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Daryl Smith looks good as he takes Ray Lewis’s spot in Baltimore

Daryl Smith AP

No Ray Lewis? No problem.

OK, maybe no one can replace Lewis, the longtime Ravens middle linebacker who may have been the best ever to play the position. But the word out of Baltimore is that Daryl Smith, who is now starting at the same spot Lewis manned for 17 seasons, is playing very well.

Daryl Smith, he looks really good,” quarterback Joe Flacco told the Baltimore Sun. “I don’t really notice those guys too much, but he’s seemed to impress me for some reason.”

Smith had a team-high five tackles in the preseason opener against the Buccaneers, and although he has only been with the Ravens for two months, head coach John Harbaugh says Smith is already comfortable running the show in the defensive huddle.

“Daryl is that kind of player,” Harbaugh said. “Nothing different than what he’s done all those years in Jacksonville. He played really well, becoming somewhat of a quarterback of the defense, because he calls the defenses.”

For his part, Smith doesn’t sound overly impressed with his own performance.

“I think we did a pretty good job,” Smith said. “We still have a long road ahead of us to really be where we want to be, but I think we did some good things. We’ll get in [the team facility] the next couple days and watch the film and grade it and see.”

Harbaugh has already given Smith an A for his first game in a Ravens uniform.

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64 Responses to “Daryl Smith looks good as he takes Ray Lewis’s spot in Baltimore”
  1. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 12, 2013 8:48 AM

    All the Steelers’ fans gloating about the departure of Ray Lewis just got Daryl Smith crammed down their yappers. Love it!

  2. chiadam says: Aug 12, 2013 8:50 AM

    Does he have a white suit?

  3. swagger52 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:51 AM

    This guy plays and sounds like a Raven. Just like Ray Lewis, his bite is much worse than his bark.

  4. oriolesvsravens says: Aug 12, 2013 8:55 AM

    Just stay away from the trainer’s table.

  5. wmthomas3 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:58 AM

    As a Jags fan we know he’s a great player. I’m glad he got to go to a contender. It is an example of how the media overlooks great players in small markets. Best of luck Daryl.

  6. abninf says: Aug 12, 2013 9:04 AM

    As long as he doesn’t have some unwatchable signature chicken sack dance or whatever it was then he’s already an improvement.

  7. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 12, 2013 9:20 AM

    A Flacco endorsement is a bad omen.

  8. historyisyourfriend says: Aug 12, 2013 9:20 AM

    Steeler fan myself, but I thought the Ravens got better on defense with the moves they made. I think their offense with the loss of Boldin and the injury to Pitta will be much harder to replace. Add in that Flacco has his contract now, I see a much reduced offense, but more than made up for by a much better defense.

  9. @Cereal_22 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:28 AM

    Who has a better defense in the league than the Ravens? Maybe SanFran? Minnesota?

  10. nationalmediacansuckit says: Aug 12, 2013 9:30 AM

    @abninf
    Good for Daryl. Gonna miss you in Jax. By the way Daryl doesn’t dance, gloat, chicken dance, salsa, self promote or anything else. He just makes play after play , gets off the field and comes back to do it again. Class act.

  11. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 9:31 AM

    He better start mastering the art of piling on.

  12. southpaw2k says: Aug 12, 2013 9:36 AM

    Funny how perspective can change once there’s some on-field action to show how the Ravens will be just fine, even if it’s only preseason. Maybe those tired regurgitated jokes of the Ravens’ downfall will finally go away now that it’s becoming clear they’re going to be just as competitive this year as they have been in the last several years.

  13. anonymousraven1 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:37 AM

    It’s hard to take anything you see in preseason seriously, but it was also hard not to be impressed with Smith in the first game. Ray is a legend, but the past two years with him had been rough. Smith’s play on the field should easily surpass what Ray gave them of late.

  14. oldirtyman says: Aug 12, 2013 9:37 AM

    Shouldn’t be to difficult for Smith to look better then Ray Ray Lewis. Ray Ray wasn’t relevant for the last five years of his career. All Ray Ray will be remebered for in 50 years is that disappearing white suit trick he pulled!

  15. mrtzl20 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:43 AM

    Was very disappointed to see Jacksonville let him walk. He’s a good player, and I hope he thrives and finally gets the recognition he deserves in Baltimore.

