The once-esteemed defense of the Baltimore Ravens is almost unrecognizable these days.
Many of the unit's most established players - including Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Lardarius Webb - have sustained serious injuries. Suggs missed first six games of the season on the sideline with a torn right Achillies tendon, returned for a half-dozen games and then sat out last week with a torn right biceps. Lewis has been sidelined since Oct. 14 with a torn right triceps, and Webb is out for the year with a torn ACL.
As a result, the Baltimore defense has been uncharacteristically porous this season, especially in the fourth quarter.
The Ravens are ranked 24th in total defense, which means their nine-year run of top-10 finishes is almost certainly over. Baltimore finished in the top 5 in run defense over the previous six years, but now its ranked 25th among 32 teams.
Although head coach John Harbaugh fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Monday, the Ravens' current two-game ...