Originally Posted by Tailgate
I think the Ravens fans will agree that even though Ray Lewis is not exactly playing at a high level... having him back in there brings a TON of leadership and experience in handling that Pats offense.
Having no Cushing was a HUGE blow to our effeciency and ability to mix disguise xoverage/blitz packages. Our D looks entirely different with Cushing on the field and the Pats are a terrible matchup for any team having to start James and Ruud as your ILBs.
Ray at 37 isn't the same as Ray at 27- we all know that. he gets lost in coverage some times- he gets blown up by an athletic guard on the second level
But you exactly correct that his leadership is a very valuable tool.