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Suggs likes what he sees from Ravens defense, pass rush

Posted on 15 September 2013 by WNSTV

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Suggs says 10 year journey to Super Bowl “priceless”

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff



(on Ray Lewis and Patrick Willis) “They’re both great man. ‘The Great Mufasa,’ we can’t get enough words about him. He probably is a shoe-in first-ballot Hall of Famer. I’m just glad I had the opportunity to play in the last game with him and it’s the biggest game in the world. I’m a big fan of their linebacker too. He knows that.”


(on his journey with the Ravens to the Super Bowl) “Well you know, it’s been a long one. You know what I mean? It’s been a long 10 years, but I’ve been fortunate, you know what I mean, to have some success. I can’t really say. It’s all been priceless man. We’ve came close a few times, but to actually get here, it’s very surreal. I’m really appreciating it. I’m going to enjoy this week and I’m going to take my time getting to Sunday.”


(on the turning point in the Ravens season) “I don’t know. It would probably be Ray’s (Lewis) announcement. You know what I mean? We all focused ourselves and you know, the reality set in that we’re not all going to play forever. We always say about (how) the window of opportunity is closing. That kind of got everybody’s mind right to go on a run.”


(on the challenge of stopping a unique offense) “I don’t know. I guess we’ll have to find out and see on Sunday. We don’t have a plan for it. Get to the ball.”


(on having two weeks off after the AFC Championship Game) “I think it’d be good. You get to heal your body. You get to really study your opponent, that way you can give the fans in the world the best game possible between the two teams.”


(on his food leading up to the Super Bowl) “I can’t answer that. I’m going to try a little jambalaya. I’m going to try some gumbo. It’s not normally what I eat, but if you’re in New Orleans you have to so I’m going to try.”


(on being selected by the Ravens and not the Cardinals) “I was disappointed because I did want to play at home, but it worked out better for everybody.”


(on the Cardinals trading away their draft selection to the Ravens) “We had a hint that they might do it, but I was thinking that they wouldn’t. I wasn’t surprised, but like I said, it was a rumor that they might do it so it didn’t catch me all off-guard. I was disappointed when they did, but like I said, that was 10 years ago and it all worked out for the best now.”


(on which teammate has the weirdest pre-game routine and why) “Brandon Ayanbadejo, easy. I’m not sure if this is camera-ready. It involves massage-coconut oil or something and he stands in the middle of the locker room in his boy shorts or boxer briefs, I don’t know what they are and he oils himself down.”


(on what him and his teammates do during Ayanbadejo’s routine) “We try not to look. If you’re going to the trainer or you just happen to bypass, it’s kind of uncomfortable, but he’s been doing it for four years now, but I don’t want to stay we got used it.”


(on his pre-game routine) “I don’t know man. I just eat eggs and bacon in the morning. I just kind of go. I just gradually get myself ready. I don’t have any; no Vaseline. I don’t have any rituals. I just get ready and go to the game and ride down and listen to my music.”


(on where he will go on vacation if they win) “Ball So Hard University. I will go there first; go to my alma mater. Then I will go to Hogwarts. We stop at Hogwarts and then I will take my lovely family to the lost city of Atlantis.”







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(on what makes this team capable of winning the Super Bowl) “Because we’ve been there before. You know, all the tough games with a lot of great teams and a lot of the time we’ve been on the short-end of those teams. I guess you learn from your mistakes. Good teams don’t make the same mistake twice. We’re on the other end of the coin this time.”


(on how the Ravens have responded from losing in the AFC Championship last season) “Well, our immediate response was (that) we’re going to work hard to get right back to this point, but that was easier said than done, you know, especially with the injuries we’ve all sustained this year. We took the hard way back, you know, getting back here. We got back, you know, we got it done.”


(on what he remembers from the last time he faced Joe Staley) “I don’t know. Staley, I think he’s a guy like me, you know what I mean? He likes to have fun when he plays and that’s how I like to play. The last time we played each other, when a play was going on we were serious; in between plays we would kind of just (be) chopping it up, having fun.”


(on how often Staley gets help from other linemen) “Not that often. He didn’t get that much. He handles his own pretty well. He did pretty good.”


(on using techniques in Super Bowl XLVII from the last time he faced Staley) “You can always learn and educate yourself whenever you go up against a guy or against a certain team, but you know, do I think he had a weakness? No. Something like, no, I don’t think so. You just have to play football.”


(on defeating the Patriots in the AFC Championship) “It was a good win, you know what I mean, especially going to there, they expected two teams. Throughout the course of the year, Houston emerged, Denver emerged, and Cincinnati played some good football and Indy (Indianapolis Colts) with Chuck (Pagano). When everybody saw that these two teams were in, everybody was really, alright, it’s a heavyweight fight, you know what I mean? The rematch, you know what I mean? They wanted to see the two teams play each other, especially the way last year ended. It was good to win the game and you want to play a worthy opponent and we did that beating the defending AFC champs from last year.”


