(Plus a crappy make shift O-line that's been a problem for YEARS now.)
Personally, I do NOT want to see Joe running more. Just my 2 cents.
I questioned Rays absence..... at the time I figured he might be injured because it made no sense.
(Oh...and what worked earlier HAD to stop because since it worked, and other teams saw that it worked, it therefore HAD to stop, because they'd be expecting it. So the only way to fool them is to keep running the same damn predictable plays because no one in their right mind would do that, so that way, you'll fool them.)
They could not understand why Rice did not get the ball. They said they think the Ravens are enamoured by the downfield throw and proving Flacco is unique.
I thought it was interesting in light of this discussion.
There was one play that I thought was sort of indicative of the problem with the Ravens passing schemes. A missed block combined with a flawed route.
With about 6:30 left in the game, tied, the Ravens had the ball around their 35 I think. They faked a run left, then Joe rolled right. Most of the O-line did a decent job sealing off to the left. Only Harrison (I think) failed to bite. Leach however had an opportunity to put a helmet on him and pin him back too. If he does, Joe is rolling right with NOBODY behind him, and lots of room in front of him. Instead, Leach completely whiffs, so Harrison is chasing Joe down from behind... he never had time to plant and throw.
To compound the problem... whether it was designed that way, or Torrey took it that way himself, who knows... but Smith ran more or less a deep post. So the result... Joe is throwing under duress and BACK across his body. He doesn't get as much on it as he could have if he had time to plant a little bit. Then Smith inserts the dagger by STOPPING his route too soon, and the throw goes several yards over his head. Smith taking the route back the other way also brought a safety in to the play, as he had time to sprint straight back.
If he takes that down the sideline, MAYBE Joe gets a little more on the throw because he's not throwing across his body. And the safety doesn't have the time to get back AND ACROSS the field... so you're probably looking at a DEEPER throw against single coverage, instead of what wound up being a jump ball in double coverage. Missed block, short throw, bad route, no miracle big play. There's no Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss, or Terrell Owens in the WR corps to turn a busted play in to gold.
Torrey's come a LONG way already, and looks like a legit NFL WR after looking like a unstable speedster with bad hands through last year's camp and early half of the year. But he still has a lot of trouble tracking the ball in the air. The higher the throw, the more unsteady he seems to get. Hopefully that's something that will also improve with time, and soon.
Last edited by Ravens2006; 12-07-2012 at 07:59 PM.
I'm really hoping Ray Rice not getting any touches in the 4th quarter in a close game against of all teams the Steelers, has SEALED CAMS fate !
Has Harbaugh or Cam had anything to say about why Rice wasn't used ????
Sure...the same old BS that we hear every time he's limited in his touches and the Ravens lose. They could put robots up at the podium and have them spout recorded stock answers to all the questions. It means nothing. But I guarantee you that Rice will be heavily involved this week in DC. It's predictable and ludicrous. Then Cam Cameron will lie low for a couple of weeks(probably victories) before breaking out his Air Coryell again against the Giants. Rice will get under 15 carries and the Ravens will lose. Do you see the pattern? Apparently, everyone does except Cameron and Harbaugh.
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