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Clock ticking, exclusive tag price falling (a little) for Flacco and Ravens

Posted on 28 February 2013 by Luke Jones

As the clock ticks for the Ravens to strike a long-term agreement with quarterback Joe Flacco ahead of Monday’s deadline to use the franchise tag, there have been no indications that the sides have engaged in contract talks since the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Flacco’s agent Joe Linta and Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty entered contract discussions last weekend for the first time since last August, but there was no report of a deal being imminent. Of course, this doesn’t mean that progress hasn’t been made and it’s not surprising the sides are without an agreement as the March 4 deadline for designating a player with the franchise tag is now only days away.

Deadlines provide a greater sense of urgency to get deals done as we’ve seen in recent years when long-term agreements were struck with running back Ray Rice, linebacker Terrell Suggs, and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata with only hours — or even minutes — to spare in each case.

Linta has stood firm in his quest to make Flacco the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL and league insiders such as ESPN’s Adam Schefter have said a potential deal will exceed New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ five-year, $100 million contract that included $60 million guaranteed over the first three years of the deal. As has been said countless times since Super Bowl XLVII, you’d be hard-pressed to find a recent example of a player having this much leverage over a team strapped for salary-cap room and knowing they will need to fork over big bucks to a quarterback who just completed one of the greatest postseason performances in league history.

The question isn’t whether Flacco really deserves to make more than any other quarterback in football but rather do you want to keep him in Baltimore for the long haul.

The Ravens did receive some good news this week in terms of the exclusive franchise tag with New England quarterback Tom Brady and Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reworking their current deals to lower their cap figures for the 2013 season. While neither is expected to impact the long-term negotiations between Flacco and the Ravens, the lower cap numbers for both Brady and Roethlisberger have taken them out of the league’s top 5 quarterback cap listings, which are averaged to determine the tender amount for the exclusive franchise tag.

As a result, the exclusive tag has been lowered from just under $20.5 million to a reported $19.13 million, making the use of the pricier option that takes Flacco off the free-agent market completely a bit more appealing. The non-exclusive tag is expected to cost $14.6 million for a quarterback, but it would allow another team to sign Flacco to an offer sheet and potentially surrender two first-round picks to the Ravens if they were unable to match the deal.

The lower number might do more to entice the Ravens to use the exclusive tag, but it requires an extra $4.5 million of cap room that the team already doesn’t have. In deciding between using the non-exclusive tag and the exclusive one, it could be the difference between keeping wide receiver Anquan Boldin and needing to make the painful decision to release him to clear an additional $6 million in cap space. The exclusive number also creates a natural springboard for Linta to use for negotiating by reminding the Ravens they already view Flacco as a $19.13 million-per-year player at worst in using the exclusive tag.

However, the cheaper non-exclusive tag would also result in sleepless nights for general manager Ozzie Newsome over the thought — as highly unlikely as it might be — of a team with a dramatic cap surplus like the Cleveland Browns swooping in and signing Flacco to a front-loaded offer sheet with an absurd cap number for 2013 that would either prohibit the Ravens from matching or force them to cut even more players to match the offer.

Regardless of where you fall on the decision of which tag the Ravens should use — and opinions are split around the league — it’s apparent how urgent this situation is for the Ravens as they’ve engaged in virtually no discussion with other free agents because they don’t have a clear picture of what their salary-cap picture will be at this point. Baltimore has been in contact with the agent for inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe — considered the second-biggest priority among their unrestricted free agents — but even keeping him would be extremely difficult if Flacco is to carry either tag number.

Ellerbe, left tackle Bryant McKinnie, safety Ed Reed, and any other free agent — with the team or not — remain little more than an afterthought at this point in time.

We’ll begin to receive more clarity by 4 p.m. on Monday, the last day teams may designate a player with the franchise tag, but it won’t mean negotiations will automatically break off should the Ravens announce they are tagging their quarterback. The significant time for the Ravens and Flacco to have a long-term contract in place by falls on March 12 at 4 p.m. for the start of the new league year — and the opening of free agency — when teams must be in compliance with the salary cap.

