Ahead of the game against the New York Jets on Sunday, Miami Dolphins’ Ndamukong Suh called out his teammates and said they were responsible for the team’s poor defense; also going on to say that some of his teammates were not too good to be playing with him.
NFL.com’s Kevin Rapoport reported, “I’m told [Suh] 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.’ He also said the schemes were not good enough, the techniques were not enough and everyone needed to be better. He said ‘follow me.'”
While some of Suh’s teammates seemed to agree with what he was saying (some saying it was “the kind of address a leader would give”), others did not support Suh as much. “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.
Dolphins’ defense has failed to impressive recently. While they stood at the 17th spot in DVOA (defence-adjusted value over average) in 2014, they ranked 25th through Week 11 this year. Suh, on the other hand, was ranked 5th by Pro Football Focus among interior defenders. He is regarded as one of NFL’s best defensive tackles.
According to CBS Sports, this isn’t the first time Suh has appeared in the headlines. He ignored the play calls of Kevin Coyle, defensive coordinator, in Week 2 this year – a controversy three weeks after which Coyle was let go. Suh’s contract is guaranteed through 2017.