Report card

October 22, 1999|By Mike Preston

Quarterback

F

After starting four games, Stoney Case has proven that he is no more than just a backup in this league, because opposing teams have figured him out. Two interceptions returned for touchdowns dug too deep of a hole, and coach Brian Billick is 0-for-2 in quarterback projects in Baltimore.

Running backs

C+

Errict Rhett continues to be one of the bright spots on the offense. He ran hard last night, but like most running backs, he is limited without a passing attack to complement him. The Ravens didn't use Priest Holmes, but there was no need to, because Rhett wasn't overused.

Receivers

D-

The team is limited in this area, and Jermaine Lewis is getting manhandled too much at the line of scrimmage. The best receiver is Qadry Ismail, and he might be the third receiver on good teams. Tight ends have a limited role in the offense, and role players like Justin Armour and Brandon Stokley have had limited impact.

Offensive line

F-

This is an average offensive line at best, and pass blocking is not one of its strengths. The group was missing right tackle Harry Swayne because of injury, and left tackle Jonathan Ogden may have played his worst game in a Baltimore uniform.

Defensive line

B

The line controlled the action for most of the game, and tackles Tony Siragusa, Larry Webster, Lional Dalton and Martin Chase played well against the interior of the Kansas City offensive line. Defensive ends Mike McCrary and Rob Burnett were sufficient with the pass rush.

Linebackers

B

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis had 10 tackles, and both outside linebackers performed well against the run. But outside linebackers Peter Boulware and Jamie Sharper had some problems with tight end Tony Gonzalez in pass coverage.

Defensive backs

C

As expected, rookie cornerback Chris McAlister had problems early in the game, but adjusted in the second half. Ditto for fellow cornerback DeRon Jenkins. Neither Andre Rison nor wide receiver Derrick Alexander had a catch in the game.

Special teams

C+

Matt Stover took away a lot of momentum early in the game when he missed a 37-yard field-goal attempt. But the return teams played well, and Jermaine Lewis looked close to breaking two punts. The Ravens still have to do a better job of controlling the other team's gunners on punt returns. Kick returner Corey Harris has been one of the Ravens' best offensive weapons, but the team seldom takes advantage of the field position.

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