Steve Davis: Who To Blame For Ravens Debacle?
There’s plenty of blame to go around.
The easy culprit is David Reed–2 fumbles, dumb penalty. However, the Seahawks only scored 6 points off his turnovers, so they survived his blunders. Billy Cundiff for missing 2 field goals. They were 50 yards plus, and on one of them was a bad snap, so I don’t pin this on him. The defense. Even though they did a good job on sudden change, they didn’t get much pressure on Jackson, they didn’t create turnovers, and they didn’t get off the field on the last drive. Joe Flacco, who was fairly erratic.
All that said, I’m going Cam Cameron. The gameplan makes no sense. How in the world can you give Ray Rice the ball only 5 times, and have Flacco throw it 52 times? It defies logic. Fill in your own adjective, but the bottom line is that it was unacceptable. The score did not dictate that the Ravens abandon the run, so there just is not a reasonable explanation why this team has just decided to forego running the football.