Anonymous scout says Suh coddled; Suh says 'grow up and be a man'
An anonymous scout says that Ndamukong Suh is coddled. Suh, as you might expect, didn't appreciate that and said he wished said scout would attach his/her name to the claim and "grow up and be a man or a woman."
The title is a bit misleading here: Ndamukong Suh was politically correct when he fired back at an anonymous scout on Thursday, telling him or her to "grow up and be a man or woman."
That anonymous scout had, earlier in the week, ripped Suh to Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, calling him coddled and saying he does "not demand excellence" of himself.
"He is one example of a football culture that coddles elite players and does not force them to push themselves for fear that the player will tune you out," the scout told Dunne. "We complain at this level that finding leaders is a difficult task, but leadership is, as Eddie Robinson once said, fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you. For a player like Ray Lewis, he demands so much of himself and is willing to push himself, that when he confronts a teammate over work ethic, the player has no choice but to respect him.
"Players like Suh do not demand excellence of themselves because they believe they can be excellent just by walking on the field. These players will underachieve by comparison to expectations."
Those are harsh words for sure. Suh has been named the "most overrated" player in the NFL by our own Pete Prisco and many folks believe he hasn't lived up to his billing since his rookie season.
For the record, many Packers in Dunne's article disagreed (particularly the offensive linemen) and Suh doesn't appreciate the criticism, either. He said, via Michael David Smith of PFT, that he "doesn't care" about anonymous comments and he wishes those people would "kind of grow up."
"It’s really funny that we’re keeping everybody anonymous,” Suh said, per Detroit Lions.com. "I wish people would kind of grow up and be a man or woman and say exactly how they feel and put their name behind it. I mean, I really don’t care.
"I don’t really care what you have to say about me, as long as my coaches feel that I’m producing for my team. I continue to prove that and show that day in and day out as well as in games week in and week out."
Between Suh getting badmouthed by random scouts and Tramon Williams trying to hijack the Optimus Prime nickname (and thereby basically stating he'll shut down Calvin Johnson), the Packers-Lions game is going to have plenty of juice flowing by the time the game kicks off.
Not that it would be a problem to begin with or anything.
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