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Lack Of Pass Rush Remains Ravens' Concern

This title above, according to ESPN's AFC North Blog by James Walker, who thinks the lack of personnel on the Baltimore Ravens is at the crux of the issue. The defense has alwas been an aggressive one, under previous defensive coordinators Rex Ryan and Greg Mattison, and now under the control of Chuck Pagano. Ryan is the head coach of the New York Jets and Mattison has moved on to be the defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan.

Pagano insists that you will see an even more aggressive defense than the past few years, perhaps even returning to the Rex Ryan days of "Organized Chaos." However, Walker believes that regardless of the level of aggression, the people are not in place to run his plan to perfection, and therein lies the problem.

Depending on the health of 2010 2nd round draft pick, Sergio Kindle, the ability of DE Paul Kruger to just plain "get it," as well as the hope that 2011 draft pick, DE Pernell McPhee can come in and be a major upgrade over just Terrell Suggs and a few others, might be a tall task to conquer. The thought is that someone out in free agency will be the answer to the question, "where has the Ravens pass rush gone?"

The pickings in free agency that fit into the Ravens' 3-4 defensive scheme may be slim, but with the rest of the defense looking very solid and expected to be at or near the top of the league in overall defense, this one part may be the key between getting to the playoffs as they have the past three years, and going all the way to the Super Bowl.