Recently, it has come to my attention that the folks over at ESPN have inserted a new face into their ‘MVP Watch’ that gets updated each week — Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Really? You’ve got to be kidding.
Not even throwing out any valid reasoning or statistics to back it up, the basic premise of this move by Dan Graziano was because Suh is “one of the most fearsome individual defensive forces in the NFL today and a heck of a nice guy who gets a bad rep.”
He’s in the running because he’s scary? Look, Suh isn’t scary. The only reason people are scared of him is because of the ruthless, careless and selfish acts he continuously gets fined for on the field.
Lawrence Taylor was scary. Mean Joe Greene was scary. Ray Lewis was scary. But Suh?
Sure, the Lions are on top of the NFC North at the moment with a record of 3-2. The reason why is not because of Suh. Look at the stats. It’s pretty simple.
Detroit is 26th in the NFL allowing just under 125 yards per game on the ground. That’s absolutely horrendous. Who’s the first line of defense when attempting to stop the run?
You got it. Suh and the defensive line.
Detroit is also 20th in the NFL allowing 268 passing yards per game. Why? Partly because of the banged up secondary, yes. I’ll give you that one. But, look at the defensive line, particularly Suh, and you will see they are not getting to the quarterback. The Lions have just 10 sacks on the year, meaning they’re giving the opposing quarterbacks time to throw the ball.
Suh only has two sacks on the year and they came in the same game, four weeks into the season. 16 tackles on the season — eh, that’s OK. But to call him an MVP candidate? Absolutely not.
If you really want to know the truth, Suh doesn’t even belong atop the Defensive Player of the Year list. That, right now, could go to a guy like Justin Houston or Robert Mathis, among many others over Suh.
I’m convinced the four letter network is in love with the dirtiest player in the NFL, and there’s really not a whole lot of evidence against that assumption.