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Flacco sees potential for dominance in Ravens’ defense

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Can a Super Bowl-winning defense get better while losing five starters? Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco seems to think so.

Flacco said on Mike and Mike in the Morning that he loves the way the Ravens’ defense gets after him in practice, and he thinks Baltimore can dominate opposing offenses this season.

“I tell you what, our defense looks really good,” Flacco said. “The front seven, those guys look like they’re going to be dominant. Our secondary, you can argue that it’s better than it’s ever been. . . . I think we have a pretty special group and I think it’s going to be exciting to watch those guys go after it this year.”

The Ravens lost Ray Lewis, Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard off last year’s defense, but they’ve added veterans Elvis Dumervil, Michael Huff, Chris Canty, Marcus Spears and Daryl Smith, plus five draft picks on defense. It’s easy to picture the Ravens being better on defense this year than they were last year.

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  1. chc36 says: Aug 15, 2013 2:48 PM

    He absolutely right, this is the best D on paper Baltimore has had in a long time, last years defense was god awful compared to what Ravens fans are used to. Younger, faster, stronger.

  2. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Aug 15, 2013 2:51 PM

    The defense was not a typical Ravens defense last year. They gave up a lot of yards, were run all over, and would give up big plays; but would get tough when teams got into the red zone. It should not be a surprise if the defense is better this year.

  3. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 15, 2013 2:51 PM

    Everyone in bmore already knew what many of the pundits and haters are finally starting to realize. Funny actually but understandable.

  4. wryly1 says: Aug 15, 2013 2:52 PM

    Right, Joe. A team doesn’t sign 5 FA’s 9on defense and draft 5 prospects on defense – unless they are scrambling to put something … anything … together. Nice try with the hype, though.

  5. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 15, 2013 2:53 PM

    Hey Steelers! Welcome to Shutoutville, population YOU!

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 15, 2013 3:00 PM

    Maybe that just means he can’t score against his own D in practice….

    The Ravens D last year was mediocre at best until the playoffs. I do think they will actually be better this year.

  7. si1m says: Aug 15, 2013 3:05 PM

    Please select your desired Ravens trolling comment:
    (a) Ravens 6-10 for sure
    (b) SB MVP Flacco overpaid
    (c) Matt Elam won’t make the team
    (d) Ozzie Newsome worst GM
    (e) Ratbirds something something
    (f) Something something Ray Lewis
    (g) Bengals/Steelers/Browns (choose one) will win division

    Allow this multiple choice to serve as the representative for all future, inevitable trolling by desperate Steeler fans so they can save their breath and wait for the next Ravens article to come out:

  8. bucrightoff says: Aug 15, 2013 3:05 PM

    Interestingly, every defense in the NFL looks potentially dominant in practices against the same guys 30 days in a row.

  9. raylewisandhisteeth says: Aug 15, 2013 3:07 PM

    Nowhere to go but up when you’re that bad.

  10. ahostiletakeover says: Aug 15, 2013 3:08 PM

    Once again I will remind the parrots out there spouting the same things over and over about the players the Ravens lost on defense: that defense was the SEVENTEENTH ranked unit overall last year. Ray Lewis was literally on his last legs and Ed Reed, my favorite player of all time, was not the Ed Reed of even say 2010, so many missed tackles like due to the permanent neck and shoulder nerve inpingements he has played through. Ellerbe and Kruger are both role players who happened to finally put together a good 16 game season in contract years, and Cary Williams and Bernard Pollard well…they are themselves, enough said. Kemoeatu was a journeyman nose tackle that wasn’t even playing in ’11. The Ravens have upgraded every one of those vacated positions and while it will take some time for this new unit to gel, once they have you are looking at a top 5 defense again.

  11. ravenouso says: Aug 15, 2013 3:08 PM

    I believe this Ravens defense will be a top 10 unit overall and top 3 in sacks. You’d be wise to pick them for fantasy football.

  12. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 15, 2013 3:10 PM

    The thing about the Ravens defense that stands out the most is simply the tough, hard-nosed defensive culture that Ray Lewis and company have instilled into the team over the years. On paper, your team may have more talent than they do on defense at a given moment, but the leadership and aggressive mindset that the Ravens defenders display each and every season has a lot to do with their success.

    Obviously Ray Lewis played a mammoth role on that squad, instilling a fearlessness in his teammates on both sides of the ball. To put it simply, if you’re going into a fight with a guy like Ray Lewis by your side, that’s going to automatically make you more dangerous and confident. My Eagles haven’t had a leader on defense that has that type of profound effect on his teammates…not since B-Dawk.

