Report: Unnamed Dolphins “privately steamed” that Ndamukong Suh’s not there

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Dolphins coach Adam Gase hasn’t been on the job long, and he’s already faced with the prospect of putting out fires.

In addition to safety Reshad Jones staying away from today’s voluntary minicamp because he wants a new contract, veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh wasn’t on hand.

That’s not necessarily new, Suh has always been an occasional participant, whether in Detroit or Miami. But according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, “Teammates are privately steamed about the league’s highest-paid defensive player again doing what he wants.”

Gase apparently didn’t have anything to say about Suh specifically, but when asked about Jones, replied: “I’m not going to get upset about anything on the first day of voluntary veteran minicamp. We’ll see how everything goes once we get to June.”

Suh showed up for the first day of offseason conditioning, and then went back to doing his own thing. It’s not a question of whether he’s staying in shape, but it can be a problem when a team’s highest-paid player refuses to jump in line with his teammates.

Of course, Suh has the ultimate advantage as it pertains to teammates — he’s better than all of them at playing football. And the Dolphins have always been fine with his training on his own, so they’ve already set the precedent that they’re OK with it.

But the guys he lines up with don’t have to like it, and apparently some of them have already begun expressing it.

106 responses to “Report: Unnamed Dolphins “privately steamed” that Ndamukong Suh’s not there

  1. Wouldn’t it make sense to set the expectation before he signs?!?

    “Hey, if we make you the highest paid defensive player of all time, we’d expect you to set a tone for your teammates by being here for all offseason workouts. Would you be okay with that?”

  2. Unnamed Dolphins “privately steamed” that Ndamukong Suh makes so much more $$$ then they do …

  3. “Of course, Suh has the ultimate advantage as it pertains to teammates — he’s better than all of them at playing football.”

    Couldn’t tell last year, he was garbage

  4. If the Dolphins are upset with Suh, it is going to be interesting to find out what they think about Mario’s attitude and effort . . . .

  5. Love me some Suh, but it can be argued that he is very selfish. Should have written the workouts into his contract. But he took the Dolphins for a ride, he will be cut after 2017. Not because he can’t play but because they overpaid.

  6. Suh played very well last year if you watch the film. He is who he is and the players need to worry about what they can control and that is their own play. I do feel there are a few jealous players who need to be weeded out. Backstabbers need to move on!

  7. Suh and Mario on the same D-line will be dominating.

    Oh wait, we’re not playing Madden where the video game players all have a great attitude and care and put forth effort? Nevermind then, it will be a train wreck

  8. Based on his preference to not actually lead, he better not say a thing about any leadership issues the team has.

    Yes, this is voluntary stuff but a lot can be gained as a team when everybody participates. He did not play badly last year but he was not a force on the stat sheets. He produced well enough to help teammates thrive but his attitude comes off as self centered and unwilling to be part of a team with a common goal.

  9. madderstork says:
    Apr 26, 2016 4:18 PM

    Wouldn’t it make sense to set the expectation before he signs?!?

    “Hey, if we make you the highest paid defensive player of all time, we’d expect you to set a tone for your teammates by being here for all offseason workouts. Would you be okay with that?”
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    in theory it seems reasonable. but saying that is probably a violation of some sort. Miami doesn’t need to lose any draft picks

  10. I’m always amused by these ” unnamed players ” . Just man up , identify yourself and stand by your statement. However , these workouts are VOLUNTARY. Meaning that a player has a right not to participate. True , that’s a good way to start building team chemistry, but it’s the players choice whether or not to participate. Sometimes you have to be careful what you ask for , or in this case , pay for when you sign these guys . There’s a reason sometimes , why they aren’t with their former teams . I also heard Mario Williams was not in attendance as well . You get what you pay for

  11. Nebraska fan and native here. He was always available to the press, fans, kids, here in Nebraska. Represented well. He’s done good work in Detroit and area as well. Way to judge a guy without knowing who he really is.

  12. Brady will be happy to hear this, after all it was Suh who twisted his ankle and we ended up losing our #1 seed for the playoffs. Suh derailed the Deflategate revenge tour.

  13. This is a non issue. 31 other teams have players who don’t attend voluntary team activities. They are called voluntary for a reason.
    Adam Beasley who reported this is spitting viper in search of a controversy. Is he on the cheese factory payroll yet?

