Originally Posted by jterrell
That is simply not true because of the 3 and 4 WR sets.
You are acting as if the Ravens will run the 46 exclusively and that all opposing teams are capable of running 3 and 4 WR sets to exploit. That is a negative in both cases.
If you acquire the correct personnel, you can run that defense against anyone. It can be beaten if you do not have corners who can cover man to man. But so can every defense if you don't have the vital cogs to make it work, just as you need a nose tackle who can occupy blockers in the 3-4.
The 46 is a run stuffing, pressure defense. It was killed by the fast release WCO. And it is very dead in all but run situations.
The Bears won with that defense in the prime days of the Niner WCO. So it is not like that style of offense brought on it's extinction. Ryan's Eagle defenses won frequently with it. Houston ran a moderately successful variant.
It's goal is not to exclusively stuff the run as general principle. It is to rush the passer and as you alluded to, create fear of passing the ball in addition to running it.
The key is personnel and creating mismatches through disguising where the blitz is coming from. But it is far from a dead scheme. If what you are saying is totally correct, you appear to know alot more about the NFL than Rex Ryan and should apply for his job in Baltimore.