Mike Preston's Report Card

October 10, 2006|By MIKE PRESTON | MIKE PRESTON,SUN REPORTER

Quarterback

D

We have come to expect these types of games from Steve McNair. He is erratic and inaccurate most of the game -- and downright lucky that some passes don't get intercepted. A lot of them are low, and the one thrown to Clarence Moore at the end of the first half was unforgivable.

Running backs

C

Jamal Lewis looked slow and hesitant. The coaching staff has to make better decisions and get him off the field on passing situations. Lewis has poor hands. Backups Musa Smith and Mike Anderson hit the holes harder than Lewis and put pep into a lackluster running game.

Offensive line

D

There weren't many holes, and the Ravens couldn't run up the middle behind center Mike Flynn and guards Keydrick Vincent and Jason Brown. Brown started for Edwin Mulitalo, and he looked rusty. There were times that tackles Tony Pashos and Jonathan Ogden were slow.

Receivers

C+

Derrick Mason made a great catch down the right sideline in the first half, and the Ravens tried a number of times to get second-year receiver Mark Clayton some touches. The worst call of the night was the intended fade route to Moore at the end of the half.

Defensive line

B-

The Broncos had success running inside the tackles, even though end Terrell Suggs had one of his better games. The Ravens kept their feet on the back side of runs but had problems at the point of attack. Tackles Haloti Ngata and Kelly Gregg started strong but faded late.

Linebackers

C+

Bart Scott and Adalius Thomas were successful in shutting down the perimeter on Denver's running game. Unfortunately, Scott didn't get much pressure on quarterback, as he has most of the season. Denver was able to get a lot of yardage running inside.

Secondary

C

The Ravens were fortunate that quarterback Jake Plummer had an off night because Denver receivers got behind cornerbacks Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle several times. McAlister broke up several passes but gave up the short touchdown pass to Rod Smith late in the game.

Special teams

C

The Ravens gave up a long punt return to set up one field goal and had problems covering punts, but got several breaks because the Broncos kept getting penalized. Sam Koch kept the Ravens in the game through three quarters before his fourth-quarter 10-yard shank.

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