Terrell Suggs: Don Martindale gets us “back to the way we used to do things”

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The Ravens have a new defensive coordinator this year in Don Martindale, but the change from Dean Pees did not mean a break from continuity on that side of the ball.

Martindale was hired as the team’s linebackers coach in 2012, which was the same year that Pees took over as coordinator and the two men worked together on some effective units in Baltimore over the years. The team is also bringing back almost all of the major contributors from last year’s unit, which ranked sixth in points allowed, so some might expect little to change in 2018.

According to linebacker Terrell Suggs, though, continuity doesn’t mean the team will be doing things the same way.

“These young, hungry bulls [can] kind of get back to the way we used to do things and taking the shackles off of us, so to say. … Sometimes a player can be shackled by the rules that come with the defense, but I think Wink is just going to allow us to go make plays,” Suggs said, via the Baltimore Sun.

Regardless of approach or coordinator, defense has rarely been the problem in Baltimore over the course of John Harbaugh’s tenure as head coach and the presence of the players that had success in the past is reason to think that can remain the case with Martindale.

10 responses to “Terrell Suggs: Don Martindale gets us “back to the way we used to do things”

  1. As long as they can improve on protecting leads late in a game, I think Ravens fans will be happy.

  2. Fortunately the Ravens get to compete in the cream-puff AFC North. If they can’t win that division then they should really question why they are even in the league

  3. Organized ChAoS defense again?!!? One can only hope for this, since Wink is a Ryan disciple. Good and bad haha!

  4. Pees was terrible and should have been fired years ago.

    Yes he technically was the defensive cordinator in 2012 when the Ravens won it all, but if you listen to stories about that team Ray, Haloti, Suggs, and Ed were the driving forces in the strategy during the playoffs and how to attack teams.

    Once Ray and Ed left his defense started to get exposed constantly.

    Want a first down?

    Attack the seam.

    Sign the best box SS in FA?

    Put him at center field and move your FS into the box.

    Every year since he was promoted the Ravens have had the same problems on defense and couldn’t hold a lead against a QB that wasn’t a journeyman, rookie, or fourth stringer. This also wasn’t a case of Ozzie and the FO not investing in players, draft picks and coaching hires.

    So if Wink realizes he can blitz on an overload, play press with two of the best cover man corners, and use CJ in the middle of the field and not trail all the time, then I think Suggs is right and the Ravens D might actually be on the track to their defenses of old.

  5. Pats fanboy ragging on the AFC North? Who last won a Lombardi other than the Pats? Come on dude you weren’t alive when the Dolphins won a Lombardi so your comment is just plain obtuse.

  6. nhpats says:
    May 17, 2018 at 10:31 am
    Fortunately the Ravens get to compete in the cream-puff AFC North. If they can’t win that division then they should really question why they are even in the league
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    Uh, it doesn’t get more cream puff the AFC East. The Pats wouldn’t have half the championship they do if they had to play the Ravens, Steelers and Bengals twice a year instead of the Jets, Bills and Dolphins.

  7. Defense has been a HUGE problem since Ray and Ed retired. Late in 2017 they allowed 38 points to the Steelers and 31 points to the freaking Bengals in games they had to win. The story of the defense without Jimmy Smith in the lineup, is ugly

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