If you don’t get either references in the headline — well, then I don’t know what to tell you. The first one is a given, the second is from a movie with Rick Moranis and Mel Brooks.
I sat in on the conference calls with Detroit Lions menacing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and head coach Jim Schwartz.
Here’s a few comments from Suh …
On the line of playing aggressive and not getting penalized …
I really don’t pay attention to what they see is really aggressive and not aggressive. I’ve been fined many times. I understand where I’ve been wrong in some situations and I’ve had no clue in other situations. I just continue to play the game as hard as I can. I don’t worry about the understanding of other people.
The game of football is tough. It’s a very aggressive physical game. Things happen. You can’t always be in control.
When you hit a QB enough can you see a change in them?
You see some quarterbacks that will and some that won’t. Michael Vick is a prime example of a guy who is not going to change his game and continue to play and get up from all those hits and try to hurt you. And he definitely does hurt you. In some other cases, you see some quarterbacks who will ultimately feel your presence and change their games. And those are the quarterbacks you affect them.
On seeing the shorter Wilson in the mass of bodies on the line …
From a height perspective, you could put him in the category as the same as Michael Vick or Drew Brees and I haven’t had a problem hitting either one of those guys, so I don’t think I will have an issue hitting Russell Wilson.
Here’s a few comments from Schwartz
On what he’s seen from Russell Wilson
The biggest thing is win-loss record. He’s gotten four wins. Even their losses have been close. He’s hung in there and made plays, particularly at the end of the game to give them wins. That’s a sign of a good quarterback. He’s very mobile. He makes a lot of plays with his feet, can extend plays. He’s not the tallest guy, neither was Fran Tarkenton, neither was Doug Flutie. There’s some similarities to those guys. He’s got a great arm like those guys had, particularly Flutie. He does a good job of throwing on the move. He’s one of the best over the top throwers we faced. He’s got a really live arm and does a good job of throwing down the field.
On Matt Stafford’s issues …
We need to stick with what we do. You can compare it to a lot of different things. You can compare it to a 3-point shooter. You have to keep on shooting them. If your stroke is good and you are getting on open, keep on putting them up. A baseball payer, you go 0-for-4 a couple games in a row, you can’t change your stance or change your approach, you go with what’s successful.
As a team, we can help Matt out. We have had a couple of chances to make big plays and we haven’t been able to come up with those. It’s just a matter of time. He’s very talented and the players around him are very talented.
It’s not all the quarterback, but we can help him out a little bit more.
On the Seahawks defense …
They’re pretty good. They’ve been in very game that they’ve played. I think they’re third in the NFL in points allowed and in my mind that’s the most important stat – are you keeping the opponent out of the end zone?
They have giants in the secondary – 6-4, 6-2 at corner, I think Chancellor is about 6-3. Those guys are a like a junior college basketball team out there with great length.
A lot is made of big receivers in the league and we have one, but Seattle has gone a long way to matching up with those guys. They are out on an island quite a bit, and they survive out there. That’s big.
They are getting a lot out of their pass rush and a rookie middle linebacker. Clemons has had a career years, Irvin has given them a big boost in their sub-package.
It’s not just the secondary. It’s not just the pass rush. It’s not just the young linbecakers. It’s a combination of all it. They very rarely make mistakes. If someone is going to beat them, you have to drive the ball on them because there’s not a whole lot of big plays against that defense.
On Seattle’s talent …
I think the thing Seattle has done a good job of is identifying talent that fits them. And they have a plan of how they are going to use those guys.
A lot was made of Bruce Irving being a first round pick, but he looks like a first-round pick when he’s rushing the passer.
Of Note … Schwartz said that Titus Young, Ryan Broyles and Tony Scheffler will see time in Nate Burleson’s slot spot.