  14. If the team is fine with it that’s all that matters. As long as he comes to MANDATORY in shape then why does it matter? I think too many people are judging this based on his character/attitude rather than what they should be, performance!

  15. Suh, his name should be Sewage because that’s what he’s worth to the teams he’s on.

    Born loser with a born loser attitude.

  16. If one of your signature moves is a stomp, you don’t want to practice it on teammates.

  17. “Suh has the ultimate advantage as it pertains to teammates — he’s better than all of them at playing football.”

    Yeah, he can pressure a QB all by himself, no other DLs, CBs or safeties needed.

  18. This is bogus. Suh has always worked out on his own, did it last season with no problems. Sounds like a beat writer trying to get attention.

  19. All this talk about the Skins over-paying for Norman but he got RIGHT to work with his new teammates – even though he was blindsided (no pun intended) by his former team! Some guys got it and some guys don’t. Suh can be better than everyone but if no one wants to play with him – he’ll be better than no one.

  20. These players are “privately steamed” except that their displeasure is leaked to a reporter. Which means it’s not really private any longer.

    Professional football players behaving like teenaged girls.

  21. The dolphins knew what they were getting when the overpaid for this guy. A lousy team mate and a generally bad person. He will get a bunch of meaningless sacks for another losing franchise and collect a fat check. Never been a winner and a cancer to the team.

  22. buffalosunshine says:
    Apr 26, 2016 4:41 PM
    how many of you are showing up in your free time to “volunteer” where you work? Exactly.
    _________________________________________

    How many of you signed hundred million dollar contracts where you work? Exactly.

  23. And then we wonder why Owners are hesitant to give these guys big contracts….Why do players think getting paid means doing less?

  24. “How many of you signed hundred million dollar contracts where you work? Exactly.”

    The pay rate doesn’t change the point. You think a banker or ceo volunteers for free? Board members? Actors? The point is that these workouts aren’t mandatory and you don’t have to come.

    You can if you want but you don’t need to. Things don’t change just because of the pay.

  25. Dolphins never needed Suh and now would have trouble getting rid of him. This draft is loaded with quality players at his position for so much less money. You only go get a guy like this when its the one player that gets you to the super bowl.

  26. Suh will show up to mandatory workouts in great shape and ready to go. Chill out, Miami. Your defense last year sucked because your coaching & scheme were garbage. This is the year big 90 starts showing you some return on that investment.

  27. buffalosunshine says:

    how many of you are showing up in your free time to “volunteer” where you work? Exactly.

    ******************

    If i got paid THAT much for a job where i only get evaluated 16 weeks in a year for doing what i love? I’d stay behind and clean the bathrooms for free if they wanted me to.

    Also, professional athletes are NOT normal, economically challenged human beings. So please don’t compare the 2.

  28. If i got paid THAT much for a job where i only get evaluated 16 weeks in a year for doing what i love? I’d stay behind and clean the bathrooms for free if they wanted me to.

    No you wouldn’t. You say that now because you don’t make that money but if you did, you wouldn’t do all the stuff u just said. I get what you’re saying but that’s just not true. None of us would do that

  29. Two years ago these same Dolphins fans were saying what a schmuck Suh was for skipping these workouts when he was with the Lions. NOW, he’s a ‘fin , and they’re saying, ” What’s the big deal ? These workouts are “voluntary”

  30. absolutevisuals says:
    Apr 26, 2016 5:46 PM
    “How many of you signed hundred million dollar contracts where you work? Exactly.”

    The pay rate doesn’t change the point. You think a banker or ceo volunteers for free? Board members? Actors? The point is that these workouts aren’t mandatory and you don’t have to come.

    You can if you want but you don’t need to. Things don’t change just because of the pay.

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    We all know it’s “voluntary”. That isn’t the point. The point, is you have a new Head Coach and a new D Coordinator. Players are going to be learning an all new system, with new terms, language and technique. Players that are committed to winning would want to get as much of a head start on the new system as possible, to get going. That’s the point.

  31. What an under achiever! The guy is paid like Tarzan and plays like Jane’s little sister. The Dolphins will end up 6 & 10, if they can beat the Titans and San Diego! Such losers! Does anyone have an old Giants Jersey in a 3X?

  32. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Apr 26, 2016 4:40 PM
    Brady will be happy to hear this, after all it was Suh who twisted his ankle and we ended up losing our #1 seed for the playoffs. Suh derailed the Deflategate revenge tour.
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    No he won’t! He’s too busy worrying about his legacy, which went down the toilet once the decision came down about his appeal.

