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Dorsey’s Dugout – Ravens vs. Washington and Rookie Quarterback Situations

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Dorsey’s Dugout – Ravens vs. Washington and Rookie Quarterback Situations

Posted on 22 August 2014 by Nick Dorsey

 

 

Offense the Focus Facing Washington

Pre-season football is nearly unbearable to watch throughout its entirety, especially with the abundance of penalty flags that have been thrown through the first two weeks. Fortunately for the fans, the third exhibition game is on the horizon.

The third game of an NFL pre-season game is better known as the “dress rehearsal” for a team as the starting players play more than the first half. With Baltimore entering their second to last exhibition match, the offense will be the focal point of their match up against Washington.

It would have been interesting to see how the Ravens questionable secondary would do against an offense that is loaded with talented receivers, but that opportunity has been squandered with injuries. Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb and Asa Jackson will not suit up against the Redskins.

With Baltimore’s top three cornerbacks not seeing any action, the defense will most likely not fair too well against a solid offense. Their performance will get an exception if it displays a poor effort due to the significant injuries. So take the eye off the defensive side of the ball and focus on what the Ravens offense has to offer in week three.

The Redskins have a decent defense with a solid group across the front seven. The number one thing to watch for is how the Ravens rush offense fairs against that group.

One of the main problems last season for Baltimore was the lack of production from the rush offense. The Ravens finished the regular season with the 30th ranked rushing offense in the league with only Jacksonville and Atlanta behind them. They also only averaged an underwhelming 3.1 yards per carry average, which ranked last in the league.

Part of the problem with the rush offense was the offensive line and the running backs not playing up to their ability. So far in the pre-season, the offense has shown progress in that area.

Through the first two games of the pre-season, Baltimore has a 4.9 yards per carry average that ranks second amongst the league. That is encouraging even though it is through two exhibition games. If the Ravens can continue that success against Washington, it will be a good sign going forward with a revamped offensive line.

Start the Rookies When the Situation is Right

Last weeks column featured a piece on how Gus Bradley should start the third overall pick from the 2014 NFL Draft Blake Bortles. He has shown flashes throughout the pre-season of being a legitimate starting quarterback and the coaching staff needs to take the plunge and plug him in for week one.

That same leap of faith should be a league-wide choice made by the head coaches that have talented rookie quarterbacks battling for a starting position. That of course being said, if the situation presents the rookie with an opportunity for success.

Dating back to 2008, Josh Freeman, Tim Tebow, Christian Ponder, Blaine Gabbert and Jake Locker are the quarterbacks selected in the first round that did not start week one. It almost sees like too much of a coincidence that those quarterbacks listed above have not had success in the NFL.

As mentioned earlier, the situation has to be somewhat set up for the rookie to have a chance at some success. One of the only rookie quarterbacks that should not start week one is Johnny Manziel.

The former Heisman trophy winner does not have a great situation that surrounds him as his receiving corps is severely depleted. The offensive line is good and the backfield features talent, but not much can be accomplished without Gordon on the outside.

Hoyer is the right choice to start right off the bat because Manziel would struggle heavily under center due to the difficult schedule ahead. The Browns face Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Baltimore to start the season.

Starting any rookie quarterback against Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is extremely risky. Even when a rookie is having success, LeBeau knows how to make the game confusing and difficult for a rookie. When RG3 was having a stellar rookie season, one of the few struggles he had during his rookie campaign came against Pittsburgh.

So with the Browns, Hoyer is the right choice until the Browns bye week comes shortly into the season. The bye week would be the perfect opportunity to work Manziel into the starting fold.

The rookie quarterback with the best chance at early success is Teddy Bridgewater. The former Louisville star is currently in a battle with Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder for the starting position. First year head coach Mike Zimmer needs to come to the realization that Bridgewater gives his team the best chance to win.

Ponder was drafted in the top fifteen during the 2011 Draft and has not shown any signs that he has franchise potential. Matt Cassel has been around the league since 2005 and at this point he is what he is. If you have a quarterback situation that features a stopgap type of starter and a rookie, just go with the rookie and see what you might potentially have.

Throwing Bridgewater into the mix is not like throwing the young quarterback into the wolves because he is in a good situation. He has the best running back in the league lining up behind him and one of the better up and coming tight ends in the league. Bridgewater has a veteran wide out on the outside to go along with a young promising playmaker in Patterson.

