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Pernell McPhee wants to lead Ravens in sacks

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During Pernell McPhee’s rookie season in 2011, he had six sacks to rank second on the Ravens behind Terrell Suggs.

The last two seasons haven’t seen McPhee build on that promising debut. He’s added just 3.5 sacks to his total, something that he has designs on changing this season.

“My individual goal is to hopefully lead the team in sacks,” McPhee said, via the team’s website. “That’s going to be hard to do when you have Elvis Dumervil and Courtney Upshaw and Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata on the field. It’s going to be hard, but that’s my personal expectation. I want to get at least seven or eight sacks this year.”

McPhee mentions Dumervil, Upshaw and Suggs and that group of players is likely to be the biggest stumbling block to realizing his goal. McPhee has always flashed pass rushing ability when given the opportunity, but they have come less often than he’ll need to post big numbers.

The good news for the Ravens is that their enviable depth at outside linebacker should keep quarterbacks under pressure for four quarters come the regular season regardless of which player winds up with the most sacks come Week 17.

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33 Responses to “Pernell McPhee wants to lead Ravens in sacks”
  1. vikesr4reel says: Jul 8, 2014 11:25 AM

    The first thing the Ravens need to do is get a QB!!
    Flacco = no-good-o!!
    SKOL

  2. youtubeingravenvids says: Jul 8, 2014 11:25 AM

    I love my Ravens, but that’s not gonna happen McPhee. And nothing against him, just too much depth at OLB & on the D-line.

  3. tjacks7 says: Jul 8, 2014 11:25 AM

    Pretty lofty goals. Maybe he should just take the Clowney approach and try to sack Andy Dalton once.

  4. steelerben says: Jul 8, 2014 11:27 AM

    If Pernell McPhee is the Ravens sack leader this season then fans of every other AFC North team will be happy.

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 8, 2014 11:32 AM

    Ok McPhee is on the field, let’s run the ball at him and hopefully he will get discouraged!

  6. ravanator says: Jul 8, 2014 11:44 AM

    We have the best group of linebackers in the NFL. Anyone who argues that isn’t being true to the game. Whoever leads us in sacks this year will probably be the DPOY. Great time to be a Ravens fan. Cheers!

    #raygodlewisfirstballothof
    #ravensnationleader
    #ravensowntheafcn

  7. ravensrunthenfl says: Jul 8, 2014 11:53 AM

    I like pernell but we have the deepest outside line backing corps in the nfl. If he wants to do this he should go to the steelers. My wife just got a flyer offering her a starting job at olb.

  8. claymatthewshairplugs says: Jul 8, 2014 12:04 PM

    Well they’ve got the market cornered on leading the league in arrests and uppercutting fiancees this offseason.

  9. getyourownname says: Jul 8, 2014 12:10 PM

    “If Pernell McPhee is the Ravens sack leader this season then fans of every other AFC North team will be happy.” Steeler trolls continue to be hilarious. Perhaps they should focus on their own team.

    Jarvis Jones, first round Steeler draft pick, 2013 sacks = 1

    Pernell McPhee fifth round Ravens pick, 2013 sacks = 2

  10. hakunamangata says: Jul 8, 2014 12:11 PM

    Gotta love a player not content on just collecting a paycheck.

    This kid was an absolute monster in the AFC championship game against Brady, so my guess is he can be a force to be reckoned with if he trains that way.

    Just look at Kruger or Art Jones developing. I imagine McPhee is the next to make that leap along with Kapron

  11. kuehner131 says: Jul 8, 2014 12:16 PM

    I would like to lead the Ravens in sacks too.

  12. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 8, 2014 12:19 PM

    Funny, I haven’t heard Courtney Upshaws name once since he was drafted. Probably because he has 3.0 sacks in 3 seasons.

    “Deepest” OLB crew in the NFL? Why because 4 guys have 3 or more career sacks? Woah!

  13. lenbias34pt says: Jul 8, 2014 12:21 PM

    Not as far fetched as one might think.

    The last 2 seasons health and Art Jones have been his biggest issues.
    IF he is healthy i’d say his # is 7.

  14. hakunamangata says: Jul 8, 2014 1:04 PM

    “Deepest” OLB crew in the NFL? Why because 4 guys have 3 or more career sacks? Woah!

    No that’d be the Steelers with Worlids, Moats and Timmons.

  15. ravens2xworldchamps says: Jul 8, 2014 1:23 PM

    2014: the return of the formidable ravens defense

    No other team can match our defensive legacy.

    The Baltimore Ravens.

  16. ruthlessburgher says: Jul 8, 2014 1:31 PM

    Okay, let me get this straight. Dude’s got the amazing goal of getting 7 or 8 sacks this year. And he also wants to lead his team in sacks. So, basically, he is hoping that none of his teammates get more than 7 or 8 sacks. Good job, dude.

  17. steelerben says: Jul 8, 2014 1:32 PM

    getyourownname says:
    Jul 8, 2014 12:10 PM
    “If Pernell McPhee is the Ravens sack leader this season then fans of every other AFC North team will be happy.” Steeler trolls continue to be hilarious. Perhaps they should focus on their own team.

