It almost like the Pistons' Bad Boys days all over again. The headline in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday read, "Detroit's Dirty Duo pays a visit Sunday." McFilthy and McNasty, in this Bad Boys incarnation, are defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. "You’ve seen stuff on tape," Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders told the Post-Gazette. "You know about Ndamukong Suh. He’s paid the NFL offices a lot of money. It’s evident. Everyone knows who the dirtiest player in the league is right now. And he takes pride in that. "He takes pride in being one of the dirtiest players because, on defense, you have to have that mentality. But we’re not going to get bullied. They can come in with all the intensity in the world, but we just have to match it." Fairley laughed when he was told about the headline. "I wouldn't say we were dirty," he said. "But we are a hard-playing group, a hard-playing duo, and we do whatever it takes to win." The Bears’ Brandon Marshall complained earlier in the week that some of the Lions' defensive tactics were "borderline illegal," which Suh dismissed. "People have their opinions," he said. "I’ll let them stick with that." Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, who is way beyond tired of having to defend his players against these types of attacks, put it like this: "We play tough football. We play hard. We don't get real fancy about anything. These two guys that you are talking about (Suh and Fairley) are good football players — period. Just leave it at that." A reputation like the Lions' defensive line is getting can be a double-edged sword. It can be intimidating to an opponent. Clearly, the Steelers have spent a lot of time this week preparing to deal with all that comes with playing against the Lions' defensive line.
Lions' Nick Fairley, Ndamukong Suh feel unsavory rep is overblown
Detroit News | Nov 16