Ravens Changing Scheme

Shawn DhaniCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 18:  Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens looks on after he threw a challenge flag which over-turned a potential reception by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Championship game on January 18, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

One question for the Baltimore Ravens coming into the 2009 season was: how will they replace Bart Scott?

The inside linebacker followed his defensive coordinator Rex Ryan to the New York Jets, and it was not apparent that the team had a replacement lined up.

Instead of adjusting personnel to fit the scheme, the Ravens will adjust the scheme to fit the personnel.

Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun notes that the team could be operating out of a base 4-3 defense this season, the first time that has happened since 2001.

In this configuration, Haloti Ngata and Kelly Gregg will clog the middle, leaving Trevor Pryce and Terrell Sluggs to wreak havoc on the outside.

Inside linebacker Ray Lewis will be once again operating sideline-to-sideline, and he seems even more fired up than usual -- which is saying something -- noting to the Sun.

"It's going to be exciting. All of the guys freakin' love it. That's what so beautiful about it."

This will help the Baltimore Ravens go to the Playoffs.