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This article on ESPN about the Ravens should be read by everybody in FB today who is over a position/defense/offense/team.

BALTIMORE -- Just like last year, the Ravens have rolled out to a 4-1 start. But let's make it clear: This Baltimore team isn't like the one last year.

The 2011 Ravens are aggressive. They're fearless. And, as linebacker Ray Lewis puts it, they're ticked off.

Baltimore's 29-14 victory over the Houston Texans is further evidence that the Ravens have found that second-half knockout blow. The Ravens just don't beat teams this year. They finish them.

Joe Flacco was in attack mode, constantly looking to hit the deep throw. Ray Rice broke tackles and made the Texans look tired. And the defense dug in for the fourth quarter, shutting out Houston for the final 22 1/2 minutes.

"To have to come out and really win the fourth quarter in that kind of fashion is a huge statement," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said.

The Ravens have done this all season, outscoring teams 26-6 in the fourth quarter. It's a major turnaround from last year, when that was the soft spot for Harbaugh's team.

A year ago, Baltimore surrendered nine leads in the fourth quarter, including three that were double-digit ones. The Ravens allowed 119 points in the final quarter last season, the second-most in team history.

The reason why the Ravens struggled to finish off teams in 2010 was their conservative style. The offense went into a shut-down mode, and the defense went into a prevent one.

No one can describe the Ravens as going into cruise control. After Baltimore fell behind 14-13 midway through the third quarter, Flacco found rookie Torrey Smith for passes of 19 and 51 yards on back-to-back plays. That led to a Billy Cundiff 25-yard field goal, putting the Ravens back up 16-14.

The Ravens could've played it safe after turning the ball over twice already (Flacco had a fumble and interception), but they didn't. The next time the offense got onto the field, Flacco's first pass was a perfectly thrown 56-yard pass that went beyond the reach of cornerback Johnathan Joseph and into the hands of Anquan Boldin. That turned into another field goal as the Ravens extended the margin to 19-14 early in the fourth quarter.

None of the Ravens would say it, but Baltimore didn't take those shots last year. It wasn't easy to call them in this game, either. Flacco took some staggering hits and the deep throws only exposed him more. He had to look at the stadium's video screen to see if he completed the long pass to Boldin because the Texans had dropped him to the ground.

Still, there's no reward without a little risk, right?

"We're not trying to hang on to win games," Flacco said. "We're going after it. We're saying: 'This is how we're going to win football games.' We're going to continue to attack teams and try to put points on the board to make it not a close game. I think at times, we can rely on our defense a little bit and try to let them close out games. I think the main thing to do in this league is put teams away when you can. That has to be done offensively. So, that's where our mindset is."

The change in the way the Ravens finish games comes from the fact that the Ravens are willing to change.

On the final play of the third quarter, Rice was stopped for a 5-yard loss on first-and-goal from the 10-yard line. Rice went to running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery and asked to switch the outside runs to more inside ones. They both talked to offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who altered the running strategy in the fourth quarter.

After managing 39 yards through the first three quarters, Rice produced 62 yards in the last one on eight carries (7.8 yards per attempt). His 27-yard run in the fourth quarter set up the clinching touchdown.

"There were times when we could have blinked," said Rice, who finished with 101 yards rushing and 60 yards receiving. "We are poised, and the difference is you have guys growing up."

In the press conference to introduce Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator, he was asked what he needed to do to make this a Super Bowl defense. His response was improve during "crunch time."

The Texans moved the ball up and down the field on the Ravens in the first half, converting five of 10 third-down chances. In the second half, when it became "crunch time," Baltimore stopped Houston on five of six third downs.

The Ravens made some subtle changes on their blitzes and coverages when it became apparent that Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was going with quick-hitting passes.

"It was a little frustrating but nobody said things," linebacker Jarret Johnson said. "In my opinion, the quality of a good coordinator is his halftime adjustments. Chuck came in and we narrowed it down. So, Chuck did a good job with our second-half adjustments and it paid off."

How much did it pay off? The Ravens' defense held Houston to 21 total yards on the final three possessions.

