Soon after Ndamukong Suh became a Detroit Lion, there arrived a giant scarlet (University of Nebraska) red recliner in the defensive meeting room. That was three years ago. Before last week, Suh was still the only defensive lineman in the Lions locker room that could sit back and relax in a big comfy chair.
The Lions other D-linemen were stuck with “stiff office chairs” in front of their lockers – until last Wednesday. ”We just walked in on a Wednesday and they were all there,” defensive end Cliff Avril said. “Somebody in the room got it for us. I’m not sure who.”
Was Suh finally guilted into purchasing chairs his linemates? Avril wasn’t sure. ”Might have been,” Avril said with a smile and a look in Suh’s direction. “You might have to ask that person. I know, me, I didn’t buy them. I’m glad we got them, though.”
It’ll be on the players and coaches to ensure that there is no recliner abuse this season. The defensive line was supposed to be one of the Lions defined strengths last season and while it was alright, Suh among others (rookie Nick Fairley) had disappointing seasons.
Joe Staley, the 49ers left tackle and former Central Michigan lineman and Rockford High School grad, had choice words for the Lions’ D-line after the 49ers’ win Sunday night.
“They didn’t want any part of us up front,” Staley said, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. “Look at the game. We killed them. Every single pressure they got was cheap. It was on a keep or something like that. I’ve never been impressed by the Detroit Lions’ defensive line.”
Ouch. Maybe the recliners will make a difference. I guess we’ll see.