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Adam Gase downplays Ndamukong Suh skipping voluntary workouts

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New Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase has a lot on his plate as he attempts to turn around the team. Perhaps that’s why he’s picking his battles by downplaying any significance to Ndamukong Suh skipping Miami’s voluntary workouts last month.

Reports surfaced at the time that Suh’s Dolphins teammates were “privately steamed” that the team’s highest paid player opted to work out on his own instead of showing up to the workouts.

Gase later denied hearing anything about the reported misgivings. And he reiterated the same during an appearance this week on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt, instead praising Suh for staying in touch while working out solo in Oregon.

“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 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.”

Suh’s tenure with the Dolphins has in many respects not gone as expected. After the team signed the highly coveted free agent to a six-year, $114 million contract — $60 million of which is guaranteed — Suh had a nondescript debut season, registering 61 combined tackles and six sacks, hardly the production the Dolphins were anticipating.

Rumors of Suh freelancing and ignoring the defensive calls also arose early on, although he denied the accusations.

If Suh truly wants to ingratiate himself to his teammates, perhaps he should commit more acts of generosity like this one. Until then, it appears Gase will defend his player, much like former interim head coach Dan Campbell did last season. And it’s clear how well that worked out for him.