View Full Version : Ravens LB Lewis eager to play 46 defense

06-14-2005, 10:56 AM
No one is happier to be a part of the Baltimore Ravens (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/ravens)' new 46 defense than middle linebacker Ray Lewis (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/3542), who can't wait to again experience the freedom of hunting down running backs without the hassle of shaking off bothersome offensive linemen.

The 46 defense was originally devised by Buddy Ryan for the 1986 Chicago Bears (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/bears), who won a Super Bowl behind the standout play of middle linebacker Mike Singletary. Ryan is the father of Ravens first-year defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, who has installed the high-pressure alignment in part to allow Lewis to attack the football without having to take on the kind of isolation blocks that at times limited his effectiveness last season.