Suh: “We’ve continued to rebel against that and prove that we’re a team to be reckoned with.”

Posted by Tara Altman on January 3, 2012 – 5:58 pm

“Defensively, we obviously didn’t play well against Green Bay. We gave up too many points and that’s something that for whatever reason happened. We’re just happy and lucky enough to be in the situation that we are, going into the playoffs, and that that game really doesn’t matter anymore. Obviously, I looked at it – we’re on a short week and didn’t have a chance to look at it as a team – but obviously it was addressed.

“The most important thing now is what’s at hand. You’re wasting time if you’re dwelling on the previous game. Something that I’ve learned very quickly in this league is that you have to have a quick loss of memory with the good and the bad, because the next game is the most important game, especially in this situation going into the playoffs.

“We did what we were supposed to do this season. In my opinion, I always expected to be in the playoffs. When I first came out in the draft people told me we have some good pieces, but we were a few years away from being in the playoffs. I never believed that. I saw something different and we’ve continued to kind of rebel against that and prove that we’re a team to be reckoned with. With 10 wins, that’s a good start, it’s not the best start, but it’s a good start, and now it’s back to 0-0. It’s a new season and whoever goes undefeated is going to be considered the best. We want to be that undefeated team. There’s no question that our regular season helped us, but like I said, it really doesn’t matter now.

“The biggest thing I’ve noticed with the Saints, particularly their offense, is that they live off of big plays. When I was watching that game when we played against them in December, we obviously helped them to continue to have big plays with allowing drives to be sustained with penalties and things of that sort. The biggest thing that we need to do on the defensive side of the ball is make them prove that they can drive the ball on us and take us down all the way from 90, 80 yards and score, punch it in, not to just allow them to throw a 50-yard pass and then go from there to another 30-yard pass and a touchdown. You have to make them drive the ball, and really, third down is always a key thing. You need to put them in tough situations and make them prove that they can get out of those tough situations. As a defense, that’s what we always want to do, put them behind the eight ball and make big plays.

“It’s a great opportunity to go against them, they obviously have a lot of Pro Bowlers on their offensive line, so it’s always a great challenge. I’m excited to be able to play in that stadium, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and it’s going to be a fun opportunity.”

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39 Responses to “Suh: “We’ve continued to rebel against that and prove that we’re a team to be reckoned with.””

  1. By Leonard Brissette on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    Yes we watched !!! The D line only showed a little spark in getting to the quarter back. We all was thinking the defence was our strong point and was going to carrie us thought the play offs. But you guys got cut to pieces. What can you guys do to inprove for The Saints? Their Quarter back should be Better the the back up in Green Bay

  2. By ed on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    will delmas and fairley play in the saints game on Saturday ?

  3. By Rick Brunson on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    For a such a young man, Suh is not only articulate but concise in his salient and insightful comments.

    What a combination:
    an oversized, stron, fast and rugged physique,
    an unstoppable attitude (apparently he never bought into the concept of “NO”)
    and importantly …highly intelligent

    I think Suh is the new NFL D-line archtype and I’m especially happy he is a Lion.

  4. By Richard Heyman on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    You are right, last game is that, last game. However, if you guys in the front four don’t get more hits on Brees he is going to eat you alive just like FLYNN did! A screen pass that goes 50-60 yds and no one around, TSK TSK! We need allot of blitz packages and defensive changes to screw up their blocking schemes. What is wrong with Cunningham, has he lost his ability to scheme for prolific Offenses? He used to be one of the best!? You guys can’t expect Matt to bail you out all the time. For the talent you have on Defense, you guys have yet to play a GOOD game, except maybe San Diego. Also, who is this Fairley guy, was he a Free Agent signing or what? Someone show Huston, Wright and Spievey how to jump in front of the receiver like Smith! At least he takes chances.

