The New England Patriots have a dynasty going, but Ndamukong Suh is not fearful of them.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier recently said the league has a “Patriots problem,” in light of New England’s dominance. During an interview with ESPN’s Dianna Russini that aired Monday, Suh was asked whether he thinks the Patriots are a tough, unbeatable force. He said no.
“I think the Patriots are definitely beatable,” Suh told Russini. “It’s just a matter of playing a good game — almost a perfect game in a lot of ways, because they’ve got great coaching and obviously great players and talent on their side of the ball. So you’ve got to be going on all cylinders. Without question, I have a ton of respect for them, but they’re definitely beatable as everybody is in the league.”
I’m not sure Shazier’s point was that the Patriots are unbeatable, which is what was proposed to Suh in the question. But everyone agrees that the Patriots are a tough presence every single year. They are not unbeatable — they lost twice last season — and the Falcons had them on the ropes in the Super Bowl before collapsing.
Sure, New England improved over the offseason, but none of their opponents — much less a division rival, should feel like the Patriots are unbeatable.
Most athletes dream about making it to the Hall of Fame someday. Ndamukong Suh is bold enough to admit it publicly.
The Miami Dolphins defensive tackle admitted that, despite still being relatively young, he has already thought about being enshrined in Canton.
“I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t,” Suh said, via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “Everybody thinks about the Hall of Fame. One of the first trips I took, I remember going to the Hall of Fame in Canton. I’ve been a couple of times. I went to see teammates there for breaking particular records — Calvin [Johnson], Matt Stafford, other guys like that. I’d love to be a part of it.
“Charlie Sanders, one of the best [tight ends] in Detroit Lions history, to be there with him, to see his bust, and obviously unfortunately he passed recently, it was special to me. I was really close to him. But yeah, of course you think about the Hall of Fame. But I’m very young. I think at this stage, I have a lot of work ahead of me.”
Suh has some more immediate goals, but why not aim high? He’s been an impact player at his position — but he’s correct. He has a long way to go.
Ndamukong Suh has reached the playoffs in three of his seven seasons as an NFL player, but he’s never advanced further than that.
Two of Suh’s playoff seasons came in Detroit, while his latest was last season with Miami.
On Tuesday, Suh expressed frustration over not advancing beyond the first round of the playoffs.
“I’m definitely sick and tired of making it to the playoffs and not going further,” Suh said via the Miami Herald’s Adam H. Beasley. “I think everybody feels that way. … It feels like guys weren’t satisfied with where we were at. It’s exciting, from my vantage point, to see hunger still. That was not OK the way we finished, especially the last two games of our season.”
The Dolphins were lit up in the final two games of the season, losing by a combined score of 65-26. A lot of that has to do with losing Ryan Tannehill to injury, but Suh still takes it upon himself to make sure the defense performs better.
Entering his third season with Miami, Suh referred to himself as the “anchor” of the Dolphins’ defense and says he intends to improve this year. He certainly has the right attitude.
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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.
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.
LeGarrette Blount went off on Ndamukong Suh being a dirty player to WBZ after the game: pic.twitter.com/wpM3550lPx
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) January 1, 2017
Earlier in the game, Suh threw a cheap shot at a Patriots offensive lineman when he jumped offsides.
Ndamukong Suh doing Ndamukong Suh type of things as usual. pic.twitter.com/z46oZyXXwq
— Chad Amaral (@chad_amaral) January 1, 2017
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.
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.