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Post-Practice Quote Sheet: DT Ndamukong Suh, 08-04-10

Posted Aug 4, 2010

LIONS DT NDAMUKONG SUH

On what it feels like to be in camp
“Feels good. I’m happy to finally be out here. I enjoyed it for the first day. It was a little rough, just knocking off the rust and I’m excited to get back out here tomorrow.”
On whether he expected to come in here and immediately be with the No. 1 defense
“A little bit. I mean, I was running with the one’s during OTA’s. I kind of came in here expecting it. I was just at home, just going back over the plays and trying to remember everything from OTA’s and making sure that if I was thrown in with the one’s that I would be prepared.”
On the overall negotiating process
“It was a tough time. Obviously, I wanted to be in camp on time, as I’ve said previously, I wanted to be on time. Unfortunately, I wasn’t, so I apologize for that. As we all know, it’s a business and my agents did a great job of taking care of that for me because that’s what I hired them for. They did everything I asked and took care of it the way I wanted it to be. That’s beyond the point now. I’m here in camp and I’m excited to be here. I got a great pat on the back from all of my defensive linemen, ready to go and fired up – especially Vanden Bosch pulling me aside, happy for me to be here. I’m excited. All I want to do now is come in here and work and make sure that I can earn that starting job; even though I’m out there already with the ones, but make sure I solidify that job and can help this team.”
On what he’s going to treat himself to now that he’s signed his contract
“I’m treating myself to getting on this field and getting ready.”
On what people were saying about the deal dragging on
“You’ve got to look past those things. Obviously, I know the fans were excited and wanted me to be in camp. They’re just eager for a team to win and I don’t fault them for that. It’s unfortunate that some things were said. I’m not going to hold it against them. I’m not going to hold a grudge on it. It is what it was. I’m looking forward and I’m happy to be on this field.”
On what he expects from himself
“It would be a disappointment if I didn’t (expect big things right away). I’ve had that expectation ever since I’ve been a little kid starting to play whatever sport it was and going into college and so forth. I’m going to continue to hold myself to a high standard and continue to want to be the best and be a part of a team and a group of players that turn this around.”
On if the team gave him a hard time once he got here
“No, they’re all good guys. They’re happy for me that I got what I got and that I’m finally here to help this team. I’m so glad to help, but they’re happy for me to be here. That was the main thing that I got from when I first got in here. The one thing I was surprised with was they were all out there getting ready, taped and watching me do my conditioning test and cheering me on. That was good.

“It was very similar to what you know as the ‘Haynesworth test’ now. I had to do the same thing, but I had to do 25 and back, six times at 300 yards. The first time I finished in 65 seconds; the second time was 67 seconds – no problem.”

On whether he’s had to carry anybody’s pads
“Not yet – I’ve got helmets but not pads yet.”
On whether he demanded his agents get a deal done at any point
“Like I said, it was a team effort. We all put our heads together and made a final decision. It wasn’t me pushing them or them pushing me. It was a collective agreement and we all saw fit and it was great deal and we left it at that.”
On whether he felt behind after missing the first four days
“Honestly, there was not too much new – in my eyes. The one thing that I pride myself on is that: once you tell me what to do, I should be able to go out there and implement it. I don’t feel that I was behind. Obviously, the only piece to that is the walkthrough and I missed that. Other than that, I didn’t feel like I was too far behind.”
On what he meant by knocking off rust
“Obviously I hadn’t had a helmet on – I wasn’t working out with a helmet on, just small things like that.”
On how important sacking the quarterback is to him
“If that’s what they want me to do, I’m happy to do it. But whatever I need to do to help this team win is what I’m going to do. Whether that’s sacking the quarterback, getting TFLs, intercepting the ball – whatever you can think of – I’m going to do it to help this team win. But obviously, you’re right, sacking the quarterback and taking plays away from them is a huge piece of being a dominant defense and a dominant defensive lineman.”
On whether he noticed the positive feeling that seems to be emanating from this team today
“I wouldn’t say Day 1 today; I would say Day 1 when I first came out here to OTAs – they were all collectively (positive) as a team. They’re just ready to work and eager to get into the season. I think the chemistry and the belief around here is that we don’t have to have a 1-15 or 2-14 (season). We have standards of a lot higher. So that’s what I feel around here from everybody else. We’re obviously working to get out of that slump.”
On whether he’s heard from Lions fans since signing his contract
“I haven’t – I got off the plane and got whisked right here. So I haven’t had a chance to, but I’m looking forward to seeing my fans.”

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