Warren Sapp criticizes Ndamukong Suh (again): 'He's a blind dog in the meat house'
NEW ORLEANS, Jan 29, 2013 (Detroit Free Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was back in the Pro Bowl this year, but one of his most vocal critics said he sees more of the same flaws in Suh's play.
Soon-to-be Hall of Famer Warren Sapp said at Super Bowl media day today that Suh remains a one-dimensional player who can win with the pass rush because of his strength but doesn't do enough to stop the run.
"I want to see that game where they ran at Joe Greene, where they ran at Keith Millard, where they ran at me, where they ran at any hog that's on the front of the line," Sapp said. "You run away from them. You double them and try to get away from them. They run it right at Suh, 'cause he's a blind dog in a meat house. Why run from him "
Sapp, now an analyst with the NFL Network, has long been a critic of Suh's play, saying last year that he stagnated after a 10-sack rookie season.
Suh doubled his sack total from four to eight this year, but Sapp said he still saw teams like the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams show little respect for Suh by running at him.
"Stats don't tell the game when you're playing that position," he said. "The thing I look at, and like I said before, Alex Smith comes to your stadium, rolls his arms, and they're running the ball at you first play. Sam Bradford, comes in, they're running wham (plays) against you. You don't realize, that's a problem. Who the hell's the D-line coach What do y'all work on all week long I don't get it. I don't get it. That's all I want to know."
Suh questioned the motive behind Sapp's criticism last month, saying Sapp could "be a fan and just criticize me, or you can be a great person ... and teach me something."
Sapp, who had 96 1/2 sacks during his 13-year NFL career, could be elected to Canton in his first time on the Hall of Fame ballot this weekend. He said he's willing to share his knowledge with anyone, but Suh never has reached out for advice.
"You know what Gerald (McCoy) did that Suh don't do We talked," Sapp said. "He picks up the phone, he said, 'Warren, did you see my tape this week What did you think Warren, did you see my opponent this week What's your plan ' I go back and forth.
"I go back and forth with J.J. Watt, I go back and forth with Aldon Smith. Anybody that wants a piece of the knowledge, ask Dave Tollefson and Tyler Brayton what I did for them in Oakland. I showed them my five steps to the quarterback. They took it to New York, that's how (Justin) Tuck took down the (undefeated) Patriots (in the Super Bowl). Tollefson showed him my move, and he perfected it all year long to go take them down with it. It's classic. I never had anything where I wouldn't share. But you got to ask for it."
Sapp also said he wants to take Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham up on his offer to watch film together.
Cunningham defended Suh in November, saying he defends draws, screens and other misdirection plays exactly how the Lions draw them up.
"You can tell a defense when it's tied together tight, you can see it work," Sapp said. "They just play waves. Waves. There's no rhyme or reason to it. (Kyle) Vanden Bosch out there in a wide 11, come inside, crash, fall down. You're like, 'Which gap do you have ' That's why they're called run gaps, that's why they ask you to secure your run gap.
"I don't know what (Suh is) being taught. That would be the one thing, like I said with Gunther, I wanted to get to Detroit and see what they were actually teaching, 'cause if I knew what they were teaching, then it'd give me a better (idea). But when a man's in a two-technique, and he doesn't see the wham for three years, come on. That's easy."
Sapp wasn't critical of everything Lions. He said he likes second-year defensive tackle Nick Fairley, though he's worried Fairley won't have a long NFL career because of injuries.
"I like watching Nick more than I like watching Suh," Sapp said. "Nick's got some awareness; he's just got them little legs. He's never going to be healthy, he's got those little legs. You just can't play the position with those little legs, trust me."
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