Jonathan Ogden discusses the current state of the Ravens offensive line

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In September, it was announced that former Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden – the first draft pick in franchise history – was nominated for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With so many questions concerning the current Ravens offensive line, Ogden, one of the best left tackles to ever put on pads, would figure to be someone to give a fair and honest assessment. JO joined former teammate Brad Jackson and myself on the Purple and Black Attack Show at Hightopps this past Monday. “Part of the problem is...

Yanda: “I want to get back as fast as possible.”

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Baltimore Ravens right guard Marshal Yanda injured his ankle during an overtime loss to the Washington Redskins and the pro bowl offensive lineman saw his role reduced to spectator for the following game against the Denver Broncos. Injuries have decimated the Ravens – primarily on the defensive side of the ball – but the offense appeared to crumble as Yanda’s absence led to increased pressure on quarterback Joe Flacco. It’s clear that for the Ravens offense to succeed and Flacco to have time to pass, Yanda must get back on...

Ravens’ Arthur Jones assists Brick Bodies with Holiday Toy Drive

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Baltimore Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones teamed up with Brick Bodies Gym in Reisterstown, Maryland on Tuesday night December 18 for their inaugural Holiday Toy Drive. Jones, along with several teammates including Jah Reid, Terrence Cody, Bryan Hall and DeAngelo Tyson, were on hand collecting toys to benefit the children of St. Vincent’s Villa. The Ravens’ 2010 draft pick knew from his own experience what it was like to grow up without the same things that other kids had. “Growing up in Rochester and Endicott New York we were less fortunate. We didn’t have...

Anquan Boldin makes holidays brighter for 75 students with shopping spree

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Anquan Boldin along with his wife Dionne were at it again on Tuesday December 18 playing Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus at the Wal-Mart in Halethorpe, Maryland. The Boldins, along with their Q81 Foundation, sponsored a holiday shopping spree for 75 students from the SEED School of Maryland. Each student was given a $100.00 gift card to purchase whatever they wished. “Christmas is a wonderful season for giving,” stated Anquan Boldin. “The Holiday Shopping Spree is one of several programs the Q81 Foundation conducts each year in multiple cities, selecting schools where holiday...

Sunday could be the final time Ray Lewis dances out of the tunnel

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On Sunday, the Ravens will play what could be their final home game of the season. Multiple scenarios are in play but it remains simple – beat either the Giants or the Bengals over the final two weeks and they’re AFC North champions. That would guarantee them an additional home game in the postseason. As current owners of a three-game losing streak, an injured defense, and a sputtering offense, the Ravens know that nothing is guaranteed. If they clinch the AFC North, they’ll be awarded just the one guaranteed additional home...

AFC North coming down to the wire

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When you think of the AFC North, two teams usually come to mind, the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. It seems that year after year, these two teams battle it out all season long until one walks away with the AFC North crown. However, this year is playing out a bit differently. Before a three-game losing streak, the Baltimore Ravens sat at 9-2 and had a commanding lead in the division. It seemed as if the only way they could not win the division is if the team practically...

Ravens look to salvage at least one winning streak Sunday

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Head coach Brian Billick was fired at the conclusion of the 2007 season, in which the Ravens had a 5-11 record. Billick had given the franchise it’s only Super Bowl appearance/victory and was just one season into a four-year extension paying him $5 million per year. Out of the five victories in 2007, the Ravens won their home opener and finale, a feat they had started in 2006 and haven’t relinquished since, even under the leadership of John Harbaugh, now in his fifth season. The Ravens are preparing to face...

Was “booing” the Ravens against Denver warranted?

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John Harbaugh and the rest of the Baltimore Ravens are used to being booed loudly by fans – on the road. Inside the friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium, hearing the contingency of purple-clad fans voice their displeasures with a harmonious “booooo” is new territory for those who have been a part of the team over the past two seasons. Fans are on edge, and justifiably so. Since Thanksgiving, their team has remained a single win away from clinching the AFC North and guaranteeing a home playoff game – and...

Two plays that doomed the Ravens

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As every Ravens fan tries to come to terms with a third straight loss, and the second straight at M&T Bank Stadium, there seems to be plenty of blame to go around. The offensive line, an undermanned defense, the quarterback, the head coach, the new offensive coordinator, the old offensive coordinator, probably Billy Cundiff and Lee Evans too. And while it’s true that it was a performance that left a lot to be desired all around, particularly on offensive where the team seemed to be trying to store up on...

Are the Ravens a “sleeping giant?”

