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Lions rookie Ndamukong Suh is impressing Coach Jim Schwartz

The Detroit Lions selected defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with the second overall pick in the 2010 draft, and it appears they chose wisely.

In six games, the former Nebraska all-American has 4½ sacks and has been credied with 22 tackles, including 18 unassisted. He also has an interception.

"He is already pretty good," Detroit Coach Jim Schwartz said. "He was pretty good in college and he is stepped right in and has played at a high level already. He is very mature, he is serious about football and he is incredibly strong."

Listed at 6 feet 4 and 307 pounds, Suh has been a force from the outset in Detroit's 4-3 base front. Although he's "not the biggest defensive lineman on our team, he is probably our third-biggest defensive lineman on our team, he is by far the strongest," Schwartz said. "He is incredibly strong and has very, very good instincts for the game and is very serious about his craft. He is very mature and you can see him improve from week to week."

Suh had sacks in his first two games. He had eight tackles, including six unassisted, in his second game and returned his interception 20 yards during a 44-6 victory against St. Louis in Week 5.

"That says a lot when he is sitting at 4½ sacks," Schwartz said. "Every week, he goes and you see something that you didn't see the week before from him. He gets a little bit more experience and he is introduced into a little bit more game situations.

"He sees a different run game, pass protection game and he figures out a way to combat it. It is the situations that he has never experienced before, and the fact that he has been productive for the first six games, that says a lot about where he was to start."

By Jason Reid  | October 29, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
 
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Comments

Life's not easy for a boy named Suh.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 29, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Our vittle indians vill be coming off zee production line to KILL MEGATROID AND ALL OF DETROIT, HAAA-HAHAHAHA!!

http://media.photobucket.com/image/hr%20giger/R18_posttest/Subba%20Dub/hr_giger_biomechanoid_004-1.jpg?o=718

Posted by: frak | October 29, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Good luck Rabach. Where's Cory Raymer at these days?

Posted by: saltine182 | October 29, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Next post headline Redskins will strugle woth Best the Beast.

This will be the Lions 4 play, it's funny how J-Reid knows more about the Lions then the team he is paid to cover.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 29, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Alan4, don't get greedy. Carlos already hit his average of one pick per season. Two would be ridiculous.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 29, 2010 1:02 PM

I'm starting to come around. It's just hard for me to believe that guy who's played years of football at every level, and is otherwise a solid player, can drop so many without a rational explanation (no physical problems).

After reading his quotes about it, I'm thinking maybe he doesn't value INTs that much... hopefully seeing his counterpart's jersey shipped to the Hall of Fame this week will light a competitive fire in him about INTs.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 29, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't see why we should be overly concerned with Suh. I mean, it's not like we don't have totally solid, competent dudes in the middle of our O line... oh, right.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 29, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Ever notice Reid is wearing Cowboys colors in his pic up there...

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 12:30 PM


Coincidence, I'm sure...dude is from California so I'd be a bit surprised if his rooting interests lie in Texas.

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 29, 2010 12:37 PM

I stand corrected...he's wearing Detroit Lions colors...hence his 25th piece on them this week.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I hope stafford sticks his celebratory toungue out and then gets drilled, biting it off and ending his career.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 29, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

...hopefully seeing his counterpart's jersey shipped to the Hall of Fame this week will light a competitive fire in him about INTs.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 29, 2010 1:25 PM

Alan...did you just call 4 picks for CR22 this week? haha

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

yea, def. too many stories about the opponent. good for suh for impressing his coach, but too bad i don't really care.

Posted by: rachel216 | October 29, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

It has to be mental, Alan. Can anyone remember a starting CB who had such difficulty catching balls? For him to put himself in position to get so many opportunities, only to drop them, is baffling.

This is his sixth season, for goodness' sake. Seven picks in 73 games over six seasons... good grief.

http://www.nfl.com/players/carlosrogers/profile?id=ROG136198

Love everything about Carlos but that one, critical thing...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 29, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Alan...did you just call 4 picks for CR22 this week? haha

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 1:29 PM

Four picks would be his career highlight film at this point. But I don't think he's doomed to drop every pass that hits him in the hands and chest. Even Shaq has games where he hits his free throws...

Posted by: Alan4 | October 29, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Brown and Kaas,
You guys just don't want to face reality. How many 36 year old inside linebackers are there in the NFL? You think Fletcher might be playing until he's forty? I don't think so. Old and not a good fit in the defense will get him cut.

As to the corners, I am saying they will re-sign CR and trade D. Hall. AC, we can pretty much guess is as good as gone, and the school of thought is Haynesworth will be gone at the end of the season as well. Those guys will probably be traded. I think guys like Chris Horton and Jeremy Jarmin are at risk as well, because they don't seem to fit.

Face it. Shanny and Allen will have a much better idea of where they need to improve this offseason and it will be a free for all.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 29, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, any machine that keeps telling you 24-20 is a NERD machine!

Posted by: monk811 | October 29, 2010 1:41 PM

Yeah...that's how I knew something was wrong...well the tuneup added 2 more points haha...ohhhhhhhh now I know why you were thinking safety...DUH.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Coincidence, I'm sure...dude is from California so I'd be a bit surprised if his rooting interests lie in Texas.

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 29, 2010 12:37 PM

I don't think he is from Cali. He went to USC, but i think he is from New Yawk.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 29, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

This game would be a good game to bring back Dockery to help Rabach block this beast. If Rabach goes one on one with Suh we'll be calling him "speed bump" or "Road kill" on Monday morning.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 29, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

this game worries me more than the Rams game.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | October 29, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Coincidence, I'm sure...dude is from California so I'd be a bit surprised if his rooting interests lie in Texas.

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 29, 2010 12:37 PM

I don't think he is from Cali. He went to USC, but i think he is from New Yawk.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 29, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Damn, there's more questions on Reid's past than they had about Obama. Congrats Reid, you are now official the most important person in DC!

Posted by: monk811 | October 29, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

this game worries me more than the Rams game.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | October 29, 2010 2:03 PM
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Well, yeah. The Rams game has already been played.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 29, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse


Face it. Shanny and Allen will have a much better idea of where they need to improve this offseason and it will be a free for all.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 29, 2010 1:51 PM |

I agree RSH

it seems like common sense that a coach like shanahan wants players he chooses and hopefully younger players that fit the system that he implements

that said, fletcher is a solid 4-3 LB that is getting up there in age. can't play forever

Posted by: hessone | October 29, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

that said, fletcher is a solid 4-3 LB that is getting up there in age. can't play forever

Posted by: hessone | October 29, 2010 2:06 PM

Cosign

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

RB BEEPS

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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