The evidence is speaking louder and louder with each action from Ndamukong Suh: he doesn’t want to be here. It’s time Detroit Lions fans stop putting the defensive tackle on a shiny pedestal. There will be those who oppose those article, claiming it’s crazy, but facts are facts. It’s the little things Suh does that speaks volumes for him.
For starters, Suh is known to take plays off. Many people close to him believe football isn’t a big love for him. Hey, that’s just their talk, though Suh doesn’t do much to negate it. Where was Suh when new head coach Jim Caldwell was hosting workouts? He was doing involved with his own agendas. Suh only graced Detroit with his presence when it became “mandatory.” Where was Suh when the Lions’ salary cap was choking? He was firing his agent, refusing to make a contract negotiation to assist the Lions. Now, the Lions are tighter on the cap than just about anyone else in the NFL. Suh, as a leader, should be doing more; instead, he’s reluctant. He’d much rather stick to his own routines.
Now, the Lions stated that contract negotiations will be postponed until the end of the 2014 season. Translation: Suh will be seeking negotiations elsewhere. Soak it in; understand it; live with it; he’s gone after this season. It’s time to stop coddling Suh and his lethargic attitude.
Detroit could benefit mightily with his leave, having the finances to sign more quality players, who actually care more. Suh’s song and dance has overstayed its welcome. If the Lions ever want to change their culture, they must rid themselves of cancerous players of selfishness. For too long Detroit’s front office worshiped and praised the backs of careless players. Let them go, move on, and get better.
The most noise Suh’s made has come from penalties, negative comments, and a nasty attitude. Nobody doubts his incredible talent; people doubt his lackadaisical effort. Media members are tired of hearing confidential teammates rag on his leadership and attitude.
With all of the big talent Suh has, his play doesn’t equate to much. It’s always said: big time players make big time plays. The Lions blew numerous fourth quarter leads; Suh’s inadequate play contributed to that. The Lions didn’t really rack up that many sacks this year — also another aspect Suh failed on. Suh refuses to gain insight from a Hall of Fame player like Warren Sapp. Many other players seek his intuition; it wouldn’t hurt Suh to gain his knowledge.
Time and time again, Suh’s selfishness resurfaces. He will never be a team player for the Lions; he will be a plague, holding them back for his tenure here. The Lions have spent enough time letting a players talent speak to them instead of a player’s production. Talent is a marvelous quality, but leadership and dedication are even better. A player with heart will trump a player with talent any day. Suh no longer wants to be here. For the Lions, that’s not a bad thing at all. That’s a blessing.
About the Author: Jamal Cadoura
I have an undying passion for writing and sports--I decided to combine the two and here I am. I'm a native to the Detroit area and am a huge fan of all Detroit sports. I spend most of my daily activities with sports--talking it, thinking it, and listening to it. Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated!