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Ndamukong Suh tells Dolphins teammates 'I run this defense'

Suh reportedly inspired some teammates and put off others with a "fiery address" in which he said "only a handful of guys" on the Dolphins are good enough to play with him.

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Ndamukong Suh has played well for the Miami Dolphins after a rough start, but he isn't happy with how the team has played as of late, and gave a passionate locker room speech that inspired some and put off others, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Rapoport said on NFL Network on Sunday that Suh gave "a fiery address" in the locker room one day after a 24-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. In the speech, he told his teammates that he "runs this defense," he would "be here for the next five years" and "only a handful of guys are good enough to play with me."

At the end of the speech, Suh asked players to follow him and his lead, but while some saw it as a speech from a team leader, others were baffled by a type of message they had never heard before. While he didn't directly dispute the report, he did post his thoughts about Rapoport on Instagram.

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Suh, 28, was given a six-year, $114 million contract by the Dolphins in the offseason, so he is probably correct to assume his roster spot in Miami is safe, at least for a while. After zero sacks in the first five games of the season, and reports that he was ignoring Dolphins coaches, Suh tallied four sacks in the next five games and emerged as the same type of destructive force that made him a four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle with the Detroit Lions.

Even with Suh's contributions though, the Dolphins are No. 26 in total defense and have lost three out of their last four games.