Monday, October 12, 2009

Ravens v. Bengals: The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox


The Good: Michael Oher started his first NFL game at left tackle and made the transition seamlessly. He handled NFL sack leader Antwan Odom the entire game, holding the Bengals’ QB killer to 0 sacks and 2 tackles…Ray Rice had another productive afternoon both running and as a receiver gaining 69 yards on the ground and another 74 yards by air including a 48 yard TD reception – a little swing pass that looked dead on arrival yet Rice somehow kept his balance and took it to the house…Jarret Johnson has been the team’s steadiest defender all season and Sunday was no exception. Perhaps Greg Mattison could use Johnson as an example to the rest of his unit when preaching how to play smart, tough and disciplined football…Contrary to his opposite side counterpart, Fabian Washington was solid in coverage.

Bad: If you think that five games is a pretty decent body of work to evaluate a player’s performance, then you would have to agree that Chris Carr has been a bust. He plays scared as a returner and has bad instincts as a defender. Down the stretch in yesterday’s game, Carr and Ed Reed bracketed Chris Henry along the sideline with Carr responsible for the short space and Reed deep sideline. Palmer still completed the out pattern when he had to with only 48 seconds remaining. Carr also committed a penalty on the Bengals final drive and followed that play up with soft coverage on Chris Henry for an 8 yard gain just prior to the 2 minute warning. He then was tripped up by the turf monster when covering Andre Caldwell a few ticks prior to the Palmer to Caldwell game winner…Domonique Foxworth looked a bit lost all afternoon and quit on the long completion to Chris Henry after realizing he was being flagged for downfield contact…Dawan Landry is having a very subpar year and it might be time to find his replacement. Just prior to the game winning touchdown, Landry had a great opportunity to break on a ball thrown right in front of him to TE Daniel Coats. Instead he just stood passively in the end zone. Landry isn’t making tackles and he isn’t covering. It’s about time for Landry to sit…

Joe Flacco had no rhythm, looked out of synch from the start, forced a ball in the red zone and was intercepted taking away a valuable 3 points and then missed a wide open Mark Clayton on a fly when facing a 3rd and 10 from the Bengals 49 with 2:28 left in the game. Given that he’s now an accomplished second year signal caller, this was arguably Flacco’s worst effort as a pro…Ray Lewis is the defensive leader and should know better than to be overly aggressive in crunch time. His hit on Chad Johnson was completely unnecessary and helped the Bengals win. Not one of Lewis’ tackles was for a loss and several were well downfield. He is suffering from Kelly Gregg’s poor play…Gregg no longer has that quick first step and without gaining that leverage he is pushed around rather easily. That allows opponents to double up on Haloti Ngata which makes him less of a force. The run defense is very overrated at this point.

Ugly: The Ravens are playing a very undisciplined brand of football and that flies in the face of what John Harbaugh stands for. They are the most penalized team in the league and until they clean it up, the striped shirts will continue to make calls against them…Harbaugh and his staff were badly outcoached particularly Cam Cameron. The Bengals were determined to prevent the big play and to stuff the run. We heard time and time again during the preseason how the Ravens need to attack the intermediate area between the hash marks. The Bengals challenged Cameron and Flacco to do that and they backed down and ultimately the offense failed.

The Megan Fox: I have been critical of Ed Reed’s play so far this season, saying in so many words that he doesn’t even look like he wants to be on the field. Yesterday he was one of just a few Ravens who came to play. He looked like the All-Pro he was down the stretch in 2008. He supported the run, made a tackle for a loss, he stripped Chad Johnson to force a turnover as the Bengals were driving late in the second quarter and of course his Pick Six. Hands down Ed Reed was yesterday’s player of the game.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

TL, well-done. Agree 100% with your assessment. Gaither had better hurry up and get well, or he's going to lose his job as left tackle.

Jerry B said...

Yes, TL, there are more questions than answers at this point. Solid pass defense begins and ends with the pass rush and, so far, we're not getting it done. On at least one occasion yesterday, both Suggs and Nghata dropped back in pass coverage, which is a total waste of talent. Mattison seems determined to rush with 4 and give the backs "help" in coverage most of the time, which means QBs will have plenty of time to pick out an open receiver, which yesterday was in the middle of the field all day! Why doesn't Kelly Washinton get more playing time? Is Demitrious Williams still a member of this team? What's our "identity" on offense? Where's the "three-headed monster" that was so effective last year? I could go on, but you get the point. Incidentally, we truly miss Jim Leonhard's tackling in the secondary and have yet to find a suitable replacement for Scott - Gooden is NOT THE ANSWER!

Harryos29 said...

HARRY OS 29 OCT 12TH
...BACK WHEN I WENT TO SCHOOLTHIS WAS A BIG DAY..COLUMBUS DAY.. THE MAN WHO DISCOVERED AMERICA...
.. I THINK WE NEED SOME 'DISCOVERY' IN THE RAVENS BACK FIELD. TONY IS %100 RIGHT ON...
DWAN LANDRY NEEDS TO SIT..(IS DWAN STILL HURT..WHO KNOWS..BUT WE KNOW ONE THING..HE AIN'T NOW JIMMY LEONARD) LETS TRY THE KID FROM NOTRE NAME BACK THERE...WE KNOW HE CAN THROW A PUNCH. MAYBE HE CAN KNOCK DOWN SOME PASSES..
THE BOTTOM LINE IS, IF WE ARE GOING FULFULL THE PROMISE...THAT BEGAN WITH THE FIRST THREE GAMES...WE GOTTA GET BETTER...ELSE ITS BACK TO A SEASON LIKE 2007; AND NONE OF US WANTS THAT :-(