It’s no secret that last season, the Baltimore Ravens’ passing attack at times looked like a little brother swinging wildly in the air while his older brother clutched his forehead. There is plenty of blame to go around for the Ravens struggling passing offense. General MAnager Eric DeCosta gave him an answer that didn’t suit the wide receiver Rashod Bateman.
DeCosta was asked by the media about his evaluation of the wide receivers. In his response, he admitted that the group is not as strong as the organization would like.
“If I had an answer, that means I’d probably have a better receiver,” DeCosta said said.
A member of the media — Sarah Ellison, co-author of the Ravens Vault podcast — tweeted that sentence and another in which DeCosta said that while the organization has drafted productive players, they still haven’t found an “All-Pro” type. of a guy.”
Bateman saw the tweet and clearly picked up on his sentiments. He took to Twitter to call out the Ravens for the injuries they’ve suffered over the past two seasons, as well as the organization. whole.
Bateman later deleted the tweet and sent an apology.
Before Bateman was injured in 2022, he appeared to be on his way to a breakout season. The Ravens’ 2021 first-round pick averaged better than 25 yards per reception through the first three games of 2022. He suffered a leg injury in Week 4. Bateman returned to the lineup in Week 7, but was knocked out in Week 9. for the rest of the season due to an injury to Lisfranc.
This is the second major injury Bateman has suffered in his two seasons with the Ravens. He missed the first four weeks of the 2021 season after undergoing surgery on an injured groin during training camp.
Twitter probably wasn’t the best place for Bateman to vent his frustrations, but it points to accountability. After Lamar Jackson’s rookie season, the Ravens decided to promote Greg Roman from within.
All the progress Jackson made as a passer in his two seasons at Louisville has happened stuck since he has been with the Ravens. Roman’s offenses revolved primarily around the run game when he was the coordinator for John Harbaugh’s brother Jim and Rex Ryan. It was no different for the Ravens, and after Jackson’s spectacular 2019 season, the offense struggled.
The Ravens offense could also be better if players stay healthy. Bateman isn’t the only player to miss significant time. There was a reason the Ravens looked so good against the Bengals in their wild card game last season. Outside of Jackson and Bateman, the team was mostly healthy. Injuries derailed their 2021 season, and they made the playoffs in 2022 without their top quarterback and wide receiver after a season where their offense started hot and ended up nearly freezing.
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In NFLPA Player Report that came out recently, Ravens players gave the organization’s strength coaches an F-minus. And it just so happens tThe Ravens fired their strength and conditioning coordinator just two weeks ago.
When reading DeCosta complete answer when asked about the broad assessment, he does not take responsibility for why the group struggled. He kept saying that he believed in their scouting and that they would keep trying. Why didn’t they try to get into the receiver free agent bonanza last offseason? And if their scouting system is so strong that they didn’t select a single one of the many productive wide receivers in last year’s draft?
Of course, Bateman shouldn’t have made his frustrations public, but I understand why he bubbled over. DeCosta talked a lot about the Ravens’ shortcomings, but didn’t take enough responsibility for why.