C.J. Mosley to the Jets: 3 big things for the Ravens
The Ravens defense will be very different in 2019:
The Ravens defense will be without Mosley, Eric Weddle, Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith next season. While the star power comes from Marlon Humphrey and a deep cornerback group, the Ravens still need to replace Weddle at free safety. The Ravens may end up regret cutting Weddle, despite having a logical reason to do so. There are surely a lot of questions that need to be answered. The only thing we know about the Ravens defense as a whole is that change has come and it is going to be different.
Losing Mosley wasn’t the biggest problem for the Ravens defense. The Ravens have become a cornerback heavy team and that’s the strength of the entire roster right now. There are two areas the Ravens need to improve upon, pass rush and free safety. The Ravens can get by without Mosley, who wasn’t great against the pass. In a pass happy league, the Ravens need to be able to get to the quarterback and they need a last line of defense in the secondary. If the Ravens don’t fill those voids, their investment in the cornerback positions won’t matter much in 2019.
The Ravens can still have a very good defense moving forward. Their corners are a real convincing group and Don Martindale is a good defensive coordinator. The defensive front should be strong as a whole, they just need to bring in star power on the edge. The Ravens lost the number one defense in the NFL. That doesn’t mean they have nothing to work with and that doesn’t mean that the defense is going to be bad. The Ravens need to add to the defense here and there. The defensive roster is going to look a lot different in 2019 and waiting for moves is all we can do right now.