Points to Ponder in the Ravens 23-3 Win Over the Redskins

Should we be concerned about the poor play of the first-team offense?

You’d hope that Joe Flacco and company would have made some progress and built on their efforts against Carolina. It didn’t happen. It’s no reason to hit the panic button but it’s also the difference between playing a rebuilding team like the Panthers and a team like the Redskins who even though they have struggled in the win column in the past have a very good defense. A lot of focus for this season is going to be on the development of Flacco and last night you saw him fall back into some bad habits. He was quick to throw to checkdowns, and at times looked gawky and awkward in the pocket and a step slow. He did finish his night with an excellent throw in traffic to Anquan Boldin down the middle of the field – an area that has been neglected in his game. Here’s hoping he shows better against the G-Men next week.

It didn’t help that Ray Rice couldn’t hold on to the ball and that the starting line looked better but still like it was trying to find itself due to injuries. They still have things to work on but don’t we all.

Who looked most impressive and helped their case for a roster spot?

David Reed who has had an unimpressive camp had 4 catches for 38 yards and make a fine tackle on Special Teams. Jason Phillips who unfortunately for him has to compete in a crowded linebacker field, made a great play sacking Rex Grossman, forcing and recovering the fumble in the process. Jalen Parmele, who is already set as the team’s kick returner, made a better accounting of himself in the run game. Cary Williams has been a pleasant surprise and his two game suspension at the start of the season now actually seems like a big deal as it takes away another potential player from the corner spot.

Does anyone else think Terrell Suggs will have the biggest year of his career in 2010?

He’s appears to be in the best shape of his life and last night he showed off the whole package of his skills. He harassed the quarterback off the edge with pressure. He dropped McNabb on a Sack and stuffed Larry Johnson in the backfield. He looks fantastic and I have a feeling that he will atone for the perceptions that he wasn’t the same player of a year ago. He should return to role as an impact player this year.

Who is going to win the Inside Linebacker spot?

I think it should be Dannell Ellerbee. It seems that no matter who is out there each player has certain deficiencies but all seem to have difficulty in coverage. So if that is the case I’d rather go with the player with the most potential to get to the ball quickly, shows toughness and can finish off tackles. That’s Ellerbee.

Why did Jim Zorn get a “Gatorade shower” last night?

After a pre-season win who knows? It was hard to tell but I think the players were playing it up like a prank and having some fun. I’m sure it was interesting for Zorn to be on the other sideline last night and any time you can have success against a team that fired you is satisfying. But it just looked stupid and unnecessary. Sort of like the fake punt call on 4th and 6. I’m all for working on aspects of the game but honestly the game doesn’t count. Then again the Skins have to stop it too.


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