Watching the team employ misdirection, rollouts, etc. successfully in the first quarter, and then totally abandon them, isn't "heartening". It just makes you want to reach for a barf bag.
The only things that were really heartening were:
1) Much better play against the run in the 2nd half
2) Continued good play by the special teams units
3) Ellerbe continuing to improve.
But those things won't beat the good teams that are coming up.
The Ravens don't win more than 8 games TOTAL. To win more they would have to get rid of the IDIOT - and they are not going to do that until early 2013.
So we should start thinking about who we will be drafting with the 18th overall pick.
Do you really see this team beating Pittsburgh (2 games), Cinci in Cinci, SD in SD, Denver or NY?
The Ravens defense can't generate a pass rush - Ben, Peyton, Eli, Rivers and Dalton are going to be throwing the ball all over the place while the Ravens perfect their infamous 3 and OUT offense.
It doesn't take a genius to figure that out - and THAT equals 8 wins for 2012.
I now know the formula!
Give Cam 2 weeks to prepare, and then declare the game over after the first couple of series before their D has a chance to adjust and shut everything down.
I think it's kind of ridiculous that people can be so negative about a sports team and yet they continue to watch and talk about them.
If I'm reading a book and it sucks I simply put it down and read something else. Same goes for movies, tv shows, games, etc. I've never went on a bad roller coaster and then immediately jumped back in line for another ride.
Why torture yourself if we are going to go 2-6 the rest of the way?
Personally I don't know what is more obnoxious:
A) People that insist the Ravens are doomed.
B) People that say 'look at the record, doom mongers' and completely gloss over any negative aspects of a performance and the potential implications of that.
I thought the point of a forum was debate about a topic, not polarised whining and polyannaism.