Bernard Pollard says Ravens have “been exposed”

AP

Despite clinching a playoff berth last weekend, the Baltimore Ravens are a team with a myriad of issues with just two weeks to go in the regular season.

They’ve seen their comfortable division lead evaporate and fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Three straight losses has the Ravens heading in the wrong direction.

According to Garrett Downing of the Ravens’ official website, safety Bernard Pollard had some pointed comments about Baltimore’s struggles over the last month.

“We’re not good at a lot of things right now. We’re going to be exposed. We’ve been exposed,” Pollard said. “And now it’s time for us to go back to work and figure out how we can fix that?”

The Ravens are a miracle conversion on a 4th and 29 in San Diego away from a four-game losing streak. In that stretch, the Ravens have squandered a 9-2 start to the season and blown a chance at a first-round bye. Baltimore still did clinch a playoff berth last week with the Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the Dallas Cowboys in overtime last week. The Cincinnati Bengals could still wrestle the AFC North division title away from the Ravens, forcing Baltimore to go on the road throughout the postseason.

For Pollard, the time is now to get things turned around.

“We got to make a freaking run,” Pollard said. “For us, man, we dug a hole. We can’t complain. We did it. We [threw] this thing away. We [threw] it away. As a team, we got to come together and we got to fix it. Everybody is talking about, ‘What happened?’ Well, what happened is us.

“We are the problem. We have to fix this issue. Everybody is talking about, ‘Well, you’re in the playoffs,’ Well, who cares? Because the way we’ve played, who cares about the playoffs? If we don’t fix it, that’s going to carry over to the playoffs. And we don’t want that to happen. We have to come together.”

The Ravens have a tough test again this Sunday as the New York Giants roll into Baltimore. The Giants have hit a skid of their own leaving them on the outside of the playoffs looking in. New York will still make the postseason if they win their final two games but need help to surpass the Cowboys and Washington Redskins for the NFC East crown. A loss would put their postseason hopes in serious jeopardy.

If the Ravens fall to the Giants, it sets up a Week 17 battle between the Ravens and Bengals in a match up that could be for the division title and the chance to host in the first round of the playoffs.

50 responses to “Bernard Pollard says Ravens have “been exposed”

  1. As a bear fan..gotta root for the Ravens to fix their issues to beat the Giants…Ravens did do a pretty dumb thing by firing their OC and replacing him with Caldwell with 3 games left and Caldwell has no playing calling experience except for high school ? Gotta go W T F on that…

  2. Well, the man is right.

    They have to learn how to play well despite their injuries, otherwise they won’t last too long in the playoffs.

    Offense and defense both have to get on track.

  3. If the Ravens can’t come back to their sense in the end of this season and the post season, they will be one and done. They are a total different team since the beginning of the season. And people already thinking what the Ravens could look without Ray Lewis, well, look at them now, they are an average team.

  4. “The Cincinnati Bengals could still wrestle the AFC North division title away from the Ravens, forcing Baltimore to go on the road throughout the postseason.”

    If the steelers win 2, and the ravens lose 2, the steelers win the afc north….as well

  5. I’m not so sure about us being exposed, more that we just weren’t that good to begin with. Here’s what’s happened so far:

    v Bengals W 44-13
    @ Eagles L 23-24
    v Patriots W 31-30 – could easily have lost
    v Browns W 23-16
    @ Chiefs W 9-6 – should’ve lost
    v Cowboys W 31-29 – should’ve lost
    @ Texans L 13-43
    @ Browns W 25-15
    v Raiders W 55-20
    @ Steelers W 13-10
    @ Chargers W 16-13 – should’ve lost
    v Steelers L 23-20
    @ Redskins L 31-28
    v Broncos L 34-17

    We could easily be 5-9. The defense is more banged up than at any other time I can remember and I have zero confidence in Flacco being able to score more than 17 points. It makes me long for the days of Kyle Boller – at least both he and the coaching staff knew his limitations + he literally had nobody to throw to (Travis Taylor as his #1 receiver)

  6. Hmmm sounds like they have an unhappy locker room..got a feeling Cincy will pay them back from the Week 1 loss by taking the division out of their hands in week 17..What a heartbreaker will that be

  7. Won a few games that in all reality they should have lost. This year any how, a lot of hype with not a lot of substance.

