Even in a win we complain about the bad football played within the game. The moments that the ball didn't go our way, or the refs blow a call. Things that are really out of the players control. Even win we lose, we find moments to be proud of like when Leach pancacked Casey Hampton in the last Steelers match.
I also feel that generally speaking the Ravens are still a good team, with a bright future, loads of talent, promise, upside, etc. But these guys need to get on the same page. Harbaugh always preaches playing tough, disciplined, fundamental football. Yet some of the fundamentals have been lacking, and the team isn't showing a lot of discipline. I think Joe is trying to do too much, and Boldin/Rice can help carry this team. Joe was much better as Average Joe, Joe Cool, you know the guy who didn't try to do everything on his own. Not this other guy the media keeps saying has something to prove about being elite. You know what? Sometimes the offense just needs to stay on the field for good things to happen! The elite don't worry about proving it, they just do everything they can to linger on the field. Eventually the defense tires and makes a mistake, and there is a ton of hidden yardage to be found in penalties. Those aren't things that go into recording "elite" stats either.
Furthermore, why aren't we blitzing behind Ngata more? Seems Bynes isn't a bad blitzing LB, and you can blitz runs too. Rice should be featured heavily on all areas of the field, like the Eagles used to do with Westbrook. I like Pierce a whole lot too, but never at the expense of leaning heavily on Rice. We were much better with a run first mentality, and getting caught up in trends has a way of backfiring when the pendulum swings.
So where was I going with this, and where does this all lead? Basically, what I mostly want is to see a spirited game. I want to see good effort, and smart football. Smart calls, and crisp execution. Let's pick back up the lunch pail, drop the diva, "Oh woe is me crap." and get back to work!
Edited by Dudeman, 16 December 2012 - 11:59 PM.