Everyone seems in agreement, Mayo, and there is this too. We were the "2nd best team in football". Maybe we got a bit complacent. Sure the idiotic x-country 3 time zone bizness was unfair, and worse, stupid even by NFL standards. I bet they put an end to 3 day rest cross country games after this. I also bet if they did discuss it they figured it would be a barking dog, with 9ers long ago out of the chase. As to the loss itself, here is the good in it:
OL does not know how to block cross rush nor blitz from some zany D sets. They need to a) recognize the problem and b)learn how to fix it. Our OL did neither.
RG is a lot bigger problem long term, considering injuries,etc, and chilo either gets it this yr or we desperately need to cut his azz...and replace it with a JH choice.
O game plan was in need of fixing at half, something JH has been a genius at. Not Thurs nite. We had the Ravens back on their heels with 2 minute drill, they couldn't change D packages, and we had the advantage. Also their front 4 were gassed. We moved the ball, we dominated them. 2nd half we come out and never see the no huddle again. Big mistake . Second thing was at half, JH should have already seen that anything other than a quick one stepper, slant or out was gonna fail. I knew he would change that up...but he didn't . Believe it, he will next time our OL is getting schidt canned by opponents D.
D game plan was, regrettably, noln/ BMs "bend but don't break b.s." The front 7 played their hearts out, but the DBackfield played off, way off, at times 6-10 yds, absolute gimmes for Flacco. It was obvious he had all day back there and he killed us. LIke Manning, Brees, Brady, Rodgers and half a dozen more would have done. We needed both more aggressive blitzing, esp from CB and SS, and we need tighter coverage. If we lose long, we lose long. It would have been infinitely better than dying by a thousand cuts. And we did. That was in part JH's call also, and I bet anything he will do differently if same thing happens again.
3 and outs resulted in Ravens taking field position away from us, something we have controlled for past 10 weeks.
Finally, our guys were slow off LOS, slow off receiver, slow on blitzes, slow on everything. The 1 and 1/2 day prep plus x-country 3 time zones all were contributors.
Summary: if we hadn't played this game, we would have been killed by GB in playoffs. This spanking in the woodshed was a reminder. OL needs lots of work. DBs need to cover. Coach needs to throw quick and short when DL is over running our OL . Chilo is a BIG liability and needs to be addressed. D game plan needs changing to tight coverage and lightning blitzes if they are killing us underneath. That to me seems like a mighty big amount of useful information for Coach to work with. I know he will have answers come playoffs, and we actually needed those lessons from this horrid nite. Whether he can fix all the above by Pitts game, remains to be seen. You KNOW 31 other teams saw the film on this, and we will see a lot more of it soon...unless the leaks are repaired.
[ Edited by pasodoc9er on Nov 26, 2011 at 9:59 PM ]