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October 18, 2009

Ravens: That's going to leave a mark

Well, if that wasn't the most heartbreaking regular-season loss in recent Ravens history, you'll have to tell me what is.

Steve Hauschka misses a potential game-winning field goal -- which would have made this a victory for the ages -- and now the Ravens have to go home and think about that for the next two weeks.

Unbelieveable game.

Unbelieveable finish.

Joe Flacco showed he is destined for greatness, but the Ravens may not be if they don't get their defensive issues figured out before the Denver Broncos get to M&T Bank Stadium on Nov.1.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 4:19 PM | | Comments (77)
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well at least we all still have our health...

holy crap.

Stover makes that kick

Pete they played there hearts out in the end you just can't miss that field goal.That kick can mentally end there season.Our defense backs have to be the worlds worse.We made some terrible decisions concerning players in the off season and they have all come back to haunt us.

A lot of heart today.. And a LOT of season left!

Stover makes that kick, no doubt. Hauschka should be cut. Bring someone in with the balls to get the job done. Absolutely pathetic.

CUT FOXWORTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice Job ,,Walker and Houskia ,, OZZIE your off season SUCKED ,, you have Garbage CB's and kicker the Chokes ,, way to spend your money and make this team WORSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

why is frank walker allowed to go anywhere near the field during the final 2 minutes of the game?

Talk about 180 degrees! The Ravens have gone from great defense/no offense to great offense/no defense in 2 years. Almost no pass rush and a horrible secondary. Ed Reed and the 7 dwarfs. Walker has got to go! Pass Interference is not pass defense!

Pete--Heidi struck again in New Jersey moments ago. Watching this wild game all the way on CBS, locally the network cut away to the Jets-Bills game as McClain was in mid run on the final kickoff return.

I switched to the computer and nlf.com only to have the "transferring data" freeze kick in.

Then, I get to see the final on the tv screen roll and hear Dick Enberg tell me what a fine comeback the Ravens had in defeat.

Makes me every bit as happy as watching Mike Carey tell me that even though two officials fired flags on the field for blocking in the back, "there was no penalty on the play."

Did I expect Hauschka to make a 44-yard field goal? Yes.

Tough, tough, loss.

Hauschka looked nervous or anxious right before the Vikings called the timeout. It looked like he was anxious, after he moved a hlaf step before the ball was even snapped. He's got to know his time is coming and be ready for it, especially given the fact he's filling Stover's shoes (shoe).

Look at the schedule folks. Where do you see seven more wins? Unless they go 11-5 no playoffs this year. The secondary just stinks.

That is exactly why you keep Matt Stover! Harbaugh, Rosburg, and Ozzie are all responsible for this loss. They didn't want to use up a roster spot. You should have given Stover Frank Walker's roster spot. Time for someone to be fired!

People can defend Hauschka all they want, HE CHOKED!!!

Karma is a bitch. Matt Stover gets signed by the Colts and his replacement shows he can't cut it.

MAKE THE FIELD GOAL.

Looked to me like the snap was off and that threw Steve's rythm off,too.#41 should have been playing behind of his man and he stepped up into it bigtime.Once again the D can't finish the game-from the 20 yard line!?

Has the NFL trading deadline passed? Please, trade one of our LBs and a 2 or 3 round pick for a DB. This is killing us.

BTW - Stover makes that kick!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James

Oh, and one last word: how is it even conceivable that Frank Walker is on the roster of the Baltimore Ravens?

His "coverage" over the past few seasons has been so pathetic that one would believe that he had ties to the opponent. Yes, he is so close to the opponent that he makes sure he has a strong hold on the receiver's jersey on any route run against him.

Really. Does Frank know that there are not only officials on the field but cameras covering the action?

Why are we putting up with this?

What a waste of an excellent comeback.

You suck Hauschka.

It's not just Stover they should have kept, they should have dumped Suggs and kept Scott and Leonard. Suggs was invisible all day.I still don't think he's in playing shape and probably stays out all night partying.Bitter ass loss.

