Okay before you all grab your pitchforks, hear me out.
I am a fan of John Harbaugh, I have supported the change that it seems he brought when he arrived in Baltimore. I also refuse to put all of the blame for everything on his shoulders. However, it does seem that the off season problems with leadership that were addressed by the media every time they talked about us have come to light.
That does not necessarily mean that the problem lies in those specific players gone, but, it seems as though John has made an effort to get rid of, or not make an effort to keep outspoken veterans, (Pollard, Reed, Boldin, etc..). To me, this is fine, as long as A. The replaced players production is not lost and B. it does not change the identity of the team. I think B. is by far the more important point, as production can be replaced far easier than maintaining a team identity. However, it seems that John had, throughout his time here, never really had to be much of a leader,because of the likes of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, etc. If he did have to make changes or establish his authority, it seemed like it came through the approval of aforementioned players.
So, my question is, now that those players are gone, is John hesitant to come out and challenge his players, to set them straight? It seems as though he doesn't want to call anyone out or demand more from them, whether it be O-Line protection, defensive effort, etc. I was thinking about this when the announcers of the game talked about how Chudzkinski challenged individual players for production.
Please remember, I am aware not all of our problems on the field come from him, just that he is lacking in what I have pointed out.