Ravens mixing the run with the pass with more success
Could the reason the Ravens played better on defense be because of the man above?
Quite possibly. That's where defensive coordinator Dean Pees was for Sunday's 25-15 win at the Cleveland Browns -- in the coaches box and not on the sideline.
"We do plan on doing that going forward. That was Dean's idea. That's something Dean talked about after the game down in Houston," coach John Harbaugh said Monday, referring to the 43-13 bowout loss to the Houston Texans two weeks ago heading into the bye week.
"He'd actually brought it up with me a couple weeks before that, thinking maybe he'd be a little bit more comfortable doing it that way. There's a lot of different ways to do it. I think he feels good up there where he's got a little (better) view of everything. He can see what's going on and make some corrections."
Pees relays the signals to the other defensive coaches Don Martindale, Teryl Austin and Ted Monachino who are on the field.
They bounced back with a much better effort against Cleveland, which had won two of its previous three games.
One of the NFL's worst defenses, the Ravens held the Browns to 116 yards rushing, a significant improvement over the 207 per game they allowed in the previous three outings.
Trent Richardson had 76 yards in the first half against the Ravens (6-2), but he was held to 29 for the rest of the game.
There were plenty of other areas on the offensive side that needed fixing, too. The Ravens were just 5-for-14 on third downs and had trouble moving the ball in the second and third quarters as the Browns mounted a comeback to briefly lead 15-14.
"We're not as good a football team right now as we intend to be, or as we need to be," Harbaugh said. "We have a good record. We're very pleased with where we're at. I'm proud of our guys. That was a tough game."