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Suh, Goodell make up during meeting

Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:45 pm
SuhPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Ndamukong Suh had his meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, and he’s taken to his Facebook page to tell you all about it.

It seems to have gone very well indeed.

"I am very appreciative of the opportunity to sit and speak with the Commissioner and his staff to clarify a few questions about my play, and the game in general,” Suh wrote. “I have gained a better understanding how I need to play the game to help my team win.

“I look forward to the rest of the season and the doing everything we can to bring the Lombardi Trophy to Detroit."

Suh has been characterized as a dirty player (probably because he’s seemingly always trying to rip off the other quarterback’s face), and he’s been hit hard by fines -- which is why he asked to meet with Roger Goodell. He wanted to get clarification on why his style of play has led to so many personal fouls and fines. Now, apparently he’s got it.

“We appreciate that Ndamukong Suh, Coach (Jim) Schwartz, and team president Tom Lewand took the time to meet with us today,” Goodell said in a statement. “Ndamukong plays the game with great skill and passion and is a major reason for the Lions’ success this year. We reviewed video showing that he has clearly made the adjustments to play consistently within the rules so that he can continue to help the team. We commend Ndamukong’s leadership in taking the initiative to schedule today’s meeting.”

Glad to see Suh and the NFL are, once again, BFFs. Opposing quarterbacks can only hope those good feelings last.

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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:27 pm

Suh, Goodell make up during meeting

brian8ball as evidence shows video after video Suh is not a dirty player. That Jake Delhomme play was a dirty play & Suh rightfully got slapped the pink message slip w/numbers. That play on QB Andy Dalton was a harmless play....Dirty????? What???? Come on & a cheap shot artist????? Lets put it this way be honest w/yourself & get your facts straight you're a SUH Hater. brian8ball you're about as bright as ESPN & CBS's Mike Freeman combined...CLUELESS!!! Goon Office Officials of Roger Goodell & Brendan Shannahan are taking the Integrity out of Football/Hockey. Clearly in most cases those players put themselves in vulnerable positions to get the call or give the opposing player the Pink Slip...who's the cheapshot artist in most cases???? Use Common Sense & Consciencely make the right call after viewing the Videos. Fans don't like to see Star Players or the Aggressiveness of the game taken away. Those tickets are a heafty price to pay so get your's not about them but about us

Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:53 am

Suh, Goodell make up during meeting

Brilliant move on Suh's part.  I think he's working Goodell much in the way players try to work the refs.  Maybe if James Harrison would have met with Goodell instead of doing the interview with Men's Journal, he wouldn't have gotten $100,000 in fines last year.  Personally, I like the way Suh plays the game.  I wish he was a Chicago Bear.  Sure, some of his hits may be a little vicious, but its the nature of the game.  The impression I get from Suh is that he is an "equal opportunity" type.  What I mean by that is that it doesn't matter to him who he lines up against or who the opposing QB is, he will try to plow through the OL and grind the QB into the ground.  It is what he has trained to do and its why he was drafted #2.  I don't think he has malicious intentions like a Bill Romanowski who intentionally broke running back Dave Meggett's finger after a tackle, or Jack Tatum, a safety who played years ago who was nicknamed "the assassin".

I don't expect Suh's syle of play to change much.  I think his comments to the media may take a different tone so as to give the impression that he is not intentionally trying to injure opposing players because while the fines will hurt his bank account, he'll lose more in endorsements if he is not marketable.  Moreover, if his rep as a dirty player spins out-of-control, then the resulting penalties will hurt his team.

Since: Apr 15, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:23 am

Suh, Goodell make up during meeting

I guess if you're a force on D your a dirty player anymore. It's a shame that this "new" NFL doesn't allow defense, all they want is the long pass everytime which gets really really boring if you don't have defense. Come on no fun league let's get this league back to it's roots which is you guessed it tackle football. I hope Suh tears em up

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:03 am

Suh, Goodell make up during meeting

;   and no this is football  I dont cry...............good luck stopping SUH !!!!!   GO LIONS!!!!!

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:24 am

Suh, Goodell make up during meeting

I hope Suh wins defensive player of the year, and goes to the superbowl and is MVP with 4 sacks and a fumble return for TD....I just love to see all the Suh haters whine and cry some more....GOOO LIONS

I hope the same thing, but I dont see it happening this season. MAYBE in the future, but all of that in one season, I doubt it. Suh would love to have one of all those in his lifetime, much less one season. One step at a time, if the Lions make the playoffs this season, it is a good season. If they win a playoff game it is a great season. If they somehow make it to the superbowl (highly unlikely) it would go down as the biggest cinderella season in the history of pro sports. Dont get me wrong, I would love to see it, but I dont think it will happen this year, one step at a time. I beleive they will be an elite team in the NFL in the future, but they have to prove themselves first.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:07 am

Suh, Goodell make up during meeting

So why dont we just put a red shirt on the quarterbacks or flags so Suh can grab the flag and then the quarterback is down.
These players are taught to go until you here a whistle and that is what Suh does.
I agree Brady has sort of turned this into Sissy NFL. If that quarterback has the ball the defense should be able to bury him
but if you touch Brady you get a flag.
Suh is a young hungry player... I dont think he is a dirty player but that is my opinion. When I think of dirty I think of Romanowski, Finnegan, Haynesworth,Dobler,Harrison,Tatum,Ward. When I think of the Steel Curtain or the old Oakland Raiders I think of rough and tough but I know they were dirty too.
My point is that this has always been a part of the NFL and to change it like they have been is making it a game for ******

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:00 am

Suh, Goodell make up during meeting

Wow, I don't think Suh can win with some folks. It seems like he did the right thing; went to the boss to have a sit down for clarity. He's a smart guy, knows the rules, but also knows that there is certainly some grey area. Sure, it's probably partly a PR move also, but who can blame him? He wants to be feared, he wants to get to QBs but I'm sure he doesn't want all this baggage of being tagged as dirty or classless.

The hit on DelHomme was in the preseason of his first season. I haven't seen him do that again. The Cutler play was just a shove from behind, the horsecollar on Barber was actually his hair, and the Dalton play, well I'll paraphrase Marv Lewis: "I guess we have to cuddle them to the ground."

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:31 am

Suh, Goodell make up during meeting

A dirty player is a guy who kicks another player in the earhole when he's lying on the ground. A dirty player trys to jab you in the eye during a play. A dirty player thinks of ways he can break your leg during a block. Suh is a badass and he knows it. That doesn't make him a dirty player.

Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:26 am

Suh, Goodell make up during meeting

Suh is dirty? Does anybody remember Jack Lambert? How about Harvey Martin? Lyle Alzado? Ted Hendricks? I've only named a few and we can go back even further to guys like Art Donovan, Alex karras and Dick Butkus if necessary. My point is that great defensive players play with attitude and we all want to see them destroy opposing offensive players. Why are we crying about Suh's play? This is the NFL folks.....don't like it go watch MLB and quit crying.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:11 am

Suh, Goodell make up during meeting

So like I said I am thru,I look at the tapes and I see what he does,and you look at the same tapes and see something
different,I think they should let them play this is FOOTBALL,a guy like Suh would have not LASTED 10 mins if he would
have done to STABLER,BRADSHAW or Unitas what he did to ANDY DALTON.
Are you insane grandpa? Suh would have tore those guys limbs off and somehow hit Bradshaw into being even dumber than he is now. I love the generational comparisons. They keep records and stats for a reason. The NFL athlete, especially the lineman, of today is equal to 2 1/2 or 3 lineman of yesterday in size and strength.

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