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The popular thing these days is to criticize the Ravens. They have lost three games in a row for the first time since 2009, and two straight at home for the first time since 2007. They just got their doors blown in by the Denver Broncos at home. But I would ask does it really matter how well the Ravens are playing right now? The Ravens have a playoff spot. That’s all that matters. Going into this year I didn’t think this was the year for stats but just getting...

Even before it was a blowout, Vonta Leach was again forgotten

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Once again, the Ravens rushing attack was non-existent in a loss. Even though they faced the NFL’s fourth ranked defense, the offense rarely displayed any sort of cohesiveness under new offensive coordinator, Jim Caldwell. Ray Rice had 38 yards on 12 attempts and wasn’t targeted a single time out of the backfield on third down. Rice’s primary blocker, fullback Vonta Leach, played just 11 of the team’s 65 offensive snaps (17%) as the Ravens routinely played from the shotgun with a three wide receiver set for most of the second...

In the presence of a Hero – my evening with Daniel

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Hero- A person of distinguished courage or ability. For the past few years I have had the opportunity to see many NFL player positives in the community. I have witnessed smiles that would melt snow on the coldest day of the year and I have seen smiles that made many of the toughest football players shed a tear. But no grin was bigger than the one of a young man by the name of Daniel Borowy on Tuesday night. Daniel’s story began this past year on August 27 – the first day of school – when tragedy...

Is John Harbaugh in over his head?

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Prior to the 2008 season, Jason Garrett pawned Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and his franchise for a salary increase from the Dallas Cowboys. At the time, a dejected and rejected Bisciotti had to settle for option two, a barely known special teams coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. John Harbaugh is one of the most likable people you’ll ever meet – it’s easy to understand how he convinced Bisciotti for the keys to his franchise. Harbaugh is a charmer, he’s PR friendly and a model leader any owner would want to...

KIDZ KORNER: Joe isn’t the guy

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It’s time to get real Ravens fans. No, I am not talking about the team getting back to winning. I am talking about the future. We need to stop saying things we all know are not true. We have to stop making excuses for players that are flat-out BAD. Yes, you know who I am talking about. Sunday’s game just proved even more that Joe Flacco is not, has never been, and never will be a franchise QB. And for everyone that disputes, just answer me one question. What has...

CRAB BAG: Ravens vs. Broncos

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START A NEW BATCH OF HOME-COOKIN’ The Ravens had their NFL-best 16-game (including playoffs) home winning streak snapped two weeks ago against Pittsburgh. They will hope to start a new streak against Denver, instead of having their first two-game home losing streak since 2007. The Ravens have scored an average of 34.0 points per game at M&T Bank Stadium this season, ranking as the NFL’s second-best mark among home teams. Baltimore has scored at least 31 points in four of six home games this season and at least 44 in...

Consecutive losses may have been blessing in disguise

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It’s finally happened.  After five years of increasingly predictable and unimaginative offensive football, the Baltimore Ravens stepped up and gave their fans an early Christmas present by removing Cam Cameron from the Offensive Coordinator’s position.  Now maybe the angry phone calls to Baltimore sports talk shows and irate columns by internet bloggers (like mine) will ease up.  I’m officially declaring an armistice. The blogosphere is full of comments over what happened and why.  There are indications that an argument ensued on the sidelines between Cameron and John Harbaugh that continued...

FILMSTUDY: Offensive line model and notes vs. Redskins 12/9/12

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The offensive line may have had its best collective game on Sunday.  They surrendered only 6 negative events, had 2 penalties, and missed a total of just 17 blocks.  No one had a score which converts to less than a C with consideration for position.  The running backs averaged 6.2 YPC, and Flacco had a QB rating of 121.4.  And yet, the game turned on pass rush events from the blind side which resulted in turnovers. Going forward, the class of 2012 has lost its only A student and must...

When will Terrence Cody show up?

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Looking at the season and the way things have shaped out for this defense, the number of injuries have been shocking for every Ravens fan out there  - and for the team itself. However, the lack of consistency along the defensive line has been even more startling, injuries or not. Haloti Ngata is still playing at a high level despite the injuries as well as constant double teams, but the rest of the crew in run defense has checked out somewhere. More alarming, where is Terrence Cody? I was a...

Players react to Cameron’s dismissal

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With the Ravens preparing to welcome Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos into town, the dust began to settle around the Under Armour Performance Center as new offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell installs his first game plan. Wednesday was the first day the media could meet with the players and ask their thoughts and feelings on the dismissal of former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Many eyes were on quarterback Joe Flacco as he just responded to Cameron’s removal as being “stunned.” There was much speculation about the working relationship of Cameron...
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