Ravens outside linebackers continue to improve

Pollard appears to have backed off since the injury, but he had four tackles against the Browns.

Offensive line weaknesses

When the Ravens face teams with speed rushers on the outside, the offensive line will struggle. Rookie right tackle Kelechi Osemele doesn't have enough foot speed to be effective, and Michael Oher lacks the proper physique (long torso and long arms) to offset the speed.

Both the Browns and Eagles gave the Ravens problems, and left guard Ramon Harewood got schooled by the Browns on a stunt or two.

Penalty problem

Harbaugh said he couldn't tell if his team was a little tired from playing four games in 18 days, but they had 11 penalties for 100 yards.

To me, that's a focus problem, the result of fatigue.

Learning from mistakes

Kruger said Browns left tackle Joe Thomas flopped near the end of the game during their confrontation, which allowed the Browns one more play.

I don't think Harbaugh made a big deal out of the situation with Kruger on Friday morning, but I bet he got his point across.

"That's always something, as a football coach, I think you have to look at," Harbaugh said. "Sometimes, the smallest thing is going to be misinterpreted, maybe in your eyes, and you just have to walk away from everything. You walk away from everything in that kind of situation. He knows that."

He knows now.

Recognizing his role

Receiver Torrey Smith is emerging as a star in the offense, but he knows his place. Despite two strong efforts in the past two games, he gave respect to veteran Anquan Boldin, who had nine catches for 131 yards against Cleveland. Smith had six catches for 97 yards.

"Oh, yeah, I love watching Anquan play," Smith said. "He's a dominant player and a great mentor, so I look up to him as a person and a player. It's a pleasure just playing beside him. He's our top receiver and we all feed off of him, and I think that helps us out a lot when he's touching the ball."

mike.preston@baltsun.com

 
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