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Ravens not panicking about offense

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What looked so promising for the Ravens last night unraveled quickly.

But after a sharp opening drive gave way to a bizarre loss on four return touchdowns by the Panthers, Ravens coach John Harbaugh refused to freak out about the state of his offense.

We came out healthy. I’m very pleased with that,” Harbaugh said, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. “I’m very pleased with really most everything about the game. I like the way we played, I liked how we played. I just didn’t like the four return touchdowns. Next time that happens, it needs to be us doing that rather than them.”

Coming out intact (although backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor was being tested for a concussion) is always the primary goal of the preseason.

But quarterback Joe Flacco is still feeling his way through new targets in the passing game, and it showed as the game went on. He threw a pair of interceptions which were returned for touchdowns, his third and fourth picks of the preseason.

“We obviously turned the ball over, and you lose more games than you win this league when you do that,” Flacco said. “With what we did tonight, we’re not going to win a lot of football games doing that. At the same time, it was just a lot of miscommunication, and I felt like we did a lot of really good things, too.”

The “miscommunication” was evident on a ball intended for wide receiver Tandon Doss, as Flacco was gesturing directions to him before they left the field. When deciding whether the fault lies with a guy with seven NFL receptions or a Super Bowl MVP, the odds are kind of stacked.

“Joe is not one to throw a lot of interceptions as we all know,” Harbaugh said. “ A lot of that is he’s probably trying to get a feel for guys. Joe will be the first to take responsibility. He’s always been that way. I don’t expect that to be an issue this year but we have to make sure of that.”

Of course, they’ll also probably continue to look for targets for Flacco, after injuries and offseason moves left him short.

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38 Responses to “Ravens not panicking about offense”
  1. unsportsmenmic says: Aug 23, 2013 8:10 AM

    Why should they? They are used to these type of Offensive implosions from Joe Skinny and company.

  2. historyisyourfriend says: Aug 23, 2013 8:10 AM

    Loss of Boldin to the (salary cap) 49ers and then Pitta going down is going to make the offense for the Ravens a work in process. On the plus side I think their defense is better than last year and should keep a lid on things until Flacco and co. work things out.

    One thing that does raise a red flag is what happens to QB after they get their big contract – tend to come down to earth a bit. We’ll see if Flacco is truly elite and keeps up that level of play from the playoffs last year, or is satisfied and has a pedestrian year this season.

  3. bunkslurpscrabmustard says: Aug 23, 2013 8:20 AM

    No need to worry. I will say though that Kuechly is an absolute animal. Lucky for Carolina to have him.

  4. vincentbojackson says: Aug 23, 2013 8:21 AM

    Half of last year’s starters are gone yet people somehow seem surprised the Ravens have dropped off. Shocking!

    Luke Kuechly was clearly the best player in the stadium last night. It wasn’t even close. The Ravens first team had no answer for the guy.

  5. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 23, 2013 8:22 AM

    What would be shocking is if the headline read, “Ravens are in a Full-Blown Panic Over Their Offense” and read something like this:

    Following tonight’s debacle against the Panthers, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was sought out for comment – but this just in. Harbaugh is unavailable for comment – he had to go seek out a fresh change of undies.

    In related news, Quarterback Joe Flacco is curled up in the fetal position mumbling gibberish about Luke Kuechly. RB Ray Rice, sat at his locker, bearing the epitome of the catatonic non-expression on his face.

  6. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 23, 2013 8:23 AM

    As much as I enjoyed the Ravens performance……it’s still preseason ladies. At times they looked very strong on both sides of the ball. They should have another playoff year……sigh.

  7. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 23, 2013 8:27 AM

    Joe, John, and Ozzie know exactly what they’re doing. Steelers can celebrate the interceptions all they want but they won’t be there during the regular season when the Ravens crush those ragamuffins.

