Ndamukong Suh’s name has come up in many conversations. His play on the field hasn’t been one of them unfortunately. He’s been known to play way beyond the rules since he broke into the league. There have been many unnecessary roughness plays, sacks that have gone too far and beyond and we’ll never forget when he stepped on Evan Dietrich-Smith in a Thanksgiving day game against the Packers and a year later, he kicked then Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin area. Just this past season, he stepped on Aaron Rodgers’ ankle and was suspended for the Lions upcoming playoff game against the Cowboys but it was upheld and he was able to play. For the first time in his career, Ndamukong Suh will be playing with another team. The Miami Dolphins signed him to a six-year/$114 million deal.
I like this move a lot by the Dolphins. Suh is one of the most athletic defensive tackles I’ve seen since the days of Warren Sapp. When you think of guys that are speedy on a defensive line, normally they come off the edge but that isn’t the case with Suh. He has a great first step and footwork for a guy who’s 305 pounds. He’s a force and usually commands many double teams to neutralize him. When he has his head in the game, Suh is one of the best defensive players in football and when we discuss defensive linemen, we always bring up Watt, Haloti Ngata, Robert Quinn and Vince Wilfork but Suh isn’t that far off from being mentioned in the elite category with those guys. He can rush the passer with the best of them and he’s also one of the best run stoppers in the game.
Suh instantly makes the Dolphins a much improved defense. The Dolphins were ranked 24th against the run last year. That stat is definitely going to improve. Adding Suh to a defensive line with Cameron Wake will also be exciting to watch. They will be a top five pass rushing tandem for some years to come. Miami making this move will give them that pass rusher to rush Tom Brady up the middle because that’s the game plan to slowing Brady down.