Suggs too fast for the Browns

CLEVELAND – Terrell Suggs played the game of football at a different speed than the Cleveland Browns' blockers.<br> <br> In the instant it took the Baltimore Ravens' rookie outside linebacker to penetrate the backfield, the Browns didn't react quickly enough. They never came close to matching his athleticism.

Throughout the Ravens' 35-0 win over the Browns on Sunday, Suggs was a disruptive force as Baltimore garnered its first shutout of the season.

Suggs' two sacks and two forced fumbles of Browns quarterback Tim Couch gives him a dozen sacks for the season to surpass Pro Bowl linebacker Peter Boulware's team rookie mark.

With one game left, Suggs needs three sacks to break Tennessee Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse's NFL rookie record of 14 ½ sacks that he established during the 1999 season.

"The good Lord blessed Terrell with a lot of ability," defensive line coach Rex Ryan said. "He has really learned how to use his off hand and tomahawk the ball out."

Suggs lined up at defensive tackle on his first sack in the second quarter, chopping the football out of Couch's hand and recovering it at the Ravens' 46.

In the fourth quarter, Suggs' sack forced another Couch fumble, which set up Jamal Lewis' second touchdown run.

"I just jumped in there, got in my rush and got a sack," said Suggs, who leads all NFL rookies and set an NCAA mark with 24 sacks last season at Arizona State. "It's a killer. It's a big change of momentum. Cleveland was out there with nothing to lose. We had more want-to and we got after them."

The 10th overall pick of the NFL draft, Suggs is only 21-years-old.

"Just wait until he can finally shave," Ravens coach Brian Billick said.

TRIBUTE TO MODELL: There were a lot of negative signs and T-shirts brandished by the Dawg Pound faithful who still hold a grudge against Ravens owner Art Modell.

As usual, Modell didn't attend the road game in the city where the original Browns were a beloved fixture until he moved them to Baltimore. Modell is relinquishing majority ownership after the season to Steve Bisciotti.

"I'm always looking for ways to repay him for what Art has done for me," offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo said. "This is huge for him to close this chapter of his life with this kind of win."

INJURY UPDATE: Return specialist Lamont Brightful was replaced by safety Ed Reed on punt returns after suffering a mild concussion. Brightful expects to be available against the Steelers.

Offensive guard Bennie Anderson sprained his knee and didn't return. Boulware sprained his knee, but was able to return. Tight end John Jones aggravated a preexisting quadriceps strain and didn't return.

SHOVEL PASS: Tight end Terry Jones lined up as a wing back after going in motion on his touchdown catch on a shovel pass from Anthony Wright.

He took a few steps forward and caught Wright's flip pass from one yard out to open the Ravens' scoring on an unconventiaonal, schoolyard play.

"Whatever works," Jones said. "It's another way to get in the end zone. It worked perfectly."

OFF-GAME: Although he won his first start on the road to improve to 4-2 overall, Wright completed only 10 of his 18 passes for 90 yards, one score, an interception and a 64.6 quarterback rating.

He was relieved in the fourth quarter by rookie quarterback Kyle Boller, but is expected to start next week against Pittsburgh.

Wright threw off his back foot into heavy coverage on an interception he tossed to safety Earl Little.

"I was in a situation where I was probably trying to do too much," Wright said. "I probably should have just taken the sack. Those things happen."

RARE MISS: For only the fourth time this year, kicker Matt Stover misfired. His 46-yard attempt in the fourth quarter struck the right cross bar and richocheted to the ground.

GRAHAM HONORED: The Browns paid tribute to the late Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham with a video montage and lowered the flag to half-mast. His four grandchildren served as honorary game captains, and the Browns wore a No. 14 decal on their helmets.

QUOTABLE: Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller on Jamal Lewis being removed from the game in the fourth quarter with 48 yards to go for 2,000 yards: "We had to call you off them, Jamal."

Lewis' response: "Yep, ya'll set the horse down."

BIG HIT: Besides Chad Williams' 52-yard interception return for a score, he also registered perhaps the fiercest tackle of the game on a swing pass to Jamel White.

"I think that was my biggest hit I've had since I've been in the league," Williams said. "It was in the open field, one-on-one. You dream about a shot like that."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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