CLEVELAND - There was a testiness among the offensive linemen in the Browns' locker room Thursday that had nothing to do with the food that was served for lunch.
Facing Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Ezekiel Ansah would be enough to give any offensive lineman a case of indigestion. The three are part of a Detroit Lions' front four that is among the best in the NFL.
The Browns should be accustomed to facing dangerous defensive fronts. The last two games saw the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills bring their talented lines to town.
"This is a very physical defensive front," Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. "Sounds like a tape recording, but every week you look on the tape and you go from Cincinnati to Buffalo to these guys. This is a really good defensive front that causes a lot of problems.
"We're going to have to do a good job of managing the game from a coaches' standpoint, and (quarterback) Brandon (Weeden) is going to have to do a good job of managing the game. The most important thing we've done in the last two weeks is not turn the ball over."
Suh brings an aggressive style of play that borders on being dirty, at least in the thinking of those in the NFL office. He's extremely strong at 6-4 and 307 pounds, but what makes him so good is his quickness and ability to play anywhere along the front.
"He does everything well," Browns guard Shawn Lauvao said. "Bull rush; speed rush. Just creating pressure, basically."
Suh has drawn the wrath of the league for actions that have been clearly over the top. Near the end of his second season (2011) he had been penalized a league-high nine times for personal fouls. A poll of players conducted by "The Sporting News" named Suh the league's dirtiest player.
If Suh is bothered by the numerous fines he's had to pay, he doesn't show it.
"People have their opinions and people have their agendas," Suh said on a conference call. "People who have voices can make those things happen. People are always going to have their opinion. I really don't like to waste my energy worrying about what other people think of me.
"The most important thing is how my teammates respond to me and how they appreciate me and things of that sort. Other than that I'm really not concerned about the outside world."
Suh's reputation first began to take shape in a preseason game in his rookie season of 2010 against the Browns when he grabbed quarterback Jake Delhomme around the neck and tossed him violently to the ground. The $7,500 fine he received for that hit laid the foundation for larger fines in the future. Early this season he was fined $100,000 for an illegal block of Packers center John Sullivan.
With its concern about concussions and other major injuries, the league has kept a close watch on Suh. He thinks maybe a little too close.
"There's human nature in everything," Suh said. "That's something you're going to have to ask NFL referees and the league office because that's what they do. I don't pay any attention to it. I try to go out there every game and play blue-collar football and be a positive asset to this team."
Suh then sent a message to teams on the Lions' schedule this season.
"I'm never going to change," he said. "I'm going to find ways to help my team be successful from the defensive line standpoint and be dominant to the point that offenses have to respect me and have to look out for me every game."