Jackson: Pass Rushers Need To Do Their Job

Former Ravens linebacker Brad Jackson said the sacks were there last year.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, June 19th, 2011 at 9:46 am | Categories: Ryan Mink

New Ravens Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano is expected to be more aggressive in bringing pressure to opposing offenses in 2011.

But former Ravens linebacker and local television/radio personality Brad Jackson feels the team’s pass-rush issue goes beyond scheme.

“What I saw from film was just guys not doing their jobs,” Jackson said. “The sacks were there, but they just weren’t making the play when you needed to.”

The Ravens recorded the fewest sacks in franchise history with 26 last season, despite Terrell Suggs having a Pro Bowl season and chipping in 11 himself.

Jackson said players sometimes didn’t maintain their positioning in Greg Mattison’s schemes, which would have opened up sacks for their teammates.

“Those kinds of things create doubt, and when doubt creeps in, it slows you down,” Jackson said.

“In our Super Bowl year we were so dominant on defense because we didn’t care who made the play. As long as the guy didn’t get three yards per play, we didn’t care about anything else.”

The Ravens have said they would like to add a pass rusher opposite Suggs, someone to help outside linebacker Jarret Johnson, who saw his sack numbers drop from six to 1.5 from 2010 to 2011.

The plan was for top draft pick Sergio Kindle to step into that role before he fractured his skull, leaving Johnson once again carrying the load.

“Jarret’s a tough guy, and I know Jarret is going to work his butt off because he knows how important it is for Terrell Suggs to apply pressure,” Jackson said.

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