Fan since 1996. They had to replace Stover eventually - the way I see it - this is karmic payback for the bs move of making mattison DC when others deserved it more.

Get rid of Mattison TODAY.

First off I will preface my comment by saying I have said negative things about the Ravens in the past, but I will admit this team didn't give up and showed a lot of heart. That said, if Frank Walker is still on the Ravens come November 1, he must be paying someone off. Don't place all the blame on Haushka. If the idiot Frank Walker didn't get called not once but twice for a stupid penalty (just like last week against the Bengals) the Ravens win the game. It's a shame for a team to fight back this hard in a very hostile atmosphere only to have yet another in a long line of bone headed plays by Walker ruin it. Also Chris Carr needs to go too. Foxworth is mediocre at best, as is Fabian Washington. Kudos to Ladarius Webb, who should be playing instead of Walker now, and also to Tavares Gooden for not giving up and bringing Adrian Peterson down, saving a TD.

As much as I am crushed by this loss, I don;t think Stover would have made that 44 yd kick. He was great at less than 40 yrds. That said, I can;t believe we lost that game. We showed so much heart in the 2nd half.

As much as I am crushed by this loss, I don;t think Stover would have made that 44 yd kick. He was great at less than 40 yrds. That said, I can;t believe we lost that game. We showed so much heart in the 2nd half.

John... Scott and Leonard sure looked great getting run over by the gimmick wildcat last week. Scott hasn't done squat since his hit on Roerthgnersgher

Scott got OVERPAID.

It wasn't Foxworth's fault, it was Landry, Walker, Washington and Carr. I barely noticed Fox today

It is also possible that Stover misses that FG out of a bad snap too.

Another thing, isn't it GREAT to see the DannySnyder's lose to the KC Chiefs? *LMAO@DannyBoy* No doubt Zorn will be canned, but that "team" will never win again as long as little Danny runs the team.

why did we shut it down and go ultra conservative at the end knowing we had a new guy kicking FG's???? We should have upped the tempo and got at least one more try to get it closer.

What a shame to waste the talents of Ray Rice and Joe Flacco.

Big plays on first down by the Vikes each time they touched the ball killed us

Mattison is absolutely, 100% clueless as an NFL defensive coordinator. The defense is NEVER in the right coverage and it NEVER blitzes at the right times. It's a damning indictment on the decision making of Harbaugh who hired Greg Mattison, a career college coach, to be the Baltimore Ravens D coordinator. And Harbaugh then decides that Matt Stover is not worth a roster spot, when he has clowns like Chris Carr, Frank Walker, and LJ Smith active on game day. Awful

guess no one else noticed the bad snap on the FG attempt. Katula almost went wide right himself. he's been a mess this year

why did we shut it down and go ultra conservative at the end knowing we had a new guy kicking FG's???? We should have upped the tempo and got at least one more try to get it closer.

What a shame to waste the talents of Ray Rice and Joe Flacco.

Big plays on first down by the Vikes each time they touched the ball killed us

Posted by: SHAMROCK

....Scott hasn't done squat since his hit on Roerthgnersgher

_______________________

Who??? I'd like to buy a vowel please....

There's no pass rush because we can't afford to blitz a linebacker with our secondary. Landry has lost one or two steps, and both Foxworth and Walker are overmatched.

Walker was beat, but why did we have only a 3 man rush on that play? Where was the safety? When it counted, the series before, they blitzed twice. If you are going to let Favre beat you, he will. Yes, H choked, but it also should have been closer. It's harder the choke the less you have to think about it.

There's no pass rush because we can't afford to blitz a linebacker with our secondary. Landry has lost one or two steps, and both Foxworth and Walker are overmatched.

Other teams watching this game have an insta-gameplan: Throw it anywhere Ed Reed ain't (or better, anywhere Frank Walker is)..

