The Ravens put together one of their worst offensive performances in recent memory last night in Jacksonville. Baltimore didn’t even get its initial First Down until ten minutes into the Third Quarter.
There are several troubling things to take away from this loss if you are a Ravens fan; the offense which had held the franchise’s championship asspirations back for years is still ineffective, and this year’s team seems to be ready for big games but wilts against lesser opponents. A new problem has seemingly arisen out of last night’s debacle.
Terrell Suggs had these comments after last night’s loss.
“It baffles me that Ray Rice only had [eight] carries,” Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said in the locker room before a large group of reporters. “This is a Pro Bowl running back you’re talking about. They fed their horse. We have to feed our horse.”
“I don’t really know what the game plan was,” Suggs said. “When I have a Pro Bowl running back, and he’s not getting his touches, I’m going to feel some kind of way about it. He wants the ball. And I think we should feed him. Ray Rice is a phenomenal player. You have to use your phenomenal players. I have to question how many touches Anquan [Boldin] had. We’ve got guys on this team that can do some great things. We have to use those guys. It’s that simple.”
Suggs’ finger seems to be pointed squarely at Cam Cameron. While he should shoulder some of the blame there is plenty to be divided among Joe Flacco, the receiving corps and the Offensive line.
Does this mean that an Offensive/Defensive divide is starting to rear its head?
Not exactly. I think it’s a valid question to ask. It’s just not often one that is posed from another player.
Cam Cameron is coaching for his job right now and after last night’s performance the overwhelming opinion would be that he should be let go. We’ll see what adjustments can be made when the Ravens host the Cardinals this weekend. But more importantly we’ll see how this offense develops as as the season moves on into the Second Half.