Preston’s words in italics.
In the Ravens’ 10-9 win against the Jets Monday night, Ryan was clearly outcoached by head coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens staff. It wasn’t really close.
The Ravens made some adjustments to their game plan, while the Jets stayed status quo on their way to defeat.
It was evident right from the start. Once Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked on the Ravens’ first offensive play, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron went with more tight and power formations, even an unbalanced line to help his offensive tackles and protect his quarterback.
I could be wrong here, but haven’t we heard time and again that Cameron scripts the first 10-20 plays of every game well before stepping on the field? Exactly what evidence does Preston have that the sack-fumble on Flacco resulted in Cam throwing his gameplan completely out the window? Cam was somehow SURPRISED that the Jets blitzed and got pressure?
“Oh, Rex is going to try to hit our quarterback? Well then, won’t be needing this anymore, I suppose…”
/throws playbook into the stands
/finds stick on the ground, starts drawing plays in the dirt
“Ok, team, here’s what we’re going to do….”
If Cam really did adjust his entire game plan on the fly AFTER ONE PLAY, he is either a complete moron, or…the person who suggested this scenario is.
In the passing game, the Ravens took advantage of one-on-one matchups, while Ryan never changed his blitz-happy scheme. Poor Kyle Wilson and Antonio Cromartie. As members of the Jets secondary, they were repeatedly burned by Ravens receivers as the Ravens; pass protection schemes countered the Ryan blitzes.
Yes, poooor them. Wilson and Cromartie deserve our pity. You know who I feel sorry for? Cromartie’s kid…the one whose name he doesn’t remember.
While the Ravens were chucking it downfield, Ryan had second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez throwing mostly short passes. It got ridiculous after a while, especially since the biggest question mark surrounding the Ravens in 2010 is the suspect play of their cornerbacks.
Maybe Ryan didn’t get the memo.
Who uses “memos,” these days? Do you still use them in the newspaper business, Mike? That would certainly explain why the whole industry is on life support.
The Jets get messages to Rex Ryan the old fashioned way – by printing them in fortune cookies and on restaurant menus and the toilet paper at the Jets’ facility.
Look for more blitzes Sunday
The Ravens didn’t show a lot of exotic blitzes against the Jets because they didn’t have to, but that won’t work against the pass-happy Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.
Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer has receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, and the other player to keep an eye on is No. 3 receiver Andre Caldwell.
The Ravens couldn’t match up with Caldwell last season, and after Monday night’s game, we still don’t know have any idea if they can stop him because the Jets didn’t challenge the Ravens’ secondary.
/looks up Andre Caldwell
Caldwell has a groin injury and didn’t even play against New England. Also, he is listed as the fourth WR on Cincy’s depth chart, behind Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, and Jordan Shipley. But yeah, the Ravens should focus on him this week.
Just lazy, Mike.
Flacco has room for improvement
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco turned in a decent performance Monday night against the Jets, and he “slid” well side to side to avoid some pressure, but he still needs to improve his mechanics.
Flacco is having some of the same problems as a year ago because he doesn’t step into some of his passes and he throws off his back foot. Flacco has to learn to step up in the pocket hard like a John Elway, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady.
Oh, is that it? Joe just has to be more like those three guys?
Fire quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn immediately and hire Mike Preston to replace him, Steve Bisciotti. He’s figured it out.
When he doesn’t step forward, he drops his elbow close to his body which causes his passes to sail. There are also times that he doesn’t know when to put air under the ball, and when to throw it on the line. It’s frustrating with Flacco because there are times when he shows the appropriate form, compared to his predecessor, Kyle Boller, who had very little technique.
Preston, showing that even though it’s been two full years since Kyle Boller suited up as a Raven, he can’t write piece without taking a jab at him.
Let it go, man.
The Ravens need to address these issues quickly because they have quality receivers who can go up and catch the ball. Sometimes with quarterbacks in this situation, they get lazy and rely more on their receivers than the appropriate mechanics.
“By week 8, I expect Joe Flacco to be throwing left-handed, no-look, behind-the-head passes because, shit…’ANQUAN IS OUT THERE!’”
Easy There Harbaugh
Harbaugh, understandably so, was extremely happy after the win against the Jets, but he got a little carried away when he said Lewis has not lost a step.
Let’s not go crazy.
Maybe Harbaugh hasn’t seen film of Lewis during the 2000 season.
This is the kind of throwaway, lazy shit that drives his readers crazy. Really, Mike? John Harbaugh never watched Ray Lewis play in 2000? Of course that’s it.
WTF is he going to go up there and say?
“Oh, well, if Ray wasn’t so old, fat, and slow compared to when he was 25, we would have won that game 10-0 easy, or maybe even 10-to-negative 12. I should really look into replacing that guy.”
Throw your keyboard into the Bay, Preston.
Nakamura the nickel again next week?
The Ravens have found a way of getting safety Haruki Nakamura on the field. Nakamura played as the nickel back against the Jets, and could be in the same situation against the Bengals even though the Ravens might be better off using another cornerback in this game.
Nakamura versus Caldwell?
I’m taking Caldwell in that matchup.
“Haruki, you may be the coach’s ‘favorite player,’ but you couldn’t cover an injured fourth-string wide receiver.”
Ravens reach settlements with two players
The Ravens have reached injury settlements with guard/center David Hale and offensive tackle Stefan Rodgers. The news about Hale is disappointing because he was one of the hardest workers on the team and was actually starting to become a solid player.
Maybe the Ravens will bring him back next season.
New game: take a shot every time Preston ends a blurb with a “Maybe…” comment.
Good effort by Suggs
Ravens defensive end/outside linebacker Terrell Suggs had six tackles against the Jets, including one sack. Suggs also had a couple of hurries.
It was a good game against a quality left tackle in New York’s D’Brickashaw Ferguson. And if Suggs can add a move or two to his repertoire and learn how to set up his moves, he could become the most dominant pass rusher in the NFL.
“What Suggs really needs to do is be more like Bruce Smith, Michael Strahan, and Reggie White. That’s the ticket.”
Keyboard, meet Bay, please.