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Old 11-18-2012, 01:15 PM   #1
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Default Has the loss of Ravens CB Jimmy Smith been downplayed?

#1 draft pick, supposedly fast as the wind. if nothing else, this can be the equalizer of antonio brown out.

the ravens secondary is missing this guy and ladarius webb. wallace and sanders should have no problem running by their replacements, with the savy vet cotchery covered by their 4-5th cb on the depth chart.

this probably woulda been the game we opened up with ben going deep. tomlin says the gameplan isnt changed much with byron.

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Default Re: Has the loss of Ravens CB Jimmy Smith been downplayed?

No one on that Ravens secondary can run with Wallace, even when Smith and Webb are healthy. If the run game is effective and we can work from play-action, look out.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:49 PM   #3
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Default Re: Has the loss of Ravens CB Jimmy Smith been downplayed?

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tomlin says the gameplan isnt changed much with byron.

Tomlin might be blowing some smoke there

This from Ed.B. of the P-G (who unlike Ron Cook is definitely not missing BA) several days ago

Haley will adjust offense to Leftwich...

Todd Haley said he won't just plug Byron Leftwich into injured Ben Roethlisberger's spot and carry on as usual. The offense will have to adapt to Leftwich rather than the other way around.

"Byron is not Ben, and I think it's very important that we and he understand that," Haley said after practice Thursday. "He can't go out there trying to be Ben; he needs to go out there and be Byron.

"This is why I make the point every time you all say 'Haley's offense,' it's not my offense. We're going to do things to cater to the strength of our players. Obviously, that will be critical when you talk about the quarterback position. We're going to cater to Byron's strengths, as opposed to trying to force square pegs into round holes, so to speak."

How refreshing must that be in the executive offices? They've had coordinators in the past who frustrated them by forcing their offense's schemes down their players throats no matter what happened -- different quarterback, new running backs, different types of offensive linemen.

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