Yellow sticky note to remind you all of this: John Harbaugh, Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg had nothing to do with those three players doing what they did. Cundiff wasn’t instructed to kick the ball out of bounds, no one told McClain to take an idiotic penalty and Carr wasn’t given a mandate to let that punt hit the ground. Yet, those three plays all went against the Ravens because those players failed to execute properly.
I completely understand that we all watch the games with a more discerning eye than ever before. There are lots of reasons for that. There are TV shows that break down every game, every play, every missed opportunity. There are video games that put you in direct command of your team, your offense and your quarterback. We’re just all smarter about football than we were this time last year.
Or, at least, we think we are.
One thing we’re not, though, is on the team’s coaching staff. We’re not part of their video analysis team. We don’t sit town on Monday and Tuesday and review the past game and look through the most recent game with a fine-tooth-comb to see things like, for instance, Le’Ron McClain running the wrong play on 2nd and 3 in the 4th quarter.
I’m not telling any of you to stop analyzing the games and critiquing the good, bad and ugly. I’m smart enough to know that my radio show definitely benefits when the Ravens lose, because a lot more people call the show and interact with me via the radio or WNST.net when the news is bad, rather than good. I want you to continue your assessment of the games, the players and the outcomes.
You can do whatever you want.
But I’d suggest you do your best to not over-react after a loss, particularly when it comes to the point of trying to scapegoat one person for what you deem to be poor coaching, poor playing or poor execution.
Sometimes you don’t know as much as you think you do.
And that’s not a low blow…