Is Arthur Brown a Legitimate Replacement for Ray Lewis?

Rob EngleContributor IApril 26, 2013

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In a word, no.  But no one can replace Lewis for different reasons than you may realize.  Ray Lewis meant a lot to the entire Ravens organization and the city of Baltimore for 17 years, but over the last two or three seasons you could really begin to see that he was an extreme liability in coverage.  He simply did not have the speed to cover running backs and tight ends and sometimes he tried to overcompensate for it. 

With a bit of creativity and a lot of talent surrounding him, the Ravens were able to cover up this weakness and became the 2012 Super Bowl Champions.  Ray’s leadership and intelligence at the inside linebacker position will be greatly missed, but Arthur Brown offers something to the Ravens that they haven’t had since Ray’s younger days: an athletic linebacker who can roam sideline to sideline making plays. 

Even though the Ravens will miss Lewis’ leadership, there are plenty of other talented players on defense that will take the torch from him.  Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata are two of the best players in the league at their positions, and many have noticed that the Ravens defense became their unit when Lewis was injured for the second half of the 2012 season. 

Arthur Brown certainly has some big shoes to fill, but he shouldn’t feel any pressure to live up to Lewis’ career.  It’s quite possible that no player will ever match the legacy that Lewis has in Baltimore, but Arthur Brown should consider himself his own player and this could be the beginning of his own legacy if he lives up to his potential.  

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