Mike Preston's Report Card

December 17, 2007|By MIKE PRESTON

QUARTERBACK -- Kyle Boller had a couple of bad throws but was accurate most when he had time to throw. Backup Troy Smith showed poise late in the game but the best quarterback in Miami yesterday was Bob Griese.

B

Offensive line

The Ravens gave up four sacks, and defensive end Jason Taylor took advantage of tackle Marshal Yanda's inexperience. The Ravens were dominant running the ball, but their pass blocking was poor.

C-

Receivers

Devard Darling came up big a couple of times, but he has to hold on to the ball. Derrick Mason and Darling combined for eight catches. The Ravens did a decent job of spreading the ball around.

C+

Running backs

Willis McGahee rushed 29 times for 104 yards. By the middle of the fourth quarter, McGahee and backup Musa Smith were dominating the game.

B

Defensive line

Tackle Kelly Gregg was the most dominant player on the field with 11 tackles. Tackle Dwan Edwards also had a solid game against the run, but the Ravens disappeared inside on Miami's touchdown run in the third quarter

B

Linebackers

The Ravens' linebackers were strong off the edge against the run, and outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and Antwan Barnes forced the quarterback to move a couple of time. Bart Scott has to improve his pass coverage, and the Ravens missed Ray Lewis when he left the game with a finger injury in the third quarter.

B-

Secondary

Lemon threw for 315 yards, and that's with the Ravens' cornerbacks playing 10 yards off the line of scrimmage. Miami worked the entire field against the Ravens, and they made Lemon look like a proven veteran.

D

Special teams

The Ravens controlled Miami return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. but couldn't spring their own returner, Yamon Figurs. Stover kicked three field goals, but one of his attempts was blocked, and he missed the game-winning try in overtime.

C-

Coaching

The staff put the team in position to win, but the Ravens didn't lose because of poor play-calling or clock management. Actually, Billick had the Dolphins on the run late in the game, but the defense failed to make adjustments after halftime.

C+

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