Late For Work 10/8: Mason Loses His Cool

Plus James Walker wonders where the Ravens’ fire went and Mike Preston gives tough grades.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 at 9:06 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Mason Loses His Cool

Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk believes receiver Derrick Mason, “can’t control himself when he thinks he’s been wronged by the refs.”

After catching what could have been a game-changing 46-yard reception in the fourth quarter of the Ravens-Packers matchup, Mason was clearly unhappy with the officials for calling offensive pass interference.  The penalty was compounded when a visibly furious Mason yelled in the face of the side judge who called the penalty.

The two penalties pushed the Ravens into a third-and-32 situation, and after a subsequent punt the Packers scored a quick touchdown, taking a 24-14 lead.

Mason was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for a run-in with an official last month against the Broncos, and got into a spat with head coach John Harbaugh last week against the Steelers.

“It’s time to learn to walk away when he doesn’t like the officials’ calls,” Smith said.

Where’s the Fire?

With their back against the wall and in dire need of a win, the Ravens, now 6-6, showed little urgency in their loss against the Packers, according to ESPN’s James Walker.

“They were expected to play with more urgency on Monday night,” Walker said. “But that wasn’t the case as Baltimore came out extremely flat in the first half. The Ravens have been a slow-starting team all season. Penalties and a pair of turnovers (one fumble, one interception) quickly put the Ravens behind 17-0 at intermission, and that was too much to overcome at Lambeau Field.”

Ed Reed Unpredictable

In his weekly Ravens report card, Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston gave the Ravens’ secondary a D for their performance vs. the Packers Monday night. The unit struggled without the presence of Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed whose absence, according to Preston, was not a surprise.

“With Reed, you never know what to expect, or how much time he will miss,” Preston said. “That goes for practices as well as games. Reed does what he wants to do. He did come out for a warm-up Monday night before team trainers ruled him not ready to play.”

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