Pass rush un­der pres­sure

Ravens search­ing for ways to fix sud­den drop-off in sacks, QB hits

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Ed­ward Lee

Ter­rell Suggs knew why the ques­tion was be­ing asked. How can you make the in­con­sis­tent pass rush more con­sis­tent?

“That’s a shot, right?” replied the ven­er­a­ble Ravens out­side line­backer who is the fran­chise’s all-time leader in sacks with 1171⁄ “That’s like a direct shot, right?”

The re­sponse drew laughs, but there has been lit­tle mirth among de­fen­sive play­ers and coaches re­gard­ing the sud­den drop-off in sacks and pres­sures in the team’s past two games — back-to-back losses to the Jack­sonville Jaguars and the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers.

In sea­son-open­ing wins against the Cincin­nati Ben­gals and Cleve­land Browns, the unit amassed eight sacks and six ad­di­tional quar­ter­back hits while in­ter­cept­ing eight passes and al­low­ing only 437 pass­ing yards and one pass­ing touch­down.

In the past two set­backs, the de­fense has pro­duced one sack and nine ad­di­tional quar­ter­back hits while mak­ing one in­ter­cep­tion and sur­ren­der­ing 452 pass­ing yards and five touch­down passes.

De­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Dean Pees, who re­jected crit­i­cism about his unit af­ter the Sun­day, 4:05 p.m. TV: Ch. 13 Ra­dio: 97.9 FM, 1090 AM Line: Raiders by 3 44-7 loss to Jack­sonville in Lon­don on Sept. 24, had a sim­pli­fied an­swer for how to hone the pass rush.

“I’m con­cerned be­cause we’ve got to have the pass rush, but we just got to coach

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