As Derek Carr carved up the Ravens last week with virtually no pass pressure from the Ravens, the team's decision not to activate newly signed linebacker Jason Babin seemed questionable at best.
But on Thursday, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees explained that Babin, signed just four days before the Raiders game, simply wasn't ready.
"He didn’t learn the defense, and it’s hard to throw him in there last week when he just got there," Pees said at his weekly news conference. "You’d hate to put him in there and be in a situation where you call a defense, and he doesn’t know what to do. That’s not fair to him."
The Ravens stressed that Babin appeared to be in good physical shape when they signed him after spending the preseason with the New York Jets. So now it's just a matter of getting on the right page with the Ravens.
Pees said that Babin has been working closely with linebackers coach Ted Monachino to get up to speed.
"He has been in all the meetings now for a week. He’s a smart guy. He has been around football a lot. He’s certainly getting there with our scheme, I think," Pees said.
The Ravens surely could use it.
Babin, who had 18 sacks with the Eagles in 2011, was signed after the Ravens lost Terrell Suggs for the season with a torn Achilles. But the pass rush in the first post-Suggs game was abysmal. The Ravens, who sacked Peyton Manning four times in Week 1, technically recorded one sack, for 0 yards, against the Raiders. But far more often, Carr rolled out or waited patiently in the pocket for a receiver to come free.
None of the starting outside linebackers -- Suggs, Elvis Dumervil or Courtney Upshaw -- has recorded a sack.
On Wednesday, Harbaugh said that deciding which seven players to deactivate each Sunday in trimming the roster from 53 to the game-day 46 is tricky.
"You have to decide where you want to be strong and where you’re willing to be a little bit undermanned," Harbaugh said. "That’s really what it is on a 46-man roster. So, that’s what we’ll have to determine this week. We like Jason; we’d like to have him up, and hopefully we can get him up.”