Baltimore Ravens defensive back Lardarius Webb made five tackles in his team’s 40-0 beatdown of the Miami Dolphins last night. The Ravens defense dominated Miami, holding them under 200 yards of total offense, and returning two interceptions for touchdowns, the franchise’s biggest shutout ever. Webb joined The Jim Rome Show Friday and sounded happy with his units performance.
“The defense was ready man,” Webb said on CBS Sports Radio. “The front seven, they came to play and that’s the way they practiced. It all starts in practice and how you prepare in the meeting rooms and everybody was more focused and we knew what we had to do this week.
“The guys came out full of energy. Tackling, gang tackling, and playing physical—playing Raven football. And we got a little physical last night, and that’s our style of football and we like that.”
While the defense was dominant, Baltimore’s bigger concern was on offense, when quarterback Joe Flacco was knocked out by Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso. Flacco was placed in concussion protocol late after Alonso delivered a forearm to the head of Flacco. While some thought Alonso should’ve been ejected and potentially suspended, Webb felt the hit from Alonso was hard, but he stopped short of calling it dirty.
“I can’t blame Kiko because I’m a defensive player myself and I’m one of those players that goes 110 percent,” Webb said. “Sometimes when you’re a player that goes that fast, things like that happen. We can’t say he’s a dirty player. It looked dirty, it was a bad hit on Joe, but I’m not going to say he’s a dirty player, man… But it was a rough hit and I think the NFL will handle that.”
The 2014 Ed Block Courage Award winner believes you can make a dirty play and still not be a dirty player.
“When you’re in the heat of battle, I think sometimes you have that dirty attitude, you want to be nasty out there,” Webb said. “So sometimes even good people, good players, non-dirty players can push that line sometimes. Because they want to make something happen, they want to go above, make that big play, make that big hit. So in a time of action, I don’t really think there’s too many dirty players out there.”