Late For Work 12/7: Jets Got Butts Kicked; Ravens May Profit

Plus Mason drawing praise for speaking up about offense and Big Ben has nose surgery.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at 9:09 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Jets Got Butts Kicked; Ravens May Profit

This may be one of those days that you can temporarily find comfort in someone else’s misery.

The Ravens relinquished a lead they held for nearly 57 minutes to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but if you’re a Ravens fan, maybe you can find solace in the fact that Baltimore didn’t get its "butt kicked" by its divisional arch nemesis.

The boastful New York Jets can’t say the same.

The Jets got crushed 45-3 by the New England Patriots in the second-biggest margin of victory in Monday Night Football history.

"We got our butts kicked," Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan said, via National Football Post. "We got outcoached. We got outplayed. Humiliating? It’s the biggest butt-whipping I’ve ever taken as a coach in my career. I’ll stick my chin out again."

Does that make Sunday’s loss feel better? Eh? Yeah, didn’t think so. Still hurts.

The more tangible good news is that since the Ravens could likely be competing for a wild-card berth (unless the Steelers go on a losing streak) it works in their favor that the Jets were on the losing end of the contest instead of the Pats.

The Ravens lost to the Pats this season, but beat the Jets. So in the event of a wild-card tie with Ryan’s squad, Baltimore would hold the tie-breaker and advantage over New York.

Mason Drawing Praise for Speaking up on Behalf of Players

As I wrote in yesterday’s LFW, receiver Derrick Mason expressed disappointment in the Ravens offense. He believes the unit has exceptional talent, but isn’t producing the results they’re capable of.

Several reporters, like the Baltimore Sun’s Ken Murray, have praised Mason for speaking up.

"I think Derrick is frustrated like everyone else on offense, and I respect him for speaking out when it was not the best of times to address the problem," wrote Murray.  "It’s very, very obvious something is missing with this offense. There are so many playmakers and so little production, you want to scream."

MASN’s Dan Kolko reported that while Mason was the vocal player after the game, he’s not alone in his frustration with the sometimes "ineptitude" of the Baltimore offense.

Even Head Coach John Harbaugh said in his press conference yesterday afternoon that the offense is not "good enough."

"There’s a growing feeling from some players that the Ravens should keep their foot on the pedal and keep trying to be aggressive in the second half of games instead of easing up," wrote Kolko.

Added ESPN’s James Walker, "For the first time this season, I have concerns about the Ravens’ offensive chemistry.

"Two weeks ago, receiver Derrick Mason and quarterback Joe Flacco had a heated exchange on the sideline. On Sunday night, Mason vented again about the offense’s lack of aggression. There’s a lot of frustration coming from the Ravens. Of course, much of that has to do with the fact Baltimore may have let a home playoff game and a first-round bye slip through its fingers. The AFC North blogger predicted in the spring that winning was going to be the biggest factor in keeping everyone happy for the Ravens (8-4)." 

Roethlisberger Has Surgery On Broken Nose

Ben Roethlisberger got a nose job on Monday, reported USA Today.

The Steelers quarterback underwent surgery to repair a broken nose he suffered when defensive tackle Haloti Ngata inadvertently hit Big Ben in the face.

Ngata was fined $15,000 for the hit, but the play was not penalized during the game.

 As such, Walker received fan feedback from Steeler Nation asking if Roethlisberger’s reputation and size works against him.

"I do see evidence that Roethlisberger’s size works against him," Walker wrote. "Listed at 241 pounds, Roethlisberger is comparable in size to most linebackers and may be the hardest quarterback to bring down after contact. As a result, referees have been slower to throw flags when Roethlisberger is hit."

Quick Hits

  • "I was shocked at the difference [the absence of Le'Ron McClain] made [Sunday]. I have new respect for Le’Ron now. There was no running game, and no commitment to run," wrote Murray. [The Baltimore Sun]
  • Why did the Ravens sign fullback Jason McKie, but not play him Sunday night? Murray says the Ravens picked the best guy available and tried to see how quickly he could pick up the offensive system, but he obviously didn’t make a lot of progress. [The Baltimore Sun]
  • RavensInsider: Jameel McClain is making $470,000, so [$40,000 is a] very significant fine, 11.75 percent of his salary. He makes about $27,647 per game check.
  • Steelers receiver Hines Ward said his team’s win "shocked the world" because most predicted a Ravens victory.  [The Baltimore Sun]

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