What if I told you that Ndamukong Suh may have stomped on Evan Dietrich-Smith because he was frustrated that the Packers kept untying his shoes. Would you believe it? You might have to, because that’s the theory that’s now being reported.
Former Packers lineman Matt Brock appeared on 750 The Game in Portland (click here for the interview audio) and said Ndamukong Suh may have stomped Dietrich-Smith because he was annoyed over having his shoelaces constantly untied by the Packers. Brock says his information came from James Campen, the current Green Bay offensive line coach. Brock explained that the Packers had an inexperienced offensive line heading into their game with the Lions, so they devised a scheme to neutralize Suh.
Here are Brock’s exact words from the show, as transcribed by MLive.com:
So my friend, James – man, I probably shouldn’t say his name, he told me not to tell this, and I was like, “Whatever,” – he’s the offensive line coach. The center, or one of his guards, he’s had like one or two starts in his career and he’s got to play against Suh. So he’s pretty puckered, right? So, he talking to James, the offensive line coach, going, “What do I do? What do I do?” James is just in his mind going, “This guy is going to get killed. I got to take his mind off it, give him something else to do.” So he says, “Ok, every time you’re in a pile, I want you to focus on something. I want you to untie his shoes.” He goes, “What?”
“Anytime you can, just reach in, he’s got floppy shoe laces, he doesn’t spat or anything, just untie his shoes. It will irritate him. He untied his shoes three times in the game. That’s why he stomped him. That’s why he banged his head on the ground and he stomped him. When (Suh) went to the sideline it looked like he was telling the coach, “I didn’t do anything” and he put his foot up like, “I didn’t stomp him. I didn’t do anything.” He was actually going, “The damn guy keeps untying my shoes.”
Is that not the most hilarious twist to the story you’ve heard? Suh seems like he has a short fuse, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what set him off. Just keep in mind, Suh’s not dirty until his mom says he is. By the way, his mother used to buy him Velcro sneakers when he was a boy.