Baltimore Ravens Team Notes - Tuesday PM

Ravens coach Brian Billick stressed that there is no dissention in the locker room. After the Ravens fell to 5-5 on Sunday, there were several reports regarding a shouting match in the locker room and speculation that there was division between the struggling offense and dominating defense.

According to a team source, offensive tackle Orlando Brown got into a heated debate with offensive line coach Jim Colletto in the shower area after the game. During the exchange, linebacker Ray Lewis chimed in and began shouting about accountability.

There was no physical altercation and Lewis received a couple of gashes over his left eye from the first quarter, the source added. "I was very comfortable with what was being said and the vain it was being said and the purpose for it," Billick said. "It was very emotional and it was about accountability. I'm as comfortable with this team, its faith in one another, its ability to deal with one another in tough times as any team I've been apart of."

When asked about the incident, Brown said, "Nothing happened as far as I'm concerned."

Billick also announced that QB Anthony Wright would make his second start when the Ravens play host to the Seattle Seahawks. Wright was 14-for-25 for 112 yards and two interceptions in his Baltimore debut. "I thought he executed the game plan very, very well," Billick said. "He was very confident. He knew what was going on. He did not have any of the major tactical errors. "He made some excellent throws and he needs to make more of them. I think we will as Anthony gets back into a rhythm now having been a starter. Coming off a loss, it's hard to identify and say he played OK but it's something we can build on. I'm comfortable with the way he played."

NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES
--RT Orlando Brown has hurt the Ravens in the past two weeks, committing three penalties for 20 yards. Focus could be a problem for a lineman who hasn't played a full season in three years.

--CB Corey Fuller played his first game in two weeks and was solid yet not spectacular. His return forced Gary Baxter back to free safety and pushed Will Demps out of the lineup.

--Kickoff specialist Wade Richey had his most effective game as a Raven. Using the wind to his advantage, he recorded touchbacks on all four of his attempts.

--NT Maake Kemoeatu saw his most extensive action of the season when defensive end Anthony Weaver was sidelined for the second half with a shoulder injury. Kemoeatu played at nose tackle, moving Kelly Gregg over to end.

--PK Matt Stover has converted 12 consecutive field goals, including four from 39 yards and beyond. He is the most reliable weapon for a team that has gone six quarters without a touchdown.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "In every season, there is a defining point on how a team becomes a team. I think this is going to be one of those times. Remember back to the 2000 season when we stuck together. That's the main focus for this week." -- Left guard Edwin Mulitalo after the Ravens lost their second consecutive game and fell to 5-5 on the season.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL - REPORT CARD vs. DOLPHINS
PASSING OFFENSE: C -- In his first start in two years, quarterback Anthony Wright struggled with his consistency. He only averaged 8 yards per completion and was intercepted twice. The first pick was an underthrown deep pass down the middle of the field and the other was a throw that went behind tight end Todd Heap. Running back Chester Taylor dropped two passes that hit off his chest. Once again, Heap led the team in catches with eight for 64 yards.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- Jamal Lewis' fumble in overtime cost the Ravens the game. The league's leading rusher was held under 100 yards for just the third time in 10 games this season as Miami repeatedly stuffed the running holes. His 19-yard gain early in the fourth quarter was the longest against the Dolphins defense this season. But his 3.4 yards per carry ranked as his second lowest average of the year.

PASS DEFENSE: A -- The Ravens stopped Miami on 12 of 15 third-down attempts. They didn't allow a pass over 17 yards but were helped out by Dolphins quarterback Brian Griese. Although the coverage was solid, Miami could have had a couple of explosive downfield plays if Griese would have not overthrown his receivers. Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister had an average performance compared to his recent efforts, allowing Chris Chambers to catch three passes in man-to-man coverage and getting penalized once for pass interference.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- Although Ricky Williams became the second running back to crack 100 yards against the Ravens, he was held in check for the most part. He averaged 2.9 yards on 36 carries. The Ravens had a great scheme, timing their run blitzes with Ed Reed perfectly. Linebacker Ray Lewis finished with 12 tackles and physically beat up Williams on some tackles.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-plus -- Lamont Brightful's 73-yard kickoff return set up the Ravens' first field goal. The Ravens' Matt Stover has now converted 12 straight field goals, hitting from 39 and 45 yards. His counterpart, Miami's Olindo Mare, missed wide right on a 48-yard, go-ahead try in the fourth quarter. Ravens kickoff specialist Wade Richey used the wind to his advantage in recording touchbacks on all four attempts.

COACHING: C -- The Ravens lost their second straight game because of penalties and turnovers. That means there is a lack of discipline, which reflects on coaching. The offense didn't score a touchdown and some of the ineffectiveness was a result of poor play-calling in the fourth quarter. The defense was again prepared, jumping on Miami largely on pre-snap reads.


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