DAVIE — If Ndamukong Suh isn’t that much of a force up front, then why are there always two or three players assigned to blocking him?
That’s what Dolphins coach Adam Gase is wondering now that Pro Bowl rosters have been released and Suh’s name surprisingly wasn’t on them. Instead, AFC selectors chose Geno Atkins of the Bengals and Jurrell Casey of the Titans and Malik Jackson of the Jaguars.
“Every team we play, there’s two to three guys on him,” Gase said. “I don’t understand that one. I know we haven’t won enough games this year; but to me, that guy should be penciled in before they even start voting. He’s that dominant of a player. He causes that many problems for offenses.
“I know if we were playing him, it would be an issue. We’d do as many things as we possibly could to stop him. The thing that I’ve noticed is that you don’t see many teams (stopping him), and they put a lot of guys on him.”
Stats only say so much regarding defensive tackles, but Suh has 45 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
All three of the defensive tackles chosen have more sacks than Suh’s 4.5, but none has more than his 45 tackles. Atkins has 28 tackles and nine sacks. Casey has 35 tackles and five sacks. Jackson has 26 tackles and eight sacks.
Suh has made the Pro Bowl five times in his eight seasons.