But in those final days leading up to the start of free agency, the ax could fall on a few of Flacco’s teammates as the Ravens wouldn’t be able to assume a long-term deal will happen in time to quell their cap concerns.

The clock is ticking as the Ravens and Flacco approach the first tangible deadline of the offseason and their negotiations.

As I wrote right after the Super Bowl, the real question is when — not as much if or how — the deal gets done.

And the Ravens are in a holding pattern with the rest of their offseason until it does.


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No Rest for the Wizard

Posted on 19 February 2013 by Thyrl Nelson

Obviously when setting the tone for the Ravens’ off-season, everything takes a back seat to resolving the Joe Flacco contract situation. The importance thereof is only magnified by the realization that there are so many questions still to be answered, so many decisions still to be made; but until the Ravens know for sure what their quarterback’s financial future may hold, everything else is essentially on hold. That however doesn’t diminish the fact that there are important decisions outside the QB position to be made before the Ravens begin their title defense and prepare for the 2013 campaign.

Conceding that the importance of Flacco’s deal is paramount to everything else, here are the next 5 major points of consideration for the Ravens to deal with this off-season in order to have hopes of a 6th straight post-season trip.


#1 – Suring Up the Left Tackle Situation


If Flacco was the biggest difference maker for the Ravens in the playoffs, then further investigation is merited in determining what helped him turn his season, and his reputation, around. For my money, it began with the offensive line. After a season in the proverbial “dog house” Bryant McKinnie was finally given a chance to show and prove, and from there the offense never seemed to look back.


In the lead up to the Broncos game, no one seemed to have any concerns about the Denver secondary. Hindsight might suggest that to have been a result of the constant quarterback pressure the Broncos were able to count on from Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil. Without that pressure however, the Ravens found and readily exploited cracks in the Broncos secondary that no one seemed to know were there in the first place.


McKinnie and the Ravens began this season on unceremonious terms, and pretty much kept things that way until the end. Having proven his value, albeit over a 4-game stretch, there’s still no real assurance that the Ravens will or should trust McKinneie enough to agree to terms on a multi-year deal. On the other side of that coin, there’s no good reason to think McKinnie will feel any special brand of loyalty to the Ravens when others come calling on the open market.


What’s undeniable about the whole episode is that by replacing Michael Oher with McKinnie at LT, the Ravens were able to move Oher to his natural RT position where he represented an improvement over Kelechi Osemele. Osemele then moved to the LG position that the Ravens struggled to find an answer for all season too. This three-fold improvement made the Ravens line exponentially better; and no matter how they address LT going forward, any “solution” involving moving Oher and Osemele back to the positions they played for the majority of 2012 has to be considered multiple steps backward.


#2 – Replacing Jim Caldwell


Continuing with the theme of what was different for the Ravens offense at the end, the departure of Cam Cameron and the elevation of Jim Caldwell to the offensive coordinator position would seem to be the other major factor. The performance of Caldwell’s offense has been celebrated widely within the fan base, and certainly hasn’t been lost on the league at large either.


In an off-season where everyone seems dissatisfied with the impact of the Rooney Rule and the lack of minority hires made in filling head coaching vacancies, Caldwell will all but surely be a hot head coaching candidate at the end of next season. Even getting to the Super Bowl again, and therefore delaying the process for teams interested in Caldwell might not be enough to slow his roll.


In what looks to be a lame duck season for Caldwell with the Ravens, it’s important to figure out if the next guy in line is someone already on staff, or how the team can look to groom a next guy in line, potentially by hiring him as a quarterback coach / OC in waiting.

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Sizing up the Ravens’ possible salary cap cuts

Posted on 14 February 2013 by Luke Jones

Unless you’ve been hibernating since the glory of Super Bowl XLVII, you’re well aware of the Ravens’ salary cap woes and how critical the negotiations with quarterback Joe Flacco will be between now and March 4.

The entire offseason will hinge on whether the sides will come to an agreement on a long-term contract by that date or if the Ravens will need to use the franchise tag on their starting quarterback. Further complicating the matter would be the decision to use the $14.6 million non-exclusive tag — leaving Flacco able to negotiate with other teams — or the exclusive tag that will cost somewhere around $20 million but would take him off the market entirely.

