The Miami Dolphins invested a lot of money in defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh this past off-season and while the beginning of the season didn’t exactly start off well for the defensive tackle, he has stepped up considerably over the last month and a half.
More from Dolphins News
- Tua Tagovailoa practicing with teammates is everything a leader does
- 4 offensive tackles Miami Dolphins could draft at 51
- Miami Dolphins don’t need CB help but these 5 could be available at 51
- 4 players that could replace Wilkins if Miami Dolphins don’t re-sign him
- Miami Dolphins have a starting point with Wilkins after Simmons deal
Today, NFL.com’s Kevin Patra reported via Ian Rapoport, that Suh had a meeting with his teammates on Monday and laid out the law of the land. “This is my defense”.
"“I run this defense, I’m going to be here for the next five years, there is no guarantee any of you will be as well. Only a handful of guys are good enough to play with me right now,'” Ian Rapoport said. “He also said the schemes were not good enough, the techniques were not enough and everyone needed to be better, he said ‘follow me.'”"
Those are very strong words to hand over to your teammates but Suh is right. He has the contract and he is emerging as the player the others need to be. Rapoport relayed to Patra that the emotional and direct words from Suh were met with a mixed audience.
"“My understanding is the room was split, some saw this as the kind of address a leader would give. Others, just something they’ve never heard before,” Rapoport said."
What is certain is that as Suh stated, many of these players will not be around in five years let alone 2016 at the rate they are playing. Miami’s defense got gashed and gutted again today in New York and this likely will not sit well with Suh either. Whether he holds another team meeting or not doesn’t really matter at this point. The Dolphins won’t get any better until changes in personell are made on both sides of the ball.
That won’t happen until the season is over and a new coach and staff and possibly system are installed.