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Suh Says the Lions Can go 16-0 in 2011

Always good to make bold predictions, and Ndamukong Suh is throwing his hat in the ring, saying that the Lions can go 16-0 in 2011. Good luck.

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh heard all the snickers when he said the Lions were capable of going 16-0 in 2011. He first made that proclamation on the NFL Network, but weeks later he is not backing down from high expectations. “Like I said before, we can go 16-0,” Suh said in a telephone interview last week. “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.”

Suh led all rookie defensive tackles with 10 sacks last season and was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Suh is a year older and he is thrilled to have first-round draft pick Nick Fairley by his side. Suh said he is ready mentally and physically to be whatever Fairley and others want him to be, because Suh himself has received sound advice from Lions center Dominic Raiola and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch. “I am not shy about expressing myself,” Suh said. “But the best way is for me to meet him (Fairley) and be around him and work out together. I definitely look forward to helping him. If he wants me to be his mentor, that’s fine. But I look at it as being a good friend who has a year up on him.”

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