Check The Record

May 31st, 2019

BY IRA KAUFMAN

He won’t give an inch or a yard, even from the podium.

Reminded of his national reputation as a dirty player, Ndamukong Suh dusted himself off Friday and refused to take a step back.

“I think my record speaks for itself,” he said.

Whether it’s on the field or in front of a microphone, Suh isn’t inclined to retreat. In his view, he is getting paid handsomely to change the line of scrimmage and the culture — not win an award as The NFL’s Mr. Congeniality.

As far as Bruce Arians is concerned, there’s no need for Suh to apologize for his belligerent approach. He’s on the Glazer payroll for his style of play as much as his production.

“Suh’s a great player,” says Buc center Ryan Jensen. “That’s why he has stuck around the league and made a lot of money. He’s a hard guy to play against.”

That’s sweet music to the ears of Arians and Todd Bowles, who was cited by Suh as a major reason he decided to serve with Tampa Bay before departing the French Open.

Like Dirk Koetter, Arians wants a badass football team. Unlike Koetter, Arians now has a 305-pound slab of nasty for others to emulate.

Bucs center Ryan Jensen

You can’t talk to Suh about football for more than 11 seconds without hearing three omnipresent words: attack, aggressive, intense. His No. 1 priority is “moving that line of scrimmage back into the offense’s lap.”

Suh certainly knows what it’s like to have fines deducted from his paycheck. But if you think all those subtractions will add up to a new playing style, you don’t know A Man Named Suh.

“He brings that juice,” Jensen says, “and he’s a very strong dude. It’s hard to move him.”

On a Thursday night in 2017, Jensen and the Ravens humiliated Suh and the Dolphins 40-0. Before you rip Miami’s defense, understand that Baltimore returned two interceptions for scores and added another touchdown with a fumble recovery in the end zone.

It was a giddy evening for Jensen, but he’s glad Suh is now on his side.

“He plays the game very aggressively and when an interior lineman can disrupt the game by pushing the pocket, that’s quite a challenge for any offense,” says Jensen.

Power And Fury

Suh and Gerald McCoy have been linked since their college days and now the waltz is complete. They were drafted within one pick of each other in 2010 and when Hall of Fame voters are asked to select four defensive tackles for the next All-Decade team, McCoy and Suh both deserve strong consideration.

Although they’re listed at the same position, Suh and McCoy bring different traits. McCoy is recognized for being ultra-quick off the ball while Suh embodies a more physical presence.

Ultimately, Suh’s power and fury had more appeal for Bowles and Arians.

They are seeking a new identity for a group that has been battered for a decade.

That’s a travesty in a region that grew accustomed to stifling defense.

Ndamukong Suh

“I’ve been through the gamut,” Suh said Friday as he joined his fourth pro franchise. He helped the Rams to the Super Bowl last season, playing alongside Aaron Donald, the league’s premier defensive tackle.

Around these parts, we don’t shoot that high. A playoff berth would do Buc supporters just fine, no matter what McCoy does elsewhere.

Judging by his opening snap at One Buc Place, Suh is proud of his legacy forged during a 9-year career.

No retreat, no surrender, no apologies.

Like Ryan Jensen stated so eloquently, the man brings the juice.

13 Responses to “Check The Record”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “A man named Suh”……….Love it Ira, you have lost a bit either……

  2. BucsBall80 Says:

    Put the NFC South on notice. Bucs defence is back from the dead. There back fiery than ever. Ready to attack like mad men. Savage turn over machine is being built down in Tampa.

  3. BigMacAttack Says:

    McCoy? Hall of Fame Consideration? Really?
    You’re kidding right? Good one Ira?
    McCoy sucks

  4. COACH Says:

    SUH IS THE JUICE AND McCoy HANDED OUT CUPS OF juice!

  5. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    Juice bringer vs Juice box

  6. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I have learned not to allow myself to get too get very optimistic in the off-season but there has been enough change to at least make me interested again.

  7. SenileSenior Says:

    “Around these parts, we don’t shoot that high. A playoff berth would do Buc supporters just fine, no matter what McCoy does elsewhere.”

    This is what the “milk toast” fans and the “bandwagon” fans don’t get. This is what the incorrigible nattering negativists and the trolls who plague us never learn. As unrealistic as it may be, a die-hard fan always expects his or her team to have its collective eye on one goal. That goal is always to bring home the Lombardi Trophy in the NFL! Nothing less is acceptable.

    The goal is there at the beginning of each and every season. That has never changed. Setting a goal of getting to the playoffs is never going to be satisfactory.
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    “Yeah, but …!” . . . “But my buttocks!” . . . . . . “Argue for your limitations and they will always remain yours.”
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    Go Bucs!!! Win Now!

  8. [email protected] Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I loved it when Suh openly gave credit to Bo Pellini of Nebraska, for changing his life through coaching.
    You can see this man loves the game of football.

  9. NO RISK IT NO BISCUIT Says:

    Suh is “The Real McCoy!!!!” ….lol

  10. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    No Risk it No Buscuit – bam! Someone put that on a billboard! You win line of the day. I thought “a boy named Suh” was good, but damn.

  11. BucEmUp Says:

    It would have been entertaining to hear the Big Dogs thoughts on Suh coming here!!!

  12. BigMacAttack Says:

    SenileSenior for the win!!! Last season we made it all the way to week 3. Gotta have hope though. At this point it’s a Yo Bet, but it pays well. Go Bucs!

  13. Sport Says:

    There’s that word again ‘Identity’… Can’t friggin wait!!!