Pagano intent on getting Suggs more involved

Defensive coordinator aiming to negate double teams opponents throw at outside linebacker

January 19, 2012|By Edward Lee

Terrell Suggs may be one of the leading candidates for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, but the Ravens outside linebacker has been somewhat quiet lately.

Since recording three sacks, three forced fumbles and five tackles in the team’s 24-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 11, Suggs has totaled just one sack and one forced fumble.

He has totaled 18 tackles and two pass breakups, but defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said the coaching staff must do a better job of finding creative ways to help the five-time Pro Bowler get to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in Sunday’s AFC championship game.

“We know whether they keep one of those guys in and chip him before they release, a back or a tight end, slide extra protection to him,” Pagano said Thursday. “We have to come up with some things to negate that and don’t double.”

Informed that several Patriots offensive linemen have said that they don’t double-team opponents, Pagano replied, “If they do, that’s great for us. If that’s their plan, but I don’t believe that to be true.”

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