Ndamukong Suh’s Impact

August 21st, 2020

Quiet force.

Lost in the excitement of the Bucs signing park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring quarterback Tom Brady, trading for foot-rubbing Rob Gronkowski and keeping NFL sack king Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul, another signing that flew under the radar.

And it may be as big as re-signing Shaq or JPP.

That was bringing back Ndamukong Suh. While Vita Vea may get the hype because of the hair and catching touchdowns passes, Suh was a quiet force on the defensive line. No, he didn’t get sacks like he’s famous for, but he eats up blockers and enabled Shaq and JPP to go crazy on quarterbacks.

But it’s also the behind-the-scenes help Suh offers teammates that fellow defensive lineman Will Gholston firmly believes has made Bucs linemen better, so he said today after practice.

“It’s amazing the stuff he does not just with his game play but the knowledge of the game. Playing with a tremendous amount of violence and being able to show us exactly how to do it,” Gholston said.

“In certain situations where I can come and lean on him when I need to work on my techniques — I’ve seen Vita doing the same thing. I see the younger guys do the same thing.”

Gholston is very high on his rookie teammates on the defensive line. A big reason for that, he said, is Suh has been sort of an assistant coach adding tips to what assistants have coached the young players to aid in their development.

“They are not playing like rookies now in practice,” Gholston said.

Joe believes Gholston is on to something.

Last year, in Suh’s first practice, right in front of Joe during defensive line drills, Joe witnessed Suh take Gholston aside while demonstrating certain techniques to him. It was clearly sort of a teacher-student moment.

Gholston seemed to step up his game last year. And lest people forget, Gholston started on the league’s top-ranked rush defense.

So while it’s a very good thing the Bucs brought back Suh for his on-field results. His off-field results seem important too.

17 Responses to “Ndamukong Suh’s Impact”

  1. Mort Says:

    Get every drop of knowledge you can guys, this might be his last ride in Tampa as a player. Would love to bring him back as a coach next year if he’s done playing, because we almost certainly won’t be able to afford him as a player.

  2. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    Signing Suh was huge – the front 7 are monsters!

  3. Casual Observer Says:

    Suh is a very smart guy.

  4. Buc1987 Says:

    Bring on the SEASON!

  5. AwShbucs Says:

    Suh made our line better while Gerald made Carolinas worse. Prime example of why he doesnt belong in the ring of honor.

  6. Nick2 Says:

    Suh’s signing was a blessing to this defense that had a history of softness in the middle. McCoy leaving didnt hurt either.

  7. Cobraboy Says:

    I thought re-signing Suh was as important as Barrett.

  8. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Suh, when combined with Vita Vea, makes it very very hard to run on us.

  9. Cannon Says:

    Suh, Vea, and Gholston. That’s a fantastic lineup for a 3-4 d-line.

  10. Paul Says:

    Six time SB Winning
    14 x PRO Bowler

    park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring quarterback Tom Brady

  11. ir8oldman Says:

    The six time SB winning, 14 Probowl accepting chain is for Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. He’s not there anymore. He is with the Bucs, and the only things done so far is Park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring quarterback Tom Brady. Don’t get triggered, it’s just an amusement. I’m sure further embellishments will be forthcoming….

  12. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    With Gholston now over 300 lbs this year, this is going to be one hard group to stop, both run and pass rush.

  13. PSL Bob Says:

    Just another example of the vets coaching up the younger players. Sounds to me like team chemistry is exceptional this year, and everyone seems to be focused on one thing – winning consistently. The only path forward to the SB is winning consistently.

  14. WillieG Says:

    All great leaders are great teachers. Is Joe beginning to see the value in leadership?

  15. Clean House Says:

    My favorite Buc

  16. Lokog Says:

    I agree gerald should never be in the ring of honor.

  17. Buczilla Says:

    One of my favorite players on the team and the anti-tree humper. Great move by Licht to get this guy.