The Ravens plan to show multiple defensive looks in 2016, in their effort to improve and force more turnovers.
That does not mean the Ravens are moving away from a 3-4 defense, and more toward a 4-3. It means the Ravens will do whatever it takes to be effective.
“When haven’t we been a 3-4, and 4-3, and multiple other things?” defensive coordinator Dean Pees asked during mandatory minicamp.
“We have always been that. We were that when Rex (Ryan) was the coordinator here, and Chuck (Pagano) and Greg (Mattison). We’re a little bit of everything. Basically what we are is, we look like a 3-4 personnel that plays a lot of 4-3 defense. But it’s not necessarily a standard 4-3 that everybody thinks of. There are different ways to play a 4-3 defense and we’re multiple. We’re not changing to a 4-3. We aren’t changing to anything. We’re playing what we play, and we’re trying to tweak it.”
Improving the pass rush is one of the Ravens’ top priorities, regardless of how well linebacker Terrell Suggs recovers from his Achilles injury.
Pees wants to create a defense where second-year linebacker Za’Darius Smith, and rookies like Kamalei Correa, Bronson Kaufusi, and Matt Judon are put in the best position to get to the quarterback.
There will be plenty of experimenting between training camp and Week 1, lining up players in different positions, and seeing which combinations work best.
The Ravens are not sure how different their defense will look.
They just want to make certain it looks better.