NFL – The New England Patriots have held the rest of the AFC East under their boot for more than a decade, winning all but one division title since 2003. It would be easy to understand how the yearly torment could lead to emotionally battered players willing to concede the crown to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick with little resistance.
Yet there is a bravado emanating from South Beach, where the Miami Dolphins players sound ready to make a run at the Patriots. One example: earlier this offseason receiver Jarvis Landry said Miami would sweep New England in 2017. (Good luck with that)
Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh joined NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Thursday and said his team wouldn’t bow to the Pats.
“I think we respect all opponents we have, we obviously start the season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and look forward to that,” he said when asked how much he focuses on the Patriots. “We have many games prior to [the Patriots] that are going to be big focuses. But we understand that new England is at the top of the East right now. We understand that we need to have certain particular game plans for them, as they do for us. Taking that into account, I think one of the great things about Miami and this team, we’ve never been scared of the New England Patriots. We never will be. So, with that being said, when we play them late in the season, we’ll be prepared.”
It’s true that the Dolphins have given the Patriots the most trouble of any team in the AFC East over the past handful of years — though that’s not saying much.
Unfortunately for Miami, the Patriots have also improved their roster following a fifth Super Bowl win. What’s Suh talking about when he says he will be prepared? Is he working on his stomping drills when players are down? Miami has zero chance of the division and zero chance of being anything more than a door mat if they make the playoffs.