Ever since the Baltimore Ravens started off the 2013 offseason going towards the youth movement with noticeable players leaving such as Anquan Boldin, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Matt Birk it was a sign of a new era, and something that fans begrudgingly embraced as we celebrated the Ravens winning the Super Bowl again.
As the team goes forward, the poster children for the Ravens’ youth movement are the talents of inside linebacker Arthur Brown, and strong safety Matt Elam.
Both players are expected to be key contributors on defense as the season goes on, but from what we just saw on Thursday night with the Ravens’ defense allowing seven touchdowns to Peyton Manning, the Ravens don’t really have much to lose at this point with Elam, and Brown starting from here on out.
If the Ravens’ defense is going to allow 49 points in one game, then why not do it with rookies on the field. Why bother with veterans like inside linebacker Josh Bynes looking lost in his third year or veteran free safety in Michael Huff looking very rookie-like himself while being beaten down the field with relative ease and shoddy tackling to boot in his eighth season in the league.