Baltimore Ravens Midseason Grades Part 2: Defense, Special Teams and Coaching

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Baltimore Ravens Midseason Grades Part 2: Defense, Special Teams and Coaching
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So this was the year the Baltimore Ravens offense was going to carry the season. The defense couldn't possibly continue to perform at such a high level. After all, Ray Lewis was entering his 16th season and Ed Reed seemed destined for social security, threatening to retire.

The secondary looked inexperienced, and very vulnerable.

The Ravens drafted cornerback Jimmy Smith with their first-round selection, which added more inexperience, and the Ravens most experienced cornerback, Dominique Foxworth, started the season still recovering from a torn ACL, and ultimately ended up on injured reserve.

Sure there is Haloti Ngata, the next perennial Pro Bowl player this defense seems to produce on a yearly basis for over a decade now. But for the most part, there were many unanswered questions entering the season, and the offense was supposed to have the answers.

As the old French proverb goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same, is absolutely true of this team, and especially this year. The offense, while better than in recent seasons, is not producing with any consistency, and the fate of the Ravens season once again lies in the hands of Ray Ray and company.

They have not disappointed. In yesterday's edition of the USA Today, NFL writer Jarrett Bell released his midseason All Pro Team today, and five Ravens appear on the list. Fullback Vonta Leech was the only offensive representative, while the rest, you guessed it, are on the defensive side of the ball.

DT, Haloti Ngata, linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs, as well as safety Ed Reed—you know, the usual cast of characters, completed the list of mid-season All-Pros.

That makes the Ravens complete with a Pro-Bowler at every level on the defensive side of the ball. They are currently ranked No. 2 in the NFL in total defense and points allowed. They are third against the run, allowing less than 90-yards per game and fourth against the pass.

On Wednesday, I graded the units on the Ravens offense. Now, here are the defensive grades, complete with special teams and coaches.  

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