Ravens defense's last stand?

Paul KasprzakContributor IApril 3, 2010

The Baltimore Ravens defense has been a consistent dominating force for the past decade. However, that may come to an end after 2010.

The problem is that the main core players of the Ravens defense are showing their age. That means their bodies aren’t able to hold up like they use to.

First, there is free safety Ed Reed who missed the last four games of this past regular season. Most likely due to this, Reed in a radio interview admitted he has been contemplating retirement.

Secondly, the anchor for their defensive line nose tackle Kelly Gregg is 33 years old and missed all of the 2008 season with an injury. Also, players that are over weight decline quicker due to the fact that the extra weight they are carrying wears their bodies out faster.

Last, but surely not least, middle linebacker Ray Lewis has been the heart and sould of the defense for over a decade. However, he is turning 35 in May and unless his pay declines with accordance to his skill he will have to be replaced soon.

In the end, its time for the defense to get an overhaul.

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