Pernell McPhee couldn't be more disappointed in his season.
After six sacks a season ago, the defensive end doesn't have a full one through seven games. The Ravens have failed to get consistent pressure on quarterback and are losing their push at the line of scrimmage against the run game.
While a host of players had been nicked up going into the bye week, McPhee is the only one who didn't practice Wednesday. He is listed as having a thigh injury. Receiver Jacoby Jones (foot), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (abs) had limited participation, according to the Ravens.
McPhee is candid about his struggles with the NFL's 28th-ranked defense.
"Hell yeah it bothers me," McPhee said of his play. "It ain't no secret. I came in with high expectations. I'm not doing it. I am disappointed in my play but when I watch film it ain't like I'm getting pushed around. I know what's going on and I don't have a lot of explosion right now. I'm kinda slow off the ball."
The Ravens have given up an average of 207 yards rushing in the last three weeks. They're 2-1 in that span, winning those games by a total of five points. The 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans going into the bye week, however, was especially hurtful.
Still, McPhee still sees improvement. Arian Foster, the league's fifth-leading rusher and arguably its best, had 98 yards for Houston. Only 53 of those yards came in the first half as the Ravens fell behind 29-3 mostly because of inefficiency on offense. Both of Foster's touchdown runs came after the outcome was already decided.
"We're communicating better. Against Houston we didn't do too bad. Even though we gave up a lot, you go back and watch film we did way better than we did the previous two weeks when we played against Kansas City and Dallas," said McPhee, whose defense allowed 181 yards overall on the ground to the Texans. "Holding the best back, even though he put up 90-something yards, if you go back and watch film he really wasn't doing that (well). He wasn't really doing what his stats say."
In Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, a heavy dose of Trent Richardson will be on tap for Baltimore. Last week, the rookie running back had his first 100-yard game since Week 2. Richardson will be facing a team that's vulnerable.
"If you see the Baltimore Ravens what are you going to do? Run the ball," McPhee said. "Until we do something to stop it, that's what we're going to get."