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Titans DC Says Steelers-Ravens Rivalry is ‘a Bloodbath’

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Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Dennard Wilson was with the Baltimore Ravens organization for only one year, but in that one season, he saw firsthand how intense the Steelers-Ravens rivalry is.

Wilson served as the Ravens’ defensive backs coach last season, and Baltimore lost to Pittsburgh in both meetings. Because of the two losses, Wilson admits he’s not a true Raven. The Ravens famous slogan is that you’re not a Raven until you beat the Steelers.

“Baltimore-Pittsburgh rivalry is something I’ve never seen before,” Wilson said on the Green Light with Chris Long podcast.

Wilson has been with several different organizations throughout his career as a coach, player or scout. When it comes to NFL rivalries, he thinks there’s nothing like Steelers-Ravens.

“I’ve been in multiple divisions. I’ve been in the old school black and blue division with the Chicago Bears, you know, the division with Philly and Dallas. The Pittsburgh-Baltimore rivalry is different. They first say you’re not a true Raven until you beat the Steelers.

“So like that’s huge, and it doesn’t matter how good the team is, what your record is, when you line up against the Steelers or Baltimore, it is a bloodbath. It’s old school football.”

The Steelers have had the upper hand in the rivalry as of late, winning seven of the last eight meetings since 2020. Mike Tomlin and John Harbaugh are two of the longest-tenured head coaches in the NFL. Tomlin is the longest-tenured head coach, as he’s heading into his 18th season as the Steelers’ head coach. Harbaugh is right behind as he heads into his 17th year with Baltimore.

Tomlin is 20-15 against Harbaugh, which includes a 2-1 record in the playoffs. Tomlin and Harbaugh’s 35 matchups are second in NFL history to only former Chicago Bears coach George Halas and former Green Bay oPackers coach Earl “Curley” Lambeau 49 matchups during their Hall of Fame careers.

 

 

 

 

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