  8. jwcarlson says: Aug 23, 2013 8:31 AM

    Poor wittle Joe, no one to catch his lollipops this year. :(

  9. lovefootball4life says: Aug 23, 2013 8:34 AM

    That’s a misleading title for the article. There were a lot of positives for the offense. Running game looked good. Pierce got blown up by Kluechy and fumbled but that doesn’t happen every day. Jones and Stokely were targeted and caught the ball. Stokely had nice 3rd and long receptions showing there is life after Boldin. Clark dropped a couple which I assume won’t happen often. The rookie, Brown, actually seemed better than Mellette, he could move up the depth chart.

    So yeah I’ll take that offense.

  10. lovefootball4life says: Aug 23, 2013 8:35 AM

    The question I’d like to ask, however, is why did Upshaw start and Dumervil only come in on 3rd downs? The D looked good. Nice to see Webb back.

  11. reed20fence says: Aug 23, 2013 8:36 AM

    It probably isn’t the best idea to run a no huddle offense when you’re playing with a bunch of new receivers whose route timing you don’t have down and who, as the Doss incident shows, aren’t fully savvy to the reads and reactions Joe is expecting.

    They’ll fix it. The 6″5′ Marlon Brown seems to have a lot of chemistry with Joe. He’s gonna be a good one.

  12. salmen76 says: Aug 23, 2013 8:41 AM

    Ha Ha. Looks like the Ravens are back to their old scrub selves……Ha Ha! I bet the Browns sweep the Ravens this season. Its funny how the talking heads at ESPN screamed for years how great Ray Lewis and Ed Reed were and that they were the reason the Ravens were so good. Yet when those two star players retired those same ESPN numbskulls proclaimed “doesn’t matter, the Ravens can win without them”. Which one is it? Well, i own a TV set, and from what i see, it will take the Ravens a long long long long time to replace those two guys’ talent and leadership! Flacco couldn’t lead a fox to a hen house! Because last night, i saw zero leadership on defense or offense. The world champs lost to the scrub Panthers on national television in their own backyard! I loved it. Geaux Saints!

  13. ingraven says: Aug 23, 2013 8:43 AM

    MArshal Yanda IN, offense looked great, moved the ball well, protected the pocket. MArshal Yanda OUT, PRESSURE PRESSURE PRESSURE!!!

  14. ingraven says: Aug 23, 2013 8:43 AM

    Defense played GREAT though!! So exciting seeing Lardarius Webb back in action!!!

  15. ginojohn says: Aug 23, 2013 8:57 AM

    Joe dont have Boldin to bale him out this year.
    Boldin was the real star in playoffs last year.
    Gonna be a long year for Flacco

  16. lofty99 says: Aug 23, 2013 8:58 AM

    If u know football, then u know dey making the playoff, Not to sure about sb.

  17. bandzz says: Aug 23, 2013 8:59 AM

    Not familiar with this writer, but gr8 article. It’s refreshing to read a post on here that doesn’t contain so much subjective hate. No jabs were taken at anyone…wish more articles were written similarly on this site.

  18. camcameronsucks says: Aug 23, 2013 9:14 AM

    As a Ravens fan im not too worried about where our offense is at this point.

    Tandon Doss blew his assignment. His cornerback blitzed, when that happens he needs to do a quick turnaround pattern to give Flacco a quick option. As soon as Tandon saw his guy rush, he should have changed his route, which he didnt…leaving Flacco high and dry on an unblocked blitz. Flacco haters will stay blame him for Doss’ mistake though…

  19. raylewisandhisteeth says: Aug 23, 2013 9:21 AM

    Dirty Birds looked horrible and it made my night.

  20. oldirtyman says: Aug 23, 2013 9:23 AM

    JoeDilferFlacco is going back to his old self. He had a great run in the playoffs last year, he should have retired after winning the SuperBowl. He will now fall into the bottom tier of QBs in the league and be on welfare like most of Baltimore in less then 3 years.

  21. grant444 says: Aug 23, 2013 9:42 AM

    Should be an interesting down year in crab-town this year. Ravens fans should get used to a SB title about every 13 yrs or so.

