Losing to good teams on the road ensures your postseason plight …..

November 15, 2010 |

Do you think Steve Bisciotti was happy when his team blew a 10-point lead, in Foxboro, a short month ago?  Better yet, do you think he was upset?

How about Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh …..

Any chance they looked at each other with careless expressions, while shuttling back to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in the early morning hours, last Friday?

I can envision that conversation now …..

John    “We lost a tough one tonight, Oz.”

Ozzie    “Ahh …. don’t sweat it.  The reason we lost is because we played against a very good team …. on the road.”

John    “Yeah, you got a point …. no big deal.”

Now, do you really believe the men who represent ownership or upper management of the Baltimore Ravens are content with simply losing football games – and tying those losses to the combined challenge of a worthy opponent and a foreign field of play?

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (R) leaves the field with team owner Steve Bisciotti after the Ravens defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-7 at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on December 28, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Please …..

I don’t know Steve Bisciotti.  I’ve been in the same room with him one time.  But, I’d wager my life that he hasn’t realized his wealth and success by accepting excuses for failures.

The same goes for Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh.  Toss in Eric DeCosta, George Kokinis and Pat Moriarty for good measure.

I’m not saying they won’t publicly spin Thursday’s loss toward some vanilla-flavored reasoning. Would you expect anything different the next time John Harbaugh steps to the podium?

It’s a press conference being held by a gentleman who would prefer to be working on his football team’s shortcomings, rather than dancing around questions about the same issues with a bunch of media members.

Is he going to reveal what he really believes to be the root cause of breakdowns or remedies to such vulnerabilities, in last Thursday’s loss to the Falcons?  If so, he should probably do an illustration on an easel, as well.

Don’t hold your breath …..