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Suggs makes his case for defensive player of the year

On Sunday night, we named Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs the defensive player of the year. On Monday night, Suggs appeared on NBC SportsTalk with Russ Thaler, Rodney Harrison, and yours truly, and Rodney asked Suggs whether he thinks he should get the official defensive player of the year award.

Suggs shares his views in the clip pasted at the bottom of this blurb.

Though not included in the segment, Suggs also addressed whether he would like to get another shot at the Steelers in the postseason, and whether he’d like to play the Patriots and Tom Brady, whom Suggs called (in a nod to the instant-classic SNL skit) the “nephew of God.”

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54 Responses to “Suggs makes his case for defensive player of the year”
  1. steelersownyou says: Jan 3, 2012 6:51 PM

    Ya right…no way! Im down with JPP baby! Suggs has 2 good games…1st game against pittsburgh and the game against 49ers and youre talking dpoy? In those 2 games he had 6 sacks. 2 games doesnt warrant dpoy! Get real..its going to JPP…But suggs should get an award. He talks junk his team can’t cash award! He got that award all locked up!

  2. rico004 says: Jan 3, 2012 6:52 PM

    Easy to beat up on teams like Cleveland and Jacksonville….can’t wait till they lose to the steelers like they do every year

  3. eastcoastv says: Jan 3, 2012 6:58 PM

    Love Sizzle! He is a game changer, not just a play maker. He def deserves DPOY award!

    BSHU!

  4. bdub85 says: Jan 3, 2012 7:00 PM

    @steelersownyou

    check the stats they dont lie suggs is the best defensive player

    http://wp.advancednflstats.com/defenderstats.php?pos=LB

  5. johntonioholmes says: Jan 3, 2012 7:01 PM

    He had 9 sacks in 3 games. 5 sacks in the other 13.
    That hardly warrants the award considering what Aleen did in Minnesota.

  6. johntonioholmes says: Jan 3, 2012 7:08 PM

    bdub85

    He had the best year for linebackers, which is all that the chart shows. Look at what Jared Allen did in Minnesota, without the benefit of playing next to a stud like Ngata.

    Allen had the best season by far. In the first place, he was a consistent rusher, while Suggs enjoyed 3 stellar games which gave him 65% of his sack total.

  7. opbilly says: Jan 3, 2012 7:18 PM

    @johntonioholmes

    if u would have seen the interview with skip bayless who tried to goad suggs into a bunch of stupid predictions, which suggs was too smart to do, he said that allen, ware, babin and others were all more deserving than him
    and to steelersownyou, will u ever say anything that actually makes sense or can be backed up by facts. hopefully you go back in your hole after this week. 13 points against a cleveland team who already had their bags packed???

  8. eastcoastv says: Jan 3, 2012 7:20 PM

    Like I said above, Suggs is a game changer. As in he changes the game, which helps the Ravens WIN. While Jared Allen is a great player, the Vikings won 3 games. IMO, you can’t maintain the integrity of DPOY award if you give it to someone that played on a losing team, no matter how good he was.

  9. mmcdan133 says: Jan 3, 2012 7:56 PM

    He can make his case all day, that’s Jared Allen’s award. And to those saying you can’t give it to a guy on a losing team…please. It’s an individual award, and he was the best individual defender in the league.

  10. polo550 says: Jan 3, 2012 8:23 PM

    What people fail to see about Suggs is he is a complete player. Which means he sets the edge better than any OLB in the league. He plays the run better than any of the other players up for this award. Which is why the Ravens continue to be in the top 5 against the run every year. If the award was just for sacks Allen would run away with the award. But people who know football know that there is more to playing defense than just getting sacks. Dude does everything well. 70 tackles, 7 forced fumbles, and 2 ints on top of his 14 sacks. I’d say he has a strong case. I’d take Suggs game changing plays over Allen’s 22 sacks any day. I think so would Allen if it meant he wasn’t at home watching the playoffs.

  11. steelersownyou says: Jan 3, 2012 8:43 PM

    @opbilly…ya good argument..if you hadnt lost to seattle & jacksonville…Idiot!

