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Posted on 14 September 2015 by Dennis Koulatsos
After the Ravens’ bitter 19-13 loss to the Broncos, it was clear that this was a game that they could have won, but it just got away from them. It got away because of Joe Flacco’s back breaking interception. It got away because the defense couldn’t get the Denver offense off of the field for nearly 11 minutes – in the 4th quarter to boot. It got away when WR Steve Smith Sr. let one slip through his fingers – in the endzone. It got away when second year tight end Crockett Gillmore had his hands on the ball – in the endzone again – and couldn’t haul it in while tightly covered by two Broncos defenders, including former Raven safety Darren Stewart, who ultimately came down with the ball.
There were other factors that led to the outcome, but those were the ones that stood out. We saw Joe Flacco under duress by a fierce Denver pass rush the entire game. Flacco never looked comfortable in the pocket, hardly ever set his feet, and frequently threw off of his back foot. This is what happens when teams can’t run the ball in the NFL. When defenses like the Broncos’ and the Ravens’ completely take away the run, they limit the offenses, make them one dimensional and by and large predictable. Credit Dean Pees and Wade Phillips here, as clearly they got the best of their counterparts, Rick Dennison and Marc Trestman.
Then there was the season ending injury to Terrell Suggs, the Ravens’ 6 time Pro-Bowler and arguably the team’s defensive leader. For a defensive minded team that the Ravens are, this is a huge loss. The Ravens have obvious limitations on the offensive side of the ball, and if they are going to sniff the playoffs this year, it’s going to have to be on the strength of their defense. Suggs was not only a fierce pass rusher off of the edge, but also stout against the run. Plus he’s a much more cerebral player than given credit for. His teammates said that numerous times during yesterday’s game, he would tell them where the ball was going and/or what play was coming. Replacing his production is something that the Ravens are going to really have to take a long hard look at.
Courtney Upshaw and Za’Darius Smith (who was inactive for yesterday’s game) are the obvious choices to fill Suggs’ spot. The team may also pull up Brennen Beyer from the practice squad. The 6’4″ 260 pound former Michigan Wolverine was transitioning from DE to OLB, and he will get a long look this week. Plus Brent Urban will be coming off of the injured reserve list mid-season, and will give the Ravens a boost. They may be able to overcome the injury to Suggs, but they simply cannot afford any more season ending injuries to the rest of the starters.
Back to Joe Flacco. The awful, telegraphed pick-6 that he threw to Aquib Talib was about as demoralizing a play as one can be. I know that Peyton Manning threw a pick-6 as well, but it wan’t as horrible of a throw as Jimmy Smith had to really work for it. Smith made one heck of a play as he broke on the ball, tipped it into the air and took it to the house. What made Flacco’s interception so bad, is that we have seen him – pre snap – lock onto his primary receiver, while seemingly giving no thought to what the defense is doing in regard to alignment. Talib said from his film study, he knew exactly where Flacco was going with the ball, as he undercut Steve Smith’s route and brought the ball back 51 yards for a TD. Elite QBs don’t determine where the ball is going pre-snap. They line up, scan the defense, drop back and go through their progressions. I know that Flacco didn’t have a lot of time to get his passes off yesterday, but on that particular play the line held; he had ample time to make the correct read prior to releasing the ball. That’s the book on Joe – if you pressure him he will make mistakes, and he made a critical one yesterday.
The offensive line got overwhelmed by Denver’s defensive line, plain and simple. James Hurst was serviceable, as he replaced Eugene Monroe, who left the game in the first quarter due to a concussion. They just couldn’t get any push, and the combo of Justin Forsett and Buck Allen had difficulty picking up yards. The receivers and tight ends were unremarkable, as they got little to no separation from the Broncos’ secondary.
