Improve At 34? Ndamukong Suh Confident He Can

April 5th, 2021

Ponders double-digit sacks in 2021.

It seems a bit hard to believe since Joe thinks of Ndamukong Suh as a guy who may be in the conversation for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but Suh hasn’t had a double-digit sack season since his rookie year in 2010.

And to hear him today in a Zoom press conference, Suh believes he was a hair away from accomplishing that last year, at age 33, despite sometimes being used as bait for opposing offensive linemen and not rushing the quarterback.

“Without question,” Suh responded when asked if he had a better year with the Bucs last season than his first with the Bucs in 2019.

“I think I found more ways to be successful in the defense that we are running. I understand how I’m being [used] in a lot of ways. Sometimes I have to be a decoy to help free up other guys, which I have no problem doing. I have done that a lot in my career … but I want to join the party.

“At the end of the day I am really focused on what is best for the team. But at the same time, I have to be able to produce and make plays.”

Though Suh finished with six sacks and an additional 1.5 sacks in the Super Bowl, Suh is convinced he had more sacks in him.

“Myself and [defensive line coach] Coach Kacy [Rodgers] talked about that, especially before the playoffs and as we went into the offseason,” Suh said. “‘There is no question you can get double-digit sacks,'” Suh said Rodgers told him.

Suh pointed out he believes he missed three sacks against the Vikings last season alone. If he makes those plays, Suh said, then he’d have nine sacks. So why not 10?

“It’s a different ball game,” Suh said of his missed sacks playing Minnesota.

Suh said getting to 10 or more sacks is not easy but he is confident he has the ability to get there. At age 34.

Joe will just type the following: If Suh gets 10 or more sacks this coming season, this Bucs defense will be absolutely ferocious and rival the glory years’ Bucs defense when Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks and John Lynch ruled the land.

13 Responses to “Improve At 34? Ndamukong Suh Confident He Can”

  1. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    Suh is like Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. If he’s on the field, he’s ready & should be feared

  2. Winny Testaverde Says:

    The Bucs are very fortunate to have Suh at this stage of his career…more affordable and a heck of a role model. In fact…he hits so hard/violently that he literally has to shove opposing QBs to the ground or will likely be penalized. Some prefer the apologetics, ankle grabbing approach. I’m more of a Suh fan myself.

  3. SB~LV Says:

    Say…what is the other #93 up to these days ?

  4. Miller5252 Says:

    Sub has to be one of the best additions to the team. Not only does he not miss games and have a high snap count doing his job year after year but I’ve read countless stories on here how he’s building and growing the young guys the correct way. Plus I really enjoy how he never really tackles a QB…. he just tries to throw them through the turf! All the problems he had when he was young you can see he’s out grown them and became someone these young guys can look up to. This is the #93 that needs to go in the ring if either is going.

  5. Cobraboy Says:

    I dream of 4 double-digit sack demons: Barrett, JPP, Suh and White.

    Even if it takes 20 games (including a bye)

    A guy can dream, can’t he?

  6. K2 Says:

    Drago physical dominance with Rocky’s tenacity and heart! The Bucs defensive front is like a pack of huge fearless hungry dogs and Bowles yells, “EAT!”…from the sideline.

  7. Drunkinybor Says:

    I went and watched some old Gerald McCoy highlights and to be honest. He was a lot better then I remembered him to be. He seemed like the only threat on the entire defense. He really stands out if you back and watch his early tape.

  8. PSL Bob Says:

    Can’t wait to get this season rolling. Based on Joe’s posts (e.g., Suh and Barrett), seems like most of the players are as fired up as the fans. No complacency showing!

  9. Jim Says:

    Man, new season can’t start soon enough.

  10. Defense Rules Says:

    There are some DLinemen who just stand head-and-shoulders above the rest. Reggie White was one of them IMO. So was Warren Sapp. And so is Ndamukong Suh. We’re really fortunate to have him on the team, and especially because of the way he’s been mentoring some of our other DLinemen and inspiring them to constantly improve. Vita Vea & Will Gholston & RNR all come to mind.

  11. Cainishere Says:

    Suh is an awesome player and the anchor of our defense but to say he has outgrown his youthful antics is incorrect. He had some questionable plays last season such as the kick to the groin of a QB and the punch to Mahomes face mask during a tackle. I do not mind it however I think he just wants QBs to remember him with love taps.

  12. David Says:

    Listening to these guys on defense and knowing Brady’s drive on the offense, they don’t sound like they just won a Super Bowl.

  13. Says:

    Keep it up Suh!