Dear Coach Harbaugh,
Losing today’s game against Washington was so heartbreaking just for the simple fact that the Ravens were not outplayed, but instead received self-inflicted wounds (AGAIN) from the coaching staff.
Marc Trestman uses the Cam Cameron Guide to Play-Calling, which is woefully predictable and abandons whats working. Please let him go this week because I can’t stomach watching another defeat at the hands of his play calls. Running on first down at least 80% of the time and then, after having success running, deciding to pass on 3rd and short situations not a smart way to play. Especially because the way we line up tells our opponent what we’re going to do before we do it! It feels like we are LITERALLY showing our hand (cards) to whoever we play. And I won’t even get started on the last play of the first half – calling a timeout with one second left and then almost getting Joe Flacco and a lineman hurt when Joe got sacked.
I usually don’t find fault with Jerry Rosburg – after all, the Special Teams usually performs as a well run unit. But today’s game showed the holes in the armor. Between Washington kick returner running all over the place and that stupid fake field goal attempt, all I could do was shake my head. The Raiders burned us on a kick return last week but today after the kick return for a touchdown, I just wanted the ball kicked out of bounds. We were not tackling, missing tackles and one player (CJ Mosley) gave up on the stopping the touchdown. Since you were a special teams coach, I expect more and hold special teams to a higher standard.
I can’t knock the defense because they truly are keeping the games close. They are playing with what they given but they can’t do everything.
When the Special Teams gives up big plays and the Offense only plays to win in the first and last 2 minutes of the game today, I have to hold the coaching staff responsible. We’re going along the same route as last year and beginning to lose the close games when in fact, those games should not have been close to begin with.
Games coming down to the last drive, with no time left is not acceptable. New England doesn’t play like that nor does Minnesota or Denver. The top teams in the league play to win and their wins are by more than one score. Their games rarely comes down to the last drive and never depends on a good (or bad) call from the refs. Those winning teams control their games.
As Baltimore Ravens season ticket holder, I have a vested interest in the team. I need the entire Ravens team to be coached to play smartly and to win in a dominating manner. Fingers crossed for an ugly win is no longer acceptable. Right now my confidence in the coaching staff is shaken and I want to feel like you have a handle on the situation.
Ursula aka @ravenista96