The Ravens defense played well as a whole. They made Manning look ordinary and pedestrian. He missed a couple of deep balls as he overthrew open receivers, and just didn’t look like the Manning of old. “Old Manning” may be a better characterization of him at this point of his career. The defense did have a let down at the worst possible time, as they let up that 11 minute 4th quarter drive. Manning found success with some intermediate passes, as did RB Ronnie Hillman with some trap draws between the tackles. The Ravens defense was obviously gassed on that drive, and were aided by a Broncos’ time out at about the 3 minute mark. Had time out not been called, the Broncos would have probably scoreed a touchdown instead of a field goal.
It is the first week of the season and we are all very aware of that. It is not a time for a team – or a fanbase – to get too high or too low based on the results/performance of game one. Defense wins championships and if these two teams can improve on offense, they will both be in the running for a spot in the playoffs 15 weeks from now. The only certain thing is that the Ravens will finish somewhere between 0-16 and 15-1. The road trip continues with a stop next week at Oakland. QB Derek Carr injured his hand in the Raiders’ loss to the Bengals, but should be cleared to play. It will interesting to see if the Ravens can bounce back and avoid starting their season 0-2. It is very much a must win game.
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Posted on 05 December 2014 by Nestor Aparicio
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Posted on 12 August 2014 by WNST Staff
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Who will lead the League in Passing Yards in the 2014 Regular Season?
Drew Brees 11/4
Peyton Manning 11/4
Aaron Rodgers 7/1
Matthew Stafford 15/2
Tom Brady 12/1
Matt Ryan 16/1
Andrew Luck 18/1
Tony Romo 20/1
Philip Rivers 22/1
Carson Palmer 66/1
Ben Roethlisberger 66/1
Robert Griffin III 75/1
Sam Bradford 100/1
Andy Dalton 100/1
Josh McCown 100/1
Matt Schaub 100/1
Ryan Tannehill 100/1
Russell Wilson 100/1
Colin Kaepernick 150/1
Johnny Manziel 150/1
Cam Newton 150/1
Alex Smith 250/1
Who will lead the League in Rushing Yards in the 2014 Regular Season?
Adrian Peterson 4/1
LeSean McCoy 9/2
Jamaal Charles 7/1
Marshawn Lynch 12/1
Arian Foster 16/1
Alfred Morris 16/1
Matt Forte 18/1
Eddie Lacy 18/1
Doug Martin 20/1
Montee Ball 25/1
DeMarco Murray 25/1
Giovani Bernard 33/1
Chris Johnson 33/1
Ryan Mathews 40/1
Le’Veon Bell 50/1
Andre Ellington 50/1
Toby Gerhart 50/1
Stevan Ridley 50/1
Trent Richardson 66/1
Bishop Sankey 66/1
Frank Gore 75/1
Rashad Jennings 75/1
Joique Bell 100/1
Reggie Bush 100/1
Steven Jackson 100/1
Maurice Jones-Drew 100/1
Who will lead the League in Receiving Yards in the 2014 Regular Season?
Calvin Johnson 13/5
Julio Jones 8/1
Demaryius Thomas 8/1
Antonio Brown 16/1
Brandon Marshall 16/1
Alshon Jeffery 20/1
Andre Johnson 25/1
Jordy Nelson 28/1
Victor Cruz 40/1
Larry Fitzgerald 40/1
Pierre Garcon 40/1
Jimmy Graham 40/1
Vincent Jackson 40/1
Keenan Allen 50/1
Randall Cobb 50/1
Julian Edelman 50/1
DeSean Jackson 50/1
Jeremy Maclin 50/1
Cordarrelle Patterson 50/1
Emmanuel Sanders 50/1
Torrey Smith 50/1
Michael Floyd 66/1
Mike Wallace 66/1
Wes Welker 66/1
Marques Colston 75/1
Michael Crabtree 75/1
Percy Harvin 75/1
Dwayne Bowe 100/1
Mike Evans 100/1
Rob Gronkowski 100/1
Hakeem Nicks 100/1
Golden Tate 100/1
Sammy Watkins 100/1
Reggie Wayne 100/1
Kendall Wright 100/1
Odds to Win 2014 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
Robert Griffin III 5/1
Aaron Rodgers 6/1
Rob Gronkowski 7/1
Percy Harvin 15/1
Arian Foster 25/1
Chris Johnson 25/1
Clay Matthews 25/1
Demarcus Ware 25/1
Doug Martin 25/1
Michael Crabtree 25/1
Trent Richardson 25/1
Hakeem Nicks 33/1
Jeremy Maclin 33/1
Maurice Jones-Drew 33/1
Michael Vick 33/1
Reggie Wayne 33/1
Darren McFadden 75/1
Who will be the 1st coach fired?
