He's been the motor of the Ravens pass rush since he arrived in the first round of the 2003 draft out of Arizona State. He is Terrell Suggs and here are 12 questions you would have to ask if you caught him for an interview.
First, the fluff:
1. Of the trio of Ravens linebackers that flocked together for the past few years (Suggs, Ray Lewis and Bart Scott), who hits the hardest?
2. You scored two touchdowns last season, the first two of your NFL career. How many more are to come? Does it feel better to run into the endzone or drop a quarterback?
3. What's your favorite Ray Lewis intimidation tactic? What do you do on the line of scrimmage to get in the heads of the offensive lineman?
4. What's the most memorable game of your career? For the team and for yourself.
5. What's it like to know that you have Ed Reed and Ray Lewis at your back on every play? How do they change your game?
And then, the interrogation:
6. You've been a Raven for seven seasons and, thanks to the franchise tag for a second straight year, it will soon be eight. What is the hold-up on getting the long-term deal done?
7. Last year, you fought to have your franchise tag designation as a defensive end instead of a linebacker. Was that about money (a one year difference of $800,000) or do you truly consider yourself an end?
8. John Harbaugh has quickly gained a reputation as a no-nonsense coach, but his approach also appeared to wear thin on some veterans who said he does not show them the respect they deserve. What's your take on Coach Harbaugh's style? What advice did you offer him in his first year on the job?
9. The Ravens said goodbye to a number of major defensive pieces from last year - Chris McAlister and Bart Scott were lifetime Ravens, but also Jim Leonhard and Marques Douglas. Do you think the young guys the team has brought in are ready to fill the void?
10. The Ravens defense has been ferocious for years, but every year we see pass rushers miss big tackles at big moments. Ben Roethlisberger, especially, seems to side-step the big hits with ease. Does this team have a problem with trying too hard to get the "big hit" instead of just making the tackle?
11. The Ravens defense is consistently ranked near the top of the league, but the offense has certainly seen its struggles. How hard has it been to play your game, knowing that the offense may not be able to get it done?
12. Rex Ryan has gone to the Jets and he's taken more than one defensive star with him. The Ravens promoted Greg Mattison to Defensive Coordinator. Can we still expect to see "organized chaos" on every down? Is Mattison up for the job?
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