Tag:Ndamukong Suh
Posted on: September 25, 2010 5:28 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.25.10 expectations and anticipation

Posted by Andy Benoit

A look at the Nnamdi Asomugha-Larry Fitzgerald matchup.

Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Time Picayune has plenty of interesting stats on Drew Brees and the Saints.

The Vikings are weak inside at center and right guard. How will they handle Ndamukong Suh?

Brandon Marshall skipped his 10-minute session with the media. So, naturally, the media wrote a story about whether the mercurial receive is acting out again.

A name you may want to soon learn is Tony Moeaki. The Chiefs third-round rookie tight end has been turning some heads.

Few players have to battle through injuries – namely knee injuries – the way Kellen Winslow has and does.

Just in case you haven’t heard, Jets safety Eric Smith was fined $7,500 for a hitting Wes Welker in the chops.

The Giants offensive line isn’t quite as old as everyone thinks it is (only center Shaun O’Hara qualifies as someone in his “mid-30s”, and he’s coming off the best three-year stint of his career), but nevertheless, here’s an article about how the line is ignoring whispers about its age and decline.


Some good things have been said about undersized DE Everett Brown this season, but that didn’t stop the Charlotte Observer from writing this headline: “Panthers pass-rush not living up to its billing.” (Of course, if you watched this team on film last season, then projected what things would be like without Julius Peppers, you’d have to say the Panthers are living up – or down – exactly to their billing.)

For some reason a big deal has been made about Andy Reid’s “crucified” quote.


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Posted on: September 15, 2010 9:01 am
 

Report: Delhomme in a walking boot right now

Posted by Will Brinson

Jake Delhomme's performance against Tampa Bay was one of the more disappointing items of the first NFL weekend. Perhaps his head was still ringing from the Ndamukong Suh "tackle" during the preseason.

The more likely cause is a first half ankle injury which he fought through , and which now, according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer , has him in a walking boot.

Grossi's source also believes that Seneca Wallace will get the "bulk of reps" with the first team Wednesday in anticipation for Delhomme not being able to start against the Chiefs on Sunday.

Or, at the very least, being listed as questionable on the team's Week 2 injury report, which Delhomme probably will.

If Delhomme can't go against the Chiefs, that should mean a healthy dose of Jerome Harrison ... er, well, it should . But he's (apparently) done something evil to Eric Mangini's family, because there's no other way to explain how a guy who put up a season's worth of rushing yards in the last three games of 2009 is still splitting carries with fumble-machine Peyton Hillis and only getting carries when the team is backed into its own end zone.

That's an entirely different rant to rumble off on; the point here is that there's a decent chance Delhomme might not play on Sunday, depending on the severity of the ankle injury.

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 7:45 pm
 

NFL Predictions from the F&R Crew

Posted by Will Brinson

It's prediction time, kiddos! And really, nothing's more awesome than putting yourself in charge of compiling these, creating HTML, squeezing them in just before the start of the first game and then being totally wrong a few months from now. The nice part is, you can make your own predictions below. Seriously, you can, and we're interested. So comment away. Or don't -- this post will be here all season long so you come back and remember just how right we all were.

Award Josh Andy Will
SB  Champs Colts Colts Falcons
NFC Champs Packers Saints Falcons
AFC Champs Colts Colts Chargers
NFC South
Saints Saints Falcons
NFC North Vikings
Packers Packers
NFC East Cowboys Cowboys Eagles
NFC West 49ers 49ers 49ers
AFC South
Colts Colts Colts
AFC North Bengals Ravens Bengals
AFC East Jets Patriots Patriots
AFC West Chargers Chargers Chargers
MVP Peyton Manning Aaron Rodgers Philip Rivers
Coach Jim Caldwell Mike Tomlin Norv Turner
Offensive POY Chris Johnson Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers
Defensive POY Darrelle Revis Troy Polamalu Patrick Willis
Offensive Rookie Ryan Mathews Jahvid Best Ryan Mathews
Defensive Rookie Ndamukong Suh Brandon Graham Sean Weatherspoon

Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:48 am
 

Hot Routes 9.8.10: Well, how big a boy are you?

Posted by Will Brinson

Originally I was going to try and get a full post out of Suh and Larry (via Suh's Twitter account, seen right) and the whole "big boy" thing was aimed at Deuce (see: No. 2 below). Then I realized that it was something the Cable Guy might say and that I definitely don't have 300 words in my brain that revolve around that picture.

