Catching up on basics
Return to fundamentals urged as Crabtree works to clean up drops
As the Ravens’ charter flight cut a rapid arc from Cleveland to Baltimore on Sunday evening, wide receiver Michael Crabtree approached quarterback Joe Flacco.
He was sorry, he said, that with a potential victory over the Cleveland Browns hanging in the balance, he’d let Flacco’s pass carom off his hands in the back of the end zone. In an earlier postgame session with reporters, Crabtree had put the 12-9 loss on himself.
“Listen, I know it’s not always going to be this way,” Flacco assured him.
It was a message echoed by many of Crabtree’s coaches and teammates in the days that followed. They appreciated his accountability and expressed faith in his talent and work ethic.
“When you see him out here catching — he has one of the surest pair of hands I’ve ever seen,” Flacco said.
But those words have not stopped Crabtree’s lapses from becoming a significant story as the 3-2 Ravens try to put their season and offense back on track this Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. After all, they signed the veteran star so they wouldn’t have to worry about whom to target in crucial moments. See RAVENS, page 4