With a good looking set up on the offense, the defense will give Bridgewater opportunities to win games. Coach Zimmer is a defensive mastermind and his unit will definitely do its part with the plethora of talent they have.

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The 15-7-0 is made up of 60% water, 40% leftover turkey and cranberry relish

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The 15-7-0 is made up of 60% water, 40% leftover turkey and cranberry relish

Posted on 26 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

As always, this week’s 15-7-0 is brought to you by Roofing By Elite. Visit them at roofingbyelite.com. We make 15 observations about football that are ELITE, 7 that are “not so ELITE” and one “zero” who deserves to sleep on the roof from outside of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens game analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

Here we go.

“The Elite 15″…

1. I have to assume that at this point they don’t need to keep trying to wake up the echoes in South Bend.

Remember when the Trojans were down two scores late and went for it on 4th down anyway? I bet that worked out well…

I can’t tell if Fighting Irish LB (and likely Heisman Trophy finalist) Manti Te’o was excited about the win, though…

Also, what do you think Lane Kiffin was thinking here…

Of course, the Trojans are NEVER losers…

2. Now that Jay Cutler has returned to save the Chicago Bears’ season, we can all get back to talking about how much Jay Cutler sucks.

He’s unlikeable, but he’s a hell of a QB…

Back to that “unlikeable” thing. Ask AJ Jefferson…

J’Marcus Webb might disagree though…

3. Jesus. Weren’t the Bengals just completely dead a couple weeks ago?

Mohamed Sanu had a busy day (on my fantasy football bench)…

Credit to NFL Red Zone’s Scott Hanson-who saw Raiders DL Tommy Kelly in a fight and IMMEDIATELY noticed he was a doppelganger for Suge Knight…

4. There might be a LITTLE bit of drama headed to New York this year, but I’m pretty confident Johnny Manziel has locked up the Heisman Trophy.

His big game Saturday against Missouri happened AFTER Johnny Football overcame this troublesome looking injury…

Manziel will finally speak to the media for the first time Monday. He’ll have to play catch up to the all out blitz the Irish have gone through with Te’o…

5. Now Alabama plays Georgia next week for the right to be favored to win the BCS Championship Game.

Georgia’s Alec Ogletree prepared for the SEC Championship showdown by going all Kurt Angle on Georgia Tech…

Elsewhere in the SEC, I give you Jarvis Landry!

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The 15-7-0 is Big Ten bound too…unless someone else offers even more money

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The 15-7-0 is Big Ten bound too…unless someone else offers even more money

Posted on 19 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

As always, this week’s 15-7-0 is brought to you by Roofing By Elite. Visit them at roofingbyelite.com. We make 15 observations about football that are ELITE, 7 that are “not so ELITE” and one “zero” who deserves to sleep on the roof from outside of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens game analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

Here we go.

“The Elite 15″…

1. Johnny Manziel is going to win the Heisman Trophy. If only someone had been able to warn you that was going to happe….oh wait!

But that doesn’t explain why Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin let Johnny Football try an extra point. NOTHING will ever explain that…

Elsewhere in the SEC, Les Miles did this…

2. Quick. Name two receivers in the NFL right now that are DEFINITELY better than AJ Green.

I almost refuse to believe this was real…

Also, good luck stopping Jermaine Gresham…

Here’s Matt Cassel hilariously rushing downfield to spike the ball despite the fact the clock wasn’t moving…

Also…this is tragic…and hilarious?

3. Of course, one of those that MIGHT still be better than Green is Andre Johnson.

Exhibit A…

The Ravens REALLY liked Jags receiver Cecil Shorts III in the draft. I’m understanding why more and more…

Also, Danieal Manning is NOT going to want to see this again…

And Paul Posluszny’s bloody face is excellent…

4. While your team is busy worrying about their conference, Notre Dame is busy playing for a national championship.

Hate the Irish but love Manti Te’o? You’re just like the rest of the country, Steve. This moment in South Bend Saturday was pretty flipping awesome…

No Matt Barkley for USC in Notre Dame’s season finale. They’ll see you in Miami.

5. I’m happy Navy won Saturday and all, but I’m INFURIATED a visit from Texas State didn’t include Kathy Ireland.

Which would have been SO much better…

Unfortunately I didn’t see the Navy motivational video from this week posted anywhere. But I did see AWESOME new helmets…

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