While most of the NFL fixates on where Detroit Lions’ defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will land in free agency and how much money he will command outside of Detroit, folks within the organization are still carrying on as if it’s buisness as usual.
First, Lions’ president Tom Lewand made statements that indicated he thought Suh would be coming back, and now, go ahead and add Lions’ defensive coordinator Teryl Austin to that list.
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Speaking with Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com, Austin said he’s focusing on keeping Detroit’s defense at the top of the league statistically, and he’s already planning on Suh helping that along by anchoring the middle of his defense once again in 2015.
"Losing a dominating force like (Suh) could certainly have an effect on Austin’s defense, but he says he’s not worried about losing the big man.“It hasn’t crossed my mind,” Austin told detroitlions.com. “I’m planning on him being back.”"
Austin also lauded the type of complete impact player Suh has been for his defense, saying the defensive tackle is one of the best in the business, and there’s no way around that fact.
"“I think any time you have a great player, he impacts your defense in a positive way,” Austin said. “I mean, that’s what he is. You can’t get around it. You can sugar coat it or say whatever you want, but he’s a great player. He changes the game.”"
This type of quiet confidence in Suh’s return comes as the flames in the rumor mill are feverishly fanned. Recently, it was reported by Jason Cole of Bleacher Report that Suh himself could desire to play with the Seattle Seahawks. Others have pinpointed destinations in New York, and even the Oakland Raiders as possible landing spots.
This type of quiet confidence in Suh’s return comes as the flames in the rumor mill are feverishly fanned.
As recently as today, pundit LaVar Arrington said he believed the Green Bay Packers were the best fit for Suh. It seems everyone has an opinion on where the defensive tackle should or will be headed when free agency opens in just under a month’s time, and few involve a return to the Lions.
As that continues to play out, nothing but confidence has been emanating from Allen Park, from the top of the organization and now down to the position coaches.
Given that the Suh watch will only intensify, it’s an interesting variable to remember.