Having coached opposite him in Super Bowl XXXV, and on the same side as Baltimore’s offensive coordinator in 2004 and 2005, former NFL head coach Jim Fassel knows Ray Lewis as well as just about anyone else.
Fassel broke down how the Broncos should approach the Ravens’ 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker on The Sports Nooner with Gil Whiteley (M-F 11a-1p on Mile High Sports Radio AM 1510 | FM 93.7).
“You have to match [Lewis] up with a tight end and make him cover in the open field,” Fassel said, believing the 37-year-old has become a liability in passing situations. “Father Time has caught up with him.”
The former NFL head coach also believed it would be hard for the Ravens to maintain the high level of emotional play the team achieved against the Colts this past weekend.
“It’s going to be hard to regain that type of enthusiasm,” Fassel said, referring to the ovation Lewis received from both fans and teammates following his career’s home finale in Baltimore’s 24-9 wild card playoff win over Indianapolis on Sunday.
Lewis is just one of numerous players that will be back in the lineup against the Broncos for Baltimore in Saturday’s divisional-round game. Safety Bernard Pollard is also expected to play for the Ravens, solidifying a secondary that surrendered over 200 yards passing during the two teams’ last meeting.