I’m not that worked up about Sergio Kindle. If he plays, fine, if not, they’ll throw Jameel McClain in there and he’ll handle those duties. We all thought Paul Kruger was going to be a rock star last year and look what he did…nothing, really. These guys are draft picks until they prove otherwise.
Terrence Cody failed his conditioning test today, unable to complete the set of 25-yard “gassers”. You’re shocked? I’m not. The dude weighs 360 pounds. Who’s slower? Cody or Andy MacPhail hiring a manager? Heads it’s Cody, tails it’s MacPhail.* Don’t be surprised to see this issue (weight, conditioning, etc.) be a problem that follows Terrence Cody around throughout his Ravens career. I’m not as sold on him as they are. Then again, they know more than I do.
As someone said to me today, “Marc Bulger could do so much for our team that people won’t be able to see, because he might not ever start in a game”. I agree with that. Bulger learned his quarterbacking skills from…right, Kurt Warner. If you’re going to learn from someone, learn from a future Hall of Famer. And if Joe Flacco is willing to listen – and humble enough – I think Bulger can help him with some of his technical issues. Bulger has a quick release and gets the ball away from the line of scrimmage very quickly, which was a trait he learned from Warner. Flacco tends to hold the ball and deliberate a little more than some in the organization would like. Maybe Bulger doesn’t actually have to take a snap in a game in order to make an impact on the team. Let’s see how much teaching goes on between Bulger and Flacco and whether or not the incumbent allows the old man to show him a few tricks. I liked the Bulger signing then…and I like it now. I hope Flacco likes it too.
Ed Reed wandered in to the Best Western and that’s a good thing, I suppose. Now, if only the Ravens can figure out WHICH Ed Reed is going to be making an appearance on which day. Is it the Ed Reed with baseball hat down over his eyes and the hoodie with the hood up over his cap so you can barely see there’s a human being in there? Or is it the Ed with a big smile on his face who looks like he just won the lottery? You never know which one you’re getting. I don’t know if you heard this or not, but Ed’s not happy these days. As one Ravens staffer said to me today, “Ed will be happy tomorrow. Or the next day. It just takes some time for him.” Code word: That’s Ed being Ed.
I brought up John Harbaugh‘s contract status after the Ravens kicked the Patriots in the nuts in New England last January and people crushed me for jumping-the-gun. Fact is, unless they’ve extended his 4-year deal without telling anyone (and that’s possible), Harbaugh enters year 3 of his contract and at some point soon, Steve Bisciotti is going to have to put “Harbaugh Contract” on his “Things to Do” list. There’s no chance they let him enter year 4 without a new deal, so at some point in the next 8 months or so, the Ravens are going to have to pony up some more dough for the coach. Then again, there might not be football next year.
There’s my post-card from Westminster, installment #1. And I didn’t even have to bring up Ray Lewis to get to 600 words.
* It was tails. MacPhail is slower.