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 lost to the Raiders in Week 1, 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, Week 1:
5. LB Patrick Queen
It wasn’t that he played badly, it’s just that the missed tackle when he had Josh Jacobs in the backfield was infuriating and it was a reminder that he’s not going to be able to be the answer against high level tight ends (maybe no one can be but when you’re drafted this early as a middle linebacker, it would be good if you could help).
4. TE Mark Andrews
Ty’Son Williams PROBABLY deserves to make the list because of how the game went but it was his first NFL game and he did enough good things early to avoid it. Andrews has to make that catch in overtime and was a non-factor for much of the game.
3. CB Tavon Young
I know we didn’t like the second penalty because a further ref threw it but I don’t know that it was a bad call. And in general, it was not a good day.
2. QB Lamar Jackson
Obviously he did a number of good things. But he also did a number of things that make you utterly scratch your head. Terrible throws in simple situations (even if he was right to be skittish), an unwillingness to run at times and the critical fumbles.
1. OT Alejandro Villanueva (two slaps)
But at least there was just no way to see this coming.
Kyle’s Slaps to the Helmet, Week 1:
- De’Shon Elliott
He didn’t really do much last night other than miss tackles. I get it, Darren Waller is a tough guy to tackle, but you’ve still got to do it.
- Lamar Jackson
The turnovers were crippling and the missed throws were inexcusable. There was still enough of the good plays to leave him lower on this list than the bad plays would have required.
- Tavon Young
He remains far too handsy when covering downfield.
- Ronnie Stanley
Rust had to be a factor here, but there is no excusing the fact that Lamar Jackson was being assaulted from the right and left side last night.
- Alejandro Villanueva (two slaps)
Just one of the worst performances I’ve seen from a Raven in my life. Further magnifies the insanity of him being the Ravens’ solution.
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