Secondary drops chance

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

On 3-interception night, Ravens, Reed could've had many more

December 21, 2005|By BRENT JONES | BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER

After dissecting one of the most complete victories in his seven-year tenure, Ravens coach Brian Billick determined only one unit may need to put in some extra work at practice this week.

Time for members of the secondary to hit the ball-catching machine.

"We did a good job of knocking down some interceptions," Billick said. "They had some fun with it. Hopefully they can go to the next step."

The Ravens did capitalize on a few chances, picking off Green Bay Packers quarterbacks three times - one better than the total this season for the secondary heading into the game - in the team's 48-3 win Monday night.

But at least four other opportunities for interceptions were dropped, including three by safety Ed Reed.

Instead of getting his first interception of the season, Reed had to settle for four broken-up passes.

"With each week, it feels better and better or he's managing the pain better and better," Billick said of Reed, who missed six games with a high ankle sprain. "He knows what to expect. Again, the proverbial high ankle sprain never heals until the end of the season."

With Reed as healthy as he has been since the start of the season, the Ravens' secondary did not have the communication breakdowns that plagued the squad in his absence, limiting Favre to 14 completions on 29 attempts.

The Packers' best touchdown chance came from backup Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter. Rodgers' pass from the Ravens' 13 was picked off by Chad Williams. Samari Rolle and Deion Sanders also had interceptions earlier.

"It was nice just to see everything come together and just execute as a team," cornerback Chris McAlister said.

Help for Heap?

A once overstocked tight end position could be down to just Todd Heap for Sunday night's game against Minnesota. Backup Darnell Dinkins injured his ankle in the second quarter and did not return. The Ravens will know more about his progress and that of Dan Wilcox, who missed the game with an ankle injury, later this week.

Full of fright

A throwaway comment by Billick probably made Jamal Lewis' heart skip a beat.

Billick, so impressed by Lewis' key block on an 11-yard touchdown run by Mark Clayton, joked about a position change.

"When he came running off, I told him he was a hell of a looking fullback to me," Billick said. "It actually scared the hell out of him."

Lewis has played about three snaps at fullback this season.

brent.jones@baltsun.com

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