The Offseason: D-Line


The Ravens defensive line went through a total transformation.  Haloti Ngata played like an All-Pro and is looking like he will eventually be the best defensive player on the team, which says alot.  Kelly Gregg went on the IR before the season, and the line didn’t miss a beat.  Justin Bannan got his fair share of tackles converting from tackle to end, and Trevor Pryce added 4.5 sacks and tons of pressure.

The main obstacle in the offseason in this department is what to do with Kelly Gregg.  Ngata has played the end before, but he seems almost too good to make him stop playing nose tackle.  None of the contributors on the line are free agents, so the team has a few options with Gregg:

  • Release him, and keep the line as it is
  • Move him to defensive end, where he is not likely to succeed
  • Move Ngata back to end, which has turned out to be his weaker position

Or they can convert to a 4-3 (Not likely).  Part of the decision will come from whoever the new D-Coordinator will be.  The team will probably stay internal, and go with Clarence Brooks, the current d-line coach.  Brooks probably does not want to release any of his lineman, and will figure something out.

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  • Benji

    Baltimore really doesnt play a 3-4. Kelly Gregg will line up as a DT. He may be listed as a DE but he will be right next to ngata across from a guard or center.

  • Joe B

    good point Benji.  I’m just saying that their base formation is a 3-4, but they put tons of variations on it

  • Tom Folland

    There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also.