  5. By Andrea L. Molinari on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    I just wanted to say to all the Lions team and front office that we really are proud of you! You have grown as a team and do you know what? You guys are REALLY FUN to watch!! This has been a great season. I do not know what will happen at NO this Saturday but I flat out believe in you guys! But there is something that should not be missed in all this: The Ride! This has been a serious rollercoaster of a season and I loved it all (well maybe not the loss at Soldier Field too much…hate those guys!)
    No matter what happens, know that there are lots of us who are cheering for the players, not just a logo. You guys are the ones we remember: Billy Sims, Danielson, English, Thompson, Blades, Sanders, Moore, Perriman, etc.

    Thank you for everything this season! Go down to NO and give em hell!!

  6. By zane on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    @Richard Heyman: a lot of blitz packages? Of the 10 blitzes we ran, Flynn completed 7 passes for a total of 180+ yards and 2 scores. We don’t need more “blitz packages”, we need a secondary and midfield that can adapt on the defensive side of the ball. We rely on the wide 9 defense to force drives inward, so when we rush a LB or DB, we have to make sure someone is covering that gap.

    We don’t need to blitz more, we need to adapt to our own blitzes better.

  7. By Ladygray on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    The D line is supposed to be our strength. Last week you guys didn’t get it done. This game is on the defense. The thing is, you guys can shock the world by containing this offense. I know you guys are up to it. Get it done. No posturing and chest thumping. Just play!

  8. By Mike on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Did you really just ask if Fairley was a FA signing? He was our first round pick and is an amazing talent. He was a big part of the reason Auburn won the national championship. He’s been hobbled with a foot injury all year. He played against the Saints and looked awesome.

  9. By MIKE Bloise on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    The Lion Nation is with You Suh and the motorer crash players!…

  10. By gibbyfan23 on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Coach Schwartz, you have made the state of Michigan Proud, i realize what you say, accolades are just accolades, i know it doesn’t matter that they SNUFFED, (shotgun) Stafford for the pro-bowl and there going to snuff you as coach of the year, you and mayhew,built this team, and are only going to get better…hopefully,SUPERBOWL BETTER, but better, a TEAM to be recond with for a long time, you probably don’t read much or pay attention to the things said around you, YOU should, the common people just rave about you and the TEAM you’ve put together,NO matter what happens this weekend,WE MICHIGANDERS are a PROUD STATE,again, sure we have the TIGERS,RED WINGS and PISTONS, but it wasn’t the same without OUR LIONS, again THANK YOU, coach Schwartz, thank you, Mr. FORD & JR., keep our team hungry, even after the Lombardi throphy, you have plenty of players, now wanting to come to Detroit, they know there in for a superbowl throphy, so they want to come to a winning organization, off season and next year, we can’t wait already and your NOT even done yet, a 6th seed won it last year, your a 6th seed this year…maybe, just maybe, GOD is shinning on you, GO to CHURCH and thank him.

  11. By Lance Manly on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Suh; you’re a two time PRO BOWL Player.

    The NFL simply gave your Pro Bowl to an undeserving Packer because of the stomp.

    Use the disrespect to motivate yourself to beating a team the NFL wants to be in the NFC Championship game.

    You’ll be going against the NFL, the referees, and the Saints… but the Lion’s can make it happen!

    Just Win Baby!

  12. By Jared Byers on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Go Aints

  13. By Jared Byers on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    jk, lets go suh, we need delmas to get back to work and win us games… our d has been a lot weaker since delmas left.

  14. By Motlee92 on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    he was big and bent and gray and old….I looked at him and my blood ran cold…I said my name is Suh, how do you do? now you gonna die… thats what I told him. It’s time to shock the world, let them to keep under estimating you. it will be there down fall.

  15. By David Hilden on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Well men its do or die time . Ibelieve its do time. take all your past mistakes and throw to the side. You guys have had an amazing season. kep the motor running GOOD LUCK SATURDAY and may you continue your winning ways. OH yeah may the real referee gods look down on you. play tough and aggressive. kick some no. hinnies. GO LIONS!!!!!!

  16. By Jaxone on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    From a Vikings fan. The Saints will try to take your QB out, no doubt. They will come often and with many with the sole purpose of beating up your QB. They did it to Favre two years ago and you heard Peterson this fall. Here is hoping someone puts Brees in the second row!!!!!!!!!!

