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Ravens coach John Harbaugh wants to see improved play defensively

The Baltimore Ravens are known for their defense, but this season, they have not been as stout as usual on that side of the ball.

The Ravens currently rank 17th in the NFL in yards allowed and are tied for 10th in scoring defense. While that is hardly terrible, it is not satisfactory for head coach John Harbaugh, who wants to see a better defensive effort from his club moving forward:

“They need to be better,” John Harbaugh said, according to Daniel Oyefusi of The Baltimore Sun. “We need to get more pressure, more sacks from those guys. They’ll probably tell you they need more reps. I would say earn more reps.”

The fact that Baltimore is not as dominant defensively as it has been in previous years is not surprising given the fact the team lost Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Za’Darius Smith and Eric Weddle this offseason.

Those are all very difficult players to replace, so it’s no shock the Ravens may still need some time to jell.

Oddly enough, Baltimore’s 2-1 start has been spearheaded by its offense, as Lamar Jackson has been extraordinary over the first three weeks, propelling the Ravens to the No. 1-ranked offense in the league.

Of course, their two wins came against the lowly Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs this past weekend, but it’s still progress for an offense that struggled mightily at times in 2018.

Baltimore will now head back home to take on the Cleveland Browns this Sunday.