Late for Work 7/5: Suggs Still A Top 5 OLB?

Plus remembering Steve McNair, the Boller wedding guest list and early scouting reports.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Monday, July 5th, 2010 at 9:16 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

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Suggs Still A Top 5 OLB?

CBSSports.com’s Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit debated the top five outside linebackers (who play in a 3-4 scheme) in the NFL.

Benoit listed Ravens Terrell Suggs at No. 3, explaining T-Sizzle’s versatility made him elite.

"Suggs is on the list not because he’s a handful as a pass-rusher," Benoit explained, "but because he’s the best playside run-defender in the NFL."

But Katzowitz, who didn’t have Suggs in his top 5, argued that the 2003 Defensive Rookie of the Year is riding on reputation.

 "The one issue I have with [Benoit's] list is Terrell Suggs," Katzowitz said. "I wonder if he lives off his reputation more than anything else.

"He came into last season nearly 20 pounds overweight, and it blunted his explosiveness. He lost playing time, and he completed his worst season since his 2003 rookie season. Not good since he signed a contract before the beginning of the season that made him the highest-paid linebacker in history. Unfortunately for Baltimore, he didn’t play like it."

Benoit’s rebuttal wasn’t elaborate (which could have pointed to Suggs’ shoulder and heel injuries as factors for a lackluster 2009 season, or that he has been to the Pro Bowl three times since his rookie season, OR the target on his back gives teammates more opportunity to succeed) and simply said, "A lot of Suggs’ brilliance doesn’t show up in the stat book."

But even a better rebuttal may not have compared to Katzowitz’ final word.

"In lieu of making any more arguments about this position, let me point you in the direction of what a wise man said last March. ‘I wasn’t happy about the way I played last season, it was a disappointing year. My focus in the offseason is to make sure that never happens again. … No one was more disappointed about my season than me.’

"Who said that? Oh right, those were the brilliant words of Suggs. In effect, Suggs thinks your list is pretty weak."

Andy Benoit’s top five
 5. Elvis Dumervil, Broncos
4. LaMarr Woodley, Steelers
3. Terrell Suggs, Ravens
2. James Harrison, Steelers
1. DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys

Josh Katzowitz’s top five
5. Manny Lawson, 49ers
4. Elvis Dumervil, Broncos
3. DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys
2. LaMarr Woodley, Steelers
1. James Harrison, Steelers

Quick Hits

  • Police held a press conference to debunk myths surrounding former Titans and Ravens quarterback Steve McNair’s death, according to Tennessean.com, while others remembered No. 9 on the one-year anniversary of his passing.
  • Among those in attendance at Friday’s wedding ceremony of former Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller and former Miss California Carrie Prejean’s were Gateway computer founder Ted Waitt, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Nordgren, reported The San Diego Union Tribune.
  • Take a look at The Baltimore Sun’s early scouting reports of the Ravens’ 2010 opponents New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.
  • Fabewash31 (Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington): "Great wedding. Congrats to the Foxworth’s (cornerback Domonique Foxworth)."
  • RayRice27 (Ravens running back Ray Rice): "I love when magazines talk about my team but I love it even more when they talk about @RayRice27."

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