Found March 27, 2012 on
New Orleans Saints
Three weeks into free agency, the Ravens have retained starting linebacker Jameel McClain, added to their defensive back depth and upgraded their special teams but one of their glaring offseason needs remains virtually untouched. "We have to upgrade the offensive line," Ravens coach John Harbaugh saud during the owners meetings Tuesday. "I don't even know if we have a full complement of linemen to be on our 53-man roster right now." The Ravens did re-sign veteran center Matt Birk, but they have yet to replace Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs, who signed with the New Orleans Saints a couple of days into free agency. Jah Reid, primarily a right tackle who played very little during his rookie campaign, currently sits atop the left guard depth chart. Birk, left tackle Bryant McKinnie, right guard Marshal Yanda and right tackle Michael Oher are returning starters from a group that Harbaugh admitted had "real issues" at times, particularly when Grubbs missed an extended stretch with a toe injury. Behind them, the only other linemen on the Ravens' roster are Reid, guard Howard Barbieri, tackle Ramon Harewood and centers Cecil Newton and Justin Boren. None have extensive NFL experience. "We don't have our five starters set. We have guys where [you say], 'Can they play a position or not?' We're talking about Jah. Can he play left guard? So we have to get better there just for the fact that we don't really have the numbers there right now," Harbaugh said. "The thing I've learned over the years, it starts with the offensive line on offense. The quarterback is obviously critically important but if you don't have an offensive line, you can forget about it." Source: Baltimore Sun
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Skip to the 50 second mark for the Ray Lewis motivational speech that Lewis gave the Stanford basketball team before they took on UMass last night at Madison Square Garden. I think Lewis is one of the best motivational speakers out there. Stanford won the game vs. UMass and I am sure this speech by Lewis had a lot to do with it.Stanford now will take on Minnesota for the NIT title...
Paul Kruger is the front-runner to replace Jarret Johnson as the Baltimore Ravens’ starting strong-side linebacker, according to an article by Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun. Johnson, 30, had manned the position for the past five seasons and is one of the Ravens’ most durable players, having started a franchise-record 80 consecutive games and [...]
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told the media at this week’s owners meeting’s down in Florida that he doesn’t know if running back Ray Rice will hold out for a long-term deal or if he’ll play under the franchise tag.
Harbaugh obviously hopes Rice will elect to not hold out.
“I think it will be the same level of maturity. I don’t know what their strategy will...
The Baltimore Ravens have more ammunition for the draft in April, as they were awarded two compensatory selections Monday at the annual NFL owners meetings. The Ravens received a fourth-round pick (130th overall) and a fifth-round pick (169th overall) in exchange for losing free agents Dawan Landry, Chris Chester and Josh Wilson before the 2011 [...]
There will be a new overtime rule that will go into effect when regular-season games go into overtime beginning in 2012. In a landslide 30-2 vote, the league’s owners voted Wednesday to extend the playoff overtime rule that began last season, to the regular season. One of the two descending votes was by Ravens owner [...]
After a normal, quiet free agency period in Baltimore, the Ravens announced last Friday that they agreed to terms with four unrestricted free agents (two returning), according to general manager/executive vice president Ozzie Newsome via press release.
Two important returning players are linebackers Brendon Ayanbadejo and Jameel McClain—who both re-signed three-year deals. Safety...
Ray Lewis always wants the world to know how good he is at inspiring people by screaming platitudes at them. If you’re not familiar with what I’m talking about, you surely haven’t seen any of his finer feats in camera mugging on the sideline before Ravens games. It’s what I dislike most about Ray Lewis. Well, that and everything else.
That said, I very much enjoy the idea...
Former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth was elected as the new president of the NFL Players Association, the union announced.
Foxworth replaces Kevin Mawae, who retired following the 2009 season.
"One of the most important things I learned from Kevin is about responsibility," Foxworth said. "Players like to say, 'The NFLPA is our organization.&...
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Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters at the NFL owners meetings that free-agent running back Brandon Jacobs was on the Ravens' list of backs to look at as a potential backup to Ray Rice. Jacobs ran for 571 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011. Source: CBSSports Attached Thumbnails
The league announced today that the Ravens were awarded two compensatory pick in Aprils NFL Draft, a fourth-rounder (130th overall) and a fifth-rounder (169th overall). That leaves the Ravens, who will draft 29th overall, with eight picks. They originally did not have a fourth-rounder after trading it to the Buffalo Bills for wide receiver Lee Evans last August. Under the rules...
In case you didn’t realize it, there’s another college basketball tourney currently taking place. Stanford happens to be in it, and before their semifinal game against UMass on Tuesday, noted NFL lunatic Ray Lewis dropped by the Cardinal’s locker room for a pre-game pep talk. The message was simple (“every day is a new day” yadda yadda yadda), but, my goodness, did he...