Despite a strong performance in the trenches for much of Week 13's loss to Indianapolis, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was once again thrown under the bus by another anonymous member of the league.
This time, however, the criticism was spewed directly from one of Suh's own teammates, a player who publicly questioned whether the talented but problematic defensive lineman actually comprehends what it takes to be successful in the NFL.
"Yeah, we're loaded," the player told Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. "But we have a couple of guys who don't understand what it takes to win. Ndamukong [Suh] would be first. He's focused for 90 percent of the time, but it's the 10 percent that kills you. With [Suh], he loses his cool and all of a sudden we're blowing a play or dealing with some controversy."
Just one year removed from a NFC playoff berth, the Lions are now teetering on the verge of utter collapse both on the field and in the locker room after the first 13 weeks of the season. Head coach Jim Schwartz's team continues to let games slip away in the fourth quarter, but it has been the outcry from anonymous detractors in the media that has arguably been the biggest story. Suh's undeniable talent will continue to keep him in Detroit's long-term plans, but it's becoming evident that teammates are starting to become annoyed by his antics.