You can push off when the two players are close to each other, but you can’t get caught with your arms extended. Jones had his arm out and that’s why he drew the flag.Bob K.: Could you please tell me why John Harbaugh did not use his two timeouts at the end of the game? Had he used them quickly, he may have been able to force a fourth-down punt. What was he saving them for?
Mike Preston: I really don’t know. As of today, he still had two left from that game.
But those timeouts didn’t matter. If the Ravens had made plays, they would have won. I know some people like to scrutinize everything, and I do, but that’s a little too much. I had some questions after the game, but they weren’t any about timeouts.
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Mike Preston: Mattison was bland, but Pees isn’t. He has tried a lot of different things to get a pass rush and to play better defense, but there are a lot of holes to fill. There is no Jarret Johnson, Cory Redding or Terrell Suggs. Safety Ed Reed is old and linebacker Ray Lewis is older.
The Ravens have some young guys out there playing, like Arthur Jones, Paul Kruger, Courtney Upshaw, Terrence Cody, Albert McClellan, Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb. It’s going to take some time to improve.
In Baltimore, we’re used to having a Top 10 defense. If the Ravens finish in the Top 15 and they can score some points, they’ll be OK. Right now, fans need to have patience with the defense.
Aaron A.: What are the Ravens going to do for a second cornerback? Cary Williams and Jimmy Smith are getting schooled.
Mike Preston: Aaron, they can’t do anything. Those are the best on the roster. What you see is what you’re going to get. But don’t give up hope. Williams is still struggling with a hip injury and Smith needs more playing time.
If they don’t pan out by midseason, Harbaugh should sign the First Lady.
Dr. Ken from Frederick: I love Dennis Pitta, however, did Joe go to him too many times? Finally, it appeared we did not get separation on many of the routes. Was that the fault of the WRs or the play-calling? Thank you Mr. Preston, I will hang up and await your comments.
Mike Preston: Not only did Flacco go to him too many times, he stared him down from the moment Pitta left the line of scrimmage. I know Pitta might be his go-to guy, but let’s not get carried away. After all, he is a tight end and certainly not to be confused with John Mackey.
As for the Eagles, they played double man and pressed the Ravens at the line of scrimmage. In some cases, the Ravens weren’t physical and strong enough to get off the line of scrimmage. With veteran Anquan Boldin, he doesn’t get much separation anymore. The Ravens need to make some adjustments. With an explosive receiver like Torrey Smith, they should use him in motion more so cornerbacks can’t get their hands on him. They could also run more crossing routes and rubs, which they didn’t do against the Eagles.
Michael Wilson: All you guys do is sit back and criticize....it's clear that none of you never played pro football.....The reason your home team suck because you guys are the worst supporters...here's my question who has the better nfl reporters? Not ravens
Mike Preston: Mr. Wilson, I just looked at the NFL’s all-time roster and I didn’t see your name in there either. But after reading you question or your statement, I must admit I went home and felt bad because I offended you. I hit the dog and kicked the cat. I confess, I am just one miserable person.
So now, I have come to the conclusion that I will no longer write anything negative about the Ravens. If they give up 400 or so yards of total offense, I will ignore it. If they allow 75 points, I will only write about the greatness of the other team. If Flacco throws four interceptions, I will not give any commentary.
You see Mr. Wilson, I don’t want to be an objective journalist anymore. You have opened my eyes. My goal is to make you happy. I belong to you. And I will make this agreement right here and right now. If I ever write one more piece criticizing the Ravens, then you have the right to never send me any more of your stupid questions and silly statements.
Is that cool?
By the way, I checked with the folks in Canton. Your bust isn’t in there, either.