Baltimore Ravens: Why the defense will remain dominant in 2019
The veterans will take command:
When facing a transition, more often than not people will lean on people who have been through something similar, as well as those perceived as being older and wiser. This relates perfectly to the Baltimore Ravens defense for 2019, as they look to reload after losing some key leaders from 2018.
The best part about the team’s current vets on defense is that most of them aren’t well-known names outside of the state of Maryland. True Ravens fans will know how strong of a leader Anthony Levine, a.k.a. Co-Cap, is to this team. The same can be said of Brandon Williams and Brandon Carr, and now Earl Thomas.
Despite losing guys like Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley, Baltimore is certainly not short on savvy veterans. I fully expect Levine to become one of the most outspoken players on this team, let alone the defense, and the locker room absolutely adores him. While he’s not a stat stuffer, Levine is always one of the smartest players on the field and will give him a chance to truly shine.
Having Levine help set up the defense will be crucial as the Ravens look to move past the loss of Mosley. As for Williams, Carr, and Thomas, they all command their respective area of the defense with plenty of talent around them. It’ll be a matter of becoming guys who the team rallies behind and get the most energy out of everyone around them; a task all of them, and especially Earl Thomas, are more than capable of doing.
You don’t need to be a highlight-reel player to be a leader for a team, and right now that’s what the Baltimore Ravens have going for them defensively. The loudest and most outspoken guys on their defense may not be weekly starters, but they’ll have just as big an impact as anyone else. These guys are truly indispensable and will be a huge reason for sustained success despite turmoil.