Ndamukong Suh stomping on the arm of Packers lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith during the Packers-Lions game on Thanksgiving was an ugly moment for the NFL. Millions of people saw Suh lose his cool and Suh was rewarded with a nice 2 game suspension for his actions. Suh has never really given a believable reason as to why he did it, but former Packers lineman Matt Brock has an interesting reason.
The following are quotes from an interview that Brock gave on KXTG 750 AM in Portland:
First of the all, you know the experience of the Green Bay offensive line right now? It’s like next to nothing. They have so many injuries. They’ve got guys with one, two, three, four, and maybe 14 starts under their belts playing right now. The only reason they’re winning is because Aaron Rodgers is a stud.
So my friend, James – man, I probably shouldn’t say his name, he told me not to tell this, and I was like, “Whatever,” – he’s the offensive line coach. The center, or one of his guards, he’s had like one or two starts in his career and he’s got to play against Suh. So he’s pretty puckered, right? So, he talking to James, the offensive line coach, going, “What do I do? What do I do?”
James is just in his mind going, “This guy is going to get killed. I got to take his mind off it, give him something else to do.” So he says, “Ok, every time you’re in a pile, I want you to focus on something. I want you to untie his shoes.”
He goes, “What?
“Anytime you can, just reach in, he’s got floppy shoe laces, he doesn’t spat or anything, just untie his shoes. It will irritate him.
He untied his shoes three times in the game. That’s why he stomped him. That’s why he banged his head on the ground and he stomped him. When (Suh) went to the sideline it looked like he was telling the coach, “I didn’t do anything” and he put his foot up like, “I didn’t stomp him. I didn’t do anything.” He was actually going, “The damn guy keeps untying my shoes.”
Well, if we take Brock at face value, that is a very interesting reason. Suh did seem to be pleading his case awfully hard for someone who clearly stomped a guy. I’m not sure how legal this supposed “tactic” is but if James Campen did tell Dietrich-Smith to do this, that’s a pretty smart move. Not only did Suh get ejected, it turned the tide of the entire game.
Now if Suh were to give a radio interview and share his side of the story, we’d really be getting somewhere. Too bad he’s still too immature to face the music.
Thanks to MLive for the article and providing the quotes.