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Sunday Money  –  6-Pack

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Sunday Money – 6-Pack

Posted on 26 November 2010 by Rex Snider

Well, if you followed my advice, last week, your pockets are undoubtedly overflowing with plenty of cash for today’s Black Friday shopping spree. That’s correct …. I gave three LOCKS for the Week #11 NFL schedule, and I delivered in each one …..

My picks …..

New England (-3.5) vs. Indianapolis = MONEY

Dallas (-0.5, 40/over) vs. Detroit = MONEY

Baltimore (-13) vs. Carolina = MONEY

To add a little bit of credibility, I even predicted the Ravens vs. Panthers final score. Yep, it’s in the blog : Ravens 37 – Panthers 9

Thank me, NOW …..

For the believers among our WNST faithful, you’ve been rewarded with a financial pitfall …. and you’re welcome !!!! As for the more cynical crowd, you’ll get a shot at redemption, this week.

Don’t screw it up this time !!!!

Without further delay, here’s your trusted 6-pack for Week #12′s NFL games, along with a few personal guarantees …..

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Sunday Money – 6-Pack

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Sunday Money – 6-Pack

Posted on 19 November 2010 by Rex Snider

For weeks, I’ve been boasting about my preseason predictions for the Baltimore Ravens. On September 8th, I previewed each game on the schedule, on-air, and gave my opinion on how things would turn out.

I kept that schedule and it’s hanging on the wall of my home office. To date, I’ve been correct on 8 of the 9 games. The lone blemish is the contest against the Miami Dolphins. Yep, I had that game in the loss column.

Hey, the good news is I forecasted the loss against the Atlanta Falcons as the final defeat of the 2010 season. That’s correct, I picked the Ravens to run the table throughout the remainder of the regular slate of games.

And, I’ll stick by it …..

Since I’ve been so accurate with my predictions over the past couple months, I’ve decided to share my weekly prognostications with YOU, the listener and reader. It’s my early Christmas gift to anyone who reads my blogs.

I have no doubt that when my peers read this, they’ll have some provoking thoughts …..

Drew Forrester : “I like Rex, but I’m not following his advice – he freakin’ texted me from Vegas and asked which baseball games to bet. By the way, he won a few hundred bucks ….. and I’m still waiting for my Chinese lunch.”

Glenn Clark : “I don’t really like Rex, and I absolutely NEVER, EVER agree with him. I’m certain his predictions will be LAUGHABLE ….. if not, INSANE. So, before I even look at his picks, I’ll get this outta the way ….. DUDE, YOU’RE JUST WRONG.”

Thyrl Nelson : “His fantasy football team, Rexual HerAssMent, is 3-7 …. that’s all I need to know.”

Regardless of what others might say, you can rest assured that my LOCKS for the weekend will come to fruition. You’ll make money, guaranteed. Count on this 6-pack of predictions …..

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Are we rooting against Jason Garrett?  Absolutely …..

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Are we rooting against Jason Garrett? Absolutely …..

Posted on 10 November 2010 by Rex Snider

Feelings can a very perculiar thing …..

When we’re denied by someone, we tend to take it personally. It could be the first girl who turned us down – or the second, for that matter. It could be the employer who canned our application. It could be the coach who cut us from the team.

Regardless of what we might say, when someone rejects us, we hope to see them regret the decision ….

We want to see that same girl ending up with a loser.

We want to see that prospective employer go out of business.

We want to see that coach’s team suffer through a horrible season.

You got that? It’s not good enough to hope it happened. We want to see it happen. As certain as we want to see the figurative trainwreck before our eyes, we want to witness those who rejected us, as they fail.

Don’t feel guilty about it. Reacting to rejection in this way is quite human. It’s our way of fending off the reality that someone did not want us; we hope to see them fail, as a result.

And, this is probably where most of us find ourselves when considering the impending plight of Jason Garrett. Nearly three years removed from rejecting Baltimore and the Ravens, Garrett is getting an audition for the job he craved all along.

In four days, the Dallas Cowboys will face the New York Giants, in the Meadowlands. When the whistle blows and the kickoff commences, Jason Garrett will find himself calling all the shots for Jerry Jones’ team.

Well, we think he’ll probably be calling the shots Jerry allows, at least.

Don’t misconstrue the spirit of my message. I’m quite happy things turned out as they did, here in Baltimore. The Ravens haven’t missed the playoffs, since Garrett said “no thanks.” And, Steve Bisciotti’s second choice is turning out to look like the best choice …..

