About Kyle Casey

Kyle Casey

Kyle's love of pro and college football stems from his passion for the Baltimore Ravens. He has held season tickets in section 542 of M&T Bank Stadium since 2004. He is currently a sophomore Mass Communications student at Towson University.

TALE OF THE TAPE: Coaches’ Commitment to McClain Hurting Ravens

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The Baltimore Ravens have made many head-scratching decisions during their 3-5 start to the 2013 season. For a team that won the Super Bowl just eight short months ago, it appears that the coaching staff that made all the right decisions to start the 2013 calendar year is making all the wrong ones at the end of it. Headlining the surprising moves is the commitment to Juan Castillo as the leader of Baltimore’s zone blocking scheme, which seems to have many fans screaming for a switch back to solely a...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Ravens Struggle to Execute Zone Blocking Scheme

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The 3-4 season that the Baltimore Ravens have put together thus far has led to much finger-pointing..the wide receivers, the secondary, the coaching…all have been the object of fans’ scorn at one point or another. But no part of the team has garnered (and warranted) more criticism than has the offensive line. One of the strong points that helped aid the Ravens in their Super Bowl run last season, the offensive line has been nothing short of a disaster in 2013. Is that the personnel, coaching or both? It’s a...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Despite Loss, Trio of Rookie Defenders Impressive

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For a second consecutive week, the stout play – for the most part – by the Baltimore Ravens defense proved to be not quite enough. In each of the last two games, the defense has allowed only 19 points; however, holding Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger to a combined 38 points is still too much nowadays for the Ravens as the offense continues to struggle. Lost in the entire 3-4 season has been the consistent dominance on the defensive side. The pass rush is potent, rookies are contributing, and the...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Missed Opportunities Doom Offense in Pittsburgh

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Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers provided little to write home about offensively for the Ravens. While Baltimore put together a perfectly executed drive to tie the game with just two minutes to go, unfortunately, that was their only touchdown drive. Outside of said drive, which ended with a Dallas Clark touchdown reception, missed opportunities were a theme for the Ravens. But there are still successful plays to build on. Here are some key offensive plays that helped decide the game – two positive and one negative. Q2, 1st and...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Dumervil Racks Up Sacks on the Pack

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Despite the loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week Six, there were plenty of positives to take away defensively for the Baltimore Ravens. In particular, the consistent stellar play of outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil can’t go unnoticed, as he and fellow linebacker Terrell Suggs have asserted themselves as a dominant 1-2 punch. In Week Five in Miami, it was Suggs who stole the show with a three-sack performance. This week, it was Dumervil’s turn. Here’s a look at some key plays from “Doom.” Q1, 3rd and 2, 4:08 remaining...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Monroe Uneven in Ravens Debut

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Left tackle Eugene Monroe’s arrival offered the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive line a much-needed fresh start. Heading into the Green Bay game on Sunday, the Ravens had possibly the worst offensive line in the NFL. Unfortunately, that didn’t change after playing the Packers. But in the long run, Monroe’s arrival on the left side figures to offer the Ravens stability and reliability, two things they didn’t have with Bryant McKinnie. Let’s take a look at how Monroe fared in his debut with the Ravens. Pass Protection On this play, Monroe has...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Sizzle Time!

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Sizzle is back. After what seemed to be a lost 2012 season in which he missed the first half of the year due to a torn Achilles, Terrell Suggs is back to 2011 form. Just like 2011, Suggs may be on track to win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award for the second time in three years. With seven sacks through five games, Suggs looks as good as ever as a pass rusher, and at his current pace, he would be primed to tie or even break Michael...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Offensive Line Turns In Another Stinker

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The Baltimore Ravens offensive line…where to begin? Sure, the Ravens are 3-2 and in first place in the AFC North, but that will only last so long if the offensive line isn’t able to correct some of their issues…and quickly. No offensive lineman is free of criticism, even right guard Marshal Yanda. In fact, even All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach has been the culprit on many plays, and Baltimore’s offensive line has been one of the worst in the NFL thus far. Let’s take a look at three ways the offensive...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Run Defense Better than Numbers Indicate in Buffalo

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One of the strong points of the Baltimore Ravens defense thus far has been the stellar play of the front seven, particularly in run defense. That was on display again on Sunday, when the Ravens actually turned in an acceptable performance against the run despite giving up 203 rushing yards to the Buffalo Bills. The box score didn’t tell the whole story, as Baltimore’s run defense had an underrated showing in Buffalo. What skews the stat is the fact that the Bills ran the ball 55 times. The team’s yards...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Flacco’s Day to Forget

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Unlike the usual Tale of the Tape breakdowns on Russell Street Report, this week’s offensive edition will be focused on one player. Typically some key plays that decided the game are dissected, but quite frankly, the Baltimore Ravens barely had enough notable offensive plays on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills to even make an article. So, we turn to one man, Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. Flacco turned in one of the worst performances of his career in the 23-20 loss, and his five interceptions were a career high, so...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Ravens Defense Stingy Once Again

