On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., Aug. 25, 2016 1:00 PM EDT Live Press Conference Head coach John Harbaugh and key players will address the media following practice.
  • Sat., Aug. 27, 2016 6:30 PM EDT Live Pregame Show Gerry Sandusky, Stan White and Qadry Ismail preview the Ravens' preseason matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Sat., Aug. 27, 2016 7:00 PM EDT Live Game Audio Broadcast Listen to the live WBAL broadcast of the Lions vs. Ravens on BaltimoreRavens.com or in the Ravens mobile app.
  • Tue., Sep. 06, 2016 8:00 AM EDT Paint The Town Purple Help us paint the town purple! Visit M&T Bank Stadium on Tuesday morning or the Maryland State Fairgrounds in the afternoon to have your car stenciled with the official Ravens logo.
  • Wed., Sep. 07, 2016 8:00 AM EDT #FindTheFlock Scavenger Hunt Locate one of the six LED Ravens letters spread around Baltimore on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and you could win great prizes by using the hashtag #FindTheFlock! Clues will be provided Wednesday morning via the Ravens Snapchat account, so stay tuned and make sure to follow BLTRavens on Snapchat!
  • Fri., Sep. 09, 2016 5:00 PM EDT Countdown To Kickoff Party Presented By Miller Lite Grammy Award®-nominated rock band 3 DOORS DOWN will perform at the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff Party Presented by Miller Lite on Friday, Sept. 9 at Maryland State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Open to all ages.
  • Sat., Sep. 10, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.
  • Sat., Sep. 10, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT Ravens Wired See the plays, hear the sideline conversations and feel the hits on Ravens Wired, the only behind-the-scenes show featuring a Ravens player wired for sound during each week's game. Go behind the Ravens bench for in-game adjustments and inside the locker room for Head Coach John Harbaugh's post-game speech. Produced by Ravens Productions, Ravens Wired is hosted by Comcast Sportsnet's Brent Harris.
  • Sun., Sep. 11, 2016 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM EDT Ravens Unscripted Ravens beat writers Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing join our host to tackle the latest Ravens headlines and hottest topics. Each week's show, brought to you by Ravens Productions, also features a special guest, including prominent sports media, front office staff, players or other Ravens insiders.
  • Sat., Sep. 17, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.



Ravens Say Trent Richardson Toughest NFL Back To Tackle

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Baltimore's run defense is focused on gang tackling and wrapping up to slow the rookie.

Running back Ray Rice has been exchanging jerseys with opposing players this season.

And he’s already making a note to grab Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson’s after Sunday’s game.

“I’m a huge fan of his,” Rice said.

Rice’s defensive teammates better grab onto much more of Richardson, however.

Richardson has quickly established a reputation for being a difficult back to bring down. For a team that has had troubles tackling this season, and one that has been particularly susceptible against the run, the Ravens have a mighty challenge looming.

“I think he runs the ball harder than anybody in the league,” defensive end Pernell McPhee said. “Not saying he’s the best back in the league, but I’ll say he’s the hardest back in the NFL to tackle.”

Since facing Richardson the last time in Week 4, the Ravens have allowed 214, 227 and 181 total rushing yards in each of their last three games, respectively.

Part of the issue, particularly against the Dallas Cowboys, was poor tackling. The Ravens missed 14 tackles that day facing another difficult back to bring down in DeMarco Murray. They didn’t tackle much better even when backup Felix Jones entered the game.

Baltimore focused on getting back to the fundamentals of tackling the week after that game and cut down the missed tackles to just three against Arian Foster and the Texans. The Ravens will have to be on their best behavior again to limit Richardson.

The Ravens did a good job against Richardson on the ground in their first matchup, holding him to just 47 yards on 14 carries (3.4 yard average). Richardson did catch four passes for 57 yards, so he logged over 100 total yards.

Several Ravens said they limited Richardson the first time by gang tackling him and doing a good job of wrapping up.

But Richardson is perhaps a stronger back now than he was then. A rib injury slowed Richardson early in the year, but that has since healed.

The third-overall pick in this year’s draft, Richardson’s starting to live up to his draft billing. He rushed 24 times for 122 yards and a touchdown last week against San Diego’s stout run defense.

With a 5-foot-9, 230-pound frame, Richardson reminded defensive tackle Haloti Ngata of Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew. He reminded defensive end Art Jones of Rice. They’re all small, muscular backs that are quick and have power.

“He’s not going to try to shake you, he’s just going to try to run over you,” Ngata said.

“He doesn’t go down with one person tackling him,” nose tackle Terrence Cody added. “We’re going to need multiple guys around the ball every time he touches the ball.”

Safety Ed Reed indicated that the Ravens may have some additional motivation to hit Richardson.

During the scouting combine, Richardson made a comment about not being scared of “Uncle Ray,” referring to linebacker Ray Lewis. Richardson stood by that remark before meeting Lewis in the pros for the first time.

“Not to be cocky or talking mess, but if you're an athlete or you're a competitor, why would you stand down for anybody?" Richardson asked at the time. "I know Ray Lewis is going to come at me and I'm going to come right back at him.

Lewis won’t be around to further impose his will on the rookie because of his triceps injury, but Reed seems intent on making Lewis’ point for him.

“With everything we’ve done [as a run defense] in the past couple weeks, we definitely have a focus on him for what he did the first game and said,” Reed said.

“We don’t forget stuff, man. You’ve got to be conscious about what you say across this league. We’re definitely up for this challenge and looking forward to it.”

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos