Generally, when you sign 3 defensive lineman(Spears, Canty, and Dumervil) and draft a stud at NT Brandon Williams, you expect the defensive line to stop the run and keep a team at least under 4 yards a carry every game. Especially with the talent on our front 7. Well , ozzie must be scratching his head because in all three of our losses(besides denver) we have not stopped the run. 140 yards to pitt and green bay and whopping 200 to buffalo.
So, blame the offensive line for the team's struggles. Gino is terrible. Yanda and Osemele are suffering from injuries.They are arguably the worst in the league, but I thought I was guaranteed a ferocious ravens run d of 2011, 2010 and past ravens defenses this season. Not the same ravens run defense from last year.
The entire D-line failed yesterday. No one got off blocks. Arthur Jones, Spears, Canty, Ngata were all terrible. From the opening snap, we let the steelers, the steelers, rush routinely for 5 yards in any formation including the wildcat. What makes it even more maddening is the fact that their oline is in shambles. It is an absolute wreck. And our d-line still folded to them. We only had 7 offensive possessions and the average is 12. That should speak volumes about our ineptitude defending the run.
The only standout from the d-line among all those seasoned veterans was Brandon Williams, a rookie.
News-Flash: Ravens fans, if the ravens cannot stop the run and cannot run the ball we will not make the playoffs and could very well be 7-9 or worse. That is just fact.
Some may throw away that performance and others before it as anomalies, citing the absence of cody as a viable reason. This is totally false and asinine. That performance yesterday is the exact reason we spent all that time on the d-line this offseason, instead of the offense.Basically, the entire offseason spat back in our face. Heart-wrenching.
I attribute it to the line being perhaps tired or beat up. But that is the homer in me. Deep down, I think we are facing a talent deficiency we have not seen in a long time.Plus, the deficiency is gonna take some time to clean up too.
The worst thing is I started a similar thread last year but held hope we could win the super bowl because there were so many ravaging injuries. We just needed time to get pieces back. This year I have no logically sound answer and am now languishing in defeat. Remember: we used to just assume we were going to draft above 20 every year. This year we will be drafting below that; surprisingly, I welcome the sight.
what are your general thoughts on our fraudulent d-line?
Edited by BMORE_96, 21 October 2013 - 02:44 PM.