Miami Dolphins players have been working out for weeks. Some have actually been working on the field on their own for weeks. But Monday marked the official start of the team's offseason strength and conditioning program.
And while the Dolphins don't allow mere media such as myself on the premises to see what's going on and report back to you, sources seem kind of proud of what is happening over there on the first day that new coach Adam Gase's gathers the team en masse.
This is also new head strength coach Dave Puloka's first day with most of his team in the weight room.
The bigest news is that Ndamukong Suh was present.
Look, this is news because Suh has always had a reputation for being in and out during the offseason. He works out at the Nike training facility in Oregon every year -- or at least he has throughout his career. That caused, um, questions in Detroit because he didn't show up to the Lions program in the offseason.
It wasn't such a big deal to the Dolphins last year because Suh, the team's highest paid defensive player, showed up early in the program before leaving to do his own thing. And Football Czar Mike Tannenbaum, curious as to what his own thing was, flew to Oregon to see Suh's work.
I'm told Suh works in a state of the art environment that simulates the weather of Davie, Florida, where the Dolphins train, in the dead of summer. (That is hot and humid, folks).
And he's hooked up to diagnostic machines and oxygen and other breathing apparatus throughout his work. Think opening for Six Million Dollar Man.
The point here is Suh is in South Florida and working, but no one should question what he's doing when and if he disappears later during the program.
Cameron Wake, Ryan Tannehill, Jarvis Landry, Mike Pouncey, Byron Maxwell, Mario Williams, Kiko Alonso, Jay Ajayi, Branden Albert, Ja'Wuan James, Kenny Stills are among the majority of players who showed up today. All need good seasons for different reasons. I am still endeavoring to see if anyone failed to attend and will update with that.
By the way, it's the new coach's first program. The date has been known to players for weeks. It would be good for everyone to show.
One more thing: If you missed my column Sunday on the approach the Dolphins are taking to building a team this year and for the future, you should check it out. It includes a fascinating chart that compares what Miami is doing and can do in the future to the other three teams in the AFC East.