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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
The Ravens' pass rush has been silenced, failing to record a sack and only hitting the quarterback five times during the past two games. Since sacking New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith three times on Nov. 24, the pass rush has slowed down. "I don't think it's a product of what people are doing differently," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "They're getting the ball out pretty quick. There haven't been a lot of downfield route type things. We had some maximum protection [Sunday]
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
When Terrell Suggs lifted himself off of Newton on the final play of the Panthers' first drive last Sunday, he thought his frustrating streak without a sack was finally over. He even did a little dance. However, he learned later that he only got credited for a half sack, sharing it with fellow outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil. “I'm definitely fighting the NFL on that,” Suggs said laughing. “I'm definitely sending [the tape] in.” Suggs didn't have a sack in the Ravens' first three games and he was also held without one for seven of the final eight games last year.
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By Matt Vensel | September 3, 2013
It would be totally forgivable if Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell cracked a smile when he pulled out his laser pointer in the offensive meeting room this week and aimed it at the Denver Broncos' defensive front. After all, defensive end Elvis Dumervil is now just down the hall from him after signing with the Ravens as a free agent this offseason and outside linebacker Von Miller is suspended for Thursday night's season opener. But Caldwell kept a straight face -- yes, the mild-mannered coordinator does smile sometimes, believe it or not -- when asked about a Denver pass rush that will be without the Broncos' top two sack-getters from 2012.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
The last thing a struggling passing offense needs is a matchup against a defense with a relentless pass rush. That's the scenario awaiting Towson (2-3 overall and 0-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association) when the Tigers play league rival Stony Brook at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Towson, which ranks 112th out of 121 Football Championship Subdivision teams in passing at 115.6 yards per game, meets a Seawolves defense that ranks sixth in the country in sacks with 17. But as coach Rob Ambrose pointed out, sacks aren't the only department in which Stony Brook fares well.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
The last thing a struggling passing offense needs is a matchup against a defense with a relentless pass rush. That's the scenario awaiting Towson (2-3 overall and 0-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association) when the Tigers play league rival Stony Brook at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Towson, which ranks 112th out of 121 Football Championship Subdivision teams in passing at 115.6 yards per game, meets a Seawolves defense that ranks sixth in the country in sacks with 17. But as coach Rob Ambrose pointed out, sacks aren't the only department in which Stony Brook fares well.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2010
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison asked Terrell Suggs what he knew about Brian St. Pierre just minutes after the Carolina Panthers surprisingly named the third-string journeyman their starting quarterback. "I know we're going to get after [him]," the Ravens linebacker shouted. Cranking up the Ravens' sluggish pass rush is certainly a priority in taking down St. Pierre and the crumbling Carolina Panthers (1-8) on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2012
In a span of three games, the Ravens' ability to collect sacks has gone from a deluge to a trickle. The defense recorded just three sacks in the team's final three games of the regular season after posting 45 in the first 13 contests. Only the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders had a worse showing over the same span with each defense compiling just two sacks. Opposing offenses have negated the Ravens' pass rush by adding a tight end or back to assist the offensive tackle against outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who set a career high with 14 sacks during the regular season.
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Mike Preston | November 29, 2010
Whenever there has been talk about the Ravens' lack of a pass rush, strong-side outside linebacker Jarret Johnson has taken it personally. The Ravens have gotten a strong season from outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has collapsed the pocket up the middle, but there hasn't been much contribution from the other side, or anywhere else for that matter. That has changed in the past two weeks. Johnson, in his eighth season out of Alabama, was second on the team in tackles with 10 in the Ravens' 17-10 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2010
Even though the Ravens did hint that they might be interested in acquiring Shawne Merriman if he cleared waivers Wednesday, the decision was quickly taken out of their hands when the Buffalo Bills claimed, agreeing to pay the rest of Merriman's $3.26 million salary. Just the fact that the team was discussing adding Merriman seems to be a sign that the Ravens are acknowledging they have to address their inability to sack the quarterback in recent weeks, but coach John Harbaugh repeated his assertion that Baltimore's pass rush has been better than people think.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
