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...

A Bright Future Lies Just Beyond the Horizon for Pierce

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During last season’s training camp there was little evidence that the Ravens had a capable backup to Ray Rice. Earlier in 2012, Ricky Williams decided that he had had enough of football and opted to forgo the remaining year on his two-year contract. The candidates to fill his shoes as the “two” in the 1-2 punch at running back were Damian Berry, Anthony Allen, Bobby Rainey and 2012 third-round pick Bernard Pierce. Pierce left the collegiate ranks with a year of eligibility remaining. The Ravens thought enough of Pierce to...

Ducks Reunited: Ravens lose Dixon to the Eagles

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On Thursday afternoon, the Philadelphia Eagles signed quarterback Dennis Dixon to a two-year deal, reuniting him with his former coach at Oregon, Chip Kelly. At Oregon, Dixon ran Kelly’s prolific spread option to perfection, throwing for over 5100 yards and rushing for over 1200 during his four year career there. Dennis Dixon spent last season on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad, where he proved to be a valuable asset in replicating opposing offenses for the Ravens’ defense to practice against. He will now join Michael Vick and Nick Foles, becoming...

Could the Ravens Become the new “America’s Team”?

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One of the steepest challenges the Baltimore Ravens face as it relates to growing their fan base is geography. The walls surrounding them are daunting. To the north are the Philadelphia Eagles; to the south, the Washington Redskins; to the west, the Pittsburgh Steelers; and to the east this ocean they call The Atlantic. All three of those teams and of course that aquatic playground are far more established than the 17-year-old Ravens who for all intents and purposes are a relatively young expansion franchise. Each of those clubs boxing...

Even in Retirement Ray Lewis’ Timing is Spot On!

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During the final defensive snap of Super Bowl XLVII, my eyes were glued on only one man – #52 Ray Lewis. It would be the last play of a storied 17-year NFL career, and was a bittersweet moment for all Baltimore Ravens’ fans. The Lombardi was almost in our team’s possession, yet a legacy was about to come to an end. While we’d all love to see Ray Lewis continue to play and inspire both the team and fans on Sundays, Ray’s last ride couldn’t have ended at a better...

SUPER FILMSTUDY: Jekyll and Hyde Defense Delivers in the Clutch

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Super Bowl XLVII Defensive Notes vs. 49ers 2/3/13—Jekyll and Hyde Defense Delivers in the Clutch For a change, the Ravens played just 60 snaps defensively, but nonetheless allowed a SB-record 468 yards for a winning team.  The Ravens failed to contain the run effectively, allowing 6.3 yards per carry and were burned for 9.2 yards per pass play. So how did the Ravens come out on top with such a poor defensive effort?  The simple answer is that the Ravens won a majority of the game’s most important plays.  As...

Super Bowl Fun Facts: History Favors the Ravens in XLVII

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The Harbowl. The Bro Bowl. The Battle of Bays. Call Super Bowl XLVII what you will but one thing is certain. It will be a match-up of evenly matched teams, similar on many levels except at the game’s most important position – quarterback. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is a classic drop back passer while Colin Kaepernick is a new breed of quarterback whose legs present a bigger concern than even his capable laser-like arm. Kaepernick is the sexier pick. He’s the new breed and the flavor of the 2012...

Art Modell’s induction to Hall Of Fame would be storybook ending

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The Baltimore Ravens will make their second appearance in the Super Bowl after defeating the Patriots 28-13 last night in Foxborough. Catching the Lamar Hunt Trophy presentation, I was proud and honored that the Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and several Ravens players made mention of former Ravens owner Art Modell. Linebacker Ray Lewis, who had a very close relationship with Art, celebrated wearing a shirt with his picture on the front. Modell  passed away just before the start of the season at the age of 87 and the Ravens continue to celebrate...

So why is Ray’s retirement such a big deal for fans?

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I’ve seen some grumbling in the national media (Terry Bradshaw), from current NFL players (Reggie Wayne), and from countless fans of other teams who don’t understand why Ray Lewis’ retiring is such a big deal to Ravens fans. I was sort of surprised at first, but then I realized you have to be a fan to truly understand, and you have to keep in mind the history of Baltimore football–not to mention the history of the NFL. Once upon a time, the Baltimore Colts won a Championship in 1958, a...

A Super Bowl win could end Ozzie’s days in Baltimore

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The game clock read 1:44 in the fourth quarter with the Ravens trailing 23-20 and 2 timeouts remaining. After a big defensive stand to force a Patriots punt the Ravens took over on their own 21 after a 4-yard Lardarius Webb return. Forty-six seconds later the Ravens faced a third and 1 from their own 48 and called their second timeout after which, Joe Flacco connected on a short pass to Anquan Boldin who navigated the New England secondary for 29 yards down to the Patriots 23. Boldin was having...

