Lions' Ndamukong Suh talks Redskins, transition to NFL
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been a force during the Lions' first six games. The rookie already has 4 1/2 sacks and has dominated opposing offensive lines while regularly drawing double teams. Suh will be a top priority for the Redskins' offensive line Sunday at Ford Field.
The Redskins "have a front line that wants to go lateral and allow their running back to make reads in the run game," Suh said this week in a conference call with reporters who cover the Redskins. "They are also a team that wants to give their quarterback, Donovan [McNabb], some time to drop back, get his reads in and make some deep plays."
Suh, an all-American at Nebraska, was college football's top interior lineman last season. He is making a smooth transition to the NFL.
"It has been a pretty good transition. I don't think that it has been a rough one at all. It has been fairly smooth," he said. "It is easier for me to say that because I have friends in similar positions that have gone ahead of me and allowed me to seep into their transition. It made it a lot easier for myself."
Although Suh has performed extremely well overall, "I don't know if I did better than I expected. I am definitely happy with where I am at but I am definitely not satisfied by any means.
"There is a lot of football left and we have only played six games. There is a lot more work that I can improve on in my game. I did some good things, and I haven't done the best in some situations, but that is all a part of learning and becoming a veteran."
When Lions Coach Jim Schwartz was the Tennessee Titans' defensive coordinator, he designed a 4-3 scheme that helped Albert Haynesworth become a two-time all-pro player. Suh plays the same position that Haynesworth played in the same scheme Schwartz used in Tennessee.
"I definitely had an opportunity to watch the guy that dominated in a very similar system, really the exact same system, coming from Coach Schwartz down in Tennessee when he was there," Suh said. "You have another great guy, defensive lineman [Kyle] Vanden Bosch, come from that exact same system, so I can lean on and learn from him. It has definitely been great to be able to watch film during camp, before the season started and during OTAs to get a good feel of how to play and do certain things in the scheme."
Suh, listed at 6 feet 4 and 307 pounds, is not the Lions' biggest defensive lineman. But he is the team's strongest player at the position, Schwartz said.
"It is something that it is a lot of God-given ability to be strong. I am just thanking my parents for my genes," Suh said. "It is definitely good that I don't have to be 330 pounds or 315 pounds to be strong and to be able to hold my own in the interior line.
"I am able to have naturally strong legs and upper body [strength], but it also deals a lot with technique. It is knowing how to play, knowing how to play against certain blocks, allowing your body to be in the right position and knowing how to use the other offensive lineman against themselves."
| October 30, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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