Terrell Suggs edges Jared Allen for AP Defensive Player of Year


The Associated Press announced Saturday evening that Terrell Suggs of the Ravens is its 2011 winner of the Defensive Player of the Year award.

Suggs held off Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, receiving 21 votes compared to Allen’s 14. Also receiving votes were 49ers defenders Justin Smith, Navorro Bowman, and Patrick Willis, along with Packers cornerback Charles Woodson, and Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

Woodson’s inclusion was surprising. Perhaps more surprising was the fact that Pierre-Paul didn’t make a stronger run at Suggs. Suggs did have a beastly regular season, recording 70 tackles, 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles, and two interceptions. Allen led the NFL with 22 sacks, chipping in four fumbles forced.

Pierre-Paul was credited with more tackles (86) than both Suggs and Allen. He registered 16.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

91 responses to “Terrell Suggs edges Jared Allen for AP Defensive Player of Year

  1. YEAH BUDDY! Well deserved! Great season for Sizzle. Can’t wait to see how beast he is next season!

  2. Edges JARED ALLEN?

    What about JPP and Justin Smith, the guys who played all out in both facets of defense ALL SEASON. Suggs went several games without sacks or any affect whatsoever (including the AFC Championship).

  3. Yeah Suggs! Screw all these haters, including these idiot writers who always hate on our city and team, you rep the 410 better then anybody! BALL SO HARD!

  4. Considering JPP is only a second year player, I’d say the AP is full of bull crap. I mean you would figure players in their 8th and 9th year could tackle better.

  5. Justin Smith is the best of all these guys.
    We are talking about a guy that puts so huge a dent in an offensive front that guys Aldon Smith get clean up sacks (not to say he didnt get some great sacks entirely on his own) and guys like Bowman and Willis can pursue RBs close to the line of scrimmage because Justin Smith can take up two blocks easily.
    It doesnt take alot of watching Smith to know that he is the best 3-4 down lineman in the game and arguably the best defensive player in the game

  6. Just wait until Pierre-Paul Self Actualizes. When he figures out what he’s doing, he’ll be The Terminator.

    Hope that happens tomorrow.

  7. Jared Allen will probably pound about 25 brewskis to ease the pain of losing, as opposed to his original plan of pounding 25 brewskis because he won.

  8. No disrespect to JPP or Suggs but, Jared Allen maybe of had the best season a defensive lineman has ever accomplished.

  9. One word Beast! All you haters saying he shouldn’t have won it need to move on. This dude is a monster and a nightmare for offenses…Sizzle! Ball so hard university!

  10. no offense to Suggs cause he is a BAD man but Jared Allen and JPP both probably deserved it more than he did. i would say even Justin Smith or D Ware probably would have been ahead of Suggs in my opinion.
    this should have been JA’s award in a year that he dominated the DE position.

  11. As a Vikes fan, I have zero problem with this. Allen may have won in the sack dept, but Suggs not only put up lofty numbers, but also anchored one of the best defenses in the league (that’s right, Suggs, not Ray Lewis). No one feared the Vikes D.

    And whoever voted for Woodson should have to turn in their press credentials forever. Downvote me if you agree!

  12. obvious big names get the recognition vote. like newton. Andy dalton led his team to pro bowl. JPP has more tackles and sacks. Plays in the super bowl. and gets snubbed for DPOY. whats the logic in this people.

  13. Another garbage vote. Similar to the HOF vote NOT selecting Chris Carter, Tim Brown or Will Shields.

    Jared Allen was an absolute beast all year long and should have been a lock for this award. Suggs got it because of the Ravens W/L record.

  14. lot of angry ppl here… how are u mad at a phrase “ball so hard”…… suggs allen or jpp deserved it only one of them could get it.. ppl should be more upset a packer got any votes for this award….

  15. Too bad he pretty much disappeared in his most important game of the year in the AFCCG. Ball so soft in that game.

  16. T-Sizzle fo Shizzle!!!!!!

    Ugly dude, BEAUTIFUL GAME!!!!

    Rhinestone Cowboy will get his soon, though Jared Allen is one of the best in the game.

  17. Ware had 19.5 sacks and 58 tackles on crap defense getting double teamed every play.. gets zero recognition… unreal.. Not saying he would have been MVP but at least top 5.. especially for a guy who averages 15 sacks per year since his rookie year.. never hits anyones radar.. this is a SHAME

  18. moneymike23 says:
    Feb 4, 2012 7:46 PM
    Where the hell is Jason Babin????

    He’s getting a cold beverage from the fridge in preparation of the Super Bowl tomorrow. As an Eagle, he should be used to the routine by now. BURNED!!!!!!!!!!

