About Tony Lombardi

Tony Lombardi

Tony is 24x7 Networks, LLC's founder (the parent of EutawStreetReport.com and RussellStreetReport.com) His work has been featured on various sports websites and he is a regular guest on 105.7 The Fan. A diehard Fab Four fan, Tony is a frustrated musician who thinks beating on the steering wheel is akin to being John Bonham. Follow Tony on Twitter @RussellStReport.

SPEED BAG: Trade Winds Blowing?

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Arthur Brown is a perfect 7 for 7 this season in healthy scratches. The highly touted linebacker is the only member of the team’s 53-man squad not to dress on game day in 2014. Meanwhile undrafted linebacker Zachary Orr has dressed in all 7 games when he’s contributed a total of one special teams tackle and 2 special teams penalties. Yesterday Albert McClellan had 10 snaps on defense subbing for Daryl Smith when the game had already been decided. Is former UDFA McClellan going to be the heir apparent to...

THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Ravens 29, Falcons 7

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Last week I opined about the Ravens and their developing identity along with the progressions made on both sides of the football. They aren’t quite where they are capable of being yet as a team but collectively they are getting closer. Yesterday at The Bank the Ravens dominated the Falcons 29-7 and it should have been worse. But the key point is that they beat up on a team that they should beat up on even when they aren’t playing their best football. That was the story for the day....

This Week on Russell Street

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GO BOLD! Some of our staff predictions admittedly have been pretty whack! Some of you have said we’re homers…well at least one of you always says so. Do you think these BOLD PREDICTIONS are any better this week? Can you handle the truth?   BACK TO THE FUTURE The last time the Falcons visited Baltimore for a non-fake game was back on November 19, 2006, a game the Steve McNair led Ravens won 24-10. Here’s a look back at Aaron Wilson’s recap of the day, one during which the slowest...

LOOK OVER HERE: Cryin’ Matt Ryan on Sunday?

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Things to look for on Sunday when you aren’t watching the ball… Me & Julio: Julio is the name of my friend’s African Grey parrot but a bird of greater interest on Sunday is Falcons’ WR Julio Jones who leads the NFL in receptions with 44 and an eye-popping 66 targets – in other words 11 per game. It’s safe to say that Jimmy Smith will be busy tomorrow. Smith is the 7th ranked corner in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus and quarterbacks have a passer rating of...

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Flacco Will do WHAT?

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The Falcons move the ball early and often, accumulating 400 yards of total offense, but stall in the red zone. They eventually get two touchdowns (one from Julio Jones, one from Antone Smith–both receiving), but by that time, the Ravens have the game put away.  Joe Flacco and the offense cruises again. No. 5 throws for 300-plus yards and zero INT for the second-straight week, and the Ravens win, 34-20. ~ Mike Fast Flacco and Ryan go head to head in the first half, keeping it close 17-14. In the second half...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: One And Done For Kubiak?

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We posted this article back in June and we’ve brought it back up today given the recent buzz about Kubiak’s possible return to the head coaching ranks. You can check out the original post and the interesting comments HERE. Happy Purple Friday Baltimore!!! ********** The NFL coaching carousel is a ride that begins towards the end of each season and usually doesn’t stop until a few days after the Super Bowl.Head coaches come and go to the tune of about 5 to 7 per season and today they come in...

Is Good Sportsmanship Eroding in America?

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So this morning I had a brief conversation with my son Tyler. Me: Have you seen all the hoopla over Jeremy Guthrie’s t-shirt? Ty: Yes, I’m not bothered by it as much as you. Obviously he had seen my Tweets on the topic. Now Tyler I’m proud to say is a pretty balanced guy. He’s respectful and fortunately for a young man of his age he takes the time to respond, unlike his father who at the age of 22 all too often reacted. There’s a difference. But his words...

Ravens Developing a Dangerous Identity

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It’s hard to believe that on Thursday Week 7 of the NFL season will be underway. In many ways it feels like the 2014 campaign just kicked off. It could be that the success of the Orioles has been a pleasant distraction. Maybe we’ve taken our eye off the football for a bit. Perhaps the pleasant weather has kept us in summer mode just a bit longer. Or it’s possible that the Ravens haven’t yet defined who they are and we’re waiting for an identity to emerge – one we...

Boldin or Smith, Sr.?

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The Ravens have been blessed with a few tough dependable receivers since 2005 when they signed Derrick Mason. But despite his limited time thus far in Baltimore Steve Smith, Sr. is one of the two wide receivers to wear a Ravens uniform that are nearest and dearest to the hearts of Baltimore sports fans. It’s their gritty nature and all out approach to the game that Charm City gravitates to. When Anquan Boldin was traded, the team’s front office received a tsunami of criticism, particularly coming off a World Championship. And...

Ravens Quick Hits From Week 6

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It’s been said often that the true measure of character isn’t determined by how someone deals with success, but rather how he or she handles adversity. Kudos to Torrey Smith for answering his critics, myself included. Smith has struggled with consistency as a ball catcher and he’s been pretty much a one-trick pony. Yesterday he began to resemble the player who seemed to be growing as a receiver until he hit the wall in 2014. If he, Joe Flacco and Gary Kubiak can build upon his 4 catches for 51...

