didn't happen to catch Ndamukong Suh on the May 15th Nike live-streaming web cast, you may have missed out on him divulging how he approaches the game.  Suh, spoke as he always does, in a quiet and humble manner when asked questions about his pregame routine. 

As it turns out, he prepares for each game as if it were a quiet, but perfect storm.

Suh stated, "I have to listen to music. It starts out, I listen to a lot of R&B and relaxing music that keeps me calm, not too jacked up before the game, and as the game gets closer, as I’m getting on the bus, right before we get to pull up, I turn to hip-hop and R&B and then I get into heavy rap and from there the cannon gets loose and fired off ...”

It is an awesome thing to watch these players transform from the soft-spoken off-field big guys of football to the intensely focused raging firewall of a defensive line. 

There is character and class in this group of men and then there is the ferocious, intimidating, blood-red eyes of KVB and the twitching hand of Suh that makes me glad I'm a fan and not a player.

I look forward to watching Fairley become part of this line.  We will each witness the mentoring and leadership from the guys we were proud to call Lions last year take Fairley under their shoulder-padded wings and show him how it's done in Detroit.

We will watch as the clouds form and the waters swell and from the quiet calm it will emerge...the Detroit Lions' perfect storm.

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