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh looks on against the New England Patriots in the third quarter of their NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts October 17, 2010. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Some readers might be looking at this potentially conflicted message and thinking “I don’t care if Jason Garrett wins or loses.” But, you’re lying to yourself. You do care. Or, you’re just an isolated exception to the normalcy of being human.

There is a fairly good chance the Cowboys get their chaps handed to them, in northern Jersey, on Sunday. They’ve been horribly bad – which resulted in Wade Phillips’ firing. The Giants, in contrast, have been pretty impressive, while enjoying a 6-2 record.

Who knows what Jason Garrett is thinking these days? Everyone is aware of his decision to rebuff the Ravens and Falcons, following the 2007 season. He opted for the stability of the Cowboys …. and, perhaps, to become their next head coach.

Meanwhile, Baltimore and Atlanta haven’t missed a beat …..

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Randy Moss: has baggage …. will travel

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Randy Moss: has baggage …. will travel

Posted on 02 November 2010 by Rex Snider

Just go ahead and admit it …..

As soon as you’re convinced Bill Belichick has finally outsmarted himself and pulled the trigger on a dumb deal, he figuratively fools all of us and snookers another sucker.

Tomorrow marks the one month anniversary of the very public divorce between Randy Moss and the New England Patriots. It’s offically been 27 days, so my conflicted memory still recalls the morning the news broke, quite vividly.

While the deal was not an earth-shattering shocker, it did fuel reaction from a lot of sideline critics. As the football world learned Bill Belichick dealt his sole deep threat receiver to the Minnesota Vikings, a collective bewildering day of sports talk commenced.

Randy Moss was returning HOME, to the team and city where his Hall Of Fame career began. And, all seemed right in Minneapolis ….

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre and wide receiver Randy Moss slap hands after a completion against the New England Patriots in the third quarter of their NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts October 31, 2010.    REUTERS/Adam Hunger   (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Brett Favre was being teamed with a guy who could catch those Sportscenter-highlighted touchdowns.

Brad Childress was acquiring the player who could validate all the effort devoted to kissing Favre’s ass for an entire offseason.

And, poor Bill Belichick was selling on the “short” …. while walking away with just a measly 3rd round pick in next April’s NFL draft.

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Where will the Ravens be in January?

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Where will the Ravens be in January?

Posted on 28 October 2010 by Rex Snider

Fast forward yourself a couple months to the week following Christmas. You will most likely be experiencing the typical holiday happenings – your kids are complaining about the things Santa did NOT leave under the tree …. your wife is counting down the days until school returns from the seasonal break …. and you’re simply trying to survive such an ordeal.

Oh yeah, and you’re also digesting the Ravens latest win, against the Cleveland Browns, in the final road game of the regular season. It will probably be a little tougher than most of us originally imagined, but beating the Browns will be a mandatory formality.

And, as certain as many parents are looking ahead to the second half of the school year, many of us are looking ahead to some pretty exciting circumstances …..

College football’s biggest bowl games are approaching …..

New Years festivities are being planned …..

Rex Snider is watching his new HAIR as it’s starting to grow …..

And, the Ravens will be readying for the ultimate arrival of the Cincinnati Bengals in the season finale’ …..

Now, bring yourself back to this 28th day of October …..

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Do you think Jason Garrett ever regrets his decision?

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Do you think Jason Garrett ever regrets his decision?

Posted on 14 October 2010 by Rex Snider

Over the past couple years, I’ve occasionally pondered the plight of Jason Garrett. You remember him, right?

He’s the genius, Princeton-grad who spent a few years as a backup quarterback in the NFL, before trading his helmet for a headset and clipboard, in a coaching capacity.

He’s also the guy who made a potentially career-defining blunder in rejecting an offer to become the Baltimore Ravens head coach, nearly 3 years ago.

On the heels of Brian Billick’s departure, the Ravens had settled on Jason Garrett as “their guy.” And, with Garrett’s arrival for an entire day’s worth of talks, while his wife “supposedly” looked at houses, many of us simply assumed he would become the team’s new leader on the sidelines.

He said all the right things …..

“I had a really productive day today. I’m going to continue through this process I’m in right now and at some point we’ll make some decisions on both sides.”

Of course, Jason Garrett left town without a deal. The Ravens reportedly offered him the head coaching position, but he ultimately ended up rejecting their overtures.

And, the rest is history.

