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Dumb Idea Detector

Bristol, CT

#1 Dec 16, 2008
Sure, Flacco was terrible and his mechanics the past few weeks leave a lot to be desired--he's throwing flat-footed and seems to be pushing the ball. However, the coaches are also to blame.

They need to show some confidence in Flacco by letting him throw on 1st down, rather than on obvious passing downs. We ran the ball on almost every 1st down. Put him in a position to succeed.

Three times this year the Ravens have outplayed their opponent but lost because of ultra conservative play calling that allowed the game to remain just a one posession affair late in the game. Needleess to say, they lost all three.

Where's Cameron's genius when we're playing good team? He claims the creative plays won't work against good team, but how does he know when he doesn't try them? What doesn't work is run-run-pass-punt. The refs didn't blow it, the coaches did.
Rages

Baltimore, MD

#2 Dec 16, 2008
You are right about Fabian - he has become a shut-down corner - one of the best Ravens trades ever. Once he went down Sunday, the Ravens defense was significantly weakened.
Bob

Edgewater, MD

#3 Dec 16, 2008
Get Flacco a BIG receiver in the off season..Get rid of McGahee...and get a BIG corner......Then The Ravens will be set to make a stong run at the Super Bowl
Local

Northfield, NJ

#4 Dec 16, 2008
Bob wrote:
Get Flacco a BIG receiver in the off season..Get rid of McGahee...and get a BIG corner......Then The Ravens will be set to make a stong run at the Super Bowl
Second!
Jim

Washington, DC

#5 Dec 16, 2008
Agree with Dumb Idea Detector. Flacco wasn't allowed to get into a rhythm with his receivers. It was clearly one of his worst performances of the year; however, I think Mason shoulders some of the blame. He should have held onto the pass across the middle in the endzone. It would have been a nice catch with a defender all over his back, but NFL receivers have to bring that one in. Also, the pass in which Flacco "overthrew" him when he was on-on-one with Polamalu in the endzone ... Mason gave up on his route. It wasn't until he saw the ball in the air that he took off at full speed again. Everyone in our section saw it; I was surprised no one mentioned this in the post-game wraps.
Joe Mess East BMore

Columbia, MD

#6 Dec 16, 2008
We miss Rice and Washington big time. Without them, we are in for it in Dallas. IMO.
Joe Mess East BMore

Columbia, MD

#7 Dec 16, 2008
Bob wrote:
Get Flacco a BIG receiver in the off season..Get rid of McGahee...and get a BIG corner......Then The Ravens will be set to make a stong run at the Super Bowl
Third!!
Fells Point Craig

College Park, MD

#8 Dec 16, 2008
The team has to pick itself up off the canvas and mix it up with a good Dallas team. The season hangs in the balance, without Rice and Washington....ouch. Go Ravens!
Rich

Marion, IA

#9 Dec 16, 2008
Dumb Idea Detector wrote:
Sure, Flacco was terrible and his mechanics the past few weeks leave a lot to be desired--he's throwing flat-footed and seems to be pushing the ball. However, the coaches are also to blame.
They need to show some confidence in Flacco by letting him throw on 1st down, rather than on obvious passing downs. We ran the ball on almost every 1st down. Put him in a position to succeed.
Three times this year the Ravens have outplayed their opponent but lost because of ultra conservative play calling that allowed the game to remain just a one posession affair late in the game. Needleess to say, they lost all three.
Where's Cameron's genius when we're playing good team? He claims the creative plays won't work against good team, but how does he know when he doesn't try them? What doesn't work is run-run-pass-punt. The refs didn't blow it, the coaches did.
Exactly. 1st and 10 at the Steelers 29 with 5:30 left in the game. Ist down play action for 6 plus yards. But not Cam. He waits til 3rd down to throw, pretty much saying "here's Flacco, come and crush him. Flacco had just move the team down the field with some really good passes. He was ready to throw but Cam said no. Cam done the same with all the other teams he's been with. Choked in the big ones. They blamed it on Marty.
LoneCrow

Elkton, MD

#10 Dec 16, 2008
If we can't get our hands on that slippery Romo, it's going to be a loooong day for the Ravens secondary. We can't just pressure him...we NEED to SACK him early and often. Our pass rush has had way too many pressures this season that resulted in missed sacks. Romo and Witten/Owens will make us pay dearly if Suggs and company can't close the deal. A couple of hard-core sacks on Romo and his back will be toast. The Cowboys defense is peaking right now so Flacco has his work cut out for him. The Cowboys D is very good but nowhere near Steelers-caliber (but, then again, who is?) so Cam should be able to devise a game plan to beat them. The Cowboy D is physical but not all that smart. I don't think the Ravens will pull it off, though, especially with this being in Dallas AND the last regular season game in Texas stadium. I predict Dallas 24, Ravens 13.
Mr Football

