Baltimore Ravens Need to Get Back to Basics and Eat Humble Pie


Oct 26, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals defeated the Ravens 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Confidence is typically a good thing.  It keeps us motivated and allows us to do things that we may not otherwise be able to do. Like overcome big obstacles, beat tremendous odds, or keep moving forward when the chips are down.  There is such a thing as being too confident, of course.  There is a point when we get cocky.

Which is fine when you can back it up.  History is littered with trash talkers, big egos, and successful jaw jackers.  Terrell Suggs is one of them.  He has been one of the most prolific pass rushers in the NFL for quite a long time, and he has never been one to hide his feelings or decline to take a verbal shot at his foes.

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This was on full display prior to Sunday night’s game when Sizzle was interviewed by his hated rival and former Steeler Hines Ward.  While Hines continued to flash his trademark smile, Suggs could barely put into words his hatred of all things black and gold.  His fire was on full display.

The Baltimore Ravens, and Terrell Suggs, proceeded to embarrass themselves on the field in perhaps the most undisciplined performance of the John Harbaugh era.  Stupid penalties, fighting, arguing with refs, it was all on display.  14 points given up on turnovers.  A secondary that lost it’s best player missing tackles left and right.

Fundamental football is blocking and tackling.  It is something coaches preach over and over, and good teams execute the basics. Good teams like the Ravens are supposed to be.  Especially under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football, against your biggest rival.  The team, and the coaches, should be embarrassed.

It’s time for the Ravens to huddle up and realize that they have to get back to basics.  If you want to win and embarrass your rivals, the only way to do it is on the field.  Not by shoving guys and losing your composure.  Not by committing stupid penalties and hurting your team just because of your “pride.”

You can hate the other guys as much as you want.  But you are only as good as your last game in the NFL, where things change quickly.  And right now, the Baltimore Ravens just aren’t very good.