Jason Garrett 2/1
Dennis Allen 4/1
Doug Marrone 8/1
Gus Bradley 12/1
Mike Smith 12/1
Marvin Lewis 20/1
Tom Coughlin 25/1
Marc Trestman 33/1
Mike Tomlin 33/1
Will any Quarterback break the single season Passing yards record in the 2014 Regular Season? (Note: The record is 5,477 by Peyton Manning in 2013)
Will any Player record 2000 or more Receiving yards in the 2014 Regular Season?
Will any Player record 2000 or more Rushing yards in the 2014 Regular Season?
Will any Team go 16-0 in the 2014 Regular Season?
Will any Team go 0-16 in the 2014 Regular Season?
Will a team win the Super Bowl going 19-0?
Will any player break the single season sack record in the 2014 Regular Season?
SPECIALS – Will Peyton Manning lead the league in Passing Yards, win MVP and Broncos win the Super Bowl?
SPECIALS – Will Johnny Manziel win rookie of the Year and the Browns make the playoffs?
SPECIALS – Will Calvin Johnson lead the league in Receiving Yards and the Lions win the NFC North?
SPECIALS – Will both the Jaguars and Raiders make the playoffs?
SPECIALS – Will both the Broncos and Seahawks miss the playoffs?
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Posted on 08 August 2014 by Nick Dorsey
Last season ended up being a disappointment for John Harbaugh and his squad as the Ravens missed the playoffs for the first time under his lead. There were changes made in the off-season that will assure Baltimore will not be missing the post-season for a second straight season.
The offense got a new look adding new pieces from all angles, starting with new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. The long time Houston Texan head coach comes to Baltimore bringing a new style of offense maintaining a zone-blocking scheme.
Baltimore has new faces to dawn the purple and black for the upcoming season, but one particular athlete is difficult to overlook. Owen Daniels is a nice addition to the offense, but Steve Smith is the talk of the town ever since Carolina decided to part ways with the career long Panther.
Smith brings an attitude to the offense and gives the team a physical presence on the outside that they have not had since trading away Anquan Boldin for next to nothing. Once the upcoming season comes to a close, everyone will look back and wonder why more teams were not more aggressive in trying to sign Steve Smith as he will have one of the biggest impacts on his new team around the league.
The Ravens offense struggled running the ball last season due to the offensive line not being up to par and the ball carriers themselves not playing up to their capabilities. That will be sure to change for the better due to some of the moves made to upgrade the line and because the backs are healthy once again.
If there is a concern to have for the Ravens, it is their secondary. Jimmy Smith had a breakout year last season and Webb across the field make for a good pairing. Cornerback depth is where there is plenty of uncertainty; it is up to either Chykie Brown or Asa Jackson to step up and fill the void in the slot.
Matt Elam, last years first round draft pick, moves to the safety position he is best suited to play. Alongside Elam is Darian Stewart, who was an undrafted free agent during the 2010 NFL draft. Not only is cornerback depth an issue, but inexperience on the backend is as well. If the Ravens want to return to the promise land, can this secondary be good enough to defend against Peyton Manning and Tom Brady when it counts?
Breakout Candidate: Kyle Juszczyk
With the new offense Kubiak brings, there will be all kinds of options for Joe Flacco. The fans of Baltimore got a very small sample of that in the first pre-season game against the 49ers. The Smiths, Pitta, Jones, Brown and Daniels will all be targets for Flacco.
