A Lesson For Ravens Cornerbacks

Cary Williams and Lardarius Webb had tough times with Kenny Britt, Nate Washington.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, September 18th, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Ryan Mink, Week 2 at Titans

For the second straight game, cornerback Lardarius Webb finished the Ravens’ game leading the team in tackles (10).

While Webb took pride in flying to the ball after the game, he also shook his head.

Because it also means he was thrown at a lot.

With the Titans’ running game stuffed, Tennessee went at the Ravens’ young starting cornerbacks Webb and Cary Williams and veteran Domonique Foxworth. And the enemy had a healthy amount of success.

Big-play wide receiver Kenny Britt caught nine passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. Titans’ No. 2 man Nate Washington hauled in seven passes for 99 yards.

Nine different Titans caught passes, but the Britt-Washington duo was particularly dangerous.

“It was a humbling experience, a humbling loss,” Williams said.

“Today we had some unfortunate things happen to us,” Webb added. “But this will make us stronger, days like this. We’re just going to keep working.”

The Ravens knew the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Britt, who notched five catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns last week against Jacksonville, was going to be a handful.

That’s why Williams requested to cover Britt during the week. Williams is 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, and presents bigger opposition.

But Britt’s explosiveness and physicality were tough to match up against.

Britt hauled in a 37-yard snare in the first quarter after he beat Williams with a fake. Britt also showed an aptitude to climb the ladder and make plays over the middle and outside.

He also used his big body to make plays throughout the afternoon.

One reception later in the first half, Britt lowered his head and bulldozed into linebacker Terrell Suggs, momentarily knocking him back a yard. With a four-inch, 35-pound advantage, Britt boxed out Foxworth for a 4-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.

“I just played poor technique,” said Williams.  That is all it was.  I should have pressed it and I didn’t.  I faded off.  When I looked back his hips were sinking and that is when I sunk my hips and he just took off.  It was a good route.  You are going to win some and you are going to lose some.  It is just about coming in next week to get it done.

Webb said Williams, who is in his first year starting after being a reserve for the first three years of his career, will grow from Sunday’s loss.

“This day gets Cary Williams better,” Webb said. “He needed a day like this, a day like this is what he can grow from. Having a good game like last week is not what gets us better. We just get everybody glorifying us. A week like this, this is where you see where your heart is.

“You’re going to stay down or you’re going to get up. Cary Williams, I just know he’s going to get up.”

The Ravens’ cornerbacks corps was also tested by a lack of depth.

Baltimore was without Chris Carr (hamstring) and rookie Jimmy Smith (ankle) due to their injuries. That led to the Ravens promoting cornerback Danny Gorrer from the practice squad. The Ravens went with Foxworth and safety Haruki Nakamura in nickel and dime situations.

“It would be nice to have [6-foot-2, 205-pound] Jimmy out there on a Kenny Britt to put his hands on him and work him,” Webb said.

“It would have been great, but the guys we got are just as good. Are we missing Chris Carr and Jimmy? Yes. But the guys we have just have to get better.”

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