The Detroit Lions were a bit of a mess in 2013 and that had a lot to do with the way they were coached — and ways that they weren’t. Jim Schwartz lost his job at the end of the season but teammates of Ndamukong Suh are saying that he might have been the root cause for most of the locker room mayhem this past year.
According to Heath Evans, who spoke on Detroit radio recently, a few of Suh’s teammates believe that he was trying to get authority above that of the coaches in the locker room, including the authority of Jim Schwartz.
“The consistent message that came out of there is that Suh was uncontrollable and that he would constantly do things to kind of show his power over Jim Schwartz, whether it was team meetings, showing up late, or whatever it may be. When you don’t put players in line, I don’t care how great they are.”
This would seem to restore the media’s perception of Suh as a self-centered, egotistical monitors in the locker room, but this is just one sample out of the whole team. If the problem was as rampant as this report makes it sound, then the Lions would likely be looking to move on from Suh, not give him a fat extension to keep him in town.
Still, the situation in Detroit is one to watch and Jim Caldwell clearly has his hands full with the Lions.