  33. When your the #1 highest paid guy in the entire league you need to lead your team by example.

  34. As a Lion follower I have seen this from Suh throughout his time with Detroit. Management was so afraid of him that they failed to draft Aaron Donald for fear of pissing Suh off and he left them anyway….I bet Miami has regretted bringing him there.

  35. mrloser444 says:
    Apr 26, 2016 6:47 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Apr 26, 2016 4:40 PM
    Brady will be happy to hear this, after all it was Suh who twisted his ankle and we ended up losing our #1 seed for the playoffs. Suh derailed the Deflategate revenge tour.
    —————————————————-
    No he won’t! He’s too busy worrying about his legacy, which went down the toilet once the decision came down about his appeal.
    ==================================
    Cute the Jets fan getting spoken to by a Fins fan. Love it.
    BTW keep it up, when Tom sues for defamation he can include you!!

  36. When are they going to wake up and realize these high paid players come to miami for retirement and money!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ROSS WAKE UP! Homegrow your players!

  37. they probably overpaid for him – like Haynesworth, no D tackle is worth that much. He probably should be there but its also not that big a deal – guy does keep himself in great shape and, after a slow start, had a pretty good year for the Phins. He cant and no one could live up to that contract but thats more the Phins fault than his.

  38. Every year it’s the same. Oh we so shocked and disappointed Suh didn’t show up for VOLUNTARY workouts. He did it for years in Detroit. Didn’t affect his play. So why the shock and cat calls of selfish players? When the season starts do most of you even remember this nonsense?

    Get mad at his in game lapse of judgement that gets him suspended. That actually means something and impacts the team. This? This is just silly.

  39. “Un-named Dolphins” could just be coaches & NOT necessarily players making those statements…cause it won’t take long for Suh to figure out if there’s a “rat” in the locker-room…besides what part of”Voluntary “mini-camp is mandantory??

  40. paul1990 says:
    Apr 26, 2016 4:37 PM
    Nebraska fan and native here. He was always available to the press, fans, kids, here in Nebraska. Represented well. He’s done good work in Detroit and area as well. Way to judge a guy without knowing who he really is.
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    Who’s passing judgement? Wait… Anyone that has seen him play would be qualified to do that. Perhaps you should google suh’s top 10 nastiest plays. He’s a real role model with his head kicking, leg stomping, hair pulling… How much has the NFL fined him? $300,000 plus? At least he’s there for the kids and the press, right?

  41. I hate the way the Miami newspapers trash the Dolphins on a regular basis. Why would they even print that or anything else negative?

  42. It’s voluntary. Don’t get excited. That said, wonder boy Adam Gase is going to learn that being the head man is a lot more difficult than anything he has done before.

  43. He did this in Detroit & still performed. Did you think money would change him?

  44. We all know it’s “voluntary”. That isn’t the point. The point, is you have a new Head Coach and a new D Coordinator. Players are going to be learning an all new system, with new terms, language and technique. Players that are committed to winning would want to get as much of a head start on the new system as possible, to get going. That’s the point.\

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    No that’s the idea by now how it actually works. The entire roster doesn’t even show up for voluntary workouts. All that happen is that you’re getting a slight feel for each other. Building some chemistry (which soon breaks down once you start losing). You’re barely going over the playbook besides the basics as you can’t even implement anything else without the rest of the team, especially on the defensive end. And the rest are just drills and other silly stuff. Hence “mini-camp”.

    Have any of you actually played football? My guess is no.

  45. I’d understand if he didn’t want to spend his off-season in Cleveland or Green Bay but bro, it’s South Florida. Come in, pump some weights, then head back to the beach house.

  46. Way to start the season off, this is what sets the real players apart , I’m sure the jets and bills aren’t that far behind !!! losers !!!!!!!!

  47. He is who he is. He was this way in Detroit. What makes anyone in Miami think he’ll be different there just because they’re paying him more? Deal with it.

  48. This is way overblown. Suh is always one of the strongest, fittest players on his team, so whatever he does to train is working and he’s earned the benefit of the doubt. Second, the Dolphins signed him to a huge contract knowing that he prefers to train on his own. If they really wanted him to be at the VOLUNTARY sessions, then they should have tied up a large portion of the contract in workout bonuses.

