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    Re: The Giants lost to the Bengals, the 49ers to the Rams, and the Steelers to Oakland and Tennessee...



    Quote Originally Posted by ActualSpamBot View Post
    Last I checked we do win way more than we lose and have gone deep in playoffs every year under Harbs. So the team is doing exactly what they SHOULD be doing, but for some people, that's not good enough. Despite being a dropped pass from the SuperBowl last year and having the second best record in the AFC this year, people are calling for wholesale coaching firings and for our QB to be replaced. That's spoiled. Plain and simple. It's a shitty, entitled, and unreasonable way to be a fan.
    I find it funny that you had to point out his post was basically a description of the Ravens the past 4-5 years.
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    Re: The Giants lost to the Bengals, the 49ers to the Rams, and the Steelers to Oakland and Tennessee...

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    Last I checked we do win way more than we lose and have gone deep in playoffs every year under Harbs. So the team is doing exactly what they SHOULD be doing, but for some people, that's not good enough. Despite being a dropped pass from the SuperBowl last year and having the second best record in the AFC this year, people are calling for wholesale coaching firings and for our QB to be replaced. That's spoiled. Plain and simple. It's a shitty, entitled, and unreasonable way to be a fan.
    I don't see too many people calling for any of that. The Ravens offense stinks. For the past few seasons the Ravens have spent a lot of free agent money and high round picks to shore up the offensive unit. They have historically been a defensive team and won a lot of games with the defense first approach. Now that the offense has been getting all this offseason attention what have the results been? Little to no improvement in the overall rankings. Cam needs to go. Its as simple as that.

    Its too early to ship off old man Mattison part deux. And he hasn't had a lot to work with through all the big named high dollar injuries. Harbaugh is secure, he isn't going anywhere. Flacco has been crowned and no one is taking his throne. Even if he never really earned it. He has been good enough, but the offense is stagnant. So its him or Cam taking the fall this off season, and the smart money will be on Cam.




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    Re: The Giants lost to the Bengals, the 49ers to the Rams, and the Steelers to Oakland and Tennessee...

    Quote Originally Posted by ActualSpamBot View Post
    Last I checked we do win way more than we lose and have gone deep in playoffs every year under Harbs. So the team is doing exactly what they SHOULD be doing, but for some people, that's not good enough. Despite being a dropped pass from the SuperBowl last year and having the second best record in the AFC this year, people are calling for wholesale coaching firings and for our QB to be replaced. That's spoiled. Plain and simple. It's a shitty, entitled, and unreasonable way to be a fan.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kevlar View Post
    I don't see too many people calling for any of that. The Ravens offense stinks. For the past few seasons the Ravens have spent a lot of free agent money and high round picks to shore up the offensive unit. They have historically been a defensive team and won a lot of games with the defense first approach. Now that the offense has been getting all this offseason attention what have the results been? Little to no improvement in the overall rankings. Cam needs to go. Its as simple as that.

    Its too early to ship off old man Mattison part deux. And he hasn't had a lot to work with through all the big named high dollar injuries. Harbaugh is secure, he isn't going anywhere. Flacco has been crowned and no one is taking his throne. Even if he never really earned it. He has been good enough, but the offense is stagnant. So its him or Cam taking the fall this off season, and the smart money will be on Cam.
    Well, there are several merged threads with many posters supporting the firing of Cam and Harbaugh, and there are threads questioning if Flacco is still the QB to get the team to a Super Bowl, along with a couple of blog posts. So I guess I see a lot of people calling for a lot of changes. The only person, so far, to really escape the wrath is Newsome, and should the Ravens falter down the stretch, calls for his head will surely start.

    I do agree with you that barring a deep playoff run, Cam is most likely gone, and I am not sure anything less than a Super Bowl appearance would save his job. The problem is that Flacco is in his contract year, and the Ravens really don't know what they have at the position. Is he the average to slightly above average QB (that is maddeningly inconsistent) that we've seen since the beginning of last season? Or is he a truly top-10 QB with elite potential that only needs to get out of Cam's system to survive (like some others)?. I don't know. The big problem is that the Ravens probably don't know either.

    I - like many - thought that Cam would be gone last off-season and this year the Ravens and Flacco could see what they could do under another's system. The ideal scenario would have been for Flacco to thrive under a new system, propelling the offense to greater heights thereby off-setting was was expected to be a weaker defense, and giving him justification to seek his top-10 QB contract.

