Baltimore Ravens' Defensive Backs Seem Allergic to Tackling

By Wola Odeniran
Corey Graham
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The Baltimore Ravens were horrible on defense allowing 49 points to Peyton Manning in Week 1 – we all know that. But to get in better detail of it, many of those touchdown passes by Manning came from easy plays on defense that would have been stopped with better angles going after the ball-carrier and just all around sloppy tackling.

I don’t know where all this horrible tackling began on the Ravens’ defense. Maybe its because of the rules in place in the NFL that allow a lot less contact during team activities in the offseason, but there are no excuses. Even when the Ravens won the Super Bowl last season, the tackling was horrible then as well.

“It was tough,” Ravens’ cornerback Corey Graham noted to following their opening loss. “It definitely was – especially when you’re watching film and guys are out of character and not doing things that they normally do.”

This has been a shaky problem for two years now, and even though players like Graham on the roster are obviously looking at film, this is a chronic problem. If players in the secondary can’t live up to the physical expectations that the organization has on defense, the Super Bowl win will be ignored and the team will find players who can and will tackle effectively going forward.

The defense allowed 510 yards in Week 1 which is currently ranked worst in the NFL. All offseason we have heard about how the secondary will be faster than it has been in recent years, but I have to say if the Ravens think free safety Michael Huff is fast then they are in trouble.

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