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Is Bernard Pierce Moving On?

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Back on October 14 I noticed a Tweet from Bernard Pierce featured in his Temple Owls uniform that seemed a bit unusual and clearly open to interpretation. I took a screen shot of the Tweet and it is the featured pic above. Now it’s entirely possible that Pierce is looking to buy a home or perhaps sell one that he now owns and move into a rental. There are a host of possibilities, so much so that I reached out to a friend who has helped other local professional athletes...

SPEED BAG: Concerns Mount For The Ravens

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The NFL is nuts! One week a team can look like a developing Super Bowl contender and the next like a playoff pretender. Take for instance the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens’ opponent this week. They fall to the Browns 31-10 who one week later took one on the chin from the then winless Jaguars. Speaking of winless, Tampa’s single “W” on the season was in Pittsburgh where the Steelers a few weeks later put up a 51-spot on the Colts, which by the way was one week removed from Indianapolis’...

This Week on Russell Street

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We will soon be launching an all-new Russell Street Report including a slick looking mobile version. We will also be offering a text service to keep you up-to-date on all of the newest posts on RSR and you can pick what you want delivered to your mobile device. That said there are still some great pieces that you might miss during your busy week and with that in mind, we bring you This Week on Russell Street…   BOOOOOOLD PREDICTIONS Here’s a sampling… With Owen Daniels out this Sunday, Crockett...

Ravens Look to Deliver a Knockout Blow in Cincinnati

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Ravens at Bengals: What to Look For SQUATTERS: The Bengals will more than likely be without the services of AJ Green on Sunday and that allows defensive coordinator Dean Pees to take some chances that he otherwise might be less inclined to risk. Bengals QB Andy Dalton likes to get the ball out quickly and avoid the big hits. He connected with tight end Jermaine Gresham 10 times last week against the Colts for just 48 yards. Dink and dunk is the theme. Look for Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb...

The Ravens Need to Run Through The Jungle!

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The Cincinnati Bengals, a team that was once an automatic “W” and a divisional doormat. The Cincinnati Bengals, a team that once produced more annual arrests than wins. The Cincinnati Bengals, a team that turned the corner a few years ago, and are now a formidable opponent. Today those same Cincinnati Bengals stand between the Baltimore Ravens and a controlling position in the AFC North. In recent years the Ravens have struggled against the Bengals. Since John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco came onto the scene the Ravens are 7-6 against...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Ravens at Colts: Looking Away From The Ball

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BIG MAC: 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. His effort doesn’t show up on the stats sheet but the menacing presence of the former 5th-round pick out of Mississippi State makes life easier for his defensive teammates. HURST TO FIRST: Undrafted rookie free agent James Hurst has been thrust into the limelight due to starting left tackle Eugene Monroe’s knee injury. Last week Gary Kubiak...

This Week on Russell Street

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PROPS TO THE O-LINE! My how times have changed! Well at least through four weeks anyway. Don’t look now but the Ravens’ offensive line has been stellar in pass protection and that’s saying a lot for a unit that faced many uncertainties heading in to 2014. Here’s a look…   WINLESS IN INDY The Ravens have yet to win a game in Indianapolis since the team’s inception but today’s game is a winnable one for the Ravens. Here’s what they’ll need to do to come home with the road “W”....

Ravens Lack Trust in Young Players?

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During the 2013 season Arthur Brown struggled with some nagging injuries yet still made his way on to the field during 14 of the Ravens’ 16 games, inactive just twice. This year, assuming he dresses for the remainder of the 2014 campaign, Brown will suit up a total of 12 regular season games. The team’s scouts and coaches say Brown will be a very good player. Some say he will remind you at times of the San Francisco 49ers NaVorro Bowman. When they drafted the former Kansas State Wildcat the...

Ravens v. Panthers: What we Looked For, What we Saw

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1. Steve Smith, Sr. LOOKED FOR: We know that Joe Flacco will target Senior often. But the fun stuff might take place when he’s not, particularly when the Ravens run the ball. His blocks just might have a little more juju behind them. And who knows what that might lead to. SAW: We all witnessed a red-letter day for the 5-time Pro Bowler who turned in a professional day without any extracurriculars. If anything Senior seemed to dial down the emotion in order not to be distracted by the task...