  16. southpaw2k says: Aug 12, 2013 9:45 AM

    youarejealousof6rings says:
    Aug 12, 2013 9:20 AM
    A Flacco endorsement is a bad omen.

    ————————————————

    Oh yeah, considering the only other players to ever endorse Flacco included Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Terrell Suggs, Dennis Pitta, and Matt Birk.

    Not to mention guys like John Harbaugh, Jim Caldwell, and Ozzie Newsome.

    And it’s not like Flacco won a Super Bowl and was named Super Bowl MVP or anyth – oh, wait.

  17. kayakattack says: Aug 12, 2013 9:50 AM

    Daryl Smith leads a completely different way than Ray does and the neat thing is that both work.. Daryl won’t pound his chest but he talks with his play

  18. ivedoneyourwife says: Aug 12, 2013 9:51 AM

    The most underrated player in Jaguars history, period! Daryl Smith is a thoroughbred. I still don’t understand why the Jags didn’t resign him. SMH.

  19. apkyletexas says: Aug 12, 2013 9:51 AM

    Uh oh. Hide the cutlery.

  20. lovefootball4life says: Aug 12, 2013 9:54 AM

    He was everywhere in the quarter he played in the first pre-season game. Hope that is just a sample of what’s to come. Also would be great to see him around long enough to mentor Brown.

  21. lovefootball4life says: Aug 12, 2013 9:55 AM

    …and the Ray Lewis white suit, murder jokes, knife jokes have been WAY over played. Doing it now makes you look a little silly.

  22. jagsfan1 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:58 AM

    VERY good player…hurt almost all of last year…we should not have let him go…
    Glad he is on a better team…we stink.

  23. siggtacular says: Aug 12, 2013 10:03 AM

    Ozzie is a genius

  24. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 10:11 AM

    @southpaw2k, pretty sure 6rings was saying it’s a bad omen for Flacco to endorse someone, not the other way around.

    And 6rings couldn’t be more correct.

  25. noaxetogrind says: Aug 12, 2013 10:15 AM

    Sorry JAGS fans, you can start with the thumbs down, but this is just another example of a new owner who hires a not ready for prime time GM who fires a HC and staff after only one year because he wants his own guys. Nothing against Gus Bradley and the boys, not their fault, but if you think coaching was the problem in Jacksonville, well lets just say you haven’t seen anything yet.

  26. billhicks666 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:15 AM

    This guy’s a great player. The Texans are thin at ILB, so nabbing him would have made perfect sense. Oh well. Texans management, asleep at the wheel, again.

  27. northstarnic says: Aug 12, 2013 10:16 AM

    But can he obstruct justice in a murder case while ranting about Jesus like Ray?!

  28. jjbadd385 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:16 AM

    As a Broncos fan I have always caught he!! for saying Ray Lewis & Ed Reed were arguably the best 2 defensive players EVER. I still stand by that, but even Raven fans should admit that they fell off a bit in the last few years. I think Smith is playing at a level that can match Lewis’s production on the field, but as far as his presence & leadership, that is what’s irreplaceable.

  29. rukkus1 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:34 AM

    Ray Lewis sucked as of late. Flacco wouldve made a better mike

  30. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 10:45 AM

    lovefootball4life says:
    …and the Ray Lewis white suit, murder jokes, knife jokes have been WAY over played. Doing it now makes you look a little silly.
    —————————————————
    Ah yes, as opposed to the scholars and their Big Ben jokes.

  31. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 12, 2013 10:48 AM

    for all of you fools saying pointing out we lost Ray Lewis’s leadership…all it does is even the playing field cuz none of yall have Ray Lewis either

    #CHAMPS

  32. chalkruz1989 says: Aug 12, 2013 11:15 AM

    The best inside linebackers have a nose for the ball and the ability to diagram a play before the ball is even snapped. Also, what’s extremely important is having two defensive tackles weighing more than 300 pounds that will prevent the center and guards from getting upfield and taking you out of a play.

    With Chris Canty and Haoli Ngata, Daryl Smith will be able to roam the field and pick his spots. Both (Canty,Ngata) have injury concerns but if they remain healthy Smith will be just fine.

    Ray Lewis had Tony Siragusa and Sam Adams during his prime, that’s more than 650 pounds in front of him.

