So far this offseason, Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s bounced around the world; met Dolphins owner Stephen Ross on Ross’ home field to talk real estate; took a jab about his body composition from new Dolphins coach Adam Gase.
And Suh enjoyed all three.
That’s kind of important for Gase. While nobody knows until a crisis moment whether or not Gase can command an NFL locker room’s respect, it doesn’t hurt to make a good first impression on the one Dolphin with more job security.
"I love coach Gase," Suh said. "In my short interactions with him, he’s a great coach. He’s very fiery and competitive. He was talking about my weight the other day and said, ‘I see you’re at only 17 percent bodyfat. I thought you’d be better than that.’ Things like that. Him being nagging, at the same time having fun with it."
The Dolphins invited several potential season ticket holders to "An Evening with Ndamukong Suh" at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. In between Suh answering questions from former Dolphins defensive end Kim Bokamper, Dolphins Chief Marketing Officer Jeremy Walls tried to sell fans on the changes to Sun Life Stadium.
But new scoreboards in each corner of the stadium don’t sell fans as well as new results on those scoreboards after yet another sub-.500 season (6-10).
"We had a lot of ups and downs," Suh said. "We had a lot of opportunity to learn from those things at the same time. There are some excellent players on this team. We have a ton of talent. We’re a super young team. That’s what I’m excited about.
"We’ve got great players. We’ve got (several) players who participated in the Pro Bowl," he continued. "That’s a great sign. Now, we have to bring it together as a collective unit."
"There was a team in the championship (game) that we destroyed in camp. But it doesn’t matter what you do in camp. It matters what you do through 17 weeks during the year." --
Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh
Referencing the Dolphins joint training camp practices with eventual NFC champion Carolina, he said, "There was a team in the championship (game) that we destroyed in camp. But it doesn’t matter what you do in camp. It matters what you do through 17 weeks during the year."
Suh finished the season with 61 tackles, second most in his career, six sacks and five passes batted down. He joked he recalled exactly one play on which he didn’t get double teamed – "(Houston) forgot about me. I got a sack" – but he considers it a sign of respect to be double-teamed and takes pride in beating it.
Still, he said he began prepping for 2016 "towards the very end of our season. Kind of a on a different mission this year. I really haven’t taken an offseason. I’ve traveled a little bit, working out every day, being consistent with that."
The Suh winter itinerary included Dubai, Greece, NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto, and Ross’ New York offices.
"I love real estate. My parents grew up in it. I grew up in it. It’s exciting to me," he said.
When Bokamper joked his future was in building, Suh said, "My future is in building things. I hope so – building championships, building homes, building buildings."