Wednesday, October 11, 2006

WAITING ON MCNAIR

During Brian Billick’s press conference yesterday which for the most part told us very little, he addressed questions about Steve McNair and described how his starting quarterback is still coming to grips with the Ravens offense.

"I think he's getting more comfortable. It is a work in progress," Billick said. "You'd like for it to come quicker and there's a lot of things going on around him. There are some very good things done. There are some things he would tell you that he scratches his head and says, 'Boy, I can't believe I missed that.' We're still going forward with it."

Well coach I’m scratching my head too and wondering what is taking so long? The cynic would ask, “What’s to learn?” when it comes to the Ravens offense? But I won’t take that route. I’ll simply ask, “Might McNair’s learning curve be a convenient excuse for the offensive inadequacies of your team?”

All three of his interceptions on Monday Night were the result of poor decision making. Whether it’s Pop Warner, in the schoolyard, on the sandlot or in the NFL, you don’t throw the ball in places where McNair threw the ball on Monday. I’m sorry but I just don’t think that has anything to do with understanding the intricacies of an offense.

And while we patiently await for your $11 million bonus baby to get comfortable coach and while we all hide behind the smoke and mirrors of a misleading 4-1 record, I’m wondering why the Ravens 12 year vet, multi-Pro Bowler, former Co-MVP QB is taking so long to find his comfort zone while a certain rookie QB in Arizona adeptly runs a no huddle offense.

4 comments :

Birdman in Canton said...

I heard last week that Billick went back to look at 3 or 4 years of McNair's passes to see what made him comfortable...are you kidding me...should'nt that have been done PRIOR to spending 11 million dollars or at least in pre-season?

Augustine said...

We may want to take a look at when McNair thrived- and when he did, he had a running game, which we have, but, only comes on the field on 3rd Down...aka Musa Smith...Jamal is done and is impacting our offense and if you want to talk about Bonus Babies and money- well look at how much money is wrapped up in Lewis and Anderson for this year- those moves together made and continue to make no sense...Neither had a part in any of the wins, especially the drives at the end of the games....Let's not be so typical this time around and focus in on the QB when the real issue is our running game or lack thereof

Tony Lombardi said...

Augustine....there's no one person to blame for the Ravens inept offense. If you peruse around the site, you'll notice we've spread the blame and clearly McNair needs to accept a large part of the blame for Monday's loss. He made 2 passes he had no business attempting and a third that was clearly underthrown. Clarence Moore bears some of the responsibility there but let's call it what it was -- poor execution on McNair's part.

I have to wonder if you would defend Boller had he made the same three throws...

By the way, Lewis and Anderson collectively don't approach the S.B. of McNair.

Let's hope things change soon...

Wayne said...

I have to agree that Jamal is done. The holes have been there but he takes to long to get to the line and his decision making is poor at best. He is not running with passion and is easily being tackled on first contact, something that never happened in the past. I think we need to find out if Musa can take the grind. He is much better at getting outside and rarely drops a pass. Jamal is awfull at catching passes. I even think the Mike has a lot left in his tank and he clearly runs harder and can change direction if the hole isn't there. He too can catch out of the backfield and gain yards.