Did anyone notice in the Bengals game that Lardarius Webb was one of the best tacklers on the field? There is a lot of talk about the Ravens much maligned secondary and that it is time for Ravens to start the rookie cornerback Lardarius Webb. It might be risky to start Webb because he may get burned and be taken to task by opposing offensives. Another concern starting a rookie is that if he has a bad game it may hurt his development and hurt his confidence. However, Webb seems like he has the personality to deal with adversity. Webb has dealt with adversity in life, coming back from conduct issues in college to becoming a starting kick returner in the NFL. Surely, he can get over a few bad plays here and there.
Webb brings some positive intangibles that are missing to this Ravens secondary. Webb tackles well, he brings attitude and heart, he’s hungry to succeed. Some of these attributes are currently missing in the Ravens secondary. Another attribute Webb brings is an ability to attack and finish plays. Webb faced some top receivers in Sunday’s game and he seemed to fair pretty well in one-on-one coverage.
Tackling Ability—The Big Plays
This year the Ravens lack the intensity to swarm to the ball and make the initial tackle that’s why we are seeing the big plays. The old Ravens had the mentality of punishing any player with the football and that is what helped the Ravens gain a reputation as one of the toughest defenses. Webb may be not as intense in the intimidation department as former Ravens CB Chris McAlister, but he brings the ability to finish plays and looks to be more physical in tackling. Not only did Webb make tackles in Sunday’s game but he delivered some hits and one of those hits up ended running back Cedric Benson. With the exception of the Denver game, the Ravens secondary has lacked this intensity and hard hitting attitude. A player like Webb should help elevate his teammate’s level of play and mentality. It is time to start Lardarius Webb.