Bickley: Arizona Cardinals need to re-establish their identity

Secondary is Ravens’ primary concern

Bickley: Arizona Cardinals need to re-establish their identity
The NFL is full of thieves. They will steal your signals, read your lips, and pick through your garbage cans.  Lessons are learned early: If you want to keep something in this league, you better nail it down.

The Seattle Seahawks built the NFL’s most revered secondary through the draft, nabbing can’t-miss safety Earl Thomas and late-round gems Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman.

In winning Super Bowl XLIX, the New England Patriots depended on "rental" cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, and a formerly obscure and undrafted new kid on the block named Malcolm Butler. The New York Jets spent almost $150 million this past offseason to reinforce the back end of their protection.

There's apparently no surefire formula for achievement in building a NFL auxiliary, yet one thing could turn out to be copiously clear when the Baltimore Ravens confront the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals (4-2), who have maybe the association's most ball-selling auxiliary, have discovered an equation that works for them, while the Ravens (1-5) obviously haven't.

"Two territories get you beat: quarterback and cornerback," said previous NFL guarded back Solomon Wilcots, now an expert for CBS and the NFL Network. "You've seen that with them. Cornerback [play] gets you beat quicker than whatever other position. You commit an error back there and it's a touchdown."

The Ravens realize that great. A year after a permeable optional prompted their playoff destruction, the group's pass protection has come to an amazing failure. Notwithstanding General Manager Ozzie Newsome's offseason endeavor to alter it, the pass resistance is 27th in the NFL and hinting at no change.

"[We] can't surrender enormous plays. It's a broken record, yet until we quit doing that, measurably, we're going to look appalling," Ravens guarded organizer Dean Pees said. "It's not advanced science."

Breakdowns in scope and correspondence, poor handling and defective system have permitted even imperfect quarterbacks, for example, Derek Carr, Josh McCown and Colin Kaepernick to dismember an once-glad Ravens safeguard.

Their scope issues conceal lately by a steady pass surge, the Ravens have been left defenseless by an inability to get prompt and element help in the draft, a rash of wounds to protective backs, and drilling and work force changes.

Since 2010, Newsome has utilized eight of his group's 51 draft singles out cautious backs. Just three of those — cornerback Jimmy Smith (2011 first round), wellbeing Matt Elam (2013 first round) and security Terrence Brooks (2014 third round) — were taken in the initial three rounds. That appears differently in relation to Newsome's initial seven drafts, when he took no less than one guarded back inside of the initial three rounds in six of those years.

This year, the Ravens were keen on Washington's Marcus Peters and Wake Forest's Kevin Johnson (River Hill), yet both cornerbacks were taken before they were on the clock with the 26th pick. The Ravens held up until late in the fourth round before snatching cornerback Tray Walker out of Texas Southern.

The jury is still out on Walker, however other protective backs the Ravens have chosen as of late, including Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson, haven't worked 


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