Warren Sapp criticizes Ndamukong Suh… again.
Warren Sapp is continuing to be one of the harshest critics of notorious bad boy Ndamukong Suh of the Lions. This time, it isn’t about his growing reputation as a dirty player (which by the way, Suh still denies). Instead, he’s criticizing his leadership skills.
Sapp voiced his opinion on Suh on NFL Network on Tuesday. Although he swears that the criticism isn’t personal, he clearly isn’t shying away from telling the world exactly how he feels. He said that both the Rams and the 49ers ran the ball right at Suh which is obviously something that he sees as a problem.
“I am dumbfounded. You lead that defense and they are running the ball right at you?” Sapp said. “I want to see that game where they ran at Mean Joe Greene, where they ran at me or at any hog on that front line. You run away from us. They run at him because he’s a blind dog in a meat house… I don’t think I ever said anything about his (auto) accident. I didn’t say anything about him stepping on a man two Thanksgivings in a row. I am just looking at his technique and seeing the same things. Until he evolves, I’m going to keep saying the same things.””
NFL.com definitely had the best analogy to describe how they see Sapp’s criticism of Suh.
“Sapp swears his criticism isn’t personal, but that’s not how it comes off. Former players are hired as analysts to give a perspective only gained from playing the game at a high level. That’s his job. But there always seems to be a Suh-doesn’t-do-what-I-did element.”
Last season, Suh challenged Sapp to either be a fan and keep criticizing him or be a mentor and teach him something. Sapp responded by saying that all Suh had to do was ask for Sapp’s help and he’d mentor him.
The odd thing about all the criticism Sapp is throwing his way is the eerie similarity in their statistics in their first three years in the league.
Sapp: 22.5 sacks, 1 INT, 5 forced fumbles, 2 fumbles recoveries, 105 tackles, 31 assists, 1 TD.
Suh: 22 sacks, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 99 tackles, 40 assists, 1 TD.
On a personal level, sure Suh has some issues. From a football perspective, though, these two players are MUCH too similar statistically at the same stage of their careers for Sapp to be lobbing insults and criticisms at Ndamukong Suh.