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The 350.9 yards the Ravens allowed per game was the second highest total in franchise history, beating only the inaugural 1996 team, which allowed 368.1 yards per game and ranked 30thin the NFL. Against the run, long one of the team's strengths, the Ravens surrendered a franchise-worst 122.8 yards per game. The 228.1 passing yards the Ravens allowed per contest was also the second highest total in franchise history.
Gone from that group are linebackers
In are linebackers
"I would never compare it," defensive coordinator Dean Pees said yesterday. "I can tell you that after the 16th game of the season next year. It's really always unfair to say ahead of time what the defense is going to be. We have to be better than we were last year. We were good in the playoffs – good enough – but we weren't good enough during the season for us to be the kind of defense that we want to be. We have to be better than we were a year ago, I'll put it that way. I don't know whether we will be, but we need to be."
Following the end of the second of three weeks of organized team activities, Pees seemed pleased with what he has seen so far. His current defense is certainly much younger as the four oldest members of last year's defense – Lewis, reserve linebacker
That's expected to translate into the Ravens being a much quicker defense though that remains a work-in progress, according to Pees.
"Sometimes it looks faster in certain situations. Sometimes it looks a little slower, because if a guy doesn't exactly know the defense real well, he might be a little hesitant, because he's trying to think what he is supposed to be doing and sometimes that makes him look slower," Pees said. "If it's something that we have been doing here for the whole football school and football OTAs, if it's something that they really know well, yes, it seems like it goes pretty fast. But there are also times when it looks pretty slow to me when guys don't exactly know what to do."
Pees reiterated that the team will miss all the players that it lost this offseason but he expects new standouts to emerge.