Suh won't back down

Ndamukong Suh says he will continue to be an aggressive hitter this season.

Ndamukong Suh says he will continue to be an aggressive hitter this season.

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It hasn’t taken long for 2010 No. 2 overall draft pick Ndamukong Suh to establish himself as one of the most devastating players in the NFL, but he insists he’s not dirty.

The Detroit defensive tackle dismisses evidence to the contrary — like four personal foul calls last season, two fines and a massive hit on Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton last week that left the quarterback helmetless.

“You can ask Kyle (Vanden Bosch), the tradition we have at Nebraska, the Black Shirt tradition, is one of aggressiveness and imposing your will on any player that’s opposing you,” Suh told the Detroit Daily News.

“That’s our nature. That’s how I grew up in the game of football.”

And that’s what got Suh here, but he might have to be a bit careful, lest he gain the reputation and watchful eye of commissioner Roger Goodell like Pittsburgh’s James Harrison.

“It’s a fine line,” said Lions coach Jim Schwartz.

“You don’t want to take the aggressiveness away, but you have to be aware. We need to do a better job with that.”

Good luck.

“It’s the reason people play football; aggression is the name of the sport,” Suh said.

“It means being violent and being very aggressive and getting after the quarterback. That’s what you are known for. That’s what you do. If you didn’t do that then I don’t think you’d be playing football in the NFL.”

San Diego Chargers defensive line coach Don Johnson is a little bit clueless about Canada, eh?

Speaking about Vaughn Martin, the former University of Western standout who is still trying to establish himself in the NFL, Johnson showed he is either completely out of it, or prone to a little fun.

“I would say that ‘The Little Frenchman’ has grown,” Johnson told signonsandiego.com about Martin’s progress.

“I’m always getting on him, saying he played with a bunch of Frenchman and now he’s playing with the big boys,” Johnson said.

“Not to insult the French, but he’s come a long way. Not to slam where he came from, either, but it’s almost like taking a player out of community college and putting him in the NFL.”

Not doing much for the American stereotypes there Don.

Anyways, Martin, the 6-foot-4, 308 pound fast-learner continues to impress.

“He’s played against Peyton Manning, he’s played against Tom Brady,” Johnson said. “He’s getting the feel of the game, the speed of the game. Nothing should shock him or fascinate him anymore about the level of play and what the expectations are.”

Now in his third NFL season, Martin should have a chance to contribute on San Diego’s defensive line.

If he does, perhaps Johnson will put on his snowshoes and travel to the frozen North in search of the next Martin.

The pictures in the latest GQ magazine aren’t going to do much for the reputation of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, but the words might.

Sanchez told the magazine: “I wanted to fight him,” about the time head coach Rex Ryan said he considered benching him in a loss to Miami last December.

“I was really mad.”

Sanchez took exception to veteran Mark Brunell bumping him down a spot briefly at practice.

Sanchez responded by firing back at Ryan and the other coaches and by playing through pain the next week against Pittsburgh, a New York win.

“It was his huddle, his team and he was exactly right,” Brunell told GQ.

“I like that. He was pretty fired up about it, but that was the response we were looking for.”

The Jets eventually made the AFC championship game, where they fell in a rematch to Pittsburgh, but Ryan wasn’t questioning Sanchez anymore by that point.

He still isn’t, Sanchez is the undisputed starter on a team believed to be a championship contender.

While his on-field judgment is sound, why he agreed to the less-than-flattering photo spread — what’s up with the coat flung over shoulder one? is what we’re wondering.

Plaxico Burress might not have known who Michael Bloomberg was, but the New York City mayor knows Burress, and is a fan.

Bloomberg says he wasn’t insulted that Burress didn’t know who he was after getting into trouble in 2008 for shooting himself in a nightclub.

Bloomberg took a stand against the former New York Giant, saying he should be punished “to the fullest extent of the law.” That resulted in more scrutiny on Burress and higher bail.

Burress told Real Sports this week that he had no idea who “Mayor Bloomberg” was at the time.

Today, Bloomberg is more congenial. “He’s a great football player and hopefully I’m going to meet him before the next Super Bowl in the locker room,” the mayor told reporters this weekend.

Burress spent two years in jail before signing with the Jets.

Bloomberg said he was pleased the wide receiver would be staying in New York.

This time, we’re sure, with his gun at home.

 


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