While all the talk surrounding the Baltimore Ravens is the impending retirement of future hall-of-fame linebacker Ray Lewis, safety Ed Reed says he’ll be playing next year. It could be the case of Reed simply silencing the media from making this a story, as it would be easy to see Reed hang up his cleats if the Ravens win next Sunday and he is able to ride off into the sunset as a Super Bowl champion.
With Ray Horton leaving the Arizona Cardinals and being brought in as the Cleveland Browns’ new defensive coordinator, a switch to the 3-4 defense will likely occur, One current Brown and former Bengal who this could be bad news for is defensive end Frostee Rucker, who has never played in a 3-4 defense:
I am uncertain of how good a fit Frostee Rucker is for a 3-4 defense. Rucker has held up well in the run game as a base defensive end in a 4-3 throughout his career, but the double teams he will face in a 3-4 are a different animal. Rucker’s best fit, position-wise, is undoubtedly as a 5-technique. Rucker will probably be in the mix with Billy Winn to start at 5-technique, but I give Winn the edge due to the fact that he is much more stout at the point of attack