Baltimore's drive to put away teams is the result of what happened the last time the Ravens saw the Texans. Last December, the Ravens allowed Houston to score the final 21 points in regulation to send the game into overtime. Baltimore eventually won, but the lesson wasn't lost.

Ray Lewis said the players didn't review the game tape of that game because "it was just a lot of things that we didn't like seeing on film."

Said Lewis: "We took it personal coming out this week."

This wasn't as easy of a victory as many expected. The Texans were without their top two players in wide receiver Andre Johnson and linebacker Mario Williams.

But in some ways, the Ravens enjoyed the sweat. It was the second time they trailed in the second half this season and the first at home.

"This is the kind of game that we needed," Rice said. "We needed to be in a good fight against a good team."

It's these types of games where the Ravens can find their knockout punch.

Notice: John Harbaugh wasn't the one who did anything. The players went to their position coach/coordinators and made it happen. The OC was willing to listen to the player and make the change. The DC saw what was going on and adjusted to it. Difference between 5-1 and 3-3

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This article on ESPN about the Ravens should be read by everybody in FB today who is over a position/defense/offense/team.

Notice: John Harbaugh wasn't the one who did anything. The players went to their position coach/coordinators and made it happen. The OC was willing to listen to the player and make the change. The DC saw what was going on and adjusted to it. Difference between 5-1 and 3-3

Great article and it articulates the reasons why the Falcons' offensive and defensive philosophies are those of a second-rate, mediocre coaching staff. Our coaches aren't bad people. They're just bad coaches. They've settled into a dangerous, losing attitude of "This worked before and even though everybody in the league now has this figured out and can shut us down, we're going to keep doing the same crap anyway." The Falcons are never going to win a Super Bowl with this losing philosophy and these coaches.

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Maybe they have but, MM moreso than BVG, they seem to be a stubborn staff that does it their way or the highway.

Knowing who they have over in baltimore I can believe that the players forced the coordinators to work better. This team though...I don't think our players have enough brass to try the coaches like the Ravens did.

So only three things could have happened

1. They like what they do

2. They are too scared to give their opinion on how things are ran.

3. they did but they let MM or BVG punk them into submission.

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Knowing who they have over in baltimore I can believe that the players forced the coordinators to work better. This team though...I don't think our players have enough brass to try the coaches like the Ravens did.

So only three things could have happened

1. They like what they do

2. They are too scared to give their opinion on how things are ran.

3. they did but they let MM or BVG punk them into submission.

Or they just don't know any better. They are all young and don't know any other programs and are choir boys that don't challenge the status quo. They just listen to orders.

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If our players haven't went to the coordinators asking for change then that just means they are content with the playing style.

Or... the players know that if they would just execute the plays that are called and not have stupid penalties at the wrong times, this offense will be very good.

And that's EXACTLY what I think the players think.

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Kind of off topic, but I watched that game and Houston should have challenged the 51 yard pass to Torrey Smith. He dropped it as he was falling and it bounced right back to his hands as he landed to make it look like he had it the whole time.

I thought the same thing while looking at the game

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Knowing who they have over in baltimore I can believe that the players forced the coordinators to work better. This team though...I don't think our players have enough brass to try the coaches like the Ravens did.

So only three things could have happened

1. They like what they do

2. They are too scared to give their opinion on how things are ran.

3. they did but they let MM or BVG punk them into submission.

Right......

I picture something like.....

The d-block giving BVG and MM the Hancock treatment.....

...but then MIke Smith comes in and kneels......places his hand on the ground and sends a shockwave through the locker room.....no one can move....or speak....or breath...and even if they could they wouldn't....because Mike Smith is the man.....period....

The reason it worked in Baltimore? Number one reason: Ray Lewis

However, I don't see Abraham rallying the troops against our coordinators...

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Right......

I picture something like.....

The d-block giving BVG and MM the Hancock treatment.....

...but then MIke Smith comes in and kneels......places his hand on the ground and sends a shockwave through the locker room.....no one can move....or speak....or breath...and even if they could they wouldn't....because Mike Smith is the man.....period....

