Archive for October 19th, 2009

19
Oct
09

Disarray in D.C.

Sherman Lewis will call the plays for Washington from here on out.

Sherman Lewis will call the plays for Washington from here on out.

By Ben Linton

Two weeks ago he was calling bingo, now Sherman Lewis is calling plays in the NFL. After the Redskins’ horrid loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Jim Zorn was stripped of his play calling duties and has handed the reigns over to Lewis.  Lewis has not called a play since 1999 with the Green Bay Packers, and takes over an offense averaging 13 points per game. Good luck with that.

I don’t understand the decision to only take away calling plays from Zorn. Why not just fire him right on the spot after the game? At least show Zorn some decency instead of pulling him along for the ride. Taking away play calling is one thing, but taking away another man’s dignity is wrong.  Zorn claims to say he has a “knack” for calling plays, but that’s completely erroneous because the Redskins offense is predictable and doesn’t keep defenses on their heels. Mike Ditka said it the best on Mike and Mike in the Morning, “If you don’t want him, get rid of him.” Its not a matter of if Zorn will get fired, it’s a matter of when. So why not just do it now?

Also, it has not been announced but it seems clear that Todd Collins will start on Monday Night Football against the Philidelphia Eagles this week. With a new quarterback and a new play caller, put your money on the Eagles to win this one. They will want to take their anger out on somebody after losing to Oakland 13-9 last week.

19
Oct
09

3 Straight Last-Second Losses

Props to ESPN for photo

Props to ESPN for photo

By Jesse Jones

For the third consecutive week, the Baltimore Ravens lost a game in the final seconds.  Two weeks ago Mark Clayton dropped a pass to gain a first down in the red zone in New England, last weekend Carson Palmer executed a game-winning drive, and this week, kicker Steven Hauschka missed a game-winning field goal wide left.

After having a horrid first half, losing 14-3, the Ravens made a huge comeback, and with just over three minutes left in the fourth, Ray Rice ran the ball 33 yards to the end zone, putting the Ravens up 31-30.  Soon after, the defense and Frank Walker had a breakdown and Sidney Rice had a huge catch putting the Vikings in field goal territory.  This was the second time Frank Walker gave up a huge play to Sidney Rice.  The Ravens held the Vikings to a field goal and got the ball back with just under two minutes left, trailing 33-31.  Flacco got the team in position to knock down a 44 yard field goal in perfect conditions.  However, Steve Hauschka hit the ball wide left, and the rest is history.

The Ravens now sit at 3-3, third in the AFC North, the losers of three straight.  The team could very well by 6-0, but that’s besides the point.  This upcoming week the team has a much needed bye week.  With two weeks off, the team will have plenty of time to prepare for the Denver Broncos at home, a game I will be attending (5 rows from the field).  The secondary needs a lot of work to become a unit, instead of players, and the offense needs to work better in the passing game, something that looked back to normal, if you can say that from the first three games, scoring huge numbers in a short period of time.

The Ravens are not far off at all from getting back to the top of the division, but fixing these mistakes are going to be key.




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