Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh denied a report on NFL Network that said he basically laid down the law to his teammates in a private meeting.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Suh told his teammates: “I run this defense, I’m going to be here for the next five years, there is no guarantee any of you will be as well. Only a handful of guys are good enough to play with me right now.'”
The report also claimed that Suh “also said the schemes were not good enough, the techniques were not enough and everyone needed to be better, he said ‘follow me.'”
But when asked after the New York Jets game in a press conference if the report was true, the Jamaican-American defensive tackle said “No.”
Suh was further asked if he said anything close to what was reported. “No,” he replied. “Next question.”
What is beyond dispute: Suh did address his fellow players during a team meeting Monday, and his direct, challenging remarks were welcomed by some but disliked by others. During the meeting, Suh forcefully took ownership of the Dolphins’ defense. Yet Suh and several of his teammates pushed back on the report that he did so in a demeaning way.