Our pass defense is a joke. I'm not sure Stover would have made that kick either but it should not have come down to that. I don't understand why Frank Walker is even be in this league. On the plus side, we may have found our kick returner (Ladarious Webb). Maybe he should also be a starting cornerback.

I agree they have roster spots on this team that need the filled with players that can make a contribution to closing games. Where`s Paul Kruger ? Theres part of your pass rush solved. And Webb can certainly cover better than Walker. The Defense is losing these games and don`t see any way they win the eight more to get a playoff spot. See you next year folks.

Frank Walker couldn't start for a JV team...hell they may ask him to leave the Powder Puff game at a girls school.

I agree they have roster spots on this team that need the filled with players that can make a contribution to closing games. Where`s Paul Kruger ? Theres part of your pass rush solved. And Webb can certainly cover better than Walker. The Defense is losing these games and don`t see any way they win the eight more to get a playoff spot. See you next year folks.

All,

C-Mac is somewhere LHFAO!!!!!!!!!!!

He may have looked bad against the Colts last season, but he did not get burned nowhere near as much as the corners we have now. He was our shutdown corner.

Yeah, we have an offense. But our defense has reverted back to 1996-97 levels.

Your move Harbaugh/Newsome..............

Pete...

Do you think Stover makes that kick? Do you think Stover is going to win for Indy when they play us?

Do you think our secondary would be better letting some rookies like Webb or even let some WR's take a stab at it? Too many wide open WR's...and when they are covering properly...they are physically outmatched - EVERYTIME.

I hate to keep adding comments on your blog about the Ravens losing. If they start winning, maybe they would be more positive.

Nice comeback though. The offense finally pulled through after sleepwalking the entire first half (almost).

wheeloffortune... what do you know about spelling? are you saying i cant spell Roetfghsserbergder???

I bet Stover Scott Landry Brown Stover again and Brandon Marshall can spell Roesthlishgjbgebjjr!!!!! Fire Ozzie!!! Fire Harbs!!!!

hahaha!

Oh well, at least I have a warm bowl of Buffalo Chicken dip to finish while all the haters are on suicide watch.

To TheReaper - do you really think Stover is going to matter when we play the Colts? With our lack of pass rush and porous secondary, Peyton Manning will have another field day, rendering Matt Stover meaningless except for the extra points he tacks on after each Indy touchdown.

Inside a dome, with no wind effect, Stover would have made that kick. No doubt about it. I don't care how old he is, he makes that kick.

Nice comeback, but how about showing up to play the whole game? There should be no excuse for not making a trade this week to get secondary help. Frank Walker is the NFL's red-headed step child.


The Ravens lose because of a porous pass defense.
The Terps lose because they can't hold onto
the ball.
My cousin's Utah State team blows a 4th quarter lead to Nevada-Reno. (I was there)

Does anybody know how Poly did on Friday? I need to salvage my football weekend.

What corners are available for a possible trade?

I'd bundle McGahee, LJ Smith and at least one other lesser player and/or draft pick for a SERVICEABLE cornerback...

Frank Walker is awful. I can't believe I am desperate for Samari Rolle to return, but at this point I'd say I am.

Hope Ravens fans will admit how undisciplined and disorganized the defense looks. Can't blame THAT on the refs.

Now for the understatement of the year (so far). The Ravens are not who we thought/hoped they were. Seems they are only good enough to lose winnable games against good teams. The secondary is even worse than suspected. The schedule has plenty of tough games left. Realistically assuming they'll lose a couple of them leaves them out of the playoffs.

We were all hoping the Ravens would be some catharsis for the AAA Orioles. Sigh.

Walker and Hauschka need to go. Stover would HAVE made that kick. Need to get something going in the 1st, 2nd or even 3rd qtr and stop trying to make it all happen in the 4th. We evidently can't handle the pressure. Flacco and Rice, great future ahead for them!

Bench Foxworth. Cut Walker. Resign McCallister to a 1yr contract and start Ladarius Webb. At least then we'd have some speed in the secondary.

