Although the Baltimore Ravens have had one of the NFL's best defenses for more than a decade, they have never had a nickname to go along with their reputation. Their 2000-01 defense ranks among the single-best defensive unit of all-time, but still there isn't a nickname attached to it like so many other great defenses were honored with.
The Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970's were the "Steel Curtain," the Minnesota Vikings of the same era were known as the "Purple People Eaters." According the the story on NFL.com, the Los Angeles Rams of the 1960's had the best defensive nickname, the "Fearsome Foursome," which described their front four of Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy.
While the Ravens defense has changed over the years, the face of it remains the same. Linebacker Ray Lewis is the common denominator over the history of the team and their defense. What would it take to get this unit recognized beyond it's reputation with a stylish nickname to be uttered among those listed above?
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