Friday’s Morning Mashup: Anonymous teammate criticizes Lions DT Ndamukong Suh
|12.07.12 at 7:53 am ET|
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College basketball: Iowa State at Iowa, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has made his share of enemies around the league for his dirty play, and now it seems his own team is fed up with his selfish behavior.
The Lions, expected to contend for a playoff berth this season, are 4-8 following Sunday’s 35-33 loss to the Colts, and one anonymous Detroit player told Yahoo! Sports that Suh and others are hurting the team.
“Yeah, we’re loaded,” the player said. “But we have a couple of guys who don’t understand what it takes to win. Just making a couple of plays and thinking that makes you great. … Sometimes you want to just shake some of these guys and say, ‘Don’t you get it?’ ”
Asked who in particular fell into that category, the player said, “Ndamukong would be first.”
Added the player: “He’s focused for 90 percent of the time. But it’s the 10 percent that kills you. … With [Suh], he loses his cool and all of a sudden we’re blowing a play or dealing with some controversy.”
♦ Rex Ryan acknowledged Wednesday the importance of making the right decision on who will start at quarterback for the Jets, but on Thursday he denied that his choice will determine his own fate with the team.
“Obviously we need to win,” Ryan said Thursday. “This is a big decision. [A big factor] in determining wins and losses is the play of your quarterback a lot of times. But no, I don’t feel that my future’s tied in with how we do things [with the quarterback].”
Added Ryan: “Obviously, this is a win business and I know that. As [former Ravens coach] Brian Billick told me the other day, there’s been 111 head coaches that have come and gone over the last 10 years. So it’s probably not the most [secure job]. But the one thing I can [do to] affect the job security is by winning. That’s what everybody wants. It’s what our fans want. It’s what Woody [Johnson] wants. It’s what we all want. Obviously, that’s what I want.”
♦ In a story that’s similar to the Tom Brady incident from last year, Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway acknowledged Thursday that he “went a little far” with his comments that Minnesota fans should starting drinking early so they are ready to go for Sunday’s noontime start against the Bears.
“Hopefully, they’re super-duper drunk,” Greenway said after the Vikings’ loss to the Packers this past Sunday. “So, drink liquor, not beer. … Yeah, I would say morning drinking. Why not? You could pull an all-nighter. Then you’d have the drunk, tired guys who will really be obnoxious.”
During a Thursday interview with “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on Chicago’s ESPN 1000, Greenway toned it down a little.
“Obviously, I could have used some more responsible words,” Greenway said. “I think the people that know me, the beat writers included, know that I said that sort of tongue-in-cheek.
“I just wanted the fans at home to be loud like they always are. I think just trying to drive that point home I probably got a little loose with my words. Obviously I should have been a little more responsible with it. It was said, so what do you do?”
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: “They’re the best team in the NFL. They’re the best team for a reason. They do a lot of things well. They’ve been in some blowouts, they’ve been in some tough games, they’ve been in some overtime [games]. This [is] a team that has played through it all. And they seem to rally around one another, and that’s the sign of a great team. They definitely have what it takes to be a champion. You have to respect that.” – Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, talking about Monday night’s opponent
STAT OF THE DAY: 12 – Ten-win seasons as a starter for Peyton Manning, who reached the mark with the Broncos’ Thursday night victory over the Raiders
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TRIVIA ANSWER: Utility infielder Stan Papi
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