Terrell Suggs wasn’t really in a mood to talk about himself or his career season following yesterday’s 24-10 win over the Colts.
Instead, the Pro Bowl linebacker turned the attention to his defensive coordinator, and made a unique pitch to keep Chuck Pagano in that same role next season.
“If anybody is trying to hire a head coach, if they ask, I’m going to say he sucks,” Suggs joked. “He’s terrible. He’s a terrible coach. His players don’t love him, and he doesn’t know what he’s doing when he’s calling a game.”
Boy, Suggs is on his game between the white lines, and he’s on his game when mics are in front of him, as well.
Suggs might not want to talk about his stellar play this season, but I’ll talk about it for him.
The nine-year veteran and two-time Pro Bowler is currently playing at the highest level of his career, and the rumblings about him being in the mix for Defensive Player of the Year honors are starting to sound more and more legitimate.
After all, it’s hard to ignore numbers that reach out and smack you upside the face.
Following yesterday’s impressive three-sack, three-forced-fumble performance, Suggs now has 13 sacks on the season (a career high and the fourth-best total in the NFL), and has forced six fumbles (tied for the most in the league). Yesterday marked Suggs’ third three-sack game of the season, and the fourth of his career.
How good has Suggs been this season? I’m seriously starting to run out of ways to describe his dominance. That’s how good he’s been.
Head coach John Harbaugh added a new rave review to the list yesterday when he simply said: “Terrell Suggs was just a game-wrecker.”
That might be the best and most succinct way to explain Suggs’ effort. The outside linebacker was all over the place, brushing off double teams and probably making Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky - who remarkably is still without a win in his career despite appearing in 18 games - feel like he’d rather be holding a clipboard than be subjected to another game of punishment at Suggs’ hands.
“He’s a good a pass-rusher as I’ve played against,” Orlovsky said. “I can’t say anything (bad) about him as a football player.”
Here’s the most exciting part about Suggs’ game right now, the one aspect which somehow eclipses his lofty statistics: He doesn’t seem to care about the records he keeps breaking and the numbers that continue to rise.
Sure, the Ravens’ all-time sack leader loves making plays and showboating for sellout crowds at M&T Bank Stadium, but at 29 years old, Suggs is starting to realize that none of it matters if he isn’t able to reach the biggest stage in his sport. And that’s why he danced away from questions about setting a personal sack record and brushed off compliments about him playing the best football of his career.
“It only counts if we get to Indy (for the Super Bowl) and the confetti drops,” Suggs said. “We just have to keep it rolling because, as you’ve all seen through the years, championship teams, they don’t settle for what’s happening right now. Every week, they try to get better, and they try to continue to go and find ways to get on a roll, like we’re doing.
“We’ve still got work to do. We’re still not satisfied. This team is still hungry.”