Wednesday, October 14, 2009

HELP WANTED: Team in Baltimore seeking a pass rush


The Ravens' pass rush hasn’t exactly taken pressure off the secondary. While the number of sacks is on par with 2008, the number of pressures has fallen off and that creates opportunities downfield for big time signal callers like Philip Rivers, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer and Brett Favre. Trevor Pryce appears to be aging rapidly while held regularly – not exactly a successful recipe when pursuing the quarterback.

Terrell Suggs is finding it difficult to fight through double teaming and very little if any heat comes off the opposite edge unless the Ravens blitz. It might be time for Mattison to get more creative with a mix of the team’s best speed rushers like Jameel McClain, Antwan Barnes and Paul Kruger.

Speaking of the defensive front, it has become painfully obvious that Kelly Gregg is not the player he once was. The explosiveness that enabled him to be an effective two-gap tackle commanding attention and freeing Ray Lewis to make tackles at or near the line of scrimmage has all but disappeared. Take away Gregg’s effectiveness and Bart Scott’s willingness to take on pulling guards and fullbacks to keep Lewis clean and it should surprise no one that the Ravens’ defensive leader is making more and more of his tackles down field.

Lewis is an instinctive and well-prepared player with top end speed for his position but he has never been a technically sound linebacker when it comes to shedding blocks. Take away some of that speed and take away the effective interference and Lewis’ play is closer to average than Pro Bowl-like.

Back to Gregg for a moment; don’t be surprised if you start seeing more and more playing time for Kelly Talavou and/or Bryant McKinney in the Ravens’ rotation at defensive tackle.

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

Anyone reading this article who was not well-informed would think that Bart Scott was still on the team.. is he "unwilling", or is he just not on our team anymore??

Tony Lombardi said...

Good point...

Change: "Bart Scott’s willingness to take on pulling guards and fullbacks"

To: "Bart Scott and his willingness while a member of the Ravens to take on pulling guards and fullbacks"

Agree otherwise Bulldog...I mean Anonymous?

Harryos29 said...

Harry os 29 Oct 14th
... HELLO?? Bart Scott Signed with the JETS.. along with JIM LEONARD.

Harryos29 said...

Harry Os 29 Oct 14
..Hello, Bart Scott Signed with the Jets, along with another Ravens Favorite, Jimmy Leonard Having been a Baltimore football fan, starting back in 1956, I am a ROSTER Watcher.
.. I think the TWO DB's picked up in the off season are a BUST so far. Carr and Foxworth are not
Mc Alister and Leonard
As far as Trevor Pryce, and I may add that he is one of my all time Favorite Ravens, right up there with Michael Mc Creary. If they held Trevor any more than they are: it still MAY NOT not be OBVIOUS to the 6 blind Mice out there masquirading as NFL REFEREES... How can the REFS not see it??? as in one of the Passes that Palmer completed on Sunday.. two Cincy LINE man had their ARMS around TREVOERs NECK. What is the current NFL Definition of holding?
...How can they Not see that? WHEN then they Saw a Face Tap on MRS Tom Brady, That was not as Hard as when the Bishop Smacked me when I was CONFRIMED INTO THE CHURCH WHEN i WAS 13 YEARS OLD?? IN CLOSING, IF THE REFS WOULD CALL HOLDING ON THE OTHER TEAMS OFFENSIVE LINE, OCCASSIONALLY, THE RAVENS PASS RUSH WOULD SOON RE-APPEAR.

Jerry B said...

My "take" on this dilemma: one person should not make that big a difference if......the schemes are designed to bring pressure from different directions and different personnel, which to date has been lacking. This defense needs more "push" from the middle of the line to collapse the pocket, which they won't get by dropping Haloti Nghata into coverage as they have on some occasions! Mattison seems committed to a four man rush, which isn't getting it done! So, a change is needed either in planning and/or play calling or.....coaching!!!