Ravens offense failing to grow up during changing times in Baltimore

October 21, 2012 | Luke Jones

The Ravens must evaluate their offensive line and determine if this is really the best starting five, especially if they’re going to rely so heavily on the passing game in lieu of more carries for Rice earlier in the game. Is the combination of Michael Oher and Kelechi Osemele really their best bet with top pass-blocking tackle Bryant McKinnie on the bench as Flacco gets hammered by opposing defenses more weeks than not?

Beyond that, it’s time for Flacco and the rest of the offense to take a long look at themselves and try to figure out why they can’t duplicate — or at least come close to duplicating — what they’ve able to produce in their home stadium.

If it’s about execution, then execute. No more excuses.

The defense isn’t there to pick up the pieces anymore.

If they’re not up to the task, then maybe the Ravens aren’t capable of being a top-flight team.

Sunday began a stretch of four of five games on the road, and we’ll have a much better idea of what kind of team this really is at the end of that stretch.

In order to play postseason games at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens will need to play better on the road. They’re 1-2 away from Baltimore this year with only a lackluster 9-6 win over Kansas City to their credit.

Yes, it’s only one loss and the Ravens still stand at 5-2 this season — a point that must be remembered over the next two weeks — but the style points have never looked uglier in the Harbaugh era than they did on Sunday.

The defense was poor, but that’s become the cruel reality to this point in the season for the new-look Ravens. Even if it’s too proud to admit it, the Baltimore defense needs help and plenty of it.

Not only was Flacco and the offense unable to do the job against the tough Texans, but they were knocked out cold in an unmerciful beating.

No more excuses for a group that’s shown capable of scoring plenty of points in its home stadium.

It’s time to grow up because your big brother isn’t there to bail you out anymore.


5 Comments For This Post

  1. tsnamm Says:

    “The defense isn’t there to pick up the pieces anymore.” Boy you said it Luke…I couldn’t agree more with your analysis. If this team is going to win its going to be up to the offense, as it is patently obvious that this years Ravens D is mediocre at best. The losses on the defensive side of the ball this offseason have not been filled, and those decisions fall squarely on Ozzie’s shoulders. Whether it was due to money or whatever it has been shown to have been a huge miscalculation so far this season. Throw in all the injuries and its not a pretty picture. Harbaugh is always thin skinned about any criticism, but too bad, the buck stops there. They have time to right the ship, but they need to be honest about the shortcomings of this team and get to work.

  2. joe of bel air Says:

    Ravens have 5 more road games and I wouldn’t be surprised if the lost them all. What we are seeing this year on defense is the result of several poor drafts of defensive players by Ozzie. Guys like Arthur Jones, Kruger, Cody, Sergio Kindle and Jimmy Smith should all be making major contributions. Ozzie has a major rebuilding job to do on defense. I think it is going to be a few years brfore we see the Ravens defense of old.

  3. Dave from Abingdon Says:

    the bottom line is we are lucky to be 5-2, it could well be 2-5 at this rate. Flacco gets rattled to easily, and just doesn’t seem to have it in him when they fall behind…. They’ll be lucky if they clinch a playoff berth at all, because on yesterdays result they don’t deserve it

  4. Joe Says:

    It’s also time to but the spotlight on Ozzy who has a streak of bad draft picks that is costing us today. When you look at all the high draft picks we had on defense and none of them can contribute in a significant way as impact players then we are done (Kruger, T Cody, Kindle). So once Reed, Lewis, and Suggs are gone who do we have left besides Ngata and a fragile CB in Webb?

    (L.J. – It’s more than fair to point out that Webb has been their only draft pick to make a significant impact defensively since Ngata was drafted in 2006.)

  5. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Why is it that any other team can find receivers wide open down field, but we can;t? The reason is Camerons offence is still pitiful and with the D not what it used to be it really shows. Harbaugh needs to apologise to the fans for yesterdays performance and during the bye week think about replacing Cameron.

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