Bob, you aren't missing anything. If that is the way Flacco prefers to operate, I don't mind as long as he is successful. Actually, about two weeks ago, some of us in the press box did notice Flacco studying photos and talking to his coaches and teammates more. Maybe he feels more comfortable now with
as the offensive coordinator instead of
. I just hope Flacco steps up his game from this point on because he'll be contending with elite QBs, not rookies or some older ones, like
Harbaugh will only feel silly if they continue to improve and get better. With the changes made in the lineup, the offensive line is better, but I'm not sure it is good enough to beat a team like Denver. Instead of having a doghouse, I suggest Harbaugh either find a way to motivate the player(s) or cut him. It doesn't make sense to have a player getting paid, but no intention to use him whatsoever.
I start Ray Rice Saturday and keep subbing him with Pierce as usual. I then play the hottest player. It's playoff time, so there is no time to be worried about egos and sulking. If you lose, you go home. Under that circumstance, I stay with the player who gives me the best chance of winning and the other just has to settle with less carries. It's really good to have this kind of problem, if you want to call it that, at this time of year.
A lot of fans have gotten giddy after the Ravens beat the Colts, but you need to look at the overall picture as far as the team salary-cap situation, age of players and possible backups. The Colts may have been a playoff team, but they weren't that good. Kruger played well, but I want to see him do that against quality teams. Boldin also played well, but I'm not sure he is worth $6 million per season. As for Reed, the Ravens should just say thanks, but no thanks. There is no second guessing on that one.
He does have the body type and certainly the range. I'm not sure that he will be a good corner yet, but I also like his potential at safety. The key issue with Smith isn't his ability, but staying healthy long enough to the point where he can grow and learn consistently.
David, the media has addressed Cody's poor performance for the last two years. It's horrendous, and I think after this season, Ravens general manager
will have to admit he made a mistake by drafting him out of his alma mater, Alabama, and let him go. The most entertainment Cody provides on Sunday afternoons is the dancing on the field. And he isn't very good at that, either.
Sorry Cathy, Webb and I aren't in the same social circle. I assume he is well and recovering.
First of all, I'd show my team Flacco laying on the turf at M&T Bank Stadium and remind them of how Denver kicked their sorry butts in the first game. I'd tell them they had to play the near perfect game, which means they can't have two major turnovers in the first half like last game. I'd play up the underdog role and how no one expects us to win, and then I would just gamble, turn it loose and play a wide-open style. The Ravens need to come into this game loose and confident. They also need to win the battle of the interior lines. They've got to be able to run the ball and stop the run, which they didn't do in the first game.