Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
Blog Entry

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:22 am
 
Suh redeemed himself in Oakland Sunday after serving a two-game suspension. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh returned to the field against the Raiders Sunday after serving a two-game suspension for stomping on a Packers offensive lineman back on Thanksgiving day. Turns out, Suh has pretty good timing because he ended up blocking Sebastian Janikowski's game-winning field-goal attempt as time expired. (Granted, it was 65 yards -- and would've been a new NFL record -- but if anyone's going to make that kick it's Janikowski)

But after the game, Suh had more on his mind than that last play.

"I wanted to address this," he said, via CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter John Kreger. "It's something that I've dealt with and am trying to move forward with. I have apologized about it, obviously on my Facebook page, but also after the game.

"I made a mistake. The biggest thing for me is that I've dealt with and am moving past it, and happy to be back on the field with my team. The biggest thing for me is just wanting to sincerely move forward from it. … I’ve spoken to [Packers lineman] Evan Dietrich-Smith, and I feel we’re on very good terms. He’s a great guy."

So maybe Suh's time away from the game gave him a chance to reflect on what he had done and where his career might be headed if he didn't reevaluate his after-the-whistle behavior. And who knows, maybe we'll be saying the same about Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who will miss Monday's night's game against the 49ers while serving a one-game suspension for a Week 14 helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.

For now, Suh is happy to be able to help his team win an important late-season game. He called the block a "great moment,"

"I put my hand up and it hit my thumb and I looked back and saw it twirling and that's when you see me run off and I take my helmet off," he said, via the Detroit Free Press. "I'm usually not that excited about things, but it's what you play the game for."

The Lions are now 9-5, the No. 6 seed in the NFC, and two games clear of the Seahawks, Bears, Giants and Cardinals with two games to go.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're at it, add our RSS Feed.
Comments

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:56 am
 

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

Suh.....no need to apologize...keep going out and being the warrior that you have always been.  Get the Lions into the playoffs and then go kick Aaron Rodgers in the labia.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

MIKE D,
I hope you are right but my feeling is that Suh does not really feel sorry for what he did.I hope I am wrong,I think he realized that it was a STUPID thing to do,and his MGMT and SPONSORS made him relize that it was in THEIR best interest to have him Apologize.He was suspend 3 weeks ago and is only now saying he made a mistake.And why do I feel it is not real,because he met with the COMISS and a few weeks later too.He told the Comiss he was sorry for his PRECEIVED dto be a dirty player and then went out in the BIGGEST Lion game in a DECADE, and did what he did.So I hope for all long suffering Lion Fans he has learned his LESSON.
 
Like I said -- he lost his head, it was an emotional divison game and he made a really, really dumb mistake.  He knows what he did was wrong.  Also -- he didn't say he apologized to the packers player this week -- he just said he had talked to him personally and apologized and wanted to move on from the situation and put it in the past.

As far as the meeting with the Goodell -- I'm guessing they didn't have much of a talk about stomping on players.  I also don't think his intent in that game was to get booted for his stupidity.  He lost his cool and made a completely bone headed mistake.  I'm not going to judge a guy based off a play like that -- there is zero tolerance for that behavior from here on out, so if it happens again, he needs to go.

Personally -- I think you will see him keep his nose clean from the rest of the year.  I'm sure he will still get flagged for a late hit or something every now and then, as alot of defensive players do.  I don't think you will ever see him do anything remotely close to what he did in the GB game though. 


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:07 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 9:42 pm
 

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

OK MIKE,

I get it he is a 1st ballot hall of famer.And who the hell cares what he does off the field alot of players do that.Let me ask you this.Will you still love him if the Lions don't make the Playoffs by 1 game or a tie breaker when his childish act on Thanksgiving may have caused them that win and having to plat N.O with out him. And at this time of the season all teams have injuries,look at the  Packers last year or what about the Bears losing both Cutler and then Forte and if they stay healthy the Lions are not even talking playoffs.
Brian,

I'm not saying he is a 1st team hall of famer.  I am saying he plays a position where stats don't show the true value of the player.  He is only in his 2nd year and will only get better as he gets stronger and learns all the techniques used in the NFL.  

As far as his actions and how I'd feel if the Lions missed the playoffs -- the ONLY reason I would be pissed is because I have 3 bets with people that the Lions would make the playoffs this year and I'd be out 300 bux.  Personally though, I think the best thing for this team would be if they DID miss the playoffs, as maybe it would get thru their thick skulls that all the after the ball BS and dumb penalties are only hurting the team.  So while it would suck financially for me if they don't make it -- in the end, I think it will only make them better next year.

With the injuries -- What I don't think you understand is -- Detroit was 0-16 less than 3 years ago.  While we have alot of skill players and our 1st teamers are good.  What we don't have is depth and it is going to take another year or two before we have the kind of depth needed to withstand injuries.  Detroit lacks depth at pretty much every position but Defensive Line.  So while teams like GB can get by with the depth they have accumulated over years -- Detroit pretty much started from scratch after Matt Millen was let go.  To put it in perspective how poor Millen was as GM -- Detroit had a 3 or 4 year stretch where not a single player Millen drafted was left on the team last year.  THAT IS PATHETIC.  


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:03 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

Cmon Mike,
Please With the Defensive line they have how can Suh be doubled teamed every play, with Fairly and KVB.The drop off between last year when he was an unknown rookie and this year is HUGE.Wow he caused Some Int's.Yet he was suspended and has been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct many times.There have been many players who have had a great rookie season and have not amounted to much.

The guy was Defensive rookie of the Year,pro bowl and 1st team all nfl and this year he has been 1/2 of that player.Go look at the numbers from last year and this year.And I am pretty sure he was double teamed last year too.
Suh is double teamed 9 plays out of 10.  That is why Cliff Avril has 10 or 11 sacks and KVB has 7 sacks.  They are single blocked all game long.  As for Fairley -- he has only played in about half of the Lions games and has only started once (when Suh was suspended).  We won't know how good he can be till next year when his foot is completely healed.  Corey Williams is the guy who starts at the other DT.

Last year when Suh came into the league -- Teams were not immediately doubling him.  He tore teams up the first half of the season and then slowly but surely teams started doubling him.  His stats last year were much better and alot had to do with other teams had no idea how good he was going to be.

Just having Suh in the game, makes everyone else on the DL that much better, as he gets all the attention.  Alot of teams Detroit has played rarely use 7 step drops on passing plays, as they know the DL is going to be coming.  Until our secondary was decimated by injury and we've had to use backup WRs and special team players in the secondary -- Detroit was giving up less than 200 yards a game in the air.  With our top 4 cornerbacks all missing games with injury, as well as probably our 2nd best player in Safety Louis Delmas being out the last 4 games -- Detroit basically is fielding a scout team in the secondary.  Still teams are throwing short routes and screen plays to beat up on the Lions secondary.

I lost my train of thought -- Basically what I am saying is -- Suh has been a hell of a player this year, even though his stats don't match what he did last year.  The only downside to this year is the stomping incident and trust me, no Lions fan has forgotten about it.  Lions fans were just as mad as everyone else with the way he reacted on the field and after the game.  It doesn't take away from the player he is and consummate professional he has been off the field in the Metro Detroit area.




brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 7:42 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

Surprise Surprise look who's still on this thread. Must SUCK to be u dude. Friggin loser has moved from his computer all day again. Dont even have to mention ur name everybody knows who im talkin about.




Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

20 bucks says we'll be listening to another apology by the end of next season.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:12 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator



The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com