  8. Steelers a .500 team yet their fans act like they have a shot of making the playoffs. Hah! Ignorance is bliss.

  9. The Ravens season was over when Webb went down for year (on top of Suggs injury). They weren’t that good to begin with, but that killed any chances. Anyway, please somehow find a way to beat the NY Ginas.

  10. We laugh at their misfortune and rub our success in their face. 7th ring on the way, losers. HAHA, jealous?

  11. Pollard is definitely a starting Safety, why did KC let him go? Another failure of releasing a player by Pioli, seems Gonzalez is still “decent” too.

  12. As a Texans fan…. I PRAY we get Baltimore in the first round here in Houston.

    I’m sorry but they just look like such an easy out right now compared to Denver, New England, or even Pittsburgh (that defense still scares me)…

    There are a lot of Ex Texans on that team including Pollard, who I LOVED when he was a Texan, si I mildly cheer for the Ravens, but Flacco is near worthless on the road, and that defense is a shell of its previous year version.

  13. Lucky they aren’t 7-7, they missed the field goal at the end of the pats game and came up a yard short vs the chargers. Probably won’t win another game this season.

  14. Yeah 7th ring- good luck w that one…..
    Ravens get 4th seed and barely beat Colts at home
    Then go to Houston. Playoff football anything can happen
    I would rather go there then Den w Manning.

  15. Funny how the Ravens are already in the playoffs and the Steelers are fighting to stay relevant. Don’t tell that to their fans though, they’re too busy pounding their chests because a .500 record is something to be proud of.

  16. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says:
    Dec 21, 2012 8:46 AM
    We laugh at their misfortune and rub our success in their face. 7th ring on the way, losers. HAHA, jealous?
    —————————————————————————

    Delusion at its finest.

  17. Pollard can easily help matters by getting back on the field, and just tackling a guy instead of letting him drag Pollard five yards after contact. Bernard is more concerned about stripping the ball and forcing the turnover instead of just making a fundamental tackle.

  18. “Exposed”? They’ve also been blown out, shown up, and handed at least 4 of their ‘wins’ this season by way of referee. The only one they’ve been ‘exposed’ to is themselves, since any NFL fan with any knowledge of the game whatsoever has known they were not nearly as good as their record indicated.

    Troy Smith has spoken.

  19. 8to80texansblog says:
    Dec 21, 2012 10:05 AM
    As a Texans fan…. I PRAY we get Baltimore in the first round here in Houston.

    I’m sorry but they just look like such an easy out right now compared to Denver, New England, or even Pittsburgh (that defense still scares me)…

    There are a lot of Ex Texans on that team including Pollard, who I LOVED when he was a Texan, si I mildly cheer for the Ravens, but Flacco is near worthless on the road, and that defense is a shell of its previous year version.

    Great post my friend! Nobody fears the ravens anymore!!

  20. britishraven says:

    Makes me long for the days of Kyle Boller???

    —————————————–
    Another comment like this and you can go back to watching soccer all the time. I mean Flacco is not “Elite” but who cares!!! I mean the guy we play this weekend has won two superbowl’s already against an ELITE QB. Say what you will but JOE looks ALOT like ELI if you watch them both play. He’s won a lot for the Ravens and while I’m pissed off at him right now I STILL believe he can get us a Superbowl before he’s done! Ravens fans shut up already and be happy that you QB and team that takes your deep into January ever.

    One other thing, How come Ray Rice never takes any of the blame for the Ravens woes on offense? I find it hard to believe that it’s just “choice” that he’s not getting as many carries some games. Could it be that he takes himself out of games, doesn’t have stamina for back to back handoffs and can not break a tackle at line of scrimmage. I mean if it’s so easy for the guy on the couch to figure out there’s got to be more too it as to why his touches disappear in big games…

    Black and PURPLE!