The under the radar target that is being overlooked is Kyle Juszczyk. The second year pro is an interesting player in this offense that fits the mold of what James Casey was for Houston years ago. He is capable of coming out of the backfield and picking his spots in the seams of the defense. Look out for the former Harvard standout to be a solid H-back option for Joe Flacco.
Impact Rookie: Timmy Jernigan
The easy answer is the former Alabama linebacker and first round pick CJ Mosley, but the Ravens struck gold in the second round of the draft. Timmy Jernigan is a top 15 talent who fell due to issues before the combine.
Jernigan was a force for the national champion Seminole defense in college football and stood out to the national audience on the big stage. Even though he was winded toward the tail end of the big game, his impact throughout that game was felt. All year long Jernigan created havoc on offensive lines all across college football.
Losing Art Jones to Indianapolis stung for a little bit until the draft concluded. Getting a talent like Jernigan and not having to pay him a $30 million contract is a win-win for the Ravens. Once Jernigan is healthy and can consistently find himself in the rotation up front, he will have a significant impact on the run and pass defense.
All the talk that surrounds the Bengals is the new contract extension that Andy Dalton received. A six-year extension worth over $100+ million seems to be an awful lot for the former TCU quarterback.
It is a lot for Andy Dalton, but that is the market for quarterbacks these days if franchises want to keep them around once their rookie contracts come to a close. The Bengals caught a lot of flack around the national media for this extension, but add some perspective to this deal.
Good quarterbacks are extremely difficult to find these days and are the ultimate factor that separates the contenders from the pretenders. Andy Dalton is a good quarterback that is a fact. Where there is difficulty grasping this extension is Daltons lack of production come playoff time.
If the three-year starter cannot start winning when it counts, the Bengals could find themselves scratching their heads and Marvin Lewis’ job could be in jeopardy.
Its humorous that once upon a time the Ravens front office got criticized for giving Joe Flacco the big $100+ million deal. When he got that deal, he came off of a historic post-season performance as well as winning the Super Bowl. Dalton is yet to win a playoff game and got the big contract; people have some apologies to make to Ozzie Newsome and company.
The Bengals have seen a lot of change in the off-season as both coordinators bolted for head coaching opportunities. Hue Jackson replaces Jay Gruden as the offensive coordinator and Mike Zimmer left to take command of the Minnesota Vikings.
Zimmer will be the piece most missed by Cincinnati as he has led that good Bengals defense for years. He was regarded as one of the best defensive coordinators in the league for quite sometime.
The defense gets back two primary starters back from injury in Geno Atkins and Leon Hall. The only concern for this team is surprisingly on the defensive side of the ball. This unit must stay healthy and avoid the big time injuries they saw last season.
Offensively, there should be no concern as this side of the ball is loaded with talent. There is great depth at tight end and running back with AJ Green still the stud on the outside.
Breakout Candidate: Giovani Bernard
The former Tar-heel running back was a playmaker his rookie season and was used sparingly. Bernard was not the workhorse of the offense as the “Law Firm” took the bulk of the carries.
Bernards playmaking ability will be more visible this season as he will definitely see an increased workload. Bernard is both quick and fast out of the backfield and is an excellent all-purpose back. He is just as good receiving out of the backfield as he is running with the ball.
Hue Jackson will have to get this player involved more to take the pressure off of Dalton and the defense. If there is a play to sum up Bernards ability, look back to his highlight reel run against the Miami Dolphins.
Impact Rookie: Darqueze Dennard
It is simple to look to the first round selection as the impact rookie for any team, but Dennard finds himself in a good situation. With Leon Hall coming off of an Achilles injury and Dre Kirkpatrick only playing 19 of a possible 32 games in his short career, there will be opportunity.
Dennard was regarded as one of the best corners in this past draft and was a leader on the stellar Spartan defense. He is not flashy, but he has shutdown qualities in him that can translate to the big league. Will Clarke, the third round pick out of West Virginia, is another guy to watch out for in the defensive rotation up front.
It was a big surprise that neither Baltimore or Pittsburgh did not make an appearance in the post-season and both are eager at a chance for redemption. The Steelers were on the cusp of a wild card birth, but fell just short.
