Originally Posted by MagicHef
You seem pretty knowledgeable, but I'm having trouble matching your comments about JDR's time in Baltimore with reality.
This is Rob Burnett in the Super Bowl in January 2001. For comparison, that is Ray Lewis next to him:
Also, Burnett was with the Ravens through 2001, the same as JDR.
Marques Douglas did not play any significant time until 2003, two years after JDR left. Anthony Weaver was 290 and played LDE in 2002, but JDR was in Carolina at that point.
The entire time JDR was in Baltimore, they had 2 prototypical DEs.
I was going off the top of my head, but since you annoyed me so much with doubting this, I decided to spend some time digging through the internet about the Ravens during JDR's time there.
And you're right on this. I was wrong. The defensive end concept I'm remembering were the years after JDR left for Carolina.
The only value or relation that JDR's time in Baltimore has to the current Broncos is that he saw what a Rush LB (Boulware) could do in a 43 defense.
The scheme we are running now is similar to what the Seattle Seahawks run, but I don't think JDR has any connection to them. And they do use a DT at LDE (Red Bryant) to two gap, while Chris Clemons moves all over the place.
Regardless of being wrong about the correct positional scheme Baltimore ran in 2000 concerning it's Left Defensive End on base downs, it is important to note that whether it be Baltimore, Carolina, or Jacksonville, Del Rio appeared to prefer having 330+ lb DTs inside. Wolfe will never be close to that big. I think Wolfe stays at Left End on base downs while moving inside on passing downs. The signing of Knighton and fattening up of Vickerson shows that Del Rio still wants his DTs at 330+ lbs. Wolfe's only role in this defense is at LDE on run downs while sliding inside on passing downs.