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05-29-2012, 01:03 PM #16
05-29-2012, 03:14 PM #17
Re: A different thought about the D.......
2007, Jamal was not wearing purple for the first time in his career.
So that would be more of a reason why we would go to the pass more.
In 2008, what does any team do with a starting rookie quarterback?
You DO go with the run. But they were only able to do it because they had a three headed monster back there.
With McGahee, Rice and McClain. Offense scored a TD higher per game than in 2007.
Add in Ed Reed's 2nd best year at safety, 9 interceptions, 264 yards, and 2 TDs.
In 2007, Reed was out for 2 games.
AND, Heap was out for 10 games in 2007. But played all 16 in 2008.
So there are a number of factors.
And back to the original subject.
I believe that Ray and Ed bring more to the table than most defensive players throughout the NFL.
Ray Lewis maybe the paramount linebacker/leader of his generation.
There is also the experience level of both.
Both make plays because they see and process things at a different speed than most players throughout the league.
Polamalu had that early in his career and still does it from time to time.
Those kind of reactions and skills are god-given.
You can't coach that.
Recall Ray smacking Sproles in San Diego to end the game a couple years back.
Recall Reed making so many plays during the playoffs.
He didn't make many interceptions, but he sure was in the right place at the right time over and over again.
You can't coach those things. They were steps ahead when everyone is saying they are on their last legs.
All I know is, you can't replace that kind of experience, physical gifts, leadership, and their intangibles with just any decent player. Each one is capable of taking over a game or better yet, being the catalyst to raising the entire team's level of play with their words and actions.