Ravens up 10-0 in the first quarter in MetLife Stadium. Two Sunday’s in a row, a promising start turned into a disappointing and frustrating loss. Last week it felt like poor coaching led to the loss but this week I blame the loss on poor playing. This season has spiraled out of control on week 7.
The bye week is coming up and then we start playing our tough games. I am not looking forward to playing Pittsburgh, Cincy, Dallas, NE or the Eagles. The only games we won were to teams with losing records, those games came down to the last drives and were barely wins. Losing four games in a row is unfathomable.
Now comes the hard part of our schedule. On the field, our team has no consistency, drive, or discipline. The Ravens are beating themselves with stupid penalties, bad play calling, lack of urgency and poor execution. I’m usually not one to give up on the season this early but…
So once again, we’re staring at a potentially 4-12 season, another season out of the playoffs but if this holds true, then there will also be a search for a new head coach. The Ravens will be a team in transition changing personnel and coaching philosophies. I’m getting ahead of the 2016 season.
If I were coach, I would have the team focus on a few principles during this bye week:
- No penalties – so many big plays were negated by flags because someone did something stupid that penalized the whole team
- Protect the rock – offense, special teams AND defense when you get the ball, turnovers are truly difference makers in the games
- Time management – there’s never a sense of urgency during the game by our offense, you can run a hurry up offense to tire out the opponents defense
- Blitz – the defense can play more aggressively during the game, especially on 3rd and long
- Celebrate after the win – too often players want to have a party over one play yet when the clock hits 0:00, we didn’t win
Right now I don’t have a lot of confidence in the remainder of this season but If we at least played with determination, I would feel better as a season ticket holder. My concern is that if we don’t beat Pittsburgh and Cleveland, then our players will stop playing to avoid injury. The only players with an incentive to play will be players with contracts coming up and journeyman bubble players who want to impress their next team.