Re­con­fig­ured ‘O’ line hop­ing to ‘clean things up’ af­ter de­feat

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS INSIDER - By Ed­ward Lee ed­ward.lee@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Ed­wardLeeSun David Zu­rawik david.zu­rawik@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/davidzu­rawik

Iwas mainly fine with Sun­day’s tele­cast coach John Har­baugh had been “pretty of the Ravens’ 27-23 loss to the New staunch all week … and then he re­it­er­ated York Gi­ants un­til just 2:11 was left in the in our meet­ing that last night” that he didn’t game. know who was go­ing to play Sun­day along

At that point, with the Ravens the of­fen­sive line. The rea­son: He on the Gi­ants’ 2-yard line and didn’t know who would be heal­about to score a go-ahead touchthy enough to play. EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. — A Ravens down, CBS gave us a re­play of a Green re­sponded by say­ing sea­son now wors­en­ing by the game per­haps con­tro­ver­sial pass-in­ter­fer­ence that when they got the line­ups was best per­son­i­fied by the state of its call that put the Ravens in Sun­day and saw that there were of­fen­sive line Sun­day. po­si­tion to score. The call was changes in four of the five posi

A unit that started just one player in his against Do­minique Rodgers-Cro­tions, they knew Har­baugh had usual po­si­tion suf­fered through an un­even mar­tie’s de­fense of Bre­shad Per­ribeen “telling the truth.” per­for­mance in Sun­day’s 27-23 loss to the man. “I’m not im­ply­ing they don’t New York Gi­ants, the Ravens’ third straight An­a­lyst Trent Green told viewal­ways tell us the truth. Right, de­feat. ers he didn’t see pass in­ter­fer­ence Greg?” he said, as if he might be

New York sacked quar­ter­back Joe Flacco “live” or “on re­play” af­ter the first mak­ing an in­side joke. “There’s twice and hit him six times. Flacco has been re­play was shown. Nei­ther did I. def­i­nitely a cer­tain level of se­sacked14 times this sea­son, tied for fifth most couldn’t go to­day.” But when a re­play from a crecy that goes on.” in the NFL, and hit 46 times. Right tackle Rick Wag­ner was ac­tive but dif­fer­ent cam­era angle was I hate that. If you sus­pect

Gi­ants quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning, me­an­did not play be­cause of a thigh in­jury suf­fered shown af­ter the Ravens ran an­other play, Har­baugh games the press with what he while, was sacked just once and hit twice. A in last week’s loss to the Washington Green said of Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie: “Look at says, tell us that with­out any wink-wink week ago, he was sacked four times in a 23-16 Red­skins. the right arm here. It’s around his waist, in­sider stuff. You are sup­posed to be loss to the Green Bay Pack­ers that be­came so “I felt pretty good, but I wasn’t con­fi­dent around his jer­sey, pulling him back. That’s work­ing in that booth to en­lighten the toxic, left tackle Ereck Flow­ers shoved a enough to go out there and play the whole what the of­fi­cial called. Good work by our au­di­ence, not keep­ing se­crets for the coach. re­porter in the locker room af­ter­ward. game,” he said. “I was there just in case we cam­era guys get­ting us that look at it.” Or tell us: “You know what, here’s what

There was no such drama in the Ravens had some in­juries.” Green added a yel­low squig­gle line, Har­baugh said in the meet­ing last night, locker room in­side MetLife Sta­dium, but Right guard Ryan Jensen and right tackle pre­sum­ably to make his point, but it mostly but I think he’s spin­ning us.” rookie Alex Lewis, who made his sec­ond James Hurst filled out the start­ing line. The high­lighted Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie’s left thigh, I know it would be blas­phemy for the con­sec­u­tive start at left tackle, ac­knowl­edged duo held up fairly well in the first half, but the which had noth­ing to do with the play. an­nounc­ers to say an NFL coach is ly­ing. that the line’s show­ing did not meet his or his of­fense be­gan to run al­most ex­clu­sively to the The play was bang-bang, and I praise But level with us, don’t play us. If what a team­mates’ ex­pec­ta­tions. left, be­hind Lewis and Urschel, in the sec­ond. di­rec­tor Suzanne Smith for get­ting us all coach is say­ing sounds dodgy, say that.

