Overrated or not, Ndamukong Suh is one scary dude.
That being agreed upon, no one should really be surprised that the polarizing Detroit Lions defensive tackle wasted little time responding to one of his anonymous critics, suggesting the mystery skeptic should man up and identify himself.
“True men do that,” Suh told the Detroit Free Press. “But I don’t know who he is, so I can’t tell you if he’s one.”
Suh was reacting to a recent story in Pro Football Weekly in which he and his Lions teammates were slagged by a rival general manager who withheld his identity.
“I have listened to the media hype about Suh since he got in the league. What has he done?” the GM told PFW. “Even the year he had all those garbage sacks, the guy took a million plays off and got pushed around in the run game. I have never thought he was a very good pro player.”
The GM added that Suh “belongs on the all-Hype team” and had “disappeared this season.”
Replied Suh: “People have their opinions, and that’s, basically, what it is to me. I don’t really pay attention to it.
“He’s a GM, he’s supposed to be knowing what he’s talking about, so it’s up to you guys’ discretion whether he’s right or not.”
WAR OF WORDS APLENTY
Drew Brees doesn’t agree with Roger Goodell.
The Lions don’t agree with wideout Calvin Johnson.
What we have here are failures to communicate.
In New Orleans, Brees criticized the NFL commissioner’s decision this week to uphold the suspensions to Saints’ Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma.
“It seems like these punishments have been handed down based upon speculation and rhetoric,” Brees told ESPN’s Mike & Mike radio program on Thursday.
“We’ve acknowledged for the most part that this whole bounty thing is just a big sham,” he added. “And so the fact that our coaches are suspended for part of the year or the entire year is pretty ridiculous.”
Brees also rejected the criticism from Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw that bringing in coach Sean Payton and other suspended Saints officials to see Brees break the record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass at the Superdome on Sunday was a distraction.
“In my opinion, Mickey Loomis, Sean Payton and Joe Vitt were as big a part of this night as anyone,” Brees said.
Meanwhile in Detroit, coach Jim Schwartz disputed Megatron’s claim to MLive.com that he suffered a concussion against the Vikings in Week 4.
“Our evaluation was (that Johnson) was not concussed,” Schwartz told reporters.
Can’t we all just get along, boys?
LOVE THAT DOG!
This will get Michael Vick’s critics howling, again.
Already being slagged for his butterfingers act that has resulted in five lost fumbles in five games, Vick will be second-guessed even more after releasing a statement on Thursday revealing he has a dog as a pet.
Yes, this is the same guy who initally wasn’t allowed to own a dog after serving 18 months on dogfighting charges.
He can now. And, apparently, he does.
“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet,” the statement said. “As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family. This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.”
The talk shows in Philly must be loving this.
QUINN FINALLY IN
Chiefs fans wanted him.
Now they’ve got him.
On Thursday, the Chiefs officially ruled out beleaguered quarterback Matt Cassel for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving backup Brady Quinn with the keys to this sputtering car.
To all the Cassel-bashers in Kansas City, your man Brady is officially the starter.
You are the ones who hired a plane to fly over Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday towing a banner urging the Chiefs to bench Cassel.
Some of you cheered when Cassel was hurt, boorish behaviour to say the least.
Now, with Cassel dealing with the effects of the concussion he suffered against the Baltimore Ravens, Quinn will attempt to solve the trainwreck that his 1-4 Chiefs have become.
The same Brady Quinn who couldn’t do it in Cleveland. Or, in Denver.
Be careful what you wish for, Chiefs fans.
— Mike Zeisberger