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Suh 'clearly in the wrong'

November 25, 2011 - Burt Angeli
Iron Mountain’s Steve Mariucci was much more reserved in assessing Ndamukong Suh than his NFL Network colleagues Thursday.

Suh, ejected from the Thanksgiving Day game with the Packers, was described as “delusional” and “ignorant” by the likes of Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin.

“Suh was clearly in the wrong,” Mariucci said. “We can’t have that.”

Mariucci, on hand for the Ravens-49ers game in Baltimore, suggested somebody from the Lions has to get through to Suh that a player of his stature can’t continue with these antics.

The Detroit Lions defensive tackle, who seems to be something of a psycho on the field, was booted from the game after stepping on Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. Suh offered no apologies or regrets for his actions.

Mariucci was among the many pleased that Detroit remained a Thanksgiving Day game location.

"Heck, there even was talk about moving that game out of Detroit — I thought it was sacrilegious talk — because Detroit hadn't been very competitive on those days on national TV. So the thinking was, 'Hey, let's spread it around to other cities,'" Mariucci, who coached the Lions from 2003-05, told The Associated Press.

“And I think that talk went away, thankfully, because it needs to be in Detroit forever," he added. "And they're really competitive right now."

Only two other times in the past 50 years did the Lions arrive at Thanksgiving at 7-3, in 1993 and 1969, according to STATS LLC. You have to go all the way back to 1962 to find them with a better record (8-2) at this point in the season.



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