“We’ve got to be a lot cleaner,” he said. “At The Gi­ants en­tered Sun­day’s game with the an­gles she could and slam­ming that last Lis­ten­ing to Gum­bel on Sun­day, I some point in time, we’ve got to clean things four sacks, and left with their first mul­ti­pleone in there be­tween plays while the re­al­ized that’s what I re­ally don’t like about up and be solid up front and give Joe a lit­tle sack game in three weeks. Flacco re­fused to Ravens were on the 2 and fans had to be him: his will­ing­ness to re­port what coaches more time, and then good things will come.” blame the of­fen­sive line for some of the hits jump­ing out of their seats. tell him as if it is holy scrip­ture. As for

Lewis was start­ing at left tackle for fel­low he ab­sorbed Sun­day. But I re­played that last angle at least six Green, I feel his first al­le­giance is to the rookie Ron­nie Stan­ley, who missed his third “A lot of the time, those guys are in there times for this re­view, and I never saw play­ers and coaches, not to the fans. straight game be­cause of a foot in­jury. fight­ing,” he said. “They’re go­ing against Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie’s arm around Per­riI am not rip­ping the over­all per­for­mS­tan­ley, the sixth over­all pick, re­turned to good play­ers on the other side. So they want man’s waist. And while it looked as if an­ces of Gum­bel, Green or this tele­cast. prac­tice last week for the first time since to do their best to open up holes and keep the Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie might have had the Smith is an out­stand­ing di­rec­tor, and Sept. 23 but was lim­ited Thurs­day and quar­ter­back clean, and like I said, some­times front of Per­ri­man’s jer­sey for an in­stant, it over­all, her team again de­liv­ered a strong Fri­day. you get on the edge and some­times things was in­con­clu­sive — at least in a one-re­play tele­cast of an ex­cit­ing game. Her cam­eras

Stan­ley said he was close to play­ing but hap­pen like that.” look on TV. were all over the ac­tion, and she gave us de­ferred to coach John Har­baugh’s de­ci­sion Wag­ner agreed, adding: “I re­ally don’t Maybe there’s room here for disalmost ev­ery angle we needed on ev­ery big to de­ac­ti­vate him. play.thinkitaf­fect­edthem­toomuch.Th­e­seguysagree­men­ton­whattha­tre­playshowed,but

“It’s al­ways hard not to be able to go out just aren’t the back­ups. They’re the peo­ple I hate it when an­a­lysts tell me I’m see­ing My feel­ing on the call on Rodger­sand help your broth­ers,” Stan­ley said. “But who started this week, and they pre­pare some­thing I can’t see and then con­grat­u­late Cro­mar­tie is that she couldn’t give us a that was the de­ci­sion that was made. That’s ev­ery week like they’re the starters. So I don’t their tele­cast for show­ing what wasn’t de­fin­i­tive shot on the in­ter­fer­ence, be­cause some­thing I’ve got to live with.” re­ally think there was too much” drop-off. there to me. Like the old joke asks: “Who there might not have been any in­ter­fer­ence.

With Lewis at left tackle, John Urschel It’s too early to tell when or even whether you go­ing to be­lieve, me or your ly­ing They gave us the best they could, which made his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive start at left the Ravens line will re­turn to full strength. eyes?” was a hand against a jer­sey. guard. Jeremy Zut­tah, as ex­pected, started at Lewis said the line­men who are avail­able In fair­ness to Green’s per­for­mance, he But I am open to the pos­si­bil­ity that cen­ter. can’t worry about any­thing but Sun­day’s was highly en­gaged and en­er­gized in the Green had a bet­ter look on his mon­i­tor than

Right guard Mar­shal Yanda was de­ac­ti­vatgame at the New York Jets. booth Sun­day — though with the back-andI did on my HD TV. ed be­cause of an in­jury for the first time since “You just do what you do week in and forth of the sec­ond half, it would have been But you know what? In a net­work Dec. 16, 2012, when an an­kle in­jury forced week out,” he said. “You go in and you watch hard not to be. tele­cast, it’s what the hun­dreds of thouhim out of a road game against the Den­ver tape, and you’ve got to be your own worst Oh, hell, for­get try­ing to be nice. Let me sands or mil­lions of view­ers like me see on Bron­cos. Yanda, who is bat­tling a shoul­der critic. You’ve got to see what you did wrong tell you some­thing else I didn’t like about our TV that mat­ters. Our eye­balls are the in­jury, kept his an­swers about his sta­tus and fix it and get ready for the next team Green and play-by-play an­nouncer Greg ones CBS is sell­ing to its ad­ver­tis­ers for all short. com­ing up.” Gum­bel. that money each week.

“I’m not go­ing to talk about in­juries,” he With about 13 min­utes left in the first said. “That’s Harbs’ deal, not me. I just half, Gum­bel told view­ers how Ravens The Gi­ants’ Kelvin Shep­pard (91) and Lan­don Collins (21) sack Ravens quar­ter­back Joe Flacco, who was sacked a sec­ond time Sun­day and hit six times in the loss.

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