Eric Weddle: Great defense, solid offense is how we’ll win

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Over the course of the summer, we heard Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams say that the team’s defense will be amazing this year and we heard cornerback Jimmy Smith‘s opinion that the unit is a special one.

Those kinds of optimistic proclamations are nothing new heading into an NFL season, but we didn’t hear the same kind of things about the Ravens offense. If that leaves you with the feeling that the folks in Baltimore see one side of the ball being more crucial to their success than the other, it appears you’re on the right track.

Safety Eric Weddle said “the secret” to a winning season for the Ravens is to “play great on defense, play unbelievable special teams, and play solid on offense.” That may sound dismissive of the offense, but Weddle’s not concerned about any bad impression that might leave.

“I believe that our team doesn’t have an ego,” Weddle said, via ESPN.com. “We want to win; we’re tired of losing. I’m tired of losing. It irks me every day that I didn’t have a chance in the playoffs. That’s not me, it’s not what I’m about. Even if [the offense does] have a problem, I don’t care if they have a problem. It’s the way we’re going to win.”

The preseason provided support for the defensive optimism as the Ravens allowed 32 points in four games. The offense, meanwhile, played without quarterback Joe Flacco while breaking in new starters on the offensive line and new faces in the receiving corps. Meshing those new pieces together with Flacco will be a work in progress, which makes it all the more important for the Ravens that Weddle and company are right about what the defense can do this season.

22 responses to “Eric Weddle: Great defense, solid offense is how we’ll win

  1. Hey Waddle! If you wanted to be in the postseason then you shouldn’t have chosen the Ravens.

  2. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says:
    September 6, 2017 at 8:07 am
    Hey Waddle! If you wanted to be in the postseason then you shouldn’t have chosen the Ravens.

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    THey’re a weird franchise. They think they’re big time and they’re not. It’s absolutely hilarious how much attention they desire as a team or fanbase.

    5-11

    And their D will suck as it has.

  3. If I’m not mistaken, the starting defense didn’t allow a single point the entire preseason. With an emphasis on defense in the draft, and the off-season signings, it may be a legitimate top fine defense this year.

  4. It’s comical to see the justifications that constantly emerge surrounding Ozzie Newsome’s 20 year inability to craft a solid NFL offense. Not once in his entire career as GM of the Ravens has he come close to drafting a true #1 wide receiver. (The closest he came was with a #2 wide receiver in Brandon Stokley, who Newsome decided wasn’t durable enough so he decided not to re-sign him. Stokley went on to have a 15 year NFL career. Most Ravens-drafted receivers are out of the league by year 5. Newsome also stated that, despite the total failure of Travesty Taylor — announcers quipped that Taylor dropped more passes than he caught — Taylor, according to Newsome, was a very good receiver who just never had enough time to develop. Hell will freeze over before Taylor will ever develop into even an average receiver.)

    And before Joe his track record at QB was the talk of the town. (And not in a good way.) If only his penchant for drafting front 7 defensive players was all it took. Twice the Ravens captured lightning in a bottle, but the rest of the time has been a boring grinding gruel thanks to Newsome’s incompetence and Billick and Harbaugh’s monumental arrogance. Newsome remains the Teflon GM who never gets criticized for his blatant failures (I wonder why), and he has a job for life according to owner Steve Bisciotti.

    As far as Weddle goes, if he had been able to stop the Steelers’ receiver from getting into the end zone last year on what would have been the final play of the game, he might have experienced at least one post season game, instead of losing out.

  5. Ludicrous for Ravens folk to pretend optimism based on the preseason. The Ravens have gradually become a team of aging cast-offs because of injuries, cap problems and spotty drafting. They’ll have some moments, but 8-8 will be a struggle.

  6. Thanks Einstein for letting us know that football is all about good defense and solid offense. I would of never guessed it, because this team has displayed neither of those in the past few years.

  7. stuartscottslefteye says:
    September 6, 2017 at 8:22 am
    If I’m not mistaken, the starting defense didn’t allow a single point the entire preseason. With an emphasis on defense in the draft, and the off-season signings, it may be a legitimate top fine defense this year.

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    any team playing so well in preseason usually sucks

  8. osage44 says:
    September 6, 2017 at 8:49 am
    Ludicrous for Ravens folk to pretend optimism based on the preseason. The Ravens have gradually become a team of aging cast-offs because of injuries, cap problems and spotty drafting. They’ll have some moments, but 8-8 will be a struggle.

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    absolutely

    their team and fans are delusional

  9. “The preseason provided support for the defensive optimism as the Ravens allowed 32 points in four games.”

    IT’S PRESEASON!!!! Doesn’t mean anything.

  10. silvernblacksabbath says:
    September 6, 2017 at 10:18 am
    “The preseason provided support for the defensive optimism as the Ravens allowed 32 points in four games.”

    IT’S PRESEASON!!!! Doesn’t mean anything.

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    Don’t worry..When the season starts and all of their lame fans start squirming seeing how old and bad that defense really is, they won’t be around here running their mouths anymore.

    Any team that peaks in preseason is a BAD team. Comical to me that their own players and fans don’t know this yet.

    5-11.

  11. The Ravens have won 2 super bowls in the last 23 years and the Bengals haven’t even won a single playoff game.

    Let that sink in.

  12. When it comes to the postseason, the Ravens are far and away the best team in the AFC North. Unlike the Steelers, the Ravens regularly give the Pats all they can handle. Not much reason to even mention the Bengals and Browns.

  13. nhpats says:
    September 6, 2017 at 10:59 am
    When it comes to the postseason, the Ravens are far and away the best team in the AFC North. Unlike the Steelers, the Ravens regularly give the Pats all they can handle. Not much reason to even mention the Bengals and Browns.

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    Nah.

    The Ravens are like the Jets. Catch them when they are injured or at their weakest, and then pound your chest because a blind squirrel found a nut.

    NE’s career record against Baltimore, with BB and Brady, is very good.

    Ravens = Jets South (while dribbling out a SB ring with authorized antler spray from Goodell)

  14. When it comes to the postseason, the Ravens are far and away the best team in the AFC North. Unlike the Steelers, the Ravens regularly give the Pats all they can handle.
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    They’ve been to the same number of Super Bowls in the last 20 years.

    Not the Steelers fault the Patriots were down while they were the team to beat.

  15. chinahand11 says:
    September 6, 2017 at 11:39 am
    In 2000, the Chargers went 4-0 in preseason, 1-15 in regular season.

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    A lot of times coaches who know their team will be bad, try to give the team confidence and treat preseason like the regular season.

    Meanwhile, good teams barely play their starters and key spot players and try to get people their reps and watch players competing for back up spots, compete and get tape on them to see how they look.

    It’s like teams with “a ton of cap space”. It’s a BAD thing to have a ton of cap space. It means you stink, free agents don’t want to come to your team, AND it means you keep flipping out rosters every 2-3 years like the Jets have done, never having a base of good draft picks and continuity.

    I always laugh when some crap team and their fans say “we will have a ton of cap space next year”.

    That only would matter if every single great free agent where you had a need, comes to your team that has good young talent as the base.

    How many more examples of these things do we need before people figure it out?

  16. Won more superbowls this century than most all teams besides NE. And they are going to shock the world this year.

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