Ndamukong Suh would be happy to move around on the defensive line more

Posted Jul 13, 2012

Head coach Jim Schwartz told reporters earlier this offseason that the Lions plan on moving players around their defensive line more than they have in years past.

“We haven’t moved our defensive tackles around a ton … but it can just help some matchups here and there,” Schwartz said. “I think that can help us. We’re an excellent fastball team, but every once in a while a curveball in the dirt doesn’t hurt.”

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is on board with that idea. Suh has predominantly played left defensive tackle his first two seasons with the Lions, but has been playing more right than he ever has this offseason.

"I've had great conversations with (defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham), really, since we've got back into our off-season training program,” Suh said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio this week.

"The great thing about our defensive line is that everyone is interchangeable. I can play left end, I can play right end, I can play left tackle, I can play right tackle. Corey Williams can do everything across the gamut. Lawrence Jackson is the same way. Kyle Vanden Bosch is the same way."

“The offensive line never knowing where we'll be lining up will be, obviously, a threat in its own."

Suh had 30 fewer tackles and six less sacks last season than his All Pro rookie season of 2010. Teams had to account for him, and they did, most of the time with two and three blockers. The Lions are hopeful that moving Suh around a little more this season might free him up more.

Cunningham told this offseason that he found a couple technique issues he planned to work with Suh on this offseason. That, coupled with moving him around the defensive line, could help Suh regain the form he showed in 2010.