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  1. #31

    Re: The Good And The Bad

    Yes, the passing game left a bad taste in our mouths yesterday, but one overriding point meriting some optimism about the offense is that even when the passing game has an off day, McNair is still able to manage the offense and move the chains consistently.
    8 plays, 25 yards, FG
    5 plays, 20 yards, FG
    7 plays, 11 yards, FG

    That was with short field. And that's great actually because we all argued that the Colt game last year should have been 9-0 at halftime. But we were sold by the FO and all the fans believed our offense just by having McNair on the field would march down and score touchdowns. At this point the game should have been 21-0 at the most.

    Then the rest of the Ravens offense decided to help Steve understand the Raven's system a little better:
    3 plays, 5 yards, Punt
    3 plays, -2 yards, Punt
    3 plays, 2 yards, Punt

    Three seperate posessions, 5 total yards,

    7 plays, 65 yards, Touchdown

    A good drive with was also saved by a GREAT heads up catch by Derrick Mason off the tipped fingers of Todd Heap.

    3 plays, -11 yards, Punt
    3 plays, -5 yards, Punt

    Yes, -18 yards. That is minus 18.

    6 plays, 18 yards, Punt
    7 plays, 11 yards, Field Goal
    1 play, Interception
    6 plays, 17 yards, Punt

    So if moving the chains consistent was a factor in yesterday's game, I don't know where it happened other than a spurt here and a spurt there. 7 punts is not moving the chains. Going negative yards on consecutive possessions is not moving the chains.

    As far as TOP, there became a point where the offense only had the ball for 1 minute here, 1 minute 30 there. That's not keeping the defense fresh either.

    Anyway, I know you can't judge what Boller would or would not have done yesterday. He could have had a Denver game, or a Minnesota game. I was strictly speaking out of statistics and numbers.

  2. #32
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    In your head

    Re: The Good And The Bad

    Man I knew it was ugly while I was watching it but when you post the drive-by-drive stats it's even worse.

    Still, I'm not getting worked up, good or bad, over 2 games. The 3 games following next week should give us more of a barometer on the offense.


  3. #33

    Re: The Good And The Bad

    Let's just be thankful we were playing the Raiders, and that it was at home. We would have been in trouble playing a playoff caliber team yesterday at home, and probably would have been in trouble playing practically anyone on the road.

    But we managed to pull out a win while struggling on offense. No one seems to be in denial over this, including the players themselves, so they know improvement is needed.

    And yet we still got a win -- it sure beats last year's second game, or do I need to remind anyone how ugly that offensive performance was?

  4. #34
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Columbia, Maryland

    Re: The Good And The Bad

    Two things.

    1. We are 2-0. We beat one team we were not supposed to beat (Bucs) and another that we were supposed to beat.

    2. We have always started the season sloppy. If there is a time to get ourselves together offensively, it is during the first three games. Once the Chargers come to town, it will be on. (No, I am not concerned about the Stains).
    It's a new season! It's a new day!

  5. #35
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Mesa Arizona

    Re: The Good And The Bad

    I'm as concerned about our offense now as I was when Boller was playing. Steve McNair is an experienced vet I don't see why he should still be having problems with basic plays. I was pretty impressed with the performance last week until I saw the egg Tampa Bay laid again this week. I'm beginning to think it will be another long year offensively for us. I am not impressed so far.

  6. #36

    Re: The Good And The Bad

    Wow. Just wow. While all is not perfect with our beloved Ravens Offense, McNair wasnt just going to step in and be a perfect fit. We are lucky we have a soft opening 2 for everyone to adjust. And even then Tampa wasnt supposed to be an easy win.
    Last year the Colts had the perfect offense. But no ring. same goes for cinncy. There are so many intangables in this game that teams that look perfect on paper will rarely if ever succeed. We should be happy to have 2 put away towards the goal for now, and see where the next few weeks find us.
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  7. #37

    Re: The Good And The Bad

    The Good:

    1) C-Mac prevented Moss from being a factor Sunday
    2) HEAVY HITTERS on defense were explosive...helmets spontaneously combusting off the heads of our opponents and all!!
    3) Bart Scott and A.D. are two unbridled STUDS...
    4) Stover and Koch punching their tickets to Hawaii?
    5) Ray Lewis may be the best defensive player I've ever seen...Never cease to be amazed by his dominance on a football field...
    6) The Ravens crowd once again held it's own...

    The Bad:

    1) Our offense was OFFENSIVE in a deodorant commercial sort of way...P.U.!!!
    2) Still haven't identified a legit deep threat yet...(Moore is less, IMHO)
    3) If I had a dollar for every ridiculous penalty we commit...I'd have my own skybox by now...
    4) Is J.O. OK?


  8. #38
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Eastern Shore

    Re: The Good And The Bad

    agree, agree, agree. I really liked the Koch punt that Prude 'fair catched' at the five, in the third quarter; that led to the safety. I haven't heard anyone mention that catch; wow.
    the D is definitely championship caliber. and like everyone else, I'm sick of the O. six, seven years of this.
    As long as the O can crank out a couple of drives for 10 points or so, AND NOT TURN THE BALL OVER, this team can make the playoffs, but then they'll need to step it up.
    One real good thing about the McNair era; only 1 turnover in two games. that alone marks an improvement.
    here's hoping the O-line gels and McNair makes plays as he gets more comfortable. I wonder if his arm hurt, on some of those throws. hate to admit it, but the Raider's Walter was the best qb on the field yesterday.
    The Ravens are deep at WR at RB; what can we call Jamal/Mike/Musa? how about JaMiSa? this may be the best three-deep corps in the league.

  9. #39

    Re: The Good And The Bad

    Quote Originally Posted by sailorsam View Post
    hate to admit it, but the Raider's Walter was the best qb on the field yesterday.
    Let's not get carried away. Although the CBS announcers seemed to think Walter was the player of the day, he was 10 for 27 with three picks and no TDs. McNair had a poor game but he sure was better than that.

    Then again, McNair didn't have to play against our D.

  10. #40
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Salisbury Maryland

    Re: The Good And The Bad

    The biggest difference in my mind between last year's season finale and this seasons game facing the Browns is Steve McNair. Although he is struggling to some degree, he still has alot of composure and it translates to his team mates. Are there wrinkles for him to iron out? No doubt, but when he is on, like the first drive against Tampa he can be very effective and keep the chains moving.

    His touch pass to Heap for a TD hasn't been seen in these parts for quite some time! I know I am drinking the SM cool aid. But he will improve and at some point carry this team on his back. He does it every year in his career. Its kind of scary when you think that he is only going to get better and more effecient along with this tenacious defense!


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