Ray Lewis’ swan song will be more epic than 2131

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As kickoff approaches on Sunday and the anticipation builds for what will likely be the last time Ray Lewis emerges from the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium, I can’t help but to think back to Cal Ripken Jr.’s epic 2131 game on September 6, 1995. Cal was MLB’s poster child. His perseverance and mind boggling streak of consecutive games combined with a well-crafted wholesome image was a needed distraction for a league coming off a strike-shortened season during which the Fall Classic, the World Series was canceled. Originally I didn’t...

Ray Lewis announces that he will retire following postseason

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However far the Ravens get in the 2012 postseason, that’s how many games Ray Lewis has left in his illustrious NFL career. Today during the media portion of the locker room, Ray told reporters that this is his “last ride.” This came right on the heels of his telling the same group of assembled media that his triceps muscle is “100%.” Below are some more quotes from Ray, courtesy of J.Michael of CSNBaltimore.com. While many expected that this could possibly be Ray’s final season, hearing him announce it still comes...

The postseason is Ed Reed’s time to shine

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Evident patches of grey hair on Ed Reed’s head show that father time is beginning to catch up with the future Hall of Fame safety. Reed is still relatively young (34), but in football years, he’s on the level of someone at a senior citizens home playing bingo five times per week. His body is battered and bruised but his mind still remains one of the best to ever be covered with a helmet. Reed’s knowledge of not only the game but of managing his body after an 11-year tenure...

#ChuckSTRONG is bigger than a game

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Simply put, football is just a game. This season has presented plenty of reminders that there are things in life larger than sports. The same players we idolize and who appear to be larger than life are constantly humbled and reminded that they’re human like everyone else. If you need further proof, ask Torrey Smith, Victor Cruz or the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs organizations how quickly lives can change by the actions of someone else off the football field. In the midst of tragedy, there are stories of...

FILMSTUDY: Higher denomination coinage – def. notes vs. Bengals 12/30/12

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The Ravens have played outstanding dime defense the last 7 weeks. During that time, they have played with 6 DBs 17 times and surrendered just 14 yards (0.8 YPPA) including 3 sacks and 2 turnovers.  Until yesterday, the current stretch had all been 3rd or 4th down with 4+ yards to go.  However, on the Bengals last meaningful series Sunday, the Ravens went to it on 2nd and 9. There are risks with getting personnel substituted after a successful conversion or a gain that sets up 3rd and short, but...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Bengals 23 Ravens 17

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Each year Marist University conducts a poll asking Americans what is the most obnoxious word or phrase used in casual conversation.  For the fourth consecutive year the top choice was, whatever. So with apologies to all Americans, here’s our reaction to a Ravens 23-17 loss in their regular season finale to the Cincinnati Bengals: whatever. As many suspected, head coach John Harbaugh treated this game like a meaningless pre-season tune up, opting to sit most of his starters well before the first quarter had ended. With a post-season home game...

Black Monday? Not in Baltimore

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Black Monday:  1. The first day after Week 17 in the NFL where many head coaches, their staffs, and general mangers are handed pink slips. 2. Typically the first step in what is known as a “rebuilding phase” for struggling professional franchises. “It must be Black Monday, coaches and GM’s are getting pink slips like it’s cut day during training camp.” For as many as 13 NFL franchises, Black Monday is a serious possibility as 20 teams have already began their offseasons. In Baltimore, Ravens fans are spoiled when it...

KIDZ KORNER: Some lessons from an ugly game

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Sunday’s preseason-esque game proved to be the sleeper we all expected. Starters sat (well, not all…) and in the end, both teams left the field satisfied. Cincinnati went home as the 6th seed, and the Ravens solidified the 4th seed, looking ahead to face the Colts. We did learn some things, however – some good, some bad. Let’s take a look at the “Top 5 Things We Learned from Sunday’s Game”: 5: Bernard Pierce is a crucial asset to the team: Pierce proved on Sunday that Ozzie struck gold in...

CRAB BAG: Still something to play for?

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BEATING UP ON THE BENGALS The Ravens have racked up four consecutive wins against Cincinnati, last losing to the Bengals during Week Two of the 2010 season. Four Ravens, in particular, have put up spectacular numbers against Cincinnati in their careers. Joe Flacco is 6-3 in his career against Cincinnati, and in his last four games against them (all wins), Flacco completed 67 of 94 passes (71.3%) for 824 yards, 5 TDs and 2 INTs (106.9 QB rating). Ray Rice has averaged 5.0 yards per carry in nine career games against...

Time for less Suggs, more Upshaw and Kruger?

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Given that he’s the reigning Defensive Player of the Year – at least until Von Miller, J.J. Watt or Geno Atkins is crowned this postseason – I’m sure what I’m about to say won’t be well received by everyone. However as we head towards the postseason and the Ravens try to position themselves for a run at the Lombardi Trophy, one thing is becoming glaringly obvious with each passing week: Terrell Suggs isn’t effective in his current role. Now, let’s put that into context. This is a guy who has...