Prior to the preseason, so much was expected of
McPhee eventually began the year as the starting end on the defense’s 3-4 front, but after six games, he gave way to
Jones' play – career highs in both sacks (4½) and tackles (47) – has relegated McPhee to rotating with Jones, but McPhee said he has no problem working with Jones.
"It's frustrating, but yeah, I love it now," he said.
McPhee said the primary reason is that he's been able to avoid the wear and tear that would normally come from starting all 16 games in the regular season. McPhee, who was deactivated for a four-game stretch in November, initially chafed at the idea of sitting, but has a much more grateful perspective in hindsight.
"[N]ow I'm healthier and I got the chance to help the team out on third-and-long and show some of the pass-rushing skills that I've got," he said. "Coach [defensive coordinator Dean Pees] is doing a good job with how he's rotating me in as far as certain packages, and that's keeping me fresh, keeping me healthier. So I've just got this routine that I'm sticking with, and it's helping me out a lot."
McPhee has been more of a force in the Ravens’ last two playoff contests. He sacked
McPhee is happy to contribute, but he said he's not getting crazy about his numbers just yet.