Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:17 pm Post subject: Ravens Season recap
Last night the Ravens defeated the Vikings 19-17. It was a field goal with just under 2 minutes to go in the game that put the Ravens on top and then the defense secured the win. It was the biggest win of my coach mode career and one I will remember forever.
The Ravens season got started in SF and the Ravens won that game easily and the expectations after that game were very very high about this season. Well fast forward 3 weeks and the Ravens would lose all the games and sit at 1-3 on the season and a full 3 games behind in the playoff race. We knew it wouldn't be easy but still had confidence that we hopefully would make the playoffs. Week 5 was our bye week so we started looking over why we were losing these games and one thing stood out more than anything else and that was all the fumbling our running back was doing. So we started limiting the carries of HB Sims in each game and we started winning games again.
The Ravens would go a staggering 14-2 (including playoffs) the rest of the season after the week 5 bye week. The offense would have its ups and downs but the defense really started to come together and I started to learn more about the personnel on the team on what they could do and what they couldn't do. I believe after the week 13 win against the Steelers really told me that my team could contend at least to get to the playoffs. Once the Ravens defeated the Steelers again at Pittsburgh in week 16 we felt very confident that we could make the playoffs but not only make the playoffs that we could be a factor in the playoffs. Week 17 was a must win and we took care of the Browns and felt relieved that we not only over came a 1-3 start but we finished the season red hot going 10-2. We won every divisional game and that there was a testament to our team that we could compete.
Wildcard weekend- We drew the Raiders and we were concerned because we barely beat them earlier in the season but we had a very good understanding what they would try to do on offense. If you told me that Luck would have 341 passing yards I would told you the Ravens would lose but we played bend don't break defense and held them to FG's while we scored touch downs and at the end of the day the Ravens would defeat the Raiders 31-13.
Divisional Round- At Indy- Mojo had beaten me twice in a row but both games would go down under the 2 minute warning. Our plan was to dominate the TOP and on defense we wanted to bring pressure. Both exceled in this game and the Ravens would win big 36-14.
AFC Championship- Bengals- We had played the Bengals 3 times up to this point so we knew what we were getting into. The defense played just outstanding in this game and HB Rainey was unbelieveable with scoring 4 tds. The Ravens would defeat the Bengals 34-7.
Superbowl- Vikings- Just about as close as you can get. We felt good going in and got up 10-0 when the Vikes made a serious rally to go in at half leading 14-10. Both defenses played very tough and the Ravens went into the 4th being down 4. It didn't look very good but Gabbert hit WR Wright and setup a FG to get us within a point and then late in the game OLB Jordan intercepted Brock and the Ravens would put the go ahead field goal thru the uprights with 1:51 to go in the game. The defense did the rest and secured a Ravens victory in Superbowl XXXI
People have asked me how do I feel....I fell humbled and still while I write this news article it still gets me pumped up and excited because that was a hell of a game. I still remember my first ever coach mode game and yes it was against Jim Hatzis and he won that game 48-10. I said boy do I have a long way to go!!!! I have had much help from other GMs from offense to defense and I kinda developed my own thing. I would like to thank Mr. Hatzis for taking the time to call me on the phone a few years back and we talked about offense and defense. It has helped out a lot and laid ground work for the way I play today. I also want to thank the Commish. I spent some time with him talking about 4-3 defense and player attributes. He is the reason I have played some good defense of late. I also want Scotty to know he played a hell of a game last night.
I was torn between recording the game and broadcasting it live. You cant do both on twitch. I decided to broadcast it live so the league could watch it live and Andrew did a heck of the job with play by play announcing. It gave me great pleasure and honor to broadcast the Superbowl and for anyone who tuned in thank you for taking time out of your day to watch it because I do not think anyone would be disappointed because it came down to the last two minutes.
As I look back on this team I think I will remember them as being resilient. Even the previous season when I took over they were 0-6 and 0-8 after my first two games but I am not the type of guy that gives up on a season and we finished 8-8. Another word comes to my mind is the defense. The defense in these playoffs was just about locked in as I think you can be. Last 3 games of the playoffs no team reached 200 yards of offense so the defense was playing like the Ray Lewis's defense thus why my video is highlights about that great Ravens defense.
This team will always have a special place in my heart and I am very proud to represent the PFL as the Champion of Superbowl XXXI.... Now that I have a taste of it I want more. So with that being said we are thrilled about this season but look forward to next season as we are given the opportunity to defend our title. _________________
great season mike and great recap,your truly a worthy champion and have been a great asset to the league,with great management of ravens and added write ups you do for the league.hope you enjoy your victory and off season ill be prepping vikes to come back after you next season _________________
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Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:08 pm Post subject:
Amazing write up, stellar detailed report of how your season went and my sincerest praise goes out to you. You did an amazing coaching job and team building as well. I look forward to the coming season and you defending your title which is probably the hardest thing to do in the PFL, as you can see by the rich history of champions. Enjoy your victory my friend and congratulations!!! _________________
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