Ravens’ Javorius Allen Alerted Coach To Something He Saw Ahead Of Punt Block

The Baltimore Ravens blocked an attempted punt by Pittsburgh Steelers punter Jordan Berry in the fourth quarter of their Sunday win and returned it for a touchdown. It turned out to be a huge play for them as they ultimately won the game by seven points.

After the game was over, Steelers rookie safety Sean Davis, who was responsible for letting Ravens running back Javorius Allen have a free run at Berry on that attempted punt in question, didn’t expound much on what happened but did say that miscommunication played a part in the breakdown, according to Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Allen, however, had a much more interesting response after the game when asked to talk about his punt block.

“Before that punt even got blocked, I told Coach Jerry [Rosburg], ‘He keeps leaving me.’ Before the snap, he just runs outside, and that’s my man,” said Allen. “He said, ‘OK, we’re going to handle it.’ I knew I could get a block on him. If I faked like I was rushing and then go under, I knew I was going to block it.”

While the all-22 from Sunday’s game has yet to be posted, I have gone back through the television tape and looked at all the Steelers punts against the Ravens. While you can’t get a good view of the complete play on a few of the Steelers punts, the one that happened with 8:41 left in the third quarter shows Davis indeed leaving Allen well before the football is kicked by Berry.

Once again, we’ll get a better look at all 10 punts by Berry when the all-22 is released, so be prepared for an update. It will also be interesting to see if Steelers special teams coordinator Danny Smith talks about what happened on this block during his weekly interview with Bob Labriola.

One other thing I want to point out to you. Watch fellow Steelers safety and special teams captain try to touch and communicate with Davis right before the football is snapped on blocked punt play. I’m curious as to what was said and I doubt we’ll ever know.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    That Play was agonizing.

  • David Paul

    How did our coaches not see this?

  • Steel B

    It’s Danny Smith’s job to recognize what Davis was doing and correct it. He failed.

  • Chris92021

    Davis lacks football intelligence. He might speak 3 languages but he can’t block in any of them.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    How much experience does Davis have on special teams?

  • PaeperCup

    Why does he side swipe him…I just don’t get it. It’s like he wanted him to get to the Punter….Maybe looking for a roughing penalty?

  • PA2AK_

    Enough right…don’t they cover that in junior high summer camps?! Lol

  • Matt Manzo

    I heard he was replacing DHB, so hopefully it’s just a rookie mistake.

  • RickM

    It’s troubling that a Ravens’ guy saw this happening in advance and Danny Smith didn’t. I realize a sideline view isn’t the best, maybe that’s a very fair excuse. I also wonder if Davis started cheating on his block before last Sunday. I assume not, but with all the mistakes ST made last Sunday who knows.

    I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was surprised by how inattentive Danny was in describing a FG we blocked. He had the wrong Steelers’ player chasing the ball out of bounds and he was out by 10 yards on where the ball went out of bounds. I doubted myself and thought it was probably just an innocent mistake and not worthy of questioning. But frankly I’m not sure now. Details are everything on ST and there does seem a lack of focus.

  • george

    My thoughts exactly

  • Lizard72

    I think they saw it and it looks like that’s what Davis was getting told. Probably the crowd noise played a part.

  • walter

    looking forward to the update

  • EL-Wayne-O

    Agreed lol. He did the same stupid crap when he let Gronk run right past him on the N.E. TD a few weeks ago.

  • Steeler-Drew

    He also wouldn’t elaborate on the botched fake FG attempt against the Jets. And for good reason I suppose. I watched that video about 20 times. Along with AV being off of the line they also had Berry tipping that off by being in a squat position as opposed to the traditional front knee down for the holder. I’m guessing the idea behind that was it would be quicker to get into a running position knowing the play call was to run first. Not as blatant as bringing your backup QB on the field but tipped off none the less.

  • RickM

    Had forgot about that disaster.

