Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mason will return yet Ravens will benefit from his absence

Derrick Mason will be back. In a few weeks he’ll spin it that he got caught up in the emotion of Steve McNair’s death and the retirement announcement was a result of that. He’ll say something to the effect that he knows McNair would want him to continue playing and that he’ll dedicate this season to his friend.

But let’s make no mistake about it this whole retirement charade is the brainchild of his agent Lamont Smith.

And it just might work. Mason could get a year added to his deal and you know what, he deserves it!

However, until he decides to return the Ravens can and will benefit from Mason’s absence. The reps normally assigned to Mason will be given to Mark Clayton, Clayton’s to Demetrius Williams, Williams’ to Marcus Smith, Smith’s to Kelley Washington.

It will enable Flacco to develop a stronger rapport with the other receivers which in turn will strengthen the depth at the position particularly when Mason returns. I did say “when” not “if.”

For those concerned about Mason, don’t be. He looked great during OTA’s and his conditioning has always been excellent. When he reports to Westminster sometime in August it will be as though he was never away.

Well almost…

Clayton didn’t get the opportunity to get in synch with Flacco last summer primarily because Flacco rarely took snaps with the first unit. That changes this year. Maybe the pair will even develop the little idiosyncrasies that Flacco shares with Mason. The same could be said of Flacco and Williams.

Think of it this way…

In basketball if you detect that your opponent really favors his right, what do you do? Well of course you take away the right and force him to his left. If he doesn’t improve going to his left, he’ll lose. Similarly if you take Mason away from Flacco, he’s forced to go elsewhere and when that improves, so will the success of the passing game.

We’ll see you soon Derrick.

But take your time...

Photo by Sabina Moran


Ben said...

Ok So here's the thing with Mason.

1.) He was thrust onto the field because of an injury to starters in Tennessee. He responds by having nearly 900 yards and the following year breaking out with 1100. So who's to say that an unproven Wide Out couldn't do the same as Mase?

2.) He was Mr. Third down because the PLAYS WERE DESIGNED FOR HIM TO BE OPEN. Cam is no fool he understands Mase gives us the best chance to win but if you give a QB time (which is why we drafted Oher), and clever play calling you will have another wide out get open as Clayton still was able to catch the ball from time to time.

3.) While Heroic last season Mason was a diva too. Don't get it twisted the "glorified Running Back" was still demanding the ball as evident in the Buffalo game in 06. So who knows what was going on along the sidelines and what effect that had on the play calling.

4.) Lastly Mason was getting up there in age. In order to stay and remain competitive you need a cohesive unit year in and year out. You can swap out certain parts but you need production from the skill positions and Offensive Line. We are built for the future with a young O line, RB situation, and with the exclusion of Ray and Pryce a younger D. So why not do the same with the WR position?

So please calm down everything will be fine.

Harryos29 said...

harry o 29 7/16
(28) Amani Toomer and get on with our lives..
I have never heard anything bad about Amani..he is big and can pull in the Deep passes...
Harry O'

A-Dubs said...

Well said Ben. Would love to have him back, but his loss will only be a temporary setback. He wouldn't have been on this team in a year or two anyway, so the worst that could happen would be a mediocre season this year and then it would be the same as it ever was. We'll figure it out.

Jerry B said...

Perfectly logical, TL. Sooner or later, however, this team needs a big time receiver who can "stretch the field" for their strong-armed second year QB. Frankly, I can't see one emerging from the present contingent, but those types of receivers are becoming as tough to gauge as QBs! It's the one position this team has never been able to fill, but we finally got our "franchise" QB, so it's just a matter of time......and luck, before we're able to nail down the WR position......