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Suh was the only rookie on the All-Pro team last season and is the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He had 10 sacks last season, and although he has only three this season, coach Jim Schwartz says Suh’s impact is still being felt.

“He’s been good at the point of attack. He’s been good on the backside. He has made some big plays in short yardage. He’s been around the quarterback,” Schwartz said. “It’s not always about the sack numbers, but let’s make no mistake, where he is sack-wise is pretty good for a defensive tackle in the NFL, with three over the first eight games.”

And the players around him are benefiting too. Defensive ends Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch have five sacks apiece.

Detroit’s defense is also ranked No. 1 in the league in third-and-short situations. In fact, on third-and-less-than-4, opponents have converted only twice in eight rushing attempts. Only 7 of 16 passing plays against the Lions in those situations have resulted in conversions.

“We definitely pride ourselves on that. That’s something (defensive line coach) Kris Kocurek _ he puts that in our head,” Avril said. “I think even from last year, one of the biggest things to him was: They don’t run the ball in short yardage against us.”

Suh’s presence helps the Lions tremendously in that regard, and after his meeting with Goodell, he hopes to be a major force in the years to come _ without hurting his team or his bank account with penalties.

“Nobody in this world agrees on everything,” Suh said. “What did I learn that I didn’t already know? Kind of the ins and outs of the way officiating, they kind of look at things and perceive things _ and honestly, how the fines are assessed.”