4. There aren't many Ravens playing better right now than Lardarius Webb. If you want to look for silver linings from last year's playoff meltdown against the Steelers -- I know it's not easy, but bear with me for a second -- maybe it wasn't such a bad thing Webb got burned by Antonio Brown on that 3rd-and-19 that set up the winning touchdown. Because it appears no defensive player came back in 2011 more motivated than Webb to prove he was ready to play well and erase the memories of 2010. If you watch the replay of Webb's interception at the end of the first half, watch how Braylon Edwards is yanking on Webb's dreadlocks as he hauls in the football. Not even a little hair pulling was going to break his concentration from making a big play. I mean, it was simple. He tried to go deep. They tried to big boy me, you know, put a tall guy [against me]," Webb said. "And I played it well, but he had to get the ball out right then [because of the pass rush], so it made it easy on me. Webb has always been fun to watch because, thanks to the fact that he actually played safety in college, he's probably one of the most physical tacklers in the league at the cornerback position. But this year, he's combined that physical play with great technique in pass coverage, and he's been one of the team's most consistent players. It's interesting how, at the beginning of the year, the Ravens corners were their biggest question mark. Webb and Cary Williams haven't been perfect, but they've definitely held their own. They're two of the reasons the pass rush has improved as well.
Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun