Why the Saints Shouldn’t Sign Ndamukong Suh
When I say the name Ndamukong Suh, what initially comes to your mind? Is it his excellent, dominating play? Or is it the dirty plays, stomping, choking, and whatever else he's done?
For me, it's all the dirty plays he's been involved with in his tenure in the NFL (Examples). He's been a terrible leader and a bad example for his younger teammates because he's all about himself, he's a mercenary. All Ndamukong Suh cares about is making his money and not making his team and teammates around him better. Isn't that the mark of a great player? Someone who can not only dominate but allow his teammates to perform better as well.
Don't get me wrong, he's a dominating talent and can be a monster on the field for other teams to try and defend.
When in Miami there was talk of the chemistry and the locker room being a bit disruptive. Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel in Florida, who covers the team on a daily basis said on his weekly show back in 2015, "I can tell you just asking around, team chemistry, particularly with Ndamukong Suh, is not that great." He also added, "he's about Ndamukong Suh, we knew that when he signed, the reality is it's having some collateral damage and effect on the team."
Here's the conversation, for the part of the conversation about Suh, fast-forward to 8:17.
The New Orleans Saints have, from all accounts, great team chemistry on and off the field with clearly defined leaders and some very talented young players learning how to succeed in the NFL. I believe bringing in Suh would severely disrupt the culture that Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis have worked so hard at building.
The team has come back from the Greg Williams era of bounties, not saying Greg Williams is a bad man or coach but that whole thing set the Saints back a bit. They had three straight 7-9 seasons and finally had, what seems to be, one of the all-time great drafts by any franchise. I just don't think the value of him being a pretty dominate player at 31 and clearly in the back half of his career, outweighs the potential problems on the field. Not to mention, the bad example for the younger players that could influence them in a negative way for years to come.