The pass from quarterback
During a 24-23 defeat to the
Cameron remains convinced it was the proper strategy, albeit not the best execution. He emphasized that the last sequence was longer than the 4th-and-1 listed in the official stat book, perhaps as long as two-and-half yards to gain the first down.
"I really felt good about the calls that we made," Cameron said. "If that was a legit third-and-1, we probably would have run the football or had the chance to. I like the idea of our quarterback having the ball in his hands, five potential receivers and the possibility of him to scramble and improvise versus running the football into two unblocked guys. That was the plan, we didn't execute it. I think that's probably the issue."
Flacco completed only 8 of 25 second-half passes with an interception on a third-and-short, a throw he forced into triple coverage. Other than
So, why not run the football?
"There is some truth to what you are saying, but it wouldn't affect the call," Cameron said. "I'm going to have a ton of confidence in Joe. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence in anyone else. Will we do that all the time? No, but in critical situations you are going to see that a lot."
Rice rushed for 99 yards on 16 carries, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He has no carries on third or fourth down this season.
"When we looked at the film, they were great calls," Rice said. "It was just a little off in execution. The time when [tight end]
The Ravens made minimal use of Leach, a devastating lead blocker. The All-Pro played just 19 percent of the offensive snaps — 13, including eight runs.
"I really don't count 'em," Leach said. "If I play five plays or 50 plays, I want to be effective. You can't ever second-guess the play-calling."
"He's a power guy, one of the best in football," said Hoge, an
Emotional game for Pees
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees used to huddle with the
Now, Pees is preparing for quarterback
Promoted from linebackers coach to run the defense in January, Pees acknowledged this game holds something extra for him.
"It's always an emotional day," said Pees, the Patriots' defensive coordinator from 2006 to 2009. "I'm not going to lie about that and act like it's just another game. It's a big game for me. I think I mentioned it once before, it's kind of like when you go out and you play golf against somebody and you want to win, but when you play your brothers, you really want to win.
"There's a lot of friends over there on the other sideline, a lot of old colleagues, a lot of players that I coached. So, yeah, sure it's an emotional game. It always is."
Pees left New England following a 33-14 loss to the Ravens in an
When asked why he left New England to join the Ravens' staff three years ago, Pees shed no light Thursday, saying: "Personal reasons."
Pees has consistently denied that he was fired or that he left because of a medical condition that flared up when he had a bad reaction to
"I decided not to go back there," Pees said in January when he was introduced as defensive coordinator. "My contract was up. I didn't renew my contract. I was not fired, and I decided to explore other avenues. And this was a great avenue to explore."
Pees said he has maintained a strong rapport with Belichick.
"My relationship with him is great," Pees said. "We still speak on occasions when we're playing a team that's a common opponent and we aren't playing each other. In certain years, we'll discuss things. It's a great relationship."
"I'm ready to go," Pollard said. "I'm excited to be playing. Is my pain gone? Yeah, man, I'm ready to go. When my mind is made up that I'm going, I'm not going to hold anything back and I will not.
"Nobody really cares. Once I'm in uniform, everybody expects plays to be made and they expect you to win. I'm playing. It's going to be all good."
McPhee said his knee is sturdy enough to hold up for the entire season.
"I'm a soldier," McPhee said. "I don't think anything is really wrong with my knee. We're just being cautious with it. I'm going to go out there and fight."
McClain downplayed the severity of the ailment.
"My knee is good," McClain said. "It's working like always."
Dickson not angry
Although he's been supplanted on the depth chart by Dennis Pitta, tight end
Pitta leads the Ravens with 13 receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown while being targeted a team-high 24 times.
Pitta played 44 snaps and caught eight passes for 65 yards while Dickson played 36 snaps against the Eagles, catching one pass for 23 yards.
"I'm not going to get upset about it," said Dickson, who has three catches for 45 yards. "I'll get a lot of playing time like Dennis. We both get opportunities to make plays. If they see me with a guy that can't guard me, they're going to go to me. If they see Dennis with a guy who can't guard him, they're going to go to him."
Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg lamented a lost chance on a fake punt run where