  19. kd75 says:
    Feb 4, 2012 7:53 PM
    Suggs wasn’t even the best player on the Ravens D-Line. Ngata was.


    Suggs, being a linebacker, does not disagree with you.

  20. Allen led the NFL with 22 sacks, chipping in four fumbles forced.
    I believe he also had fumble recoveries and I know he had an INT in COVERAGE.
    A D LINEMAN INT IN COVERAGE – how often have you seen that? (Charger’s game)

  21. Allowing the media to vote makes a mockery of this process.
    A lot of it is regionally biased and/or the media being blinded by its own creation (the media).
    I doubt the voters watch all the games and all the players to really know who the truly deserving players are.
    Allowing the coaches and players to vote is, in my opinion a true measure of a players worth.

  22. Terrence Newman will not even play for the cowboys team. He had a great first 2 years and has sucked since.. Not worth the $$$.. 10yr season tickets holder talking..

  23. Suggs led the AFC in sacks on a team where he was the only bona fide pass rusher. Ngata is a run stopping DL. Suggs also plays outstanding run defense and had 2 ints.

    JPP is a really good young player. But he plays on a line with Osi, and Mathias. If he had to do it all by himself like Suggs, he would have never put up the numbers that he did. Not saying he isn’t deserving, but I think that this was Suggs year.

    Jared Allen is a beast. But Minnesota as a team sucked. Suggs was the best defensive player on a team that was in the top 3 in the league in defense and that made it to the AFC Championship. Suggs outplayed Ray, Ed, and Haloti this year.

    Suggs is deserving of the DPOY. He had a really great year. One of these years Haloti will win it and that will give the Ravens 4 guys within one decade that will have won the dpoy. Really says something for that defense. Like the Ravens or not, you have to admit that they play consistently great defense. The have become what Pittsburgh was and to some degree still is. A team defense that is very difficult to beat. Just as Tom Terrific. If Lee Evans does his job. Tom Brady is watching the SB and it is because the Ravens defense did its job. But the Pats won. Good luck to them in the SB. Represent the AFC well.

  24. Congrats to Suggs on a great season but geez, still no respect for Allen. First he’s ranked 80th in last year’s top 100 list, and now he’s clearly been robbed of the DPOY in a season where he was doubled nearly every snap and still managed 22 sacks. 22!! Is that record anyways? Don’t worry JA, keep truckin’ and don’t let a panel of racists tell you who the best defensive player in the league was this year, you already know who was.

  25. Also, not saying that Jason Pierre Paul would win it, but he wasn’t always utilized correctly. Perry Fewell used to call quite a bit of 3 man lines with 8 man zone coverages. Look at Driver’s td against the Giants. And also look at the 4th down pass that Pierre Paul knocked down. He was playing NT. Now tell me, is Pierre Paul a NT?

    Yes the Giants defense finished the season with a bad ranking, however guys weren’t always placed in the best positions to make plays. There’s more to it, but for one Pierre Paul was asked to play NT quite a few times in the Giants 3 man line 8 man zone coverage schemes. This was used quite a bit, especially against the Eagles the 2nd time.

  26. Jared Allen got robbed…he had 22 sacks and was constantly double teamed. Suggs had a lot of 1 on 1 time because of how good the Raven’s defense is. This is not to mention that Suggs had about 65% of his sacks in 3 games…he had 9 sacks out of his 14 in 3 games (vs Pitt, SF, and Indy)…he had 6 of his 7 forced fumbles in those same games…so apparently 3 good games makes you the DPOY. He got shut out in sacks in 50% of the games this year. Allen recorded a sack in all but 3 games…..what a joke of an award….Suggs runs his mouth and draws attention to himself and obviously convinced some members of the media to believe how great he is.

  27. Allen was robbed. I’m sure at the request of Roger Goodell……Good for suggs at least he got something out of the season since he’ll never see the Lombardi Trophy.

  28. Jared should have won this hands down, on a team with a secondary and defense as a whole as bad as the Vikings? To do what he did, bye should have got it.

  29. Got to give one to a brother since Bree’s and Rodgers won the other two. Give me thumbs down all you want you know im right. Skol.

  30. Disagree with the call and here’s why: Suggs was invisible against good tackles.

    The dude definitely made a case and the award was only between him and Allen, but Suggs, playing next to Ngata was pushed around by the last two tackles that he faced.

    In fact, he beat up on Indy, the Steelers, and an overrated 9ers tackle. Other than those guys, his season was pretty mediocre.

    It’s not a travesty, but Allen had a ridiculous season and he was not getting any help from his team.

  31. Charles Woodson? Really? The guy was torched in coverage all season. Yeah he had a lot of turnovers, but this was easily the worst he’s been in coverage for his entire career.

