Ravens vs Broncos grades, week 1

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Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Coaching: C

You can’t fault the Ravens for playing undisciplined in this one, as they racked up only 3 penalties for 15 yards.  After a penalty filled preseason (and 2014 season), this much was a welcome change.

Dean Pees did a fantastic job getting his young defense ready for a big challenge against one of the game’s best quarterbacks and some of the top skill players in the NFL.  It was an encouraging and thrilling performance from a scary looking unit.

Marc Trestman’s work, on the other hand, is a massive concern.  You can’t place all the blame on the coach, of course, as none of his players stepped up either.  But when nothing works, do you just go back to the drawing board?

The Ravens have too much talent to say that they can’t get it together moving forward, and the Broncos look to have one of the NFL’s best defenses this season.  We’ll give Trestman a mulligan this week and hope that they can get back on track against a hapless Raiders team next week.

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