Suggs’ Teammates Chant ‘M-V-P’

John Harbaugh said that Suggs’ performance should seal the deal for DPOY.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Sunday, January 1st, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, AFC North, Garrett Downing, Week 17 at Bengals

As the Ravens celebrated in the locker room after their 24-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Head Coach John Harbaugh praised outside linebacker Terrell Suggs for another impressive performance.

That’s when his teammates started to chant.

“M-V-P, M-V-P.”

They called out the fact that Suggs, who is in the running to be the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, once again showed up when the team needed him most.

He forced a fumble at a critical point of the fourth quarter, after the Ravens’ two-touchdown lead had evaporated into a four-point advantage and the Bengals were driving down the field with a chance to take the lead. That fumble quickly led to a Ray Rice touchdown, which gave the Ravens a two-score lead they would hold for the victory.

“We needed a play,” Ravens’ Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “In games like this, you need your best guys.”

The fumble was the seventh Suggs has forced this season, setting a new Ravens record. He also went on to sack quarterback Andy Dalton on the Bengals’ next drive, giving him 14 sacks on the season and making one final statement that he deserves to be honored as the NFL’s top defensive player.

“For the best defensive player in the National Football League – I would say – to come up with a play like that, it kind of seals the case for him,” Harbaugh said. “That’s what you expect from him and that’s what he’s been doing all year. ”

Suggs has mostly shied away from the Player of the Year talk, but he admitted after the game that the praise from his teammates was an honor.

“It’s flattering when your team thinks that,” Suggs said. “But whatever happens, happens. It would be a nice accomplishment to get.”

Suggs has been adamant throughout the season that his one goal is for the Ravens to bring home a Super Bowl trophy, and now that the Ravens have won a first-round bye and home playoff game, that goal in sight is even clearer.

“I would really like to be a Super Bowl champion,” Suggs said. “That’s what my heart is set on.”

And if the voters decide that another player – like Charles Woodson, Darrelle Revis or DeMarcus Ware – is more deserving of the honor, Suggs insists it wouldn’t take anything away from the season he’s had.

“Me not winning that doesn’t signify my season,” Suggs aid. “I just like the simple fact that every time I line up I play Raven football.”

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