Suh: “I think this obviously put a bad taste in our mouth.”

Posted by Tara Altman on October 19, 2011 – 4:35 pm

“It was definitely not an easy task to deal with that loss, especially with the type of success that we’ve had, and not losing since last December; but that’s something that’s good. I’m not saying we’re glad to have this taste in our mouth, but maybe it’s a good thing to have this now, you’d rather have it now then anytime during the playoffs.

“We’ve had some close calls, we’ve obviously come back from some tough downs during games, and it was just that we couldn’t overcome the mistakes that we made. Not to take any credit away from San Francisco and the way that they played, because they did play pretty well, but we made a lot of mistakes that they ended up capitalizing on and I think that’s one of the reasons that they won.

“I think this team has a want to, to win. With the maturity and the drive that everybody has in that locker room, if we would have ended up at 16-0 or 24-0, whatever it may be, we still would have had that same drive. I think this obviously put a bad taste in our mouth that we don’t like and we’re going to do everything in our power, and the way that we came out in practice today, that we don’t ever want to have this taste again throughout the rest of the season. If we do it’s going to have to be a fluke, that we didn’t give that game away or make a ton of mistakes to lose the game.

“I think we play pretty solid defense over all, but it’s a matter sometimes that for whatever reason we make a mistake here and there and we let out a big play. That’s where we really have struggled and I think earlier in the games what we’ve done is we’ve allowed a big play that has gotten us to, or allowed that team to get down to the 20- or 30-yard line and we’ve held them to a field goal. As of late, primarily this last game, we’ve let out big plays and gotten them down to the 2-yard line or the 5-yard line and we’ve ended up not holding them to a field goal and allowing them a touchdown, which is not like us. We need to get back to our old form in holding teams to field goals and really holding them out of field goal range like we’ve done in the past.

“Atlanta has a very powerful offense. I think they’re very well balanced from receivers, to running backs, to their offensive line, to their fullbacks – they’re a very balanced offense and have a great quarterback at that, one that can manage the game really well and that’s what they expect from him. It’s a team that definitely poses a big challenge for us in all phases, not just in the running game, but as well in the passing game with them having a well-schooled quarterback who has played in tough games and in tough situations. It’s exciting, it will be a lot of fun. I’m definitely looking forward to getting back on the football field and having the opportunity to go out there and win.”

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15 Responses to “Suh: “I think this obviously put a bad taste in our mouth.””

  1. By Richard Heyman on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Ndamukong, It was perfectly evident the Lion were not UP for that game. I could tell that Stafford seemed pre-occupied, and not into the game. The defense didn’t seem to have the drive to get the quarterback, and whiffed on allot of runs by their RB’s. Pettigrew dropped a couple key passes, and evidently they had CJ blanketed, or Linehan forgot about him entirely. I can’t understand why they don’t TEST all opposing defenses ability to cover CJ downfield in space? Best has been a disappointment, and what happened to the major impact from Fairley? I hope Ronnie Brown still has some ability to run, he could be a big help!

  2. By Eric on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Jeez dude, relax about Fairley. He hasn’t been back very long and I’m sure he still needs time to be 100%. Oh yeah, he’s still a rookie also. Suh was a freak of nature and its very rare that a rookie has that kind of impact, so don’t expect Suh numbers from Fairley because you will be disappointed. Not taking away from Fairley’s talents, it’s just that he is not Suh…no one in the NFL today is like Suh. You put all of the blame on the us for that loss, when if you watched the game, you can see it had alot to do with the 49ers defense…they are really good…at least they were last Sunday.

  3. By Greg on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t believe how quickly we all turn sour on our team. They didn’t play that well last week, but we’re still 5-1. This is not the same Lions team of the past. Give them a shot to redeem themselves. Richard, Eric is right. You’ve got to relax some. Best has not been a disappointment. He’s no Barry Sanders, but he has contributed well to the offense. Injuries are an issue for him, and we’ll have to let time sort that out. As far as Fairley…this may as well be his preseason. How much can you expect from a guy who plays less than half the snaps and hasn’t played more than two games? Let’s give our team the support that they deserve. If you want to jump ship now, fine, but don’t you dare come back later this season when you were wrong and the Lions are playoff bound.

  4. By smdb on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    the refs handed the whiners that game at the end. 2 blocks in the back and an extra 10 yards on the ginn return is inexcusable and i hope we don’t have that crew ever again.

