Even Sports Illustrated likes the new-look Ravens defense

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Sports Illustrated put out a quick look at AFC North today and gave the Ravens a number of compliments for what their defense might be like in 2013.

Under the section entitled “Where They Got Better,” SI said the following:

Rather amazingly, on defense. Or at least the potential is there for this defense to be better — particularly in the front seven — despite those massive losses…The defensive line should benefit from the steady, veteran presence of Chris Canty at DE and former Cowboy Marcus Spears. Landing Elvis Dumervil looks like one of the huge coups of the offseason, especially since Baltimore can pair him with a healthy Terrell Suggs. The big question mark here is up the middle, where Jameel McClain and rookie Arthur Brown will have to replace Dannell Ellerbe (who signed with the Dolphins) and the legendary Ray Lewis.

Lots of good points here all the way around. In the end, the Dumervil signing is one that may be one of the team’s best in recent years– even if it took an odd break to get him here.

The combination of Dumervil and Suggs (as long as he’s back to 100 percent) could keep opposing quarterbacks up at night wondering and worrying. The Ravens needed to get better in that area– and they did.

And they nailed it upon saying the big question mark involves the middle. You don’t replace someone like Lewis, even though he had slowed towards the end. He meant so much to this group on and off the field. The same with Ed Reed, although he wasn’t mentioned in this section.

The bottom line is that the defense lost some key folks, but they replaced them and should have a good season in 2013 as the Ravens defend their title.

13 Raves on “Even Sports Illustrated likes the new-look Ravens defense

  1. Tyler on said:

    Like it. Don’t count out Darryl Smith either. I think he’s gonna come up HUGE for these ravens. And I’d have liked to known what they had to say about the new secondary. Personally I think our new defense will dominate. Counting down.

    • Boldin Raver on said:

      A video RRR used to have solidified my opinion of Smith. Poor dude got lost in Jacksonville, but he’s real good. Ravens have been giving way too much in the middle to slots, RBs and TEs receiving, and with the front seven the way it’s shaping up, I think opponents will be inclined to exploit short passes even more. Smith is one of the best in the NFL at putting a stop to that garbage. With Smith & Brown (and Elam occasionally crashing the party) it would end period, and they’re both great at sifting through blocks to get at the run. I like Bynes, too. He’s smart and a leader. He knows he has to improve at coverage, and I’m betting he does and has a great camp.

  2. Smoke on said:

    I believe that the defense will be better than last year and surprise a lot of people. They could be a top 5 defense with the personal they have added. Now have speed, pass rush from a lot of different positions and depth. They really were lacking speed last year and that ready showed up in second half of super bowl. They have depth in some qualify young players and a really good front seven- also is Webb is fully recovered there secondary will be better than last, now they just have to mess as a unit

  3. Brian Tray on said:

    For my money, Michael Huff was a critical pick-up. Having an experienced, pro bowl caliber safety to pair with the rookie Elam is huge. Overall it looks like one of the better secondaries in the league if Webb stays healthy and Elam plays as advertised. The front will be one of the best in the NFL, if not The Best. Put them together and we are looking at an outstanding defense.
    How kind of SI to notice.

  4. Bruce_Almty on said:

    It’s nice to brag about a top 5 defense but the Squeelers had the #1 defense last year and an 8-8 record. Let’s hope and cheer for a well rounded team winning the last game of the season.
    Go Ravens

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