Suggs missed just 8 games last year and they won the Superbowl. I don know how you can minimize him using that reasoning and at the same time praise Beason and Davis who have missed about 5 seasons of the past 6 combined. Yes, Davis had a miraculous comeback and played well.
I'm not trying to minimize Suggs, I think he's an excellent player and I'm not trying to say he's washed up. But he seemed less explosive to me after coming back from the injury. TD was no less explosive or quick. If anything he almost seemed moreso. Beason is a big question mark, but I put a caveat in my claim that IF they're healthy.
Even considering Suggs in top form, that's still only three real VERY good players in their front 7 in Ngata, Dumervil and Suggs. Since we could say the same thing about Arthur Brown as Star (though not to the extreme, I don't think Brown is that close to the level of prospect that Star is) we'll throw Brown in there for 4 of their front 7 being VERY good players, assuming everyone is healthy and playing up to their drafted potential.
With the same standards in place, everyone is healthy and playing up to their drafted potential, 6 of our front 7 are VERY good players. SIX. Even if you toss Beason out because you don't believe he'll be healthy (which I wouldn't say), that's still 5 of our front 7 being dominant, VERY good players. I still give us the edge. Especially if you give Short the same courtesy as Brown and include him in the tally since he has as much potential as Brown. I just didn't initially include him because I don't think he'll be starting right away.Go to the full post