    Do sports writers watch the game? Suggs had a good season, no doubt, but Ngata is the best player on that entire team.

    Suggs doesn’t even exist unless Ngata is getting double and triple teamed.

    Like I said earlier, Suggs went away when he faced a good tackle.

    I still think he had a good season, but it was not DPOY good. Him and Allen were the only two players who did it all–sacks, fumbles, ints etc…

    But Allen DOMINATED everyone, while Suggs beat up weak teams despite playing next to the best d-lineman in the game.

  32. ball20hawk

    The 1970’s Steelers did.

    I’m sorry but Suggs should not have won DPOY this year. And Reed should not have won in 2004. He had like 9 interceptions and a whole lotta nothing else.

    Suggs had a better all around season than JPP in my opinion, but that;s because JPP only rushed the passer and Suggs dropped into coverage a decent amount too.

    But Allen did it all and then some. Most dominant season since James Harrison’s 2008 campaign (I only say that because James Harrison was held 100% of the time that season and they didn’t call it ONCE–they seriously didn’t).

  33. media is full of pos JA was hands down the peoples choice who the he!! needs the media anymore if it wasent for all us they would be somewhere collecting foodstamps anyways the people vote JA the winner

  34. no one could carry Justin smith jock cause i am sure u need plumbing in order to even have one so keep grabing those farts outa the air stool

  35. eddiemeredith

    Up until 2 years ago, Aaron Smith was the best 3-4 lineman in the game. That’s according to multiple scouts and coaches, including Bill Belichick. He was widely regarded as the best 2-gap player in the modern era, and maybe even ever.

    The Steelers run D consistently finished at the top of the league with Smith anchoring that line.

    The guy made the pro-bowl like once, maybe twice.

    3-4 lineman never get credit unless they get a ton of sacks.

    Justin Smith had a sick season, but don’t feel slighted. He won’t ever get the recognition he deserves. He’ll just continue to make those linebackers look even better than they already are.

  36. Maybe it’s my bottle of Samuel Adams (a variety called “Matt Light”) doing the talking, but this weekend psychic predicts that Jason Pierre-Paul will be named MVP of the Super Bowl following his amazing 5-sacks performance.

  37. The AP got this dead right. Suggs is the best run stopping DE in the league by far. Allen beat him in sacks, but that’s only half the game for a DE. Suggs is the complete package.

  38. Lifelong vikes here. All year long i thought ja shld b dpy. But after watching the playoffs, it was obvious many players deserved it. Justin smith was AMAZING! And suggs was awesome. Not sold on jpp b/c that whole dl is great. But hey… Suggs was on a winning team and got his despite playing with so many great players. But i think the delta bravo gives him the edge. Congratulations!!!! Lastly can anyone answer y so many teams would single
    JA in the first half and triple him the second. No one else on the dl scared anyone. We have no depth.its not like it was a surprise that JA is such a beast to demand that kind of respect.

  39. What a joke! Jared Allen had by far the best season of any defensive payer. He had the worst secondary, fewer pass rushers to take double teams away and the worst offense of any of the DPOY finalists meaning teams were just running the 2nd half of every game and doubing him every pass play.
    I love Suggs and he was definitely next on the list after Allen but Allen was 100% robbed here. The stat man also left out Allens safety and int.
    Suggs gets coverage sacks with Reed and company ballhawking back there, a coverage sack in Minnesota comes less often than a lunar eclipse.

  40. Who the heck is on the panel? Had Strahan not won DPOY when he had 22.5 sacks everyone would have been playing the _ _ _ _ card.

  41. Revoke voting priveleges from whomever voted Charles Woodson.. That’s like the guy who voted Mike Vick for MVP when Peyton threw 49 touchdowns in 2004.

  42. I love Jared Allen, who wouldn’t. But he can’t win DPOY if a) his team’s defense was awful and b) his team was awful

  43. Can the arrogant sportswriter that voted for Charles Woodson please have his voting capabilities revoked in the future? The pack were DEAD LAST vs. the pass on defense. We all will say ” awards don’t mean anything ” except they do and it looks bad on the league when someone is voting so off base. Same with whatever clown voted for Patrick Willis who missed 3+ games this yr.

  44. Good,the defensive player of the year award should never go to a player who plays on a 3 win team.

  45. buffaloviking says:
    Feb 4, 2012 7:52 PM
    What a Joke!!!!!! Wheres the respect.


    If my team had the league’s 3rd highest payroll and finished 3-13 I’d be labeling it a “joke” and asking where the “respect” is also……..not that you vikequeef loser rubes deserve anything better.

