Lions GM Martin Mayhew suggested that DT Ndamukong Suh was the only defensive starter who played "noticeably better" in 2012 than 2011.
Mayhew must not be counting Nick Fairley as a starter since he entered the season as a backup to Corey Williams. Mayhew saw growth in Suh "as a player and as a teammate and as a guy." Suh's eight sacks were second only to Geno Atkins' 12.5 among defensive tackles. He was dominant down the stretch.