It’s not uncommon to witness a defender carrying the rock from the backfield in the NFL. In the mid-80s, William “The Refrigerator” Perry helped made it popular for defensive players to carry the ball on occasion.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs want to carry the ball, not because he believes he can be famous for being a ball carrier or the offense need his help. The sole position for Suggs (who leads the team in sacks with four) to tote the rock is to have a date in the middle with number 57 – New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott.
“Nah, it’s not a thing…I’m be back there (backfield) and we are going to see what happens with number 57 in the hole,” said Suggs when asked if it was dangerous to reveal the gameplan of him running the ball.
As a defender standing at 6’3,” 260 lbs., Suggs is a complete athlete – combined with speed and athleticism.
Suggs had some interest in playing tight end, but he may have to settle for a hand off instead of a short pass.
“I couldn’t get out there as a tight end, but I could probably get 15 (yards) for ya,” said Suggs with a grin.
As the Ravens (2-1) prepare for the New York Jets (2-1) in their primetime show down Sunday night, Baltimore’s players look forward in facing some of their former teammates like wide receiver Derrick Mason and safety Jim Leonhard.
For Suggs, who has 12 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception in three games this season, is eager to play against the Jets and his friends and mentors, Jets linebacker Bart Scott and head coach Rex Ryan.
“Bart was more (of a mentor)…On a personal level, he was like a brother to me – we spent a lot of time together when we were younger,” said Suggs. “Rex, he kind of put that aggressiveness into my game. I was a different player from when I was in college to when I got under Rex. Him, Mike Pettine (Jets defensive coordinator) and Brad Scott, they all have a lot to do with that. That was the past, this is now.”
The Ravens has beaten the Jets in their last two outing against each other.
Whether if “The Suggs Package” works or not, Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron still recognize Suggs as a heck of a talent.
“That’s something that’s big in this plan,” said Cameron. “We want to get as many good players out there as we can. It’s his idea. He is not bashful.
“I guess he got tired of asking to be a tight end, so hey, we’ll stick him in there at fullback and see what he thinks,” he continued. “I guess that’s the Suggs package. The new Suggs package…The guy is a great player, period.”
Scott, also known as the “Madbacker,” was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Ravens in 2002. After six seasons in Baltimore, Scott became a free agent and signed a 6-year, $48 million deal with the Jets.
It is always great to see competitive friends faceoff. In addition, when the Ravens and Jets meet, expect to see a physical, knock down fight – with a surprise.
When Sunday night comes, these former teammates will clash and before midnight, one of these clubs will be 2-2.
“I mean, we danced this dance a little bit over a year ago,” said Scott, who has 18 tackles and 2 sacks. “So, I expect it to be pretty much the same. You know, friends off the field, but opponents on the field. And we have an obligation to ourselves and to our teams to try and get a victory.
“It’s more important about trying to get a win other than worrying about who played where, who coached where,” he added. “It’s not about that. It’s about getting a much important ‘W’. Somebody’s going to be at 2-2.”