    Unfortunately, what I speculate is that when Pagano got hired by the Colts, I just think that Harbaugh/Newsome did not want to go into the season with massive schema changes on both sides of the ball. So Cam stayed, Flacco has plateaued, and here we are...




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    Re: The Giants lost to the Bengals, the 49ers to the Rams, and the Steelers to Oakland and Tennessee...

    Quote Originally Posted by NCRAVEN View Post
    I just watched the replay on NFL network, there were definitely plays that we just missed (read:the players messed up). BUT those are the plays we seem to consistently missing. That's were coaching needs to come in and it just hasn't changed. We keep doing the same thing over and over and keep missing the same shit.
    That's not the point I am trying to make. If you blame the coaches for the stuff that the players constantly do wrong, shouldn't they get credit for the stuff that the players constantly do right?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Corey View Post
    That's not the point I am trying to make. If you blame the coaches for the stuff that the players constantly do wrong, shouldn't they get credit for the stuff that the players constantly do right?
    I said it Monday morning. I have been a "Cam must go" guy for a year now, but on Sunday, I thought the gameplan was pretty decent and there were plays, quite of few of them, that were there to be made and weren't. Easily Flacco and the offense's worst home performance in quite some time....




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    Re: The Giants lost to the Bengals, the 49ers to the Rams, and the Steelers to Oakland and Tennessee...

    Quote Originally Posted by Corey View Post
    That's not the point I am trying to make. If you blame the coaches for the stuff that the players constantly do wrong, shouldn't they get credit for the stuff that the players constantly do right?
    I mean... I guess, but when something works and you know it works and you keep doing it, that's the job.

    The job is also, when something is not working, find away to make it work or change it altogether. That's not or does not appear to be happening from what I see on TV, unless or until it's late in the game and it's too close for comfort or we're down and need to score NOW.
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    Re: The Giants lost to the Bengals, the 49ers to the Rams, and the Steelers to Oakland and Tennessee...

    Quote Originally Posted by lobachevsky View Post
    It just occurred to me--& I'd appreciate it if the usual subspects like you & Cap'n Sliver would chime in on the subject--that what really, really, really pisses Ravens fans off about Harbaugh's risk-avoidancce approach isn't that it's conservative, or boring. Helzbelz, if there's any fan base in the NFL that's used to that & OK with it it's right here--it won this team a frakkin' Super Bowl, dinnit?

    The really, really annoying thing about Harbaughesque football is that it's timid.
    Hey man, I am all over the threads, I can only cover so much Harbaugh love.

    There is a large portion, not all, but a large portion of fans mirror our head coach. Even at this point, so does the owner Steve Bisciotti.

    Success in the NFL is often based off of wins. John has a lot. So many that he is safe in regards to what the owner wants. That chance, the glimmer of hope to maybe one day to win a Super Bowl. It does take a bit of luck aside from being good.

    But being good, being really, really good, in football, in life, in business can be enough. In fact, it can make you very, very, rich.

    But to be the best, the greatest, the one that stands above all others and can say, I am better than everyone else takes something more than being good. It demands more.

    We do not have that in a head coach. He is from the tree of almost. Bo Schembechler or Andy Ried, take your pick. Winning it all is not his pedigree. Never has been, never will be.

    I need not compare him to previous coaches or current coaches, I need only watch the flow of the game, the X's and O'x, the favorable player match-ups that are missed or squandered opportunities, be it 30 seconds at a half or the mismanagement of timeouts on foolish challenges. I get to watch a quarterback who has all the tools, be doubted in his contract year because of a superseding commitment to mediocrity in an offensive coordinator who is stuck in 1974.

    But again, there has been great success. I attribute this to the PLAYERS. Our players are simply better than most. Ozzie Newsome is getting a lot of flak now, but I say it is unwarranted, talent wise we have it.

    So being good based upon riding the talent of this team is what John Harbaugh's resume is. Pruple Kool-Aid drinking fans will call me the hater, which is fine. John Harbaugh had the great pleasure to step into a well stocked team and run it. Let's see how well that would go over in Buffalo or Cleveland.

    Good head coaches win a lot of games. Great head coaches win Super Bowls, they don't lose home games to 3rd string quarterbacks by kneeling on the ball at the half.
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    Captain, we are on opposite ends of this debate. I don't necessarily consider myself a "Harbaugh lover". Two years ago (after his third season), I said that if he could not beat Pittsburgh, win division titles and garner home playoff games, he should be squarely on the hot-seat. He's done that and got the team to the precipice. In my mind, that earns him a few more years to see if he can finish the job. We can disagree on whether he has earned or should get that chance.

