Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said he wants to see the team’s offense continue to grow and mature, but not at the cost of his traditional smash-mouth defense.
The defense is stacked with perennial Pro Bowlers and All-Pros like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata and rising stars Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith and Cary Williams.
The offense is beginning to catch up, as four offensive players– running back Ray Rice, fullback Vonta Leach, left guard Ben Grubbs and right guard Marshal Yanda– were selected to this year’s Pro Bowl. Statistically, the offense held its own in the regular season, ranking 15th in total yards per game and 12th in points.
“We want to have a better offense, but if you flip the switch too quick, then you’re giving up 27 points per game,” Bisciotti said, via BaltimoreRavens.com. “So, I’m not going to be trading Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb for [Cardinals wide receiver Larry] Fitzgerald because that’s the quickest way to get there.”
The Ravens, who finished third in fewest points allowed per game for a third straight season, held Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to 239 passing yards and no touchdowns and intercepted him twice in the AFC Championship Game.
“What our defense did to Tom Brady is something that I want my defense to do to the Tom Bradys and the (Ben) Roethlisbergers of the world going forward, forever,” Bisciotti said.