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    paul1990 says:
    Apr 26, 2016 4:37 PM
    Nebraska fan and native here. He was always available to the press, fans, kids, here in Nebraska. Represented well. He’s done good work in Detroit and area as well. Way to judge a guy without knowing who he really is.

    I don’t know him, but I have seen his “stomp” moves on opposing players.

  50. Donkey Kong Suh is a garbage human being.

    Also, if you don’t have the balls to come out and put a name with what you say it also says a lot about you too.

  51. My hunch is that nobody is upset about Suh not showing up. It is voluntary. The media just wants to stir things up and create a story where there is none.

    Suh didn’t show up for the VOLUNTARY sessions in Detroit either. When the bell rings he will be in better shape than any of his teammates.

  52. myhawks1976 says:
    Apr 26, 2016 6:21 PM

    We all know it’s “voluntary”. That isn’t the point. The point, is you have a new Head Coach and a new D Coordinator. Players are going to be learning an all new system, with new terms, language and technique. Players that are committed to winning would want to get as much of a head start on the new system as possible, to get going. That’s the point.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    This would be true if it took Suh a long time to learn a system. It does not. He has access to the playbook, works out on his own, and will show up ready to go. This isn’t something new he’s trying out in Miami. This is how the guy prepares for a season.

    What this is about is guys sweating in South Florida, making a lot less money and griping about how they would be able to do what they wanted if they were better football players.

  53. “Suh better than all his teammates at playing football”
    Explains the record they finished with last year…and these clowns think they’re going to compete for the division…funniest article of the day

  54. Always looking out for number one.

    Leadership isn’t one of his better qualities, obviously.

  55. Does anyone else get the (dejavu) feeling that either or both
    Suh & Williams are going the Albert Haynesworth route?

  56. “Suh is so unlikable. A completely selfish player.”
    you forgot to add dirty player.dirty, selfish player says it all. Miami wanted him and they got him,good luck.

  57. The pay rate doesn’t change the point. You think a banker or ceo volunteers for free? Board members? Actors? The point is that these workouts aren’t mandatory and you don’t have to come.

    —————————————————————-

    actually yes, CEOs do tons of charity work and things that they aren’t directly paid for.

    technically NFL players are only paid for games (hence the game checks) but we all know there is far more that goes into being a good player, teammate, and leader

    for the highest paid player on their team and someone who should lead by example this is a slap in the face to the coaching staff

  58. All you falling back on things being “voluntary” dont understand what it means to be a leader and a winner. Suh is neither (and you using this excuse likely aren’t either).

  59. These “voluntary” camps are always funny to me. It’s like people need to remember the definition of the word. It brings me to the Office Space spat.

    “You know what, Stan, if you want me to wear 37 pieces of flair, like your pretty boy over there, Brian, why don’t you just make the minimum 37 pieces of flair?”

  60. A team leader needs to show he is committed to winning over everything else. Not showing up for voluntary workouts sends a pretty clear message that he is:

    (a) not a team leader; or

    (b) not committed 100% to doing everything possible to win.

    Neither is very flattering but is 100% par for the course with this character.

  61. swive says:
    Apr 26, 2016 5:38 PM
    buffalosunshine says:
    Apr 26, 2016 4:41 PM
    how many of you are showing up in your free time to “volunteer” where you work? Exactly.
    _________________________________________

    How many of you signed hundred million dollar contracts where you work? Exactly.
    _____________________________________

    Yeah, remember that when PFT Geniuses make a comment whining about a player asking for more money or holding out, ” I could never get away with that at my McDonald’s job!”

  62. I could careless about Suh. Overrated paid too much. Miami’s self made mess. I do love how how some people here talk about being a winner and a leader by showing up for a volunter workout.
    Oh boy sure does! Such bravado typing away at those key boards. You are a winner/leader by what you do on the field, how you conduct yourself daily and in the locker room. Not that this guy is. Pretty diryt from what I ahve seen but…..Not showing up doesn’t mean squat just like showing up doesn’t mean squat…..

  63. Suh was going to change because he had a new address. Hiiiiiilariious. Suh was actually a good kid before he went to the huskers. If you have met husker fans you know what I mean.

  64. And the Haynesworth similarities go on and on and….

    Both Albert and Suh are very smart guys and, sadly for their teammates and fans, totally uninterested in jumping through “the Man’s” hoops.

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