Stover nailed a 44 yarder in hostile Tennessee to put the Ravens in the AFC Championship game on January 14th 2009. Harbs, the Special Teams GURU, tried to show how smart he was by cutting an HOF kicker and keeping a punk who can't even kick off to the end zone. We have another GUR in our midst!!! Special Teams in the bottom third of the league!!! Nice job, Harbs. The Honeymoon's over!!!

our D has always been about the players, not the coach.

What FA CB's are there next year? They need to resign Mason to a back loaded deal, add another WR and make a run for next season. Cut McGahee, draft a fatso bruiser RB, cut Pryce, don't resign Washington or Landry, give Webb more playing time down the stretch and build 2ndary depth.

Their window is two more years. Lewis and Reed will be done in two years

Mattison is in over his head. His rich experience as Harbaugh's dad's golf buddy hasn't proven to be enough to prepare him. He has turned the NFL's proudest defense into a toothless disaster. He needs to be fired. This defense will not play well until he is gone. He cannot get it done.

PLEASE FIRE MATTISON NOW.

And if Ladarius Webb isn't starting at corner in 2 weeks something is very wrong.

FIRE GREG MATTISON FIRE GREG MATTISON FIRE GREG MATTISON

hey guru... Haushka isnt exactly a punk, he has a masters degree.

and being an ST guru you should know that you dont always want to kick it out the back of the endzone.

Shamrock - Not sure how a master's degree helped him miss a field goal in a dome?!? Maybe it's in Philosophy and he can rationalize why he choked and write a thesis on it. He's a punk because he's not ready for the pressure of the game being on the line and Special Teams GURU Harbs thought he was SOOOO smart to release Stover, a guy still able to make CLUTCH kicks. BTW, I know not all kicks are touchbacks, but kickoffs to the 5, 7, and 12 today put our team in the hole, quite often. Add to that the Shank and you have to wonder...Didn't Harbs cut Stover because of his poor kickoffs? Didn't Harbs cut Stover because he couldn't make the the LONG field goals? Maybe Harbs has a Master's too!!!!

Fire Harbaugh!

Hire Jauss as bench coach!

I have no idea how Frank Walker plays cornerback in the NFL. I also can't wait to hear the crap John's going to spoon feed us about the rest of the girls who play corner. Brandon Marshall is going to cook our girl scouts. Besides Ed, Joe, and both Ray's who's playing like a Raven? WE NEED A CORNER AND GREG'S GOTTA GO!!!!

Very disappointing end but that was one hell of a game.

If these Ravens ever figure out how to play defense, they will be unstoppable.

And how about Flacco and R.Rice - incredible!!!

The Ravens have never had these types of weapons and will be in every game because of them.

The sad part is that we had a chance to win every game and could very easily be 6-0.

Because he missed a field goal doesn't make him a punk, you punk. He has a degree in neuroscience, hardly punkish. Maybe we have a different Punk Scale, but when I think of punk, I think of Brandon Merriweather hitting a FIU player with his helmet after a FG attempt.

Stover could barely get the ball to the 20 last year. You don't always want to put it out the back of the endzone (see the play they popped Harvin on the 15 and forced a punt leading to the Rice TD.).

Could be worse, we could have just lost to the Pats 59-0 or Oakland, score not withstanding.

even worse, they could have just lost to the Bills or Chiefs...

Hey SHAMROCK, I think what GURU is saying is that Haushka doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to make these big kicks. Not sure why you keep bringing up his degrees when it really has nothing to do with making a clutch NFL kick. I know a ton of guys with fancy degrees but they couldn't kick a ball 10 feet. What does his degree have to do with kicking winning field goals?

Shamrock - I'll take it back...NOW that I know he has a neuroscience degree, that makes a HUGE difference. I hope that degree helps him to find a job at season's end, because he's not a punk, he's a choker! Yeah, I know touchbacks aren't that important, that's why they keep stats on them!?! Kicking the ball out of the end zone prevents ANY chance of a runback. Do you know anything about football? Also, Hauschka was the kickoff specialist last year, not Stover---look it up. I'm obviously dealing with someone who knows little about football.

