OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens do not intend to alter their blitz-heavy methods towards Buffalo Payments quarterback Josh Allen, who was among the many finest at dealing with stress this season.
Heading into Saturday’s AFC divisional recreation, the Ravens have blitzed an NFL-high 41% of the time. Allen has thrived towards the blitz, throwing a league-high 19 landing passes towards stress.
For some defenses, this might be trigger for concern — however apparently not for Baltimore.
“He is aware of that there’s going to be stress, that is for certain,” Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale mentioned Wednesday. “That is who we’re. That is what we have performed.”
Allen was named to his first Professional Bowl this season after turning into the primary quarterback to surpass 4,500 yards passing, 35 landing passes and 5 dashing touchdowns in a single season. At 6-foot-5, 237 kilos, Allen has the power to shake off pass-rushers and beat defenses with deep downfield passes.
In discussing Allen together with his defensive teaching workers, Martindale described the problem of dealing with the quarterback like this: “He is a younger Ben Roethlisberger due to his measurement and the way he extends performs with [Dan] Marino’s arm.”
Allen had one of many worst video games of his three-year profession towards Baltimore in December 2019, when the Payments misplaced to the Ravens 24-17. He was held to the second-lowest completion fee of his profession (43.6%) on 17-of-39 passing and was sacked six occasions.
However Martindale raved about Allen’s enchancment since that final matchup. Allen elevated his accuracy dramatically this season, going from a 58.8% completion fee in 2019 to 69.2% this season.
“Normally if you consider a quarterback and he is not correct, it is onerous for them to shed that tag,” Martindale mentioned. “What he is performed within the offseason and what he is performed this 12 months is superb to see. It is accuracy on the transfer. It is accuracy out of the pocket. Every part he is performed, he is turn into extra correct with it.”
The problem with Allen is he can beat you together with his legs and his arm. Allen has led the Payments in dashing in each of his playoff video games. The one quarterbacks within the Tremendous Bowl period to guide their groups in dashing in three straight postseason video games are Steve Younger and Lamar Jackson.
Every week after holding dashing champion Derrick Henry to a season-low 40 yards, Martindale mentioned it will take an analogous bodily effort to decelerate Allen.
“To me, tackling him … you higher throw large our bodies at him as a result of he is an enormous physique,” Martindale mentioned. “I advised the protection earlier: ‘We have to sort out him such as you sort out Henry as a result of that is the way in which he runs.’ He is a tricky problem that we’ve got.”