Hey Jamison! Ravens beat reporter answers readers' questions

November 05, 2010|By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun

Hey, Jamison

Given the Ravens' and coach John Harbaugh's interest in Shawne Merriman, doesn't that mean he is NOT excited about the pass rushing abilities of the guys he's got? Why should he be? And isn't that an indictment of, either or both the defensive coordinator, defensive coaches and Ozzie? Your fly-on-the-wall thoughts please; no "CoachJohn-speak".

Richard in Dallas

Hey, Richard

No one can be happy about the Ravens' pass rush. They have the ninth-fewest sacks in the NFL. So, the Ravens should have interest in Merriman — especially at a low-risk deal — or something should be very wrong. It would be like the Orioles not having an interest in adding a clean-up hitter.

There's no way to say how much of an impact rookie Sergio Kindle would have made, but there is certainly a void in rushing the passer. That's why it was surprising that the Ravens traded Antwan Barnes, who has two sacks in three games for the San Diego Chargers. Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said that the Ravens have been getting pressure but need to finish to record the sack. That will be important over the next two months when the Ravens go against quarterbacks like Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Schaub and Drew Brees.

Hey, Jamison

Is the fan's frustrations with Cameron and Mattison misplaced? I like the fact that Harbaugh allows his coordinators to do their job, but dislike the fact that when they are (in my opinion) making decisions that go against our strengths, he does nothing. Knowing that Cameron in particular can go into shutdown mode at times, what are his options as coach?

Rodney in Baltimore

Hey, Rodney

I understand the frustration, but it's hard to justify those feelings when the Ravens are 5-2 and coming off back-to-back playoff seasons. Like it or not, Harbaugh's style has been successful. He isn't calling plays on offense or defense, but he certainly has a say throughout the week and on game days. Harbaugh watches film. He has ideas for both sides of the ball.

Harbaugh isn't shy to voice his opinion in team headquarters or on the sidelines. He understands that he is ultimately responsible in how both units (and also special teams) perform. It's a legitimate argument that the Ravens have played it too safe on offense and defense this season. But here's the result: the Ravens rank 15th in points scored and No. 7 in fewest points allowed. I wouldn't be surprised if both were in the top 10 at the end of the season.



Ravens beat reporter Jamison Hensley will answer readers' questions in Friday's Ravens Weekend section. To submit a question send it to sports@baltsun.com, using "Hey Jamison" in the subject field. Please include your name, where you live and a phone number so we can verify your question.

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