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Ozzie is Ravens’ version of Mr. Spock…

One of the main reasons the Ravens have lived long and prospered in the NFL since 1996 is the Mr. Spock-like logic of GM Ozzie Newsome. The passing of Leonard Nimoy at age 83 underscores the main message of the character he played on Star Trek for so long over the course of a combined TV and cinematic career— “Think logically…and seek out the Fascinating….” Like Spock...
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No deal yet for Torrey Smith as Ravens release Jacoby Jones…

Jacoby Jones made some memorable “big plays” in his 3 years with the Ravens… but there are 3 million reasons why the Ravens had to let him go… Maybe it’s just brinksmanship on both sides, but it sure looks like Torrey Smith’s agent and the Ravens are dragging their feet on getting a contract extension done… Still no deal with WR Torrey Smith, who is arguably the...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

A decent crop of edge rushers and defensive backs for Ravens to evaluate…

As the Ravens hold their annual “State of the Team” presser, there’s plenty of gold to evaluate for possible middle-round talent in the 2015 Draft… The real talent mining potential in the 2015 Draft class will be found in the pass-rusher and the defensive back groups. Just enough big-name guys slid in status and a lot of lesser-name guys climbed up to make this a very interesting...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Making a case for Ravens to draft Dorial Green-Beckham at #26…

The knock on Green-Beckham has nothing to do with his football talent…if any organization could lead the kid upward from a troubled past, it would be the Ravens… The offensive linemen and tight ends have completed their on-field drills at the 2015 Combine as I write this— now it’s showcase time for the QB’s, running backs and wide receivers. First, a review of the Tight...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking back at the Ravens’ near-win in the AFC championship game—and looking forward to the Combine prospects…

The NFL Network ran a replay last night of the Ravens-Patriots AFC championship game from this past January. I have to admit, the Ravens looked even better the second time around. Baltimore was there for the win, the Pats were there for the taking, and it was a whale of a ball game. New England eventually prevailed, of course, but they had to hold off the Ravens until the very last...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Crockett Gillmore’s time to shine for Ravens at TE in 2015…

It’s a game of attrition— next man up and all that jazz— but the Ravens suddenly find themselves destitute at the tight end position. I wish Dennis Pitta the best in his future endeavors— and it’s not his fault he’s the best pass-catching tight end the Ravens have had since the Todd Heap era. You simply cannot expect Pitta to come back from the second of two devastating...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

I hate to see the Ravens lose Pernell McPhee to free agency…

McPhee has improved so much at DE/OLB since being drafted in the 5th round in 2011 that now the Ravens probably can’t afford to keep him… The Ravensa have been reluctantly breaking up the old gang of defensive linemen and OLB’s over the past 5 seasons— affordability is the main issue. I don’t blame Pernell McPhee for wanting to get paid market value. He’s almost 27...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Vincent Jackson would look pretty good in a Ravens uniform…

Vincent Jackson making clutch catches for the Ravens?– it’s possible if Tampa Bay cuts him for cap reasons. Cary Williams could be a cap casualty in Philly… I’d say the Ravens could use him at corner if Ozzie could work out a deal… And yes, Cary Williams is still constantly battling with opponents just like he did when he was a Raven… The earliest prospects for the...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Ravens fans respond to Jon Gruden’s ESPN critique of team…

ESPN analyst Jon Gruden tells Ravens fans they need to improve their secondary— Gee, thanks for that brilliant insight, Jon!!! Comedian Frank Caliendo does his Jon Gruden impression…what a hoot! ESPN recently ran an interview with former NFL coach Jon Gruden about what he thought the Ravens needed to do to get back to the Super Bowl. Gruden’s less-than-world-shaking answer...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

What will Ravens do with Haloti Ngata in 2015 ?

Haloti is staying in shape this winter– he intends to be playing somewhere in the league (if not in Baltimore) for a lot of dough. The Ravens brain trust is huddled up in their Florida getaway with owner Sreve Bisciotti this week…and one big item on the agenda is whether they can restructure All-Pro tackle Haloti Ngata’s contract in 2015… Whether or not the Ravens can...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Even Ravens players stunned by loss by Seattle to New England…

John Harbaugh was a guest Super Bowl analyst on NBC and by all accounts did a fine job— even Harbs called the final offensive playcall by Seattle a real head scratcher… You look at the opportunity represented by the top photo for the Seattle Seahawks to put away the Patriots in the final seconds of the game— and you have to ask yourself, “How Did They Lose??”…. Here’s...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Ravens fans can spend a day with Ray Lewis through IfOnly

Without question, one of the greatest linebackers to ever play the game of football was former Baltimore Ravens great Ray Lewis, who virtually dominated for all 17 of his seasons in the NFL after a decorated college career at the University of Miami. Lewis racked up numerous accolades along the way, including 13 Pro Bowl nods, seven First Team All-Pro selections, and two NFL Defensive...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Tough roster payroll issues for Ravens and Lardarius Webb…

