Suh The Person

July 30th, 2019

Manbeast intern

Coaches often only talk publicly about the football sides of their players.

Rarely does the personal side come up.

But that is what defensive coordinator Todd Bowles wanted to talk about today when the subject of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh came up. asked Bowles for his impressions of Suh now that he’s worked with him in person. Bowles noted that while five days of camp wasn’t enough for him to evaluate the football side of Suh, he has loved getting to know Suh the person.

“Five days,” Bowles answered with a wide smile and a chuckle when asked about his impression of Suh. “No different than they were when we got him, you know, as a free agent. He’s a very smart player, he’s a very tough player. Getting to know the personality has been very refreshing, you know, he’s very quick-witted. He’s a good jokester and he’s a kind-hearted person and when it’s time for business he’s ready to play.”

Bowles has very much been known as a players’ coach during his time in the league. He’s had players’ backs, and in return they have had his. So it isn’t surprising to hear Bowles has enjoyed getting to know Suh, or that he is concerned with more than just Suh the football player.

Ultimately though, the Glazers are paying about $10 million for Suh the superstar football player, and that’s what they are expecting to get.

27 Responses to “Suh The Person”

  1. 813bucboi Says:

    we know he aint GMC!!!….and thats all i care about!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Suh was listed as the third most hated NFL player in history…..I suspect his on-field dirty plays early-on contributed greatly to that, however, when you see him in pressers and doing interviews, he comes across as quite mild-mannered.
    I like the on-field Suh… particular on my team!!!

  3. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    he is very articulate …and I’ve like what he has said…now if we can get JPP back there will be some real veteran fire in the huddle !

  4. NOSBOS Says:

    Kong Suuuuhhh..

  5. Cobraboy Says:

    I was mega-impressed with how intelligent and articulate Suh is during his interviews at the French Open.

    You don’t expect that in such a massive beast.

  6. Bobby Says:

    Yeah…we’ll see. People expect a lot out of a DT here in Tampa. I liked Sapp as a player but despised him as a person. Suh has exhibited unsportsmanlike conduct in the past but seems to have matured some now. I just don’t think we’ll get any better production than we had with GMC. Double digit sacks is rare for a DT. I hope Suh lives up to the hype but I think he’ll be just what he has been, a good but not great DT, just like the one we released.

  7. casual observer Says:

    Well thought out comment, Bobby. I suspect that you may be right. However, i also entertain the emphasis on one of your points-he has matured. I guess, and hope, that he will do surprisingly well in this new D in this new environment for him. He is intelligent – that should help.

  8. Youngbucs Says:

    At least Suh won’t be dancing on the sideline for making a play at the end of the fourth quarter when we’re losing.

  9. Tom Edrington Says:

    Folks down in Miami were pretty jazzed when Dolphins signed Suh, just like commenters are on this site……when things started going downhill a bit for the Dog-Fish, well Suh just started free-lancing, doing what he wanted to do and things got ugly……

    He’ll be okay here if the Bucs are winning, if it’s business as usual (5-11, etc), well, you might not like what you end up seeing from him….

  10. YoungBucs Says:

    I think he’ll elevate VV50 and if so it will work vise versa can’t wait to see them bulldozing O-lines.

  11. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Every year there is a THIEF of the Year Award

    stealing Glazers loot without doing anything

    SUH is a heavy heavy favorite to win

    This thief didnt do squat playing alongside the best defensive player in the NFL and a NFC champ 16 win team and he is going to play great for the Yucs?

    LOL The gullible Yucsfan”

    Kobe Faker

  12. YoungBucs Says:

    Every year there are “FAKE” Buc’s fans that are say the same negative crap too!

  13. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Do you think they’re expectations are a little lower for Suh @10 mil than with GMC @13 mil?

    Suh is by far the better value, and at this point in their careers a better player.

  14. Pittsshore Says:

    He is here to pick up free money, just like JPP, DJax, fat lineman (forgot his name) from last year, Reavis, coaches, etc etc etc. he will not play half the season. Tampa is known by players, coaches, and their agents as a free money check point. Hell, we are paying the disaster known as JW 21 million this year, that tells you everything you need to know.

  15. Youngbucs Says:

    What? JPP had 12 sacks, Reavis wasn’t thrown at so they did what they were paid to do. However I can’t argue that we brought in cancers as well the GM and front office folks need make better decisions so we bringing in “check cashers” I agree that has been a problem, but every team deals with nonsense the buc’$ aren’t to only ones getting it up the proverbial tailpipe.

