14 Jun 2005
In 1985, defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan's 46 defense, led by middle linebacker Mike Singletary, dominated the league. In 2005, Buddy's son, Rex, thinks his 46 defense, led by middle linebacker Ray Lewis, can do the same. Lewis wasn't anything close to the player in 2004 that he was in 2003, and most people in Baltimore seem to think the team's defensive scheme was to blame for that. I watched Lewis closely last year and I didn't see a guy in the wrong scheme; I saw a guy who struggled in coverage, missed tackles, and wasn't as aggressive as he used to be. In any event, though, it will be interesting to see whether anything can re-invigorate the man who very recently was the best defensive player in football.
38 comments, Last at 16 Jun 2005, 12:15pm by skinsfan2
It's a year of huge cornerback contracts, with A.J. Bouye and Stephon Gilmore breaking the bank. But will these big-money contracts, and the big-time gambles associated with them, pay off?