Just when people thought the Baltimore Ravens‘ issues with run defense would be clear as they parted ways with linebackers in Ray Lewis, Paul Kruger, and Dannell Ellerbe in their front-seven, things would get better along the defensive line.
That isn’t to say that those three players were the problem as contract issues came in the way with Kruger and Ellerbe, but the Ravens wanted an infusion of youth with Lewis retiring and have a faster defense in the process as they were ranked 17th in the league last season.
That certainly didn’t look to be the case as the Ravens’ defense allowed 203 yards rushing in their loss to the Buffalo Bills after only allowing 74.7 yards rushing in their first three games of this season.
The Ravens had issues all day with a pair of Bills running backs in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson who rushed for a combined total of 164 yards. The Ravens’ defense is giving out a lot of mixed messages these days.
The Ravens’ defense allowed 49 points in Week 1, did not allow a single touchdown for the next two weeks, and then proceeded to allow over 200 yards rushing in Week 4. The Ravens were not joking when they said everything on defense is a work in progress. I have a high hopes for this defense, but they don’t have the type of depth right now where they can make mistakes.
As the season continues I believe this defense will get better, and the future is bright. But watching a Ravens’ defense which has dominated opposing offenses for so long struggle all of the sudden by giving up big plays the way they have over the last two years is hard to watch.