The last couple of weeks the Ravens offensive and defensive lines have been shaky. It’s important that the offensive line give Flacco the time he needs. Just as important, the Ravens Defense needs to step up their defense against an offensive running game.
Losing Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb this late in the season has put a damper on defense and it is hard to consider replacing them in the middle of the season. So, it is up to the coaches to adjust and make some tough decisions on how to rectify what’s going on. The bye-week right now will give the players some much needed rest. I think there needs to be a gut-check of the coaches because they need to get these guys refocused otherwise we’re in deep trouble.
The fans are going to be asking whether the problem lies with the players or with the coaches. They might even start wondering if we need a new defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator.
In my time, we had a few incidences where we lost key players mid-season. In 1965, we lost Gary Cuozzo and Johnny Unitas. That left us with no standing quarterback. Back then, we only had 40 active players, unlike today where they have 53. The only way to bounce back from losing key team members is for the rest of the team to step up. It’s important that players be able to play multiple positions. I, myself, was listed in the top ten most versatile players because I could play all the positions.
When Cuozzo and Unitas were both hurt, it was up to me to stand up to the challenge and step in as the quarterback. It would never have worked if the team had not adapted. The coaches and the quarterbacks helped coach me through it. It was how they found they could capitalize on me rolling out. I was basically a running-back turned quarterback.