From MNF's Jaworski, a Ravens analysis right out of a time capsule

The Baltimore Sun

Presenting the last set of sports media notes from the year 5768:

* If Ron Jaworski were the Ravens' offensive coordinator, he would be doing just what Cam Cameron is doing. Jaworski, speaking yesterday from the bowels of NFL Films in New Jersey - OK, to be accurate, I don't know for sure it was the bowels; he could have been closer to the lungs - said he has been impressed with the Ravens, particularly on offense.

"John Harbaugh has a very organized football team," said Jaworski, who will be X-and-O-ing during Monday night's Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game on ESPN.

"The defense was kind of a given," he said. "With [defensive coordinator] Rex Ryan staying, it's a well-oiled machine. The offensive side, I didn't know what I'd see."

Jaworski said with a rookie at quarterback, he "expected a caretaker-type of offense, which it is for the most part. ... But they're taking their shots."

It's how he would handle the Joe Flacco-led offense, Jaworski said.

"With the style Baltimore has now, keep [the passes] at 20 or less."

And does this sound like a familiar way to play with a rookie quarterback, maybe like, say, the Steelers did with Ben Roethlisberger? Exactly, Jaworski said, and that's how to make it work.

* What has stood out as he has watched film of the Ravens? It's right up front.

"The biggest improvement is the offensive line," Jaworski said. "They look beyond their years. ... They seem to have a real good instinct for who to block. That's coaching."

* As for the Steelers, Jaworski said they looked befuddled by the Philadelphia Eagles' blitzes in their last game.

"I saw [CBS analyst] Phil Simms at NFL Films and asked him: 'Did you get the feeling the Steelers canceled practice last week?' ... They were ill-prepared for the Eagles' blitzes. A lot of them were just poor protection schemes."

So Jaworski expects more of the same from the Ravens' defense Monday because Ryan runs his defense much like Philadelphia's Jim Johnson does the Eagles'.

Ryan is "not going to let the quarterback sit back there and have coffee and a doughnut," Jaworski said.

Unfortunately, that pretty much brought the interview to a halt, because once Jaworski mentioned doughnuts, I immediately got hungry and had to run out in search of crullers.

* Before I left, however, Jaworski said he is enjoying this season on Monday Night Football because of changes in the telecast, such as no celebrity visits to the booth and many fewer sideline reports.

"We've eliminated a lot of the entertainment element," he said. "The focus is now on the game."

* One more MNF item: The average audience thus far is 13.3 million viewers, up 27 percent over last year, a number buoyed by the terrific Eagles-Dallas Cowboys game, which was cable television's most-watched show.

* We get a double dose of the National League East race tomorrow and Sunday. Fox (WBFF/Channel 45 and WTTB/Channel 5) has the Philadelphia Phillies-Washington Nationals at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, and TBS carries the New York Mets-Florida Marlins at 1 p.m. Sunday in what we can all hope truly is the last baseball game at Shea Stadium.

* During his Fox 1370 radio show this week, Jerry Coleman interviewed Steve Schoenfeld, executive director of next month's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship at Baltimore Country Club. In speaking of those scheduled to play in the Champions Tour event, Coleman at least twice mentioned Tom Watson. However, that day's Baltimore Sun had the report that Watson has pulled out because he is undergoing hip replacement surgery. Not only did Coleman apparently miss that, but Schoenfeld also apparently didn't feel inclined to pass along the information.

* HRTV airs a tribute to the late Jim McKay's horse racing contributions in McKay's Maryland at 9 p.m. Sunday.

* There was a bit of a dust-up to the south between Washington Post sportswriter Jason La Canfora (a Baltimore native, Sun alum and fine reporter) and Redskins vice president Vinny Cerrato. La Canfora asked the NFL whether it was considered tampering for Cerrato to comment on the job status of Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin in Cerrato's new role as radio show host on WTEM. Cerrato apparently felt La Canfora was going out of his way to try to get the club in trouble, saying the reporter's call to the league was tantamount to charging the Redskins with a violation. On his radio show - according to a transcript by the Post - Cerrato accused La Canfora of "trying to hurt the franchise."

Post sports editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz wrote an entry on the newspaper's Web site defending La Canfora's actions, saying he was merely seeking clarification from the league. In any case, Cerrato doesn't seem to have violated any NFL rules.

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