Ndamukong Suh disregarded play calls from defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle in the team’s loss to the Jaguars on Sunday.
The Miami Herald reports Ndamukong Suh “freelanced” during Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the Jaguars. In other words, instead of performing his designated job on a given defensive play call, Suh did whatever he thought was best. That can obviously interfere with the duties of other defenders, and Beasley says it “took a bad situation and made it worse.”
Certain defensive players, like the Texans’ J.J. Watt, have permission to move around and choose their method of attack because they have developed a high level of trust with their defensive coordinator. However, it seems Suh was operating entirely on his own, thus disobeying the orders of Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle.
Suh’s actions could create a rift with the coaches and even teammates. It’s not the behavior a club wants from a defensive leader who signed a record-setting $114 million contract earlier this year.
The former Lions star has only three tackles and no sacks in the first two games. He was supposed to add teeth to Miami’s lackluster run defense, but that unit currently ranks 26th in the league, allowing 142 rushing yards per game.
This is definitely a story to keep an eye on over the next few weeks. The Dolphins cannot have their star defensive lineman going rogue whenever he doesn’t like the play call.