The perception around the NFL is that the current Detroit Lions aren't the same old Lions.Â New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan said it after the Jets beat the Lions this year 23-20 in overtime.Â The announcers on FOX pregame seem to give the Lions more credit than past years, but the bottom line is the same.Â They still find a way to lose at the end.
There is one noticeable difference this year that hasn't been prevalent in past years.Â The Lions actually have a pass rush, and that's thanks to newcomer Kyle Vanden Bosch, and rookie sensation Ndamukong Suh.
Suh has been a flat out beast in his rookie season in Detroit, and should easily win the defensive rookie of the year award in the NFC.Â In his senior season at Nebraska, Suh was the Associated Press College Player of the Year, and any doubt that his play wouldn't carry over into the NFL has been dismissed!
Suh's eight sacks rank him #1 among defensive tackles and sixth overall in the NFL.Â A national television audience may have helped Suh's case for winning NFL defensive rookie of the year honors, as once again Suh was everywhere on the field sacking Tom Brady, recordingÂ three solo tackles, assisting on a few and knocking down passes at the line of scrimmage.
What may be the best quality of Suh, is that he is humble. Very humble.Â Being the No. 2 overall draft pick, Suh said he did not begin the season with specific goals in mind, just making this team a winner.
"I really didn't come in with any expectations other than to come out and help my team," he said. "I work for success, so I want to continue to be successful and be a productive player. I don't consider not being productive being a good player. So, to answer your question, more or less I do expect to make plays and be an impact player at all times." (Freep)
Now....if the Lions can just draft 10 more guys just like Suh!