Ndamukong Suh: Dolphins ‘destroyed’ Panthers in training camp
Ndamukong Suh apparently had to go pretty far back in time to glean any positives out of the Miami Dolphins’ disappointing 6-10 season, as the defensive lineman reached all the way back to an event during training camp to eke out some semblance of offseason optimism.
In one of the more asinine attempts at offering up a brag, Suh chose to point out that the Dolphins far outplayed the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers … during a joint training camp practice.
“There was a team in the championship [game] that we destroyed in camp,” he said, via the Miami Herald. “But it doesn’t matter what you do in camp. It matters what you do through 17 weeks during the year.”
Granted, Suh did add a qualifying statement to his comment, but the mere act of boasting about a training camp practice most assuredly points out that he viewed the Dolphins’ season as a total dud.
Speaking of which, Suh’s first campaign with the Dolphins after the team lured him to Miami with a massive six-year, $114 million contract was disappointing at best, an utter disaster at worst.
Suh arguably stumbled out of the gates when he was accused of ignoring the defensive coordinator’s calls and “freelancing” on plays, something he denied. He later reportedly called out his teammates, allegedly stating, “Only a handful of guys are good enough to play with me right now.”
All the arguable silliness from Suh aside, the defensive tackle appears optimistic that the Dolphins can improve next season under the guidance of new head coach Adam Gase.
We had a lot of ups and downs,” Suh said. “We had a lot of opportunity to learn from those things at the same time. There are some excellent players on this team. We have a ton of talent. We’re a super young team. That’s what I’m excited about.
“We’ve got great players. We’ve got (several) players who participated in the Pro Bowl. That’s a great sign. Now, we have to bring it together as a collective unit.”
Perhaps a spirited and standout joint training camp practice this summer will breed further optimism.