Ravens' focus may be on confusing rookie quarterback Geno Smith

November 20, 2013|By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun

The Ravens’ defensive game plan could revolve around trying to confuse Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who’s become a turnover machine during a rocky introduction to the NFL.

Smith has one touchdown pass and nine interceptions in the past five games. For the season, the former West Virginia star has eight touchdowns and 16 interceptions for a 65.1 quarterback rating.

“He’s definitely a quarterback with the potential to either win the game for them or give it away,” outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said.

Smith completed only 8 of 23 passes (34.8 percent) for 103 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions with two fumbles during a 37-14 loss to the Bills last week.

“Rookies do have their ups and downs,” strong safety James Ihedigbo said. “There’s a learning curve that organizations have to deal with as a quarterback matures. Nonetheless, he has a big-time arm.

“He can throw the ball on the run. He’s athletic. He can do some things with his feet, which defensively has hurt us in the past with quarterbacks getting out of the pocket.”

If the Ravens disguise coverage schemes and use elaborate blitz packages, there could be opportunities to exploit Smith’s inexperience.

“As a defense, we want to give him as many difficult looks as possible, really put pressure on him,” Ihedigbo said. “We’re going to kind of spin the wheel on him and see how he does in the game. As the flow of the game goes, that’s what we’ll adapt to.”

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