Things are looking up for the Steelers as they see their star offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey return to hold down the line. The running game was not consistent last season and the loss of Pouncey was a huge reason why.
The run game will be improved with the addition of LaGarrette Blount and a healthy Le’Veon Bell. The second year pro out of Michigan State looks to be the workhorse for the Steelers and has a lot of potential to be a top tier running back in the league.
The primary question that comes to mind offensively is the passing game. There is no question what Ben Roethlisberger can bring, but he has to have the help around him. Heath Miller has been a good tight end for the duration of his career in Pittsburgh, but his days are numbered. Miller is not the caliber of player he once was when he came out of the university of Virginia.
Antonio Brown filled the void that Mike Wallace left and it is time for another wide receiver to assume the number two role. That void will be up to either second year wide out Markus Wheaton or rookie Martavis Bryant to help out Big Ben.
The Steelers defense will be back to their usual ways as they did a solid job in the off-season adding pieces. With drafting Ryan Shazier, the linebacking corps is filled with superb talent. Timmons, Worilds and second year pro Jarvis Jones make up the rest of the lineup. This will be the best unit on the defensive side of the ball.
Breakout Candidate: Markus Wheaton
Big Ben needs help from another wide out and it will be up to Wheaton to give him the support. Wheaton was a poor mans Mike Wallace coming out of college. The former Oregon State receiver has the speed to open things up all around the field. He has no problem getting down the field, but he must be able to make things happen in the middle. If not Wheaton, the Steelers will need to depend on the rookie Bryant from Clemson.
Impact Rookie: Dri Archer
One of my favorite players in the entire draft was Dri Archer. The speedster star from Kent State is in the exact playmaking mold that Tavon Austin was from West Virginia. The only reason why Archer was not as highly regarded as Austin was due to the college he went to along with the competition faced.
There have been plenty of Kent State playmakers that have made a name for themselves in the pros, most notably Josh Cribbs. Archer comes in to Pittsburgh with a great role on the offense with Blount as the bruiser, Bell the well rounded back and Archer with the speed.
Archer will be a matchup problem for defensive coordinators because of his speed and ability to make plays out of nearly nothing. He can come out of the backfield or play from the slot. If you put a linebacker on Archer, he will burn right by that. If you put a corner or safety on him, Archer will be opening up the field for the rest of the receiving options. Great draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers, this kid is electrifying.
The Browns bring in former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to be head coach and he has the potential to fill that role well. The Browns saw some change in the off-season on the defensive side of the ball, his specialty.
They lost safety TJ Ward and replaced him with Donte Whitner. D’Qwell Jackson departed in free agency so Karlos Dansby was brough in to fill that hole. Justin Gilbert, the eighth overall selection, is now paired with the newly wealthy Joe Haden. The secondary is put together nicely and the front seven is not too shabby. The Browns have all kinds of talent on defense; there is no uncertainty about that
The offense looked poise to breakout for the upcoming season until star wide out Josh Gordon ran into more off the field trouble. His suspension appeal is ongoing and it is unknown how long he will be out for. Jordan Cameron is one of the better young tight ends in the league and Andre Hawkins was stolen away from the fellow north rival Bengals.
Cleveland is all excited for their Browns from the draft because of the big first round selection of quarterback Johnny Manziel. Brian Hoyer is the starter for now, but that will not last long. As soon as Hoyer makes a mistake, the noise will be too loud for Pettine to keep sitting Manziel.
Breakout Candidate: Barkevious Mingo
Last drafts sixth overall selection had a solid rookie campaign in the 15 games played. He registered 5.0 sacks and is the kind of playmaker Pettine will be able to work with. Pettine helped Mario Williams take his game to the next level in Buffalo after a lackluster first season after signing a big deal during free agency, so Mingo will be a personal project for the new head coach.
Impact Rookie: Joel Bitonio
Gilbert will have his impact on defense and West will do his part sharing the load with Ben Tate. Bitonio might be an odd choice here, but adding a quality lineman such as Joel to the mix with an Alex Mack and Joe Thomas will pay dividends for the offense. Adding Bitonio will help this offense in pass protection and will open up the holes for the two headed running back monster the Browns have.