  16. Youngbucs Says:

    What? JPP had 12 sacks, Reavis wasn’t thrown at so they did what they were paid to do. However I can’t argue that we brought in cancers as well the GM and front office folks need make better decisions so we are “NOT” bringing in “check cashers” I agree that has been a problem, but every team deals with nonsense the buc’$ aren’t to only ones getting it up the proverbial tailpipe.

  17. Defense Rules Says:

    Every position group needs a LEADER IMO. That’s why our OLine looked great in 2015 when Mankins was here (he was their FIELD GENERAL) & why it faltered after that (no one stepped up to replace him on the field).

    Our DLine’s pressure was actually quite a bit better last year than it had been, largely because of JPP IMO. He stepped up in a leadership role that’d been wavering for years. Overall the defense didn’t ‘git er done’ but that’s not on JPP. Lots of other factors played into that.

    My ‘guess’ is that Ndamukong Suh will step up this year to assume that mantle of DLine leadership on the field (I still don’t think JPP will be back this year). Not only has Suh ‘matured’ since his early playing days (most players who last as long as he has do mature I’m confident), but also Todd Bowles will encourage him to step up into that leadership role. And for the Bucs, that’ll be a VERY good thing because we’re so young. I’m thinking now that Suh will finish out his career here several years down the line. And he’ll do it as an All-Pro player. He ‘fits’ here, in this defense, and this is where he’ll really excel.

  18. Bobby Says:

    Look, I’m not saying Suh is a waste of money and at this point in his career he may very we’ll be better than GMC for Bowles defense but if you compare their careers Suh has not been any better production-wise than GMC. I’d be perfectly happy if he takes up double teams and allows Vea to be the monster he should be. If I were betting money on who will have the better season I’d put my money on Vea. He’s a younger version of Suh which means he’s faster and stronger. I hope I’m pleasantly surprised and we have 2 DT’s that demand double teams which will mean our DE’s and LB’s will feast.

  19. Mike Johnson Says:

    Hope we win a lot. Because Suh is going to get a lot of penalties. You can count on that. He won’t change.

  20. FrankPillow Says:

    The Suh signing is as much about culture-changing as it is fit or production. Our D was at rock bottom- something had to be done.

  21. BuccsFanOH-IO Says:

    Joe, (Steve) you have to give the man beast a job, he is doing fantastic work!

  22. DB55 Says:


    With all due respect you’re looking at it all wrong. DT aren’t meant to generate sacks that’s for lbs and DEs. DT are supposed to clog up the middle and stop the run. Go look at career tackles for Suh vs McIceCream and come back to us.

    As for Miami I didn’t hear them complaining when he got them to the playoffs. And I literally mean Suh made the game saving tackle on the 1 yard line which propelled the dolphins to the playoffs and the with Tannehill as QB who is now a back-up QBs in the league.

    Oh yea and if anything I’m guessing it’s Vea who will be eating up double teams but wtfdik

  23. Greg Says:

    Suh is a player plain and simple bad @ss on the field seems like a good guy off unlike Sapp only problem we got him 5 yrs to late 1 or 2 yrs and he’s done

  24. WestChap Says:

    Suh is exactly what we need… just don’t understand how anyone could pine for GMC. Even if you ignore the cash and the attitude adjustment, last year GMC had 17 solo tackles and 11 assists versus Suh’s 36 and 23. IF you believe Suh was only giving effort a fraction of the time (those are the stats before he went all Hulk in the playoffs), then you have to admit Suh is more than double the DT as GMC. As for pass rush, GMC did have 21 QB hits and 6 sacks… but Suh still had 19 and 4.5 during the season. How is there any debate which #93 we want this year?

  25. Buccfan37 Says:

    Suh and the rookie crop will bring Bucs defense up to respectability. That’s damn exciting!

  26. Bobby Says:

    DB55 you made my point. DT’s aren’t meant to generate sacks and yet that was the complaint about GMC his entire career. He was always disruptive and required double teams but we never had a DE that could take advantage. I think both Suh and GMC will be motivated this year. It will be interesting to compare how both do.

  27. orlbucfan Says:

    I’m sorry GMC left–unfortunately, he’s with the Panthers now. Suh will have to prove it to me. He’s been on several teams and has a rep as a dirty player. With But Luck, that’s the last thing we need.