The Miami Dolphins have loaded their defense with playmakers and stars. They appear set to explode when the regular season begins, and fans of the team are just waiting to see exactly how dominating the Dolphins can be. Exactly how talented is this Dolphins defense? According to defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, a four-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time First-Team All-Pro selection, this team might actually be better than the defense he left with the Detroit Lions.
"I don’t have a problem saying this," Suh told reporters after Wednesday's practice, "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."
High praise from a man used to playing on the top ranked defense in the league.
Suh would go on to explain that the Dolphins cannot bank on being the number one defense, simply because talent does not always mean success. "You don’t know what’s going to happen until the guys come together and understand what they’re going to do," Suh explained. "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."
The Dolphins appeared to be a top five defense last year until a late season meltdown knocked them down to 12th in the league. Can Suh's presence solidify the team into the top performing unit in 2015? Will the Dolphins avoid another late season collapse? If they can put the talent together and figure out exactly how everyone works together, they just might be able to live up to Suh's praise.