  12. burghman says: Jan 3, 2012 8:44 PM

    Seriously? He should be in the conversation, but not the winner. It’s the DPOY award, not DPOY-on-a winning-team-award. Besides…the dude just can’t throttle his mouth…

  13. ravensfan4life52 says: Jan 3, 2012 8:53 PM

    Ok DPOY isn’t all about sacks. Suggs is the total package. and how can you not vote for a player who BALLS SO HARD!?

  14. mdp3646 says: Jan 3, 2012 9:00 PM

    The award is for the most dominant player. With 22 sacks Allen dominated all he was against. He didn’t benefit from those around him

  15. johntonioholmes says: Jan 3, 2012 9:01 PM

    polo550

    The problem is, Allen recorded interceptions, and PDefs as well.

    That’s why I think it should go to him. Babin and Ware got a lot of sacks but they didn’t do anything else.

    It was only Suggs and Allen that did it all, which is why–I think–the award should go to Allen because he did it all and got the sack title.

  16. sixburghrules says: Jan 3, 2012 9:25 PM

    eastcoastv says: Jan 3, 2012 7:20 PM

    Like I said above, Suggs is a game changer. As in he changes the game, which helps the Ravens WIN. While Jared Allen is a great player, the Vikings won 3 games. IMO, you can’t maintain the integrity of DPOY award if you give it to someone that played on a losing team, no matter how good he was.
    ——————————————————
    This is the same argument used by fans who said Cam Newton should NOT be rookie of the year! Because his TEAM did not win enough games! Terrell Suggs is a blow-hard! Steelers take the Ravens in Game 3!

  17. rushmatic says: Jan 3, 2012 9:33 PM

    polo550 says:
    Jan 3, 2012 8:23 PM
    What people fail to see about Suggs is he is a complete player. Which means he sets the edge better than any OLB in the league. He plays the run better than any of the other players up for this award. Which is why the Ravens continue to be in the top 5 against the run every year. If the award was just for sacks Allen would run away with the award. But people who know football know that there is more to playing defense than just getting sacks. Dude does everything well. 70 tackles, 7 forced fumbles, and 2 ints on top of his 14 sacks. I’d say he has a strong case. I’d take Suggs game changing plays over Allen’s 22 sacks any day. I think so would Allen if it meant he wasn’t at home watching the playoffs.

    ___________________

    *Sets the edge better than any 3-4 OLB in the league.

  18. ralphtherealravenfan says: Jan 3, 2012 9:40 PM

    Some of you guys get too hung up on “sacks”. It’s a sexy word for tackles for loss. That’s all it is. It’s important, yes, but because Jared Allen went nuts sacking the quarterback, it doesn’t mean he had a better year than Suggs. Suggs made timely plays when we needed them, to help us WIN. Did Jared Allen do that? I’d take him on my team in a heartbeat, but his impact on the Vikings doesn’t hold a candle to Terrell’s impact on the Ravens. Especially when Ray Lewis missed time. Suggs leads the league in forced fumbles, interceptions, and passes deflected as a linebacker or defensive linemen. And TWENTY tackles for loss. That’s insane for one guy to do all that. On a defense loaded with talent as it is. He’s the DPOY, period.

  19. lp0320 says: Jan 3, 2012 9:40 PM

    I’m a Steelers fan, but it’s with a heavy heart that I would have to agree that Suggs should be the DPOY. He is a complete player.

  20. jr4real says: Jan 3, 2012 9:44 PM

    Cmon Suggs was a beast this year. JPP was awesome the last 8 games but suggs was awesome. Ok, funny as hell also doesnt hurt.

  21. ticalcaldwell says: Jan 3, 2012 9:49 PM

    as a bengals fan…this guy is a monster…best in league this year….just watched him last sunday…the guy was everywhere…….

