Baltimore Ravens' Pass Rush Causing Run-Stop Problem

By Jermaine Lockett
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The Baltimore Ravens are doing just fine in pass rush; in fact they are second in the league only to the Kansas City Chiefs in sacks. This is a dazzling stat, but therein lies the problem. The Ravens are ranked 17th against the run. This team is turning into the Green Bay Packers of 2012.

Some of Raven Nation may think I have lost my mind and think that the combo of “Sizzle and Doom” aka Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are the hottest thing since toasted bread.  While their pass rush has certainly excelled, both of them lack lane responsibility against the run which has caused the defense as a whole to suffer. They honestly need to slow it down and recognize the draw on the way to the QB.

Take a look at the Packers of 2012 for example; sure they had 47 sacks on the year with Clay Matthews leading the charge, but they ranked 16th in the league against the run.  Some will say that is not that bad, but for a Ravens team that has prided themselves over the years on being able to stop the run, giving up 118.5 yards per game as the Packers did in 2012 is clearly unacceptable.  Baltimore is currently surrendering 104.3 on the ground to opposing RBs per game.  That is 17th in the league folks.

There may have been rule changes, formation changes and personnel changes, but the concept to winning still remains in the trenches.  Stop the run and then pin those ears back and get after the pass.  I admit seeing Baltimore return to the dominant sack numbers of 2006 (60) is exciting, but if the team is losing games because it’s getting ran all over, then that is a clear problem.  John Harbaugh and Dean Pees really need to find a balance and stop the bleeding.

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