This week’s Watch it Wednesday is actually a Tape Thursday due to some scheduling conflicts. I was honored to join Coach Vass, who is a defensive consultant at the collegiate and high school level, in breaking down the schemes that Ravens mastermind defensive coordinator Wink Martindale deployed to shut down Justin Herbert and the Chargers high powered offense.
I would recommend watching that video, as well as my own, to get into detail in the shortcomings that the Chargers had when attacking the Ravens defense.
DeShon Elliott getting healthy and inserting Josh Bynes into the defensive lineups were imperative for the Ravens defense. With Elliott, the Ravens have six defensive backs that have spent at least three years in Martindale’s defense. That kind of continuity combined with talent is rare in the NFL, and it paid dividends for the Ravens Sunday.
Offensively, the Ravens overpowered the Chargers defensive front, who struggled to win the line of scrimmage at all. Patrick Ricard, Ben Powers, Patrick Mekari, Alejandro Villanueva, Bradley Bozeman, Kevin Zeitler, Eric Tomlinson and company wrecked shop in the first half, continuously clearing easy running lanes for the Ravens ball carriers. Greg Roman also put the ball into Devin Duvernay’s hands on manufactured touches three times, all of which were fruitful.
Without further adieu . . . this week’s film breakdown.