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TALE OF THE TAPE: Elam’s Forgettable Day

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During Sunday’s 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Ravens team as a whole had a fairly solid outing. Outside of a few players who glaringly had negative performances, the team effort displayed was an admirable one. One player who did not partake in the successes of Sunday’s win was second-year safety Matt Elam, whose performance in coverage was probably the worst of his young career. Still only 19 games into his career, there’s still plenty of time for improvement for Elam. But so far in 2014 – even...

RAVENS LINKS: Carolina Ready for ‘Steve Smith Week’

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It’s here: Carolina Panthers ready to face ‘Steve Smith Week’ Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer talks about the upcoming matchup between Steve Smith and his former team and how it will be hard for the team to avoid questions about it. VIDEO: Ravens Wired for Sound Week 3 – Cleveland Browns Keith Mills hosts Ravens Wired for Sound for Week 3. Joe Flacco on the should-have-been-a-TD that was not overturned: “I think I got it.” LINK AFC North earning early season respect Clifton Brown of CSN Baltimore discusses the...

FILMSTUDY: The Best Offensive Line in the NFL

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The Washington Redskins “Hogs’” performance against Denver in SB XXII was the most impressive effort for an offensive line in Super Bowl history.  They opened holes that allowed the immortal (not!) Timmy Smith to rush for 204 yards and Doug Williams to pass for 340 yards and 4 TDs en route to a 42-10 rout of the Broncos. Let’s take a look at the guys toting the rock for the Ravens this season: Bernard Pierce is coming off a disappointing 2013 season where he averaged 2.9 YPC. Justin Forsett is...

Sports Media Sells Dirty Laundry For Profit

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As a fan of the Ravens I’m so done with the Ray Rice drama. As the publisher of Russell Street Report I’m exhausted by the topic. And as a follower of this site you are probably nodding your head in agreement and hoping that this isn’t yet another Ray Rice story. It isn’t… I’m tired of the Ravens bashing. I’m tired of Keith Olberman’s pompousness and Roger Goodell’s cowardice and ESPN’s erroneousness and Mike Florio’s self-righteousness. In a Chris Rock kind of way I’m TIRED-TIRED-TIRED of the entire lot. How...

Don’t Look Now, But The Ravens Can Run The Ball

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Don’t look now but the Ravens can run the football. Much of the Ravens offseason was spent getting back to what Baltimore has usually done best on offense: running the football. The Lions hired Jim Caldwell to be their head coach, and that brought new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak to town along with his run-friendly offense and through three weeks of the young season, the Ravens are back in the business of a successful run game. Entering week four, the Ravens, per NFL.com own the leagues eighth-best rushing mark. The...

FANTASY LINKS: Taliaferro Should Be Your Top Priority

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For optimal lineups and player analytics as well as game projections, visit numberFire to gain an edge on your competition! Lorenzo Taliaferro Should Top Your Waiver Priority for Week 4 Ravens players get some recognition in fantasy! Nik Bonaddio of numberFire says that Lorenzo Taliaferro should top your waiver wire priority for week 4. LINK Ravens to go with committee to replace Pitta The Ravens are making the right call in going with a committee of TEs to replace Dennis Pitta, who is out for the year with a hip...

Two-Minute Drill: Week 4

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First and foremost, the NFL is not the BCS. Style points don’t matter. Only wins matter. The Ravens won on Sunday and are in second place as they near the “quarter pole.” Sure the victory left some things to be desired, and yes, Billy Cundiff helped the Ravens out by not converting two field goal attempts. But, shouldn’t second-guessing be reserved for the losing team? One thing to definitely be happy about is the play of Baltimore’s special teams. The Ravens coaches, too, showed their prowess in deciphering what the...

STEVE BISCIOTTI INTERVIEW: The Complete Transcript

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Steve, obviously this is a pretty aggressive approach. Why did you guys choose in this manner to respond to this story? (Jeff Zrebiec) “You think our response was aggressive?” No, but why did you choose this manner to do this? (Jeff Zrebiec) “I’m not following you.” Why did you feel this step was necessary? (Jeff Zrebiec) “Because our integrity has been brought into question. Seems to me last week I was here, and our competence was being brought into question. From that article, it was obvious that now our integrity...

Confessions of a Sports Nut: Has Bisciotti Lost His Way?

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For nearly a decade now, the Baltimore sports community has seen first-hand an interesting juxtaposition between the two gentlemen who own the primary teams in town. The football owner, Steve Bisciotti, has clearly been the local favorite, mixing what appears on the surface to be a charming, refreshingly honest approach to owning a sports team. He has often categorized himself as just a blue jeans wearin’ kind of guy (who happens to have a billion or so dollars) who is sitting in the ownership office and working for you, the...

FINAL WORD: Dealing With The Loss of Pitta

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The obvious next man up to cover the loss of Dennis Pitta would be Owen Daniels. But, not so fast, as Lee Corso likes to say. Daniels himself has had durability issues going back to last season, when his season ended on a broken leg. The team still needs to monitor his snap count to keep him fresh throughout the year. He can’t necessarily jump back into a situation in which he’s logging 50+ snaps. That means we should see plenty of rookie Crockett Gilmore to either sub Daniels in...

