The Ravens secondary is the epicenter of football criticism in Baltimore these days and deservedly so. However team sources believe that many of the problems that the Ravens experienced were of the mental and not the physical variety.
After breaking down the game film the team found that over 150 yards of Philip Rivers’ aerial assault can be attributed to communication breakdowns and/or blown assignments. Who was the guiltiest of offenders? Why none other than All Pro Ed Reed.
The Ravens acquired TE Tony Curtis to bolster the position of tight end. The Ravens’ personnel department scouted Curtis when he played at Portland State. The former Cowboy was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and has been described as a solid blocker with decent hands. His addition to the roster might push Edgar Jones to the other side of the football in order to help bolster the team’s pass rush which has come under scrutiny.
Curtis’ roster spot was made possible by the Ravens trade of Prescott Burgess to the New England Patriots for a conditional 7th round pick. The Patriots, a friendly trading partner of the Ravens, are said to have had late day 2 interest in Burgess during the 2007 NFL Draft.
Much of the talk heading into the game against the Chargers centered upon Darren Sproles. The diminutive scat back presents mismatch problems for most NFL teams and the Ravens are certainly no exception. On his 81 yard TD reception in the first quarter that started as a simple swing pass out of the backfield, Ray Lewis was responsible for the Chargers Mr. Franchise. Unfortunately for the Ravens Lewis got caught up in traffic, some of which he initiated and never could get outside leaving Sproles all alone.
The heat at Qualcomm Stadium presented challenges for all players but the one who seemed most affected by the 100 degree temps on the field was Terrell Suggs. Suggs called out of the game a couple of times and was visibly gasping for breath. The Ravens richest player missed most of training camp and he doesn’t appear to be as lean as he was at this time last year.