The NFL announced earlier today that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will not be suspended for booting Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the ballsack during the first quarter of Houston’s 34-31 overtime victory on Thanksgiving at Ford Field in Detroit.
Despite the league’s decision to not ban the notorious Lion, Schaub, who has thrown 117 touchdowns, in comparison to 67 interceptions, for 20,791 yards since the Atlanta Falcons snagged him out of the University of Virginia with the 90th choice in the 2004 draft, bashed Suh and said such a player would never be accepted in Houston.
“You don’t want a player like that. The stuff that he stands for and the type of player he is, that’s not Houston Texan-worthy,” said Schaub, 31, who resembled Vincent Willem van Gogh in pads when bloodthirsty Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays landed a helmet-to-helmet hit that resulted in the Texan losing a piece of his ear lobe in September. “That’s not what we’re about as a football team, as individuals, collectively as a group, we’re not that type of person.”
The 6-foot-4, 307 pound Suh, voted the NFL’s dirtiest player for the second consecutive year in a recent poll of players by the Sporting News, was infamously shelved for two games after purposefully stomping on the right arm of Green Bay Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith on Turkey Day 2011.
Whether or not the kick on Schaub was intentional, the 25-year-old Suh, who Detroit took with the second pick out of the University of Nebraska in the 2010 NFL Draft, does not deserve the benefit of doubt.
The former Cornhusker, who ESPN.com’s Mel Kiper, Jr. said was “maybe the most dominating defensive tackle (he’s) seen in 32 years,” has amassed 18.5 sacks and 90 tackles in 41 games as a professional.
Hence, it is inarguable that Suh, a First-Team All-Pro and AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2010, is a powerful force on the defensive side of the ball.
Nevertheless, regardless of Suh’s skills and accomplishments, it’s understandable that Schaub would proclaim “you don’t want a player like that.”
In stark contrast to Detroit’s feeble 4-7 mark, the Texans are 10-1 and tied with the Atlanta Falcons for the best record in the NFL.
“Collectively as a group,” there is not a single man on the Houston Texans that behaves like Suh.
Unlike the barbaric Ndamukong Suh, the 6-foot-5, 241 pound Matt Schaub, a 2009 Pro Bowl selection who led the league in passing yards that season, continually proves to be “Houston Texan-worthy.”