The two couldn't be any different as players. Cody has four inches and about 40 pounds on Gregg. He also has an advantage in speed and athleticism. But what Cody has tried to copy from his former teammate is his technique and footwork, the way Gregg would get leverage on blockers and get where he wanted to go, and anticipate certain plays and adjust accordingly.
When they were asked about where Cody has made his biggest strides, both Ravens coach John Harbaugh and Suggs mentioned the "mental" part of the position rather than just his physical attributes.
"He's become a real pro," said Harbaugh. "He knows how to study. Look at him physically …. You can tell how important this is to him. He's lost a bunch of weight. He studies football. He's playing great technique. He's doing a nice job in there."
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Ngata said the differences in Cody this year from last year are evident to teammates as well, and he used Cody's studying of Gregg's game tape as proof.
"The thing I'm really proud of with Terrence Cody, he understands that he's a totally different player than Kelly Gregg so he works on his best qualities," Ngata said. "Kelly is a shorter guy. He's a real good technician. He has to be because of where his size is. Terrence Cody is more of a guy that can just hold off guys just because of his size. He's grown a lot. The quickness and the speed that he has, it's really amazing to me. People say that about me, but he's really quick and fast for how big he is."
Ngata played four seasons alongside Gregg and they got to know each other so well that they really only needed to make eye contact to know what the other was going to do. Ngata and Cody occasionally use hand signals or exchange a few words, but Ngata said that they are getting "close" to the point where he was with Gregg.
And that's terrible news for the opposition, who now have another force inside with which to deal. Cody has already started to see some double teams.
"They'd like to [double team] him but we got Ngata, and we've got [Suggs] and we've got [Jarret Johnson] and Cory Redding," said Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. "So, it's hard to say, 'OK, we need to take care of [Cody] now.' He's becoming a dominant force inside."