Found October 19, 2012 on
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Jack Del Rio
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles
San Diego State Aztecs
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. For 12 years Mike Smith toiled in a place that would seem to embody the NFL coaching wilderness: Cookeville, Tenn., and Tennessee Tech, first as an assistant and, eventually, defensive coordinator.
But, in a way, that period ended up underscoring the saying by Seneca, the ancient Roman philosopher and politician (a saying that Smith, whose parents were teachers, might appreciate): Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
As he plied his trade, a relationship that began almost two decades earlier took time to bear fruit. In 1999, Brian Billick was named head coach of the Baltimore Ravens and Billick, who first became friends (and later brothers-in-law) with Smith when they served on the same staff at San Diego State starting in 1982, tapped Smith as a defensive assistant on the Ravens staff.
The move kick-started Smiths NFL coaching career and would ultimately prove beneficial for the Falcons, a franchise that had never posted back-to-back winn...
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Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata says he spoke with Ray Lewis and the 37-year-old said he has not played his last game, despite suffering a season-ending injury.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is expected to play in tomorrow’s game against the Texans.Suggs was activated to the Ravens’ active roster today and linebacker Sergio Kindle was cut.With Suggs likely playing, I wouldn’t expect him to get more than 15 snaps.
When it comes to the age-old question, "trick or treat," one can assume Terrell Suggs would opt for "trick."
Ravens sideline reporter Gerry Sandusky -- yes, with a "G" -- was filming one of his weekly segments when Suggs surprised him with a running hug that might as well have been a tackle. After all, Suggs is 260 pounds.
NFL veteran Ray Lewis suffered a torn triceps Sunday that put him on the Baltimore Ravens' injured reserve list leaving fans wondering if he would ever return.Ravens coach John Harbaugh gave fans some hope when he announced Lewis would be placed on injured reserve with the "designated to return" tag."I have no idea, we have no idea, whether that timeframe has anything...
The NFL is looking into comments Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed recently made about having an injury that has not been reported by the team. Reed told the Baltimore Sun that he has been playing with a torn labrum but the injury has not been listed on the Ravens' injury report. Coach John Harbaugh said Friday that 25 to 30 players each week have minor injuries they practice...
When the schedule was released way back in April, I, along with quite a few others, circled this game on the schedule as a tough one for the Ravens. That was assuming good health for Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed and Haloti Ngata among others. Now, this game could be a blowout.
Fortunately for the Ravens, I don’t think they will get blown out. Joe Flacco and the offense play...
Rumors of OLB Terrell Suggs coming back from his Achilles rehab to bolster the Ravens' run defense against the Houston Texans are circulating around Baltimore and the NFL as of the Friday before game time. Personally I would not count on Suggs being even close to ready to be activated. But he did have a limited practice on Wednesday and another on Thursday. I guess we won'...
Baltimore Ravens (5-1) at Houston Texans (5-1)
This is a very interesting game for a number of reasons. The most obvious is Baltimore’s injuries. This line was at -4 a week ago, but because of Baltimore’s injuries, it’s shifted 3 points, even though Baltimore won and Houston got blown out at home. In spite of that, we still are getting a slight public lean on Houston. Houston...
“Super Bowl 47 on CBS is brought to you by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Harbaugh.”That could be Jim Nantz’s opening line next February when Super Bowl VLVII begins in New Orleans. It could be the second annual Harbaugh Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Baltimore Ravens.Married for more than 50 years, Jack and Jackie Harbaugh have 3 children, including sons John and Jim Harbaugh...