Bradley: Ravens 'Attack Defenses in so Many Ways'

Chargers DC Gus Bradley addresses the media Wednesday

Opening Statement:

“Okay, starting off we had an extra day on Monday, as far as practice, and we appreciate that day with this offense [we’re facing this week]. They're a challenging offense. Some very good things scheme-wise, utilizing their personnel. Obviously, they're committed to the run game, but their passing game is effective as well. So they're playing at a high level right now.”

On DE Melvin Ingram III:

“I think he's played very well. I know as a coaching staff we've asked our players to do some different things, different techniques maybe than they have in the past. I mean, he's bought into it, done it, so he's invaluable for us. All the things that we've asked him to do, he's flipped sides on our defense, especially with the injury to [DE] Joey [Bosa], you know. So ultimate team player. Then playing at a high level. I know you said his sack numbers aren't there, but as a coaching staff, what he's done for us to allow us to play like we have has been good.”

On Ingram’s impact when DE Joey Bosa was out:

“He gave us some flexibility, you know, as far as moving him around. Especially when Joey was out, we kind of schemed it where we wanted him, how we wanted him to be, and what we asked of him. At times, he played like a defensive tackle or a big hit in some of our defenses. So that's not ideal for him. You might scratch your head looking at some of the positions he played, but it was something that we had to do he is particularly early in the season. So once we got him on the edge, Joey's back. Then you saw his pressures last week.”

On the scout team quarterbacks giving looks as Ravens QB Lamar Jackson:

“You know, it's hard because the things that he does. You know, we have [QB] Geno [Smith] and [QB] Cardale [Jones]. They do a good job, but the speed of the game. You'd like to have it so fast during practice that it appears to slow down on game day, but I don't know if we can get that done. I think we'll have to adjust as the game goes on.”

On if the team considered using a wide receiver as Jackson on the scout team:

“We looked at that. We talked about it as a defensive staff, but Geno [Smith] is fast. He's given us a good look with him. The thing about their offense is, it is the dive, the inside zone, their running backs. I think you can get all caught up in the quarterback and what he can do — and he can make some big plays — but if you don't stop the dives first you're in trouble. It's kind of like facing Navy, you better stop the dive first and then go on from there. As far as the comparison, I just think their offense, they give you so many different looks, so many different ways how they attack defenses through formation and motions and scheme. You know, it's very challenging.”

On Baltimore’s offense:

“At times, you know, there's three options for him. I mean, he can give it, he can keep it. There are times when he's pitched it on the perimeter. It forces you to be very assignment sound — very assignment sound. Then the ability to bring pressures and how that dictates it, and to give them some different looks. So I think that's the part that's challenging. Then he can just drop back and their boot game and roll passes and things like that that they do. So it's, like I said, as far as the whole package, it appears to us, very complicated, very challenging.”

On if there are similarities to the Baltimore offense and San Francisco’s when playing QB Colin Kaepernick:

“I think there is some similarities, but the NFL has evolved. Now back then, there wasn't as many jet-motions and things like that. Now you're seeing these run plays incorporated with jet-motion, so I think they've taken it to another level.”

On S Adrian Phillips making the Pro Bowl:

“You know, his story is unbelievable. We always talked in terms of when you give, you know, the basic premise you receive twofold. You know, that's what he did. When [S] Derwin James came in, he was one of those guys that went into the film room when we met with him and spent hours with him going through some things. Here's a guy at times they were playing the same position. So for AP [Phillips] to give that much time to help a younger player his first year in the league, and then to see this happen, I mean, what a great story for us to say, ‘See? That's how it works. When you give with no intent to receive, it comes back two-fold.’ That's why I think the story is so cool for AP. He's an unbelievable teammate. Unbelievable as far as the guy that you'd love to coach, and he's been very effective and a very good player for us.”

On CB Desmond King II not being named to the Pro Bowl:

“He is unique because that's what he plays for us, the nickel. I know the big thing for Des, is he a great member of our unit, and people appreciate him in our building. I think yeah, outside he would appreciate that part, but for in-house, we know how valuable he is to us. 

On Ravens RB Gus Edwards:

“Both of their backs are bigger backs and physical. So the yards after contact, as far as making people miss, they're always leaning forward. A two-yard gain turns into a five-yard gain. So in the scheme, you can see why they're piling up yards. This team is averaging 235 yards over the last five games. That's what I say. With those guys running the ball, the running backs, boy, we have to have a keen eye where they are and how much they're getting the ball because that can really demoralize a defense with just that inside zone play can affect you.