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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh fires back at LeGarrette Blount: ‘Guys are just children sometimes’

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Ndamukong Suh was once again accused of playing dirty in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, and he once again does not seem to care.

When Suh was informed that Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount called him a “dirty player” who is disliked by some of his own teammates, the star defensive lineman didn’t have a whole lot to say.

“Guys are just children sometimes, but at the end of the day you take care of your business and continue to play as I did,” Suh said, per Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.

Blount was upset after he was flagged for retaliating against Suh, who had shoved Blount as he was getting up off the ground.

“There’s not many guys in this league like that guy,” Blount said. “He’s a dirty player. He’s always been a dirty player. There’s no room in the game for that. At some point in time, guys have to defend themselves when he’s doing the things that he does.”

Earlier in the game, Suh flattened a Patriots offensive lineman after he jumped offsides. You can see a video of that play here.

Of course, none of this is a revelation. Suh is known for throwing cheap shots at opponents, and he never apologizes for his actions. You could argue that his style of play gives him an edge, but he crosses the line far too often. Blount is only the latest to call Suh out over it.

LeGarrette Blount: Ndamukong Suh is a ‘dirty player,’ teammates don’t like him

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Ndamukong Suh was apparently up to some of his old tricks on Sunday, and New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount lambasted the star defensive lineman for it after the game.

Following the Patriots’ 35-14 win over the Miami Dolphins, Blount was asked about a minor scuffle he got into with Suh. Blount was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for retaliating when Suh shoved him as Blount was getting up off the ground.

Earlier in the game, Suh threw a cheap shot at a Patriots offensive lineman when he jumped offsides.

This isn’t the first time Suh has been accused of playing dirty, and it likely won’t be the last. He doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt because he has blatantly stomped on opponents on numerous occasions and even kicked one opposing quarterback in the groin. Blount’s assessment was pretty accurate.

Ndamukong Suh kicked Ben Roethlisberger (Video)

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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.

Adam Gase: Ndamukong Suh is in ‘constant communication’

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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.

Dolphins players reportedly upset after Ndamukong Suh skips minicamp

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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.

Ndamukong Suh calls out Ian Rapoport for negative report

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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.

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.

Report: Ndamukong Suh told Dolphins teammates most aren’t good enough to play with him

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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.