Eddie, he has been perfect. There is nothing else to say. I don't care if he is close or not, just make the darn kick. The kid has a really strong leg and swagger. His teammates seem to like him, and he should have a long career in Baltimore.
Come on, man. You can't have such a strong resume. I've been covering this league since 1987 and never heard of you.
might be looking for an OC, though. I agree with you about the call. I think you need to have Rice on the field, and in that situation he should get the ball. If he doesn't, at least use him as some type of decoy.
Don't knock Pierce. He is just doing his job and he didn't barely make the roster. The kid has real talent. He is going to be a good back some day in the
As for Cameron, a lot of people like to second-guess him, and I don't always agree with his decisions. But if you look back through his time in Baltimore, the offense usually is playing well by the end of the season and he has called some pretty good games in the postseason. He is far from being a problem for the Ravens.
I am, though, waiting for him to throw
a pass on a tackle-eligible play. If he runs that play and it succeeds, I'm voting for Cam as president.
Hi Buck. I thought Torrey would play, but I didn't know how well. He has always been a high-character person, much more mature than most players his age. He has been a father-type role model in his family and I think he taught them a valuable lesson Sunday about overcoming tragedies and carrying on. For a kid so young, he just has a strong presence about him and a great work ethic. I've seen a lot of players roll through the Ravens organization since they came to Baltimore for the 1996 season, and Torrey is up there with
as far as working out in the offseason.
I feel for him and his family, but they will be OK. That family had a great leader in Torrey.
They can always roll a safety to his side in support, and they've done that before with previous weak corners. They can rush Smith into the lineup, but apparently they don't feel Smith is ready. They can cut him. They can re-sign Mr. "Backdraft"
or they can just be patient and hope he gets better.
And of course, there is always prayer.
I think Pees has done just about everything possible to manufacture a pass rush. He has blitzed safeties and corners from off the edge, and brought linebackers from off the edge as well as inside the gaps. It's great to have pressure defense, but you can't blitz all the time.
Sooner or later, the Ravens have to start winning some battles up front. They have to win individual matchups. Great defenses really don't need to blitz a lot because they get pressure with their front four. Until that happens, the Ravens will continue to blitz but that also is gambling and sometimes you lose more than you win.
André, Costa Rica: What do you think Ray Lewis said to the defense before the Patriots' final drive? It really worked!
He probably said: "Hey fellas, we've been getting our butts kicked all year. It's time we came up with a stop. The bottom line is that this is Baltimore and in this town we play like a Raven. Well it is time some of you step up because if you don't step up we're going to take another step back. Where would you rather be right now? Here, playing in one of the great games of your life, or sitting at home on your kicks. Somebody make a play. We need a play right now, damn it."
By the way Andre, I've heard that speech about 30 times in 17 years. The "Where would you rather be?" speech is usually reserved for the playoffs.
Jerry, Timonium: Hey Mike, does the Ravens defense get caught off guard by running plays because they have to defend the pass more? It seems like the defensive backs have to make too many tackles versus the run.
They don't get caught off guard. This defensive unit has missed more tackles this season than any in the past 10 years. Some of the guys in the front four just don't get off blocks and the linebackers have been slow to plug holes, especially in short yardage situations. As for the guys in the secondary,
are excellent tacklers.
started smacking players around last week after he got embarrassed by the Eagles tight end leaping over him. That's what I like about Reed. You tick him off and he responds. That clip of him getting embarrassed was shown all over national TV.
Now, go back and look at the film before the game Sunday night. Take a look at Reed's face on the sideline during the national anthem. He is completely focused and has chewed every ounce of sugar out of that gum. He played well. As for Williams and Smith, what can I say?
They whiff a lot.
Why not chuck it up? I would have. It was great strategy and the Ravens did it a lot Sunday night.
My take on the officiating is that these NFL games are so terrible to watch that I have not watched a full game except for the Ravens. Once I start seeing all the flags and the numerous huddles by the officials, I turn it off. I decided a long time ago it wasn't worth getting frustrated over these games. I can have more fun cutting the lawn than watching inept officials.