Suggs breaks out of mini-drought with exclamation point

After quiet three games, linebacker tied career best with three sacks vs. 49ers

November 29, 2011|By Edward Lee

The saying “silence is golden” usually doesn’t apply to Terrell Suggs, whose colorful personality makes him one of the most sought-after media requests in the locker room.

But after compiling six sacks in his first seven games, the Ravens outside linebacker had gone three contests without a sack. That all changed on Thanksgiving night when he tied a career best by sacking quarterback Alex Smith three times in the Ravens’ 16-6 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

Suggs moved into a three-way tie for seventh in the NFL with New Enbgland Patriots defensive end Andre Carter and Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley with nine sacks this season. He acknowledged the mini-drought he had been in prior to Thursday night.

“It has been a little while, but it’s the NFL,” Suggs said. “I would love to line up every day and get three sacks, I would love that. But it’s the NFL, It’s not going to happen like that. Some teams are going to scheme and key me. But the number one thing is that we win. I got down on myself. I was hard on myself like, ‘Why ain’t I getting them? Why ain’t I getting them?’ But there’s a lot of guys with a lot of sacks with a team that’s not very good and a team that doesn’t have a chance with the playoffs. But here I am. I have some sacks, and my team is 8-3, and we’re going on a playoff run. So I’m very fortunate and there’s a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving.”

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