Is Torrey a Good Fit in Kubiak’s Offense?

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When the Ravens hired Gary Kubiak to be their offensive coordinator, I was very excited because I really thought that his version of the West Coast Offense (WCO) would benefit practically everyone on the team’s current roster. Kubiak employs a lot of stretch zone blocking schemes that require running backs go with the flow of the offensive line, find the cutback lane, and hit it decisively. The proof is in the pudding thus far and all three backs (Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett, and Lorenzo Taliaferro) are averaging over the benchmark...

The Good, Bad & Ugly: Ravens 23, Browns 21

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The Ravens escaped Cleveland with a 23-21 win against a divisional rival — always a great road win but the journey to that “W” wasn’t always pretty.   THE GOOD Joe Flacco shook off an inconsistent performance and delivered in the clutch when he hit Steve Smith, Sr. in stride with what was essentially a game-winning laser beyond Joe Haden and before the closing Donte Whitner could arrive. Good players, make big plays when the game is on the line. Flacco and Smith, Sr. did exactly that. The Ravens had...

ESPN’s OTL is More Right Than Wrong About Ravens.

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The situation on the ESPN.com story on Ray Rice has been quite a situation for the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are responding to the situation by having owner Steve Bisciotti hold a press conference to address the situation and he deserves to be heard out. However, unlike TL’s “ESPN on a Ravens Witch-hunt” piece, I tend to believe the ESPN.com story more than I do not. Here’s why: check the sources. The writer of the piece, OK, co-writer of the piece is former Baltimore Sun writer Kevin Van Valkenberg. He is a...

Message to the Fans from the Baltimore Ravens

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We at the Ravens have promised to be open, candid and transparent with our fans, sponsors, ticket holders, and the general public. This past Friday, ESPN.com’s “Outside the Lines” feature ran a story entitled, Rice case: purposeful misdirection by the team, scant investigation by NFL. Later that day, we released this statement: “The ESPN.com ‘Outside the Lines’ article contains numerous errors, inaccuracies, false assumptions and, perhaps, misunderstandings. The Ravens will address all of these next week in Baltimore after our trip to Cleveland for Sunday’s game against the Browns.” What follows is our response....

RAVENS LINKS: Flacco, Smith a Clutch Combo

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Flacco, Smith prove clutch combination in Ravens’ win The Ravens brought Steve Smith in to make clutch plays in key situations. Yesterday he did just that. Clifton Brown has the full story here. Webb’s much-awaited season debut is a dud for Ravens We all anxiously awaited Lardarius Webb’s return, and the results were disappointing. Bo Smolka elaborates on his performance here. Lorenzo Taliaferro, Ravens backs expose Browns defense For an outside perspective on the game, Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com gives a look at the Browns’ run defense and how bad...

Monroe Turns in Worst Performance of Young Season

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What in the world is going on with Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe? Monroe, who was re-signed to a new five-year contract this offseason was considered to be a strong point on the left side of the offensive line heading into 2014. Now it’s unclear which Monroe you’re going to get week in and week out. In Week 1 against the Bengals, Monroe received an overall grade of -2.4 (+2.1 pass blocking, -3.8 run blocking) from Pro Football Focus in 88 snaps against a stout Cincinnati defense. Appearing sluggish off the snap,...

BOLD PREDICTIONS RECAP: Ravens 23, Browns 21

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1. At least 3 of the following 4 occur: In a game featuring 2 of the better defenses in football, both offensive lines protect the QB well. There will be no more than 4 total sacks and 8 total QHs. Brandon Williams finally sees more playing time with a career high 23+ snaps (previous high 18), up from 9 versus the Steelers. The Ravens have the big 3 cornerbacks active (Smith, Jackson, and Webb) at the start. Chykie Brown does not see the field for more than 3 snaps defensively....

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: The 3-Headed Monster Returns?

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Reality: Ravens are now 46-10 when scoring first, since John Harbaugh become Head Coach. Perception: The Ravens came out very flat in Week 1 against the Bengals, but came out quickly against Pittsburgh in Week 2. The coaching staff obviously wanted to get off to another quick start against the Browns… so much so that they did something that I cannot recall them ever doing. The Ravens won the coin toss and decided to take the ball. I honestly cannot remember the last time that happened. They always defer to...

Ravens at Browns: What We Looked For, What We Saw

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Here are the things we looked for when not watching the ball and here’s what we saw…   1. Phone booth LOOKED FOR: Last week against the Steelers (which by the way seems like a month ago) the Ravens did a great job of keeping Ben Roethlisberger contained. His pocket was small which disrupted his rhythm and his arm angles, which affected his accuracy. Expect more of the same when the Ravens front seven takes on Brian Hoyer. SAW: The Ravens’ defensive front was stonewalled when trying to get to...