Think about it, how does a guy who has never been a head coach turn down an opportunity to lead one of the most solid organizations in the National Football League?

It’s a precious and prestegious job; only 32 of them exist.

Of course, in Jason Garrett’s situation, we know what happened …..

This guy stepped in and _ucked it up.

I guess we will never really know what Jerry Jones said to Jason Garrett. Did he promise a raise in salary and the eventual head coaching position of the Dallas Cowboys? Well, Garrett did become the NFL’s highest paid assistant coach, at $3 million, per season. However, the prospective head coaching situation is unknown.

At this point, I doubt any of us could really care any less.

The Ravens, coached by the “other guy”, have made two consecutive appearances in the postseason and they’re currently sitting at 4-1, as they prepare for this week’s trip to New England.

Not bad, huh?

Meanwhile, the Cowboys, a preseason pick by many so-called insiders as a Super Bowl favorite, are heading to Minnesota. They’re set for a showdown with Brett Favre and the Vikings. The winner of this game eases some fear, while achieving a 2-3 record. The loser, on the other hand, will be on the brink of early season distaster.

I suppose Jason Garrett never really imagined he’d be in this very spot when he declined the invitation to lead the likes of Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata and Ed Reed, huh? And, he certainly didn’t know Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and Michael Oher would be part of the mix.

Such is life in the NFL.

Poor Wade Phillips has been rumored as a candidate for the firing squad more often than any head coach, since Garrett’s plane departed BWI, on a cold January night. Still, Phillips exists on the Cowboys sideline.

And, so does Jason Garrett …..

These days, Garrett is not viewed as that high profiled offensive guru. The Cowboys are underachieving on offense and they’re counted among the most disappointing teams, thus far, in 2010. In fact, they’re just 21-15 since the day Jason Garrett turned down the Ravens job.

Phillips is still rumored to be on his way out the door. Yet, names like Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden and Tony Dungy are surfacing as the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Personally, I don’t see any of those guys taking the job.

They seem to be in different phases of life, and they surely dictate more control than a guy like Wade Phillips demands.

But, Jerry Jones can be awfully persuasive.

Just ask Jason Garrett.

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Blog & Tackle: One-liners on the NFL through Week 3

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Blog & Tackle: One-liners on the NFL through Week 3

Posted on 29 September 2010 by Chris Pika

Week 4 is the first week that byes take place in the NFL, so this is a great time to take short stock of each of the clubs through three weeks. And by short, I mean one line on each team — some stats, some observations and some conjecture.

First up, the AFC teams by division. Records are through Week 3:

Anquan Boldin brings in a 27-yard touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns during the 4th quarter at at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on September 26, 2010. Boldin scored three touchdowns in the Ravens 24-17 victory over the Browns. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

AFC East

New York Jets (2-1): Despite crippled Revis Island on defense, brash Jets are only team in AFC East with perfect division record (2-0).

New England Patriots (2-1): QB Tom Brady (8 TD, 109.1 passer rating) is back to form as Patriots have AFC’s highest point total (90) and highest TD total (12) so far.

Miami Dolphins (2-1): Even with deep threat WR Brandon Marshall and RB Ronnie Brown, Dolphins have same amount of TDs (5) as Buffalo, Cincinnati and Baltimore.

Buffalo Bills (0-3): Another lost year for Bills, which have scored fourth-least points (47) in AFC and have given up most points (87) on defense in the conference.

AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0): The question for head coach Mike Tomlin is if the Steelers are 4-0 after a win over Baltimore in Week 4, why change QBs to Ben Roethlisberger?

Cincinnati Bengals (2-1): Bengals, despite record, have struggled on offense as QB Carson Palmer (12th rated AFC passer at 71.3) hasn’t found rhythm with T.O.cho Show.

Baltimore Ravens (2-1): Defense, led by MLB Ray Lewis, continues to carry a team expected to score much more in 2010 (44 points; 2nd-lowest in AFC), despite breakout game by WR Anquan Boldin (3 TDs) last week.

Cleveland Browns (0-3): Browns are led by Peyton … not Manning, but RB Hillis (220 yards, 3 TDs) as Browns gave popular AFC Super Bowl pick Ravens much trouble in Week 3.

AFC South

Houston Texans (2-1): Texans got over the hump of beating the Colts, but Houston is not the best team in state of Texas after bad loss to Cowboys.

Tennessee Titans (2-1): Titans defense has allowed fourth-fewest points in the AFC (42), and the Tennessee offense has RB Chris Johnson (4 TDs), but continuing issues at quarterback.

