Baltimore Ravens: All About Perspective – Terrell Suggs, Matt Elam and Calvin Johnson

Oct 6, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) reacts after sacking Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (not pictured) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Much has been made about the remarks of the Baltimore Ravens’ safety Matt Elam about Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. Referring to Megatron as “pretty old” was certainly an indiscrete rookie mistake of the mouth in front of the media. Look for it to get some air time on the telecast tonight.

For the record, Johnson is age 28, Elam is barely 22.

But from someone who really is pretty old, all of this cracks me up a bit, and it is interesting to see the varied angles of perspective about age. At age 31, Terrell Suggs said of Johnson, “Megatron – anytime somebody has a nickname like that … The kid is real. The kid is real.”

So, what is it? Is he “pretty old?”  Or is he a “kid?”   Or is he a pretty old kid?

I can answer that – They’re all kids!  And two out of three of them are BIG kids, but one of them isn’t any bigger than my size … another reason not to talk too loud. I like charts … let me chart this out:

Suggs 10/11/82 31 6-3 260
Johnson 9/29/85 28 6-5 236
Elam 9/21/91 22 5-10 208
Blog Author 1/9/55 58 5-10 205

 

Johnson is having a fantastic season, as Suggs would also say, “He is probably arguably the best receiver in the game. It’s going to take all 11 guys especially tending to him.”

He is currently second in the NFL in pass-receiving yards … these stats including yesterday’s game, so, the Ravens will be challenged to keep him under 116 yards …

1.

Josh Gordon · CLE

1467

2.

Calvin Johnson · DET

1351

3.

Antonio Brown · PIT

1307

4.

Andre Johnson · HOU

1295

5.

DeSean Jackson · PHI

1275

6.

A.J. Green · CIN

1268

7.

Alshon Jeffery · CHI

1265

8.

Demaryius Thomas · DEN

1194

9.

Brandon Marshall · CHI

1185

10.

Pierre Garcon · WAS 1146

 

Here are Johnson’s basic career stats:

Year 

Age

G

Rec

Yds

Y/R

TD

Lng

2007

22

15

48

756

15.8

4

49

2008

23

16

78

1331

17.1

12

96

2009

24

14

67

984

14.7

5

75

2010

25

15

77

1120

14.5

12

87

2011

26

16

96

1681

17.5

16

73

2012

27

16

122

1964

16.1

5

53

2013

28

12

75

1351

18.0

12

87

Career

104

563

9187

16.3

66

96

 

And the challenge is not just with Johnson.  Matthew Stafford is fourth in the NFL in passing yards and touchdowns, distributing the ball well to wide receivers and targets out of the backfield. Reggie Bush, if fully healthy, is 11th in the league in rushing yards and cannot be ignored.

Much of the Ravens’ effectiveness will be determined by the ability of Suggs & Co. to keep Stafford uncomfortable with the pressure applied.

It is amazing to think that Suggs’ sacks over the years amount to seven football fields in length in terms of yards lost. That is about two complete games worth of offense. However, Suggs has not had a sack since the Cleveland game on November 3rd.

Suggs’ career basic stats …

Year

Age

G

Sk

Yds

Int

Yds

TD

Tkl

Ast

2003

21

16

12.0

97.0

1

11

0

18

8

2004

22

16

10.5

83.5

0

0

0

46

14

2005

23

16

8.0

64.5

2

38

0

47

21

2006

24

16

9.5

64.5

0

0

0

47

18

2007

25

16

5.0

34.0

0

0

0

52

28

2008

26

16

8.0

69.5

2

86

2

53

15

2009

27

13

4.5

33.0

0

0

0

44

15

2010

28

16

11.0

73.0

0

0

0

53

15

2011

29

16

14.0

91.0

2

9

0

52

23

2012

30

8

2.0

15.0

0

0

0

17

6

2013

31

13

9.0

42.0

0

0

0

45

29

Career

162

93.5

667

7

144

2

474

192

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