Doug Pederson sees similarities between 2000 Ravens, current Patriots

Ryan Hannable
November 14, 2019 - 2:34 pm

FOXBOROUGH -- Eagles coach Doug Pederson knows a thing or two about the 2000 Ravens, which featured a defense that is the best statistical unit in the history of the league.

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Pederson faced them when he was the quarterback of the Browns.

“I think I cracked my ribs in that game,” Pederson joked on a conference call Wednesday.

The Eagles coach sees some similarities between this Patriots defense and that historic Ravens team.

"It is an interesting conversation, and you can obviously draw some parallels with those two defenses," Pederson said. "I think the biggest thing that jumps out to you right now, the glaring thing, is the turnover ratio. I mean, the fact that they’ve got six defensive scores this season, the interceptions, the fumbles they’re causing – it’s a brand of defense where they just smother you. They just corral you. They’re OK with giving you two, three, four yards, but they’re right on top of you. Their secondary is that way aggressively and their front seven are that way.

"And that’s something I think when you look back, if I remember correctly with that Baltimore team, the same structure, the same style of defense. It was a smothering style of defense, and they played fast and they played aggressively. They may not do a whole lot schematically, and I think that’s a positive because it does allow your guys to play free, and to play fast and to play smart. I think that’s a similarity that I see with this Patriots defense today."

The 2000 Ravens forced 49 turnovers, while through nine games the Patriots defense has forced 27.

New England will take on Pederson's Eagles Sunday in Philadelphia.

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