Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has a plan for slowing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Monday night. And it has nothing to do with schematics or game planning.
“I’d love to make him mad,” Suh told reporters on Thursday (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk). “My job is to piss him off and have him yelling at his offensive linemen for not blocking me, his coach and everybody on the sideline. That’s my job.”
Suh went on to explain exactly how he can accomplish his goal.
“[Making him] uncomfortable and off his spot,” Suh said. “We know he likes to drop back and throw comfortably and have this nice pocket. But my sole job is to disrupt that at all costs.
“I think the last game we played them, we had some good hits on him and understood what they wanted to do. I’ve had some success against him.
“I think it was good in the pass rush concept but when we look at the run game, we didn’t do so hot there. I think they stuck with that and we have to eliminate that. I think when we eliminate both of those pieces and they’re not successful on both sides of the running and pass game, that’s when we’ll find ourselves successful.”
Suh was actually spot on in his assessment of the last meeting between the Dolphins and Patriots. The Dolphins put plenty of pressure on Brady (8 quarterback hits and 1 sack), and had issues slowing down the New England rushing attack (they allowed 196 yards and 1 touchdown on 38 carries).
The Dolphins will have the added advantage of not having to defend Rob Gronkowski this time, as the All-Pro tight end will be serving a one-game suspension for throwing a cheap shot at Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White.
For Miami to have any chance at pulling off the upset, though, Suh and his defensive teammates will have to play their best game of the year.