Problems Don’t Always Equal Excuses:
The offense has three major problems. First, Joe Flacco is playing like a shell of the quarterback he once was. Flacco was never a Tom Brady or a Peyton Manning, but he was a good quarterback that won playoff games. He’s outdueled both Brady and Manning in the NFL playoffs. Flacco just doesn’t seem like himself. His bad habit of throwing off his back foot is getting worse. He once was unflappable, now he seems timid and gun-shy (and I’m not talking about his personality).
Secondly the offensive line is less than ideally performing. Ronnie Stanley missed four games, that did not help. Marshall Yanda, the Ravens rock, has been banged up with a shoulder injury. Alex Lewis got injured in the Thursday Night game against the Browns. Lewis may have been the strongest performer the offensive line has had this season. The depth of the offensive line is not as strong as we thought it would be.
Finally, the Ravens don’t have a dynamic receiver. The Ravens need a player like Antonio Brown, Dez Bryant or Julio Jones. Nobody on the Ravens offense makes defensive coordinators reach for their childhood security blanket. Steve Smith is the Ravens best receiver and he’s 37 years old and coming off a major injury. Kamar Aiken has all but disappeared. Mike Wallace is a big play guy but he can’t do it alone.
These are not excuses however. We gave Trestman the benefit of the doubt. 2015 was a bad year and we afforded the former CFL coach every excuse in the book. Then John Harbaugh fired him. Behind Trestman’s excuses there was an undeniable fact that he was not the right person for the job.