We will, however, accept captions in the comments or via twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) , where you may also send tips for the Hot Routes.
  • Deuce Lutui will get loose at right guard for Arizona , despite heavy concerns (literally) about his weight keeping him from performing at an expected level. Said Lutui, it's "not the first time I've been called fat. It's one of those things, as a big boy, you have to live with."
  • My buddy RJ Bell of Pregame.com points out that the Colts are expected to be favored in 15 of their 16 games this year (the lone exception being their game at New England), while the Lions are only expected to be favored in ONE game, when they play the Rams in Week 5 at home. These expectations, remember, don't judge future performance (necessarily) ... just expectations.
  • So, there's apparently a chance that Tim Tebow might not play in Jacksonville, as according to the Denver Post , he and Brady Quinn are still battling it out for the No. 2 quarterback spot. There might be a full-on revolt at Everbank Stadium if that happens.
  • Hue Jackson, the Raiders offensive coordinator, helped get T.J. Houshmandzadeh from Seattle to Baltimore. Weird .
  • Big Blue View takes a look at the 2009 Giants draft class and decides that it might be nice to take a mulligan on that one, even if Hakeem Nicks is pretty talented. Unfortunately, well, you know how mulligans work in the NFL.
Posted on: August 30, 2010 5:46 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2010 6:09 pm
 

NFL currently reviewing Suh - Delhomme play

Posted by Will Brinson

As you may recall from Sunday, Ndamukong Suh nearly wrecked Jake Delhomme's season a little early with what was quite a nasty, um, tackle (for lack of a better word) .

Unsurprisingly, the topic came up during Monday's media availability with the Browns -- coach Eric Mangini acknowledged that the Browns would have the league look at the incident if for some reason they weren't already checking it out.

“Yes," Mangini said. "I’ve got to imagine whether we will, but whether we did or not, I’m sure they’ll look at it closely. When I met the kid, he’s a good kid, so I don’t think he’s a malicious guy. From what I know about him, it was just a poor decision.”

Fortunately, Mangini doesn't have to worry: NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed to CBSSports.com that the play is "already under review." (Even before hearing from Aiello, I would have bet my not-yet-first-born that the guys in the officiating compound were checking that one out a few times, but very good to hear that they are -- it was a dangerous play.)

Mangini also insinuated that he would have preferred that Suh be tossed from the game following the play.

"It put the quarterback at risk, but I’m not the official," Mangini said. "You know you don’t want to see that at any point. As I said, my experience with him in the draft process is that he’s a good kid and it was just not a great decision."

It's hard to fathom how the officials didn't see the play in real time and immediately think that it was a play -- especially in the preseason -- deserving of more than just a 15-yard facemask penalty.

But that's probably because they were too busy figuring out how Delhomme was able to fist-pump in celebration of the penalty when he should have more closely resembled that the dude from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," only sans pumpkin. Little did they know, that's the "most Jake Delhomme thing" ever.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 4:36 pm
 

Suh treated Delhomme like a rag doll

Posted by Will Brinson

I first stumbled on this story after my friend Michael David Smith wrote about the play in question (which is technically called a "sack") over at FanHouse and then eventually found my way to some video of said play.

Here's the skinny: Jake Delhomme, while quarterbacking for the Cleveland Browns, drops back in the pocket, as signal callers often do. Ndamukong Suh, the Lions' rookie defensive lineman, broke through his block.

Suh caught up to Delhomme from behind and then got a hold of the former Panther -- by the facemask no less -- and proceeded to sling him to the ground. Then he grabbed him AGAIN and flipped him around like a rag doll.

As MDS notes, the refs gave Suh a 15-yard facemask penalty and (somehow!) Lions fans were upset and began to boo.

Doing my best Old Spice Guy impersonation, look at the play, come back here, look at the play again . Or something -- the point is, watch what Suh does a few times and tell me he shouldn't be fined or suspended ... or both.

All he got was a flag last night, but you can all but bet he gets a call from the NFL at some point this week.

Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:21 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 6:55 pm
 

Lions aren't happy without Suh

He’s only been an official rookie hold-out a few days, but Lions DT Ndamukong Suh is already annoying at least one of his teammates.

"I haven't even sent him a text or anything, but I'd like to tell him, 'Just sign the damn contract already. You are missing some good things here,'" center Dominic Raiola told the Detroit News after Suh missed his fourth day and sixth practice.

But what about … you know … all the money there is to be made?

"I understand the business side of it, but when you are talking $40 million, $42 million, $43 million, I don't know what the big difference is," Raiola said. "Any way you cut it, after taxes, that's $20 million. So you've got to get that name signed and get out here."

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Suh and the Lions have agreed on a five-year deal.

UPDATE II: Jay Glazer reports that Suh's deal is worth $60-68 million, with $40 million guaranteed. Suh wanted more guaranteed money than Matthew Stafford got. He fell $1.7 million short of that.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 3:36 pm
 

Only seven to go

And now they’re down to seven. Seven unsigned first-round draft picks, of course.

Now that, as the San Diego Union-Tribune reports this afternoon, No. 12 pick RB Ryan Mathews has signed a five-year, $26.65 million deal ($15 million of which is guaranteed) with the Chargers, 25 of the 32 first-round selections are officially members of their respective squads.

Those missing in action (or, more accurately, those who haven’t come to terms): No. 2 DT Ndamukong Suh of Detroit; No. 6 OT Russell Okung of Seattle; No. 9 RB C.J. Spiller of Buffalo; No. 10 DT Tyson Alualu of Jacksonville; No. 21 TE Jermaine Greshman of Cincinnati; No. 26 NT Dan Williams of Arizona and No. 31 DE Jerry Hughes of Indianapolis.

--Josh Katzowitz

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