  • steelersfan

    That whole game feels like a blurry nightmare . Same goes with the last month of football

  • Thomas

    Hated the Sean Davis pick over Thompson and Bell then, hate it now. Another “versatile” player that is bad at both positions and can’t play ST well. So basically we have 2 Shamarkos on our team. That probably cost us the game aside from Haley’s awful play calls.

  • Applebite

    Buck Allen was one of the RBs I wanted the Steelers to pick in the 2015 draft. The guy has a good head on his shoulders and has nothing to lose and everything to gain as a pro, considering where he came from. He’s going to be an All-Pro at some point, just wait for it.

  • Dave D

    I was as pissed as anybody about the outcome of the game. But you know what is nearly as agonizing? Reading the incredible over reactions of Steelers Nation after a debacle like this. We are so damn schizophrenic. All off season the fan base wants to see the rookies play and say (by and large), “we’ll live with their rookie mistakes.” Now we get their rookie mistakes and suddenly these are the worst draft choices ever. Come on folks. Get real here. This loss sucked. I hold the sh*tty coaching and coaching decisions to blame far more than the bone headed mistakes of a guy in his 8th damn game. Sheesh.

  • Applebite

    On that play, Davis still would have done well to chip block Allen. A good hard shoulder as he ran off would have at least delayed Allen. At the very least, let him know he’s still there, like, an open handed punch to the shoulder. But Davis is far from the only guy that didn’t put a body on a guy when he had a chance to. Rookies make these kind of mistakes. All we can do is hope they grow from them.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Noticing something, making an in-game adjustment, and taking advantage of it? Hmm. I wonder what that’s like.

  • Don2727

    Good recognition of the tap by Golden. If Davis says it was a miscommunication, chances are that the tap was an assignment sign. In other words, Davis thought Golden was going to block the defender on the outside so Davis released down the field. You can see on the first GIF Golden moves outside and on the second he takes a blocker on the interior. Makes sense to me.

  • PaeperCup

    I don’t see it as a mistake, Davis literally jumped out of the guys way. I’m bothered by that.

  • Rusted Out

    I don’t think all these “over reactions” are over a few miscues by the rookies. It’s about a team that was a favorite to make the Superbowl, getting absolutely embarrassed by teams that they should be blowing out.

  • Nolrog

    Great question.

  • Nolrog

    So does the Miami game and the Philly game. . . . Three times they **** the bed so far this year. Bad coaching.

  • Nolrog

    The defense allowed a looooong catch and run for a TD. Coats dropped a TD in the end zone. There are tons of plays yesterday you could point to, not even counting the fact that the offense did nothing for like 3 and a half quarters.

  • Paddy

    Credit the Ravens player, of course maybe Davis was told to do what he did. “Get down and cover that punt son” in my Danny Smith voice

  • David Paul

    If you don’t like what you see on Sundays, it’s because you coached it.

    This stuff is all on film.

  • Dave D

    Oh, I absolutely agree. That’s the point I finished with about holding the coaches accountable. My main point though was the split personality of us as a fan base. Reading our responses to embarrassing losses versus OTAS and training camps and early seasons is actually a sort of entertainment in itself. But other than that, I agree. Coaches should be getting their butts handed to them.

  • Brian Miller

    Me too…I was a little upset when Neal and the WV safety went so high, but there were some great safeties left on he board…I was very surprised when they took Davis over some of the other available people.

  • steelersfan

    Can’t remember last time a Steelers team lost that badly this many times in a season. Maybe 2003. Hard to digest

  • Rusted Out

    I’m fairly pleased with our rookies this year. Davis is probably the weakest, but Burns and Hargrave are big contributors. Honestly, I had huge doubts Burns would be any good due to the fact that he was a pick of need, and a bit of a reach, but what more can you ask of a rookie draft pick in their first year? We all knew they were going to make some mistakes, it just goes with the territory. I’ll take those over the lack of talent that they had in the secondary last year.