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Suggs defends skipping OTAs

Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs raised eyebrows by skipping organized team activities, with some observers questioning whether he’s no longer committed to staying in shape after signing a huge contract extension last year.

But Suggs says he stands by his decision.

“As far as the OTAs thing goes, a lot of guys get hurt,” Suggs said, per Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com. “I don’t think a lot of guys would like to take that risk. It’s OTAs, we’re not winning any games or any Super Bowls in OTAs, so I’d rather just stick to my training and be in top shape come training camp.”

Suggs showed up to training camp out of shape last year and ended the season with a career-low 4.5 sacks. He says this year he’s working out on his own and fitness won’t be an issue.

“Some guys need to be under the supervision of the coaches and the strength coaches and working out with the team, but some guys just don’t need that,” Suggs said. “Some guys, it’s better for them to work individually with a trainer. I’ve always worked out with a trainer, and it’s worked out thus far for me pretty good. But some guys do feel as though they work better with the team, within the group.”

Suggs is only 27 years old, and there’s no reason he can’t bounce back from his disappointing 2009 and have a big 2010. No reason, that is, if he shows up to training camp in shape.

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19 Responses to “Suggs defends skipping OTAs”
  1. DonTerrelli says: Jun 30, 2010 7:14 AM

    Another disappointing year for “T-Sizzle” coming up. He will be crushed by Hines Ward and run over by Mendenhall, and be cut or traded after this season.

  2. MACK DADDY says: Jun 30, 2010 7:28 AM

    I know a guy who skips the entire off season program, including training camp, and nobody seems to think it’s an issue.

  3. Burning River says: Jun 30, 2010 7:33 AM

    “He says this year he’s working out on his own and fitness won’t be an issue.”
    Code words for “lard ass”…

  4. Clubber Lang says: Jun 30, 2010 7:35 AM

    DonTerrelli says:
    June 30, 2010 7:14 AM
    Another disappointing year for “T-Sizzle” coming up. He will be crushed by Hines Ward and run over by Mendenhall, and be cut or traded after this season.
    —————————————-
    Your first point is well taken, as it is an honest opinion. You lose credibility on the second one and as it is troll-like.
    Look, let’s be honest, Suggs was awful last year, he was out of shape and didn’t earn a fraction of his paycheck. It will be interesting to see if he bounces back to probowl form. This only really matters if he doesn’t produce this season. While it would be nice for him to show some leadership and attend the camps to help his teammates or even work on pass rush technique, I’ll take a productive season instead. He took a big gamble here and I hope it pays off…

  5. habibfromnewdehli says: Jun 30, 2010 7:35 AM

    First of all, Suggs wasn’t out of shape last year. Everyone wants to point to his lack of sacks. Well… maybe you should take into account the fact that REX RYAN left. The defense hardly blitzed at all because the corners were so bad. And when they finally did blitz, it lacked creativity and was usually at the worst times.
    After Suggs… Ray Lewis is probably the Ravens best pass rusher. Ngata is a beast in the middle, but the rest of the defensive line is OLD and hardly ever has an impact. Trevor Pryce, Kelley Gregg, Justin Bannan? come on people!
    Even the linebackers are nothing to brag about after Ray Lewis. I mean, since Bart Scott left… they’ve gotten zero pressure from the linebackers.
    Fact is… Suggs is one of the ONLY Ravens who doesn’t suck in big games. In fact, he actually elevates his level of play against the Steelers, Patriots, and Colts. Ask any of those quarterbacks which defensive end they hate playing the most. Bet you Suggs is in their top 2.

  6. JoeFlaccosUniBrow says: Jun 30, 2010 7:42 AM

    @DonTerrelli
    Funny thing is that Mendenhall got his shoulder busted by a Raven a while ago. Hines Ward will crush T-Sizzle’s knees with a chop block or something cheap that he always does.

  7. The Purple Nightmare says: Jun 30, 2010 7:46 AM

    lol@Stillerz comments, your guys are going down faster then the girls in Big Jen Worthlessburgers bathroom

  8. Jack Burton says: Jun 30, 2010 7:54 AM

    I hope I get to see Maurkice Pouncey lay this fool out, he’s nothing without Bart Scott.

