Ndamukong Suh is one of the biggest free agent signings in the history of the Miami Dolphins. When it’s all said and down, it might go down as the biggest in history of this storied franchise. Before we look that far ahead though and start crowning the Dolphins champions, they have a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball. Suh hasn’t lost sight of this and admittedly, he said that he and the defense have a lot of work to do.
“On paper and one of the reasons why I came here is because this team and especially this defense has great great talent and it’s a matter of us putting it together. We don’t play on paper. We don’t get to go against Atlanta or Washington Redskins, that’s our first game and say, ‘Here, this is our paper, this is our talent, here’s your talent, we win because, on paper, we’re look a little bit better than you.' To me, at the end of the day, when you go out there and you play and you understand what you’ve got to get done, that’s where you create a team and create a deadly defense."
Indeed, the Dolphins have been great on paper for the past several years. When it came time to produce though and win football games, they always fell short and could never squeak into the playoffs. When Suh looks at the overall talent of the defense for the Dolphins, he truly believes that it can be the best in the entire National Football League.
"I don’t have a problem saying this, but I think personally that we have more talent than we had in the number one defense last year in Detroit. By that saying, you would say we should have the number one defense this year. That’s not going to happen, you don’t know what’s going to happen until the guys come together and understand what they’re going to do and then we create a camaraderie, create just an understanding of how everybody works together as a unit and make plays and go from there. Every year is particularly different, the year before, look at Detroit, we were 7-9 (and then) 11-6, so things change.”
When head coach Joe Philbin was asked about this kind of bold prediction, he made sure to talk in terms of being cautiously optimistic, especially because it’s only August.
“I haven’t studied the other teams, I’m not really interested in comparisons in August. Obviously, there’s going to be a 16-game regular season, there’s going to be playoffs in the National Football League. And on the field, defenses aren’t determined on paper, they’re determined on how well they produce on the field. We’ll see. I’m excited about the guys we have and I’m looking forward to our defense playing very, very well this year.”
Once again, the Dolphins have a great team on paper and are favorites to make the playoffs. With a massive piece added to help close the gap, the chances of them now producing are that much greater. It will be up to Suh and the rest of his teammates to make that a reality.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @FinsInsider
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