Ravens rookie free safety Terrence Brooks chased Robert Griffin III toward the right sideline on the Washington Redskins' first drive in the first quarter. Brooks accelerated as he pursued Griffin and fought through a stiff-arm attempt to shove the quarterback out of bounds for a sack and a loss of 4 yards. "RGIII tried to outrun me, he tried to stiff-arm me, and I take a lot of pride on playing fast and not letting anyone do that to me," Brooks said. "I wasn't even paying attention to who it was. I know what type of player he is, but you can't get caught up in names like that.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Former Pro Bowl outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil is hoping to crank up the Ravens' languishing pass rush. Through three games, the Ravens have recorded just three sacks with two of them registered by Dumervil during a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens (2-1) are tied for 27th in the NFL in sacks. Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs has zero sacks this season and just one sack in his past 11 games, the last one coming last December when he tagged down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
When the Ravens' pass rushers went after Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on Sunday, they got stonewalled by his blockers. The Ravens finished with zero sacks and zero quarterback hits in the 23-16 defeat, as Dalton had plenty of time to operate. The Ravens play the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight at M&T Bank Stadium and will need to generate pressure against star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. "Yeah, we got to do a better job of trying to get to him," said outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil,  who had one tackle in the opener.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
Ravens rookie free safety Terrence Brooks chased Robert Griffin III toward the right sideline on the Washington Redskins' first drive in the first quarter. Brooks accelerated as he pursued Griffin and fought through a stiff-arm attempt to shove the quarterback out of bounds for a sack and a loss of 4 yards. "RGIII tried to outrun me, he tried to stiff-arm me, and I take a lot of pride on playing fast and not letting anyone do that to me," Brooks said. "I wasn't even paying attention to who it was. I know what type of player he is, but you can't get caught up in names like that.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Standing at his locker Monday night after a practice spent chasing down running backs and quarterbacks, Courtney Upshaw brooded about a few plays that had eluded him. Visibly tired, Upshaw shook his head. “I've got to do better,” he said. “We all know I've got to improve. Every year, I want to get better. That's what it's all about.” Quiet and introspective, Upshaw is keenly aware of his NFL reputation - but looking to burnish it. The Ravens' burly strong-side linebacker is known as a stout run stopper whose toughness keeps running backs from scampering outside for first downs.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
After harassing quarterbacks for most of the season, the Ravens have totaled just three sacks in their past four games. Rediscovering their once potent pass rush won't be easy against the Cincinnati Bengals. Third-year Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who has thrown for 31 touchdowns and 4,015 passing yards this season, has only been sacked 29 times, partly because he has one of the NFL's fastest releases. This season, Dalton on average has attempted a pass within 2.23 seconds of the snap in Cincinnati's West Coast passing attack, according to Pro Football Focus.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
The Ravens' pass rush has been silenced, failing to record a sack and only hitting the quarterback five times during the past two games. Since sacking New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith three times on Nov. 24, the pass rush has slowed down. "I don't think it's a product of what people are doing differently," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "They're getting the ball out pretty quick. There haven't been a lot of downfield route type things. We had some maximum protection [Sunday]
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Morgan State ranks second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference against the pass, allowing just 146.1 yards per game through the air. But the lofty ranking masks a troubling issue. The Bears (2-6, 2-2 MEAC) have just 11 sacks this season, fewest in the league. At their current rate, they are on pace to finish 2013 with 16 1/2 sacks. The defense failed to get to Howard junior quarterback Greg McGhee during Morgan State's 28-14 loss to the Bison last Saturday, and coach Donald Hill-Eley said passers like McGhee are becoming faster and more adept at getting the ball out of their hands.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2000
In an effort to increase the pass rush from the defensive tackle position, the Ravens have contacted the agent for Seattle Seahawks unrestricted free agent Sam Adams and are expecting a visit from the sixth-year veteran next week. Adams, 6 feet 3 and 300 pounds, would not only improve the team's pass rush but also provide insurance for the Ravens in the future. Starting tackle Tony Siragusa, who has one year left on his contract, is lobbying for a contract extension, and there could be problems heading into training camp in mid-July.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Towson has faced some of the top offenses in the Football Championship Subdivision and slowed high-powered opponents like Delaware, New Hampshire and Richmond en route to victories. But Saturday's second-round game of the NCAA tournament at Johnny Unitas Stadium may bring a different challenge. Fordham (12-1) ranks first in the FBS in completion percentage (70.4) and fourth in average yards (358.3). The aerial attack has helped the Rams rank 12th in scoring, averaging 38.3 points per game.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
Pro Bowl outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil entered Sunday with a combined 17 sacks, but were stonewalled by the Bears' offensive line. They combined for just one tackle and no sacks. “They were chipping the edges quite a bit,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “That had a lot to do with it. It was a tough pass rush day as far as the field conditions. But they were chipping the edges for the most part all day, then getting guys out.” Dumervil also was flagged for unnecessary roughness when he shoved Bears quarterback Josh McCown to the ground in the fourth quarter.
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