About Paul Lukoskie

Paul Lukoskie

Paul (aka WickedSolo) has been an avid football fan since he was a little kid. As former player himself (through college only...turning pro and having million dollar contracts and fame just sounded too overwhelming...or he's just a 5'11" 200lb guy who was only good enough to play D-3 ball...but who's counting...) he has a ton of experience in the locker room, on the field, and in the film room during the off-season and the regular season. While serving in the US Navy on active duty he had the opportunity to check out the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama and caught the attention of a few Ravens' scouts (not too hard to spot the only guy in Mobile wearing camo fatigues with a purple Ed Reed jersey) and they were kind enough to point out some of the things they look for when scouting players. From that point on, Paul was hooked on the draft and everything leading up to it. He regularly contributes draft-based analytical pieces on the RSR forum and is constantly providing Ravens fans with collegiate players to check out. Paul is a Charm City native through and through and after being Honorably discharged from the Navy lives with his wife Ashly and son Jack. Jack is less than a year old, but is in the process of training to play for the Ravens in 2033.

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Week 2, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Overall: A+ Words cannot express how badly this team and the fans needed a win. It was bad enough that the Ravens played like they did and lost to Cincinnati just a few days ago, but the Ray Rice saga just added salt, lemon, hydrochloric acid, napalm, and homeless puppies to the proverbial wound. Beating down the Pittsburgh Steelers to the point where they didn’t even score a touchdown was the best thing that could have happened.   Offense: B+ Against the Bengals, the offense looked pretty inept. They dropped...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Familiar Flavor of Disappointment

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Overall: D Too many mistakes on both sides of the ball was the Ravens’ downfall today.  NINE dropped passes, one fumble lost, one interception, and a ton of big plays given up by the defense is not a way to win any game.   Offense: C- Honestly, the 2nd half was a lot of fun to watch.  Joe Flacco threw the ball 62 times, which is far too much.  I thought Gary Kubiak was a running game guru?  They didn’t run the ball nearly enough, which is a shame because Justin Forsett looked...

Griping About – & Understanding – the Ravens D

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I’ve read a lot of things lately about how the Ravens need to part ways with defensive veterans like Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs, Lardarius Webb, and others.  The theory is that younger players are more hungry, more athletic, and do not cost as much.  I can understand that sentiment, but parting with key defensive starters (regardless of age and experience) is a bad way to build a defense. When it comes to the Ravens (and most teams) during the pre-season, there are a couple of things that I think fans...

Players Who Could Attract The Ravens in ’15 NFL Draft

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I have to admit that when Paul presented a forward looking piece last July providing some insight as to which collegiate players could be of interest to the Ravens, you could have colored me skeptical.  Yet of the five player bios Paul presented, every one was of interest to the Ravens and two are now wearing purple and black here in Baltimore. See for yourself. I won’t be a Doubting Thomas this time around and nor should you. Here’s Paul’s outlook for the 2015 NFL Draft along with a few...

Who Will Be the Ravens’ Backup Quarterback?

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The Ravens used the 194th overall pick in the 6th round to select Keith Wenning, a 6’3” 220-lb quarterback from Ball State.  As a prospect, I like Wenning.  He was a four year starter at Ball State and in that time he improved each year as a passer.  He doesn’t have an elite arm like Joe Flacco, but I think his abilities translate well to a west coast offense (WCO), which is what Gary Kubiak is in the process of installing.  In total, Wenning completed 63% of his passes for...

Are The Ravens Offensive Woes on Ozzie?

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It is 22 January 2014…do you know where your Offensive Coordinator is? Neither do the Ravens. As of right now, the following names have been “confirmed” as interviewed and/or had some sort of contact with the Ravens regarding the vacancy. Kyle Shanahan, Kirby Wilson, Jim Hostler, Ben McAdoo (signed in New York), and Scott Linehan. According to John Harbaugh, the Ravens want an offensive coordinator that will feature an “attacking” down field game plan. That clearly falls more in line with the Air Coryell offense that coordinators like Cam Cameron,...

2013 Season Report Card

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The season was a roller coaster ride and some of the bends, turns and sheer drop-offs made many of the Ravens’ faithful consider that they may not have the stomach for this 2013. Can we blame them? The Ravens were coming off a season of greatness and a half-decade of success. The final nail in the coffin came against a hot Cincinnati Bengals team that went 8-0 at home in the Queen City this season. I suppose that an 8-8 record is not nearly as bad as it could have...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Everybody Fails

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A lot of folks will point out how the blabbering and flip-flopping from blatantly bad referee calls impacted the Ravens early on in the game.  I agree to a certain point, but when looking back at this game it is really evident how unprepared the Ravens were and how great New England’s coaching staff really is.  I would love to see Baltimore embrace an offensive scheme similar to that of the Patriots.  They make the most out of what they’ve got and even with three offensive linemen playing out of...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 18 Lions 16

