Breaking Down AFC Picture – “Defense Red-Zone Team”
While there is excitement on the offensive side of the ball for the Ravens, some may be a little hesitant to be as positive on the defensive side due to injuries in the secondary. Some of the reviews have been mixed, yet Michael Lombardi, NFL.com suggests the unit is adapting to the new NFL rules and focusing their effectiveness in the red-zone.
In Michael Lombardi’s column he discusses a few surprise teams in the AFC making a bid for a Super Bowl. While the Ravens are not one of his “blue chip” teams (Super Bowl contenders), he has the Ravens listed as a “red-chip” team (playoff contender) and discusses the defense.
Here’s Lombardi’s comments:
“I like Baltimore’s team. In fact, what I love most about the Ravens is that they don’t kid around about still being a dominating defense. Organizationally, they have accepted the fact that the rules no longer allow any team to be a dominating defense. In their rebranding effort, the Ravens have given up trying to be a complete unit, and have concentrated on putting together a great red-zone defense. In the final eight games of last season, the Ravens ranked second in the NFL in points allowed, which is the only statistic that matters now on defense. Forget yards allowed, most teams can gain yards between the 20-yard lines, but these new Ravens know that in order to be considered a great defense in this era, they have to be a great red-zone team — which is why I love them…”