Doug Pederson sees similarities between 2019 Patriots and 2000 Ravens

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Some have compared the 2019 Patriots defense to the 1985 Bears. Eagles coach Doug Pederson sees similarities between New England and another historic defense: The 2000 Ravens.

“It is an interesting conversation, and you can obviously draw some parallels with those two defenses,” Pederson told reporters on Wednesday. “I think the biggest thing that jumps out to you right now, the glaring thing, is the turnover ratio. I mean, the fact that they’ve got six defensive scores this season, the interceptions, the fumbles they’re causing — it’s a brand of defense where they just smother you. They just corral you. They’re OK with giving you two, three, four yards, but they’re right on top of you. Their secondary is that way aggressively and their front seven are that way. And that’s something I think when you look back, if I remember correctly with that Baltimore team, the same structure, the same style of defense. It was a smothering style of defense, and they played fast and they played aggressively. They may not do a whole lot schematically, and I think that’s a positive because it does allow your guys to play free, and to play fast and to play smart. I think that’s a similarity that I see with this Patriots defense today.”

Pederson has one other specific recollection of the 2000 Ravens, whom he faced as a member of the Browns: “I think I cracked my ribs in that game.”

The Ravens beat the Browns that day, 44-7. The Eagles will try to do at least slightly better against the Patriots on Sunday.

30 responses to “Doug Pederson sees similarities between 2019 Patriots and 2000 Ravens

  1. That 2000 ravens defense never got shredded like the pats did a couple weeks ago against the ravens. Pats just haven’t played any good offensives. Thought the ravens proved that.

  2. Please. Jags had over 400 yrds of offense and scored 36pts agaist the 2000 Ravens Marino gutted the ’85 Bears. There are always bad teams on the schedule. And it’s harfer to play D now with the rule changes

  3. That 2000 ravens defense never got shredded like the pats did a couple weeks ago against the ravens. Pats just haven’t played any good offensives. Thought the ravens proved that.
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    Really?? They did give up 36 points to the Jacksonville Jaguars, only beating them by 3. I would call giving up 36 points not very impressive, 😄.

  4. In 1985 and 2000, the best defensive strategy was to knock out the QB, WR, TE & RB with shots to the head. The Bears and Ravens D were great at it. I loved watching both those teams. But I’m even more impressed with the 2019 Patriots D for getting the same results even with hits like that taken out of the game. It’s a better game, in my opinion, and they are the better D.

  5. Jeez Doug. You can’t make the comparison. The Ravens held 4 playoff opponents to 23 total points in the playoffs. The 7 points given up in the SB win were from Special Teams. The Pats have held opponents to single digits 3 times this year (shutting out Dolphins and Jets, and Steelers on Wk 1), compared to the Ravens who did it a total of 9 times in the 2000 regular season. The other eye roll to this statement comes from Doug not pointing out that the Pats have Brady and the Ravens had Tony Banks and Trent Dilfer that year. Ravens went five straight games without a TD that year and still went on to win the the SB. The footage from the Ravens SB win looks like a security camera catching a mugging.

  6. You guys taking about the 2000 Ravens giving it up to the Jags, that was the second game in the season. The last 11 games on the schedule, including the playoffs, the 2000 Ravens gave up SINGLE DIGIT points 8 out of 11 games.

  7. The 2000 Ravens didn’t give up over 100 yards rushing against any rusher, let alone team – if my memory serves me right.

  8. The 2000 Ravens defense allowed a paltry 10.3 points per game, 247.9 yards per game and 49 turnovers during the season.

    The Pats don’t compare.

  9. I love the talk about how the Patriots got shredded. Yes, the shredding happened but last year the Patriots lost two game in December and still won the SB.

  10. The 2000 ravens defense was so good that the offense went an entire month without scoring a TD and they still won every game that month. The 2000 ravens defense pitched a Super Bowl shutout.

