Why Miami Dolphins’ Ndamukong Suh played every single defensive snap on Monday

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh puts pressure on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at Hard Rock Stadium on Monday. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins played 61 defensive snaps against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Monday night and, remarkably, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh played 61 defensive snaps.

Just don’t ask Suh if anyone suggested he take a snap off, or if he thought it may be a good idea to take a snap off.

“That’s inside information,” Suh said Thursday.

Suh has played 717 snaps this season, or 85.2 percent.

The defensive lineman with the second-most snaps for Miami is Cam Wake, at 491, or 58.3 percent.

Defensive linemen are generally rotate. Suh is not a rotator.

“I pride myself on it,” Suh said. “I feel like I’m built for it. I feel like I prepare for it in the offseason with my trainer and obviously when we come here for OTAs and minicamps, to get into football shape. I push myself there, as well as in camp.”

Defensive coordinator Matt Burke is generally amazed that Suh’s performance does not decrease with massive workload. On Monday, it just didn’t seem Suh needed to come out (Jordan Phillips and Davon Godchaux split the other defensive tackle reps).

“A little bit was kind of the game situation in terms of we didn’t have a lot of long drives, necessarily,” Burke said. “We were kind of getting off the field at times, which allows us to keep those guys playing. When we get into those longer, extended drives where we’re trying to roll guys a little bit and keep them fresh and be a little bit proactive.”

Suh is tied for fourth on the Dolphins with 38 tackles and has 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

“He definitely played well,” Burke said. “He affected the (Patriots) game. He obviously had the sack and some of those things. He’s a guy that affects the game regardless of the stat line because they’re always accounting for him. Sometimes it’s stuff not everyone sees where they’re double-teaming him and putting four hands on him and that frees somebody else up to make plays. He’s always got an impact on the game but he definitely played really well on Monday night and obviously was a big part of our victory.”

Suh spoke openly on Thursday about how difficult it can be to tackle Bills running back LeSean McCoy and quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

In order to stop McCoy, Suh encouraged “gang-tackling.” Then Suh basically said Taylor is another running back.

“He’s an elite running back from the quarterback position,” Suh said of Taylor. “(He can) obviously throw the ball and has been successful there are well. We’ve got to be very keen on that. I know they have specific runs for him in his particular position, so we’ve got our hands full if he’s playing.”

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