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Words cannot describe the level of heart palpitations that I experienced into the waning hours of Monday night.  At first, I was so uncomfortable with the fact that the defense gave up yet another late, 4th quarter touchdown.  However, I had to constantly remind myself that this is how the Ravens do things.  Many have said it and it is so true: the Ravens don’t panic and thrive under pressure.   Offensive Grades Overall, I thought the offense was fairly average last night.  They didn’t make a lot of mistakes...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 29, Vikings 26

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Hey Ravens’ Faithful… What. A. Game! This game was full of the lowest of lows and incredible highs. The first half was a snoozer – largely as a result of the weather. BUT… The last 5 minutes of the game may have been the most exciting 5 minutes of any game this season. When it comes to Ravens football, you just never know when last minute heroics are going to come alive and take over a game. I think it’s safe to say that most fans would rather see the...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 19 Jets 3

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Some may disagree, but I think today’s win was exactly what the Ravens needed.  It was a total domination from the defense against a poor offense.  It was also a rather solid outing from the offense against arguably the best defense in the NFL.  Folks may look at the score and only see one offensive touchdown, but they’d be completely missing out on the number of sustained drives that tired the Jets’ defense out and put Justin Tucker in field goal range.  There are still some things that the offense...

REPORT CARD: Bears 23, Ravens 20 OT

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If you were watching the Ravens play the Bears this afternoon, you probably started to see some distinct, negative patterns emerge. These patterns aren’t necessarily because of a lack of talent or bad players. These patterns go much, much deeper. They are systemic. They strike at the core of this team and this coaching staff. The negative patterns that I am noticing are the following: • When the game is on the line, the defense cannot get off the field. • When the game is on the line, the defense...

Bring Back Ed

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Dear John, Please consider bringing Ed Reed back to the Baltimore Ravens. Clearly, he is not what he once was as a player. However, his ability to get players lined up would be a huge boost to a very young secondary and defense. I’m not suggesting that Ed assume a starting role over Matt Elam and James Ihedigbo, quite the opposite. I think Reed’s presence during the practice week and in the film room and on the sidelines during games would provide a valuable resource for the young players. Furthermore,...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 20 Bengals 17 (OT)

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Many considered last week’s game against Cleveland to be a “must win.”  In a lot of circumstances it was, because a win against Cleveland and a win yesterday against the Bengals would have set Baltimore up for a much better shot to earn one of the final Wild Card playoff slots. Right now, the playoff picture in the AFC looks like this: Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts leading their respective divisions.  The 5th and 6th playoff slots will (right now) be the Denver...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: EPIC FAIL!

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Yesterday was a “must win” game against Cleveland. The coaching staff said so. The players said so. The media pundits said so and almost every fan out there said so. Being a “must win” game must not have been enough incentive because the entire team and the entire coaching staff mailed it in big time. This was Cleveland’s “regular season Super Bowl,” much like when Baltimore throttled Pittsburgh 35-7 in the opening game of the 2011 season. I’m not going to grade this team. I’m just giving one grade this...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Steelers 19, Ravens 16

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Well folks, what can I say? The Ravens just don’t seem to have “it” right now. Defensively, they’re looking more and more like last year’s defense, which couldn’t get off the field and stop the run. I was happy to see Jameel McClain able to suit up, but he just looked so slow out there on the field. I think having him out there at all unless it’s absolutely necessary is a mistake. However, I’m a bit stumped to the personnel decisions being made by the coaching staff. This leads...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Packers 19 Ravens 17

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The defense can only be incredible for so long.  Considering how much the defense was on the field, I am impressed that they kept Aaron Rodgers at bay for as long as they did.  Right now the Ravens are 3-3 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears coming up.  While Pittsburgh is 1-4 and both Cleveland and Cincinnati are up and down, the Ravens’ offensive woes could spell some major in-division disappointments on the horizon. The Ravens have got to figure out their offense and they...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 26 Dolphins 23

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It wasn’t pretty, but is it ever? I think one thing that Ravens’ faithful need to start to accept is that under John Harbaugh we’re likely never going to see the 30-0 blow outs that seem to be happening every week around the league. Is it frustrating? Sure. However, as long as the Ravens come out with the “W,” does it really matter?  For some reason, the Ravens generally are able to beat the teams that they’re supposed to beat, but it does not come without a mid-game panic attack...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Bills 23, Ravens 20

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It wouldn’t be a true Ravens’ season without losing to a team they should have beaten. Last season it was losing to a Charlie Batch-led Pittsburgh Steelers team in Baltimore. In 2011 it was losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars. In fact, other than the final score, the 2011 Jacksonville loss closely resembles today’s loss to Buffalo. Both Buffalo and the Jaguars were underdogs. Both of their defenses came to play and completely shut down the running game and held the Ravens’ receivers to minimal gains. Also, in both losses, the...

REPORT CARD: Ravens 30, Texans 9

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The Texans Are Who We Thought They Were   Well, they are who I thought they were – overrated! A lot of fans that looked at the schedule probably chalked this game up as a loss before the season even started. The Texans have a lot of talent at a lot of places. Andre Johnson is in his thirties, but he can still move the chains. Both of their tight ends (Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham) are big targets and very effective in the red zone. Everyone knows the Texans...