Regardless of the outcome of the negotiations before the start of the new league year on March 12, the Ravens are likely to make at least a couple cuts in hopes of signing some of their unrestricted free agents. However, the reality of using the franchise tag would mean multiple changes simply to fit Flacco under the salary cap as Baltimore is estimated by NFL.com to be $12.9 million under the cap before addressing the signal-caller or any of its restricted free agents or exclusive rights players.

It’s important to remember the rule of 51 as the top 51 cap numbers on the roster count against the salary cap. The savings from any released player is offset in part by an additional player making it into the top 51 from the bottom of the list. For example, if a released player carrying a $3 million cap number is replaced in the top 51 by another player carrying a $405,000 cap number, the end result is a $2.595 million savings on the salary cap.

Here’s how I’d rank the list of possible candidates to be cut for cap purposes (with the cap savings noted in parentheses), in order from most likely to least likely:

1. Bobbie Williams ($1.2 million)
Skinny: The offensive lineman was relegated to reserve duties in favor of Jah Reid midway through the season and will either retire or be released. At 36, Williams will need to find a home elsewhere to continue his career, but after finally winning a Super Bowl after years in Cincinnati, he would be picking an ideal time to walk away from the game. The Ravens will go younger and cheaper to fill his reserve role in their group of offensive linemen.

2. Matt Birk ($2.05 million)
Skinny: When Birk signed a three-year contract last offseason, it was structured with an understanding of it essentially being a one-year deal as the cap figures grow substantially over the last two years of the deal. The Ravens drafted Delaware product Gino Gradkowski in the fourth round last April to be the heir apparent to Birk at the center position, so all signs point to him taking over for the 2013 season. The 36-year-old Birk is contemplating retirement and there remains a possibility the Ravens decide to keep Birk — who played very well down the stretch — for one more season if they can sign Flacco to a long-term deal in time, but most signs point to the veteran’s days being finished in Baltimore.

3. Vonta Leach ($3 million)
Skinny: The Pro Bowl fullback has done everything the Ravens could have possibly expected after signing him two summers ago, but his high cap number makes him a prime candidate to be cut considering his position just isn’t a big enough priority with the offense continuing to move toward the passing game. The Ravens would certainly miss Leach’s punishing blocking ability, but they could shift tight end Ed Dickson to more of an H-back position while also adding a younger, cheaper fullback coming out of college. With other positions to address and the lack of cap room, Baltimore just can’t justify paying a fullback so much money.

4. Brendon Ayanbadejo ($806,000)
Skinny: His lower number is the reason why the reserve linebacker isn’t ranked higher on the list, but Ayanbadejo would easily be expendable given his age and role on the team. The defense depended on him less in passing situations this season and the 36-year-old also had some lapses on special teams down the stretch. Saving less than $1 million on the cap doesn’t do much, but parting ways with the former Pro Bowl special-teams player would seem like a logical move to make with minimal impact on the makeup of the team if you need to clear money from the cap.

5. Jameel McClain ($1.8 million)
Skinny: If you could look into the crystal ball and guarantee the Ravens would re-sign fellow inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, it would be a no-brainer to part ways with McClain, who missed the end of the season after suffering a spinal cord contusion in early December. However, considering the Ravens are losing the retiring Ray Lewis and potentially Ellerbe, general manger Ozzie Newsome would be hesitant to part ways with another inside linebacker. McClain is solid against the run, but his limitations in pass coverage make him an expendable player if the Ravens are confident they can lock up Ellerbe, which obviously isn’t a sure thing at this point.

6. Jacoby Jones ($4 million)
Skinny: The return specialist and No. 3 receiver carries a large cap number, so his status will be in jeopardy if the Ravens need to use the franchise tag on Flacco. His speed on the outside was a major asset in taking pressure off fellow speed receiver Torrey Smith and opening the intermediate portion of the field to Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta, but he is still a part-time player offensively. You’d hate to lose Jones’ tremendous return ability, so there’s a good chance the Ravens would explore a contract extension to lower his cap figure and keep him for a few more years before potentially making the difficult decision to release him. Jones is owed a $1 million roster bonus in March, so that could complicate the situation further.

