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Pollard: "Don't blame the coach"

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Pollard: "Don't blame the coach"

Three days removed from the Ravens' 31-29 win over Dallas, safety Bernard Pollard was still fuming over how the defense played in that game.

When he met with the media Wednesday, Pollard, often smiling and warm with the media, was all business and still upset with the defensive performance Sunday, which included 227 rushing yards by Dallas, the most ever allowed by a Ravens team.

That came after the Chiefs rushed for 214 yards against the Ravens the week before.

"We should be pissed off and we are pissed off with the way we played," Pollard said on Wednesday.

"We have to take a stand. Two weeks in a row, two hundred freakin yards rushing," he added. "We gotta take a stand in what we do. We gotta walk out there with pride."

Pollard also strongly defended first-year defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who has borne some of the criticism for a defense that ranks 26th both overall and against the run.

"Don't blame the coach. Don't blame the coach," Pollard said. "Coaches don't play. Dean has made great calls. It's about us going out and executing. We have not executed."

Certainly the loss of reigning Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs has been a factor in the Ravens' defensive decline, and now Pees and the defense have also lost their inspirational leader in Ray Lewis (torn triceps) and its top cornerback in Lardarius Webb (knee).

Pollard, though, said the defense still has talent and has to show it with physical play and sound tackling. That was in short supply against Dallas. And that, Pollard said, is on the players, not Pees.

"The coaches have done a great job," Pollard said. "They're here all day, every day, planning, putting things together for us to go out there and get the job done but it's on us to execute. Man, they can't press a button and make us wrap up a tackle. We are pros. We have to go out and play like it."

 

 

 

 

 

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Sports Illustrated predicts Ravens defense will regress this season

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Sports Illustrated predicts Ravens defense will regress this season

With training camp just eight days away, here is the latest news surrounding the Baltimore Ravens.

1. The Ravens are expected to have one of the best defenses in the NFL this season, but not the No. 1 ranked. Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit says he predicts the Ravens defense will actually regress due to the loss of C.J. Mosely and Terrell Suggs in free agency. However, not as much as one would expect, he says.

2. Speaking of defense, Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon is entering his contract year. The Athletics' Jeff Zrebiec writes that this upcoming season should be a breakout year for Judon who could make a big impact on defense. 

3. Ravens Training Camp passes are now available. The Ravens have 14 different training camp practices open to the public this season. Claim your tickets and parking pass here or on the Ravens' mobile app.

Looking Ahead:

July 24: Ravens training camp begins. Rookies are set to report a week earlier on Wednesday, July 17. 

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 organizes private workout with receivers

With training camp just nine days away, here is the latest news surrounding the Baltimore Ravens.

1. Quarterback Lamar Jackson organized an off-site work out with Ravens wide receivers Chris Moore and Willie Snead IV over the weekend. The second-year quarterback followed through with his plan of working with his receivers on his own time before training camp begins next week. Backup quarterback Robert Griffin III was present as well.

2. With the addition of six-time Pro Bowler Earl Thomasthe Ravens secondary was ranked the deepest group in the NFL, according to NFL.com's Chris Wesseling. Pairing Thomas with safety Tony Jefferson creates one of the best safety tandems in the league, and Baltimore has a deep group of cornerbacks in Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, and Tavon Young. The Ravens defense allowed just 17.9 points per game a season ago, which was the second-best mark in the NFL.

3. Ravens Training Camp passes are now available. The Ravens have 14 different training camp practices open to the public this season. Claim your tickets and parking pass here or on the Ravens' mobile app.

Looking Ahead:

July 24: Ravens training camp begins. Rookies are set to report a week earlier on Wednesday, July 17. 

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: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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