There will be a lot of questions of Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Monday.
And unlike last week, when he was in a jovial mood following a 44-13 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals, he probably will be a bit more testy when looking back on Sunday's 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
That's because the inquiries may cut a lot deeper than just running back Ray Rice not getting enough carries for the second week in a row or the play-calling that had quarterback Joe Flacco unsuccessfully passing on third-and-short in the fourth quarter.
NFL Radio analyst Rich Gannon, a former NFL quarterback, thought Harbaugh made a mistake in his remarks. Harbaugh said after the game that questions about the play-calling are "fair," which has put offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on the spot.
"That to me is not a good thing. I just think he could've done a better job choosing his words. You gotta stick together. When things are going well you stick together. When things are not going well and you lose a tough game like that, it's the head coach's job to stand up there, protect the players, protect his coaching staff," said Gannon on the Sirius XM show. "I thought those choice of words were unusual for John Harbaugh."
Gannon suggested that Flacco needs to have "more control" at the line of scrimmage and be able to adjust the play-calling. Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans disrupted the Ravens almost single-handedly.
"It's not a big check or audible team. That's not really who they are. They call it. They run it," Gannon said of the Ravens. "A lot of (the calls) are built in as opposed to a 'check with me' or a 'kill' package at the line of scrimmage. I think it's hard to operate and function in this day and age with all the different things defenses are doing if you don't have that flexibility at the line of scrimmage. That's something they have to look at."
Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.
On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.
The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.
"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website.
Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.
Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.
On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below.
In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change.
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Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.
Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.
That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32.
Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back.
However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.
If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward.
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