Thanks for the kind words man.
Dime is something I thought we would see more of as well. Especially how frequent we saw it in the preseason. It's as if Anthony Levine hasn't seen the field in that role at all so far. There were a lot of safety and corner blitzes run out of it in the preseason too.
Although now that it counts, the only team I see that runs it with any regularity is the Cardinals. It's above my head, but maybe it takes a certain skill set of guys to run it in situations that aren't strictly against 5 WRs in a two-minute drill scenario. Maybe the Ravens were trying something new, or didn't want to tip too much of their base defense hand.
It doesn't fit together for me the way camp was conducted.
--Anthony Levine practced with the LBs.
--He subbed in with Arthur Brown and lined up in the box, just like a dime.
--They talked about using the dime (it could have been BS, but it was rehearsed and said with conviction by Harbaugh).
--Levine did nothing to dissuade the Ravens from using the dime personally in 23 snaps there.
--Then they moved him elsewhere (nickel and deep safety) and he played well there as well.
I don't doubt that if you went back to watch video of any of the 1999-2008 defensive run (Lewis, Nolan, Ryan as coordinators), you would see how successful those coordiators were in confusing opposing offenses with the dime and quarter as a significant tool in the shed. I'm just shocked the Ravens would go to such lengths to put the package in place then not use it in a game.