If Joe Flacco becomes a more vocal leader in 2014, linebacker Terrell Suggs will welcome it. After missing the playoffs last season, Suggs suggested Flacco might have to become more confrontational to set the right tone for next season.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing Joe Flacco come into his own, just be one of those premier elite quarterbacks, and he talk to his team,” Suggs said Wednesday, as veterans reported to team headquarters to prepare for Thursday’s first full squad workout. “We definitely all going to stand behind Joe. We stand behind Haloti (Ngata), and hopefully they all stand behind me.
“Joe’s just cool Joe. He’s not the most vocal, but sometimes we may need that. He may have to cuss somebody out. He may have to cuss me out. It’s just good to hear your quarterback get after somebody sometime. I think it’d be a good thing. At the end of the day, we still love Joe.”
Suggs has done plenty of soul searching after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The empty feeling following the loss to the Bengals in Week 17 still lingers.
“We all felt like we kind of let each other down,” Suggs said. “This ain’t how we carry on. We had exit physicals. We didn’t like that feeling. Just talking to the guys during the offseason. You know what? We need to rededicate ourselves to our purpose and the standard, and the things we’re used to achieving around here.”
The last thing Suggs wants is a repeat of 2013.
“We got a bad taste in our mouth,” Suggs said. “Definitely a rude awakening. It sucks (missing the playoffs), and it’s definitely something we don’t want to feel again.”