Ryan Fitzpatrick

C.J. Mosley's absence hurts the Ravens defense on the field — and before the snap

C.J. Mosley's absence hurts the Ravens defense on the field — and before the snap

When Dean Pees retired and Don “Wink” Martindale was named Ravens defensive coordinator in January, inside linebacker C.J. Mosley’s job title did not change. He has been the defense’s quarterback since midway through his rookie year. Joe Flacco’s game-day responsibilities have varied little throughout his five different offensive coordinators in Baltimore; why would Mosley’s be much different?

At the start of the team’s training camp in July, coach John Harbaugh said the three-time Pro Bowl selection “can handle as much responsibility as you give him.” It was obvious, even then, that Mosley, 26, would be asked to do even more this season.

Martindale’s defense, while...

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