You know that I don't pull punches when things are bad with the Miami Dolphins. And so you know that when I tell you things are good, they're actually good. Well, as I write in my column today, the Dolphins got off to a tangibly good start this training camp.
And, it was more than just players saying the right things.
The offense, traditionally way behind the defense in training camps, actually looked solid. That's a great sign for that unit.
The most impressive guy to me off the field?
Check the column for what he said. This offseason included questions about Suh's commitment. He missed weeks of OTAs and conditioning after initially reporting. And the Dolphins, somewhat concerned about it, dispatched Mike Tannenbaum to Portland, Oregon to check on their highest paid player.
Know what he found?
Suh working out at the Nike state of the art facilities. That does not mean he was merely running around the track there. The Nike people had Suh hooked up to monitors. They were feeding him oxygen as he was on the treadmill or bike. It was akin to the opening of the Six Million Dollar Man (yeah, google it).
Suh spent entire days there while he was absent from the conditioning program. Suddenly, the Dolphins weren't too concerned about him staying away for portions of the offseason.
Neither am I. The guy takes all his repetitions. Even with no pads on, he goes hard to block because he goes hard.
He is not going to be a problem.
f there's any doubt in his mind that this is a playoff team: "No. No doubt. I'm superbly confident in this team and what we can do. We have a lot of work to do before we get there but I'm really excited about what we can do."
As for his perspective? I like that, too.
"We look great on paper," Suh said. "And it's always nice to look great on paper. But at the end of the day it's about what you do in those 16 games and into the playoffs hopefully."
"I don't think my role is defined any particular way," he said. "I think I can help in any number facets throughout this defense. I really don't want to limit myself. I've always been a guy, although I've been in the league and know what I'm good at and what I can get better at, I want to continue to expand my game and find new ways to be a part of this defense."
Suh gives off no vibe of entitlement. After practice he didn't think he practiced all that great.
"No, definitely not," he said. "I got a lot of work ahead of myself. I was actually disappointed in my play today so I have plenty of work to do."
[BLOG NOTE: Check back later for the practice update.]