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Posted on 08 August 2014 by Glenn Clark
BALTIMORE — I had the-umm-we’ll call it “opportunity” to check out some Diet Football from the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium.
It was neat. It looked kinda like football, it sounded almost like football, it even smelled a little like football.
Of course, we all know better. (We DO all know better, right?) That’s what makes the excitement of the team’s first offensive possession so frustrating.
I mean, just going back and READING the first possession is fun.
“Ray Rice six yard run. Joe Flacco to Dennis Pitta for 14 yards. Joe Flacco incomplete. Rice for five yards. Flacco to Jacoby Jones on a slant for 12 on 3rd and 5. Flacco to Kyle Juszczyk over the middle for 17. Bernard Pierce seven yard run. Flacco to Steve Smith underneath for nine yards. Rice off left tackle for six more. 49ers offsides. Pierce two yards for a touchdown.”
It’s like play-by-play porn. It was a 10 play, 80 yard, 4:59 box of magic goodness. For a second you kinda didn’t even care that it was the preseason. You just wanted to high five the person closest to you and say “DUDE I TOLD YOU GARY KUBIAK WAS GOING TO COME IN HERE AND FIX EVERYTHING! LET’S DO SOME JELLO SHOTS, BRAH!”
Just me? Sorry. I get carried away some times.
“It was nice”, Flacco said at halftime. “It felt good to get out here in a game-type situation and feel the nerves of a real game. I enjoyed being out there and doing it for real, and I thought we did pretty well. We moved the ball methodically, with precision and got it in the end zone.”
Nice? NICE? I’m going to need a little more enthusiasm out of you, Joe. It was a damn masterpiece! My snarky friends and I are going over to Steelers message boards tonight with the hashtag “LarryBrownMustDie” and start saying things like “You guys…I’m starting to wonder if maybe we should be worried about the Ravens. Did you see how well their first offensive series went now that they have Gary Kubiak?”
We’ll be doing it ironically, of course.
Things couldn’t possibly have gone better in the first view we had of the Gary Kubiak offense. There have been a multitude of opinions about the impact the former Houston Texans head coach could have on this team. Some have believed that Kubiak would be the perfect fit for a team that has historically been built on the running the ball. Some of wondered whether or not the Ravens have the offensive line and running backs to make his system work. Flacco’s role in a Kubiak offense has been hotly debated and we still didn’t know if the team had enough quality skill position players to make it work.
For a handful of plays, it all looked perfect. The O-Line blocked and the running backs ran (en route to over 200 yards rushing as a team for the night), Flacco was crisp in finding multiple targets, the receivers ran all sorts of routes using all parts of the field. It was as if Kubiak himself had walked up and whispered sweetly into your ear “it’s going to be okay.”
Every time we’ve wanted to believe this organization has turned a corner offensively things have seemingly blown up quickly. When we’ve thought a new quarterback, new receiver, new tackle or new coordinator would stabilize the unit we’ve instead been met with inconsistently a season, month, week or even a play later.
Ravens fans WANT to believe in that first drive desperately, and understandably so.
But alas, preseason. It doesn’t mean the offense won’t be adequate-or even quite good. It doesn’t mean the team hasn’t made great strides already in Kubiak’s system. It just means we don’t know. You simply can’t read much into ANYTHING you see in the preseason because it’s truly “diet football”. Nothing that happens is a real indication of what’s exactly going to happen when the football becomes real, but it’s not a guarantee it can’t be either.
Head coach John Harbaugh offered the best possible perspective at the end of the game.
“It was a good start for the offense” Harbaugh said after besting his younger brother Jim again. “To come back and answer and move the ball and execute like that, it’s a good first drive of the preseason.”
“But, you know what, don’t read too much into it. We’ve got lots of work to do…”
And against our wishes, we’ll have to do just that.
Posted on 18 July 2014 by WNST Audio
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