Subscribe to our newsletter

“Play Like a Raven” Isn’t The Same

Play Like a Raven
Share
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Reading Time: 2 minutes

The drama began before kickoff of the Ravens v. Titans at M&T Bank Stadium. The Titans decided to hold their pregame team gathering on the Ravens shield at midfield. Not on their sideline. Not in the end zone. On the Ravens shield.

It was a premeditated move by Titans head coach Mike Vrabel. The cameras and microphones were in place to record the tasteless display of sportsmanship. It was juvenile. It MIGHT be a prank that a high school team would execute…a tactic that Oklahoma Sooner Baker Mayfield might employ to showcase his fake bravado.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

John Harbaugh took exception to the punk move. Say what you want about Harbs as a coach, but never question his loyalty, commitment and determination to do the right thing. He’s a man of God! And so, he stood up for the shield, for pride, for dignity.

Some may have questioned why Harbaugh wasn’t supported by his players. Why they didn’t join him in defending the shield? In defending their honor. But the Ravens hadn’t yet taken the field. They were working their way through the underground tunnel and towards their sideline. And while that might excuse the team for not retaliating against an obvious display of disrespect PREGAME, it does make me question the toughness of this Baltimore Ravens squad, as a whole, IN-GAME.

Aside from the bad tackling and the impression that they failed to play a full four quarters, the Ravens through my lens, as a team, didn’t play angry enough. Malcolm Butler COMPLETELY disrespected John Harbaugh. Jeffrey Simmons, the guy who beats up on girls, was out there jawing too. The same Jeffrey Simmons who as a rookie decided to spit on Marshal Yanda and then yell vulgar obscenities about Marshal’s family during the Divisional Round last season.

Could you imagine a Ravens team that fielded players such as Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Jarret Johnson or Haloti Ngata allowing Simmons to get away with that? And given Butler’s pregame shenanigans, couldn’t you see such a team with the kind of toughness the Ravens once had, putting a bullseye on the back of a player who went all buster badass on a 58-year-old coach?

The Ravens have many problems – issues that need to be addressed.

But never did I think that toughness would be one of them.

Now, I’m not so sure.

rivalry
Ravens Town Tavern

A Rivalry Like No Other

The Ravens v. Steelers Rivalry If I could use one word to describe #RavensFlock these days it would be tepid. Despite the Ravens being the …

Read More →
Get Back
Ravens Town Tavern

Get Back

The Beatles, for my money are by far the best band of all-time. They were pioneers, breaking down doors in America and paving the way …

Read More →
Patrick Queen tackles Alexander Mattison
Injury Report

Ravens @ Steelers – Wednesday

Ravens Did Not Participate: CB Anthony Averett (shoulder/ankle); TE Nick Boyle (knee); C Bradley Bozeman (shin laceration); WR Devin Duvernay (thigh); OLB Justin Houston (NIR-rest); …

Read More →
Roethlisberger Hendrickson
Rock Spring Financial's In The Hood

Bengals Deal Steelers Another Blow

It’s not much, but after a wild week of inter-divisional play in the AFC North, it feels as if we may finally be starting to …

Read More →
Lamar Jackson's critics
Street Talk

Ravens Rant: This Team is Unlucky and Unwavering!

The Ravens won another game. It was ugly, it was hard-fought, and it was frustrating, but ultimately, the efforts by this team resulted in the …

Read More →
Steelers Week
Out To Lunch

It’s Steelers Week: Let’s Go!

Wednesday is here! Wednesday is here! Time for some good ole fashion Twitter gossip and feel-good posts from the Twitter-verse. Before we start, let’s appreciate …

Read More →
Don’t Miss Anything at RSR. Subscribe Here!
Latest posts
Join our newsletter and get 20% discount
Promotion nulla vitae elit libero a pharetra augue