Wednesday, December 5, 2012
How Suggs affects game plan vs. RG3
By Jamison Hensley
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs vowed that he will return this season after suffering a biceps tear in his right arm and called himself a game-time decision for Sunday's game at the Redskins.
"We kind of live by the creed, ‘If you can breathe, you can play.’ But we just got to check it,” Suggs told reporters in Baltimore on Wednesday. "We got to see how it holds up throughout the week."
Suggs' availability will significantly alter the Ravens' game plan against dynamic rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
When Suggs returned after missing six games with an Achilles injury, the Ravens relied on the four-man pass rush more often and had more success with it. According to ESPN Stats & Information's John McTigue, the Ravens have the second-best Total QBR allowed (28.9) since Week 7 sending such pressure after posting the second-worst in the first six weeks of the season.
That means the Ravens feel they need to blitz more without Suggs to generate a pass rush, which could work to Baltimore's disadvantage Sunday. Sending five or more rushers hasn't been a successful strategy against RG3. Against the blitz, RG3 has completed 68.2 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns and no interceptions. His QBR against the four-man rush is 74.1, and his QBR against the blitz is 98.4.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh indicated that this is an injury that Suggs can play with.
"He basically has a bicep, a very serious strain, it could be called a tear, it’s something he could possibly play with,” Harbaugh said. "He’s figuring out now with the trainers and the doctors.”