Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

September 28, 2009 | Glenn Clark

Here’s your Ravens Report Card for their win over the Browns:

Quarterback: A-

I know he put up a personal record 342 yards in the victory, but there WERE areas where Joe could improve. He STILL seems to overthrow Ray Rice in dangerous spots on the field; but he has been very good otherwise.

Running Backs: A

In fairness, Drew and I could have probably run behind the holes that offensive line was giving them. The only area that this unit could improve is seeing more explosiveness from space from Ray Rice. That will come with his touches. Willis McGahee has been absolutely tremendous.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: A-

Kelley Washington and Derrick Mason were tremendous again yesterday. It was nice to see LJ Smith get involved as well. It is still frustrating to not see Demetrius Williams contribute.

Offensive Line: A+

I would put more pluses on this if I could. That was one of the most impressive performances I have EVER seen from an offensive line. Only Jared Gaither’s penalty was a mistake. Through three weeks, this has been the team’s best unit.

Defensive Line: A

Not that I thought the Browns would run on this team, but they didn’t. There could still be more pressure here, but we’re basically nitpicking.

Linebackers: A-

Need more pressure, and they cannot lose their assignments like they did a couple times yesterday on short passing plays. Otherwise, this was another very good game for their unit.

Secondary: B+

This is going to look like a bad grade, but it isn’t. Ed Reed with a bad penalty on Joshua Cribbs (he said he thought the ball was uncatchable, but he clearly mistimed that hit), and Mike Furrey wiggled free a few times. But they really did play well.

Special Teams: B+

Again, B+ is a REALLY good grade. Don’t forget that. This team needs to figure out what’s going on in the return game. They really need more explosiveness, and ability to use returns as an offensive weapon. Chris Carr has been disappointing. He doesn’t need TD’s, he just needs to create.

Coaching: A

I thought (like Drew) that John Harbaugh left Joe Flacco in the game too long. Other than that, it is hard to criticize a win like that.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says play up front from Oher, Gaither, Birk, etc. making Ravens look like Super Bowl contenders

Drew Forrester says Ravens ‘very good’, Browns ‘very bad’

Glenn Clark can’t imagine how anyone watched any Orioles-Indians this weekend

Ed Frankovic says Caps topped Rangers in final preseason game

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco threw for career high 342 yards and TD as Ravens trounced Browns

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Cameron, Flacco ‘comfortable with opening playbook to fullest extent’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice finally breaks through for first career TD

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason hauled in 800th career reception in win

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says McGahee’s 2 TD’s made him leading scorer in NFL

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison wonders if McGahee should be Ravens’ top back

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Foxworth set tone for good day from secondary with early INT

The Official Site says Harbaugh happy with win, thinks Ravens ‘can play better’

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says 29 yard FG from Cundiff only good news of day for Browns

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens stayed in first place in AFC North with win

The Sun’s Mike Preston says LJ Smith made first catch in purple in victory

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Brendon Ayanbadejo added 2nd INT of career in victory

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives especially high praise to all Ravens units for performance against Cleveland

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Derrick Mason abused Brandon McDonald and Abram Elam on 72 yard TD

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Patriots up next for red hot Ravens

6 of 6 Sun analysts thought Browns woeful in defeat

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says 70,950 at M&T Bank Stadium saw Ravens spank Browns

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dawan Landry added pick for Ravens in win

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says ’09 Ravens looking like ’00 Super Bowl champion Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Ryan Chell says Cribbs ‘very disappointed’ with inability to get anything going against Ravens

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says neither Brady Quinn nor Derek Anderson could get anything going for Brownies

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says D’Qwell Jackson thought Flacco ‘much better in person’ than on film

Canton Repository’s Steve Doerschuk says Mangini wouldn’t settle on QB after loss

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ravens have allowed just 153 rushing yards through 3 games

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Mason proving to be more than just ‘possession’ receiver

SI’s Don Banks imagines Ravens will remain atop power rankings

SI’s Peter King says Ravens best team in NFL

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says McGahee ‘difference maker’ for Ravens

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says McGahee helped himself by staying in Owings Mills this offseason

CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyel thinks Browns could be quitting

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens will stay on top of power rankings

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Matt O’Donnell
says Chris Tillman rocked as Birds swept by Tribe

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep

The Official Site’s Matt O’Donnell says Hendrickson takes Tropicana Field mound tonight against Niemann, Rays

Indians Official Site’s Anthony Castrovince says David Huff outstanding as Indians shut out O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 29,930 at Progressive Field saw Tribe sweep Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Tillman shut down after losing to Indians

The AP says Trembley thinks streak ‘rough 10 games’ for Birds (It’s been a ‘rough 10 years’ for Orioles fans)

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Dennis Manoloff says Shoppach crushed 3 run bomb for Indians in win

Akron Beacon Journal’s Sheldon Ocker says David Huff made strong case to Mark Shapiro to start in 2010 with performance Sunday

Canton Repository’s Josh Weir says LaPorta also homered for Tribe in win

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph expects Travis Baltz to miss 2 weeks

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ferrara ‘likely’ to punt in place of injured Baltz

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Terps still haven’t beaten FBS team this season

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps off to worst start since 1997

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Ralph reported Pinegar had ‘bruised butt’

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps not necessarily dead in the water in awful ACC

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps were ‘lifeless’ at end of loss to Rutgers

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Chris Turner, Da’Rel Scott, Adrian Cannon have been disappointments for Maryland

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge ‘plans on getting better’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says OG’s Bennett Fulper, Lamar Young both nicked up

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps as bad statistically as they’ve been on field

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have -10 turnover ratio right now

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps allowing way too many points off turnovers

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens looks back on lowest moments for Chris Turner

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen imagines Jamari McCullough will be back at ‘full strength’ against Clemson

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 11th in power rankings

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Birchenough says ’10 prospect Max Garcia interested in Terps (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says CB Blake Carter leader for Midshipmen

The Official Site says Staubach, Kaheaku-Enhada amongst best players in Navy-Marine Corps Stadium history

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Academy auctioning off uniforms worn by Mids against Toppers

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says Mids were particularly good on 3rd down against Hilltoppers

Go Mids recognizes Ricky Dobbs, Kwesi Mitchell, Brian Ackerman for their play in win over Western Kentucky

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Not having Travis Baltz for 2 weeks is bad news . If they’re 1-5 going into the Virginia game that we’re taking the bus trip to, I might kill myself.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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