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