  17. By Billy Mask on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    - First of all i would like to wish you guys a blessed week of practice leading up to the game on Saturday, and that you all are on the same page.
    Congrats ( Team Detroit Lions) for continuing the quest to your Super Bowl goal.
    Being from Louisville, Ky home of the greatest athelete of all time. I share his quote with you…

    Speak Victory and come away with it. – Blessings

  18. By bigbuck86 on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    As far as Suh’s stomp on a packer big deal I grew up watching Dick Butkiss and Ales Karis play football the line of scrimage is a war zone and should be treated as such. Play hard and mean always this is not FLAG FOOTBALL go lions.

  19. By GMoney67 on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    I think Suh should pull a Cookie Gilchrist move and threaten to beat the shiznit out of everybody in the locker room if they don’t win this game, starting with the coaches. That should be plenty of motivation.

  20. By russbell on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    right on g m oney lollllllll

  21. By James on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Just hope the refs call a fair game (unlike the Green Bay robbery). If so, with the way our offense is clicking we could stand toe to toe with NO or anyone else in the league. Gut feeling: Drew Brees is the media and NFL darling along with Aaron Rodgers and I believe that’s the game most want to see in the NFC, not to mention New England will most likely make it from the AFC (Brady vs. Rodgers or Brees Super Bowl sound good?) Goodell and the NFL have become so predictable. So………unfortunately the refs will decide this one as well. Sad, but true. I will be shocked if the Lions get a fair shake from the refs in this one.

  22. By Bob on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Suh I believe you are a detriment to the Lions organization. You are not a role model nor a team player due to your lack of professionalism. To be frank, I wish you would just shut up and prove you can play. The manner in which you articulate wreaks of a con. Stats are an indicator of effective play whether its individual or combined. If you do not have these statistics then it will reflect in the opponents scores. The teams efforts has caused neither, especially you. Cliff Avril is the teams most effective DL and Tulloch leads your defense. You and the rest of the defense have underperformed since your recent mental adjustments. I must say you are a significant disappointment. Go hang out with Barry Sanders if he will let you withing 10 feet of him (Bad Karma). Maybe you can learn how humility is perceived as class. Watch his videos – has plays like a professional and exemplifies sportsmanship that which you significantly lack. I hope you mature, because you have potential. Recommendation: Get off the juice, find yourself, shut up, and play the game like it is a business and not a personal challenge.

  23. By rhoneyman on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    @bob: you’re joking, right? or, maybe you really believe the crap you’ve spewed about the top defensive player on the team and one of the top 10 in the league. yeah, stats matter. avril is able to get in off the edge in part because suh demands so much attention. teams have to pick and choose who they’re going to double team. hint: suh is the universal choice because, left one-on-one, he’ll destroy the opponent.

    but you seem to think suh’s a con (“wreak”? as in wreak havoc? or reek as in reeks of onions? whatever…) and either has limited talent or is a slacker.

    glad you’re not running the team.

  24. By Silk on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    Suh you are right forget the last game, this game is what counts. The first game you missed and Fairley had a coming out party in the first quarter until he got hurt. The combination of you two should put a scare brees and that O-Line. No stupid penalties that will cost the game and we will rise. By the way I have a bet that My Lions will make it to the superbowl I get double back! LOL Play hard and we will win regardless!

  25. By paul b. on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    Bob i think you need to wake up and get off the guy’s back. Move on already.
    One bad move and you can not get over it. The guy does what he has to do .
    I think he is doing a great job here. His learning too get like others are.
    Do i think that the D-line can play better ? YES !! And i hope that Fairley can play the whole game this time to hope suh out with some of these douple teams. I love your D-line all of them . They have done a hell-of- job can be better against the run at times. I hope the CB AND Lb’ers have there best game of the year . Cause thats the place i would love to see inprovement more.
    Go Team Go…..

