Baltimore Ravens: Why the defense will remain dominant in 2019
The secondary is elite:
The Baltimore Ravens already had the NFL’s best cornerback group with Marlon Humphrey leading the charge. Now, they took an already good safety position and made it elite with the addition of future Hall of Famer Earl Thomas.
To recap, the Ravens defensive backfield features Humphrey and Thomas, as well as Jimmy Smith, Tony Jefferson, Brandon Carr, Tavon Young, Anthony Levine Sr., and Anthony Averett, plus plenty of other great depth bodies. The sound you’re hearing right now is opposing offenses wetting their pants at the look of this unit.
The secondary has a little bit of everything to offer, from ball-hawking players to thumpers over the middle. The unit has a healthy blend of veterans and young players that will give it a strong personality. The best part is the ridiculous depth that the secondary possesses. Legitimately almost every player named above could start for another team, if not at worst be a crucial role-player.
Baltimore has such a luxury at their disposal via their secondary. Another underrated fixture of this unit is what else it provides to the defense. The key to an average pass rush is a dynamic secondary. While the edge rushers the Ravens currently have need continued seasoning and development, they’ll be helped by a defensive backfield that will hold the coverage an extra second-or-two longer for them to get the quarterback.
When you have units like Baltimore’s secondary, it tends to make everything else around it better. I defy you to name a secondary that’s more loaded than the Ravens and one that’ll make the entire defense better because of it.