I wish Terrence Cody well— I hope he gets another chance somewhere in the league… CB Lardarius Webb is owed a scheduled $12 million in 2015 if the Ravens retain his contract as it is currently written… When Lardarius Webb is healthy (which was a day-to-day dilemma for Webb and the Ravens in 2014), he is one of the better cover corners in the league. But is he worth $12 million...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Mixed Year for Ravens Receivers

In what has been a rollercoaster of a year for the Baltimore Ravens, which ended with a 35-31 defeat by Betfair’s marginal Super Bowl outsiders the New England Patriots in the play-offs, there has been plenty of food for thought for the franchise’s management regarding the performances of their wide receivers. While there have been some real positives in the shape of Steve Smith...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

The Yolk’s on me!!— Marc Trestman is Ravens new OC…

Marc Trestman is hired as offensive coordinator for Ravens after being fired as head coach of the Bears… Trestman in his playing days as a QB at U. of Minnesota 1974-77… I missed the call. It’s not going to be Adam Gase running the offense in Baltimore in 2015. It is former Bears head coach Marc Trestman. Trestman is firmly entrenched in the West Coast style offense, which...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Ravens and Broncos may end up “trading” offensive coordinators—

Adam Gase is the 36-year-old boy-wonder OC who lost his job in Denver when John Fox was fired. He is now being interviewed by the Ravens to replace Gary Kubiak, who is now the HC at Denver… Funny how life works out sometimes— Denver hires away the Ravens offensive coordinator, and the Ravens may likely end up hiring the Broncos’ former OC. Adam Gase is one of the brightest...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Kubiak will take Denver HC job if offered—while Ravens free agents ponder future…

If OC Gary Kubiak takes the Denver head coaching job, QB Joe Flacco will have to adjust to his 6th offensive system change in 8 years… Gary Kubiak told us a week ago that he wanted to stay in Baltimore as offensive coordinator in 2015. That notion has changed quickly as John Elway invited him to Denver this weekend to interview for the head coaching gig vacated by the firing of...
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January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Ravens final stats for 2014— this team has a solid base to build upon…

Don’t cry for the Ravens, Argentina… And guess what— their defensive secondary is not that bad as a group and I’ll tell you why— You lose Jimmy Smith and Asa Jackson and are forced to play Lardarius Webb with a bad back and a sore groin, and you still take New England to the brink of defeat in the AFC divisional round… Had the Ravens pass rush been able to counter Tom...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

More on the hubbub between Harbaugh and Brady…

The Ravens got some good news on Monday to help soften the blow of a tough loss to the Patriots in the divisional playoffs. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak says he is staying with the Ravens and not shopping around for a head coaching position. Wide receiver and free agent Torrey Smith says he wants to re-sign with the Ravens now rather than explore the free market. Wideout...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Turn out the lights on a Ravens comeback— Patriots 35, Baltimore 31…

I thought ILB Daryl Smith’s INT of Tom Brady would turn the tide— but Brady bounced back. There are many ways to bet on the Super Bowl…and about halfway through the Ravens-Pats divisional playoff game in Foxborough, I would have laid even odds that the Ravens were on their way to the AFC Championship game. Something happened in the way of adjustments by the Patriots at...
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January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Early look at ticket prices for Ravens trip to New England

With the victory over Pittsburgh this past Saturday night, the Baltimore Ravens will be heading north to visit the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots are the top seed in the AFC this year with the Ravens the sixth and final seed in the playoffs. Despite the stark difference and the fact that New England is an early seven point favorite, chances are strong that...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Ravens get to crash the party in New England…

Playing with house money? It’s beyond that now. The Ravens are mounting a full-blown party crash. Saturday at 4:30 P.M. EST, the Ravens will meet the Patriots for the eighth time in the last seven years, including three postseason games—the Ravens won two of those playoff games, and damn near won the third (remember the winning TD catch that wasn’t, and the Billy Cundiff...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Ravens’ 4-man rush befuddles Big Ben and Steelers, 30-17…

That’s about as big a road win as you’re ever gonna see from the Ravens— and they did it with a tongue-in-cheek defensive strategy from coordinator Dean Pees… He decided to fortify his back seven in coverage by only rushing four guys. It worked. Ravens 30, Steelers 17… Especially strong in the middle of that 4-man defensive rush were tackles Brandon Williams and Haloti...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Baltimore fans traveling to Pittsburgh can find affordable playoff tickets

The Baltimore Ravens qualified for the NFL postseason with a Week 17 win over the Cleveland Browns, following a San Diego loss to Kansas City. But the Ravens can’t breathe easy quite yet. They’ll have to travel to Heinz Field, home of their hated rival Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, and with a win move on to Foxboro to face the AFC top-seeded New...
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January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Cold realities challenge the Ravens in Pittsburgh…

Dick LeBeau, 77-year-old defensive genius, master of the “cold” zone-blitz… The cold windy weather of a Pittsburgh night in January will be the least of the Ravens’ concerns as the playoff game kicks off at 8:30 P.M. on Saturday. First, a warning to Ravens fans who are traveling to the game: if you wear your purple, you are going to get a very frosty reception from Steelers...
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January 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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