They lost six starters from the defense that lined up in Super Bowl XLVII -- including Ray Lewis and Ed Reed -- so the Baltimore Ravens are supposed to be handicapped this season. Try again. Their defense will be improved, and here's why.
Owner Steve Bisciotti has a go-to saying when tensions rise in Baltimore: Trust in Ozzie. The defending Super Bowl champions take aim at a repeat with numerous pressing needs armed with the resolve that comes with having GM Ozzie Newsome at the controls.
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said Elvis Dumervil's signing doesn't necessarily mean Courtney Upshaw will be a backup. "You can't have too many pass rushers," Pees said in a radio interview, "and we can find a way to get them all on the field now."