The Ravens play four of their final six games at the comfy confines of M&T Bank Stadium. The two road games are in Houston and Cleveland which carry a combined round trip travel distance of just under 3,100 miles. Two of the last three games are in Baltimore; home games against the Saints and Bengals sandwich a roadie against the Browns. The Ravens should be well rested for the playoffs. Taxing travel and an unfavorable schedule are not valid excuses for any missteps during the balance of the regular season.
Lardarius Webb did not record a defensive statistic against the Panthers. Chris Carr started opposite Josh Wilson while Webb was relegated to about 10 snaps as the nickel. Might the coaching staff be sending a message to the promising second year player or is this simply a case of Carr and Wilson being more deserving. Webb you may recall was a very effective blitzer as a nickel in 2009. This competition will be an interesting one to watch.
In the past the Ravens lacked fire power in the passing game. Might they not have too much? It seems to me that there is an unnecessary amount of attention placed on ball distribution. It might be time for the Ravens to simply go with what is working best and not be so concerned about hurt feelings. For my money, the trio of Boldin-Mason-Stallworth is a more complementary posse than one that replaces Stallworth with Houshmandzadeh.
Much was made on message boards about a confrontation between Joe Flacco and Derrick Mason on the Ravens sideline during Sunday’s game against the Panthers. From what we hear, the verbal sparring was born out of competitive frustration – two players challenging each other. I’d be more worried if they didn’t care enough. Word is there are no hard feelings stemming from the spat.
Josh Wilson was torched for an 88 yard score by Panthers’ rookie WR David Gettis. One source has indicated that just prior to the snap the Ravens changed the back end coverage from Cover 2 to Cover 3. In a Cover 2 scheme, both safeties play deep halves of the field and the corners play shorter zones. In a Cover 3 the corners and the free safety cover deep thirds and the strong safety moves into a short zone. Wilson didn’t get “the memo” and played Cover 2 while the others repositioned for Cover 3.
A bad pre-snap communication cost the Ravens 7 and not necessarily a bad play by Wilson.
And now you know the rest of the story.