Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ravens outcoached in loss to Patriots

Tom Brady is clearly a bit of a pansy. That doesn’t mean he isn’t a great quarterback but there’s no denying he is a spoiled one with a sense of entitlement (see video). But Brady does score the game, set and match in the verbal sparring with Ravens LB Terrell Suggs.

After the 23-20 loss in New England, Suggs had this quip when Brady’s stats on the day were brought up.

“He just better hope he don’t see us again.”

Brady’s response?

“He had his chance,” the quarterback said during his weekly interview with WEEI. “Maybe if he gets another chance he can try to back those words up. You know, we’ve played those guys a lot, and they’ve beat us one time in all the times that I’ve played them.

“They talk a lot for beating us once in nine years.”

Gisele’s other half has a point.

Last week following the Ravens victory over the Broncos John Harbaugh admitted that the victory wasn’t completely satisfying.

"The thing I'm disappointed with is finishing at times, finishing at the half, finishing at the end of the game."

Comments like that would suggest that the Ravens would put forth a more determined effort to finish teams and go for the jugular. Fast forward to the Patriots game and that wasn’t the case.

Joe Flacco said after the game that the Patriots did not present any new challenges in the second half that weren’t there before halftime. Yet offensive coordinator Cam Cameron seemed to attack New England’s defense more passively.

“I don’t think there was anything conservative about in that sense", said John Harbaugh. "I don’t think we executed it. I don’t think we did a good enough job as coaches explaining to our players exactly how to attack it. We say, ‘What can we do better as coaches and players to solve that issue?’ Here’s a team that had two weeks to prepare for us.

"They had some pretty good ideas against us.”

C’mon coach!

I’m ok with Harbaugh spinning it this way to the media but let’s just hope behind closed doors he’s pounding on the conference room table imploring his three of his coordinators to adopt a go-for-the-throat mentality.

The trouble is in the case of Cameron, that it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. Cameron’s tendencies as a coordinator for Marty Shottenheimer in San Diego, as head coach in Miami and as a coordinator in Baltimore aren’t exactly those of a killer. Remember Marty Ball? Who do you think was at least a co-creator of that?

This past Sunday the Ravens opted to run out of an empty backfield on third and 1. I think verbally telling the Patriots that Joe Flacco was about to run a sneak would have been more deceptive than what they actually did. At least then the opponents may have believed the Ravens were lying.

What about an audible there or a timeout when it became obvious the play was doomed?

"Audibling is overrated," Cameron said back on October 7. "It’s good to talk about and I could sit here and let you guys think that we do all of this audibiling and how clever we are. It depends on the way teams are playing you.

Cameron would add, “We could, if we choose to, audible with [Flacco] every down. But if it doesn’t fit who you’re playing, then why do it?"

Well Cam when the game is on the line I think it does fit!

How many times did we see Tom Brady audible at the line of scrimmage to check out of a play and take advantage of the Ravens’ dime package with a Danny Woodhead run?

It’s not that hard and to not allow Flacco to develop in that regard is to stymie his growth as a NFL signal caller.


Harryos29 said...

Harry OS 29 Oct 19th
In my Humble Opinion...Coach Harbaugh has let his early success go to his head. He needs to remember to WIN a Super Bowl, you must Take Chances. He needs to sit down one nite and View the Steelers vs Cardinals Superbowl. Kurt Warner and Ben ..continued to Air it out. The Harrison INT was the game changer, but it would not have been that CLOSE...had the two QBs not, continuously gone DEEP with their Passing game to FITZGERALD and HOLMES.
...Harbaugh has the tools...all he needs to do...is Trust JOE to air it out...and

Jerry B said...

Sure were! As I've stated elsehere, the best team didn't win this one; the best "coached" team did! By the way, is there any doubt that the "de facto" offensive and defensive coordinators in New England is none other than....Bill Belichick?!