Ndamukong Suh hasn’t been on the Bucs for long, but he’s now had a couple of practices under his belt. After the third day of mandatory mini-camp, Suh spoke to the media to discuss learning the playbook, what he like about this defense, and many other topics.

Here is a full transcript of Ndamukong Suh’s press conference after practice.

On how the first week with his new team was.
“It was good, just getting here and learning the playbook.

On what he likes about this defense
“I love the linebackers and communication. The ability to get after the quarterback is huge, as well as not only working against multiple guys but also with the front, I’m excited about that. I’m looking forward to just being out there to play and wreaking havoc.”

On the young energy on this team
“Guys are eager to play, moving around, getting after the ball. Lots and lots of speed. I think it will come in handy especially in September.”

On how tough it is to learn a new playbook on a new team, especially with Todd Bowles defense
“I don’t think it’s that difficult. I think the biggest thing is you got to get into your playbook and if it’s something you care about, you’ll make the time to figure it out.”

Ndamukong Suh: Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

On what will he impart to the other players
“I think first and foremost I got to get my bearings. Then after that just got to talk about different ways to be creative, tricks of the trade, veteran moves, things like that, understanding how to read offensive linemen. Things I’ve been taught from other vets as well as other great coaches.”

On what he’s looking to do for himself as a veteran during this time of the year in this league
“Train, enjoy my family and friends, my teammates, get to know them, find time to hangout, different stuff like that, and get my bearings here in Tampa.”

On if he’s been able to check out Tampa at all yet
“I have, I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve been here two or three other times but one thing that I’ve noticed eating dinner out most of the time is it’s good midwestern, friendly folks, which I enjoy. Kind of just say hi and bye and welcome to Tampa, which has been very pleasant for me and my fiance.”

On Tampa not being like LA
“Not really LA, but LA, I mean, I know a lot of people there so I was very comfortable there. It’s good to kind of have that midwestern feel down here even though we’re in Florida.”

On where he thinks he best fits in on this defense
“I think my best fit is wherever they need me to be, it’s as simple as that. I’m excited to one, just being able to play football at the same time, just being able to be a force on the defense. Like I said, the only way we can do that is to figure out the defense, understand it like the back of my hand and we’ll go from there.”

On what he’s seen from Bruce Arians trying to instill the culture for a team that’s been losing for a long time.
“I think the important thing is to just forget about the past. It’s a new regime and a new understanding that none of the past stuff matters, it’s all about the future and present, and with that, coach is big on having ownership. Yes he is the head coach, yes he has to set the tone, but that doesn’t mean anything if we all don’t buy in, in addition to make it our own. You’ve got to have your own accountability, you’ve got to take care of your own business, and then obviously we’ll fix each other and be accountable and take ownership overall.”

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11 COMMENTS

  1. New Blood. New attitude. More talent. Definitely an upgrade from McCoy. McCoy was a good player but became a loser and was satisfied with losing. This looks like a good move!

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  2. Great approach …look forward let’s hope we can win our Division with the fixed secondary and now fixed DLine

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  3. What is Suh record for his career? Why isn’t he still in Det.. Mia., L.A. Is winning most important to him or money. We so desperate for winner we willing to make a journey man DT part of the savior equation to bring an edge. On a one year prove it deal on a team with cap issues. He is here to improve our run D. Which will have huge trickle down effect if we have talent & brains to rake advantage of it. If Suh & Winston play well can we afford both of them next year? & our o line will still suck. I think as fans we should temper our expectations. Personally I would prefer an above average o line over Suh.

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  4. I hope in the games against the Panthers, Suh shows why we replaced McCoy with him.

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  5. I’m looking forward to this season, competent coaching,improved Defense (no softies on the D line, improved secondary) and a high power offense!

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  6. Love the name @buc2dafuture!

    @40+ Suh has been involved in 22 more wins in his career than McCoy. What really stands out is that he helped all 3 teams make the playoffs while he was there. Twice with Detroit, once with Miami, and once in LA!

    He’s stout against the run and a punishing tackler. No soft tackles. No soft anything. He is a warrior. That is the difference between him and McCoy.

    Regarding Suh vs an offensive guard in free agency, who did you have in mind? I can’t think of a single guard the Bucs could have signed that would have improved the line more than adding Suh to the defense. Love this signing and I’m all in for 2019. 2020 contracts BE DAMNED!!

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  7. He’s 32. He’ll serve a helpful role this season as we try to reboot much of the roster over 2-3 yrs without telling anyone it’s a do-over.

    Considering the cap & roster mess BA walked into I’d be satisfied with 9-7 and some momentum in the back half – of 2020. Hopefully the OL doesn’t get Winston killed, the light switch clicks on and he proves me wrong.

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  8. I’m not looking for or expecting Suh to step on the field and instantly, by himself, transform this defense into the 1979 Bucs (that also played a 3-4 alignment, at the time scoffed at as a college defense). He will likely be only one of perhaps as many as a half dozen new starters from the team that opened the 2018 season against the Saints. What I’m hoping his presence does, is have his confidence and swagger rub off on the other defenders when things get rough. Too many times the defense would let down when we needed them to step up the most. Just needed someone, anyone, especially GMC, to make a play a la Selmon, Ronde, Sapp, Brooks, Lynch or Simeon. If it’s #93 and the crowd gets to scream, Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh all the better. I can’t recall a G-M-C chant.

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  9. @bigsombrero Any O lineman in the draft would be an upgrade not just RG. Our O line problems go far beyond RG. How does our season look if Winston ends up on I.R. by weak six. I think Suh is an upgrade & cheaper, but his best football is behind him. He has never been a cornerstone. I was not comparing him to GMC. Think what Winston would like behind top 5 O line. What would have Bill Parcells or Joe Gibbs do with this roster in 4 years or what N.E, coach would do now? We know Jason would not be here day one. How & why does B.A. need or want him? Mister Field Goal kicker 2x are more valuable than o lineman in a big mans game. If Suh was so important to those teams why did they let him walk 3x. The roster would look better with a couple drafted O lineman & Suh. His impact is minimal on a team with an awful o line. This team will start slow or slump fast due all the changes & losing culture. My point is this team has not put together the right way for 5 to 10 years. Can warrior Suh play both ways? We sure could use some punishing blocks on offense. Lol

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  10. @bucsblues (40+yrs…) I hear your point, but I would just say the proof will have to be in the pudding with the O-Line. I have faith but I will never be able to convince you that the O line is going to be fine. They will have to prove it in September and beyond.

    For your enjoyment, I have linked Suh’s “Mic’d Up” practice from the other day. It’s only 3 minutes long, but I think you’ll enjoy it. This guy is for real, even at 32.

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  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy0PNOvpn2c

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