7. Anquan Boldin ($6 million)
Skinny: The wide receiver’s appearance on this list is based strictly on his cap number and how far that space would go in curing the Ravens’ problems if it comes down to the franchise tag for Flacco. His quarterback would be one of the first to say he wants Boldin to remain in Baltimore, so it’s likely Newsome will pursue an extension with the 32-year-old to reduce the 2013 cap number before resorting to a release. Boldin has already said he’d retire if the Ravens cut him, so perhaps the general manager could remind him of that in trying to strike a cap-friendly deal. The departure of Jones would hurt, but parting ways with Boldin would almost appear to be crippling in the short term as there is no logical replacement on the roster to count on with the disappointing development of Tandon Doss.


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Boldin claims he’ll retire if Ravens release him

Posted on 08 February 2013 by Luke Jones

After finally winning a Super Bowl championship in his 10th NFL season, Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin doesn’t see himself playing for another team.

The 32-year-old said in an interview with NBC Sports Network that he intends to retire if Baltimore releases him due to salary-cap restraints. Despite putting together a remarkable postseason that included 22 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns, Boldin is scheduled to make $6 million in base salary and carries a $7.5 million cap number for the 2013 season.

“I won’t play in another uniform,” Boldin said on the network’s Pro Football Talk.  “We have a saying, once a Raven, always a Raven, and I’ll always be a Raven.”

Boldin had his most productive season with the Ravens in 2012, catching 65 passes for 921 yards in 15 regular-season games. He is entering the final season of a four-year contract originally worth $28 million when he was acquired by the Ravens in 2010.

General manager Ozzie Newsome could explore an extension with Boldin that would reduce his cap figure for 2013, but it could also be viewed as a risky move to offer more money to a wide receiver who already struggles to gain separation and will be 33 in October. However, Boldin’s outstanding performance in the playoffs makes it a more difficult decision for the Ravens, who are trying to sign quarterback Joe Flacco to a long-term contract prior to the March 4 deadline for using the franchise tag.

“Baltimore is the only place I want to play,” Boldin said. “It’s the last place that I will play. For me, I’ll retire a Raven — I’m not putting on any other uniform.”

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/49ers

Posted on 05 February 2013 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Jacoby Jones 108 yard kickoff return TD (3rd quarter)

4. Jacoby Jones 56 yard TD catch from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 10 (2nd quarter)

3. Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Randy Moss on two point conversion attempt incomplete (4th quarter)

2. Joe Flacco 15 yard pass to Anquan Boldin on 3rd and inches (4th quarter)

1. Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Michael Crabtree on 4th and goal incomplete (4th quarter)

(Ryan’s Plays on Page 2…)

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Boldin says Flacco just needs to be himself at Super Bowl

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff


(on how his trip to Ethiopia last year changed him) “It definitely makes me more grateful, but I think the thing that it did for me was it made me want to help as much as I could. I’ve been trying to get the word out about Oxfam and Oxfam America. I’ve donated money myself. We’re planning a trip to go back this offseason as well. For me it’s just trying to get the word out as much as I can.”

(on what moved him to get involved in Ethiopia when there are so many places that need help) “There is. There’s not a certain place that…there’s a need (in Ethiopia). I’ve helped out a lot of different places. I think as a human being, any time you see people in dire situations, your heart goes out to them. For me, I’m in a position where I can help. If I’m in front of a camera, people will listen. I think for me, that’s important.”

(on how he became familiar with this particular cause) “Something I was reading, I came across it. It sparked my interest and I started to do some research on my own and tried to figure out ways that I could help. Then I actually got in contact with Oxfam America. I read up on them and the relief efforts that they do across the world, not just in Africa. So we were able to contact them and join forces with them.”

(on when he visited Ethiopia) “I went down last March. We were there for a little over a week.”

