Here’s what some out-of-town media voices are saying about the Ravens after their dreadful 1-4 start. Remember when the Ravens were a trendy Super Bowl pick in August? Those days are over.
NBC’s Rodney Harrison, on Football Night in America:
“Without Terrell Suggs, they’re forced to blitz a lot and they can’t stop anybody. They leave their defensive backs in a lot of one-on-one situations, but are undisciplined in the back end. Also the missed tackles. It’s not just Terrell Suggs’ abscence.”
Former Redskins linebacker, and current NFL Network GameDay Live analyst LaVar Arrington:
“This is that moment when players are in the locker room, coaches are in their meeting rooms and they are taking a good look at themselves and it’s either a sign that we have to fight and try and climb back into this thing no matter what the end result might be at the end of the year. Or you see a tail off in the commitment as to how you play the game.”
NFL Network GameDay Live analyst Dave Dameshek:
“They are so obsessed with beating Pittsburgh that it gets in the way of their following games…They struggle, and so they did here and now their season is over.”
I disagree with those last comments by Damashek. Actually, the Ravens won both games in 2014 the week after they faced the Steelers. And I still don’t think the Ravens are dead for a wild card spot. Not when there are 10 teams in the AFC with two wins or less.
However, it will probably take at least nine wins for the Ravens to grab a wild card spot, and they won’t come close to that unless their defense improves. As for the national media riding the Ravens’ bandwagon? Clearly, that train has seen derailed, and for good reason.