  22. sizvampire55 says: Jan 3, 2012 10:18 PM

    I don’t understand why forced fumbles isn’t a more publicized stat. A forced fumble is better than a sack yet people don’t talk about them. Oh Siz has 8 of those…

  23. kcflake says: Jan 3, 2012 10:23 PM

    Suggs. Is a dousche

  24. polo550 says: Jan 3, 2012 10:26 PM

    Johntonioholmes, I definitely respect your opinion and I’m not dogging on Jared Allen. He had a monster year but how many of his 22 sacks actually changed or won a game for the Vikings? Allen is pure DE where Suggs is 3-4 OLB. Which means he rushes the QB and drops into coverage. I guess what I’m saying is that you just can’t hand Allen the award because of sacks. He has 8 more sacks but Suggs does other things that make up for that. I think it will be close. Just depends on what the voters put a premium on.

  25. bigfella87 says: Jan 3, 2012 10:31 PM

    @steelersownyou and all the other Pittsburgh fans that talk trash and can’t back it up……..You’re telling me that Sizzle has a few good games a year, and shouldn’t win DPOY? First off, Sizzle changes games like there’s no tomorrow, and TEs and constantly assigned to help OTs block him, and secondly, if his “few good games” are an issue then what the heck is up with last year’s DPOY? That dude disappears in games all the time (every year!), and gets beaten in coverage like there’s no tomorrow. That guy doesn’t even have good games, he blows dude! Man, I like Steeler fans and I actually love the rivalry we have, but people like steelersownyou make me wonder why some people are even allowed to have kids…..

    Either way, best of luck to y’all in the playoffs.

    Go B-MORE!

  26. raqaiw says: Jan 3, 2012 10:48 PM

    No mullet = No DPOY for Allen

  27. johntonioholmes says: Jan 3, 2012 11:05 PM

    polo550

    I know what you’re saying. I think it should go to a player who has proven that he can do everything. Like I said, Allen had a lot of sacks but he also had an int (impressive for a DE) and a few PDefs, proving that he, like Suggs, can do it all as well. If Allen only had 22 sacks and nothing else, then there wouldn’t even be a question in my mind.

    I think the only choice is between Allen and Suggs.

    My biggest knock on Suggs is that he wasn’t consistent. He dominated a few bad tackles and then was quiet for a lot of the season.

    And I completely respect your opinion as well. It’s nice that we don’t have to be at each others’ throats over such a topic.

  28. crabcakeandfootball1 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:20 PM

    @steelersownyou, good username if you had not been swept…idiot.

  29. hitit49 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:28 PM

    Playoffs!!!
    you talking about playoffs!!
    Did he get his team to the playoffs?

  30. benandjerrysberryhorny says: Jan 4, 2012 12:07 AM

    @steelersownyou

    You must be either no older than 15 or you’re just simply a mental ruhtard. That’s the only way to justify your grotesque comments.

  31. ravenator says: Jan 4, 2012 12:32 AM

    BEAST! You could only wish he was on your team. Ball So Hard!

  32. vikesfansteve says: Jan 4, 2012 12:42 AM

    If you don’t vote for him, he’ll throw bleach on you.

  33. CKL says: Jan 4, 2012 1:33 AM

    I just wanted to point out that pretty much every interview I’ve heard this dude do, he has to mention Brady. It’s frightening. I seriously, and I mean it this isn’t smack talk, think he has a crush on him. NTTAWWT.

  34. hawks49 says: Jan 4, 2012 1:39 AM

    Justin Smith, if you actually follow the NFL you know he should be in the top 3 and in the running for DPOY. He has a bigger impact on his team than Suggs of JPP.

  35. jdandcoke says: Jan 4, 2012 2:05 AM

    JPP is basically a newbie who will wind up getting very little consideration. let suggs or allen have it…..JPP will dominate this league for the next decade and win the award multiple times in the future. allen is great at what he does…suggs is probably a little bit better at what he does…JPP will be better than either of them by the end of next year.

  36. jlv3gem says: Jan 4, 2012 6:13 AM

    @steelersownyou

    If you watched Suggs play all year instead of just reading the stat sheets you’d know he’s worthy of DPOY consideration.

  37. jlv3gem says: Jan 4, 2012 6:15 AM

    The guy had what 14 Sacks, 7 forced Fumbles, an interception or two, he pays run D, and he’s caused about 4 other INTS by hitting the QB at the last second.

