Jim Schwartz, former head coach for the Lions, believes that DT Ndamukong Suh will be a great asset to the Dolphins after the team gave the player a record deal, and price per head bookies are also confident that he will prove to be one of the team’s most important defensive players.
“He certainly had the talent and the commitment to back up that contract,” said Schwartz on the DT, who was acquired by the Dolphins on a $114 million, six-year deal, becoming the highest paid defensive player in the history of the league. “I don’t think there is a lot of risk for him having a decline in play.
“He’s very, very prideful, he’s got a lot of long-range goals other than just to get paid in this thing. He wants to be one of the greatest players to ever play. He wants to be a perennial Pro Bowler. He wants to be a Hall of Famer.
“A lot of guys want to get paid for what they’ve done in the past. I think Ndamukong knows and he relishes getting paid for what he’s going to do.”
From 2009 until 2013, Schwartz was coaching Detroit, and in 2010, Suh was drafted by the Lions from Nebraska as the second overall pick.
Last season, Schwartz was coordinating the Bills’ defense. Doug Marrone decided to part ways with the team coach after the departure of Doug Marrone, with Rex Ryan taking the role of head coach.
For 2015, he was not able to find a position which left him feeling very good, and said that this year will be taken as a break as he studies the games in college and in the NFL. He continues to see the contracts made with Lions and the Bills as an advantage.
Schwartz is thinking about going back to Nashville with his family, which he felt was his favorite place to be in while coaching. Pay per head bookies saw that he was with the Titans for 10 seasons, and in eight of these – from 2001 to 2008 – he was working as the team’s DC.
The former coach mentioned feeling “honored to coach” CB Cortland Finnegan, who on Wednesday retired from the sport.
“Although I wasn’t talented enough to be an NFL player, if I had been I hope I would have played like him. And that’s the highest compliment I can give anybody,” said Schwartz.
Schwartz also spoke about safety Da’Norris Searcy, who made a move from Buffalo to Tennessee, saying that the player is “very versatile.”
“He can play linebacker-type roles in nickel and dime and he’s tough enough to do that, he’s a good enough tackler to do that,” he said. “He also has very good instincts on the back end of the field.”