Last week, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz mentioned defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as a player whose time has come to be a leader. Schwartz wasn't so much calling Suh out for not being a leader in the past. Rather, with veteran players on the D-line like Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams departing, Schwartz thinks it's now Suh's turn to step up and show leadership.
Suh isn't exactly known as a fiery character in the locker room, but based on what he said this week, it sounds like he's up for the challenge. Although he may be quiet in his "own ways," he said that he's not afraid to speak up when he feels there's a need to. What's more, he is hoping to be named one of the Lions' captains this year. From MLive:
"Without question, it's definitely a honor when your peers pick you as a captain and somebody to lead them," Suh said. "It's something you hope for, but you never know. You just wait for it come. If it comes, it comes, but even if it doesn't, there's still an opportunity to lead in many different ways."
The Lions' captains on defense last year were Vanden Bosch and Stephen Tulloch. It seems like a pretty safe bet that Tulloch will once again be named a captain this year, but somebody will need to take over Vanden Bosch's spot, so Suh definitely will have a chance to wear the "C" next season.