Young Suggs didn't like getting dirty against the run

In my conversation with Ted Monachino on Thursday, the Ravens’ outside linebackers coach said that Terrell Suggs hasn’t changed much since Monachino coached him at Arizona State. He was mostly referring to Suggs’ personality. He did, however, say that one aspect of his pupil’s game has since changed in a major way.

Apparently, back in college, Suggs didn’t care much for doing the dirty work it took to stuff the run.

“He did it because he wanted to be in the game on third down,” Monachino said. “He has evolved as player.”

Today, Suggs is getting attention for his all-around play. He has nine sacks this season, and he has added 49 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles. He has twice been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week (including last week after recording three sacks against the San Francisco 49ers).

Some in the national media -- including this guy and this guy -- have hyped him as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

“He’s a top-paid pass rusher, but he can also play the run really well,” said Ravens guard Marshal Yanda, who has to contend with Suggs in practice. “That’s just him being an overall great player. A lot of guys on the edge are just pass rushers. They put their hand in the dirt, and when we start running the ball, you can run at them.”

Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger -- who is having a breakout year himself with 4.5 sacks in his third NFL season -- said that his teammate’s effort stands out whenever he watches game tape.

“He finds a way, because of his effort on the field, to finish plays,” Kruger said. “He never stops moving out there.”

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