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The Baltimore Ravens are transformed, set for a lively ride. This is a franchise that matters once again, now that former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair is secured. Thomas George, Denver Post
Ravens fans are busy looking into cheap flights to Miami for Super Bowl XLI when they should be purchasing Amtrak tickets to New York for next year’s draft. The arrival of Steve McNair has Baltimore buzzing, but there are too many potential problems to even pencil the Ravens into the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl. ~ Andrew Perloff, CNNSI.com
"This has been a very difficult process, a difficult situation. It epitomizes the business side of this game in which the business side wins from the standpoint of our franchise. It’s obviously a tough day for me personally. …
"You have to look hard across the league to find a more competitive, a more spirited, a more enthusiastic and passionate player than Steve McNair. I will always be a Steve McNair fan. … I wish him well, we are going to miss him, but we are going to move on and get these three quarterbacks on the roster ready to play this season." ~ Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher.
"He was so sore he couldn’t even move. It was cold as heck, and I was standing there watching him warm up. He was trying to work his way through it and, you know, he was getting a little bit better and a little better.
"He walked off through the tunnel, and I was standing there. I kind of looked at him and I said, ‘Well?’ And he goes, ‘It’s Sunday.’ " Titans’ GM Floyd Reese recalling his marvel at Steve McNair’s ability to fight through a rib injury to give it a go against the Giants in 2002.
“McNair was a great player. I think his body is shot. I hope he rises from the ashes and proves me wrong and leads the Ravens to a magnificent season. I don’t think it’ll happen, but you never know.” ~Paul Zimmerman, Sports Illustrated
McNair gives the Ravens a chance to challenge the Steelers and Bengals in the AFC North, and his addition puts them on the map again as far as the playoffs are concerned. As much as Owens signing in Dallas changed the balance of power in the NFC, McNair’s arrival in Baltimore could have just as big of an impact on the AFC. ~ John Clayton, ESPN
“I hope the Ravens’ fans understand that their clamoring virtually forced this smart front office into this situation. McNair is an injury-plagued, aging, expensive field leader who will put everyone’s mind at ease but will do more damage than he is worth.” ~ Chris Russell, The Sporting News
“When you have an owner who wants better production from his product and a restless fan base that sees talent wasted, good organizations respond. And that is exactly what the Ravens have done in obtaining Steve McNair to remedy their glaring quarterback problem.” Paul Attner, TSN
“His value doesn’t change much since the two teams have similar offensive potential. The news here is how much better McNair makes new teammates Jamal Lewis, Todd Heap and Derrick Mason (also an old teammate). Even a high-mileage McNair is light years better than Kyle Boller.” TSN Fantasy Spin
“McNair, reunited with WR Derrick Mason, steps into a solid offense and could raise a mediocre team a level or two and possibly make Baltimore a contender again in a loaded division. Kyle Boller could benefit from a year or two behind McNair, whose contract reportedly will pay him about $12 million this season. McNair won 76 games with the Titans and has a strong season or two left in him, provided the Ravens can protect him.” ~ Jeff Reynolds, Pro Football Weekly