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’ had a bye week in Week 7, however, that doesn’t mean we won’t dole out some honors/demerits. For this week, we will give our midseason Pats on the Ass and Slaps on the Helmet.
Without further ado:
Glenn’s Pats on the Ass, Midseason:
5. QB Lamar Jackson
No, he hasn’t been 2019 Lamar Jackson. But he’s still been good and a huge part of the reason they haven’t REALLY slipped up this season.
4. WR Hollywood Brown
So I had to choose between he and Mark Andrews for the other offensive spot on my list. I decided to go with Brown because Andrews had a tough time against the Chiefs. But either is a more than acceptable answer.
3. DL Calais Campbell
I was between Campbell and Patrick Queen for the other defensive spot and again, don’t think you could go wrong with either. But ultimately I gave the nod to Campbell because in addition to his three sack game, he’s been the exact disruptor we were told he would be.
2. K Justin Tucker
Spending a day watching a lot of non-Ravens football gave me one more reminder of what it is that we have here. Every other team in the NFL is forced to panic when they send their kicker out. This dude just remains the steadiest force at his position in the history of the game.
1. CB Marlon Humphrey (pat on both cheeks)
He’s not just the MVP of the team so far, he should be in serious conversation for Defensive Player of the Year at the moment.
Kyle’s Pats on the Ass, Midseason:
5. Calais Campbell
He has shown that not only does he have some more left in the tank, he can be a truly disruptive force in more ways than one. His pass rushing, pass deflections and run stopping have all been great at various points of the season.
4. Marquise Brown
He has been leaned on so heavily, and despite being the only wideout that Lamar Jackson consistently targets, he still seems to get open more often than not.
3. Lamar Jackson
While he has been nowhere near as prolific as we grew accustomed to in 2019, he has still been good. At times, he has been great. Let’s hope he regains that MVP-level form after the bye.
2. Patrick Queen
He has made an impact from the first game, and he is clearly a very useful piece behind the Ravens monstrous defensive line. Once (if?) everything clicks in coverage, he will be among the game’s best.
1. Marlon Humphrey
Head and shoulders the best player on the field. He does everything at an extremely high level.
Glenn’s Slaps to the Helmet, Midseason
It was tough to find a second defensive player for this list. If Ferguson had come a little bit further in development this season, perhaps they wouldn’t have needed to make the Ngakoue trade. Not that we’re mad about that.
I nearly left him off this list in favor of one of the Offensive Lineman (you’re welcome, Orlando Brown). But ultimately, we can’t ignore that his struggles have been a part of the story. He’s still really good (and literally on the other list too).
There’s real reason to believe that the arrival of Ngakoue could end up kick starting his season though.
While the Ravens finally attempted to commit to the run in the Philadelphia game, the thought process for the season as a whole has remained…somewhere between “strange” and “completely insane.”
There’s no one whose lack of development has really hurt the team more to this point. He’s just not a factor whatsoever. You hope that still changes.
Kyle’s Slaps to the Helmet, Midseason
5. Jaylon Ferguson
While I didn’t expect him to have five sacks by now and have established himself as a high level outside linebacker by now, the Ravens put him in a position where fans had to hope he would. He hasn’t
4. Miles Boykin.
As I’ve repeatedly said, it’s hard for me to draw the line between criticism for not making a difference and acknowledgement of a lack of opportunities to do so. Whatever the real reason, he has not produced despite being on the field almost all the time.
3. Lamar Jackson
He hasn’t been playing MVP-caliber football. He has seemingly taken a step back a bit with some of his accuracy. He has thrown far too many sidearm passes. The Ravens are still 5-1. and they (almost surely) wouldn’t be without Lamar Jackson.
2. Orlando Brown
After losing Marshal Yanda, we were apprehensive but mostly unafraid, due to the combination of an MVP quarterback and bookend offensive tackles. That confidence has eroded slightly in Brown, who has been wildly erratic so far.
1. Matt Judon
Has Matt Judon been bad this year? No. Has he played at a difference-making level? Also no. The Ravens went into the season needing him to be just that. Let’s hope the Ngakoue addition helps him find that form.
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