"They get up in your face when they play quarters. They get up in your face when they play halves. And when they play [Cover 3], they're in your face," he said. "It's just the style they play."
At M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, the Cowboys will utilize an aggressive approach similar to the one the
For Baltimore to move the ball through the air against a top-ranked Dallas pass defense, Ravens wide receivers must shake free of physical Cowboys cornerbacks
But the burden of beating press coverage is not just on the wide receivers. The whole offense, including quarterback
His timing with his wideouts disrupted by cornerbacks
"If we get out there and run crisp routes and get the ball out of my hand and protect, that's how you beat it," Flacco said. "But if you get a little sloppy here and there and you aren't as precise with the ball, that's when you can let some of that tight underneath coverage get to you."
Harbaugh's staff and the players talked at length Monday about the need to make adjustments. Schematically, the Ravens may use more bunch and stack formations to try to pick cornerbacks within the rules — something the Chiefs offense crossed the line with and were flagged for last Sunday — and they could try to free up the wide receivers by running more crossing patterns.
Wide receivers coach Jim Hostler and veteran receiver
"You have to win those first 5 yards. It's really about the first 7 yards now," offensive coordinator
The wide receivers were also greeted Wednesday with press coverage from tall, long-armed cornerbacks
"We're going to see press coverage all year," wide receiver Jacoby Jones said. "We can run and teams are going to try to slow us up. That's what we're working on every day in practice."
They will need to be quick studies with the Cowboys coming to Baltimore this weekend.
After the Cowboys were victimized by long pass plays late in games last season, they were determined to upgrade their secondary this spring. They signed Carr, who is listed at 6-foot and 210 pounds, away from the Chiefs with a five-year, $50 million deal. Then they traded up eight spots to the sixth overall pick to draft Claiborne, who is 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, out of LSU.
"We felt like we just needed to get better on the back end. It's become such a passing league, and we just felt like it was important for us to allocate some resources to get those guys," Cowboys coach
The Cowboys have allowed 169.5 per game after surrendering 244.1 passing yards per game in 2011, which ranked 23rd in the
The Ravens believe there will be opportunities to exploit the aggressive press coverage if their offensive linemen can hold their blocks long enough for their speedy outside receivers to get out of a jam. That won't be easy against Cowboys pass rusher
"Part of what makes them a good pass defense is that they have a good pass rush," Flacco said.
Quick pressure with press coverage can throw off the quarterback's timing with his receivers. That happened at times in the 24-23 loss in Philadelphia in Week 2. With
But on one play, the offensive line held off the Philadelphia pass rush long enough for Flacco to connect with Jones, who outmuscled then outran Eagles cornerback
The Ravens receivers hope to replicate that play when the Cowboys get in their faces Sunday.
"You've got to bring it right back," wide receiver