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Friday, December 12, 2014

FRAME-BY-FRAME: Forsett's Forty

Perhaps the best story-in-the-story of the 2014 season is that of Justin Forsett, the halfback that has taken all of our hopes and scored a touchdown with them.  What better moment to illustrate this than his 44-yard run at the height of tension during last week's crucial match in Miami?  And what better play to focus on with this week's FRAME-BY-FRAME.

Friday, December 5, 2014

FACT CHECK: Ravens Secondary is Solid.

This week, I dared traverse the unimaginable.

I went against all reality.

I fought the power....and won?

Instead of just agreeing with the tidal wave of opines that the Ravens' secondary is a self-destructed electromagnetic pulse, flat-lining all energized hopes of future playoff progression, I asked the question: is this truly the fault of the defensive backs?  Is their play really as bad as everyone is automatically spouting right now, or could there be another, more subtle culprit back there?  This week's Fact Check is not on a specific member of the media, but the popular basis being currently reported: the Ravens' DBs are awful.  Let's see if this is true.

Friday, November 7, 2014

FRAME BY FRAME: Tip Drills in Pitt

After an excruciating loss, perhaps the one thing that makes the collective lives of RavensNation miserable is answering the casual skimmer of sports news who only has seen the final score.  We all know that this game was very winnable for the Ravens, who had total control of the game early, and we left a lot of opportunities on the cold turf of Heinz.

I noticed, in the realtime watching of the game, the amount of pop-up balls that were there for the taking for the Ravens defense.  Throughout the game, not just in the early going, Rothlisberger passes were bouncing off receivers and into the air--only to fall unfettered to the ground.  I began to wonder if we would benefit from tip drills in practice, because the players didn't seem to be anticipating these balls and were slow to react.  I have pulled out frames from each of these 7--yes, seven--instances.  Can you imagine what the result would have been had we intercepted Rothlisberger all of these times?  Let's take a look at the opportunities.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Steve Smith Sr.'s Positioning: a Frame-by-Frame study

What IS Offensive Pass Interference?

That's the question in the minds of many a Ravens fan this day.  After that rare call was applied to Steve Smith Sr. in what could have been a blog-inspiring, game-winning touchdown catch, lines were drawn and sides were taken.  Was this a proper call?  Was this a bogus call?  Let's take a look at it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FACT CHECK: Preston, part 2

This is the continuation of my fact check on Mike Preston's post-Cleveland Browns game column, "Despite win over Browns, Ravens defense has big problems."

Please check out the previous post for part 1.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FACT CHECK: Mike Preston's Post-Cleveland Column

I have decided to periodically do a fact-check post on Mike Preston, a writer for the Baltimore Sun who covers the Ravens, as well as others.  I'll focus on Preston, whose tenor seems to be oppositional at best, bent on finding negativity at worst, when it comes to the Ravens. While I understand that his is a column, which by definition suggests opinion, there seems to be no acknowledgement of the opinionated nature of these thoughts, but rather, they are presented as cold, hard, fact.  Let's see how they hold up.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

HINDSIGHT: The 77 Yard Burn--whose fault?

If you're like me, you had a small aneurism when Chykie Brown allowed the 77 yard TD pass to Cincinatti last Sunday.  How could a professional DB, lined up against A.J. Green of all peiople, allow him to get deep with 5 minutes left and the lead?!  What was he THINKING?!?!?  :D

I decided to make that the topic of my Hindsight column this week.  (Don't you love the way I come back from a 1.5 year hiatus sounding like I never left?)  Let's take a look: