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Ndamukong Suh responds to Warren Sapp: Teach me how to be better

Ndamukong Suh is used to hearing criticism from the fans and media for his style of play. That is all part of the nature of playing in the NFL, as is being ripped by analysts and former players. Warren Sapp is one former player that was recently hard on the Detroit Lions defensive tackle, saying he is wasting his talent. Rather than criticizing him, Suh feels as though Sapp should be mentoring him.

“I don’t know what’s exactly going on in [Sapp's] head,” Suh told CBSSports.com’s John Kreger. “To me, you can be a fan and just criticize me, or you can be a great person — somebody who can be a legend and who can possibly be in the Hall of Fame — and teach me something. Show me what you think I’m doing incorrectly. Or just continue as a fan, somebody who just wants to criticize me.”

Unlike most of Suh’s critics, Sapp didn’t only focus on cheap shots like this one and this one when ripping the third-year tackle out of Nebraska. The problem he has with Suh had more to do with his inability to anticipate what offenses are doing and his tendency to focus too much on rushing the passer. Suh acknowledged that there are plenty of things he can do better on the field.

“I understand what people are trying to do against me, I can anticipate things better,” he said. “I feel like I haven’t done enough to really help us blossom into wins. Playing well, it’s not enough. I can still do more. There are better things that I could do to make other guys around me better.”

Warren Sapp, the mentor? Sapp is certainly one of the best defensive tackles to ever play the game, but for some reason that just doesn’t have a ring to it.

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Ndamukong Suh doesn’t think a Lions teammate really ripped him

Ndamukong Suh was criticized by an anonymous teammate in a Yahoo! Sports report last week, and the Detroit Lions defensive lineman has finally responded to the comments. Suh says he doesn’t believe the quotes are true.

“I don’t care,” Suh said, via MLive.com. “You know where my locker is if you got something to say to me. In my heart of hearts, I don’t think it’s true. It’s unfortunate that things are written like that, but if it is true, it is true. If it’s not, it’s not.”

Suh may say he doesn’t care, but he went on to defend himself in response.

“Coming from high school, I didn’t win championships. I won a personal championship in winning shot-put, so in essence, I know how to win individually. As a team, I’ve gone far with my football teams. We went deep into the playoffs in high school. We went to some big bowl games in college and played in some huge games. One of my last games in college was a pretty big game. It was the Big 12 championship.

“I’ve been there. I’ve done a lot of things. I’ve been fortunate for that. I feel like being able to go back on those examples, and being through those particular things, I’ve had an inkling of how to win. It’s been a little bit different in the league, but we had a pretty good year last year. Not saying it was the best year, because we still lost six games, but you have some sense of knowing how to get things done.”

There is only so much one player can do in a team game like football, especially someone like Suh who plays on the defensive line. Nobody, except for Warren Sapp, will deny that Suh is an impact player. But the problem is like what the anonymous teammate said — Suh is great 90 percent of the time, but then he’ll do something stupid 10 percent of the time and that costs the team. It’s the personal fouls and over-pursuit of the quarterback that Suh needs to alter in order to improve.

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Ndamukong Suh ripped by anonymous teammate

Ndamukong Suh has been criticized by many different sources, but he has generally had the support of the Detroit Lions organization. His coaches have backed him and so have his teammates. Until now.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports quoted an anonymous teammate of Suh who was critical of the defensive lineman’s behavior.

“Yeah, we’re loaded,” the anonymous player told Cole following Detroit’s last-second loss to the Colts on Sunday. “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?’”

The player reportedly told Cole that Suh would be first on the list of Lions players who doesn’t understand what it takes to win.

“He’s focused for 90 percent of the time,” a teammate said. “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,” the player said. “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.”

Suh was praised for playing a good game against the Colts. He had a sack, six tackles, including four for a loss, and he hit Andrew Luck six more times. But he also got out of his rushing lane on the game’s final play, allowing Luck to escape the pocket and find Donnie Avery for the winning touchdown pass. That’s pretty much the 90-10 problem summed up, right?

Suh was an All-Pro player in his rookie year, but his time in the NFL has been littered with controversy since then.

He was suspended two games for his stomp on Evan Dietrich-Smith last year, and he was fined $30,000 for kicking Matt Schaub in the groin this year. There have been countless accusations of him being dirty and celebrating opposing players‘ injuries as well.

It’s about time someone within the Lions’ organization called him out. The more Detroit allows him to get away with, the worse it will be for the team.

Ndamukong Suh doesn’t think reputation as dirty player is fair

Nadmukong Suh is still in denial. The Detroit Lions defensive lineman continues to deny that he is a dirty player despite three years’ of evidence saying otherwise.

Suh knows he has a reputation for being dirty, but he doesn’t think that billing is fair.

