Baltimore Ravens' 2013 Defense is Unfamiliar

By Jermaine Lockett
Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

No disrespect to Jason Campbell and the caliber of play that he brought Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, but the defense should be asking themselves if this is really their profession.  The embarrassing performance the secondary put up against Greg Little who went 7/122 yds and some of the wide open catches these Cleveland Browns’ receivers were making are inexcusable.  Campbell might as well have been playing catch in his back yard.  Baltimore’s vaunted defense is a shell of itself and everyone knows it.

I completely understand there is a changing of the guard in Baltimore with the loss of so many players, but to see that even after one of the problems in Safety Michael Huff was cut from the team, we still surrender 262 yards and 3 TDs through the air?  This number appears small as far as the yardage is concerned but if you viewed the game, as a fan or a Defense you cannot be satisfied with the game play.

As much as I want to applaud their efforts in the run-stop, that effort of only allowing 73 yards total in rushing is overshadowed by the inability to get off the field on third down.   They can make excuses saying the refs were making horrible calls and it took the wind out of their sails or they can hold themselves accountable for the pass coverage and fix the breakdowns in the future.

As a fan you have to believe that this team is resilient and can recover from this loss.  As a realist, one has to look at the possibility of not making the playoffs looking more and more like the case for Baltimore.  Let’s just hope that next week Baltimore can play to or above the level of competition against the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals.

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