The fact that there's going to be a lot of new faces on defense in 2013 has been discussed many times here and in other places. There's no question the Ravens will look different on defense.
The big question is how long it will take the new faces to help bond into one group.
Even though Ray Lewis and Ed Reed had slowed down in 2012, they knew what to do and when to do it. They were able to do well at the right times even they though there certainly was trouble in spots, more than in previous years.
They were able to find success and help the defense be effective enough because each knew what the other needed. Now the question is how long it's going to take the new guys to come together and be able to do the same thing in 2013 and beyond.
However, the Ravens aren't looking at that with a kind of fear. Instead, they're excited about what could be happening in this season and beyond. There might be new faces, but they could bring new -- and maybe better -- results.
"It’s really exciting to have a lot of these new faces in, and a lot of names that you’ve heard around the league are on our team now," Haloti Ngata said when talking to the media last week. "So, it’s going to be pretty cool to see what we can do.”
The big question is how long it's going to take the defense to come together. In some situations, not much time is needed. Other times, it's not as easy. This just isn't something that can be predicted -- but it's probably one of the biggest questions hanging over the defense as 2013 approaches.