Saturday, June 29, 2013
No Ray? Plenty of hope
By AJ Mass
"This is as good a looking football team that I've ever seen. I'm talking about physically and stout." That's the opinion of a man who knows a lot about what kind of defensive effort it takes to win a Super Bowl, and Steve Spagnuolo is referring to the new look Baltimore Ravens, now without Ray Lewis for the first time since 1995.
Spagnuolo is the new senior defensive assistant for the Ravens, and he thinks the pieces are still in place for this squad to be among the league leaders in sacks for the upcoming season. He raved about the amount of talent he believes Baltimore to possess on the team's official website.
With the addition of free agent Elvis Dumervil, the return of a healthy Terrell Suggs, a perennial Pro Bowl performer in Haloti Ngata, there's a pass rush here that opposing quarterbacks are going to have to think twice before hanging in the pocket too long against them.
And with Pernell McPhee switching to outside linebacker and Chris Canty dominating the line in OTA's, teams are going to have to re-evaluate the situation if they believe the lack of Ray Lewis makes it reasonable for them to breathe a bit easier seeing Baltimore on their schedule.