via Ndamukong Suh’s Facebook page
If you’re into buying what the so-called “experts” are selling, then the Lions are pretty overrated. Mike Freeman, CBS Sports’ National NFL Insider, put together his list of the NFL’s top ten most overrated players. And among the top ten were two Lions. In fact, those two Lions – Reggie Bush and Ndamukong Suh – were among the top three.
Freeman listed Suh as the most overrated player in football. He noted that Suh is more known for his “dirty play” than his production. Freeman has a point when you compare the numbers from Suh’s rookie season in 2010 when he totaled 66 tackles and 10 sacks. Since then, he has not tallied more than 33 tackles in a season. Freeman didn’t hide that he isn’t a Suh fan:
Suh has one move — forward like a bull. Smart linemen can deal with that, no matter how strong Suh is. The belief among offensive coaches and players is that Suh has resorted to the dirty stuff to compensate for the fact that teams now know how to play him.
Now, there is no denying that Suh’s production has leveled off numbers-wise. And while I am not a Suh supporter, a big reason why his numbers have tailed off is the added attention he gets from opposing offensives. Watch a Lions game and Suh will face double and even triple teams on a good majority of the opponents’ offensive plays. So yes, teams know how to play Suh, but it’s by sticking multiple lineman in his face.
Reggie Bush was third on Freeman’s list and his inclusion is all based on the crazy expectations that followed him after his ridiculous career at Southern California.
Bush did win a Super Bowl with the Saints and did have his moments, but he has yet to live up to being the second overall pick in the 2006 draft. The Saints realized this, and now Bush is on his third team in four seasons.
Did Bush have huge expectations when the Saints drafted him second overall? Yes. Has he lived up to those expectations? Not at all. However, this is 2013. Reggie Bush is no longer viewed as a top ten or 15 running back. He’s a nice player, but the expectations for him have become very tempered in comparison to what they once were. Hence, he isn’t “rated” terribly high anymore. If it was 2008, then by all means Reggie Bush should be considered one of the most overrated players. But five years later, he’s rated right around where he should be – a nice component to an offense, but not a Calvin Johnson or Adrian Peterson-type weapon.
Here is Freeman’s complete top ten:
1. Ndamukong Suh, Lions
2. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
3. Reggie Bush, Lions
4. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
5. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
6. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
7. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
8. Nnamdi Asomugha, San Francisco 49ers
9. Tim Tebow, free agent
10. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
If you want my opinion (or if you don’t), my top three overrated players: Tony Romo would be number one (by a large margin); Jay Cutler is number two and Mario Williams, the Buffalo Bills defensive end.