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15 Oct 2012

Ravens Defense Loses Lewis, Webb; Suggs to Return?

Multiple stories here, so we'll just link to a page that's up to date on all of them. Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb tore his ACL and is done for the year. Ray Lewis apparently avoided a full tear of his right triceps, but he's still out for the next few weeks at least, probably the rest of the year. On the bright side, Terrell Suggs may resume "light practice" this week and is targeting a Week 9 return. Still, it's hard to imagine that he'll return at full Defensive Player of the Year level. The Ravens defense is in serious trouble. Next man up, I guess.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 15 Oct 2012

4 comments, Last at 16 Oct 2012, 2:15am by daz

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by jonnyblazin :: Mon, 10/15/2012 - 1:45pm

If Suggs can play his way into decent shape by the playoffs, the Ravens will at least have a shot at doing some damage. Fortunately they've stockpiled some wins early in the season even though they haven't played very well at all on defense.

Albert McClellan played well at ILB last year so he can replace some of what Ray Lewis does, but the problem is Upshaw and Kruger are just horribly undisciplined playing the edge and can't get off blocks.

Losing Webb is a crushing blow.

Can any Pats fans give a summary of Dean Pees as Coordinator? I think he might be the worst D-coordinator for the Ravens ever, although Greg Mattison might give him a run for his money. According to DVOA the Pats were at least average or above average during his tenure (2006-9), its only the past couple years (2010 and 2011) that the D has gotten bad.

Any way you slice it, the Ravens will probably go as far as Joe Flacco takes them, which isn't that encouraging. The one quality the Ravens have is that they almost never get blown out, so they are always going to be in striking distance of winning any game they play. They also don't play well against bad teams, so they are in danger of losing games they shouldn't too.

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by daz :: Tue, 10/16/2012 - 2:15am

Everything I'd heard about Pees from Pats fans before the season started was that he was a pretty conservative play caller who run an off-man scheme and preferred to "bend but don't break" rather than be aggressive, and that's pretty much exactly what we've seen.

I had hoped that the talent on defense would be able to overcome those issues (like they did under Mattison) but that doesn't seem to be the case and these injuries won't help.

In fact, I believe that they mean that the players become even less compatible with the defense as it is currently run particularly in the secondary given that 3 of the top 4 CBs are press CBs (Williams, Smith, Brown)

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by Raiderjoe :: Mon, 10/15/2012 - 2:37pm

Ravens in trouble bow.

Time won't give Baltimore time

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by daz :: Tue, 10/16/2012 - 2:10am

You might want to update your blurb given that its now been confirmed that Lewis has completely torn his triceps and is out for the season