TAMPA, FLA. — Inside the locker room late Sunday afternoon, Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee had a blunt take on the defense’s rough treatment of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon.
“He’s going to be pretty sore,” McPhee said while smiling at his handiwork, which included one sack.
During the Ravens’ 48-17 win at Raymond James Stadium, the defense sacked Glennon a season-high five times and hit him 15 times. The amount of sacks equaled their previous season total entering Sunday’s game.
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith had another opinion of Glennon after intercepting him once in the first half.
“He was scared,” Smith said.
Being repeatedly bashed into the ground by the Ravens defense put a serious dent into Glennon’s performance. Although Glennon finished the game and completed 24 of 44 passes for 314 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for a respectable 83.0 passer rating, Glennon had a brutal first half, when the game was decided.
Glennon completed just 8 of 20 passes for 109 yards, no touchdowns and one interception for a 37.3 passer rating in the first half, which ended with the Buccaneers down 38-0.
“I think we did a good job, especially in the first half,” Smith said. “In the second half, the heat started to fatigue us. We held up our end when it counted. On the interception, I was just sitting out there covering my guy. I saw the ball in the air. He put it out there and I went and got it.”
“I feel a little differently, I feel like I should have had more, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good,” Suggs said. “We’ll just start from there. We all had a lot of success and it was really fun.”
Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil had 1.5 sacks, and rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley had three quarterback hits.
“It was a nice game plan by [defensive coordinator] Dean Pees,” McPhee said. “Coach decided we needed to get more sacks. All the guys took it as a challenge.”
Nose tackle Brandon Williams collapsed the pocket several times and recorded a half-sack.
“We definitely hit the quarterback a lot,” Williams said. “After a while, you saw him throwing it high and trying to get it out quick. I felt like I did my job.”