Haloti Ngata: I can’t do what I want most of the time

AP

The Ravens defense has been much more forgiving than in past years, particularly when it comes to stopping the run, and the injuries suffered by defensive tackle Haloti Ngata are one of the causes for the change.

Ngata has been dealing with knee and shoulder injuries this season and they have limited both his playing time and his performance. Ngata was limited to 53 snaps last weekend, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, and turned in a game that was below the All-Pro level we’re accustomed to seeing. Ngata didn’t record a single tackle as Trent Richardson ran for 105 yards and says that the injuries are taking a toll on him.

“Now, it’s limiting me,” Ngata said. “I just can’t do what I want to do most of the time.”

Ngata said he doesn’t want to take a week off to recuperate and said he doesn’t think the injuries will require surgery after the season, which pretty much leaves him to do whatever he’s capable of doing given the limitations. That’s a problem for a Ravens run defense that’s already playing without linebacker Ray Lewis and we’re likely to see more teams attack Baltimore on the ground until Ngata or someone else is able to make that a less successful plan of attack than its been the last few weeks.

18 responses to “Haloti Ngata: I can’t do what I want most of the time

  1. Not sure why this guy is risking further injury like this. Lewis and Webb, two of their best defenders are out, Suggs is back, but is taking a LARGE risk as well. Reed is hurting as well.

    Think Harbaugh should maybe think of sitting him for a game?

  2. Luckily, with Ngata in the lineup all opposing running backs can do EXACTLY what they want to do! Great player his first couple of years, but he’s seriously leveled off and is average at best this season.

  3. sudz28, just because he is injured doesn’t mean he’s leveled off and has become average. He will be fully healthy again, maybe not this season, but in the future. When healthy, this man is the best DT in the league and it really isn’t even close(I have JJ Watt as a DE). I guess that’s what he gets for playing through injury and being there for his teammates; ignorant people kicking him while he is down.

  4. I always thought Ngata should be playing in the middle of their 3-4, not as the right end. I think that is asking a little too much

  5. Football fans have to be the most near-sighted people on the planet. Ngata hasn’t magically become average, he’s just freaking hurt to the point that its severely impacting his game. Once he gets healthy, which might not be until next year, he will be the beast that he normally is.

  6. gbpbacker, Ngata is not playing DT. He is now a 3-4 DE, like Watt is. And even if Ngata was completely healthy, as good as he would then be, I think I would still take Watt. Dude is elevating the position to a whole new level, like LT did with outside linebacker in the 3-4 years ago.

  7. You are correct firefly. Ngata’s natural position is a DT though as a runstopper whereas Watt is an outside rusher naturally. Get Ngata healthy and plug him back in the middle and Balitmore’s D will turn it around. Completely unbiased viewpoint as I am a Packer fan. I’d take Ngata or Watt any day of the week on my team obviously.

  8. rufustfireflyjr says: Nov 9, 2012 1:38 PM

    gbpbacker, Ngata is not playing DT. He is now a 3-4 DE, like Watt is. And even if Ngata was completely healthy, as good as he would then be, I think I would still take Watt. Dude is elevating the position to a whole new level, like LT did with outside linebacker in the 3-4 years ago.
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    Actually you are wrong. In a 3-4 style defense Cody plays NT(Nose Tackle) Ngata plays DT and Mcphee plays DE. Well thats aleast when they are on the field.

  9. Who says Flacco can’t do what he wants to do? He wants to sit quietly on the bench, so for three quarters a game he does just that.

    NOBODY tells Joe Flacco he can’t do something.

  10. sixlombardisinyourface says:
    Nov 9, 2012 1:52 PM
    like punch Ben in the face ? Can’t wait to see Dwyer and Redman footprints all over your chest and back.

    Dwyer and Redman? Those guys are studs….Ha!

  11. This is a miserable season for the Ravens…just terrible. I’m a die hard fan, but I see them as a one and done playoff team. At least they’ll be picking in the early 20s for a change instead of mid 20s or later.

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