Lions defensive coordinator wants to ‘visit’ anonymous critics
Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham was none too happy with an anonymous NFC scout’s critique of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. According to the scout, Suh is “one example of a football culture that coddles elite players and does not force them to push themselves for fear that the player will tune you out”. Cunningham said that the critic was “out of line” and “obnoxious”.
“Anybody that knows me, that’s bad to say that I’m going to let a player get away with anything — anything,” Cunningham said Friday. “I don’t do that, and if there’s one thing that I really get upset about, it’s (when) somebody challenges me on that. I’ve been doing this for a long time. I make guys play that don’t want to play, and you can take a poll around the league, a lot of guys would want to choke me to death but they made a lot of money, they had a lot of success and I’m not about ever to back off a player. Ever. Ever.”
Cunningham told reporters that Suh is not special and the coaches do not let him get away with anything special.
“You can cross some things with me, the line, and say things, but you don’t say that about anybody I deal with,” Cunningham said. “It’s against the rules as far as I’m concerned. And I’m not being anonymous, by the way. I’m saying it, and so if you can find out who it was, I’ll go visit him and we’ll find out.”
“We complain at this level that finding leaders is a difficult task, but leadership is, as Eddie Robinson once said, fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you,” the scout told the paper. “For a player like Ray Lewis, he demands so much of himself and is willing to push himself, that when he confronts a teammate over work ethic, the player has no choice but to respect him.
“Players like Suh do not demand excellence of themselves because they believe they can be excellent just by walking on the field. These players will underachieve by comparison to expectations.”