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Will Ravens continue to be haunted by the four deadly sins of defense in 2012?

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Will Ravens continue to be haunted by the four deadly sins of defense in 2012?

Posted on 04 November 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

Let’s get this out of the way right away – the Baltimore Ravens are 6-2 and any complaining about Sunday’s 25-15 win over the Cleveland Browns won’t change their slim lead in the AFC North or color the obvious breakdowns and weaknesses that are apparent to anyone who has watched their choppy work.

But as a Ray Rice told me at the podium on the shores of Lake Erie after another win: “There are no bad wins in the NFL.”

We can deal with the offensive inconsistencies later but my concerns center around a defense that will continue to take the field with a squad of patchwork underachievers and glaring fundamental issues.

The four deadly sins of defense continue to haunt the Ravens, if only for the first 80 yards of the field in Cleveland on Sunday. Rushing the passer. Stopping the run. Covering in the secondary. And tackling in general.

Let us count and assess the issues one by one…

The Ravens have no pass rush. Despite having the return of a seemingly spry Terrell Suggs in Houston two weeks ago, he was no factor in Cleveland. Joe Thomas ate him up and most teams will simply get some help on No. 55 if he becomes a pest and the Ravens lack a backup quarterback chaser with any push. Paul Kruger hasn’t been effective. Pernell McPhee, who flashed some visions of a pass rush specialist last season, has been mostly invisible this year and was an injury scratch on Sunday. Haloti Ngata continues to struggle physically and the leaks continue all around him on the defense.

Of course, no pass rush leads to trouble in the secondary with any quarterback and wide receiver tandem that has is given ample time to make a play. This will be an especially daunting issue when the Ravens see the Steelers in two weeks as Ben Roethlisberger has made a Hall of Fame career by making positive plays happen after the play breaks down.

With the injuries to Lardarius Webb, the Ravens secondary has been stressed tremendously because Cary Williams is now carrying the weight of marking every team’s No. 1 receiver. Aside from the obvious with Sergio Kindle being unable to play after his brutal fall and head injury, Jimmy Smith has been the Ravens’ most disappointing first-round draft pick since Travis Taylor. He’s the most penalized defensive player on the team and is consistently getting beat by top-notch receivers on a weekly basis. To my eyes, they’re simply targeting him and the likes of Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and the Manning brothers will literally be frothing at the mouth awaiting a chance to throw the ball into this secondary.

After more than a decade of dominance against the run – and a source of massive pride of a local fan base that would routinely chant “you can’t run” from my seats up in Sect. 513 – the Ravens’ run defense has been porous as it’s been four straight weeks of allowing running backs to gash the front seven and get deeper down the field where the secondary becomes a de facto part of the tackling corps.

And all over the field tackling has been a consistent source of frustration. You can blame not-so-new-anymore defensive coordinator Dean Pees. You can talk about the loss of personnel like Ray Lewis via injury or Jarret Johnson, Cory Redding, etc. to free agency, but there have been leaks all over the field when it comes to second chances and fellows in purple flailing and missing.

Eight games into the season, the Ravens are 6-2 and there’s ample reason to be energized by their gaudy record and seat atop the AFC North.

The offense has certainly been capable as witnessed by their early-season success and it even managed 25 points yesterday on the road in Cleveland by managing to play about 20 minutes of decent football and still spending more than an hour without a first down. But there have been many times recently when Joe Flacco and the offensive crew have been stumbling their

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Ngata “disgusted” by Ravens defense not stopping run

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Ngata “disgusted” by Ravens defense not stopping run

Posted on 14 October 2012 by WNSTV

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Our Ravens/Cowboys “Pats on the Ass”

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Our Ravens/Cowboys “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 14 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Nasty Purple Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches each.

