Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/2/11
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Except for a few minor adjustments, what youve seen is what youll still get from Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. In other words, the bad news of the day -- and the rest of the season -- for the opposition is that Suhs meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday will not take away Suh's aggressiveness. Suh said he came away with a clearer understanding of how he can wreak havoc within the rules, but he responded with a firm no Wednesday when asked if he will change how he wreaks havoc in the middle of the Lions defensive line. Like I said after the Denver game, Im not going to change the way I play, Suh said. The way I play, the way I have played in the past, is to continue to play within the rules and just have an understanding of what they look for. Suh asked for the meeting with Goodell because of the fines and penalties Suh has accrued in his two seasons with the Lions. He's been fined a total of 42,500 by the NFL for three violations, all on plays involving quarterbacks. Two fines were levied in 2010 -- 15,000 for throwing down Jake Delhomme in an exhibition game against the Browns, and 7,500 for a highly disputed incident when he hit the Bears Jay Cutler from behind on a scramble. This season, Suh was docked 20,000 for a hit on Bengals rookie Andy Dalton in the exhibition season. Suh also has drawn two penalties this season on hits to quarterbacks that did not get him fined. One was roughing the passer against Dallas. In a loss to the Falcons, Suh was penalized for hitting Matt Ryans face mask on a sack. Ryan ducked as Suh was making contact, and Suhs hand hit the facemask. He did not grab the mask. In response to a question in Wednesdays session with the media, Suh said he felt vindicated by what he was told during the meeting with Goodell and members of the commissioners staff. Im the type of person that doesnt like to repeat mistakes, Suh said. That was the main thing that, more or less, he (Goodell) was emphasizing. I havent made the same mistakes I made in the past. The message from Goodell, Suh said, was continue to follow in that trend and youll be fine. Suh also has been under scrutiny for things that have nothing to do with his playing style. An example of that came after the Lions loss to Atlanta two weeks ago. Some Falcons players charged that Suh and teammate Cliff Avril had taunted Ryan while he was on the field being treated for an ankle injury. There was no evidence to support those claims, and television replays clearly showed that Ryans injury was caused by a Falcons offensive lineman stepping on his ankle. No Lion defender was near Ryan at the time. Lions president Tom Lewand and head coach Jim Schwartz accompanied Suh to the meeting at league headquarters in New York. Schwartz declined to comment, saying it wasnt his place to comment because the meeting did not involve him specifically. At the meeting, tapes were shown to illustrate what constitutes legal plays opposed to ones that draw penalties and fines. He found the session to be helpful, Suh said. I got a great understanding of how to continue to help my team and continue to play within the rules, he said. That was the main emphasis of the whole thing. Suh also got a perspective on what officials look for in making calls. Kind of just the ins and outs of officiating -- the way they look at things and perceive things, and how the fines are assessed, Suh said. There are just different ways that those things are approached and looked at. You cant tell somebodys intent. Youre not in their head. In some ways, it was like being in a meeting room with the coaches. It was collectively together watching film, Suh said. It was more or less plays. All the plays they had were plays were plays that obviously I wanted to review. They had some extra plays, showing different things that were good and things theyre looking for that may not be seen as good things to do and continue.
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