Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs Is the Only Choice for NFL's Defensive MVP
Wow. Just wow.
In his ninth season, Suggs is without question playing the best football of his career.
After embarrassing the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving night, "T-Sizzle" made sure Indianapolis Colts' quarterback, Dan Orlovsky, and left tackle Anthony Costanzo will remember No. 55. Causing three sack/fumbles, Suggs was a constant presence in the backfield and set the tone for the Ravens 24-10 dominating performance over the lowly Colts.
"I can't say anything bad about him as a football player," Orlovsky said of Suggs.
Suggs is now second in the NFL with a career-high 13 sacks, behind only Dallas Cowboys pass-rusher, DeMarcus Ware. More importantly, Suggs is carrying a Ravens defense that has been without Ray Lewis, who has missed several games with a toe injury. Suggs is not only proving there might be life after Lewis in Baltimore, but also making a strong statement that he is the best defender in the game this season.
In addition to his ballooning sack total, Suggs has two interceptions, 53 tackles and six forced fumbles through just 13 games. Versatility has been the real difference for Suggs in the last two seasons. After a career-low 4.5 sacks in 2009, Suggs rededicated himself in the offseason and got into terrific shape. Shedding weight and working on his speed, the Ravens OLB has been dominant over the last two seasons.
Suggs has also credited Ravens defensive coordinator, Chuck Pagano, as demonstrative in the pass-rusher's resurgence. When asked about the impact Pagano has had on the Ravens defensive scheme's after the win over the Colts, Suggs joked, "If anybody trying to hire a coach, if they ask me I'm going to tell them he (stinks). He's a terrible coach and his players don't love him." Sarcasm aside, the pairing of Pagano and Suggs has been a blessing for a team desperate for sacks last season. The Ravens lead the NFL in team sacks.
Beyond the stats, Suggs has been relentless in his pursuit of opposing quarterbacks this season. His constant pressure off the edge has made Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata more effective up the middle and has created favorable matchups for defensive end Cory Redding.
Suggs has made an already-talented defense elite. As the Ravens seem prepared for a deep playoff run, Suggs isn't done yet. To everyone left on the Ravens' schedule: You've been warned.
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