Paul, there is zero chance that the Ravens just let Joe Flacco walk away at the end of this season.
The Ravens have invested too much time in him.
Flacco will be franchised, unless his asking price comes way down on a contract.
There was also talk of the Ravens using the transition tag on Flacco. However, that does not make sense since there would be no compensation if any team was able to come to terms with Flacco and the Ravens chose not to match.
Trades in the
are difficult, and when it comes to starting quarterbacks they are almost impossible.
This will be the main storyline for the Ravens this entire offseason, so enjoy the show.
Coach John Harbaugh stated during his news conference that the Ravens were trying to keep the Broncos on their heels since they were trying to make a substitution.
But we need to call a timeout right here. Maybe the coaching staff should concentrate on getting Flacco off his heels before trying to keep an opponent on theirs. Flacco had a terrible first half, and this was the first glimmer of hope.
The entire Ravens organization, if they choose to move forward with Flacco, needs to focus on making him a more consistent player.
Good Joe/Bad Joe used to be discussed by the half, and then the quarter, and now it is by the series.
You have to wonder what the Ravens, as an organization, were thinking as they watched Flacco take a personal timeout lying on the field, face down, and not moving for more than 20 seconds. Or as it is now known around town, "Flaccoing." Those thoughts couldn't be full of holiday cheer.
The Ravens cannot change the entire playbook with three weeks to go in the season.
New offensive coordinator
is going to be using the same plays as Cameron, but will be trying to develop a better flow in the game management.
Also, keep in mind this was his first game calling plays in the NFL.
This is going to be a rough transition with the quality of defenses the Ravens are playing.
Tom, every team deals with injuries.
The Ravens have had their fair share this season, but so has every other team in the league.
As far as writing the season off and judging the team’s trajectory, there are plenty of franchises in the NFL that would trade places with the Ravens in a second. The Ravens are going to the playoffs for the fifth straight season.
The Ravens have a top-level front office, and that group will keep the team in contention every season.
Do I think the Ravens are winning the
No, but I still dream of seeing
live at halftime in New Orleans. The playoffs are its own season, and the team that gets the hottest heading into the playoffs wins it every year.
If the Ravens go in on a five-game losing streak, you may not want to hold your breath.
Chris, imagine being Flacco and having to think what might happen against the
The Ravens need to get McKinnie out of Harbaugh's doghouse, dust him off, and get him into the left tackle spot. When you look at an offensive line that has Reid,
and Bobby Williams in the middle, you know it is going to be a rough game. The Ravens have to hope guard
comes back. Then they can move Oher to the right and shift Osemele to the left guard spot.
Those are the best five offensive linemen on the team and they need to play together.
Bryan, I believe it is a combination of two things.
First, Williams and Boldin are obviously frustrated with the way the team has performed over the past few weeks.
Second, I think it shows that Harbaugh has lost some control over the locker room.
The ability of the coach to control his team is the most important thing he has. Harbaugh is dealing with a lot of issues right now with not only the players, but also getting his offensive coaching staff on the same page. This is the first major bump in the road for Harbaugh, who has been very successful in his first four years.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the remainder of this season and into 2013.
Ozzie Newsome has been one of the top GMs in the NFL for a long time.
He will decide when he wants to leave the Ravens.
In all of the drafts you reference, the Ravens have been selecting at the end of the first round, and either attempted to trade out, or actually did trade back into the early part of the second round.
Newsome's draft record alone should tell you all you need to know about the players available when it was the Ravens’ turn to make a selection.
This might be the offseason for the Ravens to be more aggressive and move up in the draft for an impact player, and make a splash in free agency.
As far as the offensive line goes, it is obvious letting Ben Grubbs sign with the
was a mistake.
This is the first area that should be addressed in the upcoming offseason.
Wash, rinse, repeat!
Gerry in Bel Air: Enough about Cameron and Flacco – would you agree that it's time we start holding the head coach accountable? Defense made a head coach out of Billick and Harbaugh. The defense is falling apart and Harbaugh hasn't shown me much. He caved to the players when they objected to practicing in pads, fires Cameron with three games left, and his in-game decision-making is horrible. Is it just me?
Gerry, Harbaugh knows that he has to get better and fast.
When a head coach fires one of his coordinators, he knows that he is next on the pecking order. I’d expect that Harbaugh will be doing a lot to take full control of this team over the next few weeks and months.
Patrick in Berlin: How does this season's collapse compare to that of 2004? The similarities are eerie, to say the least.
This is not a clear-cut comparison. The Ravens are going to the playoffs this year, while the 2004 team did not.
Each year the Ravens dealt with a lot of injuries, and that has impacted each season.
I expect the Ravens to do better than 6-10 next year versus what the 2005 Ravens did as well.
I find it highly unlikely the Ravens will fire Pees.
He has done well considering that Terrell Suggs is playing on one arm and one leg, his best cornerback,
, is out with a knee injury, and safety
refuses to tackle anyone.
Are you kidding that you want Jerry Rosburg fired? He has the best unit on this team, and has done an excellent job with a rookie kicker in
and a new addition to the team in returner