Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Suh Hypes His Own Defense New Miami Star Hopes Dolphins Can Become Elite

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Suh Hypes His Own Defense New Miami Star Hopes Dolphins Can Become Elite

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First in rushing defense. Second in total yards allowed. Third in scoring. Fourth in yards per play allowed.

No matter how you quantify it, the Detroit Lions had a great defensive season in 2014.

A big reason: great players.

Three first-rounders on the defensive line. Two Pro Bowlers. And one All-Pro: Ndamukong Suh.

A year later, Suh's in a new city with the Miami Dolphins and a new supporting cast. And in his mind, a better one.

"I don't have a problem saying this, but I think personally we have more talent than we had in the No. 1 defense last year in Detroit," Suh said Wednesday.

Bold words, for sure, that will be heard all the way up in Michigan.

But context is important. Suh made a point to say that there are no guarantees that a more talented defense would necessarily mean more effective.

Still, Suh's remarks only further elevate the already sky-high expectations for this first-team Dolphins defense, which hasn't allowed a point in five drives this preseason.

"One of the reasons I came here is this team, and especially this defense, has great, great talent," Suh said. "It's a matter of us putting it together. We don't play on paper. We don't get to go against Atlanta [Saturday] or Washington Redskins that first game and say, 'Hey, this is our paper, this is our talent, here's your talent. We win because on paper we look a little bit better than you.'

"You don't know what's going to happen until guys come together, understand what they're going to do, and we create a camaraderie, create an understanding of how everybody works together as a unit and go from there. Every year is different. The year before, look at Detroit, we were 7-9 [and then] 11-6. Things change."

Things change not just year-to-year in the NFL, but day-to-day. The Dolphins have already lost starting safety Louis Delmas for the season with a torn ACL. …

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