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Ndamukong Suh Is Taking His Talents To South Beach

Ndamukong Suh is going to be one rich man after he signs with the Miami Dolphins(photo courtesy of www.mancave.cbslocal.com)

The Ndamukong Suh sweepstakes captured the attention of many this NFL offseason. And with Tuesday being the official day when players can sign with new teams, the sweepstakes are already over. The Miami Dolphins and the game-changing defensive tackle have reportedly agreed to a six-year, $114 million deal to bring him to South Beach. The deal also includes $60 million in guaranteed money in the first three years of the deal. There is no doubt that Suh is getting paid to change the franchise. And of all the places, Miami was one that some did not expect him to land. But just like when they got the services of wide receiver Mike Wallace a couple years ago when he was a free agent, the Dolphins swooped in and made it happen. So now Suh will be moving from the Midwest to the South and will be joining the same division that houses the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. But what will his impact be with the Dolphins?

Suh has been an intimidating force ever since he has been in the league. He commands a ton of attention in the middle of the field and can have an effect against the run and the pass. But with the Dolphins, it will be interesting to see how they use him. The Dolphins are a multiple defense, meaning they run a little bit of 3-4, 4-3 and some 5-2 defensive sets. With that being said, it will be something to watch as to how he is lined up. In their 3-4 sets, he could be lined up at nose tackle or at a 3-4 defensive end spot. In the 4-3, he will be in his customary defensive tackle position. And in the seldom-used 5-2, he will more than likely be lined up as one of the three defensive tackles. The 4-3 should be easy for him to catch on with down in Miami, but the big adjustment for him will be the 3-4 defense. If he is lined up at a nose tackle position, he will be a little bit out of place. He is a run-stuffer, but being at that position could negate his pass-rushing skills a bit. Suh is accustomed to collapsing a pocket from the middle of the field, but this alignment is a whole different thing for him. And if he is lined up at the defensive end spot in the 3-4, he will definitely be in a spot that he is not used to. He will be more in space than he has ever been before and that will take him some time to get used to. But the good thing is that he will be able to use his pass-rushing skills and that will be a welcomed addition to the Dolphins, especially since they have a pretty good pass rusher in veteran Cameron Wake. The veteran defensive end had 11.5 sacks last year and will definitely benefit from having Suh on the line with him. Suh is so active inside that he will bring more attention from opposing offensive lines, and the more attention he gets, the less attention that can be paid to Wake, which could be dangerous for any offense.

But other than lining up on the field, the Dolphins will be looking for Suh to be the face of their defense and potentially their franchise. Like the Texans have with Watt, the Dolphins expect the same from him. With Suh, you will get a guy that will be a ferocious competitor on the field, but he is not known to be a leader of a team. And honestly, it may not be the best fit for Suh to be the leader of this team. Despite being one of the most feared players in the league, Suh can also be a danger to his own team at times. Suh is known for playing hard and through the echo of the whistle. That style of play can be something that can be good for a team but can also be bad as well. But along with his playing through the whistle, he also has been known for some questionable plays at times. Who can forget his last incident where he stepped on Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers’s calf? That drew a suspension for the opening playoff game for Suh. The suspension was later turned into just a fine, but only because he was outside the 32 week parameter for being a repeat offender for such an act. In Miami, this is not the type of player that you need to be a leader. In fact, those types of acts are not something you need of any player on your roster. As much as he can help the team, he can hurt the team also. And for a team looking for big things and leadership from him, he cannot do that. But the big question is can he keep that in check for the good of the team?

Suh is an intimidating presence and can have a huge effect on a team, but he can also be a disruptive force with the antics he has from time to time. The positives are there and so are the negatives, but ultimately, it is up to Suh what he wants to be and what he wants to do. Does he want to make a new name for himself or will he have even more of the same antics now that he has received the contract he sought? Over time we will see, but for now, Suh is a member of the Miami Dolphins.

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4 Comments

  1. Dori Longino

    March 9, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Suh is a ticking time bomb. I spoke to my nephew today who is a diehard Dolphins fan. His response was “that’s a lot of damn money”. In deed it is! I don’t see Suh getting a ring in Miami with Tannehill as QB. I also wonder about the South Beach lifestyle. Miami is a very different lifestyle! Especially if you’re an athlete. His next suspension will be a more extensive one and I think that’s just a matter of time. Lots of risks with this type of player. Some good, some bad!

    • Mike Patton

      March 9, 2015 at 1:19 am

      It’s definitely going to be interesting to watch him play in Miami.

  2. REGGIE

    March 9, 2015 at 1:33 am

    “Ndamukong Suh” with the Miami Dolphins does Not seem n sound right Nor will he look right in their Uniform…I Thought the Raiders were going to be the Team he would be with – I Didn’t have the Dolphins even in play for Him. Miami has Alot of Holes on Defense – Alone, for the Dolphins to even make the Playoffs any time soon. Ndamukong Suh is going to be PAID n That’s All.

  3. Rob Thomas Brown

    March 9, 2015 at 2:40 am

    Ndamukong Suh signing with the Dolphins is definitely a big win for them but for how long? Anybody remember Albert Haynesworth with the Redskins? We will see if he can maintain focus after such a such a big deal.I’m also worried about his on the field antics, sorry too much of a risk for me.

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