The Good, Bad & Ugly: Ravens Dominant!

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It’s hard to imagine a more perfect outcome for the Baltimore Ravens in Tampa on Sunday as they leave the southwest Florida tropical conditions with a dominant 48-17 win. At the midway point in the first quarter the outcome of this game was never in doubt. Lovie Smith and his highly dissectible Tampa 2 defense was no match for the razor sharp arm of Joe Flacco who sliced up the Bucs swiftly and often. Flacco was like the guy on Pier 60 in Clearwater carving up fresh grouper. The Ravens...

Knee Jerk Reactions: Ravens 48, Bucs 17

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Joe Flacco and the Ravens, along with the offensive line, looked like world beaters in the first half… the best played half in franchise history. But it didn’t come against a good team… it came against the worst team in the NFL. After that kind of a half, it’s more important to come out and stay aggressive in the second half, proving you can sustain that type of play for more than a half. The Ravens couldn’t, as they phoned it in during the third quarter, giving up 10 points....

LOOK OVER HERE: Ravens at Bucs

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TALL DRINK: Bucs QB Mike Glennon looks more like a small forward than a quarterback but he can get the job done if he’s given time. It doesn’t take much for him to stand tall in the pocket and if he can set Glennon can deliver accurately and on time. He’s been sacked 9 times this season and he moves well despite his flamingo legs. Flushing him to his left can bring desirable results. TALL OAKS: Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans are both active today and if Glennon gets time,...

This Week on Russell Street

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HOLD THE SIZZLE? Terrell Suggs has been an enigma through the first five games of the 2014 season. His relentless desire to get after opposing quarterbacks is there, but the veteran linebacker has struggled bringing down signal callers, recording just a half of sack, which he shared with counterpart Elvis Dumervil. LINK OUR LAST TRIP TO THE PIRATE SHIP The last time the Ravens visited Raymond James Stadium for anything other than fake games was back on September 10, 2006, the very first regular season game the Brian Billick led Ravens...

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Ravens at Bucs

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Webb returns an INT for a score and Jacoby returns a kick for TD as the Ravens cruise in Tampa. ~ Ken Zalis Flacco and Company deliver one of their patented road duds — but only for three quarters. Trailing 17-16 heading to the 4th quarter, Baltimore scores 17 points in the final period to win 33-17. An INT return for a TD by Lardarius Webb is the big blow midway through the 4th quarter with the Bucs driving for the go-ahead score. ~ Drew Forrester This appears to be...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens at Bucs Circa 2006

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The last time the Ravens visited Raymond James Stadium for anything other than fake games was back on September 10, 2006, the very first regular season game the Brian Billick led Ravens played with Steve McNair under center. Forced to wear their purple in blistering tropical conditions the Ravens returned home with a convincing victory. Here’s how they graded out during the 27-0 win.   QUARTERBACK: B+ Steve McNair was an efficient 17 of 27 for 181 yards and a score. He protected the football well and finished with a...

Revisiting The Ravens 2013 Draft Class

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We are less than 18 months removed from the 2013 NFL Draft, one that produced 10 new Ravens. As of today 5 are on the 2014 53-man roster, 3 have been released, 1 is on the practice squad and the last is on injured reserve. Here’s a snap shot of those picks: * Inactive for all 5 games in 2014; healthy scratch ** Released in 2014 and later signed to practice squad; Texans signed Simon to their 53-man roster.

Simon Says See You Later!

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The John Simon era is over in Baltimore! According to multiple sources the OLB was signed off the Ravens practice squad and on to the Texans 53-man roster where he will be re-united with Texans’ assistant coach Mike Vrabel. Vrabel and Simon where paired together when both were at Ohio State University as coach and player. You may recall reports of how the Ravens war room was giddy with excitement when they drafted Simon in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Yet Simon rarely made his way on...

Ravens at Colts: What we Looked For, What we Saw

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BIG MAC LOOKED FOR: Pernell McPhee is quietly putting together a terrific season. Last week against the Panthers team insiders, after reviewing the game tape, believed that McPhee was the best defender on the field. WHAT WE SAW: In 2014 it doesn’t seem to matter where the Ravens line up McPhee, he seems to be a menacing presence. With the struggles of Terrell Suggs, maybe the Ravens should think about giving Pernell a few of his snaps. I didn’t think a tight end could neutralize Suggs until yesterday.   HURST...

Speed Bag: Quick Hits From Sunday

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I’ve been beating on this fairly regularly as of late and I doubt that I’ll stop. Arthur Brown is a perfect 5-for-5 when it comes to landing on the inactive list this season. Last year the Ravens regularly had Daryl Smith, Josh Bynes, Albert McClellan and Jameel McClain up for games. Last year Dean Pees regularly rotated these players at the inside linebacker position. Apparently Brown isn’t as good as those undrafted guys like Bynes, McClellan, McClain and now Zach Orr. Here’s some perspective… In 2013 four other inside linebackers...