Which Ravens newcomers would have made a big difference in the playoff game against the Tennessee Titans?
1. Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe:
If you think about that dreadful playoff loss that the Baltimore Ravens are coming off of, Derrick Henry is the first thing that pops into your head. Ryan Tannehill didn’t lose the game for the Titans, but let’s not pretend he was the reason the team in blue won the game. Derrick Henry bulldozed his way past the Ravens on 30 carries and 195 yards. That’s going to be much harder to do against the Ravens with Campbell and Wolfe there.
While Wolfe may just be somewhat of an upgrade over Michael Pierce, Campbell is a light years better than Chris Wormley. It’s not close. It’s not even a little bit close. With Brandon Williams in the middle of Campbell and Wolfe, the Titans wouldn’t have been able to bully the line of scrimmage the same way. There would have been more of a stalemate because the rushing lanes would never really open up. Sure, the defensive line would allow a crack of daylight at times and there would need to be fresh legs inserted into the game, yet Henry wouldn’t have had free will to abuse the defense. It just wouldn’t have happened.
With Campbell and Wolfe you get more reach. Campbell is a massive 6-8 player while Wolfe is 6-5. Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce are just about six feet tall. Having two defensive ends with such length would allow them to maintain outside contain much better and it would have been more disruptive. Having Williams in the middle of the defensive line would have been best for the match up. The 2020 Ravens defensive line would have been more equipped than the 2019 defensive line and that’s a really hard point to argue.