  33. si1m says: Aug 12, 2013 11:23 AM

    its a ravens article you know what that means – Steeler fans are showing up by the dozen to ride our coattails ever since the Browns beat them and made them IRRELEVANT.

    Thank you friends for making every Ravens article bust 100 comments within minutes.

    Everyone around Pittsburgh is improving, even Cleveland, while they’re asleep at the wheel.

    The Pats straight owned you into paying double for Sanders. lol classic

  34. jagsandliquor says: Aug 12, 2013 11:29 AM

    I was really pissed he wasnt resigned with jags….I knew he had it in him…baltimore’s d is going to be fantastic

  35. lovefootball4life says: Aug 12, 2013 11:42 AM

    crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 10:45 AM

    lovefootball4life says:
    …and the Ray Lewis white suit, murder jokes, knife jokes have been WAY over played. Doing it now makes you look a little silly.
    —————————————————
    Ah yes, as opposed to the scholars and their Big Ben jokes.
    _______________________
    I totally agree. Those should go too. Just as silly.

  36. bigbadal21 says: Aug 12, 2013 11:50 AM

    Cereal_22 says:Aug 12, 2013 9:28 AM

    Who has a better defense in the league than the Ravens? Maybe SanFran? Minnesota?

    Well last year there were 16 teams with a better defense. We will have to wait and see this year.

  37. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 11:57 AM

    mark it down lf4l, we finally agree on something, let’s stick to football insults. Good day sir.

  38. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2013 12:08 PM

    while you know i agree with you crown, i havent seen any ben jokes. just a bunch of goofs who think they know anything about the ray case

  39. xinellum says: Aug 12, 2013 12:15 PM

    Only here would an article regarding a talented linebacker devolve into a Ray Lewis name-calling match like a bunch of children. Does anyone in Pittsburgh over the age of 6 own a computer and have the smarts to be able to comment intelligently. After reviewing Ravens comments on the last three stories, I guess not.

  40. xinellum says: Aug 12, 2013 12:16 PM

    Only here would an article regarding a talented linebacker devolve into a Ray Lewis name-calling match like a bunch of children. Does anyone in Pittsburgh over the age of 6 own a computer and have the smarts to be able to comment intelligently. After reviewing the comments on the last three Ravens stories, I guess not.

  41. ravgt says: Aug 12, 2013 12:29 PM

    northstarnic says:Aug 12, 2013 10:16 AM

    But can he obstruct justice in a murder case while ranting about Jesus like Ray?!
    ______________________
    You people are pathetic. Can you not come up with a single relevant comment? So sad!! I thought that after Ray retired, all this crap would end — at least until 2018 when he goes into the HOF.

  42. ruthlssjag says: Aug 12, 2013 1:18 PM

    To ALL B-More fans:
    From a Jags fan perspective, Daryl Smith was probably the very best pickup (regardless of finances) this entire offseason. If anyone can man the Mike position, it’s Daryl. I’m happy he got on board with a contender, & this is the year he’ll be noticed (not that he cares). Smith was always a special LB, one who leads by example & has the speed to line up outside to cover opposing TE’s or play zone, not to mention he’s great blitzing the QB. I agree, he definitely gets my top vote for most underrated player in recent years. He brings is A game for 60 mins from the season opener till the clock strikes 00:00!
    Best of luck to you Daryl, you’ve been an icon down here in Jax. I hope you finally get the recognition you undeniably deserve. Congrats to B-More for picking up Smith, he “will” do wonders for your team, as if you never missed a beat with the retirement of Ray Ray.

  43. jtbsteeler says: Aug 12, 2013 1:46 PM

    I hope he pans out, for your sake. If not….

  44. therillest says: Aug 12, 2013 1:53 PM

    All I can say is, the Ravens got a good one!

  45. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:08 PM

    thanks to the jags fans for posting. we are excited for smith to be here. so far he looks good. and please ignore jb. he is a steeler fan who thinks he knows football…but he doesnt

  46. fruitcovejag says: Aug 12, 2013 2:17 PM

    Under the radar for so many years in Jacksinville. This guy should have never been released! Go Jags!

  47. tim8450 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:32 PM

    Same Steelers and Ravens guys that are always crying “Spygate” are suddenly sensitive to bringing up the past… ironic.