“Honestly, I don’t believe it’s fair,” Suh told ESPN’s Merril Hoge in an interview for “NFL Sunday Countdown.”

“A reputation, in my opinion, is something that’s always evolving. You can’t let one particular instance or one particular act, or even one particular year, say this is this person’s reputation,” Suh told Hoge, via MLive.com.

Honestly Suh, your act is just old. People were willing to give you a chance to show that you weren’t dirty, but you continue to prove otherwise.

The first act came in the preseason of Suh’s first game when he ripped off Jake Delhomme’s head. Then there were accusations that Suh taunted an injured Matt Ryan. And then there was the dirtiest play of them all, which came when Suh stomped Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith last Thanksgiving. Suh then capped it all off by kicking Matt Schaub in the groin this Thankgsiving.

By our count, this is at least the fourth time Suh has publicly tried defending his reputation. He shouldn’t even bother anymore. The public doesn’t want to hear what he has to say; it has already made up its mind on him.

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Warren Sapp rips Ndamukong Suh, says he is wasting his talent

Warren Sapp is not a fan of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The former pass-rushing specialist made that clear once again during an appearance on “The Jim Rome Show” on Thursday, when he basically said Suh cannot seem to get a grip on the mental aspect of the game of football.

“When I watch him after a Sunday, when I sit down and watch the tape, get inside of it, he plays the game with no awareness, and just a blindness that I’ve never seen from a guy with that kind of ability and talent,” Sapp said, via MLive.com. “He’s just wasting it. Then you see him make two, three plays a game, and outside of him kicking (Schaub) in the groin, when did he make another play?”

More specifically, Sapp said Suh is always looking to rush the passer instead of making other plays that would help his team just as much or even more. He said he hasn’t “evolved as a pass rusher” and doesn’t use his head when lining up in certain situations where you should know what the opposition is going to do.

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Ndamukong Suh sees himself winning multiple Super Bowls with the Lions

The Detroit Lions may have taken a step back this season when many expected them to move forward, but Ndamukong Suh remains confident in the team’s future outlook. During a recent interview with ESPN The Magazine, Suh was asked about his relationship with Lolo Jones and the joke she made a few months back about him proposing with a Super Bowl ring. Suh said he and Jones are just friends, but that the Super Bowl rings are coming. Yes, rings.

“We will not be getting engaged, because I won’t be giving that Super Bowl ring up,” he said. “Maybe I’ll use the second one I get for that. I do see multiple Super Bowl rings in my future, especially with the team we have now. We’re a team where if we don’t make mistakes, we are insanely dangerous.”

You have to get one before you can win multiple, and I’m not so sure the Lions are all that close to getting their first. Coming off a season in which they made the playoffs for the first time in over 10 years, the Lions are currently 4-7 and have lost three straight. With games remaining against the Packers, Falcons and Bears, it appears the playoffs are not in Detroit’s future this season.

Suh also talked about learning from his mistakes and said he has grown as a person and a player since stomping on a Packers player last Thanksgiving.

“I definitely understand how to channel my aggression in a productive way,” he explained. “There are many reasons. One is I went through that situation last Thanksgiving. But also, any man, any child grows up. You learn from your mistakes or you go backward. I’m the kind of person who wants to move forward.”

Had he not kicked Matt Schaub in the groin this Thanksgiving, we might have had an easier time believing that. Chances are Suh is always going to be a dirty player. As for winning multiple Super Bowls, he and his teammates should probably focus on winning a single playoff game first.

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Matt Schaub rips Ndamukong Suh, says he is not Houston Texan-worthy

Matt Schaub offered “no comment” on Thursday when asked about Ndamukong Suh kicking him in the groin during the Houston Texans’ win over the Detroit Lions. During an interview with “In the Loop with Nick Wright and John Lopez” on SportsRadio 610 in Houston on Monday, he was not quite as tight-lipped.

Suh came up in conversation and one of the hosts asked Schaub if he would ever want him as a teammate.

“No,” the Texans quarterback replied according to ESPN.com. “You don’t want a player like that. The stuff that he stands for and the type of player he is, that’s not Houston Texan-worthy. That’s not what we’re about as a football team, as individuals, collectively as a group, we’re not that type of person.”

If you were wondering if Schaub thought the kick was intentional, you now have your answer. On Sunday, an NFL official reportedly told ESPN that Suh will “not be getting the benefit of the doubt” when representatives from the league get together for their weekly meeting on Monday. NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson also said that no form of discipline can be ruled out when dealing with a player who has Suh’s history.

What history? Last Thanksgiving, Suh blatantly stomped on a Packers player and was given a two-game suspension because of it. Suh was recently voted the least-liked player in the NFL for a reason, and his cheap shots on Thanksgiving in back-to-back years remind us why. I highly doubt Schaub is the only player in the league who would not want the big defensive lineman as a teammate.