Suggs will feel pain-free if Ravens hoist Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night

January 30, 2013 | WNST Staff

LINEBACKER TERRELL SUGGS

 (on what it took to return from injury this season) “It’s definitely been an uncharacteristic season for me, especially with the injuries. I’m a guy that doesn’t normally doesn’t get hurt and had two injuries this year that were supposed to sideline me for the rest of the year, but I just refused to accept that. What drove me to work so hard was the possibility of being here. I knew we had a team that was right there on the brink, was always on the brink, so I just wanted to be a part of it. I didn’t want to watch the season on the sideline and I definitely wanted to help my teammates reach this point.”

 

(on if he has fully recovered from the injuries) “I don’t know. I don’t know if I’m even close to normal right now. You know what I mean? It’s the tasks. It’s the goal. All of that is bigger than how you feel. I guarantee you, come February 3rd, when the clock reads 0:00 in the fourth quarter, if the score reads how I expect it to read and how I want it to read, I promise you I won’t feel any pain.”

 

(on what players stepped up when he was out with the injuries) “Courtney Upshaw. He’s been phenomenal for us. Not only that, but the play of Paul Kruger, ‘Krug,’ coming down the stretch. He had to really focus on the task at hand. When we got Pernell McPhee back, he was injured and missed a couple games, but it seemed like we all got back to being somewhat healthy at the right time. When you have all of your weapons, you can start a run.”

 

(on facing San Francisco’s pistol offense) “I’m not going to say too much because I’m pretty sure they’re going to be watching this. We just know it’s a problem and too many teams haven’t had success in stopping it. We get the ultimate test on the ultimate stage. They’ve been a team that’s been primarily known for their defense; they took the challenge. That’s a stress with the guys over there also. It’s going to be interesting and we’re going to have a lot of fun playing this game.”

 

(on what type of leadership role he has taken on the defense) “The way I contribute is I try to be like Ray (Lewis) and see things before they happen. Guys will tell you that I’m constantly talking, even at the snap of the ball, something. They know what to listen for and they know when to tune me out. I’m pretty much just trying to make sure we’re all on the same page, especially the guys on the line.”

 

(on how to stop the 49ers rushing attack) “Get 11 hats to the ball, definitely. Frank Gore and (Colin) Kaepernick, they’re going to get their touches and they’re going to play some ball. We just better be out there ready to play with them.”

 

(on how to slow down the 49ers offense) “That we have all 11 guys doing it. One man is not going to stop that offense. It’s going to take us all. It’s not just particularly one guy that’s going to win this game for us. It’s going to take pretty much everyone in uniform.”

 

(on what makes the pistol offense so difficult to defend) “They can do so much and do so many things. They can pass out of it. They hand the ball off. There are so many things they can do with it. They can even bring in the trick plays. You have to stay fundamentally sound to defend so many things and play.

 

(on pacing the energy level of the team this week) “You think this team has a problem with doing it? With myself and Jacoby Jones? With the guys that we have in this locker room? We’re going to have fun today. Sunday will get here soon enough and then it will take care of itself. We’re going to go be the Ravens on Wednesday and y’all may get a performance out of me. I may be singing at practice. I’m taking requests. Hit me on my twitter, @untouchablejay4. We’re going to be us. Were always going to be us.”

 

(on when he knew he was ready to return from injury) “I don’t know man. I just took upon my faith and prayed and made the decision that I was ready to play. God took care of it, so I can’t really say when I knew, it’s just kind of a feeling.”

 

(on why his numbers differ greatly in the postseason compared to the regular season)  “I don’t know. The second half of the season is always the best half of the season for me. Playing in the playoffs, (they’re) aren’t too many teams playing. All your family members are watching. Most importantly, all of the people that ever doubted you are watching. That’s why the playoffs will always be my favorite.”

 

(on how the Ravens managed to finally reach the Super Bowl) “I don’t know. I think the majority of the group on our team, like I said, my mentor told me, ‘You will learn more in failure than you ever would in success,’ so I think we just learned from the past two times we’ve been in the AFC Championship and other big games that we were in. We learn from our mistakes. This time, we were a more mature team and a more experienced team when we got there and we got over the hump.”

 

(on if Ray Lewis addressed the team about the allegations) “No, because we know it’s all feathers in the wind. It’s petty gossip for the simple fact that we saw how hard he worked. He did it at the facility and at no time was he injected with anything. The man just stayed working out. He just stayed at it. We’re not even going to waste our time with it. We just thought it was hilarious that they have another reason why we’re on this run, but that’s alright. We’ve been getting it this whole playoffs so it’s nothing new to us. We’re not going to pay it any mind.”

 

(on if he was ever doubted as a player) “Yeah, they have. They still doubt me now. You’re going to get it every day, but I’m going to keep the haters at work. I’m not going to give them any rest. I’m going to give them all something to hate on about me.”

 

(on whether the Ray Lewis allegations have been a distraction to the team) “Do we seem distracted? Come on man. We can handle a lot. This team has very broad shoulders. We don’t let too many things bother us. Like I said, we know each other. We know our general (Lewis). We’re just really good at not paying attention to nonsense. We’re not distracted at all.”

 

(on if he would like to hurry up and play the game) “No, because I’m sure Dan Marino probably thought, ‘I’m just itching, I’m just ready to get out here and play,’ and thought he was going to be in a lot of them and he was only in one. We’re going to take our time with this one. We’re going to let Sunday get here and take care of itself. On Wednesday, you can only take care of Wednesday. That’s pretty much what we focus on. We’re going to have some fun and enjoy today.”

 

(on if he enjoys watching other good defenses when he’s not playing) “We like watching our own defense. We appreciate a good player or a great play. We’ll definitely say it. That’s pretty much it. We give respect where respect is due, but we don’t go out of our way to go watch a certain group.”

 

(on if it is difficult to prepare for facing a unique offense) “Yeah, it’s kind of different. It’s a new offense. It’s not a traditional offense, so it may be difficult to prepare for. At the end of the day, it’s all football. It’s all run, pass, kick, block and tackle. I think if we do the little things and get back to the fundamentals, we’ll be fine.”

 

(on if he is impressed with 49ers TE Vernon Davis) “Definitely, he’s a freak at the position. He’s definitely one of the best, if not the best tight end.

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