    Brady is without his top 5 receivers from last year and he may well pound you both, without cameras. No excuses.

  48. goatcheez says: Aug 12, 2013 2:32 PM

    He wasn’t released. He was a free agent (who surprisingly didn’t get signed as quick as I thought he would, by anyone.) Jags are going young, rebuilding, that’s why they didn’t resign him. Expect Posluszny to either get cut, or restructure his bad contract next year too.

    Oh yeah, in 2013: Daryl Smith, Arthur Brown > Ray Lewis, Dannell Ellerbe (yeah I know Ray retired, I’m just saying Smith and Brown are as smart, and a more athletically gifted tandem in the middle.)

  49. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 2:58 PM

    tim8450 says:

    Brady is without his top 5 receivers from last year and he may well pound you both, without cameras.
    ————————————————
    I guess there’s a first time for everything. And here’s the difference – your team’s past indiscretions directly calls into question the legitimacy of your SB wins, an asterisk if you will. None of the Steelers/Ravens “past” has anything to do with the final outcome of the game.

    You cheated, plain and simple. We did not.

  50. Dennis Koulatsos says: Aug 12, 2013 3:00 PM

    Thanks to all of the Jags fans for their class and insight on Daryl Smith.

  51. afcdomination says: Aug 12, 2013 3:06 PM

    everyone talks about ozzie and his move to get dumerville. the move people will really be talking about is the signing of smith. he’s going to be great leading that defense in the middle.

  52. lovefootball4life says: Aug 12, 2013 3:15 PM

    Jags fans thanks for your class. When Ravens picked up Dumervil it was the opposite of what you guys have done. Hope you have a good season.

  53. flash1283 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:17 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 2:58 PM

    tim8450 says:

    Brady is without his top 5 receivers from last year and he may well pound you both, without cameras.
    ————————————————
    I guess there’s a first time for everything. And here’s the difference – your team’s past indiscretions directly calls into question the legitimacy of your SB wins, an asterisk if you will. None of the Steelers/Ravens “past” has anything to do with the final outcome of the game.

    You cheated, plain and simple. We did not.

    Yeah you know except for those steroids and deer antler spray.

  54. swagger52 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:26 PM

    All Saavy veterans come to Baltimore to capture the ultimate trophy. ESPN Analysts move to Tom Brady’s joock. However, saavy veterans move to the Ravens.

  55. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 3:57 PM

    You’re right flash1283, I forgot about losing a first-round pick and $500K because of cheating. Wait, that wasn’t the Steelers….

  56. lovefootball4life says: Aug 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    flash1283 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:17 PM

    You cheated, plain and simple. We did not.

    Yeah you know except for those steroids and deer antler spray.
    —-

    Hey flash, at the time steroids wasn’t illegal. The banned substances policy didn’t start until 1987.

    Deer antler spray was an imaginary scandal that was finally exposed as such.

    However, it was proven with evidence that Pats video taped and it was most definitely illegal at that point.

  57. lovefootball4life says: Aug 12, 2013 4:05 PM

    …to add to my comment the Tuck rule was a perfect example of playing favorites for Ms. Brady. The NFL doesn’t eliminate rules often but this one was created because of Ms. Brady.

    I don’t like the Steelers but I respect them for the rivalry and their history. There is nothing about the Patriots I like or respect.

  58. lawchick35 says: Aug 12, 2013 4:17 PM

    Thank You, Jags fans for your classy comments. Ravens nation is appreciative of you and Daryl. To the Ray Lewis haters, your obsession with badgering him is sickening.

  59. jimmyjames65 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:53 PM

    Patriots suck.

  60. jimmyjames65 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:00 PM

    Why do the Patriots get all of the calls? Joke of a football team.

  61. jimmyjames65 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:01 PM

    Their coach mumbles. He talks under his breath every time he’s asked a question.

  62. jimmyjames65 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:02 PM

    Any more criminals on the team, Patsies?

  63. jimmyjames65 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:19 PM

    The Ravens front 7 could potentially be the best in the league.

  64. jimmyjames65 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:25 PM

    I know the Jags don’t have a good football team. But there defense, in my opinion, seemed to have potential. I wonder if it was because of Daryl Smith. Most likely.

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