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Suh agrees that Lions have “championship DNA”

Ndamukong Suh

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) watches from the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


Lions safety James Ihedigbo said last week that his new team has “championship DNA.” He’s not the only one in Detroit who feels that way.

Ndamukong Suh was asked on NFL Network if he agrees with Ihedigbo, and Suh answered, “Yeah, I without question agree.”

So why haven’t the Lions been close to a championship yet? Suh said it’s because the Lions haven’t been as good a team as they’re capable of being this year.

“We have the opportunity to have a great group of guys,” Suh said. “The front office did a great job of bringing in extra talent, talent that can step on the field and help us, and we have a lot of young guys that are starting to get into their prime, including myself.”

Suh says the Lions, who have been mistake-prone in the past, will quit giving games away under new head coach Jim Caldwell.

“It comes down to being perfectionists and being very conscious of what we need to complete, and really just paying attention to detail. That’s something that we didn’t have last year. That’s why we let the league, and our division, slip out of our hands,” Suh said.

If Suh and Ihedigbo are right, the Lions may be ready to win their first playoff game since Barry Sanders’s third season.