October 25, 2011
What the Baltimore Ravens did when they had the football on Monday night wasn't so much "offense" as it was an assault on everything that Bill Walsh and Don Coryell held dear.
The Ravens managed just 146 total yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars and were held scoreless until late in the fourth quarter. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs(notes) wasn't happy about it. He can get in line.
Waaah. Waaah. Waaah. At least he got to go play football every now and then to break the monotony of watching that thing. The rest of us sat through it, uninterrupted, and no one brought us Gatorade. Suck it up, Sizzler.
As for his specific complaints, I'm neutral on the subject. Yes, Ray Rice(notes) is a great back, but Ray Rice also only gained 28 yards on his eight carries and fumbled twice. It just wasn't a night to run the ball. Throw Ricky Williams(notes) and Vonta Leach(notes) into the mix, and the Ravens had 12 carries for 34 yards. If it's not there, it's not there.
As for not getting the ball to Anquan Boldin(notes), Suggs is a little off the mark. Boldin was targeted 12 times during the game, which is a pretty healthy number. If he only came down with four of them, it's either his fault or Joe Flacco's.(notes)
No matter what plays are called, a team that fancies itself a good team has to execute. If it's calling on the running game, it has got to pound out yardage. If it calls on the passing game, Joe Flacco has to be way, way, way better than he was on Monday night.
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