Packers’ Josh Sitton: Lions are “dirtbags”

November 27, 2013

Ndamukong Suh and the Detroit Lions have drawn the scorn of Josh Sitton. (Rebecca Cook / Reuters)

Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Josh Sitton pulled no punches when it came to his feelings about the Detroit Lions’ coaches and defensive players.

The Lions, Sitton said bluntly, are bags of the scum and dirt variety. This began when Sitton was asked whether the Lions would go after Aaron Rodgers if he were playing.

“Absolutely. They go after quarterbacks, their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time,” Sitton said in an interview on WSSP Radio in Milwaukee. “That’s what they do. That’s who they are. They’re a bunch of dirtbags or scumbags. That’s just how they play. That’s how they’re coached.”

So much for the spirit of Thanksgiving ahead of their big NFC North clash Thursday. The Lions do have a fair bit of recent Thanksgiving Day infamy, most of it committed by Ndamukong Suh. He got into a shoving match with an opponent when he was a rookie three years ago. Two years ago, he committed the stomp heard round the world against the Packers’ Evan Dietrich-Smith and was ejected and suspended. Last year, he blindly kicked out his leg, which landed in the groin of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. Suh claimed it was accidental, but was fined $30,000. Suh has defended himself against charges and a vote by his peers that he’s a dirty player and Sitton was pushing some buttons Tuesday. Maybe all the buttons.

“That starts with their frickin’ coach. That starts with their head coach, [Jim] Schwartz. He’s a [rhymes with stick], too,” Sitton said. “I wouldn’t want to play for him. It starts with him and their D-coordinator [Gunther Cunningham] and their D-line coach [Kris Kocurek]. They’re all just scumbags and so are the D-line.”

In addition to Suh, that would be Nick Fairley and Willie Young — all of whom will be right across the line of scrimmage Thursday. Suh defended himself again Tuesday. “The only one that I was really in control of was the [stomp],” Suh said. “I’m just going to play hard, be aggressive and help my team win.”

There’s a lot riding on this game, which didn’t really need Sitton’s comments to increase the intensity. The Lions are 6-5; the Packers, who will start Matt Flynn with Rodgers still out, are  5-5-1.

“I just want a frickin’ win,” Sitton said. “We haven’t won in a frickin’ month.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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