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Eric Weddle: ‘We’ll Present Problems for the Offense’

May 31, 2018 - 12:39 pm

By Joe Schiller

Of all the changes the Baltimore Ravens have made this offseason, none might be more noticeable than at the defensive coordinator position. After spending the last six seasons as the team’s linebackers coach, Don “Wink” Martindale takes over duties at the helm of the defense. While it’s an in-house change, the hiring presents a fresh start.

The Ravens were a stout defensive team during Pees’ tenure but failed to capitalize when it mattered most. Pees’ legacy in Baltimore was tainted with last-second lapses and game-winning blows from Antonio Brown and Tyler Boyd that effectively knocked the Ravens out of the postseason.

Martindale will look to change the defensive mindset, offering a more aggressive approach and allowing more freedom for the personnel to make changes on the fly. Dubbed as “player’s coach,” the approval rating is high from the defense heading into the 2018 season.

Veteran safety Eric Weddle appeared on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football and spoke on the changes and new defensive mentality.

“Wink taking over for us was great as a defense,” said Weddle. “For me coming in, I thought it was going to be the same old offseason, going over the same stuff but it’s really been a challenge for me and as veterans, to be challenged is what we need… the older guys, C.J., Siz and myself are able to change it up to give the offense a different look and we’ll present problems for the offense.”

Weddle isn’t the only one speaking out. Brandon Williams, Matt Judon and Marlon Humphrey offered similar praises during the team’s OTAs press conference last week.

The Ravens have missed the playoffs four of the last five years and as mentioned before, two of those have fallen on the shoulders of the defense. They've had players perform at a Pro Bowl level but have yet to do that as a cohesive unit. With new changes laid out, they'll to bring that to fruition this season.