Crimson silver lining? Meh.
Once again, the Pittsburgh Steelers made plays in the fourth quarter to win the game.
And the Baltimore Ravens did not.
For all the hand-wringing, critiquing of Joe Flacco’s line-of-scrimmage presence, and bitching about Cam Cameron we could do, it all pretty much comes down to those two irrefutable facts. Two facts that have come to characterize this rivalry over the last half-decade, especially when #7 is lined up under center for the bad guys.
This one hurts.
Hopefully, the Ravens will bounce back and win at least three of their remaining four games. Dreams of a home playoff game are pretty much just that at this point. But after last night’s performance, what confidence do you really have that this team is, or was ever, a legitimate Super Bowl contender? We had waited and waited for them to finally put up the kind of offensive performance that we all hope they’re capable of. Then, last night, when the time couldn’t have been better – the Pittsburgh Steelers were ripe for the picking – our great-on-paper offense managed a measly ten points. TEN POINTS.
Ooooh, but it was the vaunted Steelers’ defense.
You know, the one that gave up 20 points to New Orleans. And 21 to the Bengals. And THIRTY-NINE to the Patriots. Yeah, that one.
And the Ravens managed but a touchdown and a field goal. With more than a handful of chances in the third and fourth quarters to go out and win the damn game, the Ravens’ offense sputtered and faltered and looked completely inept.
How absolutely pathetic.
“It’s sad to say, but we’re just not a good offense at times,” Mason said. “We really aren’t. For whatever reason it is, I don’t know. But we’re not a good offense at times. I’m not pointing any fingers at anybody because I’m part of the equation, but we’re just not a good offense at times.”
“I might get crucified for this one, but with all these people we’ve got on offense?” Mason said. “We’re not a good offense at times. Just call it how you see it. Call a spade a spade. If we were a good offense, we’d move the ball up and down the field. Especially with the people we have and the quarterback and the personnel we have. But we’re just not a good offense at times. ,.. We look like the Bad News Bears at times. And I’m a part of it.”
Mason said said several times he wasn’t pointing fingers. And that he shared in whatever blame there was to go around. But it was time to stop making excuses, both for the players and the coaches.
“We’ve just got to come to a point where it’s stop all the [stuff] and play football,” Mason said. “Put some points on the board and not allow teams to come back in the second half, not put the pressure on our defense to have to stop somebody in the last second of the game. Just [put] some points on the board and move forward.”
Mason said it was obvious the offense has putting the defense in an unfair position lately with its second half struggles, and there was no point in denying it anymore.
“I’m tired of playing tough games,” Mason said. “Let’s just go blow somebody out. We’re capable of doing it and we just don’t do it. I don’t know what it is. Nobody says we shouldn’t be able to put up 30 points against a good team. We’re not a good offense at times. I know it gets frustrating for (the defense). It has to. I can see their faces coming off the sideline. They have to get frustrated. We can’t put out defense in that situation.”
And as far as the play that really decided the game – the forced fumble by Troy Polamalu – Terrell Suggs feels the exact same way about it that you, I, and every Ravens fan out there does.
Thank you Sizzle. He saw it. We saw it. What the hell Flacco, Michael Oher, Matt Birk, and the rest of the Ravens’ offensive line were thinking, I’d love to know.
Just a terrible, terrible loss.
Again, all credit to Pittsburgh. They made the plays in the fourth. The Ravens did not. Again. Same old story.