    But when you say this..

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Silver View Post
    Good head coaches win a lot of games. Great head coaches win Super Bowls, they don't lose home games to 3rd string quarterbacks by kneeling on the ball at the half.
    It really undermines the other (good) points you were making. I mean, if that is how we are judging "great" coaches, then explain how Tomlin lost to Tim Tebow? Yes, I know, Tomlin has won a Super Bowl (some think he may have won 2 or more)...anyway, how does that "great" coach then turn around and lose to Tim Tebow?




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    Re: The Giants lost to the Bengals, the 49ers to the Rams, and the Steelers to Oakland and Tennessee...

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnBKistler View Post
    Captain, we are on opposite ends of this debate. I don't necessarily consider myself a "Harbaugh lover". Two years ago (after his third season), I said that if he could not beat Pittsburgh, win division titles and garner home playoff games, he should be squarely on the hot-seat. He's done that and got the team to the precipice. In my mind, that earns him a few more years to see if he can finish the job. We can disagree on whether he has earned or should get that chance.

    But when you say this..



    It really undermines the other (good) points you were making. I mean, if that is how we are judging "great" coaches, then explain how Tomlin lost to Tim Tebow? Yes, I know, Tomlin has won a Super Bowl (some think he may have won 2 or more)...anyway, how does that "great" coach then turn around and lose to Tim Tebow?
    Tomlin didn't lose to Tim Tebow at home on a 16 home game winning streak.

    It undermines nothing, I wrote, and if logic such as this prevails this is exactly why fans are satisfied with John. Thanks for proving my point




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    Re: The Giants lost to the Bengals, the 49ers to the Rams, and the Steelers to Oakland and Tennessee...

    Quote Originally Posted by The Excellector View Post
    I don't give a who what, who those teams lost to.

    Losing to Batch, in your own place, in a game that could have clinched the division, for a team of this caliber, is a disgrace. Inexcusable doesn't begin to describe how bad of a loss that is.
    There's no washing the stench from this one: a near-miss death blow to our arch rivals, stopping the home win streak vs. a carrer bench-jockey QB, etc., etc. But it was one loss. The Houston game was the only one in which we were manhandled. Both Pitts. and Philly were bitter disappointments that could have easily been wins instead of mostly self-inflicted one-score defeats (w/ an assist from repacemebt refs. in Philly). We keep up our end of the bargain and we should be OK even in these 4 tough games remaining. We're not great, but neither are we done!




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    Re: The Giants lost to the Bengals, the 49ers to the Rams, and the Steelers to Oakland and Tennessee...

    Before I start, Cap'n, your new avatar is a relief to my senses--which is more a commentary on the hideousness of Bane than the aesthetic qualities of Dr House.
    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Silver View Post
    Hey man, I am all over the threads, I can only cover so much Harbaugh love.

    There is a large portion, not all, but a large portion of fans mirror our head coach. Even at this point, so does the owner Steve Bisciotti.
    Yeah, that last kinda concerns me too. Harbaugh seems to have sold him on the idea (or--scary thought--was it the other way around??) that the path to consistent success in the NFL is to play risk-avoiding football, capitalize on the opponents' mistakes, & crabcrawl your way into the postseason--& once there, who knows, you might just get hot &/or lucky & snatch a Lombardi. And maybe in the long view that's the high percentage play. But dammit, football is entertainment, & there's not much entertaining about a team that grimly grinds out wins against teams that shower them with gifts in the form of unforced mistakes & shows no spark of determination or creativity until it's close to (or is) too late. Seriously, have Ravens fans actually enjoyed them looking barely adequate in 7 of their 9 victories, & snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in 2 of their 3 losses?

    Good head coaches win a lot of games. Great head coaches win Super Bowls, they don't lose home games to 3rd string quarterbacks by kneeling on the ball at the half.
    The kind of thing that prompts me to wonder--for a team that supposedly has so much faith in themselves & each other, how much faith does Harbaugh have in them? Not enough to trust Flacco to throw over the middle, it seems. Not enough to let Rice (who has fumbled once all year) even take a handoff at the end of the first half last week. (As I pointed out elsewhere, R2 in his career has put the ball on the ground in less than 1% of his carries.)

    FTR, I am not convinced that this team has superior talent--or rather, I think the evidence shows that the talent level is pretty ordinary in a number of key areas. It's not just with Flacco that they don't know what they have--e.g., they won't really know how bad the OL needs upgrading until & unless they shitcan Moeller & replace him with someone competent.




