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Lombardi's Way Ravens Backup Plan

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One would think that since John Harbaugh has yet to name his new defensive coordinator, that internal candidate Don “Wink” Martindale is not the No. 1 choice. That distinction belongs to former Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.

But given Pagano’s history of health issues, there are some who believe that the Colts most recent ex-coach may want to take some time off and spend it with his family while still collecting a paycheck from Jim Irsay.

The other former Ravens defensive assistant mentioned as a potential candidate for the Ravens defensive coordinator opening is Vic Fangio whose contract with the Chicago Bears just expired this past midnight. The Bears want to retain Fangio but the 59-year old Pennsylvania native recently interviewed for Chicago’s head coaching vacancy and was denied. The job was given to former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.

Might this development weaken the Bears efforts to retain him?

The Packers are also said to be interested in Fangio.

All of this could come down to one thing…

Do prospective DC candidates believe that John Harbaugh is stable? If not, some might not want to relocate to Baltimore when the possibility of a one-and-done season exists.

Tic Tac Dough anyone?

Legendary game show host Wink Martindale on the set of Tic Tac Dough.

Joe’s Backup

Many believe that the Ravens will spend a second-day pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on a quarterback. Following the 2018 season, the Ravens could part ways with Joe Flacco if they believe it’s salary cap practical, and take the $10.5M in cap space and run. Getting a young QB ready in an apprentice role is considered by some to be a logical strategy in 2018.

But not so fast.

Another year on the outside looking in at playoff time, will almost surely spell Harbaugh’s doom in Baltimore at this time, a year from now. If he has any say in the Ravens war room, Harbaugh will want to find players that will positively affect 2018, not 2019 and beyond.

And let’s not forget this quote from ball coach during last Thursday’s (de)presser…

“I will be involved in personnel to whatever degree I can to help the best I can, because I understand the roster. I understand how we want to fill the roster and how we can make the team better more than anybody does.” ~ John Harbaugh

Should the Ravens draft a backup QB in the 2018 NFL Draft?

Face It!

Who is the face of the Baltimore Ravens?

That’s a question that one never had to ask for 17 seasons. Today, you might get a few answers.

John Harbaugh (ok, it should be a player, right?)

Joe Flacco?

Terrell Suggs?

Justin Tucker?

If you want to use jersey sales as a barometer, Tucker gets the nod. Think about that, a kicker sells more jerseys than your franchise quarterback.

Now, there’s a campaign of sorts afoot to get Tucker a little more cha-ching.

And relatively speaking, he probably deserves it.

More Ratings Hits

The negative trends in the NFL continue. Here’s a look at sliding TV ratings courtesy of Sports Illustrated.

  • Titans-Chiefs (14.7) was down 11 percent versus last year’s Raiders-Texans game.
  • Falcons-Rams (14.9) was down 10 percent versus last year’s Lions-Seahawks game.
  • Bills-Jaguars (17.2) was down 10 percent versus last year’s Dolphins-Steelers game.
  • Panthers-Saints (20.4) was down 21 percent versus last year’s Giants-Packers game.

But Roger Goodell thinks everything is just fine.

The Super Bowl 52 ratings will certainly be interesting. You know that Rog will be rooting for the big market teams this weekend. Sorry Jaguars and Titans!


P!NK has been tabbed to sing the National Anthem before Super Bowl 52. Full disclosure…I’ve seen P!NK live, a present for my wife (no seriously), and she’s a terrific performer with a fantastic voice that doesn’t get the acclaim it deserves. Here’s proof:

This Weekend’s Games

My Predictions

• Eagles win outright
• Patriots win and cover the line
• Steelers win, Jaguars cover
• Saints win outright

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