By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
12:24 PM EST, February 12, 2013
It was a rough season by all accounts for Ravens nose guard Terrence Cody.
The massive former second-round draft pick was controlled or knocked off the line of scrimmage on a consistent basis, getting shoved back into the linebackers.
One season after starting every game and recording a career-high 34 tackles, Cody dipped to three starts and missed one game with an elbow injury. He finished the season with 25 tackles, no sacks, no forced fumbles and no fumble recoveries, deflecting one pass.
Cody had just two tackles during the playoffs, where he seemed to do a better job of keeping blockers off of retiring middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who led the NFL with 51 tackles during the postseason.
The former Alabama All-American graded out for the season with a minus-6.5, according to Pro Football Focus, which gave Cody the lowest grade among the Ravens' defensive linemen.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome didn't hesitate when asked recently at a season-review news conference to identify team needs.
"We talked about it -- the middle of the defense," Newsome said. "We think we have to get better at defensive tackle."
Cody's low grade was closely followed by nose guard Ma'ake Kemoeatu, who started 13 games and was only slightly more productive than his younger colleague with 29 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. Kemoeatu received a grade of minus-5.7.
Kemoeatu, 34, is a pending unrestricted free agent. Cody is entering the final year of a four-year, $3.064 million rookie contract and is due a $630,000 base salary this year.
He'll either be given another shot at upgrading his play, or face competition for his job.
Right now, opinions on Cody's play aren't positive ones.
"The most disappointing player on that team is Terrence Cody," former Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah, an NFL Network analyst, told the Baltimore Sun said of Cody during the season. "He's not very good. He's getting blown off the line of scrimmage. He can't rush the passer, so you know that's not a strength. And getting blown off the ball 6 or 7 yards, he's not having a whole lot of value. There are four other interior guys I'd rather put out there."