I don't want to crash this little Gettleman effigy burning garden party that this board has been romping in for the last 8 hours but in the midst of it all I don't think any of you people have noticed Smitty is cannibalizing production in Baltimore, just like he was doing here. Torrey Smith, effectively Baltimore's no.2 WR this year had been trending up every year since he started playing, and last year he eclipsed 1100 yards. This year, he's not on pace for that. Or 1000. Hell, he's not even on pace for 700 yards. Through four games, he has 8 receptions for 138 yards. This is a proven WR we're talking about here. He's on pace for 32 receptions and 552 yards. So basically he's playing the Brandon Lafell/Keary Colbert/Drew Carter/Legedu Naanee role this year. After seeing that, I decided to make some comparisons between what all receivers on the Ravens did last year and what they're on pace to produce this year. We can call this The Before Smith Sr./After Smith Sr. WR Transformation:
2013: 65 Rec, 1178 yards, 4 TDs
2014: 32 Rec, 552 yards, 4 TDs
Assessment: he's not getting a lot of looks. Also having Smith on the other side of the field isn't opening up everything for him like people want to believe. Not once have I seen him streaking wide open on the side line with no coverage on him while half the defense is trying to cover Smitty. I'm sure that would've been a highlight on ESPN.
2013: 37 Rec, 455 Yards, 2 TDs
2014: 12 Rec, 80 Yards, 0 TDs
Assessment: Jones has been consistently producing around the 400/500 yard receiving mark for most of his career, and his best performance was in 2010 with 51 for 562 yards and 3 TDs. He even had 6 touchdown receptions the year before, so we know he's capable of doing better.
2013: 49 Rec, 524 Yards, 7 TDs
2014: 16 Rec, 184 yards, 0 TDs
Assessment: Nice rookie campaign for an undrafted receiver. Although his career is probably going to be derailed and never develop further while Smith is vulturing all the targets.
Those are the only receivers continuously playing for Baltimore. All this production lost while Steve Smith has a career revival of 100 receptions, 1,716 yards and 12 touchdowns. We've seen this formula before. We've tried to win with it for years and years, and endured 2-14 seasons, Jake Delhomme meltdowns, nobody getting open in close games, etc. It didn't work for us so why go on with it? Talented as KB is I don't think he can yell louder than Smith and intimidate the entire offense into forcing plays to him. He wouldn't come close to 21/329/3.
Basically what I'm telling you is call for Gettleman's head and keep criticizing him if you'd rather us draft Kelvin in the first round so he can fail and so you can keep talking about how we need a complement to Smith by the time he's 37 years old, just like you guys did last year when nobody else could be a consistent WR.
Smith's played with like a million WRs since he's come to the league and not one of them got to 1,000 yards playing with him. He's never going to have a WR able to compete with the QB's attention for comparable passing production. Maybe Torrey's stats won't look as pathetic toward the end of the season, but seeing as how this is more of the same phenomenon we know all too well in Carolina taking place in Baltimore, I think this trend is going to continue, and I highly doubt any of the other WRs come close to 1000 yards.