The 2011 Baltimore Ravens defense is looking to making its own mark in this year’s postseason.
In 2000, when Baltimore defeated the New York Giants, 34-7 in Super Bowl 35, the Ravens had pound-for-pound the greatest defensive unit off all time. So any good defense in Baltimore is going to draw comparison’s to the unit that carried the Ravens to their first Lombardi Trophy.
This year’s defense has been stout for much of the season and wants people to remember them for their accomplishments.
“As good as they were as a defense, [they] set the bar that we are always shooting at,” linebacker Jarret Johnson said, via CSNBaltimore.com. “But our championship run is not affected or anything by the 2000 team. We definitely want to have our own championship.”
The defense has struggled at times this season, but so did the 2000 team. This season, the Ravens defense finished the regular season ranked in the top five of a multitude of categories, which shows their dominance.
Baltimore ranked second overall in rushing yards allowed per game (92.6), third in overall yards per game (288.9), third in fewest points allowed per game (16.6) and fourth in passing yards allowed per game (196.3).
All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis is the only player that remains from the 2000 team. Earlier this week, he said that there are players on this year’s team that remind him of those on the 2000 team, and he added he likes the way this defense is playing.
This year’s defense wants a championship they can call theirs. And Johnson said that even though the 2000 team was something special, this year’s team is a different team.
“We want our own ring,” Johnson said. “We have only one guy who was on that team. We want our own ring.”