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Pees: Defense needs to clamp down on first down

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Pees: Defense needs to clamp down on first down

The Ravens defense was gashed for more than 200 rushing yards by the Bills on Sunday, a shocking development for a front seven that had been stout against the run in the first three games.

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees said there was plenty of blame to go around -- "We’ve got to play the plays better, and we’ve got to coach it better, and we’ve got to adjust it better" -- but he said the crux of the problem was that the Ravens simply gave up too much yardage on first down.

"That’s where we got in trouble," Pees said at his weekly media session on Thursday. "It’s hard when it’s second-down-and-4 and second-down-and-3. All of a sudden, now you’ve got to really try to tighten it down to get to third. ... We’ve just got to do a better job playing-wise, coaching-wise, the whole scheme-wise, of doing a better job on first down, especially first-down run."

By Pees' estimate, Buffalo gained 150 yards on first-down plays. The Bills, led by C.J. Spiller and Vincent Jackson, had 13 first-down runs of 5 yards or more. Even third-string back Tashard Choice took a first-down handoff for 7 yards.

That leads to second- or third-and-short, which leaves the defense back on its heels.

"Third-and-8, they got a lot more ground to cover, and we got some monsters that can pass rush," defensive end Arthur Jones said. "Third-and-2, a quarterback or a running back can always sneak through a small hole. It just puts strain on the defense."

The Ravens actually rank tied for sixth in third-down defense. Teams have converted 33.3 percent of third downs against the Ravens, and the Bills fared worse, going 5-for-18 (27.7 percent). But it only takes a couple of big first-down plays to get a drive moving in the wrong direction.

"Third-and-2, third-and-3 – [it’s] hard to defend some of the passes on the underneath routes," Pees said. "If you play man, the guy gets picked. If you play zone, you’re off a little too far. The whole playbook is open to the offense. When it’s third-and-eight, the whole playbook is open to us. So, we’ve got to get them to that.”

 

 

 

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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