The ratio sure worked out pretty well for the Detroit Lions.
Rarely did they move Ndamukong Suh from his left defensive tackle position during his rookie season. But on the rare occasions they did, he produced two of his 10 sacks. Suh got the Redskins’ Donovan McNabb coming from the right end position and the Patriots’ Tom Brady when he began in a standup position about three yards behind the line of scrimmage, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Don’t look for it to become a big trend, though.
“We moved him around quite a bit,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said, per Birkett. “I think that when you do, you need to have reasons for it. If you just try to junk it up where you're moving him every play, you take away from what the guy's good at and what he can do. You need to balance both of those.”
By Schwartz’s estimation, Suh had six snaps as a standup pass rusher. That’s the beauty of having such a wildly talented lineman. Suh can move around and be effective in different areas. But what sets him apart is his skill as a disruptive interior rusher. That is something few players in the league can do at his level and that’s where he’s most valuable. So don’t be surprised if you occasionally see Suh elsewhere, but he’s a star because he can be a terror in the backfield playing with his hand in the dirt on the inside of the line.
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