Report card: Defense/special teams

Report card: Defense/special teams
November 4, 2013, 10:45 am
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Frustration builds in Ravens' locker room

It was a rough day for the Ravens on Sunday as they dropped their third consecutive game. Here's a quick report card on defense and special teams.

DEFENSIVE LINE: B+

They did a very good job of shutting down the Cleveland running game. Haloti Ngata and Arthur Jones each had four tackles as the Browns could not run at all between the tackles. The Browns didn't get a run longer than 12 yards and that forced Jason Campbell to do more with the passing game. If the Browns were able to run, this could have been a longer afternoon.

LINEBACKERS: C+

They were up and down again. Daryl Smith (nine tackles, one sack) and Terrell Suggs (seven tackles, one sack) found their ways to the ball, but the Browns kept finding ways to move the ball. Pass coverage again was an issue -- especially short passes. Campbell did a good job of free-lancing at times, which made coverage tougher.

SECONDARY: D

There were problems here, there and everywhere. Lardarius Webb again is being picked on and having some trouble. The Ravens are simply giving up too many passes and aren't able to stop opposing teams with both short and long passes. That's why they can't get the ball back. Campbell wound up looking more like a big-name quarterback, something that's happened all year long.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C

Tandon Doss' fumble on a punt return handed the Browns seven easy points. Doss did have a few good returns that helped the offense, though. Sam Koch's punting again caused trouble as he had one very poor kick that didn't push the Browns back far enough deep late in the fourth quarter. Coach John Harbaugh said Koch keeps having a bad kick each week, something the Ravens need to correct.