About Wola Odeniran

Wola Odeniran

Born in Silver Spring, Wola Odeniran remains a Maryland resident. He is currently a student at UMUC with a major in graphics communication, the ultimate goal being a career in journalism. Wola is a lifelong Ravens, Orioles and Terps fan…all the way!

Should Ravens Consider Replacing Gradkowski Midseason?

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For the Baltimore Ravens, and especially their fans who have to watch this horror show along the offensive line, when is enough enough? I say now – center Gino Gradkowski must be benched in favor of Ryan Jensen in my opinion. To me, benching Gradkowski can’t make things worse, by any stretch of the imagination. The fact of the matter is, his line calls before the snap are horrible. It’s noticeable when you see opposing defenses week after week bring blitzes up the middle where Joe Flacco doesn’t have a...

Ravens Struggling to Force Turnovers

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The Baltimore Ravens have been noticeably better across the board when it comes to their run defense, pass defense, and getting after the quarterback when compared to their defense last season. Dean Pees gang has even generated 22 sacks on the season through their first six games, the most the unit has ever generated through six games in franchise history. All of that is well, and good, but where are the forced turnovers? The Ravens’ defense had their opportunities last week against the Green Bay Packers when Ravens’ outside linebacker...

Flacco is “Franchise” Despite Lack of “Elite” Stats

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Fans these days are always obsessed with stats. They want the quarterback for their favorite team to put up gaudy numbers to make themselves believe they have a franchise, or, to use the word-of-the-moment, “elite” quarterback. Well, putting up gaudy numbers has never been Joe Flacco’s style, nor the style of the Baltimore Ravens. Of course, there’s not anything wrong with that – just look at the win totals and Lombardi Trophy – but a lot people use that as a guide to say he is no good. Flacco’s numbers...

Webb’s Injuries Becoming a Concern?

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Lardarius Webb is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. In my opinion, he is in the top 10 at the position, when healthy. That last part is the key. We understand that Webb is a talent, and the Ravens won’t be able to go as far as they did last year without him. But at the same time, I think it is time for the Ravens’ organization, and Ravens’ fans, to think about the financial commitment the team made to Webb, and his ongoing history of injuries. Webb...

Ravens Better Not Sleepwalk in Buffalo

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It seems like in recent years the Baltimore Ravens have always had that one game during the course of the regular season where they lose to a seemingly inferior team. We can talk about the Jacksonville Jaguars or Tennessee Titans games in 2011, or the Philadelphia Eagles game last year. By now one would have to think that the Ravens are well aware of their issues during the regular season on the road as they go into week four facing the Buffalo Bills. The Bills may be 1-2, but they...

Smith Helping Secondary Put Ugly Week 1 Behind Them

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The Baltimore Ravens’ secondary obviously had a lot of issues in Week One against the Denver Broncos with Peyton Manning throwing for seven touchdowns. It was disappointing, embarrassing, and wounded some of the pride the Ravens have as a defense that has historically been stout. But if we can look at a player like Jimmy Smith, who was victimized by Manning a little bit in week one, and has come back playing better than he has ever played over the last two weeks, I will gladly take it. Since Smith...

Cundiff Returns to Baltimore!

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Ever since Billy Cundiff missed the biggest kick of his career with the Baltimore Ravens in the 2011 AFC championship game against the New England Patriots, he has struggled to keep a job in the NFL. Entering the 2012 season, Cundiff battled with current Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker, and lost. Cundiff signed with the Washington Redskins shortly after for five games, and missed five field goals in that time which ultimately led to his release. After those sequences of events, Cundiff would then sign on with the San Francisco 49ers...

FURST THINGS FIRST: Ravens need to make a change at TE

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Ed Dickson to say the least has been very disappointing for the Baltimore Ravens since they selected him in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft. In his three plus seasons with the Ravens, Dickson has a total of 87 catches for 918 yards, and six touchdowns. Those are the kind of numbers that would make for an excellent season but a career…not so much. Dropped passes have plague Dickson’s career in purple from jump street. The numbers don’t lie. As a rookie Dickson had fifth-highest drop rate in...

Let The Youth Movement Begin!

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Ever since the Baltimore Ravens started off the 2013 offseason going towards the youth movement with noticeable players leaving such as Anquan Boldin, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Matt Birk it was a sign of a new era, and something that fans begrudgingly embraced as we celebrated the Ravens winning the Super Bowl again. As the team goes forward, the poster children for the Ravens’ youth movement are the talents of inside linebacker Arthur Brown, and strong safety Matt Elam. Both players are expected to be key contributors on defense...

Michael Oher: “I’d Prefer to be a Right Tackle”

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With Jonathan Ogden entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, I find his old position at the forefront of my mind. When the Ravens drafted current right tackle Michael Oher in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft, the expectation at the time was that that he would become the left tackle of the future. Oher has had his stints at left tackle, mostly due to injuries, whether to Jared Gaither or Bryant McKinnie. More often than not, Oher left a lot to be desired at left...

