Report card

November 13, 2001|By Mike Preston

Report card

Quarterback F

Elvis Grbac just had a poor performance. He often didn't have time to throw, and when he did, he threw behind receivers most of the night. But the low point was when he tripped while dropping back on a third-and-seven play at the Titans' 33 late in the first quarter, killing a drive. It was another sign that Vinny Testaverde still plays for the Ravens.

Offensive line F

The team has tried Kipp Vickers, Sammy Williams and Erik Williams at right tackle. Who's next, Robin Williams? The Ravens can't knock anybody off the line of scrimmage on running plays, and without effective play-action, they don't match up well for pass blocking. This unit won't improve much until next season when the Ravens can acquire some help.

Running backs D

Jason Brookins runs hard, but he needs to learn to stay inside the tackles because he doesn't have the speed to bounce outside. The Ravens figured that out late in the third quarter. But as a group, no one in the unit can pass block. Brookins can't figure it out. Fullback Sam Gash is lost and Obafemi Ayanbadejo had given up four sacks in two straight games before allowing one last night.

Receivers C

Qadry Ismail continues to bail out the offense. His 57-yard touchdown reception on a short pass in the third quarter gave the Ravens much-needed momentum. But after Ismail, there wasn't much to cheer about. The rest of the group wasn't that involved in the offense, and even usually reliable tight end Shannon Sharpe dropped a possible touchdown pass over the middle.

Defensive line B

Defensive tackle Tony Siragusa had two sacks. Unbelievable. Overall, the team got strong efforts inside from Siragusa and fellow tackle Sam Adams, but the unit gave up too much running room off tackle and on the perimeter.

Linebackers B+

Whenever middle linebacker Ray Lewis plays against running back Eddie George, he turns in a good effort, and he gave the Ravens another fine performance last night. Strong-side linebacker Peter Boulware didn't have a great game for statistics, but he brought a lot of pressure from the outside, forcing quarterback Steve McNair out of the pocket.

Secondary C+

Cornerback Duane Starks turned in one of his better games and was in the same ZIP code with the Tennessee receivers. Now, if he could just catch the ball. And while he is taking lessons from the good-hands people, he might drag along safety Rod Woodson and fellow corner Chris McAlister, as the Ravens' defensive backs dropped several possible interceptions.

Special teams B

Jermaine Lewis returned a kickoff 76 yards to set up a Matt Stover field goal in the third quarter. Stover was his reliable self, but punter Kyle Richardson dropped a snap that allowed Tennessee to take over and convert a field goal. Adalius Thomas had an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty that caused the team to lose good field position in the fourth quarter.

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