  13. heisthejuan says: Aug 15, 2013 3:12 PM

    Given the losses the Ravens offense has sustained, I’m sure the defense does seem dominant.

  14. s0merand0mguy says: Aug 15, 2013 3:12 PM

    Hey look a TEAMS QB thinks HIS TEAMS defense is going to be great. Maybe it’s an indication that your offense just sucks.

  15. swaggyy says: Aug 15, 2013 3:12 PM

    Big difference between potential and reality Joe. Bottom 15 defense

  16. turkjones says: Aug 15, 2013 3:18 PM

    The Wizard of Oz does it again.

    As a Browns fan, the most soul-crushing part (well, other than that the Hall of Fame TE I grew up watching now commandeers The Evil Empire) is that we paid Kruger (who may soon be viewed as the 3rd best pass rusher on the Browns after Mingo and Sheard) as much $ as it took for them to sign Doom, Huff and Spears.

  17. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 15, 2013 3:20 PM

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    No.

  18. lovefootball4life says: Aug 15, 2013 3:29 PM

    He used the word “really” before “good”. Come on that is strong emotion coming from Joe!

    Seriously should I believe the guy who sees them everyday in practice or should I believe the haters on here who haven’t seen them perform at all. I’m going with Joe.

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 15, 2013 3:30 PM

    si1m says:
    Aug 15, 2013 3:05 PM
    Please select your desired Ravens trolling comment:
    (a) Ravens 6-10 for sure
    (b) SB MVP Flacco overpaid
    (c) Matt Elam won’t make the team
    (d) Ozzie Newsome worst GM
    (e) Ratbirds something something
    (f) Something something Ray Lewis
    (g) Bengals/Steelers/Browns (choose one) will win division

    Allow this multiple choice to serve as the representative for all future, inevitable trolling by desperate Steeler fans so they can save their breath and wait for the next Ravens article to come out:

    _________________________

    You know I really had to think here, but I’m going with ole tried and true

    (f)

    Thank you.

  20. ruthlssjag says: Aug 15, 2013 3:32 PM

    Daryl Smith will be a huge addition to your D. As a former Jag, that might be the best signing this off-season. Best of luck to u Daryl, you will be missed in black & teal. #muchLove

  21. jtbsteeler says: Aug 15, 2013 3:40 PM

    “Give it time, they need to get the chemistry down.” – Ravens fans, week 11

  22. jmblosser82 says: Aug 15, 2013 3:42 PM

    I think it will be a top 10 defense, a offense ranking between 13-18, and a 9 win team. After the 44-16 preseason win people were even higher on the team. They forget, this is the preseason, several if the Bucs starters didn’t play, and this was an awful team last year so no wonder you racked up the points. Bengals will win the division with 11 wins, steelers end with 10 wins, and the browns will muster 6-7 wins.
    Half the receiving TDs from last year are gone, top 2 receptors gone, top 2 3rd down targets gone.
    How long will it take for those fans still high on the SB win to want to gather pitch forks and storm the castle when Flacco is back to his normal inconsistent self.

  23. southpaw2k says: Aug 15, 2013 3:45 PM

    This time last year, the general theme among non-Ravens fans was that the Ravens were done because the defense was old and relied too much on Ray Lewis and Ed Reed to carry the team.

    Now that Lewis and Reed are gone, non-Ravens fans say the Ravens are done because Lewis and Reed are gone.

    Do you idiots not see how those two statements directly contradict each other?

  24. lovefootball4life says: Aug 15, 2013 3:50 PM

    jtbsteeler says: Aug 15, 2013 3:40 PM

    “Give it time, they need to get the chemistry down.” – Ravens fans, week 11

    ~~~~~~

    “I give up, where is my Penguins jersey” – Steelers fans, week 11

  25. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 15, 2013 3:50 PM

    “You’re jealous of our six rings.” Steelers fans, 2050

  26. rockthered1286 says: Aug 15, 2013 3:51 PM

    “Can a Super Bowl-winning defense get better while losing five starters?…The Ravens lost Ray Lewis, Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard…”
    ___________________________
    I’m sorry are these the 5 starters?? Kruger has started 7 games in his 5 year career, Ellerbe was a backup and only started following McClain and Ray’s injuries, Ray missed a HUGE chunk last year, and Pollard was not missed at all when Ihedigbo filled in during his 3 game absence. I’ll give you Reed and Cary Williams as 2 starters, but even Cary would not have started at CB this year with Webb back and Smih and Graham fighting for that 2 spot. Meanwhile we’ve seen upgrades in Elvis, Canty, Spears, and Huff, while getting back a healthy Webb. I don’t see any way in which this D will be anything nearly as anemic as they were in 2012. And that subpar D helped to win a ring.

