About Mike Fast

Mike Fast

I was born and raised in Baltimore. But after a year at York College of Pennsylvania, I transferred to Towson University. At York and Towson, I hosted various radio shows, wrote for the school paper, spoke on a panel RE: college game day presentation at IBS conference in Manhattan and was a public address announcer for multiple sports. Since 2012, I've been able to cover the Ravens during their training camp as well as work for Johns Hopkins during their home men's lacrosse games. A life-long goal was realized when I got to attend Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans and witness the Ravens triumph over an excellent 49ers team. What an experience! If you choose to do so, follow me on twitter: @MikeFastJr.

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Zack Martin

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The third player profile in our series centers on the best of South Bend in 2013. Zach Martin, former offensive lineman for the Fighting Irish, played multiple positions along the offensive line during his time in college. The team that takes him will certainly get a versatile player, but just because Martin played a position in college doesn’t mean he can excel at that same position in the NFL. Zack Martin ranks 19th out of all the 2014 NFL draft prospects, according to NFL.com.  He was named the top offensive...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: WR Marqise Lee

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This is the first of eight player profiles analyzing who the Ravens may select with their 17th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. This series is meant to be devoid of mainstream media influence and present to you the player I think fits best on the Ravens when compared to which players will be available when they make their selection. All of the eight players we’ll look at over the next four weeks are dynamic. They don’t just get by. They are among the best at their respective positions....

Happy Anniversary, Steve Bisciotti

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of when the NFL approved Steve Bisciotti’s purchase of the Baltimore Ravens. A lot has happened since April 9, 2004, but Bisciotti’s involvement, as renowned author John Feinstein points out, began long before that. In his book entitled Next Man Up, Feinstein chronicles the Ravens’ 2004 season. During the introduction, Feinstein talked about Bisciotti being his first Ravens contact. Feinstein wrote, “Bisciotti is one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met.” In the book’s second chapter, Feinstein gives the account of how the transfer...

Are You Happy With the Ravens?

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For some time I’ve been wondering: Are fans in Baltimore happy with their team? After all, they call themselves fans and they call the Ravens their team, so of course they are happy, aren’t they? I’m not so sure. When I go to games I like to sit in the upper deck behind the end zone, which is where I believe I get the best view of the field. As a result I encounter some questionable behavior. It’s not the cursing that bothers me so much, rather the lightning-fast criticism...

RBs That Could Help Ravens Return to Playoffs

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The Ravens have always had good running backs. At times, they’ve had great running backs. Earnest Byner, Jamal Lewis, Priest Holmes, Willis McGahee, etc. have all had different running styles but have all helped Baltimore win games (at times, even when rushing was the only thing the defense expected). These days the Ravens still have a high level of talent at the position, but their confidence in those players might be waning. Mine would be. We all know about Ray Rice and what he’s involved in. Baltimore ownership has consistently...

Ravens Still Have Some Offseason Work to Do

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Since the 2014 league year began 12 days ago, the Ravens have avoided acting impetuously and have stayed true to who they are. They have signed or re-signed very good players at the right price. They addressed concerns by mostly retaining their own. Keeping your own players eliminates the hassle of learning and comprehending a new playbook and verbiage. Keeping your own players provides an organization the opportunity to maintain and build upon team chemistry. But is Baltimore being able to retain players like Eugene Monroe, Dennis Pitta and Daryl...

Flashback Friday: My First Ravens Game

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I didn’t know. I didn’t know how historic Memorial Stadium was or that I was witnessing a football game being played by future legends such as Brett Favre, Reggie White, Ray Lewis, and Jonathan Ogden. I didn’t know how stacked the Ravens organization was, having men like Ozzie Newsome, Phil Savage, and Scott Pioli in their pro personnel department and five future head coaches (three NFL, two NCAA D-1) on their staff in addition to Ted Marchibroda. I didn’t know that in 484 days, Memorial Stadium would see it’s last...

Save Now to Pay Later

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Since the waves of NFL free agency anticipation and subsequent analysis are now at low tide, it’s time to look ahead. Obviously moves can and will still be made, but for the most part all of the big moves are in the rearview. The Ravens re-signed key players such as left tackle Eugene Monroe, tight end Dennis Pitta, All-Pro kick returner Jacoby Jones, and inside linebacker Daryl Smith. They also added 13-year veteran wide receiver Steve Smith. None of those five players received contracts that included big signing bonuses. In...

The Best of the Rest

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The last 24 hours have brought about so many changes to NFL rosters that it’s been hard to keep up with, even for the most anxious fan. DeMarcus Ware was released by the Cowboys but then signed a three-year, $30 million deal ($20 million guaranteed) with the Broncos. Steve Smith of the Panthers, although not officially gone, won’t be playing for Carolina next season, according to his agent Derrick Fox. Ware (nine seasons) and Smith (13 seasons) are leaving the only team they’ve ever played for. For whatever reason(s) the...

