Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Suggs questions Ravens' offensive strategy
By Jamison Hensley
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Ravens put together some grimacing offensive numbers: 16 total yards in the first half (a team record), no first downs until 10 minutes into the third quarter and 56 yards on their first 40 plays.
Perhaps more disturbing than that was signs of splintering on the team after an emotional 12-7 loss to the Jaguars.
"It baffles me that Ray Rice only had [eight] carries," Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said in the locker room before a large group of reporters. "This is a Pro Bowl running back you're talking about. They fed their horse. We have to feed our horse."
Before you accuse the media of taking this out of context, a reporter followed up on Suggs' comments and asked him if he was unhappy with the game plan.
"I don't really know what the game plan was," Suggs said. "When I have a Pro Bowl running back, and he's not getting his touches, I'm going to feel some kind of way about it. He wants the ball. And I think we should feed him. Ray Rice is a phenomenal player. You have to use your phenomenal players. I have to question how many touches Anquan [Boldin] had. We've got guys on this team that can do some great things. We have to use those guys. It's that simple."
When surveying the locker room, there was no apparent division amongst the players. No one pointed the finger at quarterback Joe Flacco. But Suggs' comments seem to be directed at offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
"Let’s say like it is, that’s one of the top 8 defenses in the league," Cameron said of the Jaguars. "We take a lot of pride in being able to do well against those kind of defenses. But we knew this was a good defense coming in."
Suggs acknowledged feeling frustration over the loss.
“I don’t like to lose," he said. "We didn’t play particularly perfect on any side of the ball. You’ve got to show up to play. When you go on the road you've got to pack your defense and your running game. We let one get away from us.”