  9. theravenlives2 says: Jun 30, 2010 7:56 AM

    “Some guys” who sign multi-million dollar contracts better start living up to them and get their asses to Westminster in shape. Only 4.5 sacks just ain’t cuttin’ it, T-Sizzle.
    BTW Don, how’s your QB doing? Has he graduated to foldling children yet, or is that another thing you guys get to look forward to?
    And I think you meant cheaped shotted by Ward well after the whistle.

  10. Ravenmuscle says: Jun 30, 2010 8:06 AM

    Steeler fans eat sh#t. If any of you cowards show up at M & T Bank it will be your last day on this planet.

  11. Pittsburgh Smells says: Jun 30, 2010 8:38 AM

    DonTerrelli says:
    June 30, 2010 7:14 AM
    Another disappointing year for “T-Sizzle” coming up. He will be crushed by Hines Ward and run over by Mendenhall, and be cut or traded after this season.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Funniest thing I have ever read! I love it!
    Don thanks for keeping Steeler Retardation alive and well. :)

  12. frox says: Jun 30, 2010 8:57 AM

    DonTerrelli – You forgot to add hit with a cell phone by Jimmy Harrison, smacked like a towel dispenser by Jeff Reed, sat on by Casey Hampton and, uh, loved, by Roethlisraper. All of those are much more likely to happen than being run over by Menden-I met Ray Lewis in the hole and came out with a broken shoulder-Hall. Good stuff though. Pittsburgh smells said it right.

  13. Evan2442 says: Jun 30, 2010 9:21 AM

    Every day I come on here I see an article about Suggs and the missed OTAs. First of all, he is not the only Raven to skip these as they are optional and secondly, there are countless players from other teams who skip OTAs as well. So to single out Suggs out of a whole team as well as a handful of guys in the rest of the NFL who do the same thing makes no sense to me. Also, to say Suggs had a horrible year is a ridiculous statement. And if you really follow football you know that sack total does not equal success. Yes, he missed a few games to injury (whether he was “out of shape” is another debate) but you have to remember this guy gets double teamed on every play. The Patriots chose not to double team and you saw what happened, in both games, I might add. The Ravens were still a top 5 D, and Jarrett Johnson, who is the true beneficiary of the opponents focus on Suggs, had a Pro Bowl like year. So please A) stop calling out Suggs for the things other players do. B) Stop saying he was out of shape when in fact, he had an injury and C) Do not equate only stats with success but look at the success of the players around him. This is why they pay the man- because they know by him being on the field it makes everyone else better, no matter who they plug in.

  14. Jack Burton says: Jun 30, 2010 9:29 AM

    Ravenmuscle says:
    June 30, 2010 8:06 AM
    Steeler fans eat sh#t. If any of you cowards show up at M & T Bank it will be your last day on this planet.
    —————————————
    Planning on having Ray Lewis turn us into swiss cheese or what?

  15. sdffa11 says: Jun 30, 2010 9:34 AM

    what a bs excuse. when these idiots are clamoring for a contract extension, they say they need it because they want financial security. once they get the financial security, they don’t want to take any of the injury risks. this guy is haynesworth level scum.

  16. Harm City Homer says: Jun 30, 2010 10:12 AM

    Suggs injured his achilles at camp last year and had to wear a boot when he would have been getting in playing shape. Then Lady Quinn took a cheap shot on his knee cap like Tanya Harding and cost him most of the end of the year just when he was getting back to form.
    He had a bad year but did not make a lot of excuses just vowed that it will not happen again.
    He earned his contract and I still think he will prove he was worth it. OTAs are for young plyers and passing timing. Vet LBs do not tend to need a lot of reps in shorts to be ready to hit.

  17. Frank Robert says: Jun 30, 2010 10:22 AM

    Harm City Homer,
    THANK YOU for bringing some much needed clarity to this issue. You are 100% correct with your statement. Kudos.

  18. Ballinmore says: Jun 30, 2010 11:00 AM

    # Jack Burton says: June 30, 2010 7:54 AM
    I hope I get to see Maurkice Pouncey lay this fool out, he’s nothing without Bart Scott.
    How many football games have you watched where a center lays out an outside linebacker?

  19. Bious says: Jun 30, 2010 4:16 PM

    No, and you won’t be winning any in the future with that attitude

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