Chykie Brown Defended By Media, Justin Forsett Deserves To Start


Sep 7, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) runs through Baltimore Ravens defensive back Chykie Brown (23) tackle during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Lunchtime Links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption.  Today we find the media coming to the defense of Chykie Brown for his performance on Sunday, why Justin Forsett deserves to start Thursday, and the frustrations of watching Joe Flacco.

Media Comes To Defense Of Chykie Brown

We admit, Chykie Brown is a bit of a punching bag around these parts.  But as most Ravens fans know by now, he is stretched as a starter.  And he is really stretched as a starter defending A.J. Green one-one-one.  But the mainstream media is coming to the defense of Brown Monday morning, which seems a bit odd.

Jon Meoli at the Baltimore Sun says that the 77 yard touchdown Brown gave up to Green (which ultimately sealed the loss for the Ravens) put an “unfair spotlight” on him.  John Harbaugh defended his player as well, addressing the play after the game. “It’s a matter of a great player that got a step behind us and made a great play., Harbaugh said.  Chykie got his hand in the air. He was beat by a step, though. He should stay on top there, and he knows that.”

Meanwhile, Jamison Hensley at ESPN comes right out and tells us not to blame Brown for the Raven’s loss (even though he gave up the winning score).  Hensley points out that Brown held up OK outside of that play, and places blame on the offense for not holding up their end of the bargain.

The Ravens should have never left Brown alone covering Green deep, plain and simple.  But then again, he should have never started this game either.  The team’s confidence in him, despite his penchant for consistently giving up big plays, is puzzling.  And Jimmy Smith should have played shadow coverage the entire game on Green.  Why wouldn’t you put your best corner on the opposing team’s best wide receiver?

“Frustrating” Joe Flacco and Steve Smith Admit Faults

Steve Smith told the media that the team “played terrible” following Sunday’s loss, and Joe Flacco admitted that the Ravens played “about as bad as you can.”  And Jamison Hensley doesn’t pull any punches either as he calls Flacco “the most frustrating quarterback in the NFL.”

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We admit, it was tough to watch Sunday’s loss.  But the most frustrating quarterback in the NFL?  I think that New York Giants fans (a la Eli Manning) or Cowboys fans (Tony Romo) might have something to say about that.  It was a poor performance by Flacco, no doubt.  But it could be worse.  Let’s not overreact here.

John Harbaugh Explains Bernard Pierce Benching, Justin Forsett Deserves To Start

Bernard Pierce watched from the sidelines as Justin Forsett dominated carries in Gary Kubiak’s offense to the tune of 6.4 yards per carry Sunday.  Pierce just so happened to become a spectator following his lost fumble, which John Harbaugh admitted was the reason behind his benching.

“Being a running back in this league, if you’re trying to stay in this league, you can’t fumble the ball,’” Pierce said about his post game conversation with Harbaugh. “And I agree with him 100 percent.” 

“We’re not too enamored with fumbles,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not what we’re looking for from our running backs.”

Jamison Hensley at ESPN believes that Justin Forsett has earned the right to start, and we agree.  It may be a bit premature to give up on Pierce completely, but now that the team is 0-1 it would be crazy to ignore the impact Forsett had on Sunday.  He was the best offensive player on the field for the Ravens, by far.  And if you want to win, you ride the hot hand.