A basic question has yet to be answered as the rubble gets sorted out from the defense’s performance against the run for the Ravens.
When assessing what went wrong, to a player, they said it was lack of focus with tackling. That’s how DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones sparked the Dallas Cowboys to rush for a record 227 yards against the Ravens.
But how does a team that’s usually good at tackling forget how? Murray and Jones bounced off tackles repeatedly to extend drives and runs.
“A lot of people love to hit. People love to go for the knockout blow,” Ravens linebacker Albert McClellan said. “Like in boxing, somebody might go for the kill shot the first punch and might let their guard down. That’s when you get hit.
“Just sticking to the basics, making sure tackles for a three-yard gain, maybe a tackle for a loss, just wrap up. Play through the tackle and bring them to the ground. That’s true tackling.”
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