Ndamukong Suh shows up for the first day of Dolphins program

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The Dolphins opened their first offseason program under new head coach Adam Gase today, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was present.

That’s not necessarily big news, as he showed up for the first day of Joe Philbin’s last year too, before retreating to Oregon to train on his own.

But according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Suh has made sure to take some of South Florida with him when he returns to the Pacific Northwest.

While working out at the Nike facility in Oregon, Suh trains in an environment designed to replicate what he’d find in Miami (i.e. hot and humid instead of just humid). Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum went to see the set-up himself last year, after Suh was signed to a $114 million contract. The defensive tackle is apparently hooked to a number of diagnostic machines while he trains, all Steve Austin-style (The 6 Million Dollar Man, not Stone Cold, in case you’re not as old as I am).

For the Dolphins, the important thing is that he trains, and makes an impact. He’s always kept himself in good shape (even when he got on the Lions’ nerves for not showing up during the offseason), but the Dolphins will be counting on him being a bigger part of the defense this season.

19 responses to “Ndamukong Suh shows up for the first day of Dolphins program

  1. I wish my Packers had this kind of commitment to training. But we don’t. We have guys like Goodson.

  2. Since Dan retired, their D has always had great players mixed in. They held their own. Its been the offense that stinks. And this QB isn’t changing that reality.

  3. In other words, he’s just doing what he’s being paid a small country’s GDP to do. Golf clap but it’s a good sign for the new coaching regime, anyway.

  4. currently the most overpaid guy in football… taking up so much of the phins cap that they have no room to move to a better QB which they desperately need

  5. Wow, that’s a real surprise. Wow. Since when does doing the right thing warrant a headline? Oh , that’s right, were talking about Suh…….

  6. He has one of those crash test dummies laying on the ground and he hooks himself up to a machine to calculate how much force he applies as he stomps on the dummy’s chest and ankles.

  7. Where’s the update on the dozens of players? I’m dying to know whether Matt Darr showed up. Or at least as interested as whether Suh showed to April workouts.

  8. Suh always has and always will do what is best for Suh. A lot of the time the teams goals and his own are the same. But not always. I am glad to see him show up at the team facility early. Maybe he can help his teammates become worthy of stepping onto the field with him.

  9. You know, the guy is probably getting about $4 million to workout in his contract. But someone should tell him you don’t have to bring a meal on the first day, though I admit it looks mighty tasty.

  10. “the Dolphins will be counting on him being a bigger part of the defense this season.”

    I was a bigger part of the defense last season than Suh. He had about as much impact as a fly hitting a windshield.

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