The Ravens’ fan base is clearly frustrated with the inconsistent performance of Cam Cameron’s offense this season.
Anquan Boldin isn’t. In fact, the veteran wide receiver seems to scoff at the idea that there’s something wrong with Baltimore’s offense as a whole.
“There’s nothing to worry about,” said Boldin, delivering a sarcastic smile when asked about the offense yesterday. “For us, we know exactly what we’re capable of. We go out and we execute.”
Coming off Monday night’s embarrassing 12-7 loss to the Jaguars, in which the Ravens didn’t put up a first down through the first 39 minutes and didn’t score for the first 57 minutes, fans and media members have criticized nearly every angle of the Baltimore offense.
Play-calling, execution, coaching decisions - all of it, and more, have been analyzed in a negative light.
The Ravens now rank 20th in the league in total offense, and have dropped to 19th in rushing offense and 17th in passing yardage per game. They were nearly shut out for the first time in nine years on Monday, and almost set a franchise record for fewest yards in a game, as well.
But Boldin doesn’t see any cause for concern. The Ravens’ leading receiver has faith in a unit which was ranked 11th in the NFL three games ago, and is still averaging 25.8 points per game.
“I don’t think there’s any reason to panic,” Boldin said. “That’s the thing I’m pressing on guys. Just come out and play football. We’ve been doing this all our lives. The only thing we have to do is execute and the critics will go away.”
Following Monday’s loss, linebacker Terrell Suggs singled out Boldin and running back Ray Rice as two guys on offense that need to get the ball more. That night, Boldin had four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown. He’s averaging 4.5 catches and 66 yards per game through the season’s first six games.
Boldin reiterated a message that he delivered a week ago after a dominant individual performance against the Texans, saying he doesn’t care about personal stats or how often he touches the ball, as long as the Ravens earn victories.
The nine-year veteran calmly stated that the Ravens just need to shake off Monday night’s outing and get back to the level of play which has allowed them to record at least 29 points in four of their six games this season.
“The thing is, we’ve played well leading up to this point,” Boldin said. “We had one bad performance, and everybody thinks we’re the worst in the league right now. But that’s the way this thing goes. If we come back and have a good performance, then you’re back on top again. We don’t worry about the week-ins and week-outs. Our whole focus is getting better every week.”