On Wednesday, Ndamukong Suh spoke with the Miami Dolphins media. He had this to say:
Suh said there's more talent on this team than the No 1 Lions defense last year.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) August 26, 2015
Now first off, let's not vilify Suh too much here. He's on a new team, and his motivation here is to express confidence in his current squad. I don't think he's trying to put down the Lions, but rather display his excitement for his new team and his new players. There's nothing inherently wrong with that.
That being said, I have a very hard time believe he's being genuine, and if he is, I just think he's wrong. Consider the following: last year, the Lions had the best run defense, allowing just 69.3 rushing yards per game. That same year, the Dolphins were allowing 121.1 yards per game on the ground. Is the addition of Suh and C.J. Mosley really going to cut out over 50 rushing yards per game?
The Dolphins had a mediocre defense last year (ranked 20th in points allowed), but their offseason additions certainly could bump them up to a good or even great defense. Suh on the same defensive line as Cameron Wake is a terrifying thing to imagine. But calling that entire squad more talented than the Detroit defense that allowed just 17.6 points per game (t-2nd) is nothing more than silly offseason hype.