Does the above photo have anything to do with the prospect of Terrell Suggs playing fullback against the Jets on Sunday night? I guess it’s possible. The shirt is obviously classic Bart Scott, who plays for the Jets. It would also stand to reason that a linebacker would be excited to play some offense and potentially get their hands on the football. The infamously outspoken Suggs compared the potential of him playing fullback to his being a play-maker like LeBron James.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs had a monster game in his team’s season opener Sunday. The pass rushing specialist had three sacks in a blowout win against the Steelers. On Wednesday, he joined The Rich Eisen Podcast to talk shop.
The best part of their interview was when Eisen asked if Suggs still had the same bling that he showed off during his first visit to the NFL Network studios in 2004. Suggs said that while he still has the bling, he no longer wears it or buys it. His reason is great.
“Of course I still got [the bling]. It’s in the vault though — I don’t wear it too much. We got kids now — you can’t buy bling when you have kids,” Suggs said.
“I just don’t buy it anymore. I’m buying more like 529s now, college funds, CDs, trusts,” Suggs explained. “Things like that, put credit in my kids’ names.
“It sucks. I wanted to be a Toys R Us kid forever!” Suggs joked.
The entire exchange was pretty humorous and it actually says a lot about Suggs. Here is a man who may have thrown around his money and wasted it on jewelry earlier in his career. Now that he’s older and has a family, he’s much more responsible. I can think of several NFL players who could stand to learn from Suggs’ maturity. If JaMarcus Russell had heeded the message, maybe he wouldn’t have some of the problems he has now.
Is this the WWE or the NFL? The line is starting to get a little blurred. Between Antonio Cromartie’s explicit message to Tom Brady and now Terrell Suggs’ explicit t-shirt flipping off Steelers fans, I’m starting to wonder if this is the Wednesday before the Divisional Round of the playoffs or the Wednesday before Wrestlemania. These two loud mouths will probably be embraced by Vince McMahon when they decide to give up football. Check out this picture from Suggs’ Twitter that Pro Football Talk pointed out to us:
Not only is the message unoriginal, but we’ve seen this type of delivery from Suggs before when it comes to the Steelers. Remember this t-shirt? Whether it involves a microphone in his face or an article of clothing, Suggs has to stir up controversy and capture the spotlight any way he can. It will be interesting to see who backs up their trash talk come this weekend — if anyone.
Terrell Suggs and Tom Brady had an interesting exchange during Sunday’s Ravens-Patriots game. After the game, Suggs had plenty to say about the trash talking session without saying much at all. The Ravens linebacker said Brady taught him how to “bag a Hollywood actress” and added that the Pats quarterback — who was visibly upset when he didn’t get a roughing the passer call — better “hope he don’t see (the Ravens) again.”
During his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan Show, Brady stepped out of character just long enough to fire back at Suggs. When you consider his comments a while back about hating the Jets, you could actually argue Brady has become a bit more animated in the trash talking category.
“He had his chance,” Brady said. “Maybe if he gets another chance (in the playoffs) he can try to back those words up. But he had a chance yesterday. You know, we’ve played guys a lot, and they’ve beat us one time in all the times that I’ve played them. They talk a lot for beating us once in nine years.”
Whether you can stand his Justin Bieber cut or not, Brady’s got a point. There’s nothing wrong with a little smack talk heading into a game as long as you can back it up. Even if you don’t back it up, it’s all in good fun. But talking trash after you just lost? I’m not a fan of that. Maybe the Ravens would beat the Patriots in a rematch, but why should New England hope it doesn’t have to see Baltimore again after beating them? It’s tough to let your play do the talking when you’re fresh off a loss and hoping for a shot at redemption.
The Ravens and Patriots certainly have a history with each other, and their two big meetings last year compelled us to choose their game as the subject of our Prime Time Preview this week. The teams did not disappoint, playing one of the two overtime games on Sunday with the Patriots winning 23-20.
