It wouldn’t be an NFL season without at least one dirty play by Ndamukong Suh. And that’s exactly what we got from Suh on Sunday.
During the Dolphins’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Suh was seen reaching his leg out to kick Ben Roethlisberger while pass rushing on a play.
Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster said the league isn’t doing enough to protect its star players in light of that and some of Vontaze Burfict’s plays against the Patriots.
The way we see it, this is nothing new from Suh, who last year kicked Ryan Fitzpatrick in the head.
Ndamukong Suh is still not working out with his Miami Dolphins teammates. The highest-paid defensive player in the NFL would rather train for the upcoming season on his own until his attendance is required, and his new head coach has no issue with that.
In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt this week, Adam Gase praised Suh for keeping in contact with the team and doing what is best for him to prepare.
“The great thing about Suh, he’s in constant communication, he’s always kind of calling and talking to our coaches, he has his iPad,” Gase said, as transcribed by Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. “He calls me every once in a while, just seeing what’s going on. He’s just got his regimen and he’s kinda been doing his deal that way out west for quite a few years now.
“I know this — come training camp and in the season his body’s ready to go. He has a way of preparing and it may be unique but it really works for him. And I feel like when we get going in OTAs, him being here for all those practices, that is a very important time for us. Just getting him around the building for us when he’s ready to go, that’s going to be great”
Players are not required to attend the first portion of offseason training, though most of them do. Despite Gase’s insistence that Suh’s absence is not an issue, a report last month indicated some Dolphins players are not happy about it. Like Gase, Ryan Tannehill downplayed the report.
In the grand scheme of things, Suh missing some optional workouts means very little. But when you consider what we heard about tension between him and his teammates in the locker room last season, the decision is at least slightly troubling.
Ndamukong Suh was the only member of the Miami Dolphins to skip voluntary minicamp on Tuesday without legitimate excuse, but Ryan Tannehill does not see it as a major issue.
Tannehill was asked on Wednesday about Suh choosing not to show up, and the quarterback said there are “no hard feelings.”
“I’m sure he’s working to get better doing his own thing,” Tannehill said, per Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. “No hard feelings. He’s done things a certain way his whole career, a process he goes through both mentally and physically. Sometimes you have to go through your own process to feel fully prepared in your own way.”
Usually when guys skip voluntary workouts they are upset over their contract situation. Since Suh is the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, that certainly isn’t the case with him.
While Tannehill is saying publicly that Suh’s absence isn’t an issue, a report from earlier this week claimed Suh’s teammates are furious. There were also rumors that Suh was kind of doing his own thing in the locker room last season, so we shouldn’t be shocked that he is working out alone.
Several Miami Dolphins players are reportedly unhappy that Ndamukong Suh skipped the team’s voluntary minicamp on Tuesday.
Suh was absent which, according to Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald, is not unusual as the defensive tackle prefers to do his offseason work at the Nike compound in Oregon. Teammates, however, are “privately steamed” that Suh, the leader of the defense and highest-paid defender in the NFL, went and did whatever he wanted instead of being with the team. This, Beasley notes, is apparently a recurring issue.
There’s a stark contrast with Cameron Wake, who practiced with the team Tuesday just six months after tearing his Achilles and was praised for leading by example.
Suh seems to have some issues with his teammates. He was pretty isolated in the locker room last season, and he reportedly put off some teammates with a fiery speech, though Suh vehemently denied that that happened.
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Only a year after they offered it to him, the Miami Dolphins are reportedly trying to restructure Ndamukong Suh’s contract.
According to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins are facing cap issues, and may look at the contracts of Suh and Cameron Wake in order to rectify them.
The Dolphins are $3.5 million over the cap after giving defensive end Olivier Vernon the transition tag, and their eyes are firmly on Suh and his $28.6 million cap hit.
There are provisions in Suh’s contract that will allow the Dolphins to spread out that cap hit, but a restructuring is inevitable and they could save $18 million by doing so.
As for Wake, the Dolphins are reportedly in negotiations to restructure that deal already, but have yet to reach an agreement. In that scenario, Wake has all the leverage – Vernon still might leave if he’s offered a deal that the Dolphins can’t match, which could force the team to pay Wake’s full salary. He could also defer some money now for more guaranteed money in 2017.
It looks as though Miami is already having issues coping with Suh’s monster deal, and they might not be able to do much in free agency this year as a result. It doesn’t help that Suh’s first year in Miami was sometimes tumultuous and largely unsuccessful.
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If you’re going to report negative information about people, you better be prepared to be on the receiving end of some vitriol. Hopefully that was the case with NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport reported on NFL Network Sunday morning that Ndamukong Suh gave a fiery speech to his teammates to get them ready for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, which they ended up losing 38-20. The main nugget to emerge from the report was that at one point Suh told his teammates they weren’t good enough to play with him.
After Sunday’s game, Suh disputed the report. His teammates did too, according to one reporter.
Multiple players in that meeting told me Ndamukong Suh did not say anything about running the D.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) November 29, 2015
Suh also decided to address the report via social media. He posted the following on Instagram regarding Rapoport:
This is the latest of many negative headlines involving Suh this season. Besides the supposedly insulting speech he delivered to teammates, there have been reports that Suh ignored his coaches’ calls earlier this season. There was another report saying he was purposely disrespectful towards a coach.
Things have not exactly been going swimmingly for Suh’s Dolphins as they are 4-7 this season. Suh has another five years left on the nine-figure contract he signed with them over the offseason.
Ndamukong Suh reportedly told his Dolphins teammates that only a handful of them were good enough to play with him and that he runs the defense.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport shared the content of Suh’s fiery speech to teammates on Sunday.
“I’m told he told them: ‘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,'” Rapoport said on NFL Network’s GameDay Morning. “He also said the schemes were not good enough, the techniques were not enough and everyone needed to be better, he said ‘follow me.'”
Rapoport said the Dolphins were split on how to take Suh’s speech, with some considering it an address a leader would give, while others were put off by it. Does that help explain Suh’s locker placement in the team’s locker room?
It’s certainly easy to see how a speech like that could be taken in a negative way, as Suh is essentially calling out the entire team and coaches while seemingly putting no blame for the Dolphins’ poor defense on himself. It remains to be seen how Miami responds from here.