What Level Is Below Rock Bottom?

December 16, 2007 |

And so it came to pass…the humiliation of being the first team to lose to the previously winless Miami Dolphins belongs to our Ravens.  Where to begin?

Stover’s OT miss?  Yeah, that stung.

Incredibly poor offensive line play all day?  Well, I’ll give them credit for the OT drive, but Kyle Boller better re-up his life insurance coverage.

A secondary that either didn’t know or care where Marty Booker was all game?  Whatever happened to making in-game adjustments? 

For goodness sakes’, our D made Cleo Lemon look like a viable NFL quarterback!

And say goodbye to Ray Lewis for the year after CBS reported he fractured a bone in his left hand.  Wonder if he’ll just stay down in Miami for the remaining two weeks?  Oh, wait, I forgot he’s got a radio show to host. 

I’m numb, empty, exhausted and in a state of semi-despair.  This franchise is in desperate need of fresh ideas and bodies.  We can talk about the massive rebuilding that Andy MacPhail has to do with the Orioles, but isn’t it about time to acknowledge that Ozzie Newsome faces a similarly daunting task?  Really, the biggest problem that must be addressed is a lack of talent and depth, primarily on the defensive side of the ball.  Principally in the secondary. 

Three losing seasons in the past four.  A franchise record eight game losing skid.  An aging and depleted roster.  A quarterback quandary that promises to drag into 2008 and beyond.  An offense that compiled 16 yards in the second half until the final mad dash for the game-tying field goal (and thanks for that field position, Jay Feeley).  A team that promises to go through the motions in Seattle and home against Dem Stillers in two weeks.  Ugh.  Now do you share my depression?

So in order to end on a positive note, I offer these two names: Antwan Barnes and Troy Smith.  I’ll be very interested to see what kind of progress those guys make in these last two games.  Unless Our Returning Head Coach doesn’t want to "rush" Troy Smith if Kyle Boller’s healthy.  And if that’s the case, we can all make our holiday plans without carving out time to watch the games.  Because I’ve seen plenty of what the 2007 Baltimore Ravens are all about.

What I’d really like to watch is a preview of the 2008 Ravens.

 

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