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    With Suggs back, can our defense get back to being effective?



    It's quite amazing to think that Suggs returned that early and looked so dominant. I can only imagine after the bye week, he will be in better shape, and he will probably be more healthy (who else was scared to death he'd hurt his achillies or something when he was out there?). If we went back into a time machine into the offseason and I said to everyone that Suggs will be back for Houston and will record a sack and stuff the run, everyone would have laughed their asses off. Most people were thinking December, and the biggest optimists were thinking late November.

    So with Suggs back, Olines are now going to shift their blocking assignments to Suggs, either Ngata or Suggs has to be double teamed now, and they wont be able to do that all through the game. I think going forward the front 7 has to be this....

    Ngata, Cody, McPhee

    Upshaw, McClellan, Elerbee, Suggs

    Rotational players: McClain (ILB), Kruger (OLB), A Jones (DE/DT), Kemo (NT)

    Would like to see Bryan Hall and Tyson given a shot too, maybe Hall can win the stating job at NT, because Cody and Kemo are the true weak links of our defense right now. I wouldn't mind to see us sign a NT right now, is there anybody out there who could fill in?

    Hopefully our front 7 can bring some pressure, and help our corners out and maybe enable them to play press coverage which would fit their strengths. I think Upshaw can develop into a decent pass rusher with Suggs opposite him now, and Kruger will look better in his old role as a pure pass rusher.

    So can our defense get better? I honestly believe they have to if we want to win the SB, I don't think our offense is good enough to do what the Patriots do to make up for their defensive woes.




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    Kemo shouldn't be on the active roster, he's clearly done.
    Time for the youngbloods to be given their opportunity.
    Hall and Tyson should both be added into the rotation, then whoever stands out more, gets Kemo's spot. And if he outplays Cody too, he should get his spot.

    It's obvious now that when Cody lost that weight, he didn't improve his technique or add enough strength to offset being easier to move. Plus he might be having trouble adjusting to his new center of gravity, which would explain why he has some trouble with his balance now.




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    Re: With Suggs back, can our defense get back to being effective?

    Sucks to say this leach, but I don't think Suggs is going to make that much of a difference. In some games he may, but over the course of the rest of the season? Not so sure.

    Any good offensive coordinator is going to double down on Suggs because no one else in the front 7 can effectively and consistently beat 1-on-1.

    Jared Allen is a great example of this. For years he has been one of the best defensive players in the league, but the Vikings' D hasn't been very good in a few years (on a whole) because teams just run away from Allen and/or double him.
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    Re: With Suggs back, can our defense get back to being effective?

    Quote Originally Posted by wickedsolo View Post
    Sucks to say this leach, but I don't think Suggs is going to make that much of a difference. In some games he may, but over the course of the rest of the season? Not so sure.

    Any good offensive coordinator is going to double down on Suggs because no one else in the front 7 can effectively and consistently beat 1-on-1.

    Jared Allen is a great example of this. For years he has been one of the best defensive players in the league, but the Vikings' D hasn't been very good in a few years (on a whole) because teams just run away from Allen and/or double him.
    I disagree, I think Ngata requires double teams most of the time too, and I think Upshaw can develop into a guy like that eventually. Our front 7 was pretty much the same players as last year, apart from JJ and Redding, and neither of those guys really demanded double teams, so we're not losing a whole bunch there, although McPhee is a downgrade from Redding as an every down player. Upshaw is arguably so far just as good as JJ was last year too.




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    Re: With Suggs back, can our defense get back to being effective?

    The answer is no. Suggs had a great game Sunday and it didn't mean shit. It's like how Jared Allen was putting up 20 sack seasons for a bad defense. They replace a good chunk of those around him and suddenly the Vikings D is a lot more effective. Pass rushers are critical to good teams but they can still put up their numbers for bad defenses.

    On Sunday night they put up and interesting stat. The Bengals have had the most sacks over the past couple of seasons. Anyone truly scared of that defense?
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    Suggs return makes them instantly better but how much better is the biggest question mark right now? I think guys were trying to do too much and their focus and technique got lost in the process. Suggs return relieves some of that pressure. Upshaw has really improved with each game so just imagine the two of them on the field together more often setting the edge more effectively. Kruger is better off being a situation player right now and Ngata may not command as much attention as he was getting before.




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    Re: With Suggs back, can our defense get back to being effective?

    Quote Originally Posted by GOTA View Post
    The answer is no. Suggs had a great game Sunday and it didn't mean shit. It's like how Jared Allen was putting up 20 sack seasons for a bad defense. They replace a good chunk of those around him and suddenly the Vikings D is a lot more effective. Pass rushers are critical to good teams but they can still put up their numbers for bad defenses.

    On Sunday night they put up and interesting stat. The Bengals have had the most sacks over the past couple of seasons. Anyone truly scared of that defense?
    Agree. Our front 7 = a recovering Suggs, a Ngata who might be starting to break down physically, and absolutely on one else who worries any OC. Great to see Upshaw progressing, but Cody, Kemo, McPhee, Kruger, Jones, and (maybe) McLain are regressing. Looking forward to us (barely) making the post-season, then sacrificing young goats (can't find many virgins around here) in hopes of a great draft




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    Quote Originally Posted by PerpetuallyBored74 View Post
    Kemo shouldn't be on the active roster, he's clearly done.
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    His salary was guaranteed week one.
    No sense in cutting him now unless you can replace him with a better player.

    And my lame answer to the OP... maybe? It will still require growth and improvement from a half dozen youngsters. Perhaps theincreased attention paid to Suggs' side may help in that regard.




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    Re: With Suggs back, can our defense get back to being effective?

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blo...book-week-7-2/

    That article explains why Suggs is such a beast and will help the Ravens D a ton.




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    Re: With Suggs back, can our defense get back to being effective?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paintballguy View Post
    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blo...book-week-7-2/

    That article explains why Suggs is such a beast and will help the Ravens D a ton.
    Great stuff!!

    A lot of people talked about how the Ravens miss the pass rush from Suggs, and though they unquestionably do, he is comfortably their best run defender as well. You can’t block Suggs with a player who isn’t an offensive lineman. He is too strong to be dealt with by backs or tight ends and will simply throw them aside on his way to making the stop. The Texans actually did what you would want them to do, and lined up an extra offensive tackle to Suggs’ side — and not a bad one at that — but Suggs still beat him with a combination of speed and power as if he wasn’t even there.

    The Ravens will be thankful to have Suggs back for his pass rush, but he’ll make a huge impact to their ailing run defense as well. He is the complete package at defensive end, with the intelligence, quickness and strength to make plays in a variety of ways.




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    Sure, a pash rusher of his calibre will certainly be welcome, but expect him to now be doubled and we still have issues with stopping the run.

    Yes, we limited Foster on Sunday but I'm still not convinced we're on the right track. Yet.
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    Re: With Suggs back, can our defense get back to being effective?

    Suggs will definitely improve this defense a lot. Anytime you get a reigning DPOY back, it's going to help your defense. The d-line needs to improve though. I want to see more of Hall and Tyson, and I think we will from what Harbaugh said.




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