The second round of the 2011 SideLion Report Detroit Lions player of the year tournament is almost complete! Take a look at the bracket.
We’re finishing up the defensive side of the bracket today. Who will be the last Lions to move on to the Sweet 16?
Ndamukong Suh’s second season doesn’t compare well to his first when looking at statistics on paper but he established himself as a presence opposing teams scheme around. His sack and tackle numbers were noticeably lower in 2011 but, as pointed out on The Lions in Winter, Suh actually had a sack, pressure or hit on the quarterback more frequently in 2011 than he did as a rookie in 2010. Ndamukong Suh’s workload was partially decreased by design and partially as a result of his two game suspension but he made his presence known, even if it didn’t show up on the stat sheet.
Martin Mayhew has repeatedly shown an ability to acquire useful pieces from teams that misuse certain players. That is certainly the case with Lawrence Jackson. He has 10.5 sacks in 22 games with the Lions (including 4.5 in 2011) after recording 6.5 in 32 games with the Seahawks. A thigh injury kept LoJack out of five games this season but his presence was certainly felt when he was on the field. Having starting-level defensive end behind Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril is a luxury not to be taken for granted.
Who should advance to the third round of the 2011 SideLion Report Player of the Year Tournament?
- Ndamukong Suh (70%, 14 Votes)
- Lawrence Jackson (30%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 20