The Lions lost again yesterday in Minnesota in an important early season game that they should have won. A good team wins that game, a playoff team wins that game, a strong franchise starts this season 1-1 or 2-0, not 0-2 and looking like they won’t win a game until mid October.
The Lions were carried last season to the playoffs on the backs of the NFL’s second best defense, but lost a lot from that unit, most notably Pro Bowl Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh.
After leaving Detroit to sign for a record $114 million in Miami, Suh is just two games into his career in south Florida & has already caused a few dust ups.
First, he knocked off Washington’s Running Back Alfred Morris’ helmet by “accidentally” running his shin into Morris facemask, continuing his tradition of on-field suspect behavior he was disciplined for multiple times in Detroit.
Then yesterday, in an embarrassing Dolphins defensive performance, Suh took the game plan into his own hands & started ignoring defensive play calls and running his own assignments.
From the Miami Herald:
Suh freelanced at times Sunday, creating confusion on the defense.
Not only was Suh ignoring Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle’s calls, he seems to want the defense changed to better fit him. When asked after the game about the poor showing he said this:
“At the end of the day, we have to go back to the drawing board and figure out what we want to run so guys can make plays and go from there.”
Ndamukong Suh is an immensely talented player, but these on field antics & disrespect of the coaching staff is something that Lions fans should be happy they don’t have to deal with anymore.
The Lions may not be winning, they may have a lot of questions going forward & may need to rebuild, but putting up with Suh is something that is probably best in the future.