Which Terrell Suggs Will Show up in 2014?

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When the front office had their annual “State of the Ravens” press conference at the conclusion of the 2013 season, Ozzie Newsome sent a clear message to Terrell Suggs.

“Terrell is a really good football player,” Newsome said. “He not only shows up in the pass game, but he shows up in the run game. That being said, we let a good football player go last year, so we’re not afraid. I’m not a virgin when it comes to letting guys walk out the door.”

As always with Ozzie, right player, right price. The right price for Baltimore wasn’t $12.5 million in 2014, and for good reason. Suggs disappeared in the second half of the season, and again his weight and conditioning came into question.

However, Ravens fans breathed a collective sigh of relief when Ozzie & Co. reached a four-year extension with Suggs in February. Suggs wanted to follow in the footsteps of Ray Lewis and finish his career in Baltimore. The fans, coaching staff and front office wanted him here and it’s been regarded as a win-win for all parties involved.

Now that everyone is happy, the biggest question is this: Which Terrell Suggs will show up in 2014?

Will it be the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year,  the Suggs that had 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions? Or will it be the 2009 Suggs who had 4.5 sacks after showing up to training camp overweight and complacent?

There are two extremes as possibilities, with plenty of room in between.

Suggs and the team agreed on a six-year $62.5 million dollar deal before the start of the 2009 season. His bonus and guaranteed money made him the highest paid linebacker in the NFL.  He followed that with  the least productive season of his career with 4.5 sacks and was criticized for being lazy and overweight. This would be one extreme.

In the two years following he was out to prove his critics wrong, and he did. He had a strong year in 2010 with 11 sacks, and was a disruptive force in 2011 and was crowned the Defensive Player of the Year. This would, obviously, be the other extreme.

As for the potential area between those two extremes, we can look at the past two seasons.

2012 and 2013 are a bit of a mystery. In 2012 Suggs admirably returned to the field in Week 7 after suffering an Achilles injury that would’ve ended most players’ seasons. In 2013 he looked like he’d returned to his DPOY form in the first eight weeks, before becoming a non-factor the second half of the season, when again his conditioning and weight left something to be desired.

So which Suggs shows up in 2014 is anyone’s guess, but #55 critical to the Ravens success this year.

Will Terrell Suggs be motivated by the Ravens’ down 2013 year and their failure to make it to the playoffs for the first time in six years? Is his legacy as important to him as Ray Lewis’ was to him?

Or will his new contract and financial security result in complacency and a lack of motivation?

Considering how important his leadership and play are, the answer to these questions will have a huge impact on the ultimate path of the Ravens’ 2014 season.

Which Terrell Suggs will show up in 2014?
The DPOY-type Suggs of 2011/Early 2013 (70%)
The mediocre Suggs of 2009/Late 2013 (30%)
This poll has completed. Thank you for voting.
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6 Raves on “Which Terrell Suggs Will Show up in 2014?

  1. Rxdoxx on said:

    Which Terrell Suggs will show up in 2014?

    The rich one ;)

    I don’t think Suggs can sustain a full season, he will be great for parts and worn down for others (like we saw with an overused Haloti two years ago)
    So I’d vote (if I could for the early 2013/late 2013)

    • Ellicottraven on said:

      I agree with the assessment. I don’t think Suggs is capable of sustaining 3 down snap counts across the entire season anymore. He is still very effective and good, but he has to be spelled on occasion to help make him the DPOY Suggs again. It is really up to the coaches how they utilize him, and mostly upto Suggs to come back in the best shape he can.

  2. bruce m on said:

    Not at all sure this is a “win win” situation; it was a huge win for Suggs (who made vastly more money than he would have gotten on the open market) but not so much for the team, who seem to be paying too much based on past performance. Obviously, this is begging the poll question… I don’t think Suggs will play at a 2011 level again, for the simple reason that Father Time is undefeated. Suggs is entering his 12th year in the league and age-32 season, and virtually no pass rushers enter that phase of their career, especially coming off two injury-riddled years, and suddenly return to an elite level. I think he’ll be a good-enough part-time contributor but it’s a shame that this team has invested so much money and draft picks in the OLB position and yet there are still so many question marks.

  3. Tucker: M&T Sec 527 on said:

    2011 DPOY vs. 2013 finish? That’s not a fair fight. 2011 is 3 seasons ago – a full career for a lot of NFL players. The money comes with the years: if you survive, you’ll thrive. Suggs can still summon the mental or force of will parts of his 2011 game or 2012 injury bounce back, but the physical toll needs to be rationed as Ellicott Raven suggests. Get Dumervil on the field for some more non pass rush downs to spell Suggsy, and we’ll get more value out of the both of them

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