Examining the Loss of Matt Birk

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Out of all the plays and out of all the situations the Baltimore Ravens went through on the field during the 2012 season, I don’t think there was a unit on the team who surprised more than the offensive line did. (Well…Rahim Moore and just about everybody else were probably more surprised at one point. But I digress…) The transformation along the offensive line during the playoffs was one the likes of which I have never seen before. There were stretches during the season where the offensive line was borderline...

Tough decisions loom for Ravens on Suggs, Ngata

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Baltimore Ravens fans, like myself, have been spoiled to some degree over the years. But who cares? Let Ozzie Newsome and company work their magic. But, Ravens fans shouldn’t take the success for granted. And right now, it starts with understanding that Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs are still valuable to the team. I have heard many fans in Ravens nation say that Ngata and Suggs should be gone after this season due to their high salary cap numbers. Though, not all Raven fans feel this way; the debate seems...

Ravens fans should reflect on a great era of Baltimore football

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The Baltimore Ravens and Ravens Nation know all about the great success the team has had over the last five years, as they are currently the defending Super Bowl champions. The best thing, I think, about the Ravens winning the Super Bowl is the fact that as a fan, you gain some perspective. The modern Ravens have cemented their legacy in the history of the game. For the next few years at least, Ravens fans get to look back, reflect, and say that at least they got their two Super...

Ravens Naysayers are Simply Feeding the Beast

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Maybe the Baltimore Ravens have done something that no other Super Bowl Champion has been able to do in recent years. Maybe the Ravens looked themselves in the eye and re-engineered their roster in a way that no other Super Bowl champion in recent years has had the guts to do. Everyone from the outside believes this coming season will be a tall order for the Ravens due to losing nine critical starters from their championship team. Some will say that the Ravens have young players and with such youthfulness...

Woodley Not Backtracking on Comments About Flacco

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Well, I can’t tell if Lamar Woodley is being stubborn or just being a fool. Remember two years ago, when Woodley stated that Joe Flacco would never go a Super Bowl in his lifetime? Did people actually think this question wouldn’t be brought to him again after what transpired in the 2012 season? ESPN’s Jamison Hensley caught up with the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker and asked Woodley about his thoughts and if he would take it back. “I don’t take it back at all,” Woodley said to ESPN. “As a player...

The Heat is on for Matt Elam

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When the Baltimore Ravens selected Matt Elam with the 32nd pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, many outside of the Ravens circles believed the pick was to secure the spot that future Hall of Famer Ed Reed so adeptly occupies for 11 seasons with the Ravens. Instead Elam will take over Bernard Pollard’s spot at strong safety. But will that erase the pressure Elam has with Reed gone? No it won’t. Being a first round draft pick by itself is pressure enough. Ravens fans for years...

Jimmy Smith’s Time Is Now

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The dust has settled. Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith made the most critical plays during the Ravens final red zone stand in Super Bowl 47 against the San Francisco 49ers. The game probably ends differently without his efforts during crunch time. As if Smith didn’t need more confidence, former Ravens corner back Cary Williams left to take more money to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving the 2011 first round draft pick in prime position to claim the second corner spot opposite Lardarius Webb. This year will greatly define Smith’s...

Urlacher versus Lewis? No contest

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As we all know, linebacker Brian Urlacher of the Chicago Bears retired after spending his entire 13-year career with the team, just three months after Ray Lewis retired from our very own Baltimore Ravens. But since Urlacher retired earlier in the week, I did some research, looking into what Bears fans thought of him, because it seems that whenever Urlacher’s name comes up it is more than likely Lewis’ name does as well. And I was right. For whatever reason, there are quite a few Bears fans that think Urlacher...

Flacco Still Considered Average by Many

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You know, I have little choice but to accept that some people are clowns when it comes to Joe Flacco and Marc Sessler of NFL.com has earned a PSL among the Bozos. According to his quarterback rankings, Flacco is behind Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Colin Kaepernick. Not to mention four rookies are ahead of him. Newton being ahead of Flacco is a sin by default. I don’t know what needs to be done. I don’t understand why Flacco gets so much disrespect. The most annoying thing about it is,...

With Boldin Gone Will Smith be as Productive?

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Torrey Smith was a key cog in the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl run this past season. Along with former teammate Anquan Boldin, the pair was quite the tandem towards the end of the season, representing a classic yin and yang to each other’s game. Smith would take the deep routes and the Boldin would take the underneath routes. But now that Boldin is gone, where does that leave Smith production wise? I wouldn’t expect Smith’s number to drop but I also wouldn’t expect them to rise significantly. The Surprising x-factor...
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