Neither SHAMROCK nor GURU know what they're talking about. SHAMROCK talks about neuroscience degrees, as if that means the guy can kick a football, and GURU thinks Haushka kicked off all year, when it was only half the season. But in Guru's defense, if you look at the kicking stats on NFL.com, Haushka's kick-offs resulted in opponents starting on the 22.7 yard line, and the supposed "weak-legged" Stover's average opponents start was the 22.6 YL. AND YOU CAN LOOK THAT UP!!! Basically the same starts on kick-offs and Stover was and is clutch. We don't know about Hauschka

Tell me I'm just kidding myself that the Ravens best defense came when they Blitzed. Tell me I'm just kidding myself that the Ravens should have played the same defense on the last defensive series that they played on the previous one.

I know I'm not kidding myself by stating that any defense that gives Favre 5 seconds to look downfield is going to get burned.

Cards: You're right. I think Haushka came in in early November. I just remember he wasn't exactly nailing them for touchbacks when he came up. Look, all I'm saying is this is a veteran team who should have held onto Stover to make these clutch kicks. Stover NAILED a 44 yarder just last January in Tennessee to propel the Ravens to the AFC Championship. It's akin to a vteran baseball team bringing in a rookie closer...just not smart IMO. Haushka is not a PUNK, he just will not have the stellar career that Stover had and continues to have. I hope he discovers a cure for Alzheimers with his degree, but that won't get the ball through the uprights in the clutch.

and the chicken tastes like wood

Rarely have the Ravens made so many compound mistakes regarding personnel.

1. Mattison. Really? Family buddy coaches college defensive unit, next to zero NFL experience. Poor choice: Harbaugh.

2. Landry. Jim Leonhard was a fan favorite, and now we know why. Poor choice: Ozzy.

3. Foxworthless. Million dollar legs, ten cent head. Poor choice: Ozzy.

4. Hauschka. Still no consistent depth on kickoffs -- isn't that why we kept him? So now, we have the same kickoff problem AND we have no clutch kicking. Poor choice: Harbaugh

5. Kruger. Lack of consistent pass rush when it matters. Where's Kruger? You've got to try something, and this is a talent sitting on the bench. Poor choice: Harbaugh

6. Walker. Why is he even on this team? Poor choice: Harbaugh (for not benching him), Ozzy (for keeping him).

7. Webb. Why is he not playing more at corner? He should be starting over Foxworthless, and Fox should be sent down into Walkers' soon-to-be-vacated nickel back position. DO SOMETHING! Repeating the same mistakes week in and week out is going to result in a wasted season. Continued poor choice: Harbaugh.

8. Piss Poor Tackling. This is a FUNDAMENTAL of football, and should be stressed at every workout, practice, and film session. It was when I played, and I was nowhere near the NFL. Poor choice: Harbaugh (ultimately, Mattison is his responsibility).

have you ever gone over to your friend's house to eat and the food just ain't no good?

The one series where the Ravens blitzed relentlessly worked like a charm including a great sack by Ray... The very next series - and with a stop guaranteeing the win - they call off the blitzes and trust Frank Walker to actually retain INSIDE POSITION and make a play...

What the Hell is Mattison doing? It's clear to me that Walker has blackmail photos of someone on the coaching staff and that's why he's still on the roster.

We finally have the offense we've craved since the team came to town and now the defense is going to blow it. Absolutely maddening.

