Not that the Lions needed any outside help to complete their late-season collapse, but the NFL’s two-game suspension of Ndamukong Suh looks like the final nail in the coffin for a team that will soon be on life support.
Even if Suh appeals the penalty that he so richly deserves, he will still sit for one game, which will be enough to guarantee a Detroit loss.
The Lions (7-4) still have road games remaining at New Orleans (8-3), Oakland (7-4) and Green Bay (11-0).
They’ll be lucky to finish 9-7 after their 5-0 start, and they can count on participating in the postseason only as spectators.
Suh finally accepted responsibility for repeatedly shoving Packers guard Eric Dietrich-Smith’s head into the turf and then stomping on his arm Thanksgiving Day.
Too bad it took five days for him to come off the delusional stance that he did nothing wrong.
There’s not a bigger phony in the NFL than Suh, who apparently believes that speaking softly and earnestly can cover up the fact that he is the dirtiest player in the league.
If former Bears center Olin Kreutz needed to take an anger-management class, Suh needs a live-in psychiatrist.
ŸThe Bears face the Broncos in Denver a week from Sunday, and their biggest concern won’t be quarterback Tim Tebow, who has helped guide the team to a 5-1 record since he took over as the starter from former Bear Kyle Orton.
It will be the Denver defense that has more to do with the team’s resurgence than the play of Tebow, who has far exceeded most expectations.
The defense has allowed few than 16 points in three straight games and in four of the five wins during the hot streak. It will present multiple problems for quarterback Caleb Hanie.
Rookie linebacker Von Miller leads the AFC with 10½ sacks, partly because of the presence of Pro Bowl defensive end Elvis Dumervil, who has 5½ sacks, and the Broncos cornerback tandem of future Hall of Famer Champ Bailey and Andre Goodman are excellent.
ŸSpeaking of Orton, he could wind up starting for the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Orton has been with the Chiefs less than a week since he was claimed on waivers after being cut by the Broncos, after they decided to go with Tebow following a 1-4 start with Orton under center.
Fiery Chiefs coach Todd Haley, the Bears’ receivers coach from 2001-03, says he will go with the player who gives his team the best chance to win.
That can’t be current starter Tyler Palko. The team has scored 12 points and zero touchdowns in Palko’s two starts, during which he has thrown 6 interceptions and no TD passes for a passer rating of 47.5.
ŸThe league’s merchandising department should already be selling Colts jerseys with Andrew Luck’s name on the back.
There’s no way the Colts (0-11) don’t end up with the worst record in the league, which means the Stanford quarterback will be headed to Indianapolis.
Indy has games remaining with the 8-3 Patriots, 8-3 Ravens, 6-5 Titans, 8-3 Texans and 3-8 Jaguars. The finale at Jacksonville is the only one they have a chance to win. Every other NFL team has at least 2 wins.
ŸAccording to a Twitter report from Doug Haller of The Arizona Republic, Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz is interested in filling the head-coaching vacancy at Arizona State.
Martz also has been mentioned as a potential candidate at UCLA, which recently fired Rick Neuheisel.
Martz, who is in the final year of his Bears contract, spent nine seasons (1983-91) as an assistant coach with the Sun Devils. Arizona State fired head coach Dennis Erickson on Monday.
Martz was the Sun Devils’ quarterbacks/receivers coach in 1983 and from 1986-87. He was offensive coordinator in 1984 and from 1988-91).
ASU’s only Rose Bowl came in 1986. Although he was never a head coach in 18 years at the college level, Martz was the St. Louis Rams’ head coach from 2000-05.
He was hired by the Bears before the 2010 season and declined a one-year contract extension from the Bears last off-season that did not include a raise.
ŸThe Bears waived/injured linebacker Brian Iwuh (hamstring), their leading special teams tackler, and promoted linebacker Patrick Trahan from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster.
Iwuh will be placed on the Bears’ injured reserve list if he clears waivers and then could be released with an injury settlement.
The five-year veteran signed with the Bears as a free agent before the 2010 season and tied for second on the team with 18 special-teams tackles. He also started one game.
The 6-foot-2, 236-pound Trahan was on the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad last season after signing with them as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi.
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