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    Re: The Giants lost to the Bengals, the 49ers to the Rams, and the Steelers to Oakland and Tennessee...

    Quote Originally Posted by lobachevsky View Post
    But dammit, football is entertainment, & there's not much entertaining about a team that grimly grinds out wins against teams that shower them with gifts in the form of unforced mistakes & shows no spark of determination or creativity until it's close to (or is) too late. Seriously, have Ravens fans actually enjoyed them looking barely adequate in 7 of their 9 victories, & snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in 2 of their 3 losses?

    FTR, I am not convinced that this team has superior talent--or rather, I think the evidence shows that the talent level is pretty ordinary in a number of key areas. It's not just with Flacco that they don't know what they have--e.g., they won't really know how bad the OL needs upgrading until & unless they shitcan Moeller & replace him with someone competent.
    Which is it? Are they a good team that is under-performing (or just barely performing) or an average team with 9 wins that is over-performing. It looks like you are working both sides of the street here....




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    Re: The Giants lost to the Bengals, the 49ers to the Rams, and the Steelers to Oakland and Tennessee...

    Quote Originally Posted by NCRAVEN View Post
    I mean... I guess, but when something works and you know it works and you keep doing it, that's the job.

    The job is also, when something is not working, find away to make it work or change it altogether. That's not or does not appear to be happening from what I see on TV, unless or until it's late in the game and it's too close for comfort or we're down and need to score NOW.
    Yeah, I think your in a little deeper than I am. What I was replying to was PB74 basically saying that this team only succeeds because of great plays by the players. Which is why I said if the players get the credit for the great things that happen than they need some of the blame for the bad things that happen.

    I want Cam gone. I've wanted Cam gone since at least 2010.




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    Re: The Giants lost to the Bengals, the 49ers to the Rams, and the Steelers to Oakland and Tennessee...

    Quote Originally Posted by lobachevsky View Post
    Before I start, Cap'n, your new avatar is a relief to my senses--which is more a commentary on the hideousness of Bane than the aesthetic qualities of Dr House.Yeah, that last kinda concerns me too. Harbaugh seems to have sold him on the idea (or--scary thought--was it the other way around??) that the path to consistent success in the NFL is to play risk-avoiding football, capitalize on the opponents' mistakes, & crabcrawl your way into the postseason--& once there, who knows, you might just get hot &/or lucky & snatch a Lombardi. And maybe in the long view that's the high percentage play. But dammit, football is entertainment, & there's not much entertaining about a team that grimly grinds out wins against teams that shower them with gifts in the form of unforced mistakes & shows no spark of determination or creativity until it's close to (or is) too late. Seriously, have Ravens fans actually enjoyed them looking barely adequate in 7 of their 9 victories, & snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in 2 of their 3 losses?

    The kind of thing that prompts me to wonder--for a team that supposedly has so much faith in themselves & each other, how much faith does Harbaugh have in them? Not enough to trust Flacco to throw over the middle, it seems. Not enough to let Rice (who has fumbled once all year) even take a handoff at the end of the first half last week. (As I pointed out elsewhere, R2 in his career has put the ball on the ground in less than 1% of his carries.)

    FTR, I am not convinced that this team has superior talent--or rather, I think the evidence shows that the talent level is pretty ordinary in a number of key areas. It's not just with Flacco that they don't know what they have--e.g., they won't really know how bad the OL needs upgrading until & unless they shitcan Moeller & replace him with someone competent.
    That wasn't Bane, that was me as Bane!

    9-3 is all people see, and to tell the truth, you are what your record says you are as Bill Parcells said, yet the year isn't finished and I do not see how this team wins in the playoffs relying on sheer talent to overcome the likes of an Arian Foster, Peyton Manning, or a Tom Brady in their houses, I mean we used to be unbeatable at home for two years until the mighty Charlie Fucking Batch beat us.

    Charlie Batch beat us. This is a window into the future as well as a glance back at the past where the Ravens were fortunate to win in San Diego. You know it, I know it, everyone in the world knows that Rice goes down 99% of the time before making a 4th and 29.

    Good teams find a way to win. This is a great team, with great players. Unfortunately it is saddled with an unimaginative and stodgy coaching staff that would rather rock, scissors, paper their game plan rather than get up to date and see what the likes of the Packers, the Saints, or the Broncos do on offense. That or a dozen other teams. Eventually, the defense faulters and has to a degree. Injuries to Suggs and Webb have been huge, as was Ray Lewis's ill conceived notion of dropping 20lbs this off season.

