Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Injuries, Turnovers & Bad Play Calling Doom Ravens

Wow, could that game have been any uglier? Could the players have played with any more heart?

The Ravens committed six turnovers and they collected two – officially. The fumble recovery at the end of the first half as time expired shouldn’t even count as a turnover but according to NFL statisticians it does. In my book the Ravens were minus 5 in the turnover department and when that happens and you face Carson Palmer, it’s a minor miracle that they even had a chance to tie the game at the end of regulation.

Oh, excuse me…they did tie it but some overzealous and inept zebra who needs to reacquaint himself with the cardinal rules of officiating, threw a flag on Todd Heap for simply disengaging from the bump of a defender.

What a joke!

As an official you never want to be the difference in the game when it comes down to the wire. The clown in Cincy apparently missed that officiating class. Need proof...here it is

Thankfully the kids weren’t around after that play because the f-bombs were flying from my mouth like 737’s at O’Hare.

That said I have to rewind to the play selection leading up to that point, just prior to Boller's pass to Heap.

Despite running the ball effectively, Brian Billick abandoned it. That is the second consecutive meaningful game that he showed very little patience establishing the run. Chris Chester and Marshall Yanda (when he wasn’t forgetting the snap count) had asserted themselves on the right side and Jason Brown proved that he could pull from left to right and create havoc on the suspect Bengals’ front seven. Willis McGahee had a feel and he had good body lean, accumulating yards in small spaces while falling forward.

This was the Cincinnati freakin' Bengals for crying out loud. If you can't run on the Bengals, who can you run on?

Marvin Lewis’ defense dared the Ravens to run. They sold out on the run and committed to the pass while sending untouched linebackers after Steve McNair. The situation was begging for delays, and draws and screens to temper the pass rush – a pass rush hell bent on protecting a secondary that was rather clueless. Yet Billick was stubborn. He lacked confidence in the run and it cost him his quarterback.

It’s one thing to lose a tough game to a division rival. It’s another to give one away and then leave Cincinnati with a devastating injury list that includes Ray Lewis (possible torn triceps), Steve McNair (ribs, groin?), Jonathan Ogden (chronic turf toe) and Daniel Wilcox (ankle).

The loss was bad enough. The residual affects of this game threatens the Ravens’ season.

It’s now time for the Ravens’ depth to step up and earn their paychecks. The team’s collective resolve will be tested.

It's hard to imagine a worse way to start the season.


Anonymous said...

I thought Billick's playcalling was great until the last drive. You run it 3 times and if Cincy stops you you tip your hat and go home. But we outgained them, pulled guards(!),ran when they thought we'd pass and pass when they thought we'd throw. For every "why can't we be less conservative whiner" it was a dream come true! Word today is we would have gone for two which I also agree with. Overtime on the road with all our injuries?? NO thanks.

Owings Mills

Anonymous said...

I get the impression that you think the Bengals are not very good. Is that true or did I misunderstand?

Rashad Gray's Blog said...

I think this is a good sign for the rest of the season(Just my opinion). Oh yeah, I feel sorry for the jets. They may be going back to New Jersey in an Ambulance. Go Ravens

Anonymous said...

Brian Billick gets outcoached once again. The last time the Ravens were in Cincy, Marvin Lewis dared the Ravens to pass. And we ran ourselves right out of the game. Monday night, Marvin Lewis dared the Ravens to run. And we passed up a golden opportunity to grab victory from the jaws of defeat. How long is it going to take the FO to realize that Brian Billick simply does not have the tools to manage the offense?