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Casserly: Suh's antics aren't surprising

Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:05 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2011 1:06 pm

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It looks like Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh can expect to be suspended two games for his actions during Thursday's Packers game. During The NFL Today's pregame show, James Brown asked NFL insider Charley Casserly if there was any indication of Suh's behavior coming out of Nebraska.

Is Ndamukong Suh dirty?

Casserly's response: 

"I talked to general managers and scouting directors over the weekend and they me absolutely there were red lights at Nebraska and even before that that did not surprise them when they see Suh behave like this in the NFL. …

"Furthermore, when the league goes in to decide how long to suspend -- if they're going to suspend Suh -- one of the things that will work in Suh's favor is that he was ejected from the game … so he has a little bit of time served already. … Comissioner Goodell, in his tenure, has suspended five players. Only one of them, Albert Haynesworth, was suspended for more than one game.

"Finally, the Detroit Lions are going to lose something here too. Suh's salary is a little over $82,000 per week. If he's suspended for more than one game that means the total fines for the year for the Lions will be over $100,000. There's a new rule in the league: over $100,000 and the team has to pay it. So now what happens? The Lions will have to pay if Suh is suspended for one game."

As for what punishment Suh should face: "I think he should be suspended two games."

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Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 3:04 am

Casserly: Suh's antics aren't surprising

Interesting reponse and essay.  As a teacher with over 17 years teaching experience, I know what the pressures are as far as athletes wanting to play and school officials needing them to play.  I had many athletes working after school on Friday's burning through assignments just to get eligible, because I never let a kid play that wasn't eligible. The way I look at is this:  the scores speak for themselves. If the work is not done, it is a zero.  For most of my teaching career I was one of the most hated and unpopular teachers around because I refused to compromise my standards.  I think it is important that athletes don't get breaks in school just because they are athletes are stars for the school's athletic program. I, too, have seen the "talk to the coach" mentality, or "talk to the parents" mentality- and have done so  many times to only be disappointed, and see the kid not do the work, and then get blamed for it because the kid couldn't play.  Tough shit.   Athletes need to be more accountable for themselves and their grades, as well as their behaviors. A kid written up or sent to the office on a Friday should not be playing that weekend.  Period.  Also, as far as Suh is concerned, I think this is a perfect microcosm of the way the educational system bends over backwards to let the athlete learn no accountability for their actions. I'm not teaching anymore, but plan to get back into the game after a break.  I think under no circumstances should there be any fudging on student grades- scores speak for themselves, as do actions.  Suh's action is reprehensible and his attitude after the game proved that in his whole life, whenever there was a problem, it was never his fault. When I heard his interview after the game, I shook my head and thought: I wonder how much other bullshit this guy blamed on other people when it was his fault.  I was also left with the impression that he thought he could talk his way out anything, and thought nice try.  You can't talk your way out of the obvious by blubbering a bunch of bullshit.  It might have worked in hs, in college, but it won't and shouldn't work in the pros.  The kid has issues.  His sense of entitlement and nonaccountability is what just may prevent him from being one of the greatest tackles in the NFL.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:56 am

Casserly: Suh's antics aren't surprising

Yes Yes Yes.  Various Ravens coaches have controlled Ray Lewis (he is alot smarter than Suh, but still), so why can't the Schwartz?  It's because he is trying to get the swagger of the Ravens or the Steelers, without having to actually earn it.  '

That is what I had in mind as well. Perhaps some people are looking at this the wrong way.

Who is sure Schwartz wants Suh controlled. Or is this just the way Schwartz want him to act.

Haynesworth was a player Schwartz was proud of on the field. Suh is no mindless dummy. He is well spoken and quick thinking.

This could be what his head coach wants out of him.

Dealing with Haynesworth should have given Schwartz a gameplan for not letting Suh go too far. There is no sign of such a playbook. But proving this is a bit harder. Not as easy as when Philly had players brag about bountys on other teams players.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:12 am

Casserly: Suh's antics aren't surprising

Another article on the Suh incident, and once again, not one word about Schwartz.