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Boy, does the fact that the Baltimore Ravens allowed 49 points in Week 1 seem like a long time ago or what? Ever since the 49-point debacle in Denver to start the season, Baltimore’s defense has allowed just 15 points, and no touchdowns. Of course, not having to face Peyton Manning doesn’t hurt, but it looks like the Ravens’ new defense is finally starting to come together. Taking time to gel was expected, and now Baltimore’s defense appears primed to be much better than last year. On Sunday against the...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Getting Your Playmakers the Ball

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For a second straight week, the Baltimore Ravens faced a balanced defense at home, and while the Ravens won both games, the offense failed to get going. Against the Houston Texans on Sunday, the Baltimore offense coped with the loss of starting running back Ray Rice, a rare occurrence for the team. Without Rice, the Ravens still managed to win 30-9; however, the offense only scored one touchdown in the blowout win. Here are a few key offensive plays that decided the game. Q3, 13:55 remaining, 3rd and 13 The...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Dominant Defense With a Little Luck

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Dominant. Fast. Consistent. Those are just a few words to describe a Baltimore Ravens defense that allowed just six points to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. After an embarrassing 49-point debacle in Denver to open the season, the defense showed its potential against their division rivals. Outside linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs have quickly established themselves as one of the best pass-rushing duos in the NFL. To go along with the fast-paced pursuit of the quarterback, Baltimore’s run defense was stout again against Cleveland. Here are a few key...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Offense Finally Gets Going Against Cleveland

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Sunday’s 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns wasn’t a pretty one for the Baltimore Ravens, whose offense struggled mightily with the defense’s strong performance being the deciding factor. Quarterback Joe Flacco’s rhythm with his targets is still a work in progress, and the run game has been nothing short of a disappointment through two games. The win over the Browns didn’t provide many spectacular offensive plays, but here are a few key plays by the Ravens offense that helped decide the outcome. Q3, 11:09 remaining, 1stand 10 The first half...

Dumervil flying under the radar in Baltimore

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The Baltimore Ravens made a pleasant, uncharacteristic personnel decision in March when they decided to spend big on former Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil. The Ravens don’t tend to throw money at high-profile free agents from other teams, but they were confident enough in Dumervil to sign him to a five-year contract worth up to $35 million. When the move was made, Ravens fans rejoiced, as there was a glaring void left at outside linebacker when Paul Kruger departed for Cleveland. Not only was there a need for another...

Odds makers once again not in love with the Ravens

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The early betting odds are out for the 2013 NFL season, and the defending champion Baltimore Ravens failed to get much love from the books in Las Vegas. Despite winning the Super Bowl and revamping their defense, the Ravens aren’t even projected to finish with the most wins in their division in 2013. Two odds makers set the over/under for Ravens wins in 2013 to 9 and 8.5. Now, that could be realistic, as while the Ravens appear to have a more talented roster than last year on paper, there’s...

A big year ahead for Deonte Thompson?

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On Tuesday, Pro Football Talk reported that second-year Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson is receiving praise from the organization. In a wide receiver competition that is as wide open as possible behind Torrey Smith, every receiver on the team will likely receive some sort of praise before training camp is completed. However, it certainly doesn’t hurt Thompson’s case that he’s earning praise now and is considered a true competitor for the second starting receiver job opposite Smith. Thompson will be competing with a myriad of fellow young receivers for...

What to watch for at Ravens OTAs

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On Tuesday, the Baltimore Ravens will take the field for the first time since their Super Bowl win in February. They will gather at the Under Armour Performance Center for a three-day set of OTA practices to kick off the countdown to training camp. There are several new additions to the Ravens roster, as well as many notable departures. Here’s a look at some things to keep an eye on during this week’s OTA’s in Baltimore: Who makes an early impression in the starting wide receiver race? With the departure...

Osemele’s Pro Bowl prediction isn’t unrealistic

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On Thursday, second-year Baltimore Ravens offensive guard Kelechi Osemele announced that his expectations for the 2013 season are “Pro Bowl or bust,” per Ryan Mink of the team’s official website. For a player who is just learning the left guard position, that type of expectation by him, and his coaches, would seem lofty. However, that’s not the case with Osemele. After playing left tackle at Iowa State, he was moved to right tackle during training camp last season with the Ravens. He played the entire regular season at right tackle, and...

Questions remain at inside linebacker for Ravens

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The retirement of recently signed Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Rolando McClain on Wednesday came as a complete surprise, mainly because McClain is only 23 years old. However, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he won’t be playing for the Ravens this season. In what was considered a “low risk” signing, the organization gave McClain a second chance in the NFL (even though he didn’t really deserve one). While it was a low risk move in terms of money (no guaranteed pay), it wasn’t low risk in terms of preparing the...