I missed the liveblogging- obviously. Probably a good thing, considering the grunts, groans, and sputters associated with watching this game wouldn't have translated to type at all well.
First, I think it's important to give props to the defense because, with the exception of inconsistent pocket pressure, they played a whale of a game. I'd single out JonJo for being all over the field, Frostee Rucker for showing us some of that potential we've all heard about, Jonathan Fanene for some good end work, along with Domato Peko, Geathers and the rest of the d-line for run stopping. Yeah, that's right, I said props for run stopping on a day they gave up almost 230 yds on the ground. Considering the busted play bootleg and the double reverse to Clayton counted for 90 of those yards and that the last 50 yards or so came in the last five or six minutes of the fourth quarter when they were gassed by being on the field all day, I call it a good day. They did all I could expect of them, all the other side of the ball should expect of them. Jeanty, Jones, Rivers, and Brandon Johnson looked impressive, making sure tackles, flying to the ball.
Unfortunately, we seem to have brought the pre-season offense with us to Baltimore- minus Ryan "Crazy Legs" Fitzpatrick. Some specifics to our purportedly potent offense:
Carson: I realize that you are a pure pocket passer. I realize that your knee injury a couple years back may make you hesitant to move. But, goddamn it, dude, you can at least get the hell out of the way, you know, a sidestep here, a step up there. You've got the coordination of Gerald Ford back there, man. You're supposed to be an athlete. You're the leader of this offense whether that suits your personality or not. It's your job to determine the mood in the huddle. It's your fault when your entire supporting cast looks like they're terrified of the Ravens- who's admittedly staunch defense everyone of you has seen many times before. Grow a pair, man, and take charge of the situation.
The entire Offensive Line: You guys have had your man cards revoked. Baltimore made punks out of your asses. I don't see how you can face your significant others after today. You sucked, you quit, you played like whipped animals, you were practically French, for chrissakes.
Bob Bratkowski, Marvin, & whoever else was involved in the brain trust calling plays today: The definition of insanity is repeating the same action over and over and expecting different results. Yes, a power running game would be really nice. We don't have one right now, douchebags. How 'bout a pass play on first down? How 'bout anything other than runs on first and second leading to third and long? How 'bout a screen to our newly elusive backs? How 'bout some misdirection to take advantage of an overly aggressive defense? How 'bout a new offensive coordinator?
The only bright spot on this side of the ball was Chris Perry standing up to the Ravens' punishing assault. No, he didn't break any but he held up and that's something- at this point I'll take anything. I'm seriously starting to wonder whether it might be smart to start Fitzpatrick until the O-Line proves it can provide anything resembling protection. Otherwise, Albert Haynesworth may kill Carson.