Struggling Figurs has yet to return to 2007 form

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While the Ravens continue to back Yamon Figurs, it might be time to explore some of those other options.
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Since: Nov 07

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Nov 21, 2008
 
The Ravens special teams this year has been one of the biggest disappointments, to say the least. It's more like a special ed/short bus team. Kick off and punt returns; kick off and punt coverage; penalties; decisions regarding who should be kicking off and who should be kicking field goals, and when -- the entire unit, from start to finish, has been a total embarrassment.

And Figurs, in particular, looks about as lost as a professional football player could possibly look out there. It's as if he has no clue when to catch the ball, when to let it bounce, when to run it back, when to fair catch, when to take a knee in the end zone, etc. I have to conclude that Rosburg is one of the worst special teams coaches in the history of the NFL. What other possible explanation could there be for the totally substandard, across the board disaster that is the Ravens special teams play?
Joe Mess East BMore

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Nov 21, 2008
 
Go Figur?

DEK

Since: Jun 08

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Nov 21, 2008
 
I have to agree with skay, I expected big things out of special teams this year. But in stead of the ravens delivering in that aspect, I had to eat a lot of humble pie. Now I don't mention special teams around fans of other teams.
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Nov 21, 2008
 
skaybaltimore wrote:
The Ravens special teams this year has been one of the biggest disappointments, to say the least. It's more like a special ed/short bus team. Kick off and punt returns; kick off and punt coverage; penalties; decisions regarding who should be kicking off and who should be kicking field goals, and when -- the entire unit, from start to finish, has been a total embarrassment.
And Figurs, in particular, looks about as lost as a professional football player could possibly look out there. It's as if he has no clue when to catch the ball, when to let it bounce, when to run it back, when to fair catch, when to take a knee in the end zone, etc. I have to conclude that Rosburg is one of the worst special teams coaches in the history of the NFL. What other possible explanation could there be for the totally substandard, across the board disaster that is the Ravens special teams play?
I have to agree with your assessment of the situation,Especially since Harbaugh was a special teams coach with the Eagles for many years. But I think you have to stick with Figurs at least for the rst of the season. You hate to waste a third round pick.
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Nov 21, 2008
 
On kickoffs he looks scared to get hit. Totally uncomfortable on the field. He looks like a track athlete that has not played a lot of football. They rarely work out in the long run. I don't expect him to either.
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Nov 21, 2008
 
Dubby wrote:
On kickoffs he looks scared to get hit. Totally uncomfortable on the field. He looks like a track athlete that has not played a lot of football. They rarely work out in the long run. I don't expect him to either.
I agree, figures looks like a high school football player playing his 1st game in the NFL. He needs to gain some weight or something. Look at Cribbs for the browns, he is a beast! Figures also needs to do more on the O side of the ball. Otherwise he is taking up a spot on the active roster, same goes for stover. Next year bother should be gone!!!!!!!
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Nov 21, 2008
 
FIGURS IS AWFUL. RUNS SCARED. TENTATIVE. ALWAYS TACKLED BY THE FIRST MAN. OTHER THAN THAT, HE'S GREAT.

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Nov 21, 2008
 
SUGarbear wrote:
FIGURS IS AWFUL. RUNS SCARED. TENTATIVE. ALWAYS TACKLED BY THE FIRST MAN. OTHER THAN THAT, HE'S GREAT.
Perhaps because up until the last two games special teams blocking was craptastic.
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Nov 21, 2008
 
Not surprising since he sucks.
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Nov 21, 2008
 
If Rosburg stays with Figures then they both should go.
Where's Heap?

Since: Nov 08

Woodruff, SC

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Nov 21, 2008
 
"We're looking for big things from this point forward."

That means perform or lose ur place. I like it. I'm just sorry that kind of threat took this long.

Yamon either wants to completely transfer to WR or is physically hurt. Those are the only reasons I think could be the cause of the poor production this year.

This part of the Raven's game has been almost as disappointing as the injuries.
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Nov 21, 2008
 
He has been battling knee and hamstring injuries since training camp and it is evident with his lack of acceleration...I think his tremendous talent provided he is given the opportunity...Last year he was solid on special teams or did everyone forget that. He has the speed to take it the distance everytime he touches the ball. Blocking on kickoffs has been a little poor so going forward we will see how it turns out. I would much rather have him back there than Reed. He scares me every time he touches the ball.

Since: Oct 08

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Nov 21, 2008
 
A third round pick on this guy-wow boggles my mind to think what could have been. Even worse, the coach said he is still the guy. Better off not having anyone back there and letting it roll through and start at the 20.

Since: Sep 07

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#14
Nov 21, 2008
 
Yamon Figurs - Lamont Brightful. Now, I'm just spitballin' here, but, have any of you seen these two together in public? Neither have I. I think they're the same person.
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Nov 21, 2008
 
I thought Jim Leonard was doing good until they put Figurs back out there. Why fix something that was working? I realize they dont want to put a starter back there and risk injury, but that is part of the game. Who's next, Marcus Smith, Terrance Copper, Evan Oglesbey? Bring back Jermaine Lewis or BJ Sams. They arent any better.
Cut_Clayton _N_Stover_Now

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Nov 21, 2008
 
Motorhead Fan wrote:
Yamon Figurs - Lamont Brightful. Now, I'm just spitballin' here, but, have any of you seen these two together in public? Neither have I. I think they're the same person.
Good call bro I couldnt remember that losers name..I do recall they dropped him like he dropped punts and sent him to Miami-that lasted like 2 weeks.
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Nov 21, 2008
 
I don't think Figurs is the problem. I think it's the guys around him. Leonard (who has been too busy on D), Ayabandejo (who's been injured a lot) and McClain are the only ones you really hear about. I've maybe heard Zbikowski once or twice. They have the same problems on the other end of special teams. They give up too many yards and too many big plays. Look what Cribbs did to them. They just don't have good enough guys around him. Sure, he doesn't catch that well and can make stupid mistakes, but when he gets the ball he can take off like a bat out of hell. They substituted him w/ Reed and Leonard and neither did any better. What does that tell you?
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Nov 21, 2008
 
i did'nt know he was faster than Hester---that's an eye opener---ever think he just wants to play more football and is just bored with being a returner ?(i know i know). So, start him and throw to him---let the kid play...we might uncover something good....ain't like we scare people downfield now, is it?!

Since: Nov 07

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Nov 21, 2008
 
rick-- gresham or wrote:
i did'nt know he was faster than Hester---that's an eye opener---ever think he just wants to play more football and is just bored with being a returner ?(i know i know). So, start him and throw to him---let the kid play...we might uncover something good....ain't like we scare people downfield now, is it?!
Kinda makes me wonder what's in the water out there in Gresham, OR.

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Nov 21, 2008
 
Dave wrote:
I thought Jim Leonard was doing good until they put Figurs back out there. Why fix something that was working? I realize they dont want to put a starter back there and risk injury, but that is part of the game.
Word.

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