Ndamukong Suh was drafted to change what the Lions represented. They were a team that could be looked over, but Suh created a wall. He forced them to be noticed, otherwise, there starting QB was going down hard. The Patriots, while never reaching the depths of the Lions, want to do the same thing on their defense.
Step one is not doing what Suh did to the Packers in their Thanksgiving Day meeting. Do not stomp on a player, after the whistle, while he is on the ground, in front of every football fan in the nation. Instead you get a clean hit that silences the crowd with worry.
The Eagles, and probably every other team are going to keep their starters on the bench a little longer after Monday night. Vick was driven into the ground and barley could get back up by Jermaine Cunningham. Vick decided not to step back onto his field. Nick Underhill quotes Cunningham in his masslive.com blog. He says, “It’s football. It happens all the time.”
This attitude needs to be present on their defense at all times. Bounties are not needed, but the aggression to knock someone out of a game legally is. I would say 80-90 percent of quarterbacks throw differently when they feel pressure like this(the other twenty percent are the greats). It will lead to more picks, like Ebner’s last night and the three this preseason, bad throws, and a one dimensional offense. With this, and Brady’s points, the Pats are the best in the NFL.
That hit got people talking about a different Florida Gator than Tebow, and got New England excited. Cunningham is already proving a lot of teams will regret not grabbing him when they could.
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Written by Adam Sharp
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