The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. Each week, I hope to chat with one of them in a regular feature called Blogger on Blogger. This week, I exchanged emails with Chris Worthington, who blogs about the
MV: The Ravens made a splash Sunday, agreeing to terms with
CW: My initial thought is that this is a very good signing for the Ravens. The defense has notoriously struggled to get to the quarterback the past few seasons, and Dumervil should provide help in that regard. It also eases the pain of losing
MV: Overall, do you like the direction the Ravens are heading on defense after an up-and-down 2012 season? Outside of the Dumervil deal, it seems the plan is to get younger on that side of the ball.
CW: I do think the Ravens are moving in the right direction on defense.
MV: Which offseason departure will sting the Ravens most in 2013?
CW: At this point, I'd have to say losing
MV: With the
CW: I've always been a fan of taking the best player available. Shoring up some of our needs in free agency makes this philosophy easier to follow. If we hadn't addressed the defense at all in free agency, then we might have been forced to draft for need. That said, there is a lot of depth at safety this year, and if one of the good safeties also happens to be the best player on the board at the end of the first round, then that seems like a perfect match.
MV: Do you think drafting an inside linebacker in the first round makes sense? I'm of the opinion that in today's
CW: I'm not going to put up much of a fight; I don't disagree with you. I suppose it depends on the particular linebacker and how great the need for an inside linebacker is. It's clearly one area of need for the Ravens this year, but I don't see any reason to reach for one. The Ravens are historically good at grooming under-the-radar guys on defense, especially at linebacker. Ellerbe and McClain and