The reason it worked in Baltimore? Number one reason: Ray Lewis

However, I don't see Abraham rallying the troops against our coordinators...

Mike smith is no Goku so I doubt that took place, although I like your imagination lol.

The last two lines in your post pretty much displays a reason why they probably didn't say anything. We don't have any one on this team brolic enough to take a stand. Like Vel said we have nothing but choir boys and the staff built it that way for a reason.

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Great article. Flacco's completion percentage is down because he's being so aggressive with the deep ball, but look at their wins (aside from the NYJ game, because that was won on defense):

35-7 (over PIT)

37-7 (over STL)

29-14 (over HOU)

The stats are suffering but they're consistently blowing teams out. I would love for the Falcons to have that mentality.

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Great article. Flacco's completion percentage is down because he's being so aggressive with the deep ball, but look at their wins (aside from the NYJ game, because that was won on defense):

35-7 (over PIT)

37-7 (over STL)

29-14 (over HOU)

The stats are suffering but they're consistently blowing teams out. I would love for the Falcons to have that mentality.

Yea they are putting in work this year.

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Mike smith is no Goku so I doubt that took place, although I like your imagination lol.

The last two lines in your post pretty much displays a reason why they probably didn't say anything. We don't have any one on this team brolic enough to take a stand. Like Vel said we have nothing but choir boys and the staff built it that way for a reason.

Mike Smith is the original super saiyin man!! lol

No seriously....you have a point...

I think the discipline on our team stems from the coaches..

On the Ravens side I think it stems from the players...

I think we should take the opportunity in some of these upcoming games to "see what our receivers can REALLY do......if Matt Ryan is up to the task that is. On my team....if you run your mouth on twitter and the media..then you d@mn well better back it up. I think we need a disciplined leader in our locker room like a Ray Lewis. Somebodies gotta step up..not just to the coaches but to the entire team...and say LOOK "This is what we've been doing...it aint working..."

"This is what we need to do and we're going to do it....."

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Mike Smith is the original super saiyin man!! lol

No seriously....you have a point...

I think the discipline on our team stems from the coaches..

On the Ravens side I think it stems from the players...

I think we should take the opportunity in some of these upcoming games to "see what our receivers can REALLY do......if Matt Ryan is up to the task that is. On my team....if you run your mouth on twitter and the media..then you d@mn well better back it up. I think we need a disciplined leader in our locker room like a Ray Lewis. Somebodies gotta step up..not just to the coaches but to the entire team...and say LOOK "This is what we've been doing...it aint working..."

"This is what we need to do and we're going to do it....."

I would love that too but we don't have anyone of that kind of nature on this team right now. This team is not as young as some would like to say but we are down there in age. We really don't have that veteran leadership you see from teams like the Jets, Ravens, Packers, ect. Like what was said earlier they drafted guys in that are followers and not leaders so they won't question authority that much. Maybe that's why you won't see many people that are vocal about the schemes coming from out of the locker room.

To your point about the receivers...we tried that the first 5 games and we are playing catchup because of it. We can try and experiment against the Jags and Colts but other than that we need to get a win by any means necessary. No more shenanigans.

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I would love to see the Falcons be aggressive but there is one thing no one has mentioned and that is the Ravens defense. It said Flacco threw a pic and fumbled. If Ryan does that I bet that turns into opponent points but the Ravens probably stop the opponent. I did not watch the game so I cannot comment. It is just easier to be aggressive knowing that if you screw up your D will get the ball back

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I would love to see the Falcons be aggressive but there is one thing no one has mentioned and that is the Ravens defense. It said Flacco threw a pic and fumbled. If Ryan does that I bet that turns into opponent points but the Ravens probably stop the opponent. I did not watch the game so I cannot comment. It is just easier to be aggressive knowing that if you screw up your D will get the ball back

To a certain extent but the Saints' defense is not all that good, neither is Carolina yet they still are very aggressive offenses. It's 50/50 or 60/40 between coaching and the quarterback why they are so conservative.

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