Here at Glenn Clark Radio, we always reflect on the Baltimore Ravens game in a more jovial manner. In retrospect, we like to choose five players on the team who — depending on the outcome of the game — deserve a Pat On The Ass or Slap To The Helmet.
The rules are simple: pick two players on defense, two players on offense, and one “wild card” (an offensive player, defensive player, special teamer or coach) who stuck out from the pack.
As you all are surely aware, the Ravens’ season ended in abrupt fashion in the Divisional Round of the playoffs to the Titans, and as a result, we have some Helmet-Slaps to hand out.
They will count down in sequential order before we name the ultimate detriment — Two Slaps To The Helmet. That one player who one single Slap just wouldn’t sit right.
Without further ado:
Glenn’s Slaps to the Helmet:
5. S Earl Thomas
He obviously made a couple of plays. But he also said a few things about stopping Derrick Henry this week only to turn around and get pushed around by Derrick Henry.
4. CB Marlon Humphrey
The touchdown to Khalif Raymond was, in hindsight, more back-breaking than we probably realized in the moment. I have greatly appreciated his honesty after the game however.
3. WR Seth Roberts
His brutal drop in particular really seemed to drastically change how things could have gone the rest of the way.
2. QB Lamar Jackson
He just has to be a better playoff quarterback. Plain and simple.
1. Head Coach John Harbaugh (two slaps)
You just can’t have consecutive totally flat home playoff performances like that and avoid this list.
Kyle’s Slaps to the Helmet…
5. Matt Judon
In a bit of a theme for this week’s Slaps, these players (and coaches) were largely praised throughout the course of the season. He was a no-show for Saturday night.
4. Marlon Humphrey
The touchdown catch was enough to make the list, as we have come to expect better from him.
3. Mark Andrews
Similar explanation as for Judon, amplified by the “drop” that, while not a great throw, could have been caught.
2. Lamar Jackson
Simply played poorly. The gameplan was not in his favor, and the game script got out of hand, but he was off throwing the football for the majority of the game.
1. Greg Roman
The abandonment of the run was inexcusable.