Our defense absolutely sucks!
And even though football is the ultimate team sport, there is one guy and one guy only, who deserves the blame for this, and the one person I'm talking about is... Deen Peas.
This guy Deen Peas has single handily DESTROYED what Ravens football means. He's the Ben and Jerry of defenses. His schemes is so vanilla it should come with a cone and sprinkles. Even after some of the pathetic performances the defense had last year, I tried to give Peas the benefit of the doubt. Not just because we won a super bowl and he should deserve a pass but because I thought it was unfair to judge Peas because of all the injuries we suffered last year.
But after Thursdays performance, I'm going to stick to my intuition and say that Peas is not worthy of being the Ravens defensive coordinator anymore. I didn't know how bad he was, until I did some research, and what I've found will shock you. He's without a doubt the WORST defensive coordinator in Ravens history! And that's saying something, seeing as though he's only been with the team for only a year.
If you don't believe me, check out the numbers yourself...
30, 43, 31, 34, 35, 31, 49
No these aren't the numbers for next weeks Poweball lottery. These are our opponents total points when the Ravens have given up 30 points or more under Peas. That's seven times we've given up 30 points or more under this guy. We've also gave up 300 yards or more 17 times under Ben... I mean Deen. We've given up 400 yds or more 7 times so far under him yet he only been our coordinator for 21 games.
These are frighten numbers compare to what all the other D coordinators has done in the history of this proud franchise....
Defensive coordinator Year 30 pts or more 40 pts or more 300 yds or more 400 yds or more
Deen Peas 2012/13 7 2 17 7
Chuck Pagano 2011 1 0 6 2
Greg Mattison 2010 2 0 6 2
Greg Mattison 2009 1 0 8 3
Rex Ryan 2008 2 0 7 0
Rex Ryan 2007 2 1 10 0
Rex Ryan 2006 0 0 3 2
Rex Ryan 2005 2 1 5 1
Mike Nolan 2004 0 0 8 1
Mike Nolan 2003 4 1 7 1
Mike Nolan 2002 3 0 10 3
Marvin Lewis 2001 1 0 7 1
Marvin Lewis 2000 1 0 5 2
Marvin Lewis 1999 3 0 5 0
Marvin Lewis 1998 3 1 8 3
Marvin Lewis 1997 2 1 9 4
Marvin Lewis 1996 6 2 13 4
As you can see, these numbers are staggering. Now keep in mind that Peas has two more games (the Super Bowl and Thursday's game against the Broncos) added to his total, than any other coordinator in any given season. But even if you take those two games out of the equation, his numbers is by far worse than ANY other D coordinator stats for one season and in some cases two seasons combined!
The defense under Deen has been so bad, that it's even worse than the 1996 defense, which most will say was the worse in franchise history. Let that sink in for a minute... The defense under Peas has been worse than the 1996 defense... WORSE!
Peas defense may have better overall stats than the 96 team in other areas (less points pg, less yards pg) but the talent that's on this years team (and last years team) should easily make us a top 10 defense. Ngata, Suggs, Dummervil, Webb, Canty, D. Smith, are all pro bowl level guys. Then you throw in the rookies and the second tier players, A.Brown, M. Elam, B. Williams, and Upshaw, J.Smith, Huff, and our defense should be stout.
But no... We have a guy who is the equivalent of Cam Cameron coaching the defense. Where do Harbaugh find these guys? Oh yeah... they are his buddies. It took him 5 years to fire Cam, which was 3 years over do. How long will it take for John (or even Ozzie or Steve Bisciotti for that matter), to fire this clown.
One thing that stands out when I watch the D under Peas is, our defense is not aggressive anymore. I don't mean aggressive, as in, we aren't blitzing enough. I mean aggressive as in, our defense has to react to the other teams offense, instead of their offense reacting to our D, like in years past. Under Pagano, Rex, or even Mattison or any other D coordinator, offenses had to fight, scrap and struggle for every yard against us. Now teams march up and down the field on us as if they aren't intimidated by our D anymore. Instead of our players moving around before the snap, and confusing the opposing team QB; guys just stand still in a set position, waiting for the ball to be snapped, so they can play their predictable assignments. The only time you see our players move out of position is when the other team sends someone in motion or shift the offense.
