No elite QB doesn’t make that throw. An elite QB isn’t wired that way. That one play told me a lot about Flacco’s mental makeup. As for the offensive line, there is a lot of work to be done there. General manager Ozzie Newsome said he wanted to upgrade there after last season, but he didn’t make it happen.
That needs to change this offseason, for both Rice’s and Flacco’s sake.Mark: Is it me or does Ed Reed seem as though he may be nursing an injury and is reluctant to tackle? He goes to the ball and delivers a big hit but then sort of bounces off and in some cases the runner gains more yardage. He seems to deliver the big hit to slow down the ball carrier and in the hopes that someone else will make the tackle. Is he hurt? Would the Ravens be better off rotating him with another safety during obvious run situations?
Mike Preston: Rotate Ed Reed? That’s funny, almost as hilarious as rotating Ray Lewis. We all know Ed’s problem and that he is trying to avoid serious injury. I think with both Reed and Lewis you have two players past their peaks, but can still occasionally make a play or two. They are reputation players now, more spiritual leaders than anything else. Like Lewis, I’d like to see Reed go out on top.
Even though he won’t be inviting me to dinner soon, Reed is still a good person. He’s a little goofy every now and then, but he is still an asset.Frank Young: Is it time for the Ravens to seriously reconsider signing Joe Flacco to a long-term contract? His act on the road really has gotten old and if he simply could get halfway to where he is at home, the Ravens would be a legit contender and even border on a dynasty. I realize they were a dropped pass from the Super Bowl but this can't continue. I know, I know do we have anyone that can do better? Maybe the two Harbaughs can work out a trade for Alex Smith?
Mike Preston: Frank, Frank, Frank. Someone spiked your purple Kool-Aid. Flacco for Smith? Are you kidding me? Flacco has a very strong arm. Smith has a pop gun. Flacco is big, strong and tough. Smith isn’t extremely durable. I admit that Flacco has to play better on the road, and he would be the first to admit it as well. But if you think Flacco is the main problem that separates the Ravens from becoming a dynasty, then you are mistaken.
Ravens and dynasty. I don’t think so. Before you begin running Flacco out of town, try getting him a few offensive linemen first. And then maybe, just maybe, we’ll starting zoning in on why he threw that check-down pass to Rice. Would Johnny Unitas have done that? Would Bert Jones? How about Joe Namath?
That still scares me.
Mountain Drew: Wow! After Sunday’s win I am on board and don’t plan on drinking anything but purple Kool-Aid! I see this season shaping up into a bigger fairy tale than anything Disney ever did. From Art Modell passing to T-Sizzle coming back and losing Webby, and then the Ravens possibly having home field for most or all of the playoffs, and the G.O.A.T looming for a possible return for the ages, imagine Ray Lewis comes back for the playoffs. Do you see us losing at home with a purple wall behind us if this Superstorm Baltimore, if you will, comes to fruition? Is revenge possible in Houston with our improving D if we end up there?
Mike Preston: No, the Ravens can’t beat Houston in Houston, but that might not be necessary. The Patriots will beat Houston, and the AFC championship will come to Baltimore.
Move over Mr. Mountain Drew, and let’s drink from the same Purple Glass. I know exactly where you are coming from because I have been thinking about it myself. The Ravens are one of the worst 9-2 teams in the history of the NFL, but they've got that Mojo working.
You can call them Team Destiny, you can call it fate or divine intervention, but it’s working. No one gets a first down off a fourth-and-29 on a dump pass. It’s ridiculous, but it worked for the Ravens. Let’s look at some other things. The Ravens bring in Justin Tucker to challenge Billy Cundiff for the starting place kicking job, and not only does he outkick him, but Tucker has become Mr. Clutch. A few weeks ago, cornerback Corey Graham was primarily a special teams guy, and now he is making plays for the Ravens and is better than former starter Jimmy Smith. In three games this season, the other teams had more than 20-minute advantages in time of possession and the Ravens still won.
You want more? How about Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel fumbling at the Ravens' 1-yard line? How about Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant dropping that two-point conversion pass in the end zone when he had just caught a touchdown on the same pattern the play before? How about Terrell Suggs coming back a month before expected?
Kruger is starting to play like Deacon Jones and Arthur Jones like Randy White. Center Matt Birk is older than Moses, left guard Jah Reid stays on the ground more than he stays up and neither offensive tackle can handle a speed rusher.
And the Ravens still win. I can go on and on and on ...
I don’t sip Kool-Aid anymore, but I know what you are saying. Fate plays a hand in determining the Super Bowl winner, and the Ravens are riding high. They played the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, and Ben Roethlisberger missed the game with an injury. The way the Ravens' luck is going right now, RGIII will suffer an injury the week before the Ravens play the Redskins, and both Peyton Manning and Eli Manning will suffer torn ACLs while walking to the hospital to see him.
It’s a crazy year, and I have to admit I have some personal rooting interest in the Ravens. I love Beyonce. She is the new Tina Turner. That woman has legs for days -- enough, as the old timers say, to make an old man stand up straight and drive a young boy crazy.
Well, if the Ravens go to New Orleans for the Super Bowl, I get to see Beyonce perform at halftime live. Right now, nothing else seems to matter. So Mr. Mountain Drew, if you want to drink the purple Kool-Aid, go for it. We’ll toast together because in the background I've got my own little purple pom-poms. I want the Ravens to get to The Show so I can see the Show.
Legs, legs, legs ...