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CRAB BAG: Ravens-Colts in the Wild Card round
Posted By Derek Arnold On January 5, 2013 @ 3:35 pm In Blog View,Featured | No Comments
Despite the fact that they fired their offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron, following Week 14, the Ravens set several team records on offense in 2012:
The Ravens set a single-season franchise record by scoring 398 points, averaging the NFL’s 10th-most points per game (24.9). Baltimore scored a team-record 254 points at home, producing the NFL’s fourth-best home scoring average of 31.8 ppg.
Baltimore surrendered just 16 give-aways, setting a franchise singleseason record and tying (GB, NE and SF) for the NFL’s second-fewest turnovers (Was. was first with 14).
Baltimore produced 72 offensive plays of 20-or-more yards this season, setting a franchise record and ranking third in the NFL.
QB Joe Flacco threw for a career-high 3,817 yards, 22 TDs (second most of his career) and just 10 INTs (tying a career low). With five 300-yard passing games, Flacco tied (Vinny Testaverde, 1996) for the most such single-season contests in team history. Flacco also completed 40 passes of 25-plus yards, tying Peyton Manning for second in the NFL.
Earning his third Pro Bowl invite, RB Ray Rice totaled 1,621 yards from scrimmage (1,143 rushing and 478 receiving), the NFL’s ninth most. It marked Rice’s fourth-straight season with at least 1,600 yards from scrimmage, and he also added 10 total TDs. Rice ranked second in the NFL in catches by a RB (61) and fourth in receiving yards (478).
A selection of milestones set by the Ravens in 2012:
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“That intangible, I don’t know how you measure that. It’s hard to quantify it, but I know it when I see it. These guys love one another, and they love football, and that’s a real good combination to have. It’s the shared experiences we’ve had, the success, the adversity. Everything you go through, it can divide a group. Instead, it’s pushed us together.” – John Harbaugh on the bond the Ravens share and their ability to persevere
John has been brilliant. Part of it is because he came into a team that was – I don’t want to sound self-serving – but was pretty good, and a good, sound organization. It’s the same reason whether it be a Bill Belichick or now Tom Coughlin, a Mike McCarthy … Once you have a certain level of success, it’s kind of assumed, so you don’t give them credit for continuing to have that success. But John’s been brilliant in what he has done in Baltimore and has them on the cusp. They’re going to be there again [this] year.”- NFL Network and FOX analyst Brian Billick on John Harbaugh
“Arm strength – that’s Flacco’s No. 1 attribute. I get so tired of hearing how arm strength is overrated. It’s far more important than people think. … He has the strongest arm in the NFL. And he has an aggressive, confident throwing mentality. … The element always overlooked by those who minimize arm strength is the willingness of quarterbacks like Flacco to pull the trigger. Few recognize that because there is no quantifiable means by which to evaluate throws that are not made by quarterbacks with lesser arm strength. It’s all about dimensions. Flacco gives you the ability to attack all areas of the field at any point in the game.” - ESPN’s Ron Jaworski on QB Joe Flacco’s arm strength and ability to attack opposing defenses
“He plays right guard like a tackle, a position he also has experience playing. Smooth and smart, Yanda brings good fundamentals in using his feet and hands to technically get the better of his defensive assignments. At 6-3, 315 pounds, he doesn’t necessarily blow away opponents with his size, but he knows how to consistently outwork them.” - The Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer on Ravens G Marshal Yanda
“I mean that guy, he’s pretty strong. You see it on film – just his demeanor. He’s a nasty receiver, doesn’t mind mixing it up with the DB, beginning of the route, top of the route. Once he gets the ball, he’s a physical run-after-the-catch receiver. Whoever is on him will just have to buckle down and be prepared to fight a real dogfight with a real dog, D-A-W-G.” - Cowboys DB Brandon Carr on WR Anquan Boldin
KNOW THY ENEMY ~ Colts Snapshot
HEY, YOU LOOK FAMILIAR! Key Connections
Prior to being named the Colts’ head coach in Jan. 2012, Chuck Pagano spent the previous four seasons (2008-11) as an assistant coach for the Ravens. Pagano joined John Harbaugh’s staff in 2008 as the secondary coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator for the 2011 season. At the collegiate level, Pagano was the University of Miami’s secondary/special teams coach from 1995-2000, where he recruited and then coached Ravens S Ed Reed .
Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell spent 10 seasons (2002-11) with Indianapolis. Caldwell started as the Colts’ QBs coach, was elevated to the QBs coach/assistant head coach in 2005 and was then named the head coach in 2009. Under Caldwell, QB Peyton Manning won three of his four MVP awards and set a then-NFL record with 49 TD passes in 2004. Additionally, the Colts won Super Bowl XLI during the 2006 season.
Colts special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf served as the Ravens’ assistant special teams coach from 2008-11.
Safeties coach Roy Anderson served various roles with the Ravens from 2005-11. Anderson started as a player personnel assistant from 2005-07 before moving to the coaching side in 2008. He was a coaching assistant in 2008, defensive assistant in 2009 and a defensive assistant/secondary coach from 2010-11 before joining Pagano in Indianapolis.
Colts LBs coach Jeff FitzGerald served in the same role with the Ravens from 2004-07. In 2006, FitzGerald became the second LBs coach in NFL history to have four of his unit’s players named to the Pro Bowl (Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, Terrell Suggs and Adalius Thomas).
Colts director of college scouting T.J. McCreight spent eight years (1997-2004) in the Ravens’ personnel department, serving as the East Coast area scout from 1997-2002 and national scout from 2003-04.
Colts NT Brandon McKinney (IR) played four seasons (2008-11) with the Ravens. In his four years in Baltimore, McKinney saw action in 41 games, totaling 45 tackles (26 solo). Colts DE Cory Redding spent the previous two seasons (2010-11) with the Ravens, playing 30 games (22 starts) and posting 81 tackles (58 solo) and 7.5 sacks.
Colts G Joe Reitz originally signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons on Baltimore’s practice squad.
Colts S Tom Zbikowski was selected by the Ravens in the third round (86th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played 53 games (14 starts) for Baltimore and totaled 49 tackles (41 solo) and 2 INTs.
In 1998, Baltimore traded its third- and fourth-round draft picks to Indianapolis for QB Jim Harbaugh, the younger brother of Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.
Ravens DT Haloti Ngata and Colts DE Fili Moala are cousins.
LAUGH OF THE WEEK AT EXPENSE OF RAVENS’ OPPONENT
I have no beef with Peyton Manning. I hate that he beat the Ravens in the playoffs twice, but other than that, I like him. And I absolutely respect what he’s done as a quarterback.
However, when Kris Jones and I went to Indianapolis for the Ravens playoff game in January 2010, the Indy fans were not at all what we had been told they were. Maybe because we were Baltimore fans, and Indy fans know what Baltimore thinks of them, but for whatever reason, the Indianans were JERKS.
Straight up mean, nasty jerks.
Because of that, the following sequence made me laugh hysterically, thinking of their pain and misery.
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