"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
Remember in 2008 when words like "Denard" and "Tate" didn't exist in our vocab since our top 2 QBs were none other than the gentleman below?
This picture provides perspective for the challenge our D faces. Aren't you glad RichRod didn't listen to the critics and put Threet/Sheridan under center in a pro-style offense? How invaluable was it that our OL and WRs learn the spread offense in 2008 to prep for what we now have in 2010?
While I do concede some things can be tweaked on D (like Roh looking lost on zone coverage vs. his strength of rushing the passer), we have to give RichRod time on defense. He made a swift move to fire Schafer for a reason. The jury may still be out on GERG and that's fine. But RichRod has brought in solid, young talent on D. If he can develop Lloyd's players (see Jr. Hemingway and Jonas Mouton), this D will grow up in time.
Regardless of how the D performs this Saturday or this year, I am positive we will have Denard/Roundtree/Lewan type all-stars on our D soon. Here's to hoping that young talent shines against Sparty this weekend.