Ravens Move on Without Jimmy Smith
As if two consecutive division game losses wasn’t enough, the Ravens got devastating news today. Baltimore will be without one of their best players, Jimmy Smith, who had season ending surgery. Smith’s absence was felt majorly in the Ravens loss in Pittsburgh. The Ravens have quite the challenge in front of them. This was the one player the Ravens defense could not lose, as their secondary was already thin.
The Ravens have no answer in terms of personnel. They will lean on the players they have. Ladarius Webb is a good corner. The Ravens promoted Tramain Jacobs from the practice squad and signed Danny Gorrrer off waivers. These players will help with depth and fill the nickel position. There is no replacing a top tier corner like Jimmy Smith at this point in the season.
With no answer on the depth chart, it is up to Dean Pees to make up for it schematically. Expect a heavy dose of zone blitzing from Baltimore’s defense. The Ravens need to get pass rush to compensate for their struggling secondary. They also have very few players who can hold their own in man coverage with top NFL pass catchers.
The expectations should not be all that high for the Ravens defensive unit. The Ravens have to play Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers and Ryan Tannehill in the coming weeks. The schedule looks a little tougher, knowing Smith will miss each game. The offense will very likely have to carry the team.
The Ravens play in Baltimore this Sunday against Tennessee. We will certainly see how resilient this team is. They are definitely due for some good news.