  38. steelersownyou says: Jan 4, 2012 6:48 AM

    @crabcakeandfootball1…a true sweep is what we did in 08 to the ravens…3 times in a season! This is the beginning of a new season. Get ready to watch flacco…CHOKE! Dude he sucks so bad!

  39. jlv3gem says: Jan 4, 2012 6:51 AM

    Why does everyone make their judgement based on sack totals?

  40. steelersownyou says: Jan 4, 2012 6:52 AM

    Oh…and we own the ravens in the playoffs! Always have always will…your mark sanchez like QB is awful! We will OWN you in 2 weeks! Get ready to be owned at empty bank beeehotches!

  41. baltomjg182 says: Jan 4, 2012 7:25 AM

    @steelersownyou – your turd team isn’t even going to make it to the bank. They beat Denver even without Clark, his spleen and 5-7 helmet to helmet hits, but get hammered in New England. Mommy has your cereal ready and your clothes laid out for your day so run along little fella.

  42. youreallmorons says: Jan 4, 2012 7:54 AM

    @steelersownyou

    There you go again just sweating the Ravens all day long and proving my point over and over again.

    Babin does not even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Suggs, Allen, and JPP. He is terrible against the run and often times leaves his defensive teammates out to dry while only caring about getting to the QB. Hes a joke, average at best.

  43. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 4, 2012 8:29 AM

    i’m just happy he didnt have his usual 30 sacks, 4 picks, 8 forced fumbles, and 10 fumble recoveries in two games against us this year.

  44. ravenator says: Jan 4, 2012 9:05 AM

    Didnt you say that week 1 and week 9. Good luck stopping Ray Rice

  45. steelersownyou says: Jan 4, 2012 9:24 AM

    Theres where youre wrong. Bungles will beat houston they will play patriots. We will beat broncos. Then it will be steelers vs ravens. Here we come baby…get ready..#1 defense will be coming to empty bank!

  46. khmer379 says: Jan 4, 2012 9:30 AM

    Cmon guy sugg is nice but Bmore defense is way better then the vikings yes he does everything so what if he helping the team win he should be MVP intead of DPOY Jared allen was only half sack away from strahan record if you watch allen play he does alot for that defense beside sack it not his fault his team suck and dont play with the same effort he does

  47. theravens1 says: Jan 4, 2012 9:42 AM

    I don’t get to vote, but like this comment:

    “The guy had what 14 Sacks, 7 forced Fumbles, an interception or two, he pays run D, and he’s caused about 4 other INTS by hitting the QB at the last second.”

    And, want to add that Suggs plays his position better than anyone. It isn’t all just about sacks. It is about his defensive play and how it effects the game. He isn’t allowed to rush the qb every play, although he poses the threat, he has to drop back and cover, he has to close the corner, and assist on run coverage. He runs down plays on the other side of the field in order to make many of his tackles. He draws the back on many passing plays to block him because he is such a threat, which makes one on one blocks on Ngata and others a tough choice to make and leads to passing breakdowns.

    He should get dpoy!

  48. theravens1 says: Jan 4, 2012 9:44 AM

    Oh, and he wants the ball, and ball so hard award to go to Ray Rice! And that helps the defense more than anything!

  49. waxdaclam says: Jan 4, 2012 9:53 AM

    Keep in mind that JPP had 87 tackles (66 solo and 21 ATK). That’s unheard of for a DL. Pair that with 16.5 sacks, 6 pass defenses, 2 forced fumbles, a safety and game-winning blocked FG that helped extend the NY Giants’ season–and he has a legit case for DPOY. Allen’s sacks total is insane–but did he help his team win? He’s not even in the top 5 in tackles in the league at the DL spot. The same can be said for Babin.

    Either way, it makes for an interesting conversation. Suggs was a beast this year and stacked his stats in a small portion of his games. JPP was a bit more consistent and turned it up full-throttle when his team needed a spark. It’s tough to measure that type of value in that stats columns.

