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What? Me Worry?

Much hullabaloo has been made this week regarding supposed controversies among the various Ravens’ position players. Why is Ray Rice not getting as many carries as Willis McGahee? Should Marc Bulger be starting over Joe Flacco? Which linebacker is going to win the honor of lining up next to King Ray? It has all made for high drama and great theater following the Ravens’ 24-3 victory over the Redskins Saturday night at FedEx field. 

At the end of the day though, what does it amount too? Absolutely nothing. Not a gosh darn thing. This is the pre-season folks. It’s going to look sloppy, mistakes will be made, and players will do dumb things (repeatedly). The only people who are served by all of this  doom talk are the members of the media. Writers, sportscasters, prognosticators, etc., make their living by stirring up the pot and drawing in readers. It’s what we do. You know why we do it? Because if we didn’t there would be nothing else to report on. Imagine a paper full of headlines like “Todd Heap only runs three routes in morning practice!!” You all would go nuts. So instead it’s written as “TE Controversy for the Ravens?”

The only real concerns the Ravens have right now is the sloppy play by Ray Rice (fumbles galore) and the way that Donovan McNabb and Chris Cooley took our vaunted linebacker core to the woodshed. The defense looked confused more often than not, and various players seemed to get lost in the static. The only bright moment worth commenting on was Terrell Suggs’ man-handling of the Redskin offensive line. He beat them like they stole his lunch money. But other than that the Ravens look like every other team in football. These four weeks are not about winning or losing, they are about seeing what works, seeing what doesn’t, and coming together. It’s practice folks. That’s it.

Put this in your mind the next time you get antsy over the pre-season. The Detroit Lions in 2008 went 4-0 in their pre-seasons games, utterly dominating their opponents. That season they went on to make NFL history by being the only team of the modern era to lose every game. The Indianapolis Colts by contrast have had one of the worst pre-season records over the last five years and have managed to be one of the best teams in football year in and year out. Without fail. 

So, for those of you out there who may be walking around Owings Mills with signs proclaiming that the “End is Nigh,” take a deep breath, find your center, and try your best to remind yourself that there’s a lot of football left to play. The Ravens have one of the deepest most talented rosters in the NFL. When your biggest competition is the kicker battle, you know you’re team is doing something right.

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One Response to “What? Me Worry?”

  1. Davey Gross says:

    Rice or McGahee. Wow, what a problem to have. 30 other teams wish they had that kind of dilemma. If the secondary can play and Flacco continues to improve, this team can really roll through the NFL.

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