Former defensive coordinator Mike Nolan couldn't reach cornerback Chris McAlister, but the Ravens are hoping his replacement Rex Ryan can. McAlister, a Pro Bowl player the past two seasons, didn't play particularly well last season, and his production fell off after he signed a new contract after a long, bitter dispute. The only other Ravens coaches who could motivate McAlister were the Bengals' Marvin Lewis and Donnie Henderson, who is now the Jets' defensive coordinator. Ryan, the team's former defensive line coach, has a reputation of being a players' coach. He has had success coaching a position that traditionally has some of league's laziest and most egotistical players. The Ravens hope Ryan can somehow reach McAlister, who, in top form, might just be the best cornerback in the league.
Monday, February 14, 2005
Posted by SloMo at 9:56 AM