"The defense that is being built in Baltimore is one of the best," Williams told The Reynolds Report, via Gridiron Magazine. "We're going to do something really special this year, I can feel it. Our defense is amazing."
"The bar set by our defense is already very high and our goal is to notch it up even more," Williams explained. "The defense that helped us win that 2000 Super Bowl is the standard and every year we're trying to reach and surpass that standard. We're never satisfied and we always want to get better."
The wild card in the equation is the host of unproven draft picks assuming greater responsibility this season.
A quintet of Brent Urban (2014 fourth round), Carl Davis (2015 third round), Bronson Kaufusi (2016 third round), Willie Henry (2016 fourth round) and Chris Wormsley (2017 third round) will vie for playing time alongside Williams and promising second-year nose tackle Michael Pierce on the defensive line.
Kamalei Correa, a 2016 second-round pick, is the leading candidate to replace Orr next to C.J. Mosley at inside linebacker. A pair of 2017 selections, Tyus Bowser (second round) and Tim Williams (third round), will team with Za'Darius Smith (2014 fourth round) and Matt Judon (2016 fifth round) in a pass rushing rotation designed to complement defensive leader Terrell Suggs.