Back in November, had anyone said Terrell Suggs would go six games without a sack, you would’ve thought they were nuts.
At that time, the Ravens linebacker had nine sacks in eight games and was taking down the quarterback with ease. Suggs has gone sackless since, recording none in Baltimore’s last six games, staying stuck on nine since Nov. 3.
When asked about it this week, Suggs didn’t pretend it didn’t matter to him or that he was able to push it out of his mind.
“Definitely. I think about it a lot, but in those six games we’re 5-1,” Suggs said. “It’s definitely in the back of my mind, but I can’t let that be my No. 1 focus. As long as we’re winning, I’ll accept that. It’s bittersweet. We’re 5-1. Right now we’re in the playoffs if we win out. If we handle our business, we’ll be in the playoffs. The postseason is more important than statistics. Even though I do want them, I’m still out there working, chasing and getting after them. That’s all I can do - continue to work.”
Suggs didn’t even record a tackle in Monday night’s win at Detroit, the first time that happened since Oct. 16, 2011.
So the streak without a sack continued. To what does Suggs attribute it to?
“I don’t know. It’s not like I’m not getting there,” he said. “Sometimes they just get the ball out. All I can do is continue to play. As long as we’re winning.”
Suggs did try to shoot down talk that it’s because he’s banged up or hurt, that he has been slowed down by an injury.
“No, I don’t feel banged up. I’m going to be all right,” he said. “As you already know, as long as there’s air in my lungs, I’m going to be out there playing. But, like I said, it’s not all bad. We’re still 5-1 during this stretch, and I’m still only a half-sack behind the (team) leader (Elvis Dumervil with 9.5). I’m not really worried about it. If we get in the postseason, then we can look back and look at all that, but first and foremost, (winning is) objective No. 1. Win this week, win out, win the division, get in the postseason.”
Coach John Harbaugh still sees Suggs helping the defense even though he hasn’t brought down quarterbacks at the same rate he did to start the season.
“Every team is going to look at Terrell Suggs, and they’re going to do everything they can to make sure that he doesn’t destroy their passing game, because he is capable of doing that,” Harbaugh said. “I’m sure the Patriots will look at him the same way. That, combined with some of the weather games that we’ve played in that stretch, have probably been the two things that have combined for that. But he’s gotten pressure on the quarterback, he’s forced the ball to come out quickly, and those are all things that count, too.”