  5. By Dale Waterman on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Ndamukong Suh and the defense played well enough to be within 3 points of winning. They had an off day sure but it was a team effort at that. The whole team was off a tad but they almost won anyways. Never expected them to go 16-0 at least not this year……Anyone rememeber last year or the one before that? They will be here in Dec and Jan and nobody will even remember the 49er umtil we play’em again…..then lets see what happens…..I would like to see Best not get the ball so much out of the shot-gun he is done as he gets the ball…..and CJ needs to test the defense, the cowboys tried the three man coverage and the scored twice? da…..Go Lions a fan for 35 years

  6. By Josh on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Well its definately not the refs fault. They did miss the call but that happens all the time. It was only 5 yards that they got extra and our offense had the ball twice to take the lead and just did not execute. It was a tough game against a tough defense and we just didn’t win. I can’t wait to see how we react to it. GO LIONS!!!!

  7. By GMoney67 on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Stafford wasn’t preoccupied, he was feeling the pressure of being expected to win, trying not to throw picks instead of just throwing the dayum ball. That look you saw in his eyes wasn’t that of preoccupation; it was fear. I really don’t think he himself expected the team to be doing as well as they have been, and now there’s pressure to produce wins, not just to be competetive.

  8. By GMoney67 on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Outside of that last 49ers scoring play and 2 big Frank Gore runs, the Defense played well. Our offense let us down in this game which we should have won by a blowout. The rest of our games this year are against teams which have big time running backs. We need to take advantage of scoring TD’s and not FG’s early in the game in order to take those run plays out of the equation.

  9. By eric on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Well we kiind of did give the game 2 them..forget gores big runs..Its still early and we are 5 and 1..! Even though we should have got this game with the refs giving Ginn that ridiculous spot..and we lost by inches..Teams are bringin there best against us shit we hadnt lost since december..The team is winning and building..Come playoff time the will be on another streak..u can bet that..hope we see the niners and that nut Harbaugh so we can whip that ass..The other Harbaugh thinks hes a tough guy 2..Now is not the time 2 jump ship out Falcons its comin…

  10. By Eddie Hiller on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    It was the ghostly chop block call that cost us seven points. That was not even close to being an a illegal chop block what was that official thinking.

  11. By paul b. iron mtn. on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Eddie Hiller I agree Total with you thier was no chop block and it was the game comintaters say so to . Brandon Pettigrew was on his way to the ground and the guy was blocked and run into him tring to get around to get at matt. The O-line still needs to get their act together and block better in the run and pass blocking. backus needs do do a better job or get him somehelp over there some how. They need to get some poeple back of Concussions too. But i still think that guy took J best down bye the shourdler pabs that cause this concussion but no flag there. Matt still needs to clam down at the start of these games and step up in the pocket better and look for the outlet guy too. But i know they well get it together yet. Come on lions bring that A game!!!
    I know you have it in ya . And the LB can sept it up TOO!! GO TEAM GO !!!

  12. By jack sprat on Oct 21, 2011 | Reply

    My take on this loss is that the Lions played well enough to win, but that, like even Peyton and Montana before him on occasion, Matt Stafford maybe forgot to eat his Wheaties Sunday. Hey, it’ll happen again, so what the guys need to take away from the loss is that, unlike the Colts, these cats CAN win without their leader, IF ONLY…. See, it’s pretty common for bad teams to harp on those ifs, but good teams and good players OWN the quiet truth that maybe all that THEY had to do was make that one more play. It’s the guys who are galled by their own failures to live up to their own high standards who win championships. Those who do it more than rarely are enshrined in places like Canton, but all of those who have stood up and “made a play” will find some measure of respect, that of their teammates second only to that of the man in the mirror. For me, the greatest joy of watching sports is seeing such men find themselves in front of the world, their triumph a thing seen and shared by the many.

  13. By Bill Mi on Oct 22, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t feel the Lions played badly…like coaches often say..”just a play here or there and the out come could have been different”…hang in there guys and keep scraping..Go Lions!!!!

  14. By El Heffe on Oct 22, 2011 | Reply

    As far as last week, all three units had their problems at times playing well enough to win and that included the coaching. Special teams punt coverage was great against Devin Hester not so great against Ted Ginn Jr. Linehan’s game plan was puzzling, now that Best is out hope he plays Keiland Williams more -why he wasn’t in when Lions were pinned back deep in their own territory against SF was puzzling – and Stafford would not have been caught for a safety if Williams was in at that point.

    Which brings me to this week – I’m going to go out on a limb – not to predict a Lions victory which all of us Lions fans will do – but who will be the key to a Lions win – and it will be Keiland Williams who will shock the world by running for 100+ yards tomorrow – Lions 30-24.

  15. By robert smith on Oct 24, 2011 | Reply

    All i really have to say is that i do believe these lions have the ability and want to win, but they have just looked to flat the last two weeks. They are calling for the crowd and the crowd is giving it to them. It’s time for the Lions too get back to how they were at the beginning of the season and show that hunger and need to win.

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