Saints preparing for elite Ravens pass rush

Saints preparing for elite Ravens pass rush
Sean Payton and Drew Brees must be ready for Ravens pass rush (Source: WVUE/Mark Lagrange) (Mark Lagrange)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - It’s a stat you don’t normally see, especially in today’s NFL. When the Ravens faced the Titans last week, Baltimore sacked Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota 11 times.

The Saints have certainly taken notice.

Drew Brees talks to the media before week seven's match-up against the Ravens.

“They got a lot of good pass rushers,” Drew Brees said. “So a lot of good matchups for them. It’s obviously something that they’ve done well for a very long time. They do it well with their defensive line -- their front four so to speak. And then, obviously, from the linebacker position as well. It’s a 3-4 structure, so bigger body guys, powerful. Feel like that’s been their scheme for a really long time.”

It really doesn’t matter who they plug in, for years the Ravens defense is one that always has that same identity.

“Schematically, it’s proven," Saints left tackle Terron Armstead said. "They do some things that are just different, unorthodox, when compared to the rest of the league and it’s tough as for identifying who’s coming and who’s not. So you get some guys going free. You get defensive ends dropping that get paid to rush and you get safeties rushing that get paid to drop. Those types of things can get a little bit grey.”

Brees is well aware of the Ravens pass rush. In fact, the last time he faced them in 2014, he was sacked four different times.

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