Report card

September 18, 2000|By Mike Preston

Quarterback -- D -- Rain plus Tony Banks equals fumbles. Banks never got into a rhythm in this game. If he is going to take his game to another level, he has to be more consistent from game to game instead of from half to half.

Offensive line -- D+ -- The Ravens had 118 yards rushing, but most of that came from running back Jamal Lewis (nine carries, 76 yards), who had 45 yards on one run. Other than that, the group was just as ineffective as the receivers and Banks were.

Running backs -- B -- Lewis played well and showed his versatility by being able to turn the corner for a couple of big runs. The team also got decent efforts from fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo and running back Priest Holmes.

Receivers -- C- -- The Ravens didn't try to make much happen downfield and were content with short- to mid-range passes. There was poor route running and play selection inside the red zone. Neither Travis Taylor nor Patrick Johnson played a major part in the offense. Tight end Shannon Sharpe had five receptions for 56 yards.

Defensive line -- D -- The linemen may have been reading their press clippings. They got pushed around by Miami, and everyone at Pro Player Stadium knew the Dolphins had to run the ball. It wasn't a great day for tackles Tony Siragusa and Sam Adams.

Linebackers -- D -- Middle linebacker Ray Lewis was a step slow most of the night and has yet to play a quality game on the road. Strong-side linebacker Peter Boulware is a great rusher, but he misses a lot of open-field tackles on running plays. The only one who gave a stellar effort was weak-side linebacker Jamie Sharper.

Secondary -- C- -- Strong safety Kim Herring played well and was outstanding against the run, but cornerbacks Duane Starks and Chris McAlister looked lost at times. If the Ravens are going to gamble with the blitz, they have to get better play from their cornerbacks, including nickel back Robert Bailey. Anybody seen free safety Rod Woodson yet this year?

Special teams -- C- -- The Ravens allowed one long punt return of 31 yards that led to a field goal and had one field goal blocked. Brock Marion also returned a kickoff 29 yards. The Ravens lost in special teams play, too, which made it a clean sweep across the board along with offense and defense.

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