Can Ravens pass rush unnerve Browns QB Campbell?

Can Ravens pass rush unnerve Browns QB Campbell?
November 2, 2013, 7:00 am
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EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens on Saturday, as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Browns.

Two-minute topic: Can the Ravens’ pass rush unnerve Browns quarterback Jason Campbell?

The Browns’ decision to play Campbell at quarterback instead of Brandon Weeden is helping their passing attack. Campbell played with confidence in last week’s loss to the Chiefs, completing 22 of 36 passes for 293 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Another telling stat was that Campbell was only sacked once against a Chiefs team that leads the NFL in sacks. The Browns’ offensive line played well, but Campbell also did an excellent job reading the defense and getting rid of the ball quickly.

“One of the knocks that’s always been on him a little bit is that he held the ball too long and waited until guys got open to throw,” said Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees. “I didn’t see that in that game. I think (Browns offensive coordinator) Norv (Turner) and whoever is coaching him did a great job. He got the ball out quick; the ball was on target.”

The Ravens are tied for fifth in the league with 25 sacks, and their pass rush has the potential to get even better if they can improve in two areas – stopping the run, and getting early leads. The Ravens would love to make the Browns play catch up, and put Campbell in obvious passing situations.

In Week 2, the Ravens sacked Weeded five times and dominated the game at times with their pass rush. Having the same success against Campbell on Sunday will be far more difficult.

Morning thought: “I’m very, very pleased with what Elvis (Dumervil) has given us on defense. Like I said, he’s what was advertised.” – Pees, talking about Dumervil, who has 5 ½ sacks this season.

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