  26. By russbell on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    good job paul bob must be a cheese head cause he acts like one everyone in
    this household just love this guy name suh this team came along way
    from were they was at i think he will go down to n.o and have a
    real big game hoping fairley will have a big game too ps dont forget
    sammie hill and corey willams and a healty jackson and cliff avril
    make us PROUD detroit we are all rooting for you. ps lost my car on a
    bet that they would win against greenbay stuiped me still love my

  27. By stormin norman on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    With Fairley healthy nobody should be able to run against this line.And to here big mouth sapp who should have been thrown out of football for the hit on a defenceless G.B.player destroying his career,yap, makes my blood boil.I really think he is jealous because he knows Suh is a better player and person.

  28. By Seth Pickett on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply


  29. By russbell on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    just got off the phone with commish thats right rodger goodell told him we lions
    fans are tired of the refs robbing our team of wins. due to the bad calls
    against them dont belive me just watch the new orleans and second greenbay
    game. hope it dont happen again iin old same bullshxxt orleans
    go lions

  30. By tony kayden on Jan 6, 2012 | Reply

    All the pundits expect us to lose, as far as I’ve read so far. You guys have shown incredible guts and fortitude through injuries and controversy to get where you are. Now let’s show the pundits, the other contenders and all the fans just HOW GOOD this team really is. This one on Saturday in front of a national televised audience is for all the marbles. If the d line can put pressure on Brees, the O line continues playing the way it has, our reinvigorated secondary all together as a cohesive unit, and Matthew and his incredibly talented offense can take it to N.O. early…we will come out of the Superdome with a well earned and remarkable victory. Go Lions!!!

  31. By Writingman on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply

    Having just finished watching the game and having been a Lions fan since the 1950′s, I can comfortably say that this team finally is beginning to show some promise. A large number of players relied on their talent, their intellect, their discipline and their skills to perform at a very high level and very few displays of false bravado were displayed. For the first time in decades this team appears to be one worthy of the great name of DETROIT LIONS.

  32. By Kelly on Jan 20, 2012 | Reply

    Miss you guys already…you guys are awesome….cant wait til next season

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

    Suh is going to absolutely CRUSH IT this season! Football can’t come fast enough…

  34. By Teri Landauer on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I have been watching Suh grow since he started at Nebraska and this man has finally put the Lions back on the map. I am a hugh Nebraska fan and now I am a hugh Lions fan. I know lots of Nebraska fans how have followed Suh to become fans of the Lions and continue to do so. He continues to make us proud!

  35. By David on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    play clips from the movie “Waterboy” at every weekly D-Line and LB meeting. Whatever it takes.

    Go Lions!

  36. By WatchThis on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    You guys have been playing much more “perfect” and in sync the last 2 games than the rest of the season. Congrats! If you can keep doing that the rest of the way, you’ll beat these tough teams coming up. No doubt. Keep playing perfect!

  37. By sm980268 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Nov 19,2012 The front four played aggresive with fairley in the mix. We lost ,but with no starting secondary what do you expect. The defense has pretty much keep us in most games for the offense to come around, but for some reason cant gel. Calvins hurt. Titus young thinks hes a #1 receiver but should be put on practice squad, Please someone tell him that. Tight ends need more balls, Sheffler needs to get on the same page as Stafford. Stafford will be alright, just get him a solid, healthy support. Damn Lassoure ,the rookie running back, is a tractor trailer. Our running game is going to break out huge. Go Lions.. scott from the D

  38. By sm980268 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    The way Chicago ran all over us last game cant happen again. Knock the snot out of the runnung back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Knock’em1

  39. By jvbKS on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not a Lions fan or even really an NFL fan. But I am a big Nebraska fan. Suh, I used to love watching you play, but the actions you’ve taken in the NFL that led to this bad reputation you have are, quite frankly, disgusting and embarrassing. If you had even tried that stunt stomping on a QB’s arm or taunting downed players at Nebraska, you and every Husker fan knows you’d have been riding the pine in a flash. To come from a school where good sportsmanship is simply the way it is done and to play like this – you’re a better player than that. I loved watching you read plays, sack, bat down passes, block PATs, and even running a pick-6 back 73 yards. You never needed to be a nasty player because you are a very skilled, very talented player. Please, keep Tom Osbourne’s voice in your head every moment you are on the field. If he or Bo would have disapproved, stop yourself. You are a better player and, I hope, a better man than that. You always were.

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