Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh joined the Rams just two months ago, but he has already made an impression on the defensive line.
While it may be his first offseason with the franchise, Suh still represents one of the few players on the unit with over five years of NFL experience. As such, he has been thrust into a leadership role early on, tasked with setting the example for younger players up front.
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“A lot of it is going to come down to understanding the terminology for them, the speed of the game [and] allowing it to slow down,” he said. “But at the end of the day it’s going to be communication that’s going to be able to help them. As a young guy I remember you’re like a chicken with your head cut off so, you just try and take the basic things and elaborate on them each and every day.”
That process of daily improvement is something Suh not only hopes for the younger players on the Rams roster, but for himself as well, as he continues to take in the terminology of the defense.
“At the end of the day my biggest focus is understanding what I have to do on the defensive side of the ball —working with my teammates, understanding how they like to rush, how to play their base defense and going from there,” Suh said.
And as he continues to learn the system, that communication has also become an important theme for Suh in regards to teammate, Michael Brockers.
While Suh will be transitioning from three-technique to nose in the Rams system, he acknowledged that the differences in position are slight.
And because Suh will be playing a similar role, in terms of technique and scheme, his focus throughout OTAs has been about creating camaraderie with the players alongside him. The Nebraska product said he has made a point to talk with Brockers throughout each day, building chemistry with the main player who will be lining up alongside him.
“It’s pure communication at its best,” he said. “You probably don’t see it as much as you see it from a quarterback’s perspective, but as a front — for us all to be on the same front — we have to communicate.”