Harbaugh's going to do what he's always done with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed- if they're capable of playing, they'll play. Quality of play is irrelevant with the untouchables. They dictate whether they're out on the field or not and apparently, Harbaugh is fine with that scenario. Neither should be out there. They're both done playing at a high level and several times this year, have been embarrassed. Lewis probably won't play against the Steelers but I have no doubt he'll be on the field the following week. Bank on it.
I don't see what the big deal is. Harbaugh has it under control.
I'm more worried about Cam's horrible play calls and Flacco's inability to audible.
Every defensive player's going to be burned at some point but the bottom line is that this unit is playing better without Lewis. It was the same situation last year too when he was down for 4 games. Are the next in line superstars? No, but they're better than Lewis and Reed. How can they not be? I appreciate everything Ray and Ed have done for this team and have some great memories but nothing lasts forever and it's time to move on. Experience and knowledge goes only so far before the opposition just starts to beat you down physically. I know a lot of fans have purple-stained glasses on when it comes to these two(including their head coach) but old man time is very unforgiving and it would be a shame to watch them go out being embarrassed anymore than they already have.
The question on Ray would be: are his intangibles (leadership, passion, anticipation) enough to overcome the facts that he has slowed down, etc.?
If Harbaugh were to ask me (rrrriiiiigggghhhht!!) I would ask Ray to consider coming back for the Denver game. Ray always has seemed to figure out Manning's tendencies as well as Brady's. In that game, his experience and insight might make a bigger difference.
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