After watching the Ravens' secondary get torched last week, I couldn't and still can't figure out why this team doesn't play safety Haruki Nakamura.
When the Ravens needed a nickel cornerback nearly two weeks ago, Nakamura stepped in and played well despite not taking a repetition at that position in nearly a year. Against the Titans on Sunday, Tennessee took turns on beating the Ravens corners and safeties, and Nakamura still didn't get the playing time he deserved.
Meanwhile, strong safety Tom Zbikowski missed several tackles, had trouble getting off blocks, and Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed also played poorly. In training camp and preseason, I thought Nakamura was the Ravens' best strong safety. He doesn't have great size, but he has great instincts for the ball and is one of the team's best tacklers.
It's time to get Nakamura on the field in the regular defense, and at least give him an opportunity to play his way off.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun