Lions' Suh earns utmost respect from teammates
Much has been made this week of rookie Ndamukong Suh and his $15,000 fine for a questionable call on a tackle of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
Suh has handled the situation as a true professional. But that is no surprise.
Much was expected of the Lions’ second overall draft pick and Suh has not let anyone down.
Center Dominic Raiola said he thinks even more highly of Suh now.
“Very impressive to watch in practice. He rarely comes out of the game. You very rarely see a D-tackle play at the level and be that destructive during a game and not come out. He’s tough, he’s not a prima donna,’’ Raiola said. “We know that. Instant star, instant all-Pro and instant addition that helped that whole defense drastically. I thought he would, but it’s amazing to see it.’’
Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said when he talks to Suh he feels like he’s talking to a Hall of Famer, not a rookie.
"I talk with (Stephen) Peterman, Raiola and (Jeff) Backus a lot, we ride to work together when we play away and I get some real great insights. Peterman and all of them support Suh, and they should,’’ Cunningham said. “They really respect him. They think he’s a man’s man and his coach does too, Kris Kocurek (defensive line coach). I feel like I’m his grandfather, but that’s good."
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