I think we've all heard and said plenty about the challenge that Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will pose for the Ravens this week, but it's just impossible to ignore this gem from Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano during his weekly talk with the media.
"You put on the tape, and this guy is like a rolling ball of butcher knives," Pagano said. "He’s scary. He runs over linebackers, he knocks guys out, he puts people to sleep. We got to do a great job as always of setting the edge and not giving him the outside. But he’s a downhill guy. He can bounce, jump, cut, skin, he can do everything. We’ve got to get as many hats on him as possible and hang on for dear life.”
Pagano was also asked whether practicing against Ray Rice, similar in stature to Jones-Drew, has been good preparation for Monday.
“I guess you can say that," he said. "[Jones-Drew] runs like [Brandon] Jacobs from the Giants physically, but he is slight in stature. Sometimes, it looks like he is two-and-a-half-, three-feet tall behind all those big linemen. He’s hard to find, and all of a sudden, there he is and he dents you with his Riddell [helmet] right on yours, and like I said, puts you to sleep. It’s hard to find him sometimes. We’ve got to do a great job of knocking the line of scrimmage back, getting off blocks and taking care of him.”
Jones-Drew ranks third in the NFL with 572 rushing yards on 118 carries.