Dolphins fans will vividly remember that for a certain period of time in the 2014 season, the Dolphins were being praised for having arguably the top defense in all of the NFL. Experts raved about their ability to rush the passer and create turnovers, along with their uncanny ability to stuff the run.
Then inexplicably, the Dolphins defense went over an apparent cliff and never got back up, as suddenly teams began gouging the Dolphins defense by continuously running the ball down their throats and exposing the unfortunate fact that for the past two seasons, the Dolphins have faded when they needed to make one final push for the playoffs.
The organization is clearly determined not to let that humiliation happen to them a third time.
And so it was, that the moment free agency was officially on, the Miami Dolphins put on a full court press and went after the NFL's greatest defensive tackle, former Detroit Lions superstar Ndamukong Suh.
It's clear that Suh will be able to do a lot for the Dolphins, and some people even compared this situation to the one where the late great Reggie White came into Green Bay several years ago and revolutionized their defense. A modern day version of Reggie White? I can get on board with that.
Now what seems to happen a lot - at least in the eyes of Dolphins fans - is that when a high profile player signs in Miami, either they are suddenly terrible in the eyes of the national media, or they are ignored simply because they're in Miami. There's no actual proof of this, but it is the perception that most have.
However, NFL.com's own Bucky Brooks is not having this problem, as he's recently named the new Miami Dolphins star player the best run stuffer in all of the NFL.
Whenever a team is willing to lavish a $100 million contract on a defender, it says a lot about his ability to impact the game as a disruptive force at the line of scrimmage. Thus, it is no surprise Suh commanded quarterback money on the open market. After all, this is a guy who absolutely terrorizes opponents with versatile skills as a pass rusher/run stuffer. The four-time Pro Bowler obliterates blockers with his brute strength and power, but also wins with first-step quickness and agility. Thus, he is nearly impossible to block when he brings his A-game. Suh not only produces explosive plays on his own accord, but his mere presence requires double-teaming, which frees up others to make plays in the backfield. Consequently, he raises the play of the entire defense -- that's the kind of impact coaches expect from a true franchise player. With a supporting cast in Miami that features a couple of studs on the edges (Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon), the Dolphins' designated playmaker could cement his status as a transcendent superstar of his era.
And there you have it. The Dolphins players are finally getting a little love from the national media, all it took was signing the NFL's greatest DT to the largest contract ever signed by a defensive player, but that's besides the point.
Ironically enough, this is not the first time Brooks has come out and given the Dolphins some props, as he also recently listed new Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills as a top 5 deep threat in the NFL. Also of note is that Mike Wallace was left off that list of deep threats. It would appear that some experts are becoming wise to Wallace's shortcomings.
In case it hasn't been stated enough already, here's a little reminder that the addition of Ndamukong Suh will immediately make the entire defense better as a whole, and the offense will greatly benefit from facing against the best of the best in training camp for the next several weeks.
Some people may try to downplay Suh's impact, but do not underestimate just what can happen to a defense when the NFL's best run stuffer is suddenly clogging up the middle of every opponent's offense.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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