  11. The biggest difference is the Ravens lined up several tackling dummies at QB, and still won a ring, so the G.O.A.T just has to show up. I can hear it now “But the Eagles beat Brady 2 years ago”. Way to go, different team(s), different Pats D. It NE championship to lose.

  12. I mean… yeah, I guess. Until the Patriots play competent offenses and look completely ordinary. It’s easy to look historically good playing twice against the Dolphins, Jets and Bills, going against Washington. But I mean the Browns looked capable against that “superior” defense and the Ravens just rolled over them.

  13. 2000 ravens D had 2 hall of famers pitched like 4 shut outs and carried the entire team including an offense that went 5 WEEKS without scoring a touchdown!

    Lol

    The Patriots have Tom Freakin Brady.

    If the 2019 Pat’s had Dilfer they wouldn’t even sniff the playoffs nevermind a superbowl

    Stop the tomfoolery people.

  14. When you look at the Patriots schedule other than the Ravens and Siitsburg (with BB), who have they played? The answer, nobody. N.E. is a very good team but they have a schedule every year that is questionable not the most difficult. Their good fortune to be in a division that they can sleep walk 6 wins to a division championship and gain a playoff advantage every year is not by chance. Usually, their projected most difficult games against non-division opponents are at home where losing is not an easy task.

  15. In the second half of the season, the Ravens gave up fewer than 10 points per game. If I remember correctly, the Patriots’ overrated and overhyped defense just gave up 30 points.

  16. Their good fortune to be in a division that they can sleep walk 6 wins to a division championship and gain a playoff advantage every year is not by chance. Usually, their projected most difficult games against non-division opponents are at home where losing is not an easy task.
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    First of all, the Pats have swept their division twice in the last 19 seasons. Twice! That means they do not sleepwalk 6 wins in the AFCE. So the Pats played the Chiefs twice on the road last year and won and they were a great team last year. Can you compile a list of all those games at home against difficult non-division opponents to back up your claim? Why do you not bring up the Pats are most likely playing the “Winner’s” schedule every season because they win the AFC title. So that means they play the top team in each AFC division from the year prior (well 2 of them then face the entire division that rotates). The easy schedule every year excuse is garbage. Come up with something new please.

  17. crik911 says:
    November 13, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I’ve never heard of Marino shredding my Bears… I hope I can find that game somewhere. Laces out Dan!
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    ????- Is this sarcasm? Remember why the 85 Bears went 15-1? Dan Marino.

    85 Bears were a great team, but through a fluke they got to play a bad Pats team in the SB instead of the Dolphins again. Pats had zero passing game then. Might have been different if they played Marino again.

  18. Great insight from a not so great coach but let’s focus on what’s really important here ……

    Are Lane and Eagles still having ‘fun’?

  19. uscoach says:
    November 13, 2019 at 9:15 pm
    You guys taking about the 2000 Ravens giving it up to the Jags, that was the second game in the season. The last 11 games on the schedule, including the playoffs, the 2000 Ravens gave up SINGLE DIGIT points 8 out of 11 games.
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    True. Those are facts. Also, compare that to the current way the game is played. Pats D is on par with them.

    The Pats D has a was to go before being compared to the best. They actually have to finish the season. I mean, they’ve played 9 games. Let’s wait till the season is over.

    That said, the D is legit and I can’t wait to watch them improve and improvise!

  20. The 2000 Ravens defense scared the life out their opponents. They smothered the line of scrimmage to where no one could run the ball. I don’t see that with the Pats defense. The defensive mantra was along the lines of “we are the offense” because the Ravens had no offense. They literally carried their team to the Super Bowl. That is not the case with the Pats. Sorry New England fans. This is a defense that has the numbers because of the lousy teams they have played. And deep inside, you know it’s true.

  21. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    November 14, 2019 at 3:14 pm
    Pretty sure the Pats defense does not have a murderer on their team, unlike the Ravens.
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    Nah, Patriots already had a murderer on the offense.

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