Hey Ravens fans, Joe from Revenge of the Birds here for the weekly "Ask ____" thread. If you guys are worried about what happened last night, don't worry, a visit from the Cardinals will solve all those problems. We did it with the Vikings a couple weeks ago....So what do you guys want to know? I'll give a couple of the basics here before the questioning starts.
Kevin Kolb has been inconsistent, he has missed some throws that he should be making, and Coach Whisenhunt said that his footwork is the problem with some of the off target throws he has had such as when he missed a wide open Rob Housler for what would have been a 39 yard TD against the Steelers. He has also been jittery in the pocket, but having Levi Brown as your left tackle will do that to you.
I've thought all along that it would take Kolb a while to get used to the new offense, I was hoping to see more improvement from him by now but he needs more time. I remember Leinart seeming to have a good understanding of the offense in his rookie year under Dennis Green, but he also said that he was lost during his first year under Whisenhunt and his offense which is supposed to be very complex and he didn't fully understand it until after the season ended.
Daryl Washington has been our best player on defense this year. Extremely fast linebacker, he makes plays all over the field and someday he will be a Pro Bowler.
Beanie Wells will probably miss the game next week with a knee injury that we still don't have the full details on.
Patrick Peterson has been much better in man coverage than zone. If he is lined up man on man he can lock up the receiver and he played well against Mike Wallace on Sunday (Richard Marshall and Rashad Johnson gave up the 95 yarder), in zone he seems to be giving up too much cushion. As he gets more experience, he should only continue to improve.
The biggest issue with the defense is the lack of a pass rush. The run defense has been decent, but Clark Haggans and Joey Porter have not gotten it done at getting to the QB. A lot of us think youngsters O'Brien Schofield and Sam Acho should get the start on Sunday to provide more athleticism and hopefully get pressure on the QB and make things easier for Peterson and A.J. Jefferson (who has been good at the other CB spot).
Anything else you want to know? Ask away. And feel free to post one of these on our blog.