KIDZ KORNER: Coach Harbs, you have some ‘splain’ to do

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Well… it was a good game Sunday, But not great.

Very average is how we played against a very average team. From the first snap until about 5 minutes in Quarter 4, I was concerned. I had horrible flashbacks of the Ravens epic collapse last year in Houston on Monday Night Football. It’s a good thing that they pulled it out because certainly we Ravens fans would not exactly be happy with Coach Harbaugh and our Baltimore Ravens.

Going into another primetime game versus Jacksonville, (A hopefully easy game), we could not afford to lose another game. We have Pittsburgh at Heinz Field, a tough game against Phillip Rivers’ Chargers, and two not so easy games versus a Cincinnati team who has only lost two games.

As I said we pulled it out, which is fine, but not before a huge scare in Charm City.

Going into a big MNF game against the Jags, there are some things I would like to see the team do.

Offense-

The obvious thing to say would be that the offensive line play MUST get better! But that is a given! So I am going to go somewhere else. Please tell me why the coaching staff insists on keeping Joe Flacco and Ray Rice in the game for the ENITRE game?? Flashback to week 3, the Ravens are up by 27 points going into the fourth quarter. Please take your starters out! Ray Rice we all know is our biggest playmaker on offense! Why risk getting him hurt? This week we had a drive when we knew we had the game sealed but had to run just a few more plays. Who is in the game? Ray Rice and Joe Flacco! PLEASE TELL ME WHY! Why not give Tyrod Taylor a shot to run the offense to have some experience against an NFL offense? Say Flacco gets hurt in the very first play against Pittsburgh. You are going to have Tyrod Taylor who has had zero NFL regular season experience and is playing against a top-notch Steelers defense. Even sign a guy Like Chad Pennington who has at least some experience that could adequately fill in when needed.

Defense-

Dear Chuck Pagano, Please put Blaine Gabbert on his rear-end the entire game. When the Ravens put pressure on Matt Schaub on Sunday he didn’t have any idea what to do! But when we gave him just a little time he was converting all over the place! Pagano has to draw up blitzes against Gabbert. He should be seeing Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis ALL DAY LONG! If this happens, the young QB will be scrambling for his life the entire night! I wouldn’t mind stuffing Maurice Jones-Drew all night either!

Special Teams-

There hasn’t been much Billy Cundiff has done wrong this year. 5-5 in Field Goals last week and one of his kicks went into the second row into the stands! I am concerned about health more than anything on kick returns and punt returns. One thing that makes me furious is putting Lardarius Webb back to return punts! With all the health issues that we have in our secondary why would you even think about risking Webb’s health? I do not want to have to rely on Danny Gorrer and Cary Williams to carry the load! And okay that’s one of the worst things you can do right? Think again. Sure enough Ed Reed was back to take a punt return. Why. Tell me why John. Tell me why we are risking two main defensive players when you have guys like Laquan Williams who is most likely just as good as Webb. Even if he is not. Give him a chance!

Please Ravens, we need to stay healthy if we want a shot at the Lombardi Trophy!

 

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9 Raves on “KIDZ KORNER: Coach Harbs, you have some ‘splain’ to do

  1. Danny from Ellicott on said:

    I am not too familiar with Kidz Korner , but is this a section designated for retarded pre-pub kids to write their 5 seconds of thinking? Then again, this isn’t too far from the level Baltimoresun staff writes, so i don’t know whether to get angry that ravens24x7 publishes stuff like this or how god awful baltimoresun staffs are.

    well let’s get started on why i think that way.

    1) houston at least on paper isn’t an average team. they have one of the best O-line (let’s get back to this later), solid QB, and solid defense, even without Mario williams. even if we were coming off our bye week, you don’t take teams like this lightly

    2) pressuring opposite QB is great and all but again, houston’s O-line is one of the best. if your blitz gets picked up, that exposes your weak secondary to their attack. they also have this guy name arian Foster kid, if you haven’t heard of him. he only happens to be rushing king from last year, and he got some nice cutbacks, so overload blitz might not always be an ideal way to go.

    finally on special team, laQ has had his share of opportunities. he hasn’t played up up it. That’s one of main reasons why we signed McCann off street to play KR. soon, i believe we will see him in PR as well.

    again, i apologize if this section is about letting some kid vent. otherwise, learn to think before you write.

  2. Joe W. on said:

    Danny- Let me explain some things to you, First of all the Texans are a very average team with out Mario Williams and Andre Johnson. They are two of the best players in the NFL and without them they are just about average. On Defense, I was saying that the Ravens should blitz against Blaine Gabbert. Do you think that a young, unexperienced QB will be able to function with Ngata and Suggs in his face all day? Even if we give up one big play the Jags dont have a highpowered D that can stop us. Finally, on Special Teams I agree with your comments on McCann joining the team. I was saying that i do not want to see a big player like Webb or Reed hurt with our already ailing backfield. These are just my opinions but I realize that others may not agree.

  3. Lawrence on said:

    Wow! ‘Danny from Elliott’…..It’s sad when all you have to do is sit around and post negitave comments on blogs. Become a real Raven fan and stop being negative. GO RAVENS

  4. Mark B on said:

    Hey Danny from Elliot. Piss off. You obviously have no life and sit down with your finger up your butt bashing kids. youre a winner you douche. go get a life and learn to have SOME respect for people who write. unbelievable. Joe, great job. i loved it! this Danny guy is probably some 50 year old bum who hasn’t had a girlfriend and still lives wit him mommy abd daddy, dont pay attention to him. awesome job bud. keep it up :) doing an awesome job!

  5. Ravens fan on said:

    Great article Joe. Totally agree. Dont pay attention to your haters on here. Seriously they have nothing better to do then bash kids articles? Get a life

  6. Rex on said:

    Joe, Obviously Danny and Mike did not truly read your article. They just are using your article to attempt to get their thoughts in the spotlight. Your article was right on. I agree 100% with your points. Keep writing. You seem to have a great handle on the Ravens. YOu are the true fan. Make and Danny seem to be Texan fans. If you read their comments, it sounds like a lot of prais for the Texans. Interesting. I think we know where they are coming from.

  7. raven maniac on said:

    Danny from Ellicott…what a jack@#s! Sounds like he has a mancrush on Gary Kubiak or just anyone in a Texan uniform. Not getting Rice and Flacco hurt and getting our backup QB some valuable playing time when the game is out of reach…AGREED! Bringing pressure and keeping opposing quarterbacks throwing off their back foot…AGREED! As we have seen, that’s when we get our interceptions, less pressure this week = no interceptions. Not having our All Pro Safety and future Pro Bowl cornerback returning punts and risking unnecessary injury…ABSOLUTELY AGREE! Joe, looks like some sound analysis to me, tell Danielle from Ellicott to stay on Houston’s message boards where he belongs

  8. Tony Lombardi on said:

    Danny & Mike,

    The Kidz Korner was an idea I had to try and work with some youngsters who have a passion for the Ravens and are looking to develop their analytical and journalistic skills. Young Joe is a great kid who possesses both for his age and it’s incumbent upon me/us to help help those skills.

    We appreciate your visits here and I hope that this may address in part your concerns.

    And Joe, thank you for being a professional and not “reacting” to the post emotionally but instead “responding” reasonably — even beyond your years in my opinion.

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