Harbaugh, Ravens brace for rejuvenated Manning
With less than three minutes left in the first quarter, Torrey Smith ran a post route and blew by Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson.
He had several steps on him, but Smith had to wait for the pass from quarterback Joe Flacco, Wilson recovered and it fell incomplete. It would serve as an example of how his day would go in the 31-28 overtime loss last week as Smith finished with just 1 catch for 21 yards on 3 targets.
The Ravens are on a two-game losing streak heading into Sunday’s game vs. the Denver Broncos.
In a 23-20 loss at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago, Smith was held in check, too. He only had 3 catches for 33 yards in that game.
"Any of the posts that we ran against the Steelers, we get the ball out front and I make jump catch or a tough catch that’s another touchdown. Another few touchdowns,” Smith said. "It’s about reading each other. It’s not just his arm that comes into play or my speed. … The Redskins game I blew past a guy, Joe threw it flat-tooted ….It’s just execution. It’s on us. It’s all execution stuff. We’ve been fine in the past. We’ll get it right. There’s no need to panic."
Maybe not for Smith, but the front office and coach John Harbaugh already have. They fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Monday and installed quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell into that role.
The Ravens' last win, a 16-13 comeback in overtime at the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 25, Smith had just 1 catch for 12 yards in the first half of a game the Ravens had gone scoreless. He finished with 7 catches for 144 yards. He was targeted 10 times in the second half by Flacco.
The hot-and-cold offense, which has slowed down from a no-huddle to a traditional one in recent weeks, hasn't sustained a good rhythm for four quarters in a long time.
"We have the same offense. It’s not much change. That’s been the game every week," Smith said. "There’s games where I might catch the ball across the middle a little more or short stuff and people think. ‘Oh Cam’s doing a great job of getting him the ball.’ Seriously it’s the same stuff. The ball just happens to come my way.
"Is it still executing: You see it when you watch film whether it’s one person missing a block or not finishing a play or not making a throw. It’s on us. We see it on film."