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Ndamukong Suh on Pats' AFC East superiority, Gase's impact

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Ndamukong Suh

Defensive tackle, Miami Dolphins

Born: Jan. 1, 1987

Experience: Seventh NFL seasons

Interview by Ali Bhanpuri | Nov. 15, 2016

The turnaround success has been [because of our] ability to stay focused on the task at hand, execute ... just guys coming into the office each and every day, working hard, correcting their mistakes and going from there.

Adam Gase has been the spark plug. He's been a guy that's come in with a lot of energy and understood how young of a group we are, but at the same time [understood] who the veterans are, and treating us in a similar manner of respect and [as] guys that understand how they need to get their job done.

He's a very adaptable coach -- a player's coach -- and somebody who's focused on the things that we need to do. ... So as a head coach, you have to have [a] personality that can reach a ton of different personalities in the locker room. And so I think he's done a good job of that, and he's reaping the benefits of that right now.

I'll watch some film later on tonight of [Jared Goff], but just seeing him in games past, seeing him play -- I watched a little bit of him yesterday, but not much -- he's obviously athletic, obviously a very elite quarterback [to be] drafted where he was. It's all about us going out there and making him uncomfortable, making him speed up his reads, speed up different things, get in his face, and don't allow him to be comfortable back there, because if he is, I'm sure he'll be successful.

We need to eliminate the mistakes that we've had against [the Patriots] in years past, especially earlier this year when we played them up in New England. I've had success against the Pats, so they're definitely a beatable team. It's a matter of going out there and executing. We saw success against them at the end of last year when we were at home; we're in the same situation -- not looking ahead too far -- at the end of this season.

What [our struggling run defense] comes down to at the simplest level: We have to tackle. It's not like guys are just blowing run assignments or things of that nature -- we just haven't tackled the best.

I obviously will never ever forget the first time I ever got a sack in the NFL, which was against Jay Cutler in Chicago, Week 1 in 2010.

I think being patient is probably the best advice I received from [Warren Buffett] as well as some of my other mentors. But he's shown me that the ability to be successful is investing in people as well, and investing in good quality folks that understand that they're going to be able to help you as well as you help them. And so taking that and then seeing how he treats me and just the way he handles his business even though he's a very proven and strong-minded business person. I think it's the way he treats people and the connection he can have with folks that has allowed him to have the success that he has.

Cameron Wake, Andre branch, Jordan Phillips, Earl Mitchell, Jason Jones and just that entire defensive line has been my success and my ability to get to where I'm at right now. And I think at the end of the day, any defensive tackle, any defensive lineman, is only as good as his counterparts. The thing that I enjoy about my group is that we have fun together every single day in practice, talking noise to each other, complaining about whatever it may be, laughing about whatever. The last time I had that was in '14. And I'm excited about what we have in this last stretch of the season.

Coach Wash is a great, great man. A lot of people don't know him that well, and he's definitely very similar to me. People misconstrue what type of person he is; people think of him one way, and he's really another way. And I've gotten to know him very, very well in a personal way and as a coach. I just hope I can keep him as my defensive line coach as well as a close friend for a long time.

Dominant defensive tackle -- or really, defensive lineman -- that's changed the game. Made people respect interior play, and I think, ultimately, it's ... that I changed the offense.

Back in the day, and even now, people are looking at defensive ends, looking at corners, and running away from guys or not passing toward guys, but if you have a guy in the middle that can get to both sides, you gotta make sure you account for him. So I always want people to account for me and change their offense.

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