Ndamukong Suh, fresh off winning the NFL's Rookie of the Year award, got dressed to the nines and appeared on NFL Network's set yesterday to talk about his phenomenal rookie season and the seemingly bright future of the Detroit Lions. Suh has never shied away from exuding his confidence in the Lions and what looks to be in store for the team in the near future, but he took that confidence a step or 10 farther by suggesting the Lions could go 16-0 next season:â†µ
"I don’t see there’s a reason why we can’t be 16-0," Suh said. "As long as we put in that hard work throughout -– I don’t know if we’re going to have OTAs, but throughout camp and getting ready for that 2011 season — as long as we stay healthy and are putting in that work, I think we should be happy with what we end up with."â†µ
Well, there's a pretty big reason -- like, it almost never happens -- but let's not make too much of this quote, because what do you want him to say? He didn't predict 16 wins, he didn't say it's going to happen like Jon Kitna said more than 10 wins was bound to happen in 2007, he simply said the talent is in place if everything clicks and, well, goes perfectly. The chances of that happening in a long, grueling season are minuscule, at best. I mean, the Lions were legitimately in it in every single game last season, but still finished with 10 losses. The Lions appear to be finally hitting the light at the end of the tunnel of suck, so let's cut the guy's optimism some slack.