NO SONG BIRD
The Ravens' OLB has reached double-digit sacks for the sixth time in his 12-year career. Good thing—if you've heard him try to carry a tune, you know his talents do not extend off the field.
DAN PATRICK: When's the last time you sang at the top of your lungs in your car?
TERRELL SUGGS: This morning.
TS: "Clarity" [by Zedd]. I sing it with my kids on the way to school.
DP:Can you sing?
TS: Absolutely not.
DP:You have no musical talent?
TS: None whatsoever.
DP:Who has more rhythm, you or Joe Flacco?
TS: Do you even have to say it? Joe has no rhythm.
DP:How do you know where you can and can't hit someone these days?
TS: They give us a strike zone. But when we hit that strike zone, they still flag us.
DP:Do you ease up on quarterbacks?
TS: Absolutely not.
DP:You'd take a fine rather than change?
TS: I'm gonna play my game. Stuff happens so fast. You can't make a split decision. You have to get the guy down.
DP:What would you ask the commissioner to do to even the playing field?
TS: They're so ticky-tack concerning offense because they want to see touchdowns. That's what puts people in the stands. Touchdowns bring more sponsors. But they have to let us play defense.
DP:Are you excited to try to tackle Johnny Manziel?
TS: I just like tackling quarterbacks.
DP:Who is your favorite?
TS: I think you all know.
TS: I haven't sacked him in two games.
DP:How tough is he to take down?
TS: He's probably the hardest quarterback in the NFL to sack because of his physical stature.
DP:Is he bigger than you?
TS: Yeah. I think he's about 6'6". I'm 6'4", 270.
DP:Do you talk at each other during games?
TS: One time in a game in Baltimore in 2010. He was able to throw the ball out-of-bounds. I was cursing at him, and he was cursing at me. It was all in good fun.
DP:Do you think J.J. Watt deserves to be MVP?
TS: If his team makes it to the playoffs. But you have to be on a winning team.
DP:Why do white defensive linemen always have a high motor?
TS:[Laughs.] A teammate said that a few years ago. [Current Browns LB] Paul Kruger was like, when a black guy is good, he's just a phenomenal athlete; when a white guy is good, he's got a high motor.
DP:Do you have a high motor?
TS: No, I'm just a phenomenal athlete.
Broncos linebacker Von Miller said he and his teammates aren't afraid to tease Peyton Manning about his sponsorship deals. "People really don't realize the sense of humor he has," Miller said. "Great leaders often have great senses of humor." ... I asked Oregon junior quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota about calling plays at the line of scrimmage. Apparently he'll have to learn that in the NFL. "We signal stuff in," Mariota told me. "I don't say anything unless I have to make a change." ... Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald collects jerseys, but there's one particular piece of memorabilia from his childhood that still stands out. "MJ signed a basketball for [me and my brother]," said Fitzgerald, who's 31 and says he still has the autographed ball. "I slept with that basketball for about a month."
MICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (PATRICK)
CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/GETTY IMAGES (SUGGS)
OTTO GREULE JR/GETTY IMAGES (MILLER)
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MARIOTA)
JED JACOBSOHN FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (FITZGERALD)