Indianapolis Colts (2-1): Despite loss to Houston, Colts still have potent passing attack with QB Peyton Manning and are arguably still best club in the AFC.

Jacksonville Jagaurs (1-2): Jaguars have worst scoring differential in AFC (-43), and Jack Del Rio could be the AFC’s first fired coach.

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs (3-0): Most surprising number for unbeaten Chiefs is that defense has allowed least points in the AFC (38), and in weak AFC West, KC might have enough to win the division.

San Diego Chargers (1-2): Special teams burned for two scores at Seattle, and Chargers QB Philip Rivers (AFC-high 4 INTs) is missing a suddenly resurgent RB LaDainian Tomlinson, now with the Jets.

Denver Broncos (1-2): Broncos getting decent offensive production from QB Kyle Orton, but overall have a minus point differential (-4; 61 PF, 65 PA).

Oakland Raiders (1-2): High-priced K Sebastian Janikowski could have made Raiders a 2-1 team with made kicks at Arizona, but Raiders need more than 3s (4 TDs, tied for lowest in AFC with JAX) to be competitive in up-for-grabs division.

Now for the NFC:

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles (2-1): The Eagles have gone from a transitional season with QB Kevin Kolb to division title hopes with QB Michael Vick, who might be a legit NFL MVP candidate down the road.

Washington Redskins (1-2): Opening victory over Dallas doesn’t look as good after defense was shredded in last two weeks and Cowboys’ struggles.

New York Giants (1-2): A minus-30 scoring differential (55 PF, 85 PA) is third-worst in NFC, and head coach Tom Coughlin is starting to feel the heat.

Dallas Cowboys (1-2): Cowboys avoided 0-3 start in Week 3 with big win over Houston, and Dallas has the personnel to rebound in a wide-open NFC East race.

NFC North

Chicago Bears (3-0): Most unlikely last remaining 3-0 team in NFC gives head coach Lovie Smith some breathing room as O-line tries to keep QB Jay Cutler upright in Mike Martz offensive system.

Green Bay Packers (2-1): Despite mental miscues in Week 3 loss at Chicago, popular Super Bowl XLV NFC pick has plenty of offensive weapons for QB Aaron Rodgers, but need run game to be re-established after Ryan Grant injury.

Minnesota Vikings (1-2): QB Brett Favre looks very old right now, and Vikings best chance to win is to get away from pass-first mindset to get the ball into Adrian Peterson’s hopefully sure hands more often.

Detroit Lions (0-3): Injury to QB Matthew Stafford put dent into head coach Jim Schwartz’s immediate rebuilding plans, and Lions don’t get a break in Week 4 against Packers.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons (2-1): Falcons posted most-impressive win of Week 3 as they marched out of New Orleans with a OT win, and Atlanta has NFC best-tying +31 point differential.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1): AFter 2-0 start, Bucs ran into Steelers’ buzzsaw in Week 3, and Tampa Bay is staring at possible 2-3 record with games vs. Cincinnati and New Orleans after bye week.

New Orleans Saints (2-1): Saints run defense was exposed in loss to Falcons, and defending Super Bowl champs need fast starts in order to avoid same fate against strong run teams going forward.

Carolina Panthers (0-3): Winless Panthers have least TDs in NFC (3), and head coach John Fox may be running out of rope with owner Jerry Richardson.

NFC West

Seattle Seahawks (2-1): Head coach Pete Carroll sidestepped Southern California mess and he has put Seattle in early position to make headway in weak NFC West.

Arizona Cardinals (2-1): Despite record, Cards have minus-29 point differential (48 PF, 77 PA) and would be 1-2 if Oakland made a field goal or two in Week 3.

St. Louis Rams (1-2): Rookie QB Sam Bradford will have to grow up in a hurry, but the shame is that the Rams can’t play Washington every week.

San Francisco 49ers (0-3): Head coach Mike Singletary used the next-to-last bullet in his gun after firing offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, and the last one might be used by 49ers ownership at end of the season if disappointments continue.

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Did We Fall Asleep On The Steelers ???

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Did We Fall Asleep On The Steelers ???

Posted on 23 September 2010 by Rex Snider

As I look back to the early days of August and the outpouring of attention during Ravens Training Camp, I can recall the high expectations from anyone wearing a hint of purple.

Nearly every fan and local media observer predicted BIG things for “John Harbaugh & Company” as the preseason, and eventual regular season approached. And, our optimistic forecasts may very well come true.

