'Ugly display' tars Marchibroda Most fans seem ready to show coach the door

November 02, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

A man wearing a raven costume walked through Ravens stadium yesterday as his namesake team dropped to 2-6 with a 45-19 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"Marchibroda? Nevermore," said the Ellicott City man, who would identify himself only as "The Raven."

Most fans at yesterday's game seemed to feel the same way about coach Ted Marchibroda.

Dave Kleeman of Owings Mills buried his face in his hands after Daimon Shelton's 2-yard touchdown run gave the Jaguars a 28-7 lead. Janice Kraft, a teacher from Glenarm, bit down hard on her left pinkie.

"Ted's out of here after today," Kleeman said.

Said Kraft: "This is unbelievably bad."

Rick Oleszcuk, a computer analyst and season-ticket holder from Glen Burnie, looked dejected after the visitors made it 35-7 on Alvin Whitted's blocked punt return for a score. "This is an ugly display," he said. "We've got a coach who can't make up his mind."

Jeff Samuel of Perry Hall said: "This is the worst display of football I've ever seen in my life. Ted Marchibroda should be fired."

And when Reisterstown's Pat Vasseil-Benton stormed from her seat -- "third row back, 40-yard line" -- her husband, Carl, and son, Carl Jr., were close behind. Donovin Darius had just returned a fumble 83 yards for a 42-7 Ravens deficit.

"Ted Marchibroda should not coach after this game," said Vasseil-Benton, a season-ticket holder. "This is absolutely ridiculous. We're going to get Redskins tickets."

The placards began popping up in the third quarter. One read: "PSL -- Please Stop Losing." Another simply said, "Ted Must Go."

"I hope Ted's out of here after this game," said Randallstown stockbroker Morry Zolet, a season-ticket holder. "These guys need someone with a name who can light a fire under their rear ends."

At least one fan at Ravens stadium wasn't unhappy with the home team's performance -- Mike Shields, a golf course superintendent, who flew in from Jacksonville for the game. His assessment of the Ravens:

"They don't play well together. They don't have the killer instinct. They don't want to win."

Still, taxi driver David Walker of Essex was forgiving.

"I can't speak for everybody, but I think Ted Marchibroda's a great coach. He's got 30 years under his belt," said Walker, standing outside of Pickles Pub restaurant on Camden Street. "I don't believe in my heart that it is the coach's fault that there is a lack of confidence in the team toward him."

But Christine Glass of Columbia put the blame on the coach: "I'm former military, and I look at it this way: It's like a unit, and when it comes right down to it, how the unit performs is a direct reflection and a direct result of the person in charge."

Pub Date: 11/02/98

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