The Ravens’ pass rush has been an area that many fans and media members have pointed to as a weak spot over the last few weeks.
Head coach John Harbaugh disagrees with that notion.
Coming out of a game in which the Ravens generated just one sack and two quarterback hits on 43 passing attempts by the Bills, Harbaugh said he believes that his team still did a good job putting pressure on Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
“I think we got good pressure in that game,” Harbaugh said. “It’s funny, it’s real easy to say, ‘We’ve got to get more pressure.’ Sure. We’ve got to get better coverage. Sure. We’ve got to stop the run better. Sure. All those things are true. But, if you look at the tape, the pressure is pretty darn good. He got hit a number of times. The ball was forced out quickly.
“If they’re going to throw the ball quickly, the idea of pressure is to force a quick outcome. So, we want to force a quick throw, because if we have an idea that the ball is going to come out quickly, it helps us in coverage. We can cover the quicker routes or he’s going to get hit. He got hit a number of times. I don’t think you saw him holding the ball, holding the ball waiting for routes to come open. Unfortunately, they got some guys open on vertical routes that they were able to make plays out of, and that’s what hurt us more than anything.”
The Ravens made improving the pass rush an area of emphasis this offseason, holding extra 1-on-1 drills between members of the front-seven and offensive linemen in training camp.
They brought in a new outside linebackers coach in Ted Monachino and added defensive end Cory Redding through free agency.
They also cut two of their top pass rushers from last season, defensive end Trevor Pryce and outside linebacker Antwan Barnes.
The results have been mixed. The Ravens have posted multiple sacks in four of their seven games this season, but have just 12 total sacks on the year. That total ranks 18th in the league.
Three teams - the Chargers, Titans and Giants - have at least twice as many sacks as the Ravens.
Coming out of the bye, the Ravens will face the Dolphins, who have allowed just 10 sacks on the season.