Schwartz expecting big season from Suh

Posted by ttwentyman on July 25, 2013 – 3:06 pm

Roary poses with DT Ndamukong Suh.

Roary poses with DT Ndamukong Suh at the 2013 Pro Bowl.

One would hesitate to say that a player who’s already been an All Pro in his career is poised to take a big step forward in his development, but that’s exactly what Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he expects of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh this season.

“I thought Ndamukong had the best spring he’s had since he got here,” Schwartz said Thursday on the eve of training camp. “ I think he’s poised to have an outstanding year.”

Suh was back to his disruptive ways last year after — by his standards — a subpar 2011 season. Suh recorded eight sacks and 35 tackles last year, but that was still short of the numbers he put up as a rookie when he stormed onto the scene with 66 tackles and 10 sacks.

Suh was an All Pro and Pro Bowler as a rookie in 2010. He was neither in 2011, but earned his second Pro Bowl nod last season.

“He’s always been in great shape, but his understanding of the defense and his execution of that was very, very impressive in the spring,” Schwartz said.

“I really think he can (take a jump forward).”

Suh makes up one half of what could be one of the better defensive tackle tandems in the NFL, if third-year player Nick Fairley shows more consistency in his game.

The Lions’ defensive scheme is built around the defensive line, and if Schwartz is right about Suh, and his number could reach or even exceed those of 2010, the retooled defense is already off to a good start.

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8 Responses to “Schwartz expecting big season from Suh”

  1. By Shane Fountain on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    WELL Coach knowswhat he expects and i believe Suh will be the best at his position in the NFL !! Hopefuly fairley willl Come to play and we will have a top 5 defense this year

  2. By Aron on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    Extend him now!! It will only cost more after this season!

  3. By chris crawford on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    mark my words………..
    if the lions win 12 games [they will] and beat the viks one of two games,the bears one of two games,and green bay one of two……we’ll play the falcons in the nfc championship game………..
    we should try to dislodge the ball more fumbles for us, can’t win without the ball
    the kicker better hit that 55 yarder too

  4. By J on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Suh has been a consistent part of the defense. He and Farley will dominate this year.

  5. By nighttrain1 on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    If either Jones or Ansah, or both, prove good enough that they need to be doubled then the Lions defensive line is going to have one hell of a year because with Suh and Fairley coming up the middle, teams can’t double everybody.Last year, KVB and Avril played a lot of man to man but couldn’t get pass their man enough to cause any real trouble for offenses, if one man can’t stop either of the Lions DE’s, the Lions sack total is going to go way up.

  6. By Ken on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Avril and VandenBosch were non-factors last year if you ask me. KVB was still messed up from the neck injury and Avril was average. We need to part with both of them. So glad we did not keep Avril and sign him for big money. He just wasn’t worth it. If he wants $15 million a year I want 5 sacks a game. he got a fair deal from Seattle ($7 million a year I think). I think that is a good deal for him. I only wanted the Lions to offer him $6 millions per year. Very excited about the team this year. This is the most talent they have had in over 30 years. Go Lions.

  7. By Black Wolf Standing on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    @Ken – The more the exact details of Avril’s contract comes to light, the worse it seems to be. Right now after factoring signing bonuses, Avril is making less than a third of what the Lions were offering. He’s going to quickly realize in Seattle that the bulk of his stats were from playing on the same line as Suh. Teams are going to be able to tee off on him in Seattle.

  8. By rockbo1955 on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    both suh and farley will have big season this year!

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