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Haloti Ngata aiming for double-digit sacks


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.

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45 Responses to “Haloti Ngata aiming for double-digit sacks”
  1. aceakking says: Jun 17, 2014 6:48 PM

    Haloti Ngata sounds like Japanese.

  2. pridewatcher says: Jun 17, 2014 6:49 PM

    Why not 4 punt returns for a touchdown?

  3. 4thquartermagic says: Jun 17, 2014 6:50 PM

    That’s nice.

    Chances of him actually doing it?


  4. craniator says: Jun 17, 2014 7:01 PM

    Ten sacks for Haloti ? Nada.

  5. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 17, 2014 7:02 PM

    Go Ngata!

  6. dickshotdogs says: Jun 17, 2014 7:13 PM

    It’s nice to set goals.

  7. dickshotdogs says: Jun 17, 2014 7:14 PM

    Any team goals, Haloti?

  8. ravenmadnky says: Jun 17, 2014 7:14 PM

    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.

  9. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 17, 2014 7:15 PM

    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…

  10. raqaiw says: Jun 17, 2014 7:22 PM

    Rex Ryan really got the best out of this guy. Hopefully he returns to form.

  11. philwauke says: Jun 17, 2014 7:25 PM

    I thought it said snacks.

  12. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jun 17, 2014 7:25 PM

    aceakking says: Jun 17, 2014 6:48 PM

    Haloti Ngata sounds like Japanese
    It’s actually Tongan.

  13. kwjsb says: Jun 17, 2014 7:37 PM

    Haloti Ngata aiming for double-digit snacks

    He is a big dude

  14. t8ertot says: Jun 17, 2014 7:46 PM

    But the ravens will still lose to the division champs, the Bengals

  15. raylewisisananimal52 says: Jun 17, 2014 8:11 PM

    And then the Bengals will lose in the first round like they have the last 3 times they’ve made it !!

  16. corvetteman6 says: Jun 17, 2014 8:19 PM

    For the sake of his own health, he ought to be thinking dropping double digits in weight.

  17. bmd2099 says: Jun 17, 2014 8:38 PM

    If it said snacks I would have agreed.

  18. 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?

  19. mikeyone7 says: Jun 17, 2014 8:47 PM

    If u play D-line in the nfl, shouldn’t you be going for 10 sacks every year??

  20. kilo0986 says: Jun 17, 2014 8:52 PM

    Haloti NADA!

  21. kc114 says: Jun 17, 2014 8:55 PM

    If he focuses only on rushing the passer and disregards playing the run then it’s possible.

  22. theravenmaniac says: Jun 17, 2014 8:58 PM

    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.

  23. st1llerz1 says: Jun 17, 2014 9:02 PM

    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!

  24. jamaltimore says: Jun 17, 2014 9:04 PM

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

  25. ravensbob says: Jun 17, 2014 9:15 PM

    Love Ngata but this is it for him. Too many injuries.

  26. bengalguy says: Jun 17, 2014 9:33 PM

    Me too Haloti, me too!

  27. gainofivefirstdown says: Jun 17, 2014 9:42 PM

    A joke, right!?? Hah-hahhhhhh,…funniest thing I’ve heard all day.

  28. slick50ks says: Jun 17, 2014 10:15 PM

    There’s a new Ngata in the league, and his name is Dontari Poe.

  29. ravens2xworldchamps says: Jun 17, 2014 10:17 PM

    Haloti Ngata

    Super Bowl Champion

  30. doe22us says: Jun 17, 2014 10:28 PM

    Well, he better lay off that fried chicken….

  31. partmachine says: Jun 17, 2014 10:36 PM

    If they scheme for him to get 10+ he will. Where they really need him though is on the line taking on two blockers.

  32. whiteshoesjohnson says: Jun 17, 2014 10:46 PM

    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

  33. ajgreenhof says: Jun 17, 2014 11:00 PM

    Should be aiming for a ring.

  34. emmettotter says: Jun 18, 2014 12:44 AM

    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?

  35. judsonjr says: Jun 18, 2014 1:38 AM

    Greg Hardy thinks Ngata could get at least 25.

  36. boobsanders says: Jun 18, 2014 5:34 AM

    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).

  37. southpaw2k says: Jun 18, 2014 8:23 AM

    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.

  38. ninetysixer says: Jun 18, 2014 8:34 AM

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

  39. overratedsteelerhater says: Jun 18, 2014 8:52 AM

    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..

  40. jtbsteeler says: Jun 18, 2014 9:17 AM

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

  41. ravensterps says: Jun 18, 2014 9:38 AM

    I guess it’s possible but I definitely wouldn’t put money on it happening.

  42. troy43mvp says: Jun 18, 2014 9:45 AM

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

  43. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 18, 2014 10:21 AM

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

  44. sandy102270 says: Jun 18, 2014 12:31 PM

    “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.

  45. jtbsteeler says: Jun 18, 2014 1:00 PM

    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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