Defense Can’t Slip While Ravens Build New Offense

dsmithmcclain

Can the 2014 Baltimore Ravens improve their offense without sacrificing their defense?

While the answer to that question remains unknown for now, one sure thing – after the whooping Seattle gave Denver in the Super Bowl – is that there is a still a firm place for defense in the ever-changing world of the NFL.

As we all know the Ravens spent much of last offseason shoring up the defensive side of the football and this year the front office has made it clear they intend to do the same on offense.

Of the 46 players the Ravens have under contract for 2014, only 18 reside on defense.

There are currently 14 players that will be free agents this season – six are on the defensive side of the football, including Arthur Jones, Daryl Smith and Corey Graham – all of whom were  key contributors for defensive coordinator Dean Pees’ unit in 2013.

Sure, we’ve all heard the “next man up” philosophy that every team employs; however, the Ravens cannot afford to leave those cleats unfilled.

It is likely Arthur Jones will be in high demand much like Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger were a year ago – the Ravens probably won’t be able to afford him. The same could possibly be said about Graham.

Keeping Daryl Smith would be ideal and I would expect the team to make Smith a formidable offer after he played lights out in 2013, and anchored a defense that lined up without Ray Lewis at the helm.

There are some promising young players who will get a chance to step up including DeAngelo Tyson, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Arthur Brown and Asa Jackson. But will that be enough?

The Ravens finished the year with the 12th-ranked defense in the league and certainly had their share of struggles. Some of those were attributed to the lack of time of possession from the offense but by no means was the “D” perfect. The inability to pressure opposing quarterbacks late in the season coupled with failing to come up with stops at crucial times proved costly on a few occasions.

The team will leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding quality personnel either through free agency, cap casualties or the draft.

For now, as our own Brian McFarland reported, the Ravens, barring an early release or re-signing of a player, will enter the 2014 offseason with around $7-9M in Cap space.

As teams begin to overhaul their rosters the Ravens will no doubt have their eyes peeled for the talent that becomes available. Lets just hope they don’t rob Peter to pay Paul and go backwards on defense as they try to boost the offense.

 

Follow me on Twitter @sportguyRSR 

This entry was posted in Blog View, Featured by Brian Bower. Bookmark the permalink.

About Brian Bower

Brian Bower
Brian Bower is avid football fan who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Brian has covered the Baltimore Ravens and NFL player positives in the community for the past two years for FootballNewsNow.com. His work has been featured on NFL.com and ESPN blogs. He is also a regular guest...more

One Rave about “Defense Can’t Slip While Ravens Build New Offense

  1. Mark Gately on said:

    Has any consideration at all been givien to trying to get Ed Reed to return to the Ravens as a defensive backfield coach? Particularly during his last few years with the team, not tho discount his real but diminishing skills as a player, he was, in many ways, more of a coach and teacher than anything else. In that role he was critically important in the development of players like Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. I know that he and Habaugh have had their disagreements, but I suspect that they would have no trouble working together in that both are obsessed with winning over everything else.

    Ozzie doesn’t mess much. I wonder if he’s ever raised this but then read.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Hot off the street

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Interior Offensive Line

With the 2014 NFL draft just a few weeks away, the interior offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens has gone from a glaring question mark to one of the most solidified units on the roster. Assuming...read more

Roger Greedell Caught in a Lie

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock somewhere you know that the NFL moved its draft back to May 8-10. For years the draft was held in late April and for the past few it’s been scheduled for t...read more

NFL Could Release 2014 Schedule on Tuesday

According to multiple sources the 2014 NFL Schedule could be released as early as Tuesday April 22 but as late as Thursday April 24. This would mark the latest date in a given calendar year that th...read more

New Deal Ngata Happening…Yet

Photo courtesy of ShawnHubbardPhoto.com   Perhaps one of the more understated needs of the Baltimore Ravens as they prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft is the position of defensive tackle. Th...read more

Ravens Should Give McClain Another Shot

So Rolando McClain showed up late for a workout in front of Ravens’ officials yesterday and then promptly failed his conditioning test. Same old Rolando? Maybe, maybe not. It’s easy to as...read more

View More