  50. rexryanseacrest says: Jan 4, 2012 10:24 AM

    After the Ravens blew out the Steelers in week 1, Steelersownyou called it a fluke and predicted his team would crush the Ravens in Pittsburgh. Wrong. After the Ravens lost to the Chargers, he predicted the Steelers would take over the division by beating San Fran. Wrong again. Then last week before the Ravens played the Bengals, he posted this little nugget:

    steelersownyou says:
    Dec 28, 2011 8:57 AM
    I’m gonna party & post all day sunday when ravens & their fans are all depressed AGAIN when steelers win AFC North…oh this 1 will be sweeter than all the rest!
    _______
    Steelersownyou is 0-3 with his predictions this year. The Ravens on the other hand are 8-0 at home, 6-0 in the division, and 6-0 against playoff teams. It’s time to stop taking this guy seriously.

  51. flaccodelic says: Jan 4, 2012 11:05 AM

    steelersownyou says: Jan 4, 2012 6:48 AM

    @crabcakeandfootball1…a true sweep is what we did in 08 to the ravens…3 times in a season! This is the beginning of a new season. Get ready to watch flacco…CHOKE! Dude he sucks so bad!

    —-

    So just so I’m clear- when the Ravens crushed the Steelers in Week 1 it was somehow “the Ravens’ Superbowl” and didn’t count or something. When the Ravens came from behind to beat the Steelers in their house in week 9 it was their other Superbowl and also didn’t count. Now, it’s apparently a whole new season, and losing the division to the Ravens also doesn’t count! But if pressed as to why the Steelers might not be the best team, you’ll undoubtedly start talking about totally irrelevant past trophies. Meanwhile- Tomlin did a great job in letting Ben tough it out while getting crushed by the 49ers, and he also did a great job in safely keeping Clark out against the Broncos.

    You washcloth-wavers really are living in your own little world, aren’t you?

  52. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 4, 2012 11:46 AM

    @bigfella87:

    why people like you focus on these agitators like steelersownyou with nothing intelligent to say is way beyond me, but they bait that hook and you bite everytime.

    but back to your points about “sizzle”. i think you inadvertently argued against your own points. when suggs gets doubled, chipped, etc. he disappears too, freeing up other defenders to make plays, but it doesnt diminish his impact on the game, perhaps his stats, but not his impact. same could be said of troy or any of the “shut down” corners in football. if you throw away from them, run away from them, assign extra blockers, slide protections, etc they dont have the impact stats, but avoiding them is nonetheless a huge part of the game plan.
    on to your points about him getting beat in coverage. he’s a STRONG SAFETY!!!! ask anyone who knows about football and they’ll clearly tell you that STRONG SAFETIES are typically just small LBs who have above average cover skills (as compared to LBs) and who tackle like LBs. yes, he misses lots of tackles (find me someone who doesnt), but he also makes lots of tackles, timely ints, forced fumbles, etc. he’s not a FS who gets to line up 20 yards deep every play and cherry pick INTS while not even actually in man to man coverage. troy isnt asked to match up against wrs often because he’s a SS (and that’s the position he’s often toasted by). if he is, it’s more to do with the scheme for that particular play, rather than them utilizing his best skill set (which is clearly not coverage). give me an example of a great “cover strong safety” and i’ll show you a converted CB. check the game against the pats and how he did matched up against TEs. what makes him great is also his greatest vulnerability. he anticipates and is aggressive (which works more often than it doesnt) and sometimes that bites him in the butt.
    and then, to throw all your credibility out of the window, you come up with “That guy doesn’t even have good games, he blows dude!” and you want to attack the legitimacy of steelersownyou’s comments? i wont even dignify that with a rant, check the stats.

    “Pittsburgh fans that talk trash and can’t back it up”
    amazing how you have one season sweep and now the rest of the recent history of the rivalry just no longer exists because it’s in the past……PRICELESS

  53. steelersownyou says: Jan 4, 2012 12:07 PM

    Jealous ravens fans I love it. I just hope cincy wins. Cause I dont wanna go to foxboro just yet. Id much rather play the ravens at empty bank. Its the easier of the 2. So ill be rooting for cincy big yime!

  54. jm1122 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:29 PM

    …suggs was hilarious on “first take” when he said “we don’t need god on our sidelines!”

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