Suh: “We always have the opportunity to get after quarterbacks and exploit them.”

Posted by Tara Altman on November 16, 2011 – 5:38 pm

“Chicago was a tough loss, but we aren’t in a do or die situation; we’re in a situation where we can continue to master and take care of our destiny. I know as a team we want to finish up these last seven games strong, starting with Carolina, and it will be good to be back at home.

“Against the Bears, not all three phases were working together and we obviously – on the defensive side of the ball – didn’t get turnovers to help our offense, which is what we should be doing. We gave up too many turnovers and I think that was the biggest reason to why the score got so lopsided.

“We did do a lot of good things, but we didn’t do enough to win, and that’s all that really matters. You can play as best as you want, but still allowing one big play in the run game and maybe two big plays in the pass game – it’s not enough. We didn’t get the turnovers for our offense to put points on the board, and that’s what we do as a defense. This is why it’s a team game, you give and take and help each other out when needed.

“Things happen, and we’re lucky enough to have a strong team, a mature team – and young at that – that can learn, forget and move past this to get ready for the next game.

“Looking at Carolina, I think turnovers have been a factor in their games, which is a good thing for us. I think they’ve also been in a lot of shootouts. Their defense hasn’t played as well as I’m sure they had hoped, and as far as I know, they’ve been plagued with injuries; but that’s the name of the game and you have to be able to bounce back from those types of things.

“With Cam Newton, I think opportunities definitely present themselves with rookie quarterbacks, but I think that’s the way it is with all quarterbacks as long as you execute your game plan. With as well schooled as we are as a defensive line and a defensive unit, as well as the great coaches that we have, we always have the opportunity to get after quarterbacks and exploit them.

“They have a great running game. They have a great running back in a good friend of mine, Jonathan Stewart, as well as No. 34 (DeAngelo Williams), it’s a great tandem, and you can throw Cam Newton in there too. Steve Smith is a hell of a wide receiver, has been to the Pro Bowl many times and his veteran status continues to produce. They have a great group of guys that we’re going to have to watch and I’m just highlighting the guys you might be seeing. They also have Jeremy Shockey and (Greg) Olsen, who used to play in Chicago, those are guys who can hurt you as well.

“It doesn’t feel like we’ve lost three of our last four games, and for whatever reasons we’ve lost, I don’t really care. It’s over and done with. We need to focus on these next seven games which are very important for us to get where we need to get to.”

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15 Responses to “Suh: “We always have the opportunity to get after quarterbacks and exploit them.””

  1. By Ghost of Bobby Layne on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    I still have not heard what was the deal with Matt wearing a glove in the second half. It is one thing to try it out but…

  2. By JFITZ on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    Ghost, he has a fractured index finger and used it for grip. He had his finger wrapped and almost splinted under the glove.

  3. By Ghost of Bobby Layne on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    I suppose they know what they are doing but dad gum, considering the interceptions maybe Hill should have come in if Matt’s got a busted finger.

    Thanks for the info by the way

  4. By Dave "Waz" on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Shaun Hill won some games for us last year. Let’s not forget it was HE who threw that potential game winner to Calvin in the end zone in the first Bear’s game last year only to have it taken away by that STUPID rule. It’s the easiest thing on the planet to be a Monday Morning “armchair” quarterback, but Shaun should have been in that game. Stafford used to be a baseball catcher and with that comes a catchers mentality of “rub some dirt on that hurt and I’ll be OK to go back in”. That doesn’t work in today’s game. It’s soooo fast and unforgiving. I appreciate the attitude but love the common sense approach better. Jimmy Johnson on Fox stated that Shaun Hill is a very good quarterback and good athlete and could start for 50% of the other teams in the league. It wouldn’t hurt to show a little confidence in him if Stafford is hurt.

  5. By 1000% lions fan on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    we will definitly bounce back dont worry real lions fans we still beleive go lions

  6. By Rob. S on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Hill definitely should have been put in the game against CHI. Although Stafford is the better QB, one thing Hill has over him (and Stanton for that matter) is the ability to run the ball. That would have been huge in that game, being that it was so windy. Despite how minor Stafford’s injury is, you couple that with the wind and an agressive CHI def and you get 4 int and a loss.

  7. By Al P on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Yup…Suh goes after QB’s, and usually draws a 15 yarder and a fine too!

  8. By robert brenton on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Hill can,t run the ball and he doesn,t do a very good job passing either.If stafford plays hurt he is better than hill .Why do you think the other teams got rid of him.Now if you want a running qb use stanton he young just signed anew contract.If we have to put someone in use him.He moves around and runs the ball better than hill.But stafford had said in the middle of the week he was going to use aglove.Keep stafford in there and let him play.GO LIONS

  9. By Ghost of Bobby Layne on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Hindsight is 20/20. But, after the first half and considering the interceptions etc., as coach I would replace a QB with a broken finger and bad ankle with a QB without war wounds. Just saying

    I think Stafford is a great QB but man, a broken finger and glove. Give me a break. He is good but not that good.

  10. By A.J. McCartney on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Man oh man. Can’t put all the blame on Stafford. He didn’t fumble the first two drives of the game and then punt to Hester! That put them in a 17-0 hole, playing against a good aggressive defense on their turf with 30 mph winds. You make the guy throw 63 times what do you expect? Its the first bad game we’ve seen from him so far. Give him a break.

  11. By Bob Glatter on Nov 18, 2011 | Reply

    It wasn’t the glove or broken finger, it was mostly the gusty wind and receivers who broke off their routes too soon. Stafford can thread a needle, but the needle has to be where he throws. It would help if we had a better ground game too. 63 pass attempts is not good in a NFL North division game.
    Best is a breakaway threat and we need him back. (He can catch swing passes too.)

  12. By Josh on Nov 18, 2011 | Reply

    I am with robert on this one. Big Ben has a broken thumb and you know he wont miss a game. Matt still has a little to prove when it comes to being healthy. He is a tough guy the had a couple freak injuries. I want him all day over the other two in any situation.

  13. By J Quay on Nov 20, 2011 | Reply

    As much as it hurt me to watch Stafford throw those 4 INT’s against the Bears, I think him staying in there and suffering through it will be a good learning experience for him. You can’t appreciate all the good withouth some of the bad. I think the Lions will be ready to bounce back today and show everybody again that they aren’t just the same old Lions. Keep on bringing that pride back to Detroit. I still believe in all you guys!!

  14. By Dave "Waz" on Nov 21, 2011 | Reply

    To bring this blog back to “Suh”…”How do you do?!” Remember that line? It was a Johnny Cash hit (Boy named Sue) and I’m waiting for this to break out into some sort of spin on this guy. “You just don’t mess with a boy named SUH”.

  15. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    SUH is the truth! Just needs to clean up the extra-curricular stuff…

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