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    Default Lolley: Post-Baltimore thoughts

    Sunday, December 27, 2009
    Post-Baltimore thoughts II

    I'm sure people in Baltimore will be complaining about 11 penalties for 113 yards the Ravens were assessed in their 23-20 loss to the Steelers Sunday, but honestly, there wasn't one that when reviewed wasn't an actual penalty.

    The Ravens lost their composure quite a bit in this one.

    There was no reason for Terrell Suggs to block anyone in the back on Domonique Foxworth's interception return for a touchdown. But he did it.

    There was really no reason for Kelley "I celebrate every catch like a jackass because I've apparently never had one before" Washington to hold Deshea Townsend like a 12-year-old at a middle school dance during a Willis McGahee touchdown run. But he did it.

    And there was no reason for ONiel Cousins to go all WWE on LaMarr Woodley right in front of an official five seconds after Joe Flacco had released the football to draw a penalty that moved the Ravens out of field goal range. But, again, he did it.

    They were stupid penalties by what is apparently, a stupid team.

    But they seem to be the norm for the Ravens, who have been penalized 110 times this season compared to just 83 for their opponents.

    All you need to know about how those things are treated on that team is that when Haloti Ngata who is a great player was penalized 15 yards in the third quarter for a late hit on a punt that moved the Ravens back to their own 35 instead of getting the ball at the 50, he was all smiles and getting props from his teammates on the bench.

    That said, the Ravens are likely going to the playoffs and the Steelers aren't. That's what losing games to the likes of the Browns, Raiders and Chiefs will do.

    The Ravens traditionally beat up on weak teams and lose to the better ones. That hasn't changed this season, which is why they'll probably beat up on the Raiders next week to clinch a spot in the postseason.

    Indianapolis head coach Jim Caldwell probably got himself taken off some Christmas card lists Sunday with his decision to bench his starters most notably Peyton Manning with just a 15-10 lead against the Jets.

    I'm sure Steelers fans are ticked off by that decision, but I refer back to the aforementioned losses to Cleveland, Kansas City and Oakland.

    Rashard Mendenhall has great talent. What he does not seem to have is great vision. And that spin move is something this coaching staff has to spend the offseason getting him to take out of his bag of tricks.

    That stuff might work in high school. It might work in college. But all it's going to do in the NFL is get you tackled - if you don't fumble.

    Willie Parker is showing he still has something left in the tank. He came very close to breaking free for long touchdown on one of his only two carries.

    Pittsburgh's run defense has now given up 171 yards rushing to the Browns and 175 to the Ravens in their past three games. The Steelers only gave up 60 yards rushing to Green Bay, but that was more because the Packers only ran the ball 12 times.

    There's more to that than this team just missing Aaron Smith and Troy Polamalu.

    The defense is so concerned about getting burned through the air that it is giving up yards on the ground in bunches.

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    It would be nice if a guy like Lolley wrote for one of the big media outlets in Pittsburgh. guys like him often get buried or relegated to us internet folks, but brings more in one of his blog articles than Ron cook has brought in 15 years writing for the PG

    Good to see him bring up the run defense because it is concerning and it's not just missing Aaron Smith who they've been missing for most of the season. You have to go beyond total yards rushing because some teams have ditched the run to beat up on our weak *** secondary... you have to look at the YPC averages in recent games..

    Baltimore - 4.6
    Green Bay - 5.0
    Cleveland - 4.6
    Oakland - 3.9
    Baltimore - 4.6

    The first meeting against Baltimore is about right when the defense started to get gashed in the run game. Not sure why exactly.

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    Default Re: Lolley: Post-Baltimore thoughts

    The ratbirds are a stupid team and will be one and done in the playoffs.
    I am not sure great vision is a requirement when 90% of all running plays are called to go right up into the teeth of the defense. What ever happened to running outside once in awhile? Tosses and sweeps still work in todays game. Please Mendy, utilize the spin move a little less. It should be one of many moves in your arsenal, not the one and only.
    Other than that, you've had a good year.
    The defense is a victim of old age. They are wearing down and are in need of a serious youth movement. This needs to be addressed in the draft. Ziggy Hood gave us a nice preview of what his future could be, in yesterday's game.
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    Default Re: Lolley: Post-Baltimore thoughts

    I'm with Steelreign. That is definitely one questionable thing about Lolley's article... Mendenhall's "vision". I think his vision is decent, not a whole hell of a lot you can do when you are called to run the ball up the middle most of the times. He's spinning and what not to try and avoid tackles and get the most out of what he can. I've got no problem with the spin moves, I have more of a problem with the run plays being called and when they are being called

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    We need a new offensive line for Mendenhall to be fully utilized. Until then, our new OC needs to find lots of ways to get him out in the open for short passes to utilize his skills. Running right at Ray Lewis isn't exactly the way to showcase a RB's skills. Just ask Willie Parker how that worked out last AFCCG.

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    Default Re: Lolley: Post-Baltimore thoughts

    Mendy needs a fullback.

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    Default Re: Lolley: Post-Baltimore thoughts

    What's a fullback?

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    Default Re: Lolley: Post-Baltimore thoughts

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    Mendy needs a fullback.
    Mendy needs to quit jitter bugging when he hits the line or hole. Knew them dance lessons he took were ****ed up.

    Hit the hole and fall for 2 instead of changing direction and losing 2.

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