Off-season challenges remain for Ravens

Off-season challenges remain for Ravens
March 27, 2013, 11:30 am
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The Ravens are rebuilding their defense for 2013.

The question now is how far they are going to go this off-season to do it.

Right now, the one area that certainly looks much stronger is the pass rush, something that fell off at times last season. When you can't get to the quarterback, he can pick you apart. Several quarterbacks did several times, but it's doubtful that will happen with Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs in the house and ready to rush the passer.

What is Ozzie Newsome going to do to replace the inside linebackers? Ray Lewis is gone. So is Dannell Ellerbe. The Ravens will have to make a decision as to who fills those holes.

Josh Bynes showed some flashes of good things when he got some playing time in 2012. Do the Ravens feel comfortable enough to let him be a regular? Or are they going to try for another experienced linebacker? They could also try and pick someone high in the draft and use that player as the person to fill the hole.

The situation in the secondary was very much the same. But with the news today that the Ravens have signed a three-year deal with former Oakland Raiders safety Michael Huff, Baltimore has an immediate starter to help replace Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard. Reed certainly wasn't what he once was, but he's still better than most in the NFL. Pollard was a solid safety that will be missed. 

In the end, the Ravens have plenty of time before going to camp, and this is a team that a lot of players want to come to. Will they be able to completely re-tool the defense this off-season? It's a daunting task, but the Ravens are giving it a shot.