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

November 15, 2010 |

The point I’m trying to make is Newsome, Harbaugh and Decosta don’t believe the team’s losses in New England and Atlanta are rooted in the shared coincidence of “playing against very good teams on the road.”

It’s nothing more than a convenient excuse to give reporters.

They’re not going to tell us WHERE the real problems exist.  They’re not going to disclose WHO is not doing their job.  They’re also not going to tell us HOW the problems and shortcomings will be addressed.

It’s sensitive information.  And, to capture a Harbaugh quote from a couple Fridays ago, “it’s none of your business.”

But, something is awry.

If the losses to Tom Brady and Matt Ryan were as simple as facing such good teams on their turf, there would be little hope for the Ravens if they have a playoff game on the road.

Some media types actually believe the Ravens lost to the Patriots, simply due to the caliber of opponent and playing the game at Gillette Stadium.

Those same experts believe the Ravens lost to the Falcons, because it was another really good team and the game took place in the Georgia Dome.

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 11: Quarterback Matt Ryan  of the Atlanta Falcons converses with quarterback Joe Flacco  of the Baltimore Ravens after the Falcons 26-21 win at Georgia Dome on November 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

To each of these experts, I would ask “what will you say if the Ravens find themselves suffering a knockout punch during the wildcard weekend, because they blew 10-point lead in the final quarter against the San Diego Chargers, at Qualcomm Stadium?”

You’ll say, report and believe the same line you’ve been believing all along …..

As sure as those nitwits who drank Jim Jones’ kool-aid, in Guyana, 32 years ago, you’ll continue to follow to the same old doctrine.

Not me …..

I know I’m in the minority, and that’s fine.  But, I know the Ravens employ some of the brightest, shrewdest minds in the NFL.  And, they’re not really believing the team lost a couple games due to anything other than a collapse within its structure – period.

And, they know it needs to be fixed – to the best extent, possible, anyway.

After all, if they can’t build on the last minute/second losses on the road, they’ll have a glaring disadvantage should the playoff trail carry them through New York, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, New England or San Diego.

Based on what we’ve seen over these last five weeks, would you bet on the Ravens beating Ben Roethlisberger, in Pittsburgh, in January?  Not me …..

How about a January game, in Indianapolis?  I don’t care if Peyton Manning suits up Dan Wilcox, Demetrius Williams and Yamon Figurs, I’d bet on the Colts.

The same goes for San Diego and a return trip to the Meadowlands.

If the Ravens can’t finish off good teams on the road NOW, they won’t suddenly find a way to do it after New Years Day.

They know that.

You should, too.

Don’t be fooled by the convenient causes you’re likely hearing and reading.  And, just remember what I told you …..