Ravens attempt to disassemble ESPN report, point by point

The Baltimore Ravens have released statements from various employees refuting the ESPN Outside the Lines report that the team was aware of the security footage that showed Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious in an elevator in February.

In the statement released through the team’s website, owner Steve Bisciotti has claimed that ESPN’s sources for the report were members of Rice’s legal team attempting to clear the running back’s name before he makes his case for reinstatement into the NFL. ESPN claims that isn’t true.

The Outside the Lines report claimed that it “found a pattern of misinformation and misdirection employed by the Ravens and the NFL” since Rice’s arrest in February. The report alleges that the team had full knowledge of what occurred within the elevator before a second tape was leaked by TMZ that showed Rice punching his fiancee.

However, under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, Tannehill has regressed. Lazor came over this offseason from Chip Kelly’s offensive machine in Philadelphia. But outside of a 33-point Week 1 showing against the lackluster New England Patriots defense, Miami’s offense has sputtered out, producing only 25 points in its last two games combined. Tannehill, a Texas A&M product, is on pace to set career lows in completion percentage (56.5), and yards per pass attempt (5.0). Tannehill’s struggles on deep passes have been a source of considerable frustration for Miami, especially when considering the resources the team has poured into its wide receivers.

Meanwhile, the Bears’ defense is nearly being stripped away completely, and it’s something a better offense is going to exploit sooner or later. Right?

Example: Smith threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown on the Jets’ first drive.4

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