  27. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 15, 2013 3:52 PM

    Ravens are very full of themselves right now which is fine because they won the Super Bowl last year. But they need to back all that talk up on the field and lets not forget they were a 9-7 team that got hot at the right time. Nothing more, nothing less.

    They may be more talented on the field than they were last season, but the leadership in Baltimore is light years behind where it was with Ray and Ed and Anquan.

    Plus, you will never convince me the offense is better than it was last season. Anemic at times during the regular season and a dire WR corps.

    But, Ravens fans see nothing but Super Bowl Champs right now so they will continue to talk until they lose a couple games early.

  28. tedmurph says: Aug 15, 2013 4:02 PM

    Wow, the D can shutdown a mediocre QB who lost his best 2 skill players. Luckily, nobody in the NFL North has an offense. Watch what happens when they play the Broncos

  29. steelcurtainn says: Aug 15, 2013 4:07 PM

    Best laugh of the day!!!!!

  30. t8ertot says: Aug 15, 2013 4:10 PM

    It wasn’t good to begin with. Of course it can better. From bad to average

  31. deathonwings410 says: Aug 15, 2013 4:14 PM

    tedmurph says: Aug 15, 2013 4:02 PM

    Wow, the D canshutdown a mediocre QB who lost his best 2 skill players. Luckily, nobody in the NFL North has an offense. Watch what happens when they play the Broncos

    ——-

    Best two? Ray Rice and Torrey Smith are still on the team

  32. southpaw2k says: Aug 15, 2013 4:17 PM

    Steeley McBeam says:
    Aug 15, 2013 3:52 PM
    Ravens are very full of themselves right now which is fine because they won the Super Bowl last year. But they need to back all that talk up on the field and lets not forget they were a 9-7 team that got hot at the right time. Nothing more, nothing less.

    They may be more talented on the field than they were last season, but the leadership in Baltimore is light years behind where it was with Ray and Ed and Anquan.

    Plus, you will never convince me the offense is better than it was last season. Anemic at times during the regular season and a dire WR corps.

    But, Ravens fans see nothing but Super Bowl Champs right now so they will continue to talk until they lose a couple games early.

    ———————————————

    Yeah, because the Ravens have never won a championship based on a solid running game, competent passing game, and an elite defense – oh, wait.

  33. getyourownname says: Aug 15, 2013 4:19 PM

    Hopefully for Ravens fans, the D will become dominant, or at least better than last year. But all defenses take some games to get used to each other because all teams have new players on defense – except the teams that are just using the same players getting older.

    As far as leadership, there are lots of other leaders still there. We’ll see how they fill whatever void was created.

    The only way to convince a Steeler fan of anything is to win the SB, and even then they deny that it really means anything, unless they are the ones who won, in which case it proves superiority.

  34. rgwhodey says: Aug 15, 2013 4:23 PM

    Did your defense get better or did your offense get that much worse that it makes the defense look “dominate”?

  35. southpaw2k says: Aug 15, 2013 4:23 PM

    getyourownname says:
    Aug 15, 2013 4:19 PM

    The only way to convince a Steeler fan of anything is to win the SB, and even then they deny that it really means anything, unless they are the ones who won, in which case it proves superiority.

    ————————————————–

    Hilariously awesome. Because it’s true.

  36. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 15, 2013 4:41 PM

    southpaw2k says:

    Yeah, because the Ravens have never won a championship based on a solid running game, competent passing game, and an elite defense – oh, wait.

    —————————

    You think this years defense is as good as the 2001 defense? Ok, now youre delusional.

  37. dickson29 says: Aug 15, 2013 4:48 PM

    “Joemontanaflacco says”

    Here is your biggest Raven problem. You have a wannabe steeler fan who poses as a Ravens fan because they won the superbowl,,,spew dumb comments about steeler fans immediately on ravens boards (see the 1st comment of his) then pounces on a steeler post to also post something dumb. There is none and will never be a STEELER fan who post dumb post about Ravens or whoever EVERYTIME like the Ravens and wannabe fan like Joemontanaflacco says.

