Suggs Doesn’t Care About Sacks

Terrell Suggs set a career-high 13 sacks on the year, but doesn’t want to hear about it.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, December 11th, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Ryan Mink, Week 14 vs Colts

As defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said, Terrell Suggs “went crazy” on Sunday against Indianapolis.

Suggs notched three sacks and forced three fumbles, a feat never done in Ravens history.

It’s the third time this season he has had three sacks in a game after doing it just once in his previous eight years.

Suggs now has 13 sacks, breaking his single-season record of 12 set in his 2003 rookie season.

It’s all worthy of serious NFL Defensive Player of the Year talk.

Suggs: This Team Is Still Hungry

But Suggs couldn’t care less.

“I don’t really care,” Suggs said, deflecting reporters’ questions and giving the credit to the Ravens’ other defensive linemen and secondary.

“You can all talk about it. But what does it matter if we lose our first playoff game? What does anything that any of us achieved this year mean? Nothing. It’s short-lived. It doesn’t last forever. … It only counts if we get to Indy and the confetti drops.”

Getting to Indianapolis is reaching the Super Bowl – the only focus for Suggs in his ninth season.

He said he thinks about it every game.

“Every game is one step closer,” Suggs said. “I don’t want to drop one.”

Suggs became the Ravens’ all-time sack leader with three quarterback drops in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has only continued on that torrid pace.

He now has six forced fumbles this season, which is also a career-high. The Ravens didn’t recover any of the three Sunday afternoon.

But as fellow outside linebacker Jarret Johnson said, that wasn’t Suggs’ fault. Johnson said this is as good as Suggs has ever played.

“When he goes, man, he has huge games,” Johnson said. “He went off today. He’s got to be in the running for MVP. He’s killing right now.”

All three of Suggs’ sacks – which were spread out between the second, third and fourth quarters – were similar.

He came off the edge, dropped his pad level and nailed quarterback Dan Orlovsky while chopping at his arm. All three came against Colts rookie first-round left tackle, Anthony Costanzo.

“We tried to chip him some, but in those situations with those guys, you can never really chip them enough,” Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell said. “He was on top of his game today, he was a force.”

Ravens Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano pulled Suggs from the game on the Colts’ final touchdown drive. As defensive end Cory Redding said, Suggs “had a few choice words” for his beloved coach.

“That’s the kind of competitor you want on your team,” Redding said.

“We were doing something phenomenal,” Suggs explained. “I wanted to keep it going until the last drive.”

Now all Suggs is focused on is keeping it going until the last game.

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