  46. For Allen to do what he did on a 3-13 team was amazing. He would have gotten to 23, but the bears decided to run almost every play in the fourth quarter and when they didn’t they had 2 TE plus the tackle over him. Everyone else mentioned here had a solid defenses around them to draw attention, JA did not. Hell half of the starting backfield wasn’t on the roster at the beginning of the year.

  47. fittytuckin

    Yeah, I think he had the best year of any 3-4 lineman. He actually gets a decent amount of sacks for a DE, but he was a monster in the run game this year.

    That’s why they topped the league in run-defense.

    But he’ll NEVER get the credit that he deserves.

    Last year, the Steelers allowed 1002 yards rushing the entire season. That was the best showing by a run defense since the 2000 Ravens.

    Hampton didn’t even make the pro-bowl and I’m pretty sure Keisel made it as an alternate.

    3-4 ends get no love.

    I never really watched Justin Smith’s play until this year, but if he played his career like that, he should have been to 11 pro-bowls

  48. Total d: vikes 21st – ravens 3rd
    Scoring d: vikes 31st – ravens 3rd
    Pass d: vikes 26th – ravens 4th
    Pass td allowed: vikes 32nd – ravens 1st
    Passer rating against: vikes 32nd – ravens 1st
    3rd down conversion against: vikes 30th – ravens 2nd

    You can argue JA didnt have the supporting cast til your blue in the face, but at some point you have to ask yourself how a defense with the supposed DPoY, who’s primarily a pass rusher, could rank so poorly in the categories above. Not to mention they had 3 wins to the Ravens 12. Not a huge surprise here, it could have gone either way.

  49. johntonioholmes says: Feb 5, 2012 12:57 AM


    The 1970′s Steelers did.

    I’m sorry but Suggs should not have won DPOY this year. And Reed should not have won in 2004. He had like 9 interceptions and a whole lotta nothing else.

    Suggs had a better all around season than JPP in my opinion, but that;s because JPP only rushed the passer and Suggs dropped into coverage a decent amount too.

    But Allen did it all and then some. Most dominant season since James Harrison’s 2008 campaign (I only say that because James Harrison was held 100% of the time that season and they didn’t call it ONCE–they seriously didn’t).

    It seems you’ve been brushing up on your Steeler homerism, johntonio. I like that; it amuses me.

    First of all, let’s compare ed reed’s 2004 DPoY season to polamalu’s 2010 DPoY season:

    Tackles: Troy 63 – Ed 76
    Solo Tackles: Troy 49 – Ed 62
    Sacks: Troy 1.0 – Ed 2.0
    Tackles for Loss: Troy 5.0 – Ed 5.0
    Forced Fumbles: Troy 1 – Ed 3
    Fumble Recoveries: Troy 1 – Ed 2
    INTs: Troy 7 – Ed 9
    INT return yards: Troy 101 – Ed 358

    It’s not even close. Ed’s 2004 season was better than Troy’s 2010 in every sense–including setting records for longest INT return and most single-season INT return yards in NFL history–but you don’t think he deserved DPoY? And Troy did in 2010? Please.

    But on to Allen, when you say he did it all “and then some,” do you mean that he finished with the 3rd worst record in the NFL at 3-13 and missed the playoffs? Because I know no DPoY has ever pulled that off before…I guess, like you said, you have to do it all “and then some” if you want to win such a prestigious honor as this one.

    Oh and when you say JA was “dominant,” do you mean he anchored a defense/pass rush that allowed more passing TDs and a higher opponent passer rating than every single team in the NFL (32nd in both)? Or are you more referring to the 8.1 yds they gave up per pass attempt (30th) and whopping 8 interceptions (t-32nd) they forced? Wait, maybe it’s that he and his defense allowed opponents to complete 68% of their passes (31st) and convert 44% of their 3rd downs (30th)? Nay, that can’t be…it must be the fact that he was the main man on a defense that gave up 358yds (21st) and 28.1 points per game (31st). All of these things are the makings of a “Player of the Year” type, to be sure…

    Wait, that’s still not what you meant by “dominant”? Oh right, how could I forget! He also had 22 sacks, four forced fumbles and four recovered fumbles! And a safety! All of these plays he made were obviously very timely and impactful, too, as evidenced by his team’s record and their stellar defensive statistics above. I dare say that if JA didn’t get that safety in week 13 against the Broncos, the Vikings might not have had the opportunity to lose anyway and fall to 2-10. Good thing for that safety…


  50. I’m surprised Suggs won this award. I agree he was an absolute beast for most of the season and would have handed it to him at the end of the regular season without hesitation… but when his team really needed him (two playoff games) he was basically a no-show. He did absolutely nothing in either game.

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