Your Monday Reality Check: I Get Why You’re Saying You’d Prefer Blowouts

December 10, 2012 | Glenn Clark

It didn’t take long.

“The thing is-I’d prefer them to be getting blown out than losing the way they’re losing.”

I can’t remember who it was, and I apologize if it was you. It wasn’t long into “The Nasty Purple Postgame Show” Sunday night on WNST that I got the first one. And it wasn’t the only time I heard/read it Sunday. I got it in a few emails and social media messages.

It wasn’t the most infuriating thing I heard Sunday night. In fact, it wasn’t really infuriating at all.

I get it. Honestly, I get it.

I mean, I hope all of us who were greatly bothered by seeing the Baltimore Ravens suffer a second consecutive loss Sunday (this time in overtime at the Washington Redskins) are understanding that 1-the team’s season is FAR from over and 2-no organization with a 9-4 record in a NFL season can EVER be vastly concerned about the following season or any seasons to come.

The only thing the organization can be concerned about is winning their next game, a visit from the Denver Broncos in the case of the Baltimore Ravens.

While you’re questioning the future of the Offensive Coordinator, the quarterback, who stays and goes on the defensive side of the ball and who could be cut to free room under the salary cap; the organization is ONLY concerned about how to break a lengthy losing streak against Peyton Manning and how a maligned Offensive Line can contain Von Miller.

They’ve thought about some of those same things, but they’ll worry about them after the season.

Some of you are struggling with the notion that the season hasn’t ended for the Baltimore Ravens in the course of the last eight days. It was rain falling today in Charm City, but it felt like it was the sky.

If the Ravens HAD been blown out in their last two games and hadn’t managed to pull off a few miracles (a missed Dan Bailey field goal lifting them past the Dallas Cowboys, the impossible 4th & 29 conversion in San Diego) or hold on in some of the uglier games in recent franchise history (wins at Kansas City and Pittsburgh that came without a single offensive touchdown), the Baltimore Ravens would sit at 5-8 and feel much more comfortable about declaring both the season over and welcoming panic within the building at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills.

Instead, they have all but clinched a fifth consecutive postseason appearance and are in no ways guaranteed to not be able to make a run towards a second consecutive AFC Championship Game appearance.

When you tell me you’d prefer blowouts, I understand what you’re really saying. You’re REALLY saying you don’t think the Ravens are going to make that type of run and you’d prefer to see the organization start answering more difficult questions now than have to wait another four or five weeks.

It’s understandable. The most likely scenario for the Ravens is that they’ll enter the playoffs as the AFC North champion (they need only one more win in any game the rest of the way to lock it up) but having lost anywhere from two to four (or I guess even all five) of their final five games. It’s reasonable to assume they won’t enter the postseason playing a particularly consistent level of football.

It’s easier for us to discuss long term questions like “should Cam Cameron be fired?”, “how much is Joe Flacco worth?”, “what do you do with Michael Oher?”, “has Jimmy Smith made enough progress to feel comfortable letting Cary Williams walk?”, “is there any future for Ed Reed here?” and “would cutting Anquan Boldin provide the cap room the organization needs?”

But the only real questions at the moment are more along the lines of “what will the team do if they’re missing Marshal Yanda for a significant amount of time?”, “can Ray Lewis, Dannell Ellerbe and Terrell Suggs return in time to face Denver?” and “should Corey Graham still start after Smith returns?”

None of those questions sound like they’ll make the type of difference necessary to see the Ravens look like Super Bowl contenders again.

That’s where the organization is after 14 weeks of the 2012 NFL season.

I know you don’t REALLY mean you’d rather see the Ravens getting blown out right now, but I understand why it feels that way.


2 Comments For This Post

  1. Chuck Says:

    A truly great coach (Bill Parcells) once said, “Success is the ultimate deodorant.” By that he meant wins can prevent an organization from taking an honest assessment of a team. And sometimes losing is necessary in order to step back and view the matter objectively to improve a team.

    Just a couple of weeks ago the mantra in town was “a win is a win”. And you are right that ultimately the Ravens are destined to win the AFC North given the wins it secured along with a lot of luck sprinkled throughout the season. But the rest of the country viewed the Ravens as one of the biggest 9-2 frauds ever. The 4th and 29 conversion was a fluke. In 99 out of 100 times an offensive unit would not convert it.

    Maybe losing is not such a bad thing. It should force ownership to view the state of the organization more honestly. The Ravens have a mediocre coaching staff and mediocre QB. And although the front office was outstanding for a decade finding talent, the more recent trend has been less impressive. Very high recent draft picks Oher, Smith, Kindle, and Cody all appear to be busts. Upshaw has been less than stellar. In the ten picks from the 2008 draft only two players remain on the roster. The 2007 draft also yields only two players currently on the roster.

    This is a flawed team. And winning games miraculously doesn’t hide the stench.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    You basically win and lose in the league based on the development of your first and second round picks. Oher needs to sit down against Denver and McKinnie needs to start at left tackle. He’s old but hes fresh, do it Harbaugh. We need a spark.

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