It’s been on the calendar for months, but the Ravens’ regular season opener is now in sight, just nine days away. Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh admitted after last week’s preseason loss to
In this final week of the preseason, most of the headlines will revolve around who gets cut and who makes the team – always interesting stuff. But the fringe of the roster will soon recede as a focus, replaced by the starters, the
As always, the talking points are swirling as the season nears, with the chatter so loud at times that I think it might be helpful to divide the issues into two categories – the things that need to happen in the next nine days for the Ravens to be able to put their best foot forward in Denver, and conversely, the things that don’t need to happen so immediately.
For instance, they need
His return appears more and more likely, and he is back at practice and looking good; Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell even called him “explosive” Monday. It’s important. To get the production they want at tight end and bring balance to their offense, the Ravens need him up and running – literally.
They also need
With Peyton Manning on the other side of the line, Webb’s presence would help on opening night, to say the least. But he was circumspect about the chances of that happening last week, and he won’t play Thursday night, so we’ll see.
The Ravens also need to get their punt and kickoff coverage units together in the next nine days. With Brendon Ayanbadejo, Sean Considine and David Reed gone,
Now that we’ve identified some things that need to happen, let’s pinpoint issues that, in my mind, are getting too much play – things that don’t need to happen in the next nine days.
For instance, Flacco does not need to get his act together. Some believe he does because he has thrown four interceptions in the preseason. Please. The preseason doesn’t count. The coaches are tinkering. Flacco is tinkering. He’s the reigning Super Bowl MVP. He already has his act together.
The much-debated wide receiver battle also does not need to get settled in the next nine days. Sure, it will be interesting to see which young guys survive and possibly become part of the mix, but regardless, you can be sure veterans
Oh, and one more thing: The members of the reconfigured defense don’t have to figure out how to play alongside each other in the next nine days.
They already have.