Yesterday was the first day of Terrell Suggs' two-day stint as a guest analyst on ESPN's NFL Live, and during one segment, the Ravens' Pro Bowl linebacker squared off against fellow analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi on a couple of Ravens related questions.
The first question posed to the two linebackers was which team will have the better defense in 2010, the Ravens or the Jets.
"Hard to say, because we all descended from the same thing," Suggs said. "But we're hungry, so I'm definitely going to say Baltimore."
Bruschi disagreed, arguing that the Jets are coming off a strong 2009 season and they added some big names this offseason, like Jason Taylor and Antonio Cromartie.
"Yeah, but where'd [the defense] come from? It originated in Baltimore," Suggs said. "These are just names. No football game in history has ever been won on paper. We'll see Monday night [when the two teams face to start the regular season]."
The next question up for debate was whether wide receiver Anquan Boldin will make a return trip to the Pro Bowl this year.
Suggs sided with his new teammate.
"Absolutely," he said, "for the simple fact that...Joe Flacco, we got Donte' Stallworth, Derrick Mason came back. With all these weapons, you can't just key on Anquan Boldin. And then I forgot to mention Ray Rice. So all these factors play into Anquan Boldin. It's all one big plan."
Bruschi argued that with all those weapons, it would be tough for Boldin to put up big numbers.
Suggs responded by saying the Ravens' young quarterback can lead the way and get Boldin back to the yearly All-Star Game. "I believe in Joe," Suggs said.
The final question was which AFC North quarterback will throw the most touchdown passes this season.
Not surprisingly, Suggs stayed loyal to Flacco.
"That's tough," Suggs said. "I would definitely say it's going to come down to the wire between Joe Flacco and Carson Palmer. But Joe's younger, and he's ready. Joe's ready."
Yet again, Bruschi disagreed, saying that with wide receiver Antonio Bryant, and rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham, the Bengals have a greater red zone presence in the passing game.
"Rookie, rookie," he said of Gresham. "He's going to hit that wall late. And a lot of rookies drop a lot of balls. Not everybody is going to come out and have those Randy Moss, Anquan Boldin type of seasons."
Bruschi did give one Ravens player some love, picking running back Ray Rice as his best player in 2010, and saying that Rice has a shot at the league's MVP award this year.
Suggs will be back in the ESPN analyst seat again today at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.