Life is good if you’re a member of the Miami Dolphins defense; particularly if you play on the Dolphins defensive line.
The Dolphins wrapped up their joint practices with the Carolina Panthers in Spartanburg on Saturday night with a preseason loss. But the final score didn’t reflect the continued dominance of the line of scrimmage by the Dolphins defensive line.
By the end of the first quarter quarterback Cam Newton and the Panthers had only managed six yards of offense compared to the Dolphins 116 yards. When the Panthers’ first unit did make it to the goal line the Dolphins’ defense stopped them four times in a row; turning them over on downs.
Newton realizes how good it is to be a member of the Dolphins front four. He approached Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh during one of the joint practices and told him, “Life is good for you.” When asked about it Suh said,
“Life is good for me?” Suh said laughing, “I don’t know about that…there’s more to accomplish.”
From a fan’s perspective Suh and the defense have accomplished a lot so far. They’ve been as dominant as ever in the first two preseason contests. But according to Suh there’s still work to do.
“We’ve got a lot of film to watch, but I think that we did a pretty good job for the most part, at least for the defensive line I can speak that we were re-setting the line of scrimmage in their backfield in a handful of the plays.”
Resetting the line of scrimmage is going to be crucial when facing the likes of Tom Brady, Joe Flacco, Philip Rivers, Tony Romo, and Andrew Luck. All are top tier quarterbacks on the Dolphins’ schedule this year.
“I think we got a lot of growth at the end of the day to continue to come together and gel as a group. I’m excited. We came out here and accomplished some good things.”
Life hasn’t been too good for Newton and the Panthers. They lost their star wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to a season ending knee injury during one of the practices with the Dolphins. There were also reports that the Panthers coaching staff asked the Dolphins to scale back the pass rush because it was too much. Maybe Newton’s back-and-forth with Suh was Newton’s way of venting his frustration. Maybe it was just trash talk. Suh said,
“Did I expect the chatter? No, he just came up to me, so it was a good conversation and left it at that.”
Everything is good, including life, when you’re on the Dolphins defensive line with Suh.
This story was written by Carlos A. Hernandez. Follow him on Twitter: @LosDez
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