Mount Rainier, MD

#11 Dec 16, 2008
Dumb Idea Detector wrote:
Sure, Flacco was terrible and his mechanics the past few weeks leave a lot to be desired--he's throwing flat-footed and seems to be pushing the ball. However, the coaches are also to blame.
They need to show some confidence in Flacco by letting him throw on 1st down, rather than on obvious passing downs. We ran the ball on almost every 1st down. Put him in a position to succeed.
Three times this year the Ravens have outplayed their opponent but lost because of ultra conservative play calling that allowed the game to remain just a one posession affair late in the game. Needleess to say, they lost all three.
Where's Cameron's genius when we're playing good team? He claims the creative plays won't work against good team, but how does he know when he doesn't try them? What doesn't work is run-run-pass-punt. The refs didn't blow it, the coaches did.
Couldn't agree more. Flacco had a bad game but consistently putting him in third and long with conservative play calling didn't help him out. The few play action passes we threw on second down worked great and gave Flacco a couple extra seconds in the pocket. Why didn't we do more of this. Also, why didn't we run a few screens and safe slants in the beginning of the game to get some offensive rythym and get Flacco some confidence. We played scared on offense the whole game and scared on defense that last drive. That, and not the terrible officiating, is why we lost the game.
Mongo

Leonardtown, MD

#12 Dec 16, 2008
I am really impressed with the leadership provided by the veterans and coaches. To remain competitve and actually win as many games as they have with this many key players injured, and with one of the toughest schedules in the NFL, is impressive.

Baltimore, gotta feel good about this franchise (one out of two ain't bad).
robmeg34

Prince Frederick, MD

#13 Dec 16, 2008
Amazing Mike...Cam does not get criticized for the play calling. Those "shots downfield" as you now call them would have been ripped on as "jump balls" under Billick. Ridiculous how biased you really are. Our offense played not to lose which is the exact thing you ripped on us for years for doing.
pdm

Pittsburgh, PA

#14 Dec 16, 2008
Walker should be dismissed from team. Poor Bart Scott Ravens suck
SevernDave

Millersville, MD

#15 Dec 16, 2008
You're dead right about losing Fabian, Mike. Even with Ed Reed being as great as he is, our secondary is HORRIBLE at covering people! I don't understand why teams don't throw the ball 80% of the time against the RAVENS. You can't run the ball against us, but you sure can throw it! I think Ben could've beaten 'em all day LONG on Sunday by throwing the ball like he did on that last drive. And Rex pulling back on the rush and only sending 3 guys was incredibly stupid -- just leaves the secondary hangin' out to dry!!
gscaton1

Odenton, MD

#16 Dec 16, 2008
If Frank Walker has to play, its going to be a long day. We have to change the play calling and go back to the way we were playing. Up the middle on first and second and trying to get a long first down on third won't do it. I hope there first priorty next year is to get a wide receiver and a cornerback. With Flaco getting better and adding some important people I beleive we can really move up with the better teams. I would trade Todd Heap and try to get a top notch TE. He is not the same anymore and is always hurt. I am a die hard Ravens fan, my heart wants them to win but I really think we are going to get beat bad after that loss in Pittsburg, I hope not anyway.
mle

Baltimore, MD

#17 Dec 16, 2008
I thought 4th quarter defensive play calling was too much Prevent. We stuck them for 3.5 qtrs only to transition to three down lineman against a good qb. Defense is our engine, but we played scared to lose. McGahee's hands look like two cement blocks.
D-Will

Baltimore, MD

#18 Dec 16, 2008
mle wrote:
I thought 4th quarter defensive play calling was too much Prevent. We stuck them for 3.5 qtrs only to transition to three down lineman against a good qb. Defense is our engine, but we played scared to lose. McGahee's hands look like two cement blocks.
Much of the 4th qtr was not prevent D, Fabian went out with over 10 minutes to go and Big Ben just ripped thru the secondary. He made the DB's look like they were in prevent. He can dink and dunk with the best of them. As much as I love the Purple Birds, my hat goes off to P-Burgh. They find a way to win. There were too many Raven's points left on the field. How many times did we have 2nd and 4, 2nd and 5 ? I count at least 4 times between the First and Third Qtr. There were opp's where we could have taken control, but P-Burgh wasn't having it.....or we just blew the opp's. Whatever the way the season ends, who would've thought we could be in the position we're in right now. Most thought we'd be 5-11 and certainly no better than 7-9. The future looks good. Stop the moaning.
Bucktail

Westminster, MD

#19 Dec 16, 2008
pdm wrote:
Walker should be dismissed from team. Poor Bart Scott Ravens suck
Unfrozen Caveman Steelers fan. Get a grip, awww that's right you live in Pittburgh...nevermind.
kevin

United States

#20 Dec 16, 2008
kelly gregg should have made your list also but i dont ever expect you to give a white guy any credit. cameron played not to lose against pitt so of course we lost. washington got the kiss of death from harbaugh when john said he will be ok. usually means at least 4 weeks out. does harbaugh and preston think that kicker "made up" the story about walker spitting in his mouth? thats pretty disgusting -he didnt make it up. walker not only is the worst corner in nfl history but always seems to get penalties on special teams or personal foul penalties. walker is nothing but a thug who doesnt have the talent or disposition to be a raven. if washington cant play the whole game against dallas we will get crushed.

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