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.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Unforgettable Trades

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Trades they don’t involve draft picks aren’t very common in the NFL and much of the hesitancy to pull the trigger on trades stems from the salary cap. If a player is traded the unamortized portion of signing bonuses are accelerated and become a burden on a team’s cap. Conversely, potential trading partners, sensing that cap dollars might force the release of a player, may simply put on their best poker face and simply wait until the player is released. No players or picks are lost and a big salary...

Ravens Meanderings: Just Say “No” to Ryan Clark

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Ozzie Newsome made it perfectly clear during the State of the Ravens presser that free safety is a position of interest. Unfortunately if free agency was the intended means to address the need, the talent there has quickly dried up with the Dolphins Chris Clemons arguably being the best of the un-signed UFA safeties. But yesterday, according to the Baltimore Sun, a new candidate has emerged. Ryan Clark! There’s a reason Clark is no longer in Pittsburgh. Given Troy Polamalu’s coverage weaknesses, the Steelers couldn’t pair him up with another...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Top Plays in Ravens History

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Back in June of 2008 we decided to revisit what we believed were the best Ravens plays in the team’s history up to that point. But this was six seasons ago. Which if any of these plays would stay? Which would you bump? What plays might you replace them with? Please share in the comments section below. 10. The Ravens took a 20-13 lead against the Cleveland Browns on a mild November 7, 2004 Sunday night. With 7:03 left on the game clock, Jeff Garcia rallied his team and took...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ask Brian

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Here’s a look back at one of our sit downs with former Ravens head coach Brian Billick from November 1, 2007. At the time, the Ravens offense was struggling and coach explains why those struggles were part of the big-picture plan all along…SERIOUSLY! Tony Lombardi: Brian, the Ravens sit at 4-3 heading into the bye and the wins thus far have hardly been impressive while the competition even less impressive. Are you concerned about the team and its ability to compete against more formidable competition during the second half? Brian...

Price Might Not be Right For Daryl Smith

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Daryl Smith showed the world during the 2013 season that his NFL career wasn’t finished. He led the Ravens in tackles (123), was second in interceptions (3), second in forced fumbles (2), third in sacks (5) and he had the team’s only defensive touchdown, a pick 6 against the Houston Texans. Smith also helped make the transition from the Ray Lewis era as seamless as possible while wearing the green dot as the defensive signal caller. Essentially Smith did everything the Ravens hoped and then some. But now he’s a...

When Considering Julian Edelman, Buyer Beware!

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It’s interesting how so many fans, even members of the media suggest that the Ravens should scrap the idea of drafting a receiver and just sign a free agent pass catcher instead. The rationale has its roots in the team’s history of drafting wide receivers, which admittedly has been anything but stellar. But such opinions are narrow-minded and shortsighted. Naturally proponents of such thinking will point to Travis Taylor, Mark Clayton, Devard Darling and Tandon Doss as evidence to support their claims. And while the argument is compelling to some...

Time For The Ravens to Make a Statement

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It’s understandable that the Ravens organization wishes to remain on the sidelines and let the dust settle on the off-the-field shenanigans of a few of their players. The Ray Rice storm has quieted – for now. But you can be certain that it will stir up again once Rice comes out of hiding, which by the way is a wise tactical legal maneuver. Whatever happens in the court of law, and it probably won’t be much for Rice, will be the easy part. The more difficult challenge will be the...

Rice, Pierce and a Player to be Named

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Ozzie Newsome has said it, Steve Bisciotti has said it, John Harbaugh has said it and so has Dennis Pitta. It’s important for the Ravens to improve their running game. Talk about a statement of the obvious! Let’s not belabor the painfully woeful stats from the 2013 season. Instead let’s borrow a line from John Lennon in The Beatles’ Getting Better… “It can’t get any worse.” We all know that the coaching staff is hell bent on fixing the offense’s groundless attack. But whom will the Ravens employ to get...

Introducing “The Fanimal”

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The Fanimal. The name alone tells a story and if you happen to be wearing one of these t-shirts (available in several colors) maybe it says something about you. What does it say to YOU? Does it scream, “diehard fan” or something more? We want to create a tag line for The Fanimal but our staff is struggling to come up with a unanimous choice. Maybe there shouldn’t be a unanimous choice. Either way, we need your help. We’ve listed some suggestions below. Choose up to 3 or choose none and make...

Koch is Safe…For Now

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Sam Koch has been the best Ravens punter in team history. But that doesn’t change the fact that he was just a slightly better than average punter in 2013. Unless you are the Pittsburgh Steelers who apparently believe otherwise given recent extensions to Heath Miller and Troy Polamalu, nostalgia doesn’t work in the modern day NFL. NFL means Not For Long on many levels. Front office execs around the league whose livelihoods rest on their ability to maximize the return on their team’s salary cap, have no choice but to...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Dear Steve Bisciotti…

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The Ravens 2005 season was frustrating on so many levels. The team spiraled out of control and it is a near miracle that Brian Billick kept his job. To their credit, they mended their ways during the offseason to post the franchise’s best regular season record in Ravens history in 2006. But the despair of 2005 made for a very long season and on November 3, 2005 I decided to write this public letter to Steve Bisciotti. ***** Dear Steve, We once met socially prior to you becoming the 99%...

