The L.A. Rams strutted into the State Farm Arena In Atlanta on Monday night, as champions of the NFC, and among them was a “cast-off” this past offseason of the Dolphins.
Ndamukong Suh sat down at a podium stand and held court, just like many of his other prominent teammates. And it had to be especially sweet for Suh, considering a team with a losing record (the Fins) got rid of him for salary-cap reasons in March. And, he ended up going to a proven playoff team in L.A. in free agency, and now, will play for a ring.
Suh took the high road, when he was inevitably asked about the Dolphins situation Monday night:
Ndamukong Suh says he’s surprised he was cut by Dolphins but feelings aren’t bad. He talked with Steve Ross a few days ago …
— Dave Hyde (@davehydesports) January 29, 2019
It’s most interesting with him saying that he was very fond of owner Stephen Ross. Interesting because he mentioned Ross’s name, but not former VP of football Mike Tannenbaum ,who along with coach Adam Gase the two men most responsible for sending Sue to the unemployment line.
As you likely know, Tannenbaum and Gase were both fired at the end of this season and Suh only signed a one-year deal in Los Angeles. So, there has been a little speculation that he might want to come back to South Florida.
Suh didn’t have a spectacular regular season with 36 solo tackles, 5 for losses and 4.5 sacks. However, he played next to arguably the premier pass rusher in the NFL in Aaron Donald who led all of football in sacking the QB.
Then again, the Rams would be foolish to not put a long-term contract in front of Suh at this point, as well. And, there’s also no doubt that other contending teams would line up to pay him after this game when free agency comes around in March.
Oh, and then there’s the game to be played on Sunday. Having played for the Dolphins three previous years, Suh’s seen a lot of Tom Brady. This is including a Monday night game at the end of 2017, when he, Cameron Wake and the Dolphins front four terrorized Brady and the Patriots pass game for much of the night in a Miami upset win.
Suh told the NFL Network’s Deion Sanders on Monday Night that there’s another factor that will be key, if the Rams have hope to neutralize Brady:
“It’s a great task for us. I’m excited about it and I look forward to. But, first and foremost, when you shut down the run. They got three elite running backs we got to take care of and they’ve made a big emphasis of running the ball. Until we take care of that, we won’t have the opportunity get after Tom.”
Suh took advantage of the opportunity in the NFC Championship Game get after Drew Brees and the Saints with 1.5 sacks and another tackle for loss.
And he may be about to have a memorable night on the biggest stage possible coming up.
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