Ndamukong Suh frequently showed up former head coach Jim Schwartz in an ongoing power struggle, according to NFL Network analyst Heath Evans, citing unnamed teammates of the Lions' defensive tackle. (Daniel Mears /Detroit News)
Ndamukong Suh was uncontrollable and locked a power struggle with former head coach Jim Schwartz, said NFL Network analyst Heath Evans, citing anecdotes he’s heard from unnamed Lions teammates of the All-Pro defensive tackle during an interview with 105.1 FM’s Matt Dery Friday.
“The constant message that came out of there was Suh was uncontrollable and would constantly do things to show his power over Jim Schwartz,” said Evans, who also does work for Fox, “whether it was team meetings and showing up late, whatever.”
Three different players shared similar stories with him where Suh “showed his dominance” over the Lions coach who was fired after the team finished this season 7-9, Evans said.
The topic of Suh first came up when talking about new Lions coach Jim Caldwell, whom Evans said is held in high regard around the league.
“From some of the rumblings I hear from the guys in the locker room I hope he has the demeanor and intestinal fortitude to stand up to Suh and some of the other antics that shot Jim Schwartz in the foot,” said Evans, a fullback whose nine-year NFL career included tenures with Seattle, Miami, New England and New Orleans.
“Because you have to have 53 guys in line under you and your word goes, and there’s nothing more important in being successful head in having your guys buy in and get in line and no one is bigger than the team and no one is bigger than the coaches.”
Dery pointed out Suh’s teammates have not complained publicly and appear to like the defensive tackle.
“There’s a big a big difference between like and respect,” Evans said.