Coining a New Slogan For The Ravens 2014 Season

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Since John Harbaugh’s arrival the Ravens have coined a slogan for each new season. Perhaps the concept’s roots date back to Harbaugh’s description of his roster as “53 Mighty Men”, one later borrowed by his brother Jim with a dotted line to father Jack. Since John arrived in Charm City we’ve been treated to annual themes such as: 2008: What’s Our Name? 2009: Play Like a Raven 2010: W.I.N. 2011: Relentless 2012: TEAM 2013: Here We Are Most of the themes carry good stories – they tell a tale and...

Ravens Should Avoid Playing Tag With Monroe

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How the Ravens ultimately deal with Eugene Monroe by the close of business today will be very interesting. Monroe is generally considered to be an above average left tackle, ranking 12th in the NFL according to the drill down analytical machine called Pro Football Focus. Is Monroe deserving of the elite label that comes with the franchise tag? If the Ravens tag Monroe he’ll gobble up $11.654M of the team’s available cap space. That could handcuff Ozzie Newsome a bit as he tries to fill holes at the positions of...

80/20 Rule Could Bump Jones, Graham From Roster

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Ngata Safe…For Now Those within or close to the Ravens inner circle that influences changes in player personnel will tell you that the team subscribes to their own version of the 80/20 rule. If a player one notch down on the depth can provide 80% of the starter’s production for 20% of the price, said starter is in jeopardy. The rule allows the team to develop younger players and manage the salary cap. Jameel McClain and Vonta Leach lost out to the rule this week. And so too could free...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The Bart Scott Show

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As most of you know Bart Scott was recently named to replace Shannon Sharpe on CBS’ NFL Today. I had the pleasure of being the host of Bart’s show on ESPN 1300/105.7 FM during the 2007 season. We usually had a great time despite the bad season. Fans would do zany things like swallowing live gold fish chased by a shot of tequila to demonstrate why they should earn free Ravens tickets. The vibe was good down there at the old Della Rose’s in Canton. A season earlier we had...

Franchise Tag For Pitta is Not “Right Player, Right Price”

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So the Ravens and Dennis Pitta aren’t closing the gap on a new contract. That should come as no surprise. It’s the nature of the negotiating beast during this time of the offseason. Perhaps the discussions will lead to a happy ending for both parties. Perhaps they won’t but regardless the Ravens should maintain a stiff upper lip and let the process play out without using the franchise tag on Pitta. “The tag” has been bantered about as a convenient option for Pitta because the number for tight ends is...

The Collateral Damage of Rice’s AC Journey

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The Ray Rice domestic violence case is unfortunate on many levels. Clearly it affects the lives of Rice, his fiancée Janay Palmer and their young daughter more than anyone else. The collateral damage for them is most costly. Still, regardless of Rice’s guilt or innocence the former All-Pro’s Atlantic City transgressions amount to a nightmare for the Baltimore Ravens both on and off the field. The Ravens gave Rice a huge contract in 2012 not just for his impressive statistical accomplishments but also for his leadership and the way he...

FLASHBACK FRIDAYS: Hopes Are High For Bazooka Joe

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During the 2008 training camp, Joe Flacco’s first as a Baltimore Raven, the rookie quarterback turned heads and it quickly became apparent that it was only a matter of time until he would become the team’s starting QB. No one could have predicted the injury to Kyle Boller and the illness suffered by Troy Smith that would make the very predictable happen sooner than later. But it did and Flacco took the starting job and not only has he not relinquished it, he’s never missed a start. Looking back at...

Let’s Not Jump to Conclusions

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If we’ve learned anything about the modern media and social media in recent years it’s that news travels quickly while bad news seemingly travels at the speed of light. Today has been a tsunami of bad news for Ravens running back Ray Rice. More than likely the full story has not yet been told so it’s premature to draw any definitive conclusions. Hopefully what happened between Rice and his fiancée Janay Palmer, is simply a misunderstanding and that soon cooler heads and the truth, whatever that might be, will prevail....

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The Day Ray Lewis Nearly Left

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On Flashback Fridays RSR will take a look back at some published articles that today act as reminders of what once was here in Ravens Nation. These pieces will range from nearly clairvoyant to downright silly. We hope you enjoy your 5 minute journey down memory lane. Today we look back to a time when Ray Lewis eagerly looked forward to his status as a free agent.   (Originally posted February 28, 2009) Make no mistake about it, free agency lures Ray Lewis because it feeds his ego. Lewis wants...