The Ravens need to get better on run defense. That's something they know and have been working on during the bye week and in last week's win over the Browns.
Can they improve this week against the Raiders? The chances are there as Oakland ranks last in the NFL in rushing yardage. It's a good week for Baltimore to keep pushing to get bettter on its run defense.
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees said there's not a whole lot of fancy stuff needed to get better; they've simple got to keep pushing and looking at trying to become more effective at what they do.
"We’ve just got to keep working on technique," Pees said when talking with the media earlier this week. "I think the whole thing all year has been technique, especially with the front seven – not any one guy in particular, not any one group in particular, [but] all of them."
Pees talked about the problems the Ravens had against the Cowboys, a day where he said his team really missed a lot of tackles. But he wants the Ravens to understand how to do everything the right way-- in other words, again, technique.
"But just all year, just keep working on technique and getting better with our hands and feet and steps and all the little things that make you a good run defense," Pees said. "It’s not about calling blitzes at the right time and pressures. Hey, they’ll all work and they’ll all not work, but you’ve got to make them work, and that’s all by technique. And it’s just doing it over and over and over and over again, and that’s what we’ve got to keep working on. And we’ve gotten better, but we’re not where we need to be.”
He's hoping they'll get there because the Ravens have lived off of their run defense in the last 15 years. It's the first time in a long time that the run defense has struggled. The big question now is can they turn it around. They'll have another shot against Oakland.
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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