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Suggs producing, thriving in Pagano's scheme

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By Mike Wilkening

Three times this season, and twice in the last three weeks, Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs has notched three sacks in a game. Suggs, 29, has set a new career high for sacks (13), and this surely ranks as one of his better NFL seasons. "He is so explosive, overpowering," said one NFL assistant who's seen Suggs this season and who is familiar with his game. Another source working for a club that has had to deal with Suggs this season shared similar views about Suggs' skill set but also praised Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano's work. "Chuck is putting him in good schemes this year," the source said. Suggs has made it clear he thinks highly of Pagano. "Chuck Pagano, if anybody is trying to hire a head coach, if they ask, I'm going to say he sucks," Suggs recently joked. "He's terrible. He's a terrible coach. His players don't love him, and he doesn't know what he's doing when he's calling a game. But we all know he's doing a good job. He's playing the chess match to death, and we're doing a good job as a unit and as a whole team."

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