  22. pilot2011 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:08 AM

    Luke Kuechly owned that game

  23. guitarkevin says: Aug 23, 2013 10:22 AM

    All you folks throwing Joe under the bus are hilarious. The guy WILL NOT be turning the ball over like this in the regular season I GUARANTEE IT. This is preseaon. This is when you shake off the rust, get to know the new guys and take some risks you normally wouldn’t. Pipe the heck down already.

  24. purplereign2 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:31 AM

    raylewisandhisteeth says:
    Aug 23, 2013 9:21 AM
    Dirty Birds looked horrible and it made my night.

    you don’t watch much football do you, pretty much a steelers bandwagoner eh?

    If you watched, you would have noticed:

    0 offensive TDs
    0 Redzone trips (they never got inside the 20 on offense)
    <100 rushing
    <100 passing
    Defense was SOLID.

    Offense had miscues but overall looked like they were capable of moving the ball, need to develop chemistry with new receivers, that and the O-line is ALL I am worried about.

  25. CKL says: Aug 23, 2013 10:59 AM

    reed20fence says:
    Aug 23, 2013 8:36 AM
    It probably isn’t the best idea to run a no huddle offense when you’re playing with a bunch of new receivers whose route timing you don’t have down and who, as the Doss incident shows, aren’t fully savvy to the reads and reactions Joe is expecting.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    They mentioned last night that Flacco wanted the inexperienced receivers to play with the first team in this game so they could get more of a feel for the offense. My guess is they were asking those guys to do what starters do to test their ability to do it.

    I never thought any LB could take over Beason’s best position (MLB) in Carolina so soon but Kuechly is a force of nature. My goodness. What a joy to watch him. Meanwhile, I later watched my own team have a play where all the first stringers on defense ran around like keystone cops unsuccessfully chasing down a screen play to Reggie Bush. D’oh.

  26. lofty99 says: Aug 23, 2013 11:06 AM

    I feel bad for big Ben. This might be his last season, with that ravens pass rush

  27. steelerben says: Aug 23, 2013 11:39 AM

    Preseason. Things that don’t happen in the regular season happen all the time in preseason. No need to hit the panic button.

    The Ravens are going to do what they always do and field a competitive team. The AFC North is going to have a close competition and could put three teams into the playoffs this year.

  28. rockthered1286 says: Aug 23, 2013 12:25 PM

    I love how uneducated some people are, or maybe it’s just blatant ignorance. Watch the Ravens in the preseason- how many deep routes have you seen? Answer: NONE. They are taking this preseason to work the middle of the field in that 5-20yd range, knowing that they need to strengthen this area of their passing game. They already know Jacoby and Torrey can stretch the field, and they are not going to give up their playbook are they? In doing so however, they are packing in the D and allowing much easier turnovers. Look at Joe’s 2 picks yesterday- both between 5-10 yards out. One was 100% on Doss for a wrong route. The other on Joe for a bad pass, although Shiancoe did stand flat foot and not even attempt to make a play on the ball. But this offense come week 1 will surely be much better than this. You also have to realize Harbs is going to put the best players on the field week 1 and not just “guys to try out and see how they mesh.” Doss will be gone from the mix and the team. And as mentioned by somebody else, did anybody else pick up on the fact that Yanda came out since they are limiting his action coming back from injury, and that is when all of the turnovers and broken plays happened? Again, Harbs will have the best players on the field, not pulling guys out to give other guys a shot with the 1′s. Relax football fans. The Ravens are just fine.

  29. bunkmcnulty says: Aug 23, 2013 12:46 PM

    Nice to see real football fans like steelerben above analyze things for what they are, as opposed to what what they hope for.

    Ravens fan here. Disappointing punt coverage unit and the pick six parade can and should be fixed. But otherwise I was pleased.

    I expect more of the same from Joe as we have seen in past years, but I am guessing at a slightly higher level due to Caldwell vs. Cameron’s influence. Joe seems to play down to level of competition some days. I would love to see that disappear this year.

