Ravens: What's up with McAlister?
Chris McAlister was conspicuous in his absence for much of yesterday's victory over Miami, which was examined by Mike Preston in his Ravens Insider column in today's paper and on the Web site. So, what does it all mean?
Don't know that you're going to get a straight answer out of coach John Harbaugh this week, but I think just about anyone can read the writing on the locker room wall. McAlister sat for much of the afternoon because he got torched against the Indianapolis Colts last week. He got caught by Peyton Manning biting on pump fakes and first moves and was one of the major reasons the Colts were able to get such a jump on the Ravens in the first quarter.
Harbaugh has no way of knowing for sure whether that was because he's favoring a gimpy knee or trying too hard to make spectacular plays, but he was able to address either possibility by limiting McAlister's playing time yesterday. Chris obviously wasn't happy about it, but that's probably the idea.
It might be too early to tell whether this is a "who's-the-boss" scenario, but I'm impressed with the way Harbaugh has established his authority during his first year as a head coach. He has already shown he'll sit players who have trouble taking care of the ball. Maybe now he's working on the guys who want to be cowboys out there.
Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.