  38. scoobies05 says: Aug 15, 2013 5:16 PM

    lovesfootball….it wont take til week 11. and i am still waiting anxiously for jb to tell us what is good about the steelers. i guess nothing because he never answers. at least jmblosser makes logical points even tho i disagree with them. now as for the ravens d…last year 17th…with the new editions they will be better. for all the dumervil critics…he wont need to stop the run. we have plenty of guys to do that. ray and ed will be missed for their leadership, not their on field play of tlast year

  39. cfeeley52 says: Aug 15, 2013 5:41 PM

    youarejealousof6rings says:
    Aug 15, 2013 3:20 PM
    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    No.
    —————————————-
    Either grow up, or let the adults speak…

  40. cfeeley52 says: Aug 15, 2013 5:44 PM

    jtbsteeler says:
    Aug 15, 2013 3:40 PM
    “Give it time, they need to get the chemistry down.” – Ravens fans, week 11
    —————————————-
    “Man how did we let them sweep us again?” – Steelers fans, end of week 12

  41. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 15, 2013 5:53 PM

    cfeeley52 says:
    Aug 15, 2013 5:44 PM
    jtbsteeler says:
    Aug 15, 2013 3:40 PM
    “Give it time, they need to get the chemistry down.” – Ravens fans, week 11
    —————————————-
    “Man how did we let them sweep us again?” – Steelers fans, end of week 12

    0 0 This adult wants to remind the child you didn’t sweep last year as you got Batch slapped at home…..humility is a word you want to ecoe familiar with….not waiting for it to happen.

  42. cfeeley52 says: Aug 15, 2013 5:53 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Aug 15, 2013 4:02 PM
    Wow, the D can shutdown a mediocre QB who lost his best 2 skill players. Luckily, nobody in the NFL North has an offense. Watch what happens when they play the Broncos
    ———————————-
    If the NFL North actually existed outside of your fantasy land wouldn’t the Broncos be in it???

  43. cfeeley52 says: Aug 15, 2013 5:56 PM

    getyourownname says:
    The only way to convince a Steeler fan of anything is to win the SB, and even then they deny that it really means anything, unless they are the ones who won, in which case it proves superiority.
    —————————————–
    Well said, coudn’t agree more…

  44. cfeeley52 says: Aug 15, 2013 6:09 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    This adult wants to remind the child you didn’t sweep last year as you got Batch slapped at home…..humility is a word you want to ecoe familiar with….not waiting for it to happen.
    ———————————–
    Yes, we’re all aware of your regular season superbowl last year. However, I was referring to the sweeping in 2011, it started with a 35-7 stomping at heinz field if you remember. I said “again” because this coming season won’t be the first time you’ve been swept by your favorite foe. (before you say it, i know you’ve swept us in the past too, that’s what makes this rivalry great)

  45. footballfan says: Aug 15, 2013 8:09 PM

    I think Flacco is saying this because he got his big contract and is going to play worse than ever.

  46. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 15, 2013 8:36 PM

    Dickson29:

    Don’t like me jumping on Steeler threads? Please explain what this comment (the 3rd one, btw) had to do with Rolando McClain passing his physical:

    dickson29 says:
    Apr 12, 2013 3:01 PM
    and Charlie Batch (58 yrs old) beat the ravens………and down go the RAVENS!!!!!!

    I realize you cant answer now cause your mouth is full…with your foot.

  47. jmblosser82 says: Aug 15, 2013 10:13 PM

    Since 2010 the ravens are 4-3 against Pitt. Overall the steelers are 22-15 against the ravens, 9-8 in Baltimore and 13-7 in pittsburgh, including a 3-0 record in the playoffs. The steelers have the upper hand and will continue to school Baltimore. That 35-7 beatdown came in the season opener the year after the ravens blew a 21-7 halftime home playoff lead, I’ll take a playoff win over a season win anytime.

  48. oriolesvsravens says: Aug 16, 2013 9:05 AM

    My only concern is how the secondary would fair with Webb coming back from injury and Smith being sub par thus far in his career. The starting front 7 looks good on paper and so far in the pre season.

  49. ampatsisahypocrite says: Aug 17, 2013 4:29 PM

    Flacco-speak translation, “well with Boldin gone and Pitta out, looks like the defense will have to carry me now.”

    I really don’t know why Joe’s concerned though. After all it was LAST year when he needed everyone to win all those games for him, to nail down the big contract. Now that he’s been properly subsidized, why worry? They could go 5-11 and he still gets (over)paid.

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