(on the key to beating man-to-man coverage) “To be honest with you, they remind me of our defense a lot. Just with the talent that we have, how physical they are, how fast they play. They remind me of how our defense plays, a lot. I think the key for us is just doing what we normally do. I think there will be situations where we see man coverage. I think us as a receiver corps, we definitely welcome man coverage because we feel like if you beat one guy there’s a lot of room to run.”

(on the Super Bowl experience he had with the Cardinals) “For me, it’s definitely been something that’s been on my mind since that Super Bowl. Everything that I have done as far as working out, as far as preparing, has been to get back to this point and to win. I think whenever you’re in a situation like that and being a competitor, you don’t want to lose. But I think when you do in a situation like that, it drives you. I mean, for me, it’s been only about football and getting back and trying to win.”

(on saying that he’s not a receiver, he’s a football player) “I think a receiver goes out there and catches the ball. Me, I do whatever it takes to win, whatever I’m asked by the coaches, whatever I’m asked of by this team. If that’s catching a ball, great. If that’s going out and laying a block on somebody, whatever it is.”

(on what he’ll tell his teammates about dealing with Sunday’s routine) “Just trying to make it a normal day as much as you can. Understanding pregame is going to be extra long, halftime is extra, extra long. Just not exerting too much energy because everybody is used to going out and warming up at a certain time. Coming in the locker room, having a certain amount of time in the locker room before you go back out. Having a certain amount of time before the coin toss. You can toss all that to the side, because it’s completely different. Not trying to go out and use too much energy or get too excited too early.”

(on if he will do things differently than he did in the Steelers-Cardinals Super Bowl) “Definitely. Exactly that, managing the time a lot better.”

(on if he has any advice for Joe Flacco as to how he should handle Sunday) “My only advice to Joe is be yourself. I think he does a great job preparing for each game. I think the even keel mentality is great.”


(on his memories of how he felt walking off the field after losing the Super Bowl) “It’s definitely a letdown. You feel disappointed. Once you lose, they’re roping off the field, herding the losing team to the locker room and letting the winning team celebrate. You don’t want that feeling, going back into the locker room knowing that you were this close and didn’t come through.”


(on his history of elevating his performance in the postseason) “It’s definitely a sense of urgency in the postseason. I think anybody who has ever played in the postseason knows it’s either win or go home, and nobody wants to go home. I think for myself, I’ve always felt that sense of urgency to get it done. It took me five years just to get to the playoffs, so I know myself playoffs aren’t guaranteed. You never know if or when you’re going to get back, so you have to make the most of it.”


(on Joe Flacco’s ability throw the deep ball) “For him, that’s just a God-given ability. I don’t think there’s any magic to it. He just has it.”


(on if he knows he’s going to catch the ball if it’s anywhere near him) “My mentality is if the ball’s in the air, it’s definitely my ball. I think you’re taught that as a receiver. I think any receiver is taught that. Any time the ball is in your area, it’s your ball. The ball isn’t going to be perfect every time. We get paid to make plays. That’s our mentality. Any time the ball’s in the air, go attack it. It’s our ball.”


(on how the identity of the Ravens has changed as the offense has improved) “We’re a more complete team, as opposed to in the past just relying on the defense, not losing the game on offense. I think we’ve evolved to being a complete team, all three phases: offense, defense, special teams. I think there’s certain games this year where you saw the offense take over. You’ve seen places where the defense stood up and seen games where our special teams has just taken over completely. I think that’s the point where we are now.”


(on if he wanted to help the offense ‘catch up with the defense’ when he arrived in Baltimore) “Definitely. Coming from Arizona, we were a high-powered offense, and it was just the opposite for us. We felt like we had to score on every possession, so I wasn’t used to being an offense that was managing a game. Coming here, I definitely didn’t want that label, so we worked our butts off to change it.”


(on the best and worst thing about growing up in Pahokee, Florida) “The worst thing about growing up? I’d probably say the lack of opportunities. Now that I’m not there, I’m able to get outside and see different things, I think the lack of opportunities.”


