Massive Monday Meltdown

Horrible!   The word horrible does not accurately describe the performance of the Baltimore Ravens so I consulted Mr. Webster. There I found horrendous, nauseating, and repugnant.   I also found offensive, but since that was left back in Baltimore I didn’t think I could justify use of the term.

On Monday Night football for the entire world to see the Baltimore Ravens faced the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ravens fans were taken through a time warp. Back to an era when a variety of signal callers were given the opportunity to play the QB position. Some of the names included, but were not limited to Stony Case, Scott Mitchell, Chris Redman, Kordell Stewart and Kyle Boller. All were abysmal failures under center while in a Baltimore Ravens uniform.  It’s not my intention to pin this colossal disaster on the shoulders of the current QB. There is a wealth of responsibility to be shared by the entire offensive structure from the current architect Cam Cameron to the ball boy who plays toss with Flacco during pregame warm-ups.

Some historically noteworthy statistics coming out of this game include:

  •  No first downs the entire first half
  •  I do not have to use a full complement of fingers to count the number of total yards the Ravens accumulated during the first half
  •  Ray Rice fumbles for the first time in over 530 touches
  •  Ravens receivers were blanketed by Jaguar defenders for nearly the entire game except for the last scoring drive

 Bad day at the office?   Not to worry, it’s going to be OK… Not that simple. Unfortunately the massive offense breakdown on Monday night is indicative of much larger wide-ranging issues that need to be addressed immediately. At the conclusion of last year’s playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers the viability of Cam Cameron as an offensive coordinator had reached a boiling point. Many Ravens fans wanted him gone.   Instead, Jim Zorn, Joe Flacco’s primary confidant was sent packing.  Cameron was given another chance to demonstrate he was deserving of the position of offensive coordinator. His job is now going to become a subject of much controversy.

Flacco’s play in the games that remain will determine the length and amount of his contract extension, which is due to be written at the conclusion of the season. The ongoing relationship or lack thereof between Joe and Cam is also an area of serious concern. The playbook has been opened up for Joe. He has been given the authority to call his own plays but the plays are still being sent in from the sidelines. The question on everyone’s mind is why doesn’t he call his own plays? The offensive line play has not been good but it hasn’t been all-bad all the time. There have been some quality moments. As a professional QB playing in the NFL, Flacco still needs to be able to perform when there are breakdowns.

 The Monday evening trauma is now part of NFL history. It’s time to get over it and move on. I am speaking for me personally, as well as any other Ravens fans that were witness to their performance on the field. These issues must be addressed immediately and resolved shortly so the Ravens can realize the potential of the 2011 season.

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