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[News] Ravens Lead NFL In Red Zone Defense

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Baltimore hasn't allowed a touchdown in eight straight red-zone trips.

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[quote]In terms of play-calling, Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees has done well dialing up different plays and formations. He can do that because a shorter field is easier to defend because there%u2019s less space to zip passes.[/quote]

I believe that this is Due more to him moving himself up to the Coaches Booth and making Adjustments from there!!! Since he has the past 2 games along with younger,faster, and Healthier players getting onto the field the Defense has a bit more Shine to it Overall!!!
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And somebody had the nerve to say Ed Reed needs to hang it up.You cannot replace that kind of intelligence.Like I said,even hurt he's still better than alot,just needs some heeling time. Go Ravens!EDDIE,EDDIE,we've got another Eddie to cheer for.
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[quote]I believe that this is Due more to him moving himself up to the Coaches Booth and making Adjustments from there!!! Since he has the past 2 games along with younger,faster, and Healthier players getting onto the field the Defense has a bit more Shine to it Overall!!![/quote]

Also our Offense isn't running as much NO-Huddle and going 3 and outs so the defense isnt as Tired once it's gets on the field or down into the Red Zone area. It still has some Punch in it to Defend where needed. I believe that the Defense being on the Field so much was causing them a Major issue!!!
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What are we doing different in the Redzone that we are not doing between the 20's ?????
BLITZING.... we turn up te heat with our backs to the wall and are finding out that we can be effective. In this passing NFL .... the less tme aQB has to carve you up ... the better chance you have of stopping them...

WOuld just like to see a little more cosnsistency of dialing up some heat... from 20 to 20 not just inside the 20!
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[quote]
WOuld just like to see a little more cosnsistency of dialing up some heat... from 20 to 20 not just inside the 20![/quote]

I'll add to that... We need some more Press coverage between the 20's.. Seems like Pee's is afraid of Press until he hits the Red Zone. Teams are dumping for 5-10 yard passes cuz our defense plays so far off on coverages!!!
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To be honest I dont care how many yards we give up, as long as our scoring defense is at the top half of the league and our offense keeps improving, we will be fine and we will be back fighting in the afccg.
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I think the two most important defensive stats are Points Allowed and Red Zone defense. As long as the Ravens can prevent the big play, and limit teams to field goals, they'll be fine. I think by season's end, their defense, overall, will be much improved. Maybe not what it used to be; but improved. Which at this point, is all we can hope for.
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umm if you have such good plays and creative packages in the red zone why don't you use some of that creativeness and make some killer play calls when the Ravens are not in the red zone
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"Where them Hater's At"?! And, they are still gonna take it up "Another" Notch! Yup! In the next few months "Light's Out"!
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Keep in Mind .. New England had a very Low Ranked Defense Last year... and Who represented the AFC in the SuperBowl... The Giants also had a Pretty low Ranked Defense if I remember correctly.... so all these stats and rankings in the end really don't mean squat... cuz Who remembers a team for there stats and Ranking Unless they make the Superbowl!!!! Keep others from scoring and the Ravens will not only be in the SuperBowl but they will Also Win It!!!
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The Ravens defense has a lot of knowledgable players that know how to play the game!

If you can keep the opponent out of the end zone, giving up a field goal only, it gives the offense a chance to respond with a TD....

In the end, the only stat I care about is the number ONE (one team holding the Lombardi Trophy)!
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[quote name='dead serious' timestamp='1352925091' post='1219155']
Keep in Mind .. New England had a very Low Ranked Defense Last year... and Who represented the AFC in the SuperBowl... The Giants also had a Pretty low Ranked Defense if I remember correctly.... so all these stats and rankings in the end really don't mean squat... cuz Who remembers a team for there stats and Ranking Unless they make the Superbowl!!!! Keep others from scoring and the Ravens will not only be in the SuperBowl but they will Also Win It!!!
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Exactly. Yes the stats look good when we dominate but what good is a stat to the other team who can move on us but never score? NOTHING! They are still left with that same frustration and defeat at the end of the day. The good thing is that our D is starting to improve between the 20s too. Things are looking up finally!
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I think the Redzone defense is the start. That's the most important thing is defending your goal line. Then it pushes it way out to the 20s. Someone asked why if the defensive calls are so good and creative in the redzone why not do the same things in the middle of the field. Well they actually do. However the difference is, when you are down inside the redzone, the offense has limited room to operate, so playing zone really helps in this area of the field. Even if given a free release, the WR doesn't have much room to roam the secondary.

However when you get out between the 20s, a free release is deadly because the Ravens don't have many strong pass rushers. So a QB and WR are able to run timing routes more freely. For example, the TD to DHB, Palmer had pressure up the middle from Ellerbe, however he didn't have to react to that pressure because DHB was given a free release and got to his spot quickly. If DHB was jammed, or at least had to fight to get to his spot on the field, Ellerbe's pressure would have either forced Palmer to move or throw the ball sooner then he wanted to. That split second could have been the difference between a Reed Int, and that missed tackle TD.

So my point is, right now, the Ravens don't seem to have a lot of confidence in the secondary to play a lot of man coverage. Whenever they do play press man, they have a lot of success. However, you can get creative as you want with blitz pressure, if the WRs are given free releases into zone coverage, chances are the QB is gonna identify exactly where he wants to go with the ball early and deliver a good pass.

Another factor to this is the offense. From what I see, Pees has 2 times when he goes to that soft zone type of defense. When the offense isn't moving the ball, Pees seems to have an approach of, hey we don't wanna give up too many points. So the bend but don't break approach is taken. Also, when the Ravens are facing a team with a well known offense that can score.

I think the formula moving forward has to be the Ravens making offenses match FGs with TDs. However with this approach, the offense has to hold their end of the bargain as well.
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The way I look it at is we've played good quarterbacks almost every week. The only bad ones we played have been cassel and weeden. Last year we played a lot of the bottom tier quarterbacks. So pretty much our d has bad stats bc were playing a lot more elite offenses this year and the in the nfl it is tough to defend now a days. The only thing that matters is being able to get the stop when needed and coming out with a win and right now we've down that.
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Mark my words: This game will come down to which teams linebacking core performs best. I hope Krueger has 3 sacks by halftime. They need to fully unleash Ellerbe, Suggs, Krueger, and the Rook. Throw Pollard in there, too. He hits like a linebacker.
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[quote name='Fastfingers' timestamp='1352931093' post='1219220']
What about red zone offense?
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I don't have the total redzone stats for offense, but the Ravens lead the league by a wide margin in percentage of TDs in goal-to-go situations.  They are now 24 of 26 in such situations (92.3%).  The league average is 69.4%.

I just happened to see that on another site and shamelessly stole it.
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They have enough depth to put Pollard at a position where he can play a steep Middle Linebacker and Ihedigbo or Thompson could take his spot. For more run situations to let Pollard hit people at the line and not after they gain 5 yards.
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