When the Miami Dolphins said a Suhnami was coming to South Florida, this probably isn’t what they expected.
On the Monday following the Dolphins 24-14 loss to the Cowboys in Week 11, it was reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network that defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh called out his defensive teammates in a players meeting.
According to Rapoport, Suh didn’t mince words in his “fiery address,” which allegedly included the comments that Suh, "run(s) this defense."
"I'm going to be here for the next five years, there is no guarantee any of you will be as well. Only a handful of guys are good enough to play with me right now.”
Suh followed up his comments by saying that the defensive schemes were not good enough, techniques were not good enough, and everyone on defense needed to be better. Per Rapoport, the root of his message was, “Follow me.”
Strong words, for sure. And according to Rapoport, some players in the room took it as a leader doing what a leader does, while others may have taken offense.
And to that, Suh seems to have taken offense himself.
Suh, whom the Dolphins signed to a six year, $114 million contract in the offseason, has never been known to be a vocal leader, preferring to lead with his work ethic and actions on the field.
But when he heard of Rapoport’s comments, Suh lashed out via Instagram, posting an image with text stating, “On the internet you can be anything you want. It’s strange that so many people choose to be stupid.”
Suh then posted a second image, showing an Iman Ali quote, “The moment you start arguing with an ignorant fool, you have already lost.”
While Suh calling out the play of the team isn’t necessarily a bad thing (the Dolphins rank in the bottom third of the league defensively), the fact that he criticized teammates and coaches specifically may have crossed a thin line.
And now, by calling out a national reporter, he may well find himself in the crossfire of even more scrutiny.
Remember when Dolphins news was usually centered around the play on the field? Good times, huh?
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball
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