Neither Terrell Suggs nor Elvis Dumervil was satisfied with last season, which might bode well for the Ravens’ pass-rushing duo in 2014. Both should enter next season feeling they have something to prove.
Dumervil has 47 sacks over the last four years, but had just 9½ sacks last season and wasn’t satisfied with his impact as a first-year Raven. Pressure on the quarterback is a must for any defense, and Dumervil wants to bring more of that to a Ravens defense that needs it.
Suggs and Dumervil expected to be the NFL’s top pass-rushing duo. That didn’t pan out, particularly down the stretch, when neither had a sack in December. Suggs finished with 10 sacks, but had just one during the final eight games. Sacks don’t totally measure Suggs’ impact, but he expects more from himself. The Ravens missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons last year, and that was deeply disappointing for Suggs.
Suggs is 31 years old and Dumervil is 30, and both believe they are still elite players. When training camp begins later this month, look for Suggs and Dumervil to return with an edge.
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