With the “smackdown” being laid on the Baltimore Ravens tonight by the Denver Broncos, the impact of the fallout from Dennis Pitta’s injury is obvious. Those asked to step up failed to do so. Is it time to hit the panic button in Baltimore? Did the Ravens’ failure to keep up with Peyton Manning’s pace speak to production lost by offensive departures from last season and injuries?
This embarrassing loss can be attributed to the offense not being able to sustain drives. Dallas Clark and Ed Dickson are clearly the scapegoats and if I didn’t call them out, then I would be just like them — not doing my job. Billy Bajema has a job — it’s blocking; Clark and Dickson don’t have to do much of the dirty work. They essentially have one job: catch the ball. I can’t even count on one hand the amount of miscues by these two TEs tonight.
There were so many missed third-down conversions that Dickson and Clark dropped, it’s no wonder why the Ravens were decimated by Manning. Everyone knows that the best defense is a good offense. If the Ravens’ offense can’t convert on third down to sustain drives, the defense stays on the field longer and eventually wears down.
It is evident that Flacco prefers to rely on his TEs heavily with the game plan; however, after seeing the lackluster performance of both Dickson and Clark, it is clear that Jim Caldwell needs to go back to the drawing board.
Hopefully, the Ravens practice their 24-hour rule and wipe their memory of this slaughter and start preparing for the Cleveland Browns. The TEs have to step up and produce now, or get out of the way so that Ozzie Newsome can find guys who can.
No need to panic yet, Ravens Nation — we are going to be just fine. Although it was a horrible loss, it was still just one loss. The Ravens are a resilient team. Look for them to bounce back in Week 2.