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Defensive coordinator Dean Pees credited Canady’s progress to his willingness to learn while he was recovering from injuries.
“The thing that he did was, he stayed kind of in touch and hands-on in the classroom with everything that we were doing,” Pees said Thursday. “Sometimes guys get injured, and they wander away a little bit. I mean, they’re there, but they’re not because they’re not going to play. The good thing about him was I remember a couple times being so impressed that he couldn’t play and he was hurt, but he was taking notes on things that we were talking about at the nickel spot or corner spot. What happens is that stuff all pays off down the road. When you come back, you’re a little bit further ahead than maybe somebody else was that maybe didn’t do all of that stuff. He’s a very conscientious guy that plays hard, and to me, that’s kind of why, kind of who he is. I’ve been very impressed with him.”
In Week 1 in Cincinnati, the Ravens forced five turnovers and racked up five sacks in a 20-0 win. It was the first of Baltimore’s three shutouts this season, and a launching pad for an already confident unit.
A lot of time has passed since then, but heading into a Week 17 rematch against the Bengals, the Ravens defense is looking to finish the same way it started.
Over the last three weeks, the Patriots have looked very beatable; losing to Miami, narrowly avoiding defeat against Pittsburgh and struggling for the better part of three quarters against Buffalo. Flip to Pittsburgh, a team that the Ravens scored 38 points on, and narrowly lost against and the AFC looks wide open. Jacksonville, a team that embarrassed the Ravens early in the season, gave up over 30 points to the 49ers last week in a loss and Kansas City went on a major losing streak in the middle of the season where they struggled defensively.
The Ravens obviously have their own issues of inconsistency, scoring 38 against Pittsburgh, but narrowly avoiding defeat against the struggling Colts. We’ve all heard the phrase “Any given Sunday,” but this year, more than others, that seems to be a motto that can provide hope to any team that enters the playoff field.
After Weddle responded that the entire team has a lot invested in the Week 16 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, Newsome clarified himself once again.
"You better bring it and you better have everyone ready because you have a $1 million bucks riding on this game," Newsome said.
That's when Weddle learned that he was closing in on a seven-figure incentive. His contract states that he gets an additional $1 million if he makes the Pro Bowl on the original ballot and the Ravens get to the playoffs in the same season.