Hartwell takes an instant liking to new 3-4 plan

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Linebacker has two of team's eight sacks to go with four tackles

Ravens 12, Lions 6

August 10, 2002|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Ed Hartwell, in the first start of his two-year career, looked worthy of standing side by side with Ray Lewis.

Hartwell finished with four tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in the Ravens' 12-6 win over the Detroit Lions in front of 67,421 at Ravens Stadium last night.

The Ravens' new 3-4 defensive scheme has a number of inside linebacker blitzes, and Hartwell seemed to take advantage when his number was called.

Hartwell sacked Detroit quarterback Mike McMahon and forced a fumble on a third-and-six from the Lions' 31 in the second quarter. It was the first of eight sacks by the Ravens.

"[Defensive coordinator] Mike [Nolan] let us all get after the quarterback," Hartwell said. "This defense set the standard a long time ago, and we plan to live up to that standard for as long as this team is assembled."

Hartwell's next sack came late in the first half on a second-and-17 from the Lions' 41.

"I have a bond with the players I'm playing with," Hartwell said. "The worst thing to do is to think about too much out there. You just have to let it go and have fun."

More comfort

Running back Tellis Redmon looked more comfortable last night than he did a week ago at the scrimmage, but the results were still not eye-popping.

Redmon, starting in place of Jamal Lewis, rushed for 27 yards on 10 carries with his longest gain coming on an 11-yard first-quarter scamper. Redmon was one of the few players to see action in every quarter as he returned punts in the second half.

"Tellis Redmon covered punts, kickoff returns, ran the ball hard," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "I thought he held up real well."

Happy return

The Ravens pulled an early surprise by having cornerback Chris McAlister return the first punt of the night.

McAlister caught the ball near the sideline at the Ravens' 36 and gained 6 yards before getting tackled awkwardly out of bounds.

"Man, that felt great," McAlister said. "They took me out too early, didn't give me a chance to shine, but there's always next week."

Lamont Brightful, the top returner, had his shot at the next four and took one of them for 34 yards. The return setup a Matt Stover field goal that tied the game at 3 in the second quarter.

Tough time has passed

Edwin Mulitalo's first test came against one of the NFL's elite defensive ends in Robert Porcher, and the Ravens' new right tackle came away feeling the worst may be behind him.

Porcher nearly sacked quarterback Chris Redman twice, once in each of the Ravens' first two possessions. Both times, Porcher used swim moves to get inside Mulitalo, which put the converted guard off balance and Redman on the ground.

Mulitalo's most successful moment was his first, when he knocked Porcher down on the Ravens' initial play.

"It was good," Mulitalo said. "He beat me on the inside a couple of times, but my goal tonight was to not give up a sack. I gave up a couple of hurries but not a sack. Porcher hit Redman after he threw, and that's my responsibility.

"I was glad I had that opportunity to play against him to see what a defensive end in this league is all about."

Stating his case

Chad Williams is at least forcing the coaching staff into a tough decision.

Williams started in place of safety Ed Reed last night, who is running with the third-stringers after a nine-day holdout, and finished with three tackles and a pass defensed. Willliams left the game because of a strained hamstring.

"I've been working real hard in training camp," said Williams, who is confident he will not miss much playing time because of the injury. "It takes 11 guys to make a play, and I did my part."

End zone

Linebacker Andre Arnold (knee), cornerback Gary Baxter (leg), offensive lineman Ken Farrar (knee), linebacker Peter Boulware (ankle), running back Jamal Lewis (knee), end Michael McCrary (knee), running back Chester Taylor (leg) and end Tony Weaver (ankle) did not play last night. ... The Ravens introduced their new-look defense to the announced crowd of 67,421, with the first hit of the night coming from James Trapp - to the mascot as he was running through the tunnel. Ray Lewis and McAlister were the only starters introduced from a year ago.

Sun staff writer Mary Beth Kozak contributed to this article.

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