    Jarvis Jones, first round Steeler draft pick, 2013 sacks = 1

    Pernell McPhee fifth round Ravens pick, 2013 sacks = 2

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If that is the guy leading the Ravens in sacks, then it means the team can’t find their pass rush and there have been injuries to that defense. If the Ravens can’t get pressure on quarterbacks then they won’t be able to slow down opposing offenses. If they have to rely on shooting matches, then it is going to be a long season in Baltimore. And if it is a long season in Baltimore, fans of Pittsburgh, Cincinatti, and Cleveland will be happy.

    Not trolling, speaking the truth.

  18. daburgh1985 says: Jul 8, 2014 1:39 PM

    Timmons and Moats are inside backers, not OLB…..smh

  19. hakunamangata says: Jul 8, 2014 1:53 PM

    Timmons and Moats are inside backers, not OLB…..smh

    Yeah but they’re two of three Steelers who’ve recorded more than 3 sacks for their career.

  20. jjackwagon says: Jul 8, 2014 2:08 PM

    If he could play the Raiders every game, he would lead the league in sacks.

  21. Bull Rush says: Jul 8, 2014 2:12 PM

    “Deepest” OLB crew in the NFL? Why because 4 guys have 3 or more career sacks? Woah!

    Because last year alone Suggs + Dumervil had 19.5 sacks. The entire NFL careers of Worlids, Moats, and Jones can account for 24.

  22. magicmtndan says: Jul 8, 2014 2:14 PM

    More blather coming from Ratbird land. The team has no leaders on the field and off the field they’re a complete mess.

    Until the team ownership/management gets a handle on their players off the field behavior (and starts drafting people with character instead of drafting characters), the team will be in disarray.

    The league is full of athletes. Winning teams have winners with character (with the notable exception being Ray Ray when he was still playing).

  23. troy43mvp says: Jul 8, 2014 2:17 PM

    Rice is leading McPhee 1 to nothing….that we know of

  24. Bull Rush says: Jul 8, 2014 2:18 PM

    I’ll even throw Chris Carter into the mix so

    Because last year alone Suggs + Dumervil had 19.5 sacks. The entire NFL careers of Worlids, Moats, Carter, and Jones can account for 24.

  25. Bull Rush says: Jul 8, 2014 2:20 PM

    Timmons and Moats are inside backers, not OLB…..smh

    Moats is listed as an OLB. Left side OLB to be precise….smh

  26. perpetuallybored74 says: Jul 8, 2014 2:29 PM

    In 2011, McPhee got six sacks as a rookie defensive end. In 2012, he got hurt, missed a few games, and never really got on track. In 2013, the Ravens switched him to outside linebacker, which is a transition that doesn’t just happen overnight. So, now in 2014, there’s no telling what this young (only 25) veteran player, who’s gotten some experience as a rotational guy is going to do–could be the next Art Jones.
    Ravens seem to always develop guys on defense that no one outside of Baltimore has really heard of cause they weren’t high profile draft picks, then those guys break out and end up leaving for more money elsewhere, where they fail to live up to expectations (and their contracts).
    Just seems to be the Ravens way.

  27. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 8, 2014 3:06 PM

    The tallest short-man
    The strongest weakling
    The prettiest ugo
    The skinniest fat-man

  28. hakunamangata says: Jul 8, 2014 3:19 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: Jul 8, 2014 3:06 PM

    The tallest short-man
    The strongest weakling
    The prettiest ugo
    The skinniest fat-man

    The smartest steeler fan

  29. theageofquarrel says: Jul 8, 2014 3:21 PM

    ravens2xworldchamps says:
    Jul 8, 2014 1:23 PM
    2014: the return of the formidable ravens defense

    No other team can match our defensive legacy.

    The Baltimore Ravens.

    Now I understand you were only born about 15 or 16 years ago but there was a Defense called the Steel Curtain Defense that has never ever ever ever ever ever been matched,but keep trying junior.

  30. bengalguy says: Jul 8, 2014 3:54 PM

    Shouldn’t be tough to get to 4 this year. Good for him!

  31. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 8, 2014 4:29 PM

    props hakuna, just hope that’s me.

  32. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jul 8, 2014 4:49 PM

    Well, he enters free agency after the season, so if he’s going to have his one good season, this is prime time for it. Looking at the Duane Starks/Gary Baxter/Adalius Thomas/Dawan Landry/Edgerton Hartwell/Dannell Ellerbe/Paul Kruger/Arthur Jones (just a hunch) career path he will.

  33. Ed Bandell says: Jul 10, 2014 8:01 AM

    You want to run at a guy that is 6’2” 274lbs, you go right ahead. He’s no undersized OLB that is a pass rushing specialist. Just think that this guy plays DE too and that is in a 3-4 alignment. He even lined up at DT for a bit. That gives you an idea of just how strong he is.

    Courtney Upshaw in my mind was never going to be a guy that gets a lot of sacks. He was a rush defending DE and that’s pretty much what he has been. The sacks he would get are the ones he gobbles up from Suggs chasing the QB from the other side just like Kruger and Jarret Johnson used to do. Considering how Suggs wasn’t himself and Dumervil falling in our laps…Upshaw’s role has changed.

    There is also another way of looking at it. I think the Ravens are going to do a lot more rotation on the D-line and with pass rushers to help keep the guys that are getting a bit older a bit more fresh down the line. They very well could have a few guys with high sack numbers depending on how well guys get to the QB when they are on the field. Not saying this will happen mind you.

    The Ravens are a good team that did a lot of things to help themselves get better this season. AFC North is one of the toughest divisions in football and I would have it no other way.

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