Reed, DBs Could Get More Sacks

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora expects a more creative and aggressive defense in 2011.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, June 20th, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Could we see Ed Reed making more plays in opponents’ backfields in 2011?

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora expects so, citing two main reasons.

First, he believes rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith may allow the Ravens’ defense more flexibility. Second, he envisions new Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano being more creative in putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

“I think you could see more sacks coming out of the defensive secondary than we’ve seen maybe since Rex Ryan was here,” La Canfora told BaltimoreRavens.com.

“Maybe Ed Reed gets a little more involved or maybe Dawan [Landry] gets a little more involved.”

Last year the Ravens netted a franchise-low 26 sacks. Only one came from the defensive backfield, as Landry notched a sack in Week 3 against Cleveland.

However, the Ravens do have some talented pass rushers in the secondary.

Reed is a playmaker wherever he lines up, and his blitzing potential was seen in 2004 against the Washington Redskins when he blitzed then-Skins quarterback Mark Brunell and caused a fumble, which he recovered and returned 22 yards for a touchdown.

The ball-hawking safety only has one sack in the past six seasons, however, coming in 2008 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cornerback Chris Carr, who is currently slated to be an unrestricted free agent, had 1.5 sacks in 2009. Safety Haruki Nakamura is also quick to get to quarterbacks and would occasionally come off the edge last season to apply pressure. He hasn’t yet notched a sack in his three-year career.

But with Pagano at the helm, there could be different ways of getting clean looks at opponents, La Canfora said.

“I expect them to be a lot more creative and aggressive defensively,” La Canfora said.

“If Jimmy Smith is Chris McAlister or Darrelle Revis – and I’m not saying he is – but if he’s able to fill that role of a big, tall shutdown corner in a more aggressive version of the Ravens defense, maybe that opens things up.”

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