The Baltimore Ravens kickoff off their 2017 season this Sunday against their bitter AFC North rival, the Cincinnati Bengals. Ravens veteran defensive back Lardarius Webb joined The Jim Rome Show Friday on CBS Sports Radio and shared his thoughts and biggest concern with the Bengals, starting with their quarterback.
“We’ve had a tough time with them the past few years, because Andy Dalton’s been playing like a Pro Bowler,” Webb said. “He makes some good decisions. He always makes the right checks, and they always come up with big play at the end of the game somehow.
“You have to take your hats off to them. This is a tough ball team, and we’re going to have to be on our A-game to go into Cincinnati and get a W.”
Having been a part of some terrific Baltimore defenses since arriving in 2009, including their Super Bowl winning 2012 season, the 31-year-old had a bold prediction for this year’s defensive squad.
“This is going to be a great unit, I’m not even going to try to sugar coat it,” Webb said. “I really do believe in this unit. With Brandon Carr and Jimmy Smith locking down the outside, plus having a first rounder in Marlon Humphrey coming in with a little depth, the corners I feel absolutely 100-percent confident in those guys. And then when you have a Tony Jefferson and an Eric Weddle on the back end, controlling the defense. C.J. Mosley, I know I’m naming a lot of guys, but those are some important guys to our defense that are going to make us go to that next level. Terrell Suggs, Brandon Wiliams, a Matt Judon, a Anthony Levine those type of guys are going to make us that defense we been waiting on for some years.”
Although, Webb being a part of this defense is somewhat of a surprise after the team cut him in March. The defensive back talked about the decision and process of re-signing with the organization after having other options.
“It was a difficult decision. I had to check my pride first,” Webb said. “I’ve always been a starter, so coming back to the team and not being the starter right off was going to be difficult for me. So I wanted to check my pride first, but I also wanted to be that difference maker.
“Come in , and show the young guys how we do things around here. Continue the tradition. Continue to show Tony Jefferson and Weddle the correct way. Not that they’ve been doing it the wrong way, but just how we do things in the purple and black. So it was an honor to come back with the Ravens wanting me to retire a Raven.
“So I’m just happy to be here. I’m ready for this journey we’re about to have this year. I’m very excited about the defense and what we have and all the young talent that we have. So we ready for Sunday to let it all loose.”