Many head coaches in the NFL are very bland and vanilla when talking about upcoming opponents. But San Diego head coach Norv Turner made it known how much the Baltimore Ravens’ defense has impressed him.
When Turner addressed the San Diego media Monday, he didn’t shy away from what he’s seen in his first looks at the Ravens’ defense.
“They’re as talented as any team in the league,” Turner said, according to CSNWashington.com. “They’ve obviously the best defense in the league, in my mind.”
Turner, currently in his fifth-year as Chargers head coach, said two big reasons for the Ravens’ success defensively, is because they play physical football and get off the field on third downs.
Well, for Turner and the Chargers’ offense, they are going to have to figure out a way to avoid as many third-down situations as possible, because the Ravens’ defense has been very stout, especially on third-downs, throughout the season. The Ravens’ defense ranks first in third-down efficiency, allowing opposing offenses to convert on just 28.7 percent of their third-down chances.
“They’re great on third down…they’re a great pass-rushing group,” Turner said. “They’re able to keep the ball away from you and limit the number of opportunities you have against them. It’s going to be a physical challenge for all our players.”
Also, Turner noticed how much more depth the Ravens possess on the defensive line this season, than in years past. Baltimore is getting solid contributions from young players like Arthur Jones, Paul Kruger and Pernell McPhee.
Those three, along with veteran pass-rushers Cory Redding, Haloti Ngata, Jarrett Johnson and Terrell Suggs are the main reason why the Ravens lead the NFL in sacks with 45, and it’s something the Chargers aren’t taking lightly.