DAVIE, Fla. -- New Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell constantly talks about changing the team’s identity after a 1-3 start. In the past week, Campbell has used the words "nastier" and "more physical" routinely since replacing former head coach Joe Philbin.
According to Dolphins Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Campbell is speaking his language.
"I love Dan’s opinion," Suh said before Wednesday's practice. "I love his motto in toeing line and just being a physical and downhill team; setting the tempo and setting the tone of the game. I think that’s what we need to do on the defensive side of the ball. If we want to be successful, we’ve got to go out there and set the tone."
Suh is one of the most physical players in the NFL -- and at times it has cost him fines and penalties. However, Suh has yet to dominate against the run and pass in the same way he did with the Detroit Lions.
A big part of Campbell’s job is to figure out how to get the best out of Suh and a defense that has plenty of room to grow after four games. Miami is ranked No. 29 in total defense and last in run defense, allowing 160.5 yards per game. The Dolphins also are last in the NFL with only one quarterback sack.
The portions of practices open to the media have been more intense under Campbell, which he expects to translate in games. Campbell will make his debut as head coach Sunday when the Dolphins travel to face the Tennessee Titans (1-3).
"I enjoy his energy. I enjoy his mindset and the way he goes about his business," Suh said. "I think as a professional you can only respect the guy. I think he played in the NFL for 11 years and I think he understands being in our shoes previously."