It raised plenty of eyebrows around NFL Network a few months back when Ndamukong Suh said there’s no reason the Lions can’t go 16-0 next season.
While we can think of a couple reasons, Suh still isn’t backing off his high expectations for the Lions.
“Like I said before, we can go 16-0,” Suh told the Detroit News on Friday. “One of the reasons I’m saying this is because we should shoot for the top. And if you don’t want to be a Super Bowl team, what are you playing for? If you are satisfied with winning games and just making the playoffs, I think you should expect more. There is more to just playing and trying to win games. That is my mentality and that is my approach. We should come in with the attitude of the sky is the limit and we want to be the best.”
Read carefully, because Suh is saying the Lions can go undefeated, not that they will. Maybe it’s just a little jarring to hear high expectations coming out of Detroit. Plus, we know predictions by Lions players tend not to go well (see Kitna, Jon).
Regardless, give Suh credit for raising the bar and being a big part of changing the culture for a franchise that hasn’t sniffed the playoffs since 1999.
– Frank Tadych