When Mike Preston actually blames someone other than Joe, you know it's got to be so obvious that even he can't deny it.
Here's a summary of the "highlights" from his article on the game against the Patriots (with my commentary added in parenthesis):
** A Ravens' team source claims that the Patriots defense were calling out our plays as we were running them.
Using the codewords 'airplane' if they read it was going to pass, and 'car' if they believed we were going to run. (Many of us have suspected that this was likely, but now to have possible confirmation that it's true?)
** Both of our tackles use an easily recognizable pass blocking stance whenever its a pass play, no matter the down or distance. However, they use more of a square stance oriented toward the line of scrimmage whenever its a run. So, they're both giving away what type of play it is to the opposing defense. (We have 2 offensive line coaches, yet neither sees this? Or if they do, they make no effort to fix this?)
** When running out of the shotgun, the running backs almost always move across Flacco for the hand-off. When the Patriots saw this, they always countered by run-blitzing their linebackers through the gaps between the center and guards to hit our running backs while they were still in the backfield. (I've noticed this too. Isn't this something that's easily fixable?)
** Juan Castillo changed the terminology for not just our run blocking, but also our pass blocking, even though he's supposed to be just the "run game coordinator". (Could this have contributed to the communications issues that our offensive line has had this year?)
** Even though during the playoffs last year, Flacco was given more free reign to call his own plays once Caldwell became OC, and responded with a historic post season performance, this year the reins have been tightened once again (Harbaugh's doing?)
This year, Jim Caldwell and Jim Hostler, our WRs coach have been putting together the game plans and calling most of the plays (Why Hostler? He was a failure as an OC at San Francisco, lasting only 1 year there!! Is it a coincidence that he gains greater input and our offense tanks, just like it did for the 49ers?)
** Flacco, according to Preston, is not too happy with having much of the control of the offense taken from him (AGAIN!) even though he seems to play more "more efficient when running the two-minute offense and making his own calls" (Which we've all noticed!)
** Apparently, Caldwell and Hostler prepare for each game by creating a script with 125 plays.
A script that they don't like to deviate from, regardless of the way the game is being played by both us and our opponent. For example, even when the Patriots switched to double zones to cover our receivers, instead of countering with crossing routes (obvious adjustment), our playcallers stuck to their (precious) script and kept sending our guys downfield!! (*speechless*)
** There's actually more, but I don't feel like continuing, so just read the rest for yourselves in Preston's article (if you want to be outraged and/or disheartened).
Here's the link for it:
Edited by PerpetuallyBored74, 24 December 2013 - 02:56 PM.