(on the financial contributions he’s made to his hometown) “I think for me it’s important to give back to my hometown to give them as many opportunities as possible to succeed. I think that’s very important. Any time you can instill hope in a kid, I think you’ve done a great thing. You’ve breathed life into that child. That’s always been my goal, and I’ll continue to do that.”


(on how important football is to the kids of Pahokee) “Anybody that knows a little about that area knows that football is very important. It’s definitely been a way out for a lot of people, myself included. Football is definitely big there.”

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Boldin says Flacco no different in postseason than ever before

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff



(on playing in his second Super Bowl) “Great feeling. It’s definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity, for me twice though. Definitely want to come back here and finish what I didn’t finish a couple of years ago.”


(on the emotion of walking on the field on Super Bowl Sunday) “For me, I just want to make it another game. I know there’s a lot that’s going on around the game, but there’s still a game to be played. For me, I’m here for that reason and that reason only.”


(on if he takes pride in being a tough receiver who will go across the middle) “I think for me, I look at it as I’m a football player, not so much a receiver. I think a lot of people, you get that label, especially as a receiver of being divas and things like that, but for myself, I’m just a football player.”


(on what it means to him that his peers respect him the way they do) “It means a lot because at the end of the day, that’s what really matters. The people that you play with, those are the people whose respect you’re really trying to earn. I think if you can do that, you’ve really done something.”


(on San Francisco’s defense) “They have a great defense. I think the thing for us is we had a chance to play against them last year. I think we played them Thanksgiving night last year, so we’ve had a chance to go against them. It’s a great defense, especially up front and in their linebackers. They probably have the best linebacker core in the NFL. They have two great safeties on the back end and some good corners as well. They’re not here for no reason at all. We don’t expect anything different on Sunday.”


(on what Joe Flacco has done differently over the last month than he did earlier in the season) “I don’t think he’s doing anything different. I just don’t think people were giving him the respect that he was due early on in the season. I think he’s played great all year, but I think just the stage that we’ve been on the last couple of weeks has magnified who Joe is, and I’m glad people get a chance to see him for exactly who he is.”


(on the definition of what Flacco is) “A great quarterback. Since I’ve been here, people have been questioning whether he’s an elite quarterback. I think over the course of this season, not just the last three weeks, he’s proven that.”


(on what makes Flacco elite) “Everything about him. First of all, his talent. I don’t think I’ve played with anybody as physically talented as Joe at the quarterback position. Strong arm. I think he’s more athletic than people give him credit for. He’s definitely a lot faster than what people think, but just his decision making. Over the last couple of years, he’s been given a chance to get us in and out of plays at the line of scrimmage and I think he’s done a great job of doing that.”


(on Flacco having a reputation as a quiet and reserved guy) “I think for us, it’s funny for us to hear people say that because we get a chance to be around him outside of football. He’s a guy that loves to have fun. He’s not as quiet as you guys think. It’s funny for us to hear you guys say that. He’s a normal person. He loves to have fun, loves to joke around, definitely in the locker room. We enjoy him.”


(on what advice he’s given his teammates when it comes to dealing with everything that goes on during Super Bowl week) “I think the thing I tried to get across to them is take advantage of the opportunities because the opportunity doesn’t come around often. You look at guys like Ray Lewis. He was able to play in a Super Bowl, but it’s been 13 years since he’s been able to get back. You look at Ed Reed who has been in the league 11 years, it’s his first Super Bowl. A guy like (Terrell) Suggs, same thing, 10 years, first Super Bowl. You want to take advantage of it. Like I told them, there’s going to be a lot of distractions. There’s going to be a lot of things going on around the game, but at the end of the day, on Sunday, you have to play a game and you want to be as prepared as possible to go win that game because the one thing I took away from my first Super Bowl is you don’t want to walk away not holding that trophy. That’s something that sits with you, something that for me, it’s bugged me since that day. I’m glad I’m able to get back here and try to make right on that.”




Super Bowl XLVII – Tuesday, January 29, 2013






(on what Ravens Sr. Advisor to Player Development O.J. Brigance means to the team) “I think O.J. means a lot to this organization, period. The things that he’s been through, the things that he’s still fighting through, still his willingness to continue to fight, I think everybody in our locker room is inspired by that.”