(on what Joe Flacco means to the team) “We always knew Joe, you know, had the ability to be what he is now. It’s like the only one surprised is all of y’all. Y’all see me arguing with Skip (Bayless). Shout out to Skip Bayless though, anyway, my ‘frienemy.’ Y’all see me arguing with him and I have to tell him, my quarterback is a top-five quarterback. He was like, ‘Yeah right,’ but we always knew Joe had the ability. Not only to make the big play, but win the big game, you know and he did. My mentor told me, ‘You will learn more in failure than you ever would in success. We’ve been down that road a couple times. We lost to our division rivals once and then we lost last year to the Patriots. That was an experience for us, you know what I mean. When we got back to those games we capitalized.”


(on whether or not Joe Flacco will play well in the Super Bowl) “We’ll have to wait and see Sunday, but I know which one is going to show up. Like I said, I’ll let y’all be surprised. It’s not news if y’all aren’t surprised.”

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Suggs says he’ll be gametime decision on Sunday vs. Skins

Posted on 05 December 2012 by WNSTV

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Suggs recounts his awful memories of San Diego & Rivers

Posted on 21 November 2012 by WNSTV

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Suggs calls win in Pittsburgh “bittersweet”

Posted on 19 November 2012 by WNSTV

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Will Ravens continue to be haunted by the four deadly sins of defense in 2012?

Posted on 04 November 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

Let’s get this out of the way right away – the Baltimore Ravens are 6-2 and any complaining about Sunday’s 25-15 win over the Cleveland Browns won’t change their slim lead in the AFC North or color the obvious breakdowns and weaknesses that are apparent to anyone who has watched their choppy work.

But as a Ray Rice told me at the podium on the shores of Lake Erie after another win: “There are no bad wins in the NFL.”

We can deal with the offensive inconsistencies later but my concerns center around a defense that will continue to take the field with a squad of patchwork underachievers and glaring fundamental issues.

The four deadly sins of defense continue to haunt the Ravens, if only for the first 80 yards of the field in Cleveland on Sunday. Rushing the passer. Stopping the run. Covering in the secondary. And tackling in general.

Let us count and assess the issues one by one…

The Ravens have no pass rush. Despite having the return of a seemingly spry Terrell Suggs in Houston two weeks ago, he was no factor in Cleveland. Joe Thomas ate him up and most teams will simply get some help on No. 55 if he becomes a pest and the Ravens lack a backup quarterback chaser with any push. Paul Kruger hasn’t been effective. Pernell McPhee, who flashed some visions of a pass rush specialist last season, has been mostly invisible this year and was an injury scratch on Sunday. Haloti Ngata continues to struggle physically and the leaks continue all around him on the defense.

Of course, no pass rush leads to trouble in the secondary with any quarterback and wide receiver tandem that has is given ample time to make a play. This will be an especially daunting issue when the Ravens see the Steelers in two weeks as Ben Roethlisberger has made a Hall of Fame career by making positive plays happen after the play breaks down.

With the injuries to Lardarius Webb, the Ravens secondary has been stressed tremendously because Cary Williams is now carrying the weight of marking every team’s No. 1 receiver. Aside from the obvious with Sergio Kindle being unable to play after his brutal fall and head injury, Jimmy Smith has been the Ravens’ most disappointing first-round draft pick since Travis Taylor. He’s the most penalized defensive player on the team and is consistently getting beat by top-notch receivers on a weekly basis. To my eyes, they’re simply targeting him and the likes of Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and the Manning brothers will literally be frothing at the mouth awaiting a chance to throw the ball into this secondary.

After more than a decade of dominance against the run – and a source of massive pride of a local fan base that would routinely chant “you can’t run” from my seats up in Sect. 513 – the Ravens’ run defense has been porous as it’s been four straight weeks of allowing running backs to gash the front seven and get deeper down the field where the secondary becomes a de facto part of the tackling corps.

And all over the field tackling has been a consistent source of frustration. You can blame not-so-new-anymore defensive coordinator Dean Pees. You can talk about the loss of personnel like Ray Lewis via injury or Jarret Johnson, Cory Redding, etc. to free agency, but there have been leaks all over the field when it comes to second chances and fellows in purple flailing and missing.

Eight games into the season, the Ravens are 6-2 and there’s ample reason to be energized by their gaudy record and seat atop the AFC North.

