Baltimore Ravens Need An Answer to Avoid AFC North Last Place

By Jermaine Lockett
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The Baltimore Ravens are in an unfamiliar spot in the AFC North race right now.  Not since the Brian Billick era have the Ravens felt such embarrassment. All John Harbaugh has known since his inauguration in Baltimore is winnig. How will he respond in the final six games of the season? Does someone need to be fired or cut? Where is the answer Baltimore needs in order to turn this thing around?

Harbaugh has already tried intimidation by releasing a noteworthy player in Michael Huff during the regular season because of his play. He was trying to give his team the impression that they either do their job or they are gone. It’s obvious that tactic did not work. He sent Bryant McKinnie to South Beach to play in the sand and brought in the best player from the arguably the worst team in the league in Eugene Monroe.  What is the next move for the Head Coach? Will firing someone help put this team in the right direction?

Last year when the Offense was not performing to the level Harbaugh was accustomed to, he sent Cam Cameron packing and Jim Caldwell stepped up to get us our second Super Bowl Ring.  Now the Offensive Line is not producing the way it should; they have failed to make holes with the zone blocking scheme Juan Castillo has installed.  Is it time to go for Castillo? Will Harbaugh buck up and cut ties with his longtime friend from their tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles?  In my opinion it’s the right move but only time will tell how long this O-line coach keeps collecting a free check.

The possibility of a below .500 record is looming this season and with two more losses, that will become a reality for the team. Harbaugh has to have some type of answer for the way his team has been losing. It is not like these are blowouts either. All of the losses (not counting week 1) have been within six points. The talent is there, but the drive to finish is not. Harbaugh has a responsibility to restore the clutch mentality to his team. Then again he should be sending the message to his team that they are better than clutch situations because the games they lose should not even be close.  This Sunday he needs to inspire his troops to go into M&T Bank Stadium and send a clear message to the rest of league that we are still in this.

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