(on if he’s amazed that O.J. Brigance is doing the things that he is under the circumstances) “Definitely. Like I said, we get a chance to see O.J. every day. Just the knowledge that he imparts on the entire organization is just, it’s a blessing for us to have him.”


(on Torrey Smith overcoming the adversity of losing his brother) “I think he’s done a great job of dealing with it. For me personally, I can’t imagine going through an ordeal like that and having to play, especially the next day. I think as an organization, we’ve tried to be as supportive as possible. We’ve tried to put our arms around him and love him, let him know that we’re there for him, whatever he needs. I think he’s done a great job. I think Torrey’s real mature for his age. He’s pretty much the man of his house in his family, and he’s done a great job of dealing with that and playing great football at the same time.”


(on if the Ravens have a lot of momentum following consecutive road wins) “I think so, but I think the thing for us is we’re practicing well. You know the old saying, you practice well you play well, so hopefully we can continue to do that.”


(on Randy Moss) “He’s a guy that I respect. He’s a guy that I’ve watched over the years, even before I was a receiver, I was a Randy Moss.”


(on how he’s different as a player from his first Super Bowl appearance) “I think I’m a lot more appreciative of everything now. I know this time around I’m able to take it all in and actually see it for what it is.”


(on if he’s happier now than he was in January of 2009) “I think for now I’m able to go out and just play the game. I don’t have to worry about contract situations. I don’t have to worry about this and that. I’m able to come in and just play. That’s one of the things the Ravens have allowed me to do, just come in and be a football player. Coach (John) Harbaugh talks about it all the time: let your light shine, be yourself. They really allow you to do that, so I’m happy for that.”


(on if he felt like he couldn’t be himself in Arizona) “I think in Arizona, I don’t know how to say it, but there were times that for some guys, being yourself wasn’t what they wanted.”


(on what he admires about Randy Moss) “I’ve always viewed him as a game changer. I think if you look at Randy Moss over the years, he’s been able to change a lot of games just with his speed, his ability to stretch the field and his ability to make plays in traffic. There’s times when he’s gone up over two or three guys. I’ve always viewed him as a game changer, so I don’t think anything has changed in that respect.”


(on his relationship with Torrey Smith) “Torrey is like my little brother. He’s definitely a guy that I look out for. He’s definitely a guy that has grown on me. From the time he came in, he’s one of the guys that I really just tried to help out, really tried to help mentor. He’s done a great job of learning and playing well on the field.”


(on what he’s tried to teach Torrey Smith on the field) “Just how to become a complete receiver. Coming out of college, he was known as a speedster, but I want everybody to see how great of a receiver he is, how great of a route runner he is, how great he can catch, how good of a blocker he is. Just becoming the complete package.”


(on if Boldin is still better than Torrey Smith) “That’s a question you’ve got to answer.”

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Niners S Whitner expects to have “hands full” with Boldin

Posted on 29 January 2013 by WNST Staff

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Patriots

Posted on 22 January 2013 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 28-13 win over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship Game…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Nate Solder called for holding, negating Danny Woodhead 4 yard run on 3rd & 2 (3rd quarter)

4. Stephen Gostkowski 25 yard field goal after Patriots called third timeout (2nd quarter)

3. Tom Brady pass intended for Wes Welker incomplete on 3rd & 8 from Baltimore 34 (3rd quarter)

2. Dannell Ellerbe intercepts Tom Brady pass intended for Aaron Hernandez, tipped by Pernell McPhee (4th quarter)

1. Arthur Jones recovers Stevan Ridley fumble forced by Bernard Pollard (4th quarter)

(Ryan’s Plays on Page 2…)

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Our Ravens/Patriots “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 20 January 2013 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Nasty Purple Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches each.

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 28-13 win over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship Game to clinch a trip to Super Bowl XLVII…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Jim Caldwell

4. Pernell McPhee

3. Marshal Yanda

2. Bernard Pollard

1. Joe Flacco (Pat on Both Cheeks)

(Ryan’s Pats on Page 2…)

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