Over the past couple of weeks, the Ravens have found their best Safety combination in Will Hill and Jeromy Miles. Hill and Miles have been playing a majority of the defensive snaps with SS Darian Stewart as the back-up Safety for Miles. This allows Defensive Coordinator, Dean Pees, to utilize 2 deep safeties while the front four goes after the Quarterback. By rushing four and dropping seven into coverage, the Ravens can protect their inexperienced corners while forcing the Quarterback to throw underneath to the flat or check down receiver.

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Cover 2 Defense

The key to this defensive scheme is the pass rush of the front four. Over the last 4 games against Baltimore, opposing Quarterbacks are under pressure an average of 42% against total dropbacks. Let’s look at a couple of plays against the Dolphins where pressure by the front four and two deep Safeties helped the Defense.

QB Sack

Pressure generated by the front four lead to a sack.

Checkdown due to coverage

Safety help up top forces Tannehill to throw to his check down receiver.

Checkdown throw

Safety help up top in conjunction with pressure from the front four leads to a hurried throw to the check down receiver.

Nadeem Kureishy
Nadeem Kureishy

Nadeem was born and raised in Baltimore and now lives in Chicago with his wife and two kids. He is a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland with a degree in Engineering. Nadeem started to write about the Ravens in 2013 for his site Ravens Film Review, and progressing to work for I Hate JJ Redick. and later Russell Street Report.