Found September 12, 2013 on Football Extra Points:
In the week leading up to the Broncos Ravens rematch, the focus was on the Broncos changed defense.  The Broncos lost Elvis Dumervil in an off-season signing to the Ravens, Champ Bailey was out due to injury, and Von Miller was suspended.  All true, but I kept wondering why no one was mentioning the changed Ravens defense. Didn’t anyone notice that the Ravens lost Ray Lewis to retirement and Ed Reed to the Houston Texans?  On a purely statistical level, Lewis in 2012 was not the player he once was.  But how can we measure the emotional impact he had on the defense, especially during the playoffs?  The same can be said of Reed.  He’s not as flashy or attention-grabbing as Lewis, but in the locker room he is just as respected as Lewis, maybe more so. And although he’s slowed on the field, quarterbacks still generally avoided throwing in his direction.  Daryl Smith, a nine-year veteran with the Jaguars, replaced Lewis.  He finished the game with four tackles and two pass d...
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