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 31-29 win over Dallas Cowboys at M&T Bank Stadium…

(Note: Not all photos are from today’s game, some photos provided by Fort Worth Star-Telegram…)

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Anthony Allen

4. Jimmy Smith

3. Cary Williams

2. Joe Flacco

1. Ray Rice (Pat on Both Cheeks)

(Ryan’s Pats on Page 2…)

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Ravens/Cowboys final injury report

Posted on 12 October 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE RAVENS:

PROBABLE
DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder)
T Jah Reid (calf)

DALLAS COWBOYS:

OUT
P Brian Moorman (right groin)

QUESTIONABLE
C/G Ryan Cook (hamstring)
P Chris Jones (left knee)
LB Anthony Spencer (shoulder)

PROBABLE
LB Alex Albright (neck)
WR Miles Austin (hamstring)
CB Morris Claiborne (illness)
DT Kenyon Coleman (knee)
C Phil Costa (back)
S Matt Johnson (hamstring)
NT Jay Ratliff (ankle)
DT Marcus Spears (knee)

 

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Ravens/Cowboys Thursday injury report

Posted on 11 October 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE RAVENS:

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder)

FULL PARTICIPATION
T Jah Reid (calf)

DALLAS COWBOYS:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Morris Claiborne (illness)
C/G Ryan Cook (hamstring)
P Brian Moorman (right groin)
P Chris Jones (left knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
LB Anthony Spencer (shoulder)

FULL PARTICIPATION
LB Alex Albright (neck)
WR Miles Austin (hamstring)
DT Kenyon Coleman (knee)
C Phil Costa (back)
S Matt Johnson (hamstring)
NT Jay Ratliff (ankle)
DT Marcus Spears (knee)

*Limited Participation is less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.
*Full Participation is 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.
*Not Injury Relatedapplies to situations in which a player is withheld from his normal repetitions for reasons other than injury.

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Ngata limited, Reid full participant in Wednesday practice

Posted on 10 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Wednesday, October 10…

BALTIMORE RAVENS:

LIMITED
DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder)

FULL
T Jah Reid (calf)

DALLAS COWBOYS:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
C/G Ryan Cook (hamstring)
P Chris Jones (left knee)
P Brian Moorman (right groin)
LB Anthony Spencer (shoulder)

FULL
LB Alex Albright (neck)
WR Miles Austin (hamstring)
DT Kenyon Coleman (knee)
C Phil Costa (back)
S Matt Johnson (hamstring)
NT Jay Ratliff (ankle)
DT Marcus Spears (knee)

-Limited Participation is less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.
-Full Participation is 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.
-Not Injury Relatedapplies to situations in which a player is withheld from his normal repetitions for reasons other than injury.

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Our Ravens/Chiefs “Pats on the Ass”

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Our Ravens/Chiefs “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 07 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Nasty Purple Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches each.

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 9-6 win over the Kansas City Chiefs…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Dennis Pitta

4. Paul Kruger

3. Justin Tucker

2. Cary Williams

1. Ray Rice (Pat on Both Cheeks)


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Our Ravens/Browns “Pats on the Ass”

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Our Ravens/Browns “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 28 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Nasty Purple Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches each.

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 23-16 win over the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Tandon Doss

4. Haloti Ngata

3. Lardarius Webb

2. Torrey Smith

1. Joe Flacco (Pat on Both Cheeks)

(Ryan’s Pats on Page 2…)

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game – Ravens/Patriots

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game – Ravens/Patriots

Posted on 25 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 31-30 win over the New England Patriots Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Justin Tucker 27 yard FG try GOOD (4th quarter)

4. Julian Edelman -13 yard run on 2nd & 6 (2nd quarter)

3. Torrey Smith 25 yard TD catch from Joe Flacco (2nd quarter)

2. Devin McCourty 27 yard pass interference called on attempted Joe Flacco pass to Jacoby Jones (4th quarter)

1. Haloti Ngata and Dannell Ellerbe sack Tom Brady for 7 yard loss on 2nd & 9 (4th quarter)

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Our Ravens/Patriots “Pats on the Ass”

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Our Ravens/Patriots “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 24 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Nasty Purple Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches each.

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 31-30 win over the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Lardarius Webb

4. Kelechi Osemele

3. Dannell Ellerbe

2. Ray Rice

1. Torrey Smith (Pat on both cheeks)


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