Snapping The Suh Slump

November 17th, 2020

The Ndamukong Suh of the last two games is not the same guy Bucs fans enjoyed in the first half of the season.

It’s been a different Suh on the field, especially against the Panthers on Sunday. The film doesn’t lie. There were some loafs where there weren’t earlier in the season. Overall, Suh appeared less interested than usual.

Joe’s really not ripping Suh here for dogging it, just noticing that his effort appeared on a lower level than earlier in the season. He was far less interested in pursuit, and also in joining in on gang tackling. When a guy turns 34 in six weeks and his play in the trenches takes a wrong turn, Joe has to wonder.

Hopefully, it’s just a blip on a good Suh season. And up next is his former team on Monday Night Football, the Rams. Joe is expecting a bounce back game from Suh.

The Bucs certainly need it, especially with the nose tackles alongside Suh not matching what Vita Vea delivered before he got hurt.

19 Responses to “Snapping The Suh Slump”

  1. BoiseBucsFan Says:

    “Joe’s really not ripping Suh here for dogging it” Maybe Joe should rip on Suh for digging it. Our boys are trying to bring a SB to Tampa Bay. Every player should give 100% at all times.

  2. Buczilla Says:

    I’ve enjoyed watching Suh play for us for the most part, but he’s old by football standards and will most likely not be here next year. Maybe he’s banged up a little? Regardless, Vea is sorely missed even if he has only played in all 16 games once in his short career. Geez, might be a good idea to pick up another dt next year regardless of what happens with Suh.

  3. Robert Says:

    Suh is a man beast. one with a lot of years experience……i’m sure the NO game plan didn’t inspire him. I’d like to see more Gohlston next to him. He looks MUCH bigger than he used to be. I’d be happy is we continue to win and could care less if he loafs a little as long as he shows up come playoff time. like you said….he is 34….and 34 in the trenches must be tough on a guy. bet he’s ready for a bye week.

  4. Rob Tanner Says:

    The big girl is just missing Vea!

  5. Nutterbuccer Says:

    Never seen so many one armed tackles by anybody. Suh does is week after week and has saved some big time runs in my opinion. Has anyone else noticed his one armed tackles. Most people get blown right by,not that man he’s one strong man.

  6. SRQ Bucs Fan Says:

    Is Suh playing through injury? Might not be on official report?

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    “Joe’s really not ripping Suh here for dogging it, just noticing that his effort appeared on a lower level than earlier in the season.”

    Remind me not to be around the Joes when you do rip someone. Sounds like you’ve been taking ‘Play Nice’ lessons from Attila the Hun Joe.

    I can understand Suh being pissed during & after the Saints game. We were humiliated, and the defense looked like dogmeat. Defense played better in the Carolina game after a rocky start, and settled down in the 2nd half. Suh contributed 3 solo tackles in that game that I’m convinced played a role in limiting the Panthers to 65 yards rushing.

    Just speculation, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Suh is getting somewhat discouraged at our lack of an effective pass rush since Vea went down. He’s probably getting a lot more attention. I focused on McLendon & Nachos on some plays Sunday, and they’re not getting much penetration. Gholston did several good things (a couple of QB Hits), as did JPP & Shaq, but our interior DLine … and pass rush … has stagnated. I’d say right now ours is a middle-of-the-pack defense. But don’t blame Suh for that; for someone who’s 34, he’s doing extremely well IMO. This is what happens when you have minimal depth & a key player like Vea goes down.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    When we signed Suh, there was talk about him taking plays/games off……we haven’t seen a lot of that….I think Vea made Suh look better….
    He needs to step it up…..

  9. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Maybe he just realized another #93 who shall be nameless but who has initials of “GM” is getting paid millions for sitting around doing nothing.

  10. ModHairKen Says:

    Let me say this: Suh has been a dominant player his entire career and especially the last two years. Stop the nitpicking. No one is 100% w wet down or every game.

    I totally revere Suh.

  11. bucsince79 aka bumaneer Says:

    Suh will be fine. He will turn it up big time when the Rams come to town… I hope he plays one more year…

  12. 813bucboi Says:



    he gets the job done…thats all i care about….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  13. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Maybe he sees out LT making 4 million more and giving 90% less effort than he give?
    But seriously, he’s a huge part of our improved DL and you can’t deny that.

    BTW, Vea is Big Girl, not Suh.

  14. Show Me the TDs Says:

    No one gives 100% at work, ALL of the time. No one!

  15. Fernando Diaz Says:

    Suh will be allright you will see

  16. Cobraboy Says:

    I agree with DR: because Vea is out, Suh is the one getting doubled, at least that’s what my eyes see.

    Nobody is afraid to block McLendon or Nunez-Roches mano y mano, especially on passing downs. They are decent players, but nowhere near the Vea stratosphere.

  17. Cobraboy Says:

    Keep in mind Suh has always had Vea at his side. In LA he had Donald. He’s not used to drawing ALL the main attention from an OL.

  18. BillyBucFan Says:

    Well he will step it up this week against his former team.
    If not, it’s a problem with No Vea for sure.

    We will know

  19. David Says:

    He needs to step it up on Monday. Definitely don’t want him burned out though towards the end of the season and into the playoffs.
    Maybe he needs to be rotated in and out more.
    But let’s state the obvious…
    He’s getting more double teams with the absence of Vea.