Even though the final decision came down to Zoltan, I think it's at least as much the coaches' fault as his. I'm not really positive who made the call, whether it was Rodriguez or the special teams coach, but it probably should have been a QB sneak if they were going to go for it. When you only need about a foot, it doesn't make sense to snap the ball 10 yards backwards to someone with limited athletic ability when they could just have Forcier dive over a pile. I know Mesko was supposed to make a read, but I don't think it's very practical to expect a punter to make such a crucial decision in such a dangerous spot on the field. In this case, the coaches should have simply either decided to do a QB sneak or have Zoltan kick it away.
"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."