Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ravens @ Eagles (Preseason): The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox

The Ravens fell to the Philadelphia Eagles in the City of Brotherly Love by the score of 13-6 in a preseason game that put to sleep even the patrons in the Red Bull section at The Linc.

We all expected sloppy offensive play given the abbreviated training camp and the lost OTA’s but this was even worse than expected. Eagles fans should be demanding a refund.

THE GOOD: Dennis Pitta made a great catch on the very first offensive play and added 3 more catches on his way to a four catch, 47 yard performance. Jalen Parmele ran hard and posted 35 yards on 7 carries. One of the pleasant offensive surprises during camp so has been the performance of UDFA WR LaQuan Williams who looked sudden while chipping in with 3 catches for 46 yards. Tandon Doss continues to impress and seems fearless in traffic and RB Damien Berry has a burst and an elusiveness that needs to be watched.

On the defensive side Paul Kruger, Sergio Kindle and Arthur Jones all look like they can add something special to the Ravens defense. Each is relentless and showed an ability to disrupt plays in the backfield. Newcomer Bernard Pollard looks like a playmaker and could eventually be the starter if Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura continue to contribute rather pedestrian efforts.

THE BAD: Chris Carr looked lost at corner while Ed Reed just punched the clock. I’m not sure what Tavares Gooden is doing on his supposed road to improvement but whatever it is, he needs a new GPS. Lardarius Webb is still looking for his jock at the 5 yard line trying to stay with the great Chad Hall. Cary Williams received many accolades for his performances thus far during camp but tonight he played soft in coverage on the edges, yielding far too much real estate to less than established receivers. The tackling on whole was awful as was the third down efficiency on both sides of the ball. By the way, was there a single receiver wide open tonight besides Ray Rice? How many Eagles were wide open?

Tyrod Taylor showed the world why the Ravens need a backup quarterback. I hope Ozzie Newsome sent, roses, candies and a full body massage the way of Mrs. Marc Bulger. I’m not a Troy Smith fan but if I had a choice between Taylor and Smith, it’s Smith every day of the week and twice on Sundays. But I’m still hoping for the Mrs. Bulger suck up. Taylor while wearing No. 2 made me think back to the days of Anthony Wright. And then I nearly shed a tear, wishing that Wright too might consider a comeback. Cam Cameron has been singing Taylor’s praises and it has me wondering when Cameron last visited the optometrist.

The coaching staff didn’t exactly bring their “A” game. They need work too! Substitutions were sloppy and they failed to challenge an interception by Eagles’ DB Jarrad Page who clearly had only 1 foot in bounds.

THE UGLY: The offensive line is a sieve. Oniel Cousins should just be cut tomorrow or just dress him up as a matador. He’s pathetic! But of greater concern was the play of Michael Oher. Maybe offensive line coach Andy Moeller needs to pick up the phone and call Sandra Bullock and snap No. 74 out of it.

The rule change to move the kickoff line to the 35 is ridiculous. The NFL has effectively taken away one of the more exciting plays in football. What’s next, flags for the quarterbacks?

THE MEGAN FOX AWARD: Megan was given the night off. There was not a single standout performance for the guys in the purple jerseys tonight.


Anonymous said... kick off rule is absolute bollocks!

Jerry B said...

Agree completely, TL! Oher has never looked as comfortable at LT as he did his rookie year at RT. If Cousins isn't gone today, it proves how bad the OL is. Depth there is a concern as well. The receiving corps will get better with experience, but until they do, they will struggle. There has never been a greater need for a back-up QB because Flacco will be under constant pressure this year. And, if Cameron continues to ignore the fact that he is more effective in the "shotgun", it's just a matter of time before he gets hurt! The D still needs a pass rusher, although Kindle showed flashes of why he was drafted last year - he could provide the answer IF....he can stay healthy! Gooden has never lived up to expectations, while Kruger could have a breakout year. Tackling last year was poor and there was no improvement last night. I keep wanting to think that they are not "rebuilding", but it's beginning to look more and more like they are. Finally, glad you mentioned the coaching. A plethora of talent provided "cover" for this coaching staff the last few years, but we're going to learn much more about their ability this year and that means from top to.....bottom!