These two teams actually have a lot more in common than you think. Both the Dolphins and Ravens were teams that had a lot of hype coming into the season. The Dolphins' explosive young offense was finally going to break out, and Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake would terrorize any quarterback in their path. Oh, and the guys at Harvard said they'd be in the Super Bowl. I don't have to tell you that none of these things came true.
So to find out more about this intriguing team, I went to Kevin Nogle, Managing Editor of The Phinsider.
You can find my answers to Kevin's questions at the best Dolphins' site around.
1. Last I heard, Ndamukong Suh wasn't playing so well and was even apparently ignoring play calls from the defensive coordinator. Has Suh turned it around and played like the man the Dolphins payed so much for him to be?
I think Suh gets unnecessary scrutiny for every little thing, not that it is not unwarranted scrutiny, just unnecessary. When you have the reputation he has, the scrutiny, whether or not there is actually a story there, is going to happen. We saw it this year when, in the first two weeks, there were stories trying to say Suh was kicking players in the head. Nothing came from either of those, and nothing really came of the story that he was ignoring play calls, either. Suh has actually played well for Miami, especially over the past few weeks where he is starting to look more like the player we all expected to see when the Dolphins signed him. I think part of Suh's slow start - and, this is a slow start for him, which still makes him a really, really good player - was his trying to figure out exactly how he fit into the Dolphins' defense. I think the Dolphins were asking him to read more than when he was in Detroit - which probably led to the ignoring calls story - and he was deferring to Cameron Wake on the defensive line. With Wake out for the year, Suh appears to have decided that this is now his defense, and he is playing like the dominant player on that side of the ball. He is not a player who is going to explode in the box score each and every week, but he can disrupt opposing offenses seemingly at will, and he can be everywhere. We have seen plays this year where Suh starts rushing the passer, then runs down field to make the tackle on passing plays. He is ridiculous. Unfortunately, there is only so much one player can do, and until the rest of the Dolphins defense starts to fill gaps and make sure tackles, Suh being dominant will not have the game-defining impact we all want to see.