The Ravens head to Indianapolis to take on the 2-2 Colts this week. The home of the team we used to call our own in Charm City has been anything but kind to our new squad over the years, as the Ravens are 0-5 in games played in Indianapolis in their history (0-4 regular season). The Ravens have made just two trips to Indy under John Harbaugh, but the results were nothing we’d like to rehash here – let’s just say that scoring a touchdown would be a welcome change.
The Ravens have faced Andrew Luck before, back in his rookie season during the 2012 playoffs, a 24-9 victory in the “Ray’s Last Dance” game.
Let’s take a look at the notes, stats, & quotes in this week’s Crab Bag brought to you by Conrad’s Crab House.
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QUOTES OF THE WEEK
C Jeremy Zuttah on guards Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele:
“They’re probably the best set of guards in the league right now. Marshal has been to a lot of Pro Bowls, and K.O. [Osemele] is probably the most talented dude, at least on the interior, but maybe all five [positions].”
QB Joe Flacco on the Ravens’ offensive line’s protection over the past three games:
“It’s been really good. We get the ball out, and those guys have been holding up big time when we do the play-action, when teams come after us, and when we’re dealing with really good defensive lines. I think we’ve got a lot of good guys up front, and they’re communicating very well, and they’re being very physical.”
The Baltimore Sun’s Childs Walker on the Ravens’ 38-10 win over Carolina in Week 4:
“The Ravens simply did not produce a game like this in 2013. Don’t forget, Carolina was 12-4 last season, and the Ravens were coping with the losses of tight end Dennis Pitta and left tackle Eugene Monroe. But Gary Kubiak’s game plan clicked in every way imaginable as the Ravens produced their best offensive performance since the 2012 stretch run. This team could be quite interesting.”
RB Justin Forsett on playing for the Ravens, his fifth NFL team:
“After all the experiences I had in my career, being hurt last year, being on the bottom of the depth chart, I didn’t know if I was ever going to play the game again. Every game I go out and play, I play it like it’s my last. Thank God Baltimore called [this past spring], and I was able to get a spot here. I started looking at other careers. I like player development, and I’m a business guy, but I would rather be playing football.”
Head coach John Harbaugh on RB Justin Forsett:
“He’s making yards after the hit on his own. I remember reading Woody Hayes’ book when I was a kid, and he called it a ‘string of pearls’ — how many tacklers can you leave in your wake. That kind of is the measurement of a great back. And Justin is playing that way.”
NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal on the Ravens’ win over Carolina:
“Baltimore is looking like a dangerous team at 3-1. Their pass rush came alive Sunday, led by Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs.”
LOTS OF OFFENSE, FEW PENALTIES
GETTING TO KNOW YOU ~ Q&A with Marshal Yanda
What comes to mind when you think of these words:
“Support group that you need.”
“A good dude. Hard working. A great player.”
“What we’re all working for.”
“Something everyone tries to work towards to be at that level.”
What is something Marshal Yanda in 2014 didn’t know in 2007?
“How fast the time would go. Time flies, but it’s just part of life. Take it one day at a time.”
What lessons have you learned so far from your time in the league that you’d like to pass on to your children?
“I want my kids to work hard no matter what they do. I don’t want them to be lazy. Whatever they stick their mind to – as long as they’re hard-working and have that drive – it doesn’t matter what they do.”
You love ice fishing. Where is your favorite place to fish?
“Being back in Iowa in the offseason, it’s cold, and there’s ice everywhere. I also love to go up to Canada, because of the remoteness, the scenery, and the fishing is pretty good up there.”
You’ve developed a reputation for toughness by playing through injuries, but how else would you like to leave your mark on the Ravens organization?
“I’m not really worried about leaving anything behind. I leave it all out there on Sunday, play my best and try my hardest. I’m in the grind of it all right now. I try to do my job, do my part for this team and do what we can to get W’s.”
If you didn’t play football, what would your dream job be?
“Probably farming on the farm that we grew up on. I love the mindset of a farmer – being your own boss, being able to do what you want during the day and the benefits of working hard. You can see what you’re working for, and that’s how we grew up.”
What’s your biggest fear and why?
“Making sure I raise my kids right. When you become a parent, you worry about raising your kids the right way, making sure that they’re going to have the values to survive and have a good life.”
HEY, YOU LOOK FAMILIAR! ~ Key Connections
The Colts franchise originated in Baltimore in 1946. After going defunct for two years (1951-52), the Dallas Texans relocated to Maryland and became the new Baltimore Colts. The franchise remained in Baltimore until 1984, when it moved to Indianapolis.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano spent four seasons in Baltimore (2008-11) before joining Indianapolis in 2012. Pagano was the Ravens’ secondary coach in 2008 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2011, when Baltimore held the NFL’s second-best run defense (92.6 rushing ypg allowed).
Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton was a Ravens pro personnel intern in 2002.
Colts LBs coach Jeff Fitzgerald held the same title with the Ravens during the 2004-07 seasons. In 2006, Fitzgerald became the second LBs coach in NFL history to have four of his players named to the Pro Bowl (Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, Terrell Suggs and Adalius Thomas).
Colts safeties coach Roy Anderson was a member of the Ravens organization from 2005-11, beginning as a player personnel assistant from 2005-07 before transitioning to the coaching side in 2008. Anderson was a coaching assistant (2008), defensive assistant (2009) and a defensive assistant/secondary coach (2010-11) in Baltimore before joining Pagano in Indianapolis.
Colts director of college scouting T.J. McCreight worked in the Ravens’ personnel department from 1997-2004, serving as an East Coast area scout (1997-2002) and national scout (2003-04).
Colts DT Arthur Jones was originally drafted by Baltimore in the fifth round and played four seasons (2010-13) with the team. As a Raven, he totaled 120 tackles and 8.5 sacks. He also recorded 9 tackles, 2 FRs and 1 sack during four playoff games when Baltimore won Super Bowl XLVII.
Colts C A.Q. Shipley returned to Indianapolis after one season with the Ravens in 2013, during which he made nine starts in 16 games played. Shipley made his NFL debut with the Colts in 2012.
Colts DE Cory Redding appeared in 30 games over two seasons (2010-11) with the Ravens, posting 81 tackles (58 solo) and 7.5 sacks.
Colts G Joe Reitz originally signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and spent two seasons on Baltimore’s practice squad.
Ravens DT Haloti Ngata and Colts DE Fili Moala are cousins.
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