There’s a policy in the NFL that all teams get a 10-minute “cooling off period” before the media is allowed to enter the locker room following a game.
Today, in the aftermath of the shellacking in Houston, I gave myself a two-hour grace period before sitting down to opine on what we all witnessed at Reliant Stadium.
Strangely, my opinion hasn’t changed much since 4:15 pm.
The Ravens appear as if they’ve become “homers”.
You know the story by now. They’ve won 14 straight games at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
They can’t break an egg on the road.
But they sure can lay one.
I saw a lot of armchair coaches pointing the finger at Joe Flacco and the offense on Sunday as the Texans piled on the points in that 43-13 beatdown.
And I observed gobs of folks blaming the Baltimore defense for “not being able to stop anyone” as Houston controlled the ball and the game for the final 53 minutes.
Here’s the truth.
On the road, the offense isn’t very good. Remember last week against Dallas? They put up 31 points in a 2-point win over the Cowboys. There was that 31 point effort at home against New England and the 44-pointer over the Bengals on September 10.
At home, the Ravens offense is alive and creative and mobile, not to mention efficient both on the ground and in the air.
On the road, they have as much energy as a hammock. They don’t do anything well.
The rest of the truth?
The defense isn’t very good, home or away, but Sunday in Houston it was pretty much a disaster throughout the afternoon as the Texans picked them apart in the air and ran through them on the ground.
If you’re of the mindset that “someone” has to get the blame, go ahead and blame away.
Cam Cameron absolutely deserves to be criticized. At home, he puts together a game plan that helps garner points and win games. On the road, his game-plan mostly brings snickers and f-bombs from those of us who don’t cover our eyes when the Ravens go on offense.
There was a point mid-way through the 4th quarter on Sunday when the Ravens were faced with 3rd and 3 and they were in four-down territory, trailing 36-10. The third down play was a pass. As was the fourth down play. The Ravens were saved by a questionable pass interference call that extended the drive, but you get the point. Looking at 3rd and 3 and knowing his offense was in a four-down situation, Cameron elected to pass on 3rd down. Why not run there? If you only pick up one or two yards, you run again on 4th down to get the first down. If you can’t pick up three yards on two running plays in the NFL, you – as the coordinator of that sorry group – and your offensive line and running back shouldn’t get a meal or refreshments on the plane flight home.
Joe Flacco is going to get the hot-seat treatment this week from fans and media and let’s be fair, he deserves it. He had the ball in his hand and the game in the balance in week #2 at Philly and couldn’t do anything. Under his direction, the Ravens offense managed three measly field goals in a sleepy 9-6 win at Kansas City three weeks ago. At home, he’s been spectacular at times. On the road, he’s looked like a 15-handicapper playing against Tiger Woods. There were also some lackluster offensive efforts last season in Jacksonville and Seattle, but in all fairness to the quarterback, last year is last year. I’m only worried about this season. And so far, in three away games, the offense and the quarterback of John Harbaugh’s team have been borderline woeful.
(Please see next page for more)