Open Letter to Ed Dickson:
1) When you've been given a 9 route, and you see that your route takes you through the cloud zones of both a linebacker and a safety, you are allowed to make adjustments to your route to get open. You are not a robot.
2) Catch. The. Damn. Ball.
3) When the pass protection breaks down--as it did often Sunday and it has all year--it is your responsibility to come back to the QB. Being the receiver lined up closest to the QB makes it especially important that you break off your route and run back to the passer because you're probably the most convenient option for Flacco. Throwing to the outside may not be an option if that's where he's taking pressure from. He's going to need to be able to step forward and throw. He needs his TE to be there.
Ed Dickson, you have not been there.
Open Letter to Dennis Pitta:
You're obviously the better route-runner, have more chemistry with Flacco, aren't as horrific at blocking, and you catch everything. Am I missing something? Is there some reason you aren't starting that I'm not aware of?
Side note to Cam Cameron:
Cam, glad to see you brought American Express into the game plan in the 2nd half. Those in-game adjustments we've been talking about? That's what we like to see. But it begs the question, why not just start the guy right now? Isn't he obviously the better football player?
And another thing. It's 3rd and long. You put Pitta in the backfield. I like what I'm seeing. Then he stays in to block. Flacco throws deep down the sideline--again. It's incomplete. Again. If you just needed a blocker on that play, is there any reason to put Pitta in at all? Why not Ricky Williams or Vonta Leach? Why not at least have Pitta release after a few seconds to give Flacco a high-percentage option if there's nothing downfield?
And why do you continuously go deep on 2nd and 10 knowing full well how often it has simply resulted in a 3rd and 10?
Open Letter to Lee Evans:
Wow! So that's what you've been capable of this whole time? I'm not sure if I'm angry that it took you this long to make a consequential play or if I'm just happy to have you on board at the right time. You owe us more amazing catches against the Patriots. Your debt is not yet paid.