Free Agent Safeties the Ravens Should Consider

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“I think we need to have a more athletic safety in the defense.” — Ozzie Newsome At the Ravens’ year-end press conference in early January, Newsome spoke at length about which types of players the Ravens will target in order to ensure the disappointment of 2013 doesn’t become a pattern in 2014. Wide receivers and offensive linemen are positions we’ve already looked at in past weeks. So now as we’re one day away from the beginning of free agency, let’s take a look at that third and final position Newsome...

Will a Change Come For The Ravens Sam Koch?

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After Terrell Suggs, Sam Koch (along with Haloti Ngata) is the longest-tenured Raven. He’s done a lot for a team that has struggled offensively. He also took a crucial eight seconds off the clock near the end of Super Bowl XLVII to help Baltimore win their second world championship. But with last year being an average year for Koch and with the remaining two years of his contract counting as $5.9 million against the Ravens’ cap, is it time to look for another punter? I don’t fully know. But here’s...

Could More Texans Flock to The Ravens?

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When free agency begins a week from tomorrow, which players from other teams will the Ravens attempt to sign? Daryl Smith and Eugene Monroe are the two biggest contributors from last year’s team that the Ravens would like to have back. Other players like Jacoby Jones, Arthur Jones and Corey Graham helped the team a lot but may be asking for too much money. Jacoby Jones may be especially tough to re-sign for three reasons. First, he carried a $4.9 million cap figure last season. Second, his offensive role could...

Graham’s Contributions Fall Under Radar

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If there was a strength of the Ravens last year (besides Justin Tucker), it was their secondary, and their cornerbacks in particular. Baltimore’s defense was ranked 12th overall and their pass defense was better still. The Ravens allowed the third-lowest opponent quarterback rating (56.9) of any defense in the league last year. That’s saying a lot considering they had to face the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Ben Roethlisberger (twice) and Peyton Manning. Safeties James Ihedigbo and Matt Elam made some big plays, but they both also...

Dennis Pitta is The Best Free Agent Option for Ravens

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The clock is ticking. In 15 days NFL free agency will begin. In 12 days teams can begin negotiating with free agents. Regarding the franchise tag, the Ravens have only one week to use it if they wish to do so at all this year. Last week we took a look at which wide receivers could fit Baltimore’s budget and scheme. Could any current Ravens fill that role? Tight ends Dennis Pitta, Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark as well as wide receivers Jacoby Jones and Tandon Doss are all unrestricted...

Reconfiguring The Ravens O-Line

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If Joe Flacco is going to lead the Ravens back to playoff prominence, he’s going to need a much better offensive line blocking for him. If Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce and the running back the Ravens are likely to draft are going to establish Baltimore’s ground game, they’re going to need a better offensive line blocking for them. How many times in 2013 did the Ravens, due to procedure penalties or blown blocking assignments, get behind in down and distance? Too many. Left guard Kelechi Osemele had a back injury...

EXPLORING UFA’s: WR’s That Could Lure The Ravens

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It’s no secret that the Ravens offense was bad last year, so they’ll seek to get better this year in every way possible. The draft is deep with wide receivers and offensive linemen, two positions from which the Ravens need improvement. There are also plenty of free agents the Ravens may have their eye on. Wide receivers Anquan Boldin, James Jones, Eric Decker and Julian Edelman could flourish in Baltimore’s offense. Those players have all played in a Super Bowl in the last four years, so they’ll be able to...

So Some Think Joe Flacco is a Slacker?

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Imagine life as a Ravens fan without Joe Flacco as their quarterback. Baltimore would have much more cap space ($14.8 million in 2014, to be exact). They could maybe sign two above average free agents to perhaps bolster their offensive line and/or receiving corps. Ravens fans get a quarterback that is serious about his craft, spending every waking moment getting to know his new offensive coordinator while leaving his wife and kids at home, never taking a vacation. Of course, I’m being facetious. It’s absurd to me that fans and...

Harbaugh Unfairly Criticized

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It’s good to be back. Since we last spoke, the Ravens disappointing season ended. It’s clear the final result didn’t equate to the goals players, coaches and fans had. We all wanted the Ravens to do better. We all thought they could do better. But they missed the playoffs. They earned what they got—an early offseason. Since then, John Harbaugh made the move to hire Gary Kubiak as his offensive coordinator, in addition to three other offensive coaches. I don’t know if the decision was Harbaugh’s alone, but I will...

TWO MINUTE DRILL: Playoff Edition

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As another season comes to an end, I want to first thank the players and coaches for putting out such an entertaining product. They put their lives and time with their families in serious jeopardy to make the NFL what it is. Now that the playoffs are officially here, the ranking of teams seems moot. All teams are seeded and there are odds, but teams don’t have records anymore. Every team, whether it be Denver (who set the all-time record for most points scored in a season with 606) or...

FAST REACTION: Ugly End to an Ugly Year

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Stop apologizing and just admit it: The 2013 Ravens were not very good. You can make all the excuses and explanations you want, but the fact is all facets (offense, defense, special teams, coaching) made mistakes that cost the organization a shot at the playoffs. The game today against the Bengals was a microcosm of the Ravens’ season, in that Baltimore was presented with numerous opportunities to win and create distance. Instead, they stayed stagnant. The kicker is the Bengals didn’t play well today, either. They made multiple mistakes in...