As we await the results of an MRI that will determine if
We may not know what the future holds for Lewis for a while. Regardless, there are pressing concerns about how the Ravens will fare the rest of this season without Lewis patrolling the middle of their reeling defense.
Given all this uncertainty, I reached out to Gordon McGuinness of the fine football stats and analysis website Pro Football Focus to supply some relevant stats that might help frame some of the questions that the Ravens will have to answer if Lewis is sidelined.
QUESTION 1: HOW MUCH OF A DROP-OFF MIGHT THERE BE?
The play of Lewis started to catch the eye of national media last week, and Lewis struggled again Sunday as the
QUESTION 2: WILL McCLAIN BE A LIABILITY AGAINST THE PASS?
The Ravens rewarded McClain this spring with a three-year deal and he has started every game this season. But on average, he has only played a few more snaps than Ellerbe per game. That’s because the Ravens take him off the field in passing situations so that Ellerbe can play alongside Lewis in the team’s nickel package. But is McClain really a liability? According to McGuinness, McClain has actually graded out positively in coverage, though as was the case with Ellerbe’s grades against the run, it is a smaller sample size to evaluate. McClain has been targeted 10 times, allowing eight catches for 96 yards. He has broken up one pass.
QUESTION 3: WHAT WOULD McCLELLAN BRING TO THE TABLE?