Re: So this is the mighty ravens we are supposed to be afraid of?
posted at 10/25/2011 2:27 AM EDT
In Response to Re: So this is the mighty ravens we are supposed to be afraid of?
[QUOTE]Didn't people say this about the Jets' offense last season ... right before they scored 28 against NE? The Ravens are just playing flat ... don't kid yourself, they are a quality team that is something to be reckoned with by NE in the playoffs.
Posted by zbellino[/QUOTE]
Completely agreed with zbellino as well as Nick, on their takes here... And admittedly, Yes- I didn't even watch a single minute of this game lol, Yet here's my quick take on 2011 Baltimore, thus far:
First, Ravens Defense is nasty...downright nasty. So obvious, we don't even have to bother discussing Ravens D, right? When you're anywhere & everywhere in The top 5, in every single one of the 8 or more Team Defense categories (5th best, right on down to #1), It usually means you sorta have a slightly semi-alright Defense. And we ALL know the long-held NFL mantra: Defense wins in the playoffs...
-that is, unless-
(the oft omitted)...
: Your Offense REALLY scr#ws things up.
So the pressing question IS The Ravens O (duh, right?). My take here is simple:
Look, Joe Flacco really ISN'T the greatest QB on earth...But year after year, EVERY year, He looks better and better.
And I'll tell ya straight-up: As it has stood in every year minus his rook season, IF you give me Joe Flacco +
The 2011 Ravens just exceptionally good Defense (even for their high D standards) +
A Running Game consisting of Ray Rice AND Ricky Williams (yes, even the 2011 "Ricky") +
A receiving corp of Anquan Boldin (in his 2nd, sure to be more comfortable year knowing Balt's system/players), And U of Maryland's lil' lightning bolt burner Baltimore just drafted-Torrey Smith (this rookie wideout is already lookin' REAL good...alot of us draftnuts liked what we saw from his collegiate vids), And 2 really young and so obviously thus far, Underrated 2nd year pass-catching TEs, in Dennis Pitta & Ed Dickson, And added to all this- the fact that ANY-one can make an argument for Balt's Ray Rice, as THE #1 best pass-catching RB in the league (as of today)...
-You give me THIS Offensive weapons to work with, and even just an "average", or "just above average"-Ravens QB in Joe Flacco, well...Flacco is in ZERO way, shape, or form, anywhere NEAR bad enough, to mess this thing up.
Q: So WhatInTH is goin' on then, In Baltimore's just mediocre Offense?
A: Imho...? The Coaches. They got the players. Honestly, what's the counter? After Flacco, Just Ricky Williams maybe? Look, say what'cha will about Ricky Williams in his 2nd stint with the league, but even with less carries, He is just SO consistant in yard average, every year (moreso than even Ray Rice, consistancy-wise).
To put it simply: It's the Coach (Offense). WhoeverTH is calling the plays, Has ZERO patience. Hmm, no...that sounds too positive. The O Coach doesn't even give these guys half a chance to find ANY rthym, at all. Hey, someone on here stated, "Jax's CBs were just ALL over Baltimore's wideouts!" Ah yea, that's gonna happen IF you've attempted a total of 12 running plays in the entire game. Was the running game there early on...? Again, I didn't watch...but the stats say= N-O. But 12 attempts?!?! You're not even giving it a CHANCE to establish itself!
I'll say, this is what I've seen, the games I HAVE watched 2011 Ravens Offense: IF the running game looks good, they CONSIDERABLY short-change the passing aspect. And vice-versa. Next game? O.k., Seeing as though the running aspect of our Offense (or passing), worked better than the other in last week's game, We'll start the game COMPLETELY over-reliant on the 1 which worked last week. If it succeeds (say, running the football good this, the following week), We'll 100% short-change the passing attack once again. But... IF it falters (what looked good the previous week- again say, the running game<or even a specific back />), THEN we'll entirely abandon this aspect as much as humanly possible, giving it ZERO chance to establish itself...at all. No chance for rhythm, No chance for consistancy, Showing a far too quick and per week, faltering belief in the in players accounting for the passing game/guys in the running game, And your Offense becomes exceptionally 1 dimensional, in far too many instances, and for far too long.
Anyway, who knows? Maybe I'm wrong...but that's what I'm seein'. Baltimore got away with doing this in past weeks, when either The singular running game (or player) stepped up and made good (or "good enough"), And/Or when The singular passing attack stepped up and made good (again, or "good enough"). This game? 12 attempts to run... Alright, we'll just throw the ball then...(Eh, didn't gameplan for a situation in which the 1 side of your Offense that you much too quickly banked on & decided was the only one you were going to rely on, would actually fall short itself).