  21. britishraven says:
    Dec 21, 2012 4:54 AM
    I’m not so sure about us being exposed, more that we just weren’t that good to begin with. Here’s what’s happened so far:

    v Bengals W 44-13
    @ Eagles L 23-24
    v Patriots W 31-30 – could easily have lost
    v Browns W 23-16
    @ Chiefs W 9-6 – should’ve lost
    v Cowboys W 31-29 – should’ve lost
    @ Texans L 13-43
    @ Browns W 25-15
    v Raiders W 55-20
    @ Steelers W 13-10
    @ Chargers W 16-13 – should’ve lost
    v Steelers L 23-20
    @ Redskins L 31-28
    v Broncos L 34-17

    ________________________________

    You could also say the should have won the Phi, Wash and 2nd Pittsburgh game so its a moot point

  22. Bottom line is your record is your record
    At the end of the day the Ravens are 9-5 having one of the hardest schedules in the league
    And still have a chance to win the AFCN
    Back to back AFCN titles
    I’ll take it
    Especially when the Squealers were 1 and done to Tebow last year and most likely out of the playoffs this year
    Ae they really relevant anymore??

  23. Hurry back Bernard, the one-armed Ed can’t even tackle these days. The Mayan end of calendar, is really the end of the Ravens ability to hide behind one side of the ball…..that’s why they haven’t gone to a SB in 10+ yrs and counting.

    Ozzy has to blow up the JH era!….Who is calling plays?….JH the special teams coach?….Caldwell the qb guy…..What a Nightmare.

    Ozzy your legacy is looming….

  24. Really!?
    5 straight playoff appearances
    Not a chance
    Next year we will have a proven O Coordinator in hopefully Turner
    and draft well as usual
    Has any QB did well in Cam’s system
    No
    Does Flacco need to be quicker in his decisions?
    Absolutely
    Most of his fumbles and Ints are b/c he does not have that internal clock that the greats have
    Also O line is horrendous and play calling does not favor anyone

  25. @psuravens19

    I seriously do not understand your “should have lost” point. The games they “should have lost”, they won, they didn’t lose. There are three columns, wins, loses, and ties.

  26. Has any QB did (sic) well in Cam’s system
    No

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    Philip Rivers went to the Pro Bowl under Cam in his first year as a starter.

    Drew Brees went to the Pro Bowl under Cam in his third year as a starter.

    Joe Flacco went to the Pro Bowl under Cam in his, uh, scratch that.

  27. Has any QB did (sic) well in Cam’s system
    No

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    The average experience of Cam Cameron’s starting QB in his 10 years as an NFL offensive coordinator is 3.2 years (and that’s doing the count w/ Rivers not starting until his third season; if you weren’t to include that it’s 2.9 years of experience).

    The TD:INT ratio of his quarterbacks during those 10 years are 201 TDs: 118 INTs. I guess one can argue that 20 TDs per year on average is low but Tomlinson and Rice accounted for 113 rushing touchdowns during those 10 years.

  28. A defense on which the leadership should probably be thinking about a coaching career.

    An offense lead by a quarterback that talks a great game but continues to be joe flaccid.

    A coach that takes Gatorade showers for regular season wins.

    A team that hasn’t been to the big game in over a decade.

    A division that probably isn’t going to make much noise in the playoffs, whoever gets in, and will be WIDE open next year.

    A delusional fan base that can’t admit it when the team is circling the drain.

    As the Nest Burns…

    GO STEELERS!

  29. Ravens, Steelers and Bengals have all underachieved this season against lesser opponents. Won’t matter whichever two teams make the playoffs, realistically none are playing well enough to go on any kind of a run.

  30. won games we should have lost.?…so how about lost games we should have won…ie pitt philly washington. the results are what they are and the ravens are going to the playoffs. what happens next is yet to be determined. but you cant win the superbowl unles you are in the playoffs.

  31. Gotta love that Bears fan hoping the Giants lose, as it’s the only way they make the playoffs ha. The Bears are playing just like the Ravens. Neither deserves a playoff berth.

  32. Sources say the Ravens are already looking at acquiring Sanchez in the offseason. I can’t decide whats worse: already looking at the offseason (because you know you are one and done) or looking at Sanchez as the answer to your horrible QB play. Haha what a joke of an organization.

  33. Raven found ways to win when they needed to..My boys didn’t..I can except that. Pollard is right! The Ratbirds are one Torrey Smith or Ray Rice injury away from being terrible on Offense. 1 Super Bowl game in 15 years even with all those “Great” Defensive teams they had..the window is closen fast. Mark my words Joe Fumble will Never win a ring..He’s Trent Dilfer all over again without the ring though! lol

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