The offense has certainly been capable as witnessed by their early-season success and it even managed 25 points yesterday on the road in Cleveland by managing to play about 20 minutes of decent football and still spending more than an hour without a first down. But there have been many times recently when Joe Flacco and the offensive crew have been stumbling their


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Suggs says Texans “whipped our ass”

Posted on 21 October 2012 by WNSTV

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Did Suggs ball just a little too hard?

Posted on 03 May 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

The story broke fast and furiously this morning after Glenn Clark sent out the first tweet regarding a potential season-altering Achilles injury for Terrell Suggs. Within 20 minutes, the entire purple universe was made aware of our worst fears as Ravens fans – T Sizzle apparently balled too hard and appears to be lost for at least most of the 2012 season or worse.

So many questions and so little real information beyond Suggs telling Baltimore Ravens fans he’d be back on the field by November. Sure…we’ll see!

No. 55 isn’t a doctor but he’ll play one on the internet…

As a fan, I’m angry at Suggs’ brazen attempt to play basketball after the Ravens have essentially forbid him from doing so. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says the team had a $250,000 “fine” placed into his contract for doing just that.

Of course, by mid-afternoon, more rumors surfaced that Suggs tore his Achilles running around cones in a gym as part of his training.

You can choose to believe whatever you like but either way this is a monumental blow to the Ravens’ chances of competing in the AFC and showing up with confetti under the dome in New Orleans next February.

Do we have the right to be angry as fans? Well, my Facebook community was more alarmed by the freak injury and far more agitated with “WTF’s?” than feel good, “Dear Sizzle, Get Well Soon” kinda messages.

But such is life in the era of social media and instant information and feedback. Much like the awful and tragic death of Junior Seau about 24 hours earlier, everyone with a Facebook status was opining about everything from suicide to concussions to amateur depression experts.

At some point, the truth will surface about both Suggs’ injury and the length and duration of his recovery. That will happen.

What can’t be faked or hidden for a week is how the Ravens’ defense and team will react and attempt to do the impossible – replace Terrell Suggs on the field for 40 to 60 snaps a week in September, October and perhaps beyond?

Enter a band of mighty men including Paul Kruger, Courtney Upshaw, Pernell McPhee, Sergio Kindle and a variety of other players who will need to step up their game and their pass rush in 2012.

It was certainly far from the minds of Ravens’ fans – or anyone in the front office – to believe that Suggs would be M.I.A. for the 2012 season earlier today.

But, alas, reality has set in for everyone involved.

And now the Ravens will be forced to pick up the pieces and John Harbaugh and new defensive coordinator Dean Pees will be calling “next man up.”

But we all know enough to state the obvious: the next man up won’t be as good as Terrell Suggs and the Ravens have taken a significant step backward in their pursuit of Super Bowl glory next February.

And Ray Lewis isn’t getting younger…

And neither is Ed Reed…

Is this the beginning of what can only be a let-down after four consecutive playoff and failed Super Bowl runs?

A shame all the way around…and certainly not the conversation the Baltimore Ravens or the fan base want to be having in early May.


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Is Terrell Suggs the Muhammad Ali of Baltimore?

Posted on 03 January 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

Everytime he opens his mouth something interesting inevitably comes out of it and many times it’s a lot closer to the naked truth than most in Baltimore would care to admit. Or as he will write at @untouchableJay4 on his Twitter account — #truth.

Earlier, Suggs engaged with resident ESPN windbag Skip Bayless and served him a manure burger of biblical proportions while making me laugh and essentially piss myself on the couch when I saw it. It was on the big TV’s when I was in Bill Bateman’s in Perry Hall setting up our Friday night event for Living Classrooms Foundation with Dennis Pitta earlier today but it was muted and I had to go right to the web and see what he was saying because I just knew it was going to be funny. I could tell from his body language.

For me, Terrell Suggs has become the Ravens’ Most Interesting Man, like the guy in the beer commercial. He’s the most boisterous, colorful athlete of this generation in Baltimore and you’d be hard-pressed to convince me he’s not the best player on the Ravens roster this season.

From a media perspective, Sizzle is almost always full of sizzle but oft-times also he brings the steak, a loaded potato with cheesy humor and paired with a tad-bit of fine-aged whine regarding the disrespect his Baltimore Ravens are getting at the national level as a 12-4 team that has taken care of business most weeks in the NFL. Literally, it was the first thing out of his mouth when he singled out media members who picked against the team after the game in Cincinnati.

Clearly, he’s inspired by his critics.

I’ve been camped out at his locker a lot more often in the internet era since 2008 and I have to tell you that he’s one guy who has truly won me over with his passion for football, for winning, for truth and for being the one guy to stand up, be accountable and be the spokesperson for the Baltimore Ravens – in victory or defeat.

Now, he’s going to need to back it up with a

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Suggs says Ravens have plenty to prove on road in Cleveland

Posted on 30 November 2011 by WNSTV

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