After a game in which the Pittsburgh Steelers abused the Ravens secondary to the tune of six... SIX passing touchdowns, it is clear that the Ravens secondary is the part of this team that will hold them back from achieving much.
Ben Roethlisberger went off for 340 yards and a 67.6 completion percentage after the Ravens pass rush stalled in the second quarter. Lardarius Webb and Chykie Brown were both abused by every receiver the Steelers had and neither looked like they were capable of covering a present with wrapping paper, much less a moving target. The awful play and tackling from the safeties added to the abysmal depth in the cornerback corps and it paints a picture. A picture of fire and brimstone for this team.
The season started badly enough for the Ravens as starting corner Lardarius Webb missed the entire preseason with a vague back injury to only see action during five of the nine Ravens games currently in the books. On Sunday night, the Steelers were clearly unafraid of Webb as they threw at him often enough. The Ravens have had to put two of their cornerbacks on injured reserve, leaving the team with four corners on the roster and with injuries throughout the backups, it has left the Ravens with only three active cornerbacks on most Sundays. Last week, the Ravens took an even larger hit with Jimmy Smith going down with a foot injury that will keep him out several weeks.
While you would think that with the Ravens top corner being out for several weeks and it's second best corner being either injured or ineffective, they would have more than two other corners on the roster. But here we are... with the Ravens having a total of seven safeties all suiting up, with one of them (Anthony Levine) getting pushed around by the punter after an extra point attempt. Yeah, seriously... he was pushed ten yards by the punter.
This really ends up bringing up a point of interest for me. The Ravens have had chances to bring in a warm body to help this secondary. Either grabbing a recently released corner as we had discussed before, or even trading for one before the deadline. We haven't allowed Arthur Brown to suite up this season, but we allowed Anthony Levine to get pushed around by a punter and we allow Zach Orr get penalties during his five snaps on special teams. One could easily point to some roster mismanagement with the lack of players on the weakest portion of the team. You would figure that the portion of the team that is currently dragging the entire defense and team as a whole down would undergo some much needed revamping by way of just adding in players to help fill the void, yet again, here we are.
The Ravens offense was able to put up 23 points on the Pittsburgh Steelers, all while being harassed and beaten up all game long. With 23 points on this type of game, you just can't give up those types of plays and especially not SIX passing touchdowns and expect to ever win in this league. If the Ravens can't get some help in the secondary, this will not be the last letdown for this team and it won't be the last time we see a quarterback put up historic numbers on this team.
Please Ravens, add someone in the secondary just so I don't wake up the people in my house with strings of obscenities again.