John Harbaugh: Ed Dickson isn’t the same player he was two years ago


One of the players that the Ravens are counting on to help them weather the loss of tight end Dennis Pitta is tight end Ed Dickson, but Dickson hasn’t come through in the first four games of the season.

Dickson has started all four games, but has just three catches for 25 yards. He’s dropped a lot of passes, though, including one that went off his hands and into those of Bills safety Jim Leonhard for one of Joe Flacco’s five interceptions in Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the Bills.

The Ravens were hoping to get a player closer to the one that caught 54 passes for 528 yards and five touchdowns in 2011, but coach John Harbaugh said Monday that he doesn’t see the same things from Dickson on the field anymore.

“The stats kind of speak for themselves as you’re alluding to. He’s not the same player right now than he was then obviously,” Harbaugh said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “Ed just needs to go catch the ball. Make it easy: Run fast, get open and catch the football, put it away and get upfield. That’s all he needs to do. And if he’s thinking about anything besides that, he’s doing himself a disservice. And if he’s lacking confidence for some reason, that’s on him. When you have that kind of talent, those kinds of gifts, go play ball, go show everybody what you’re capable of doing. That’s what I expect to see from Ed.”

Dickson isn’t the only member of the Ravens offense making Harbaugh unhappy these days. The coach also ripped his offensive line as “disappointing” on Monday and there’s sure to be more where that came from if the defending Super Bowl champs continue to struggle to points on the scoreboard.

27 responses to “John Harbaugh: Ed Dickson isn’t the same player he was two years ago

  1. I thought throwing all that money at the “elite” Joe Flacco would make him play like Tom Brady does with little talent around him on offense?
    At least Ray Rice is still reliable, oh wait…

  2. That was the one pick that wasn’t Flacco’s fault. I don’t know what happened to Dickson but I can’t imagine Flacco feels comfortable going to him as evidenced by the fact he likes slow as molasses Dallas Clark as a security blanket more. Dickson is just doing himself a disservice not showing up in his contract year. Don’t know why the Ravens would bring him back.

  3. no doubt dickson has been awful this year. dude cant catch. and to the poster who keeps posting flacco’s stats, we have a long way to go my friend. lets see what the final numbers look like

  4. What a disappointment he has been and seems to be continually regressing. Honestly, they need to bench him in order to start righting this ship. You can tell Flacco has zero confidence in Dickson’s ability to catch the ball. Ed Dickson should give back his paycheck because he sure hasn’t earned it!

  5. Man, I don’t remember a coach ever throwing his players under the bus like this. I don’t know Dickson as a player, but I know the Ravens do have a good O-line. I bet they take this as motivation and rise up.

    …and then what excuses will Flacco have?

  6. First Harbs calls out his offensive line, now he’s putting down the pass-catchers. Where’s all the same people that put Ben down for saying Bell needs to step it up. Let me guess, when JH does it, it’s great motivational leadership. But Ben throws his team under the bus.

  7. Logical Nitwit:the words to your lame fight song are ” Braves on the warpath …more like Red Lobsters under Shanahan….fight for old DC …..thats not MD as in fix RG knee ….Maryland’s team ? No thanks

  8. crownofthehelmet says:
    Sep 30, 2013 9:03 PM
    This team is coming apart at the seams.


  9. Gotta love Steeler fans saying the Ravens are coming apart at the seams. Didn’t your qb just call out your RB for not practicing? Or how about your wr getting into a fight with your offensive coordinator on the side lines? Or redskins fans acting like they’ve won a playoff game in the past two decades.

  10. I don’t know, old stone hands Dickson has always been so so, maybe thats why Pitta was starting ahead of him before the injury? maybe?

  11. And yet…in typical John Harbaugh fashion…HE KEEPS SENDING HIM OUT THERE TO KILL THE OFFENSE. Is that great leadership, or WHAT?

  12. In related news…

    Mrs. John Harbaugh said that John isn’t quite the man HE was 2 years ago either.

    (When questioned, John Harbaugh defended himself, just like his decision to only run the ball twice in the second half against the Bills, stating: “I wouldn’t do anything differently”.)

  13. Hardbs is always one to keep his comments about individuals behind closed doors. For him to call out the line and Dickson, means he is getting pissed.

    I hope the team gets the message and steps it up.

  14. Any chance that the hamstring that he partially tore during preseason might be lingering and maybe the fact that it hurts is weighing on him a bit? Leg or foot injuries to players at skill positions, if they are not fully healed when they return, tend to hamper the player’s performance. I can see why the Ravens would want to rush him back onto the field. However, is it really doing the team a service if he is playing at 80% and unable to get to 100% because he’s on it every week?

  15. scoobs, nice dig, but you’re misguided as usual. After Wallace smokes your secondary as always, we’ll only have one more loss than the ravens – not out of it by any stretch. by the way, closing the gap 24th vs 12th.

  16. crownofthehelmet says:
    Sep 30, 2013 9:03 PM
    This team is coming apart at the seams.

    At this point Browns fans have significantly more to thump their chest about than Steelers fans. Think about that for a minute.

    0-4 and counting. A QB who admits you have the worst team in the league. But by all means, please share more of your thoughts regarding the Ravens’ troubles.

  17. The problem is joe flacco is EXACTLY the same player he was 5 years ago.

    He hasn’t made any progression to being a better qb. He makes the same HORRIBLE mistakes over and over.

    People can keep blaming every other position and the ravens can keep changing every other position but the one constant remains joe flacco’s ability to be one of the most mediocre quarterbacks in the league.

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