Bruce Arians: Arizona Cardinals Need 'Big Boy Pads' to Face Ndamukong Suh

By Ryan Heckman
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In the wake of the NFL fining Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $100,000 for his cheap shot on Minnesota Vikings lineman John Sullivan, Suh’s next opponents are taking note of his rough and tough style.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians recently talked about Suh and his style of play that resulted in the low blow on Sunday.

“I thought it, obviously, was uncalled for and against the rules,” said Arians, whose Cardinals face the Lions in week two. “I think he’s known probably since high school football that, after an interception, you can’t block below the waist. He might have been too concerned with hitting somebody in the head. But it was just poor judgment at that time.”

When asked his opinion on the fine, Arians simply said that it was between Suh, the Lions and the league. He doesn’t want to concern himself with those things. But, what he does concern himself with is how his offensive line plans to stop Suh on Sunday.

Asked how concerned he was over the Lions’ defensive line, Arians said “Extremely concerned. These two interior guys are the two best in the league, I think, as a tandem. They raise havoc. Now you’ve (Ziggy) Ansah, Willie Young and all the guys they have outside.”

Though Suh was fined a hefty dollar for his hit, Arians said he doesn’t think that will make him change his style of play and that his Cardinals better be ready.

“I think he brings it every down and then, when you’re playing him, you’d better have your big-boy pads on,” he said. “Whoever draws that assignment, that’s your job.”

Big boy pads, huh? That’s a new one.

Whatever that means, I would agree that the Cardinals have to concentrate on their line holding up against Detroit’s defensive front. Giving quarterback Carson Palmer some time in the pocket will be the key to victory Sunday, for the Cardinals. Arizona has plenty of weapons in the passing game just as long as Palmer can deliver the ball efficiently.

Watch for Suh to be given a difficult time by Arizona’s line on Sunday, hopefully resulting in a Cardinals victory.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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