One of the most intense moments of the game came late in the 4th quarter with the Ravens up 20-17. Tom Brady completed a 1st and 25 past downfield despite taking a vicious hit to the midsection from Haloti Ngata. Brady banged his hand against the ground demanding a flag be thrown but he did not get the call. Linebacker Terrell Suggs immediately got in Brady’s face as if to say “You’re lucky you got that off and you’re lucky the refs didn’t protect you this time.”
In last year’s regular season meeting between the teams, Suggs was flagged for roughing the passer despite barely touching Brady. Tom celebrated after the flag was thrown and linebacker Ray Lewis termed the penalty call “embarrassing” after the game. Suggs was happy the Bieber wannabe didn’t get the call this time, but the best part came in his remarks after the game.
When asked after the game what Brady said to him, Suggs answered “He was trying to tell me how to bag a Hollywood actress. He said, ‘If you want to get a Hollywood actress, take my seminar on Saturday.’ …He was going over the Dow and the economy and politics. He doesn’t really talk football that much.”
That was some funny stuff from Suggs, but his real message should not be lost: “[Brady] just better hope he don’t see us again.” It was an awesome game and the Pats had to scramble to pull it out. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Ravens won a rematch.
Last week, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback called the NFL “kind of a wussy game.” Staubach referenced roughing the passer penalties that protect quarterbacks and the way receivers are protected when running routes downfield. The NFL certainly has shifted towards an offensive game which has made things that much more difficult for opposing defenses. Refs are getting so extreme in protecting its players that often times bad calls are made, and one in particular stood out to me on Sunday.
During the fourth quarter of the Ravens/Bengals low-scoring contest, Cincy had the ball 1st and 10 at the Baltimore 41. The Ravens were leading 10-9 with 5:34 left. Terrell Suggs broke free from a blocker and buried Carson Palmer. Palmer only started to get rid of the ball when he saw he was about to be sacked, so there was nothing close to a late hit (see the play here at nfl.com with your truly doing the voiceover). Still, a flag came out giving the Bengals 15 yards and putting them at the 26, in range for a nice kick. Cincy nailed a go-ahead field goal and wound up winning 15-10.
Former NFL VP of Officiating Mike Pereira already brought up this call and said it was the worst of the weekend. Not only was it a huge game-changer, but it typified the way the NFL has skewed towards protecting its offensive players. I understand that offense and passing attacks sell, especially in the era of fantasy football’s raging popularity, but the games have to be called fairly. There’s such a premium on high-scoring games and offense that the defense is getting screwed.
I don’t mind personal foul calls when they’re warranted, but let’s not be so quick to flag every hit. How about evening things out in favor of the defense once in a while?
Quarterbacks have been taking a lot of heat recently for going low with their blocks on running plays or interceptions, with good reason. Brett Favre was called out for chop blocking Eugene Wilson of the Texans earlier in the season on a reverse, Trent Green was lambasted for taking out Travis Johnson’s knees two years ago, and Mark Sanchez had to apologize for his dirty play last month following an interception. This week it’s Browns quarterback Brady Quinn getting called out for a dirty play. Following his second interception, he was semi-trying to make a tackle and dove into linebacker Terrell Suggs’ knees. The hit caused what’s being termed a “strained knee” for Suggs, and reports are saying he’ll miss several weeks of action. Here’s a video of the Brady Quinn cheap shot on Terrell Suggs, just skip ahead to the 1:50 mark to see the block:
While the play was not in the proper ethics of the game at least it helped Cleveland make a stop. Count Ray Lewis as one person who was livid with the cheap shot:
“Heck yeah it was a cheap shot. When you’re running down and you’re looking at the quarterback going at somebody’s knees who doesn’t even have the ball. I want to see if he gets the same fine I got or even higher. Now this man is out four or five weeks because of some baloney like that.”
Quinn says cheap-shotting Suggs at the knees was not his intent and that he was going for Chris Carr who made the interception, only to have Suggs pop into the picture at the last second. Looking at the video, that makes sense because there would be no reason to dive for Suggs (and Carr was right behind Suggs anyhow). I’m guessing something around a $15,000 fine will be coming for Brady. With him not reaching his bonuses this year, he could use that money.