Originally posted on Ravens Football Machine  |  Last updated 4/30/13
Tired of hearing all the old cliches about how the Ravens are slowing and aging on defense? Well now you don't have to put up with it... The Ravens made it a priority both in free agency and the draft  to add fast players that could cover the entire field. They wanted edge rushers who can get after the quarterbacks, safeties that can roam the middle of the field and guard athletic tight ends, interior linemen that can play multiple positions, and inside linebackers that can run sideline-to-sideline. “Speed is important,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said at the conclusion of this year’s draft. “We want a big, fast, physical, tough, smart, disciplined football team. That’s what we want to be.” They took hard-hitting safety Matt Elam in the first round, adding a player with strong coverage skills who can also come up and defend the run. “The thing that I think we all like about Matt is his speed,” General Manager Ozzie Newsome said. The Ravens followed up the Elam ...
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