THE WATER COOLER: The Disappearance of Tyrod

Tyrod Taylor run

Now that the Ravens have parted ways with Marcus Spears and Michael Huff the pro-Boldin camp has stepped up in full force in protest of the trade that sent Anquan packing for the San Francisco Bay Area.

Defenders of the move have almost always pointed out that Ozzie Newsome adeptly used the $6M in cap savings to improve the defense. Critics will say that the bonus money given to underachievers Spears ($600K), Huff ($1.5M) and Chris Canty ($2M) could have been used to structure a new deal for Boldin.

To those critics I’d remind them of Daryl Smith and Elvis Dumervil and the fact that over the last four games Tandon Doss has slightly outperformed Boldin.

And let’s be honest, with San Francisco’s offensive line and No. 1 ranked running game, Boldin should be more productive. Imagine what those numbers would look like in Baltimore? Maybe worse than Doss’?

Given the way the Ravens offense has struggled you would think that Jim Caldwell and his offensive staff would figure out a way to get one of their most dynamic players on the field – Tyrod Taylor.

Taylor is a playmaker who is dangerous in open space and he can force defenses onto their heels and to take pause. Whenever you force a defense to play outside of their comfort zone they slow down and when they do, windows of opportunity open up.

Should Tyrod Taylor be used more by Jim Caldwell?
Yes, the Ravens need that spark on offense! (72%)
No, the risk of injury leaves Ravens without a backup QB. (28%)
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Rolando McClain has made his way back into the news and this time for good reasons. McClain has stepped away from the game, probably just temporarily, for all good reasons. He simply wants to be a better man.

If successful that could make him a better football player and a better teammate. The Ravens were wise to place him on the reserve/retired list where they still control his NFL rights. Could a dynamic pair of inside linebackers (Rolando McClain, Arthur Brown) be part of the Ravens’ foreseeable future?

BROWNS NOTES: The Ravens will likely bracket Josh Gordon and try to prevent the big play. The speedy receiver is averaging 44.1 yards on his 8 scores, seven of which have gone for 30 yards or more…Head Coach Rob Chudzinski thinks his team is different than the one that lost to the Ravens on September 15. “We’re a lot better team right now.”

Are the Ravens better?

They will have to be.

Sunday will tell us a lot about the future of the 2013 season.

31 Raves on “THE WATER COOLER: The Disappearance of Tyrod

  1. Rob on said:

    How could Tyrod disappear? He is and will be right were he has been,on the sidelines. A player can only disappear if they were actually involved. For instance, when Ray Rice dosen’t carry the ball and the Ravens loose, he disappears becasue he was involved and on the field. A backup player like Tyrod who never plays can’t dissapear from something he is not involved in.

  2. Tony D on said:

    I would hope the Ravens would install the Wildcat against Cincy next week. They will be focused on the Browns and I don’t think the Browns are a better team with Jason Campbell at the helm. The Browns have dropped 2 straight and going the other way. We win the next 2 games and were possibly 1 game out at 5-4 and a good chance to take the division.

    • Ryan on said:

      I believe we will win the division still even with this awful start. The dolphins should trouble Cincy tonight. Cincy still has to face us twice, go in Pittsburgh, and face INDY. Anything can happen. Lets go Ravens.

  3. Ryan on said:

    We need a spark on offense plain and simple. We used to bring Troy Smith into the offense for trick plays and they did give us a spark. Whether we used Flea Flickers, reverses or wildcat with tyrod we need big plays. Joe Flacco has the best arm in the NFL we need to utilize that!!!!!! If we establish the run in the second half of the season, everything on offense will improve. We have not been a threat at all running the football, which leaves the defense with the option of keeping both safeties back which crucially effects the passing game. We used to make teams play with one safety in the box because we were such a threat on the run. Defense is not my worry at all, they have kept us in almost every single game, they will continue to improve. Another spot we need to improve is on special teams!!!!!!!!! We have lost the field position battle EVERY SINGLE GAME!!!!! I do have all the faith in the world in this team, I strongly believe we will be back on track on make the playoffs. Lets go Ravens!

  4. Bruce_Almty on said:

    I keep thinking the Ravens should copy some teams opening 5 plays and run them ourselves just to add some variety to our offense. Does not matter if they don’t work…ours don’t work either.
    Our offense is boring to watch.

    • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

      Players know players and to a man they believe Tyrod can make plays. It’s up to the coaches to put him in position to capitalize on those talents.

      • Big Perm on said:

        So what is the answer to Joshua’s question? Tyrod doesn’t even look good in preseason games. And in those games he plays against mostly players who don’t even make their own teams.

          • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

            He has shown in preseason and in practice an ability to be elusive and make plays with his feet. This is an offense in need of playmakers. Are we that stacked on offense that he shouldn’t be given the opportunity to make a few plays on Sunday? Coaches and scouts will tell you repeatedly that if you make opponents think you slow them down, they play on their heels and when they do it opens up opportunities.

        • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

          I didn’t say replace Joe. Look when Joe hands it off every first down, is he really a factor on that play? If Tyrod did that, would it be much different? But what if you saw Tyrod as an opposing defender… Suddenly you aren’t so sure. Maybe Tyrod runs. Maybe it opens up running lanes. Maybe he even throws the ball and therefore defenders have to stay home a little longer.

          To those who say that Tyrod looked bad in preseason (and I agree) keep in mind, he looked bad with the 2′s and 3′s. Joe looked bad with the 1′s.

          Lastly it IS ridiculous to think Tyrod should REPLACE Joe. It’s equally as ridiculous for anyone to think that’s what I’m suggesting.

  5. Hut Guy on said:

    Tyrod Taylor needs to be used. It is something else for opposing defenses to contend with other than 1st down run ..1 yd. 2nd down run…no gain…3rd down incomplete pass…punt. It is Tyrod time for at least six snaps a game.

  6. JerryB on said:

    Taylor would be a perfect fit for some version of the “wildcat”. And, let’s face it, the offense can use some imagination in their play calling. Would also like to see Flacco rollout more inside the red zone and how about the “jumbo” package when they’re on goal line?! For whatever reason, this offense has morphed into the plodding, dysfunctional, out-of-sync style reminiscent of Cam Cameron’s play calling. Or, could it be that Harbaugh’s been calling the shots all along? Time to ACCEPT the ball if they win the toss and get back to the aggressive play that won them a Super Bowl last year……

    • Tucker: M&T Sec 527 on said:

      THIS^ Even Pitts. gained some yards w/ some Wildcat horse**** against us. As when teams carried Tebow, it gave their opponents one more thing to worry about. Was it Tyrod or Mark Clayton who threw a couple of passes to Flacco, back in 2007? Tyrod wouldn’t be so reluctant to run and slide for 8 yds. when it was there for the taking. No shame in trying some gadget plays, or at least no more shame than the Offense as it has been so far

    • Unitas_fan on said:

      I agree! Taylor could inject some much needed creativity in an otherwise 2 runs and a pass offense! Run some end arounds, bootlegs, etc, & he can also throw it long; to keep the defense guessing…how about Taylor, Rice and Leach attack…spreading the D, and sending T Smith & J. Jones long…what could it hurt, another 2 runs and pass?

  7. The Anchors on said:

    Tyrod would be about as useful as RG3, M. Vick or any of these other “so called” athletic quarterbacks.
    This great revolution in football quarterbacks who run with the football lasted about 1 season. Its not working any where else in the NFL and there is no reason to think it will work with the Ravens with a lesser QB.


  8. CrabbyPatty on said:

    The only reason I ever want to see Tyrod Taylor play a snap is in the preseason, if the Ravens have already won the game, if Flacco is hurt, or if we have no need to win said game. The answer to the Ravens offensive woes is the line. Improve the line, run game improves, and Flacco does not need to play any better than he has been. Flacco is not the problem. FLACCO IS NOT THE PROBLEM. Thank you.

  9. Ravenwoman on said:

    I think it is horrible that they have not used Tyrod Taylor in one single play this year. Our offense could use some imagination; heck, look at the Steelers when they played us! If they can run the wildcat, why can’t we? Plus, this is his last year under contract. Most likely he will move on to a situation in which he could be a starting QB or at least get the opportunity to try out for a number 1 spot. The way our offense looks, what do we have to lose?

  10. TheAnchors on said:

    Trying to compare stats between Boldin and Doss is exactly the wrong way to use statistics.
    If they were on the same team and had the same QB and ran the same routes. Then you can compare stats and make an accurate argument.

    • Derek ArnoldDerek Arnold on said:

      That’s one of the sillier things I’ve ever heard. So players on different teams can’t be compared “using statistics” ever?

      Why not extend it to say that players on the same team can’t even be compared, because one is, say, the X receiver while the other is the Y. They’re not running the exact same routes against the exact same defenses in the exact same weather, so they’re not comparable.

      • TheAnchors on said:

        Thats right,
        Those stats cannot be compared with any accuracy.
        What you need to do is compare Boldins Stats when he played with Flacco to Doss with Flacco. That makes a lot more sense.

  11. steven h on said:

    tyrod is not the answer, but hes a good start. if i may direct you to my article – do a yahoo search for “What’s Wrong With the World Champion Baltimore Ravens?” yes flacco is bad without great receivers to bail him out, but the problems go much deeper than that!

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