Look it's easy to blame this loss on the kicker, but the real blame has to fall on ozzie shoulders the personal moves he made in the off season were all terrible, foxworth, carr, birk, lj smith,. Please anybody out there tell me why we weren;t playing a cover 2 defense, there wasn;t a safety within 30 yards of frank walker, you can't leave your corner back out there one on one at the end of the game. Say what you want both our safties are washed up that's right including ed reed. the comment about suggs being out of shape was 100% correct, he looks so overweight it's a joke. You can blame it all you want on the defensive coord, but he doesn't have any players on defense anymore all of them are either to old or over rated. Great job ozzie hanging this team out to dry.End of story.

It was not the kid's fault. The Ravens should never put him in that position, on the road, game on the line, two seconds left, the biggest kick of his life.

It was the nightmare scenario, and goes to John Harbaugh's hubris, ostensibly trying to save a roster spot,

After the dramatic comeback it was , in effect, the biggest letdown in Ravens' history. But it was not the kid's fault.

Oh, and one last thing...

I think it's time that we realize that we are now a PASSING team and that the passing game sets up the run.

Think where we'd be if we hadn't wasted the better part of the last three games trying to prove that we're a running team.

Everyone's complaining about Walker, Hauschka, the defense and yada, yada, yada...
Last time I looked, teams had to play 60 minutes. The Ravens did not do that! If they had, well... perhaps they win.
SKOL Vikings!!!!!

People need to stop letting their anger cloud sound reasoning.

2. Landry. Jim Leonhard was a fan favorite, and now we know why. Poor choice: Ozzy. LEAONARD WOULD HAVE COST THEM A COUPLE MILL PER YEAR. THEY COULDN'T AFFORD HIM. LANDRY IS ONLY A FEW HUNDO A YEAR, AND THEY STILL HAVE ZIPS AND NAKAMURA. HE ISN'T DOING ANYTHING IN NJ THIS YEAR ANYWAY, OTHER THAN GETTING BEAT BY THE WILDCAT.

3. Foxworthless. Million dollar legs, ten cent head. Poor choice: Ozzy. THE ONLY THING HE DID WRONG YESTERDAY WAS TO GET SUCKED ACROSS THE FIELD ON A MOTION MOVE THAT LEFT THE SIDE OPEN FOR APETE TO COUNTER TOO (THE GOODEN RUNDOWN TACKLE) OTHERWISE, IT WAS LANDRY AND WASHINGTON/CARR RUNNING INTO EACH OTHER TWICE THAT COST THEM.

4. Hauschka. Still no consistent depth on kickoffs -- isn't that why we kept him? So now, we have the same kickoff problem AND we have no clutch kicking. Poor choice: Harbaugh NO GAURANTEE STOVER HITS IT, THE SNAP WAS CRAPPY AND AGAIN, YOU DON'T ALWAYS WANT TO KICK IT THRU THE BACK OF THE ENDZONE. WHEN YOU DON'T, YOU CAN'T STOP HARVIN ON THE 15 SETTING UP BAD FIELD POSITION.

Like timely hitting in Baseball, the D needs to come up with timely stops. That killed them vs. Cincy, they stopped Palmer and Benson eventually, but not until they chewed up 5-8 minutes of clock.

I would have been happier losing by 17, but my fantasy team, the Clark Griswold FC liked Flacco's 2 TDs and 180 in the 4th quarter.

Again, when you kick the ball out the back of the endzone you stand ZERO chance of stopping them inside the 20 and ZERO chance of forcing a fumble. Starting Position says less about the kicker as it does the coverage getting down field.

Am I the only person sticking up for the kid? Cut him some slack. Its a team game. I only mention his edcuation as it is evidence he is not a punk. I know a neuroscience degree does not make you a better kicker.

I know quite a few "punks" who have earned college degrees, to include PhD's. Ted Bundy and Bernie Madoff both earned college degrees, does that make them upstanding citizens? Just because a kid earns a degree says nothing of his character, nor his ability to be an NFL kicker.

sorry, I haven't heard of him getting anything like a public intoxication citation, like another teams kicker this past week. He has a good head on his shoulders and keeps quiet. He hasn't exactly had alot of practice this year kicking either unlike Stover in years past, which is a good thing.

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