According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Suh called out his defensive teammates this week and basically blamed them for the team’s defensive struggles. Suh even went as far to say that some of his teammates aren’t good enough to play with him.
“I’m told [Suh] told them: ‘I run 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,'” Rapoport said, via NFL.com.
Not only did Suh call out his teammates, but apparently he also called out the team’s defensive coaching staff.
“He also said the schemes were not good enough, the techniques were not enough and everyone needed to be better,” Rapoport said. “He said ‘follow me.'”
So how did Suh’s teammates react to being called out?
“My understanding is the room was split, some saw this as the kind of address a leader would give. Others, just something they’ve never heard before,” Rapoport said.
Suh might view himself as a leader, but he also could be causing a rift in the locker room. No one wants to hear that they’re not good enough and that’s basically what Suh said to several teammates.
It also doesn’t help that the addition of Suh hasn’t really made the Dolphins defense any better. Suh’s in the first season of a six-year, $114 million deal and the Dolphins defense has struggled this year, ranking 23rd overall in the NFL going into Week 12.
The Dolphins are paying Suh so much money, maybe they should just let him call the plays and pick out his teammates, because it almost seems like that’s what he wants.