Yes Yes Yes.  Various Ravens coaches have controlled Ray Lewis (he is alot smarter than Suh, but still), so why can't the Schwartz?  It's because he is trying to get the swagger of the Ravens or the Steelers, without having to actually earn it.  '

I want to like the Lions.  I am very much a pro defense NFL fan, I want a hard hitting violent game instead of the passive, offense first game the league wants.  But Schwartz is failing heinously with his goon squad.  So far, all he has is a team of headhunters who can't play an ounce of defense...

If anyone should be fined, it should be the ringleader.....Schwartz. 

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:51 pm

Casserly: Suh's antics aren't surprising

It is our culture and our failure to change it that leads to these types of things.  He was a star football all his life, so of course he has never had to face any consequences for anything.  WE need to hold all of our parents, schools, teachers, principals, coaches, police, etc. accountable for protecting star athletes.  When I was in college and student teaching at a local high school, one of the star basketball players was in my class.  He never did an assignment and failed every test.  My cooperating teacher (the person who grades me if you aren't in the education field) told me to just let the coach know, but we have to keep him academically elligible to play.  The coach of course did nothing, and I was young and just went along with it, but I regret it.  That student never made the NBA or graduated college, so he is just another person barely scraping by.  Maybe if his parents, classmates, teachers, coaches, or principal ever showed him the importance of education and hard work, he could have used his athletic ability to take advantage of a scholarship and earn a degree without starting off in huge debt like most people.  He could have came out of a poor background and graduated with a head start financially compared to Middle to Upper Middle Class students.  Instead, he, like most athletes, was used for our entertainment for a couple years, and now if he ever gets arrested or goes on welfare we all will be paying for it in perpetuity with our taxes.  I guess the cost of admission wasn't enough for us because subconsciously we feel guilty.

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:28 pm

Casserly: Suh's antics aren't surprising

You have to love the new rule that makes the teams pay the fines for an out of control player.  When that responsiblilty lands on them, both in losing the player to suspension, and directly in their pocketbooks, maybe these G.M.'s and owner will think twice about drafting and signing these kind of people.  Suh definitely had this reputation when he was drafted.  They talked about it during the draft.  Being a great athlete does not make you exempt from responsibility.  In listening to him waver and waffle over the last three days, it's clear he has no conscience or sense of responsiblity.  He should be gone for the year for how blatant his offense was, and his lying about it after.  He should also have mandatory counseling.  Hopefully, he can become aware of his issues.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 7:56 pm

Casserly: Suh's antics aren't surprising

Another article on the Suh incident, and once again, not one word about Schwartz. It's time one of you writers get on him for not only not being able to control Suh, but the inability to control anybody on that team. There are several players that have gotten personnel foul penalties for late hits, in the last several weeks. Fairley's reprehensible hit last week is a perfect example. Seconds after the play was over, Fairley drives the QB into the ground. Sooner or later Goodell is going to have to put his foot down on coaches that can't or won't control their players. Not only should Suh get at least 3 weeks, but Schwartz should also get a large fine, because he's just as much to blame.

Since: Aug 15, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 4:25 pm

Casserly: Suh's antics aren't surprising


it is a Smart move by the League, because what it is doing is forcing the Team and Organization to "Deal" with it, and to correct the "problem". All of you arent looking at the bigger picture here and see it as "unfair" because you don't have a clue. By doing this, what it is doing is having the team enforce disciplinary problems...rather than letting them keep sliding, and sliding, and sliding until the NFL has to deal with it.

Plus is this really a surprise that he is taking cheap shots and then trying to say it was green bays fault...really? This is his what offense? that point the team should have BEEN suspended him.

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 3:25 pm

Casserly: Suh's antics aren't surprising

Just like other aspects of our society, the NFL apparently has the mindset that when someone misbehaves, it's someone else's fault.  Perhaps the NFL wants to put the onus on the teams to keep players like this off of the field until their behavior is acceptible. 

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 3:14 pm

Casserly: Suh's antics aren't surprising

Who drafted the moron?

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 3:11 pm

Casserly: Suh's antics aren't surprising

Lions have to pay the fine if their player does something stupid? That's not fair. You can tell a player not to do something dumb, but if he's dumb, he'll do it anyway. Whose fault is that?

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