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Upon further review: Ravens now reside in NFL cellar

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Upon further review: Ravens now reside in NFL cellar

Here’s another question for the Ravens, as they absorb the aftermath of their latest gut-wrenching loss.

Is this rock bottom? Or will the Ravens finish the 2015 season with a worse record than they could have ever imagined, looking like a franchise that needs to rebuild, not reload?

Monday night’s 26-18 loss to the Cardinals dropped the Ravens to 1-6, sharing the worst record in the NFL with the Lions. When the season began, who thought the Ravens would enter Week 8 with a worse record than the Titans, Jaguars, Buccaneers, and Browns?

It’s not like the Ravens are quitting. They almost pulled off a major comeback in the fourth quarter Monday night, with Asa Jackson blocking a punt to set up one touchdown, and a last-minute drive that didn’t fizzle out until Joe Flacco threw an interception in the final seconds.

But in today’s parity-driven NFL, you can’t be 1-6 unless you are a bad football team. Especially when you’re not quitting, and when your starting quarterback has been healthy all season.

The Ravens don’t have enough playmakers. They don’t have enough team speed on offense or defense. They don’t have enough quality corners to prevent opposing quarterbacks from finding mismatches they can milk for key completions.

Flacco lamented the Ravens’ lack of explosiveness after Monday’s loss.

“On offense, we don’t quite have the explosiveness to take drives over and score quickly, get big chunks consistently,” Flacco said following Monday’s game.

You can talk about how close the Ravens’ losses have been. You can certainly talk about how bad the officiating was Monday night. Ravens guard John Urschel did almost everything except breakdance to get the officials’ attention that he was reporting as an eligible receiver, yet the Ravens were called for an illegal formation. Chris Johnson’s forward progress was stopped on his 62-yard run. That play should have been blown dead when Johnson was lying on top of Ravens’ defensive tackle Brandon Williams.

But the Ravens have become adept at finding different ways to lose. Whether it’s a turnover, a blown assignment, or a missed opportunity, the Ravens hurt themselves over and over, week after week. They have the fortitude, but not the talent to overcome key mistakes.

“Turnovers, we aren’t getting enough, and we have too many,” said coach John Harbaugh. “Those are the areas that we have to get better at. One thing about us right now, we’re the kind of team that has to minimize mistakes, and we have to execute. And we’re going to be forced to develop the ability to do that with perfection. In the long run, that’s going to be good for us.”

But in the short run, the process could be painful. The Ravens thought the last two months of this season would be about making a playoff push. Instead, the front office and Harbaugh need to figure out why they thought the 2015 Ravens would be so much better than they really are.

[RELATED: Harbaugh on Johnson's confusing run: 'I got no explanation']

 

 

 

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

Kick off your Saturday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including an injury update on the Ravens' first-round pick. 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2019 first-round pick and WR Marquise Brown will miss OTAs as he continues to recover from Lisfranc surgery. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the team expects Brown to be ready by the start of training camp. 

2. The Ravens confirmed the signings of OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Shane Ray, and WR Michael Floyd Friday. Baltimore also announced it had waived QB Jalan McClendon and DT Kalil Morris.

3. Free agent LB Jon Bostic worked out for the Ravens Friday, per Zrebiec. Bostic was cut by the Steelers in April. 

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the return of Pernell McPhee.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Pernell McPhee is a Baltimore Raven again! The Ravens signed McPhee to a one-year deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McPhee was drafted by the Ravens in 2011 during the fifth round and spent four seasons with the team before landing in Chicago and then last season in Washington. The Ravens hope to capitalize on McPhee's 31 career sacks as they hone-in on producing a "diversified pass rush."

2. The Ravens have also signed offensive lineman R.J. Prince, who was last with Pittsburgh. Prince was waived by the Steelers after not seeing a down during the 2018 season. The Steelers picked up Prince as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina.

3. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season. Peterson reportedly violated the NFL's performance-enhancement drug policy. The Ravens face the Cardinals during Week 2, so this is good news for the guys in purple.

4. The Ravens have reportedly signed former Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ray had an unproductive season with the Broncos last year with one sack and one forced fumble in 11 games played.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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