Haloti Ngata aiming for double-digit sacks

AP

Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata says he’s focusing this season on increasing his sack production. As in, nearly doubling his previous career high.

Ngata, who hhs never had more than 5.5 sacks in a season and had 1.5 sacks last year, said at today’s mandatory minicamp that his goal for 2014 is double-digit sacks.

It’s awfully unlikely that Ngata will manage 10 sacks this season, but rushing the passer has never been the most important part of Ngata’s job in Baltimore’s defense. For the Ravens, the most important thing is that they get a few more good years out of the 30-year-old Ngata. And although talks on a contract extension haven’t amounted to much, he said he’s optimistic that a deal will get done keeping him in Baltimore for several more years.

“I would love to be a Raven for life,” Ngata said.

Ten sacks in a season is probably too much to ask for, but several more good years in Baltimore would be welcome for Ngata and the Ravens.

45 responses to “Haloti Ngata aiming for double-digit sacks

  1. Ngata is a beast, but 5 will be hard. The Ravens are deep, deep, deep on the line. He will rotate often with Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan. But, Ngata knows he only has one year left on his contract (after this season) and he is playing for his job because of his high cap number. That’s plenty of motivation.

  2. I think he’s taking the right approach about it. There’s no harm in aspiring to achieve 10 sacks, because even if he falls somewhat short he will still have had a successful season. I’ve often felt that you can enhance your performance in any endeavor if you make a concerted effort to convince yourself that you’re capable of epic greatness…capable of being the very best there is.

    Even if it proves untrue in the end you’ll be surprised at what you’re capable of…

  3. Ngata can notch at least 6 sacks on Roethlisberger, since Ben doesn’t appear to do anything other than drink beer and eat pizza all offseason… He’ll run him down and make it look like a dad chasing his boy in the yard. In all frankness, does Big Ben’s face weigh 73 lbs?

  4. Ngata gonna happen!!!
    Ravens offered him a 5 yr extension but he would rather play out his deal and try to land another signing bonus. I think he will split time with some youngsters this year.

  5. Given his contribution to the salary cap and his production over the last two years, ngata has a better chance of finding himself on the unemployment line than of ringing up anything approaching double digit sacks.

    Perhap he thought the question was, “How many SNACKs would you do you expect this year?”….Much more likely…

    He can join jumpball joe on the unemployment after the upcoming season. The ratbirds are going to realize the huge mistake the “wizard of oz” made in giving captain mediocre that cap-busting contract after his rainbow shots in the playoffs found the pot of gold in the playoffs. That ridiculous contract is going to start escalating quickly as of next season. Then, let the fun begin.

    As the Nest Burns…

    Go Steelers!

  6. stay healthy big man and all things are possible. Blackbirds gonna be back on top this year.

  7. Haloti can do WHATEVER he wants through the power of positive thinking: teach Junior high, become a hedge fund manager or even switch position to Cornerback

  8. Yes, but Ben’s face is only 3 pounds heavier than Flacco’s unibrow.

    briscocountyjr says:
    Jun 17, 2014 8:40 PM
    Ngata can notch at least 6 sacks on Roethlisberger, since Ben doesn’t appear to do anything other than drink beer and eat pizza all offseason… He’ll run him down and make it look like a dad chasing his boy in the yard. In all frankness, does Big Ben’s face weigh 73 lbs?

  9. Ngata chance. He’s shown zero effort the last few seasons, actually being more of a weak spot in their defense. With the big contract he signed and another underachieving year in ’14 I expect the Ravens to release him in the off season. Once he signed that big contract his play has fallen off the cliff. He’s just not hungry anymore (well, on the field).

  10. Ngata is due to make $16 million in 2014 and in the final year of his current deal in 2015 as well. If the Ravens chose to cut him after this upcoming season, I’d love to read the idiots who would claim that, once again, it’s all Joe Flacco’s fault.

    Never mind the small facts that Ngata would be in the twilight of his career and not worth $16 million a season. These same idiots claim that Ngata is old and beat up, yet the Ravens would be dumb for cutting him.

    I guess people comment before they think logistically.

  11. with Vonta Leach gone, he might see more work with the goal line offense, might have a better shot at 10 TD’s…..hahahaha

  12. 5 of them are going to be against the steelers.when he hits you you know it.just ask RGknee.overweigt ben will be next.some of those steeler contracts make his sound great.they just keep kicking the can down the road..

  13. Ngata you are strong enough you are smart enough you are fast enough and Dawg On It, people like you.

  14. Double digits? How about just getting 2. That would still be a 33% increase from last year. Baby steps.

  15. “DeCastro and Pouncey will deny give you a goose egg against the Steelers.”

    It’s more likely DeCastro gives Pouncey a goose egg when he falls on him again.

  16. The Steelers have $6mill in cap space, the Ravens have $4mill. We’re better and in better cap shape. That’s for you who love to worry about the Steelers cap space every offseason. Read and weep.

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