In case you somehow forgot, the Miami Dolphins run defense was awful late in the 2014 season.
Miami allowed 165.3 rushing yards the final six weeks, making it no surprise the team limped to a 2-4 finish and in turn missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.
Ndamukong Suh wasn't part of the problem. But teamed again with C.J. Mosley, his running mate in Detroit, he expects to be the solution.
"I think as a defensive line as a whole, no matter what, your run game is dependent solely on you guys," Suh said this week. "You've got to set the tone. The way we get off, the way we strike offensive linemen, the way we create a new line of scrimmage ... is very key and very important. We have to continue to do that every single play, every single opportunity the team feels like they can run the ball."
And then, Suh dropped the rhetoric hammer.
"It's very disrespectful for a team to ever run the ball very heavily on you," he said. "This is a passing league, so for anybody to really run the ball heavily on you, that's really embarrassing."
Tuesday's minicamp was the first time Suh and Mosley, who signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract, practiced together with their new team.
And although they didn't actually take a snap together — Mosley eased into the flow with the backups — both players are hoping for a reprise of last year when the games count.
The Lions last season ranked first in rushing (allowing 69.3 yards per game), first in yards per rush (3.2), second in total defense (300.9), fourth in yards per play allowed (4.9) and eighth in sacks (42).
The Dolphins, at least on the interior line, seem just as talented as that Lions group. Earl Mitchell, rookie Jordan Phillips and probably either Anthony Johnson or A.J. Francis will round out the rotation at defensive tackle, although all the principles, including coach Joe Philbin, dismissed any such talk as premature.
"I think we look great on paper," Suh said. "That doesn't really matter at this time, because we're not playing against anybody. We just continue to grow as a unit so we don't just become a great paper team. We want to become an actual great team on the football field and go out there and impose our will."
Suh believes having Mosley again will help make that happen; that's why he lobbied the front office to reunite them.
Suh's sales pitch?
"All you have to do is watch the film," he said.
Suh, as has become his habit this spring, again put a "wow"-inducing play on film Tuesday.
He bulled through the right side of the offensive line on a pass play and would have knocked quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson out of his cleats, had contact been allowed.
Deflated ball auction
The price tag for one of the deflated balls from last season's AFC Championship between the Colts and Patriots has been inflated — to at least $25,000.
The football, one of 11 Patriots game balls used during their 45-7 victory Jan. 18, is up for auction at Lelands.com with a $25,000 minimum bid.
Laura and Matt Nichols obtained the ball after a LaGarrette Blount third-quarter touchdown.
The Nicholses posed for photos with the ball before leaving during the fourth quarter to get out of the rain.
Kelly loses in court
Eagles coach Chip Kelly has been hit with a $99,000 tab in a lease dispute over an $11,000-a-month penthouse.
A city judge sided with landlord Tempa Berish and found that Kelly failed to give notice he was moving out after a year.
Kelly's attorney argued the leasing agent knew Kelly hoped to buy a home and needed a flexible lease. He says the 90-day notice did not match the verbal promises made.
Kelly is facing a $79,000 judgment and will also lose his $20,000 security deposit.