“Guilty feet have got no rhythm”
So the Baltimore Ravens starting offensive players must have guilty feet, because they just have got no rhythm yet.
Head Coach John Harbaugh was not in a dancing mood after watching his starters face the Atlanta Falcons for one half of preseason football. “That’s about as bad as we can play,” Harbaugh said as he headed for the tunnel. “That’s the worst half of football, I don’t think I can say ever, but I can’t think of one.”
Just as last week’s game was a showcase for the 2nd and 3rd string, this week’s game continued that trend. But while the backups are making headlines winning the games, the starters are struglling.
“You’re calling them struggles. I’m calling them preseason work,” running back Ray Rice said. “If you don’t have things to work on in the preseason, then obviously you’re the greatest team in mankind.
“The good news is, those are things you can correct overnight,” Harbaugh said. “Doesn’t take much to correct those things. But it has to get done if we’re going to be the team that we hope to be.”
The Ravens’ first-team offense has scored just seven points in its first two preseason games – and all of them came on one pass and mostly on the legs of one player, wide receiver Torrey Smith. Baltimore’s starting unit has had nine drives and six first downs in its first two games. It’s compiled 163 total yards in three quarters of play. It’s just not the kind of numbers one expects from the defending Superbowl Champions.
The Ravens struggled with converting on third downs in their first preseason game in Tampa Bay, and had a high rate of drops on catch-able balls.. On Thursday night against Atlanta, the offensive line underperformed – unable to open lanes for the running backs and committing penalties that put it in a hole.
“We were sloppy, and we didn’t run a lot of plays because of that,” quarterback Joe Flacco explained. “You love the one-play touchdown drive, but at the same time it would have been nice to get into a little rhythm and complete some passes and stuff like that. We just never did that tonight. We were just sloppy. We never got into a rhythm,” Flacco said. “We’ve just got to go back to practice, continue to improve, and when we come out here we’ve got to play better.”
Someone needs to tell Joe and the rest of the offense… Guilty Feet have got no rhythm.
Written by: @milroyigglesfan