Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Baltimore Ravens Report Card

Quarterback: F

Joe Flacco was intercepted a season-high three times, coming up short in virtually every critical situation. He wound up completing just 15 of 36 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown for a putrid 27.2 quarterback rating. His decision-making was horrendous at times.

Running back: D

Ray Rice got stuffed all game long, and he lost a fumble. He wound up rushing for just 54 yards on 14 carries. Teams have figured out that Rice is Joe Flacco’s safety valve, and the Packers had him scouted properly. Willis McGahee has to break that Charles Woodson tackle and get into the end zone. He lost four yards on four carries, scoring once.

Receiver: D

Too many dropped passes. Too many penalties, especially by Derrick Mason who should know better and not compound the issue by arguing with the officials. Tight end Todd Heap caught five passes for 52 yards. Kelley Washington contributed four catches for 39 yards and a score.

Offensive line: C

They didn’t provide adequate protection on a consistent basis, and they weren’t physical enough. In particular, offensive guard Ben Grubbs got manhandled by B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett. Jared Gaither and Michael Oher had trouble protecting Joe Flacco. Clay Matthews consistently beat Gaither around the edge for two sacks, three tackles for losses and three quarterback hits.

Defensive line: C

They didn’t harass Aaron Rodgers often enough, allowing him enough time to find his targets. They stuffed the run behind Haloti Ngata and Kelly Gregg’s efforts. Trevor Pryce had a solid game, recording his sixth sack of the season.

Linebacker: C

The Packers’ running game didn’t do much damage, but there wasn’t enough of a pass rush or tight pass coverage. Ray Lewis was fairly active. Jarret Johnson had a strong game, intercepting one pass. Rookie linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is a thumper.

Secondary: D

They got picked apart by Aaron Rodgers and Co. They still haven’t caught up with tight end Jermichael Finley, who caught seven catches, 79 yards and two touchdowns. They missed Ed Reed big-time. The communication, coverage and tackling are substandard.

Special teams: C

Lardarius Webb’s big kickoff return of 68 yards set the table for what should have been a scoring drive. Sam Koch had a decent game overall, and the kick coverage was fine.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The only thing I'd disagree with is yours and Mike Preston's grade of C for the O-line. It was clearly an F performance. Flacco rarely had a stable pocket, with linebackers coming around the edge and up the middle almost untouched at times. The run blocking was worse. Oher was so bad you wonder if he's now hit that proverbial rookie wall.