Baltimore Ravens Secondary Woes are No Passing Fancy

Jarrett CarterAnalyst ISeptember 21, 2009

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 13:  Domonique Foxworth #24 of the Baltimore Ravens during warm ups of a NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins on August 13, 2009 at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.   (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

You thought that Washington had a hard time in victory? Try being a Ravens fan. The birds win another close one, albeit it on the road against a Super Bowl contender. But this time, the holes in the defensive secondary became gaping clearance for flight out of BWI.

Through two games, there shouldn’t be any team in the league that should be afraid to pass on the Ravens. Opponents won’t run the ball, and they’ll still have a hard time creating any offensive flow. But if they want to go deep, they’ll have very few problems doing so.

And it’s shared failure on the part of the defensive interior as well as the backfield, but the defensive backfield will get most of the blame because they just can’t make plays on the ball when it’s near them.

The Ravens live and die on blitzing and the ability of corners to adapt to hurried throws. The blitz hasn’t been as ferocious through two games as it has been historically, so the onus is on the corners and safeties to keep up with receivers, and make good judgments on passes.

Except, Domonique Foxworth, Frank Walker, Ed Reed, and Dawan Landry aren’t better cover men than they are opportunists. Brodie Croyle throws for 177 and two TDs in Week One. Philip Rivers throws for 436 and two touchdownyesterday.

Those kind of numbers aren’t something that will get the Ravens by in the rough and tumble AFC North, particularly with Pittsburgh continuing to look solid, and Cincinnati looking better this year than in recent years past.

You never thought you would read these words, let alone say them out loud, but thank God for the Ravens offense. With a rejuvenated Willis McGahee and Todd Heap, and a continually maturing Joe Flacco, the Ravens can now depend on offense carrying them to victories instead of defense preventing them.

To be clear, the Ravens will not win contend for a Super Bowl should this defensive trend continue. It will become to taxing for the fragile secondary to keep up with constant big pass plays down the field and to come up for plays on running downs.

The linebacking crew and the defensive line will suffer as a result of overcompensating for what they know the secondary can’t stop.Don’t be surprised if you see the defensive dialing back for zone coverage to make up for the lack of speed and physical play at the line by the corners.

Who would’ve thought that playing like a Raven could potentially submarine the season?