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Tony Dungy Blames Lions Coaches, Organization for Ndamukong Suh’s Antics

On the surface, Tony Dungy comes across as a soft-spoken, back seat kind of guy. Those of us who know his history, however, know that he loves to ruffle feathers. Whether it’s pissing off the Cowboys, criticizing Rex Ryan for having a potty mouth, or telling the Titans what to do with Vince Young, Dungy is always ready to share his opinion no matter how controversial it may be.  For that reason, it comes as no surprise that he weighed in on the Ndamukong Suh situation on Monday and took an interesting stance.

“I really have to fault the Detroit organization,” Dungy said on the Dan Patrick Show. “I think they really could have stopped this.”

As we saw by his no-hesitation stomp of a Packers offensive lineman, Suh obviously lacks discipline.  That being said, how would you handle him if you were the Detroit Lions coaching staff?  Suh’s attitude and aggressiveness are what make him a force on the defensive front.  There is no excuse for stomping a player or throwing shots after the whistle blows, but if he spends too much time worrying about harnessing his aggression wouldn’t it stand to reason that he would become a different player?

Much of what people perceive as dirty play from Suh is simply playing hard.  Jim Schwartz and company have the difficult task of needing to find a middle ground between telling Ndamukong to tone it down and changing him as a player.  Despite what Dungy says, something like that is much easier said than done.

H/T to Pro Football Talk for the story.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    They haven’t had a winning season since 2000! Is this what happens when Detroit wins games? Somebody needs to step up as a team leader and do something if Schwartz isn’t going to reel in his players.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Honestly, I’m not sure there’s anything coaching could do to prevent something like this. That is the sort of reactionary thing that happens. No excuses for Suh, but I can’t put it on the coaches.

  • Anonymous

    What wrong with our sposts organizations? What kind of sporstmanship are displaying as professional football players like Suh? Making million and acting like vulgar savages? Only 2 games suspension? Maybe we should go back to the Roman gladiators and not professional football. Mr Dungy, Suh is a grow man with some temper issues that cannot be tolerated in professional sports. Is ok to play hard and aggressive, but it had to be legal and betweeen the rules since it is a contact sporst. No excuses Mr. Dungy otherwise, it will get worse. We live in America, and we should expect higher starndards in sporstmanship. Shame on the NFL for given Suh only two game suspension. Until a player get kills from nongame violence then, we will see more hipocrisy.