    On the Panthers side, Luke the LB is a stud. Would love to have him on my team. But when real game plans are put together, he can be accounted for more often than he was last night. I would be concerned if I were them for their offense. Newton was terrible except scrambling.

    Again, it’s preseason. Drive past. Nothing really to see here.

  30. jtbsteeler says: Aug 23, 2013 12:53 PM

    Flacco deep routes = Jumpballs

  31. lovefootball4life says: Aug 23, 2013 12:55 PM

    “Well, i own a TV set, and from what i see, it will take the Ravens a long long long long time to replace those two guys’ talent and leadership! Flacco couldn’t lead a fox to a hen house! Because last night, i saw zero leadership on defense or offense. The world champs lost to the scrub Panthers on national television in their own backyard! I loved it. Geaux Saints!”
    ~~~~
    I wasted time reading this junk so I’ll respond.

    1) Your TV set doesn’t catch everything going on before, during, or after the game. That is just a stupid thing to say.

    2) Why is a Saints fan hating on the Ravens? What’d they ever do to you?

  32. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 23, 2013 1:24 PM

    oldirtyman says:
    Aug 23, 2013 9:23 AM
    JoeDilferFlacco is going back to his old self. He had a great run in the playoffs last year, he should have retired after winning the SuperBowl. He will now fall into the bottom tier of QBs in the league and be on welfare like most of Baltimore in less then 3 years.

    It’s “fewer” not “less” than three years, Mr. Elitist. You would know that if you came from the City that Reads which you don’t, because you obviously don’t write “good” either.

  33. ampatsisahypocrite says: Aug 23, 2013 3:36 PM

    And to think Ravens fans were going on other teams’ threads and taunting them about how bad they looked… after the way the Ravens starters got smoked by Atlanta and now (snicker) the mighty Carolina Panthers, you’d think they’d know better.

    The most encouraging sign was how Flacco came off the field all smiles after each stinky possession. Throw a pick? Eh so what… this is truly the look of a guy who got (over)paid and won’t care what happens now. Which shapes up for a GREAT 2013 campaign!

  34. deathonwings410 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:05 PM

    Flacco has young and also mostly unfamiliar weapons in the passing game, there will some growing pains.

  35. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 23, 2013 5:40 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Aug 23, 2013 1:24 PM
    oldirtyman says:
    Aug 23, 2013 9:23 AM
    JoeDilferFlacco is going back to his old self. He had a great run in the playoffs last year, he should have retired after winning the SuperBowl. He will now fall into the bottom tier of QBs in the league and be on welfare like most of Baltimore in less then 3 years.

    It’s “fewer” not “less” than three years, Mr. Elitist. You would know that if you came from the City that Reads which you don’t, because you obviously don’t write “good” either.

    3 2 JFM you are such a baby…..you don’t think twice to disrespect Pittsburgh but some one says something about your town and you get your diaper in a bunch…..relax skippy you reading and retention skills need work like the Ravens offense.

  36. barbasol11111111 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:57 PM

    I’m super happy football has become so popular, but the added masses certainly add to the growing sun of under informed opinions being shouted like they are truth.

    It’s preseason, guys. That first drive was probably the one time the ravens showed an inkling of how they want to run the offense. Or hey how about last year when the redskins ran a vanilla offense all preseason then came out and blew people away with the read option (geaux saints lol).

    Anyway, yeah, for you Johnny come latelys, preseason performance is not very indicative of how the regular season works out.

  37. watermelon1 says: Aug 24, 2013 3:48 AM

    They SHOULD!

    Sadly… Nobody will blame flacco. They’ll blame the receivers. Just like they were doing before flacco finally stepped up and played better. The ravens didn’t add any receivers last year. Flacco just started playing better in the playoffs.

    These receivers depend on flacco. He’s the one to blame if things on offense aren’t getting better week 1.

  38. harbingeroftruth says: Aug 27, 2013 12:49 PM

    From the Superbowl to the toilet bowl!!!

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