    John's faith in Joe, the team, or anything is irrelevant. He has a stodgy old game plan, and it works, it wins a lot of games, but it WILL NOT BRING A CHAMPIONSHIP TO BALTIMORE.

    I disagree, I think this team is heaped with talent, I think the coaching has been inept from top to bottom. I am not alone in this. What differs is I want John Harbaugh's ass nailed to the wall along with Cam Cameron because he is ultimately responsible.

    Dungy got shit canned for this EXACT SAME REASON.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Silver View Post
    That wasn't Bane, that was me as Bane!

    9-3 is all people see, and to tell the truth, you are what your record says you are as Bill Parcells said, yet the year isn't finished and I do not see how this team wins in the playoffs relying on sheer talent to overcome the likes of an Arian Foster, Peyton Manning, or a Tom Brady in their houses, I mean we used to be unbeatable at home for two years until the mighty Charlie Fucking Batch beat us.

    Charlie Batch beat us. This is a window into the future as well as a glance back at the past where the Ravens were fortunate to win in San Diego. You know it, I know it, everyone in the world knows that Rice goes down 99% of the time before making a 4th and 29.

    Good teams find a way to win. This is a great team, with great players. Unfortunately it is saddled with an unimaginative and stodgy coaching staff that would rather rock, scissors, paper their game plan rather than get up to date and see what the likes of the Packers, the Saints, or the Broncos do on offense. That or a dozen other teams. Eventually, the defense faulters and has to a degree. Injuries to Suggs and Webb have been huge, as was Ray Lewis's ill conceived notion of dropping 20lbs this off season.

    John's faith in Joe, the team, or anything is irrelevant. He has a stodgy old game plan, and it works, it wins a lot of games, but it WILL NOT BRING A CHAMPIONSHIP TO BALTIMORE.

    I disagree, I think this team is heaped with talent, I think the coaching has been inept from top to bottom. I am not alone in this. What differs is I want John Harbaugh's ass nailed to the wall along with Cam Cameron because he is ultimately responsible.

    Dungy got shit canned for this EXACT SAME REASON.
    Wow, you really have lost touch with reality.

    You want our game plans to be the same as the Packers, Saints, and Broncos. They have 3 of the top 5 QB's in the league. Do you really think Flacco is as talented as Rodgers, Brees, and Manning? Of course not, nor should anyone including coaches expect him to be. However, you want our team to have the same game plan as three teams that are BELOW us in the standings. Saints are all but eliminated in 2012, the Packers are beatable this year with a healthy Rodgers. The Broncos were one position away from being an elite team last year and that was QB, so they went out and got one of the best ever in Peyton Manning and yet they have the same record as us, and we have a chance to beat them at home and finish ahead of them in the standings.

    You say we are no longer "unbeatable" at home because we lost to Charlie Batch. Let's get one thing straight, no team is "unbeatable" at home in the NFL. While teams naturally play better at home vs. on the road, all great teams lose games at home. We happened to have the longest home winning streak in the NFL. That is a credit to BOTH the players and the coaches, and also to a little bit of luck. That doesn't take away the fact that M&T Bank is one of the hardest places for opposing teams to win in the NFL. Yes, we lost to the Steelers when they had key injuries, but they are STILL the Steelers. Their coaches and players (yes, even backups) know this team inside and out. There is a reason 7 of the last 8 have been decided by 3 points or less, regardless of who is or isn't playing.

    It was definitely a "bad" loss by definition as we were favored by 5 points, but is not a CATASTROPHIC loss as you and others are making it out to be. If we lost 34-10, then maybe I could understand panic, but come on man, get a grip!! We still have a stranglehold on the AFC North and will get a home playoff game, which doesn't come around very often. While John Harbaugh and company have their flaws, as do every other coach in the NFL, just look at their record in both the regular and postseason and tell me you wouldn't have taken that in a heartbeat when Brian Billick was fired. Would you rather have a team like the Jags or Chargers who get blacked out a majority of their home games because their team stinks and their fans could care less about showing up to support them?? It could be so much worse, and as fans, we have absolutely no control over the outcome. Enjoy this while it lasts, teams don't make the playoffs every single year, there will be a time when we have several losing seasons in a row. Who knows if Harbaugh, Flacco, and company win a Super Bowl, only time will tell, but at least they have given us a lot more to look forward to each and every week then we could have ever imagined after the 2007 season.

    As I said in the first line, you have completely lost touch with reality, your expectations are way too high.




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