Ndamukong Suh worked hard at becoming a team captain; now it appears he’s working on a way to change jerseys. Suh may not be anywhere near Detroit to speak — which is a problem within itself — but his actions are speaking with a megaphone for him. The message: he doesn’t want to be here.
Suh took his sweet old time, acting as if he were walking through a park, trying to smell the air and observe the scenery in regards to negotiating his contract with Detroit. He didn’t seem eager to get it done at all, firing his agent in the process, delaying finding a new one, seeming like he was picking a college to commit to.
Now, he refused to show up to Detroit’s first voluntary minicamp. Really? Que everyone’s saying: “He does this all the time! He’s just getting into shape!” Come on now, let’s take away the excuses and toss them into the trash. We heard enough of those throughout the Schwartz era. This is a new coaching staff. This involves new systems and schemes being implemented. This requires a lot of time and effort to grasp; he should’ve been there. Suh, as a team captain — though he shouldn’t be, needed to make an appearance.
Then, once Caldwell announced there will be a “mandatory” camp, Suh said he’d attend. Translation: Suh doesn’t want to go out of his way for the Lions; he’ll only do what he has to do. That’s not a good leader, and that’s not someone who’s dedicated to an organization. Suh is treating the Lions like there a girl on the side, eyeing something bigger for himself. It’s time the Lions quit being the punching bag, taking blow after blow, all because they feel he’s talented.
Suh is talented, but he’s not as dominating as he could be. He gets gashed in the running game a lot of the time, refuses to sharpen his arsenal to be a more dominant pass-rusher, and relies on his brute strength too often. In 2013, Suh had a direct impact on only a mere six percent of the Lions’ total defensive plays. Go ahead, say Suh’s stats are down because he gets “double-teamed” often. However, even when he’s only facing single-coverage, he still gets neutralized. Nobody on Detroit’s defense had double-digit sack numbers in 2013. If Suh’s so dominating, especially with two other first-round picks on the defensive line, shouldn’t double-digit sacks be no problem? Ziggy Ansah, the rookie defensive end, missed two games and still had more sacks than Suh. He’s not as great as people would think. His leadership skills are absolutely disgusting. He’s very careless.
There’s talk stating that Detroit is shopping Suh around, determining what they may be able to receive for him. That wouldn’t be a bad idea. Paying Suh a huge contract would be a mistake. He isn’t a good leader, doesn’t adapt his game, and has blatantly shown that he refuses to put the team above himself. Real team leaders — like Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson — appear to events for their teams, such as voluntary workouts. Next offseason, Suh’s presence shouldn’t even be a concern or of any discussion to Detroit; Suh’s appearances should be a headache his new team has to worry about.