Since his breakout rookie season in 2010, Ndamukong Suh has seen a decrease in production.
After recording 10 sacks in his rookie year alone, Suh has only 8 since and many have questioned where the production has gone.
According to one scout, Suh hasn’t worked hard enough to sustain that elite production.
Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: An unnamed NFC scout had some interesting comments when talking about Suh.
“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 said.
“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.”
Suh certainly has the raw ability to be a game changer, we saw it during his rookie year.
I’m not sure how much truth there is to the scouts comments but the decline in production can’t be ignored. Hopefully he steps up his play down the stretch as the Lions definitely need it.