Ndamukong Suh has gone rogue, maybe.
The Miami Dolphins suffered an embarrassing 23-20 defeat to the usually inept Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. And while losses like that seem to magnify the larger issues going on with a team (and there are plenty with the Dolphins), perhaps no issue was more magnified than how Ndamukong Suh feels about the coaching staff. According to a Miami Herald report, Suh decided to stop listing to defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle's game plan and did his own thing.
Suh, who is currently the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, has all of two tackles in two games played thus far, and that frustration must have boiled over when, according to Adam Beasley, "Suh strayed from Kevin Coyle’s script."
When asked why he's been so ineffective in the first two games of the season against seemingly weaker opponents, Suh told reporters, “I couldn’t tell you. At the end of the day, we have to go back to the drawing board and figure out what we want to run so guys can make plays and go from there.”
The issue of "going off script," of course, has an avalanche effect. When a player does his own thing, the entire defense is thrown off and forced to scramble on the go. Meanwhile, you have a franchise player openly defying the coaching staff, then claiming that the team needs to get "back to the drawing board" after two games. Not good.
Then there's the question of where Beasley got his information from. Did a coach tip him off? A teammate of Suh's?
Again, not good.
There's also the question of what this says about Miami's coaching staff? Head Coach Joe Philbin is already thought to be on the bubble with his job if the Dolphins fail to make the playoffs. And his decision to keep Coyle on staff is already being questioned two games into the season.
Suh, meanwhile, has a heckuva lot more job security than anyone on staff. Hell, he's already got his brand-new, big-ass house in Fort Lauderdale.
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Coming into the season, the Dolphins were a sexy pick to rise up and make some proverbial noise throughout the league. A big reason for all the enthusiasm was the Suh signing. While the contract was bloated, the return in investment was expected to be playoff aspirations. Suh was supposed to bring his dominance to an already-stout Dolphins defensive line, joining the likes of Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon, to make a triumvirate of awesome. Instead, against two of the weakest offenses in the NFL — Washington and Jacksonville — the Dolphins' defense has allowed 372.5 yards per game — and it's yet to face the likes of Tom Brady and the Patriots and Andrew Luck and the Colts.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins have a week to answer questions about why they were so terrible against one of the worst teams in the NFL and will now have to answer questions about Suh's going off the grid and what that means to an embattled coaching staff.
The Dolphins have been bad for so long, maybe they should take Suh's freelancing as a sign that whatever they've been doing isn't quite working. And maybe they should ask Suh what he thinks would work.
Because things aren't getting any easier from this point going forward.