Suggs quells great expectations

Suggs quells great expectations
October 31, 2012, 3:45 pm
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Houston Texans tackle Derek Newton (75) and Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs (55) face off during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in Houston.

(AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Now that Terrell Suggs has had an extra week to prepare for his second game of the season, he's cautious to not put too much on his shoulders at once.

He unexpectedly returned from an Achilles injury, after less than one week of practice, and played 44 snaps in the Ravens' 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans.

The Ravens had a bye last week, but what ails the league's 28th-ranked defense goes much deeper than just losing linebacker Ray Lewis or cornerback Lardarius Webb to season-ending injuries. Or getting Suggs back at linebacker.

“One man is not going to change that. It’s definitely a team effort. We all have to do things better, just the whole defense. It’s not one man," Suggs said Wednesday. "It’s not the personnel. It’s really just executing and being accountable and being where you’re supposed to be.

"We all just have to get back to playing Ravens-style football. ... We’re not hitting the panic button, but we know we have to address it and it needs to get fixed ASAP.”

Defensive end Pernell McPhee echoed Suggs' diagnosis of the problem heading into Sunday's game at the Cleveland Browns.

"It's just about us being disciplined, staying on our schemes, staying gapped up, staying on our double-teams, freeing up the (line)backers. That's the main thing," McPhee said. "We got to stay disciplined and play our man and use our eyes better as far as watching our keys."

With a chance to recover from various injuries to tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), cornerback Jimmy Smith (abs) and tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu (knee), among others, the Ravens will have a better idea of where they stand with a Suggs who is closer to game shape.

"He seems good. We expect him to take on a full share this week, which he pretty did last week," coach John Harbaugh said. "He was pretty close to that last time anyway. ... We'll have to see. Obviously it's only the second game back."

Suggs is willing to do whatever it takes, but isn't putting any snap counts on himself for the Browns.

"If you have to go beyond the call of duty, then so be it. It’s pretty much by any means necessary," he said. "We don’t know how less or much I am going to play, but we’re going to play football, so you don’t know about all of that until game day.”