What happen to disguising our blitzes? What happened to mixing up the coverage and forcing the QB to throw into tight windows? When was the last time you've seen Ngata drop back into coverage, while the safety come on a blitz, forcing the QB to make a mistake? Why does Suggs and Dummervil, stand still and line up in the same spot, over and over again? Where are the exotic blitzes? This guy Deen Peas is the worse! Instead of attacking offenses and having guys move around before the snap and disguise their assignments, they just stand there on cue waiting for the ball to be snapped. Why don't he try to get pressure from all angles? Why does he let EVERY QB sit in the pocket with lots of time, because the opposing team knows when and where the blitz is coming from. I mean Weeden passed for over 300 yards against us last year. Brandon freaking Weeden! The old Ravens D under any other coordinator would have eaten this bum alive. Don't be surprise if Weeden have another big game next week, against our now below average D. It makes me sick to my stomach watching the way we play.
Look at the Steelers... They had the number one ranked D the last two years, yards per game wise. No matter who they bring in, their D always play at a top 10 level. Why? Because they play an aggressive and attacking style, like the Ravens use to play. Peas has killed ravens football. It was evident last year, when he made Ray drop all that weight so he could try to cover tight ends better. Kind to think of it, Peas probably is the main reason Ray retired. Ray must have knew that, the physical Ravens defense as we know it is gone and he didn't want to stick around for the down years, with good old Ben and Jerry in charge. Looking at how the D played in 2011 (under Pagano) compared to 2012 is like night and day. Do you really think that the same players that played lights out in 2011, is all of a sudden bums? I don't think so. Ray Lewis in 2011 was a feared and intimidating force at 260 pounds in the middle for us. Last year under Peas and after losing so much weight, Ray looked like he should have retired 5 years ago.
The same for Ed Reed. He was one of the best cover safeties in the league in 2011. Last year, he couldn't cover a bed with a blanket. Under Deen, our D play on it's heels, when in years past, the offense that played against our D, was the ones playing on their heels. Peas is the root of the Ravens problems. Even though the offense had it's hiccups against Denver, they still did exactly what they did during last years playoff run, which was move the ball up and down the field (393 total yards), score enough points to win (27), while misfiring on a few plays. Look at how things played out... The main guys who struggled in the passing game, Clark, Dickson, and Stokley, were getting open all night, they just didn't hold on to the ball, or Joe over threw the ball. They executed well, in terms of everyone doing their job (receivers getting open, good protection, Joe making the right read, etc.), they just misfired once they ball was in the air. Once Joe and the WR's get in sink, this offense is going to be good. Yes, we probably could use another receiver, and we probably need to run the ball more, but that isn't the main problem for the Ravens. It's Deen Peas.
The numbers and what we see every week don't lie. Our D gave up over 500 yards and 7 td passes from Manning.
Deen Peas is the teams Achilles heel and as long as he is the defensive coordinator, our offense will have to score at least 30 points every game to have a chance to win. It's sad because we go from, "If we can hold a team to 20 points or less, we'll win", to, "I hope we can score 40 cause if we don't, we're in trouble". Face it guys, we won the super bowl last year, in spite of Peas. If we didn't have two of the best players in the history of the game at their respective positions on D (even if they were at the back end of their careers), our D would have been much worse.
Peas don't play to his players strengths, like our other coordinators did. Having guys like Cary Williams and J. Smith play 10 yards off of WR, when they are more the bump and run, physical type corners is one example. The team should get rid of this guy ASAP! I can almost guarantee you that the worse is yet to come. One thing is for sure... Dean Peas has to go! The city of Baltimore and all Ravens fans deserves better than this. What I've seen from the D since this guy took over isn't Ravens football. Let's hope someone in the front office quickly come to their senses and get rid of Ben before this season is lost.
Edited by RavensFanMvp, 08 September 2013 - 05:17 PM.