Monday, November 22, 2010

Ravens Notes & The Inside Skinny

The Ravens play four of their final six games at the comfy confines of M&T Bank Stadium. The two road games are in Houston and Cleveland which carry a combined round trip travel distance of just under 3,100 miles. Two of the last three games are in Baltimore; home games against the Saints and Bengals sandwich a roadie against the Browns. The Ravens should be well rested for the playoffs. Taxing travel and an unfavorable schedule are not valid excuses for any missteps during the balance of the regular season.

Lardarius Webb did not record a defensive statistic against the Panthers. Chris Carr started opposite Josh Wilson while Webb was relegated to about 10 snaps as the nickel. Might the coaching staff be sending a message to the promising second year player or is this simply a case of Carr and Wilson being more deserving. Webb you may recall was a very effective blitzer as a nickel in 2009. This competition will be an interesting one to watch.

In the past the Ravens lacked fire power in the passing game. Might they not have too much? It seems to me that there is an unnecessary amount of attention placed on ball distribution. It might be time for the Ravens to simply go with what is working best and not be so concerned about hurt feelings. For my money, the trio of Boldin-Mason-Stallworth is a more complementary posse than one that replaces Stallworth with Houshmandzadeh.

Much was made on message boards about a confrontation between Joe Flacco and Derrick Mason on the Ravens sideline during Sunday's game against the Panthers. From what we hear, the verbal sparring was born out of competitive frustration - two players challenging each other. I'd be more worried if they didn't care enough. Word is there are no hard feelings stemming from the spat.

Josh Wilson was torched for an 88 yard score by Panthers' rookie WR David Gettis. One source has indicated that just prior to the snap the Ravens changed the back end coverage from Cover 2 to Cover 3. In a Cover 2 scheme, both safeties play deep halves of the field and the corners play shorter zones. In a Cover 3 the corners and the free safety cover deep thirds and the strong safety moves into a short zone. Wilson didn't get "the memo" and played Cover 2 while the others repositioned for Cover 3.

A bad pre-snap communication cost the Ravens 7 and not necessarily a bad play by Wilson.

And now you know the rest of the story.


Harryos29 said...

Harry OS 29 Nov 22
Thanks for shedding some lite on JOSH Wilson, allowing the 80 yd TD by the rookie. Normally, the DB or SAFETY, who is running madly after a streaking wide receiver, is not the CULPRIT!

However, FACTS are FACTS; Josh Wilson did not go through training camp with this team and I'm sure is still learning the defensive calls. Nevertheless rule one for a DB is to, never let the receiver get behind you. So much for rule one!

Jerry B said...

TL: The Mason-Flacco confrontation may just be misplaced frustration at an offense that has the weapons and fire power ("O" line may be the exception!)to be more productive, but a coordinator who hasn't felt compelled to instill a sense of urgency until it's required! The league has become obsessed with passing due to the stringent pass defense rules and new edict that prohibits/inhibits aggressive attempts to separate the receiver from the ball, so the Ravens should be passing more not less! In fact, championships that used to be won with defense will now be won with.....offense!

Harryos29 said...

Jerry B, once again makes a valid point. I do not understand the THINKING over at the CASTLE in OWINGS MILLS. They annointed CAM CAMERON offensive Genuis just like Brian Billick was annointed back in 1999 when he arrived in Baltimore!
..We all know how that turned out...
...I thing I blogged earlier...that the Ravens have TOO MANY TOYS on Offense..and nobody at the Castle knows how to use them. JERRY B is right about the Relaxed Defensive rules. MY GOD CAM...THROW IT DEEP and THROW IT OFTEN.
...If I was the O-coordinator..I would still run the ball...but now that Stallworth is healthy and we are seeing how FAST David Reed can run (84 yard kickoff return) put them in the MIX on offense. Didn't the Panthers insert a ROOKIE into their line up...who turned on the JETS and Burned JOSH WILSON. Rookies can be an asset; but.. ONLY if you give them a chance...
again... COME ON MAN