After all, the Ravens have only played two games and we still await the first snap on the home turf. An enormous amount of football is lying ahead, and the remainder of the season will undoubtedly present a collection of peaks and pitfalls along the way.

Some teams start hot and others start cold. That’s the nature of competition in the National Football League. Nobody really believes in the quick starts by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears, right? I’ll also assume we’re not ready to bury the Dallas Cowboys or Minnesota Vikings, either.

As I look back just one season, I can distinctly recall an undefeated Denver Broncos squad rolling into M&T Bank Stadium, for a Week #8 matchup against the Ravens.

The Broncos didn’t return to Denver with that previously unblemished record.

In fact, they missed the playoffs.

That’s a prime example of how fortunes can change throughout the course of 17 weeks.

Falling into a blanketed belief in the home team’s preseason hype is an easy trap for all us whom merit a stake connected to the franchise. And, when nationally syndicated media jump on board, the temptations are even stronger.

At the same time, many of us predicted doom and gloom for the hated Pittsburgh Steelers. I’ll admit to it. And, if you’re being honest, you probably did the very same thing.

We reasoned a decent opportunity of the Steelers losing most, if not all of their games during Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension. After all, Roethlisberger defines the riches of the Steelers, right? He’s a winner; he’s a Super Bowl conquering quarterback.

Of course, we piled up the dissent on a competitive Steelers season with mitigating factors, like the tumultuous exit of the Raven killer, Santonio Holmes and a season ending injury to Willie Colon.

But, I think we might’ve really overlooked or discounted the return of one very important player …..

As much as haters wanna chalk up the Steelers successes over the last few years to Ben Roethlisberger, an argument exists to suggest Troy Polamalu is every bit as important to that team.

What did the Steelers do without him, last year? They lost.

In 2009, Troy Polamalu played in 5 games. During that stretch, the Steelers were 4-1, while surrendering an average of 13.5 points, per game. In the 11 games without him, they were 5-6, while yielding an average of 23 points, per game.

Veteran defensive end, Aaron Smith, figures into the downfall of the 2009 Steelers season, as well. He missed much of the same action as Polamalu. And, Pittsburgh’s defense is much more dynamic with him in the lineup.

But, he’s not the heartbeat of the Steelers defense.

That unit revolves around Troy Polamalu. In some very distinct ways, Polamalu parallels the importance of Ray Lewis to the Ravens defense. While their personalities and mannerisms are quite different, they each command the team’s respective side of the ball.

Ray Lewis makes players better. So does Troy Polamalu.

The Steelers are 2-0, due to a dominant defensive effort. They haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in 8 regulation quarters to start the season. But, they’re winning and that’s all that really matters.

They’re headed to Tampa for a Sunday showdown with the undefeated Bucs. Yes, this is the point where you start chuckling at that game. Barring an upset of phenomenal proportions, the Steelers will carry an undefeated record into their final week of Roethlisberger’s suspension – and a divisional contest against the Ravens.

I’m not looking beyond this week’s home opener against the Cleveland Browns, but the Ravens must beat the Steelers without Ben Roethlisberger on the field, next week. No excuses, they must do it.

That said, I’m suspecting Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin and the remainder of the offense will be mindful of a reality many fans and media overlooked back in August …..

Troy Polamalu is every bit as important as Ben Roethlisberger.

After the Steelers’ surprising 2-0 start, I think it’s fair to say everybody forgot about the reality of Polamalu’s presence. Umm …. make that everybody, except Peter King. He was on it (prediction). He didn’t fall for the “Wicked Witch Is Dead” euphoria that many of us celebrated when considering the suspension of Ben Roethlisberger and overall prospects of the 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Peter King wasn’t sleeping on them. And, I hope everyone else falls in line. The Pittsburgh Steelers remain ENEMY #1. And, Troy Polamalu is the primary reason we forgot about it. Then again, he’s made a career off quarterbacks forgetting about him.

How fitting, huh?

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Ravens Waive S Ken Hamlin To Make Room For Return of CB Cary Williams

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Ravens Waive S Ken Hamlin To Make Room For Return of CB Cary Williams

Posted on 22 September 2010 by Ryan Chell

Ken Hamlin

With a roster move expected Tuesday with the return of corner back Cary Williams, the Ravens announced that they have waived safety Ken Hamlin.

Hamlin, who was signed by the Ravens in June to provide insurance for the safety Ed Reed if he were to be placed on PUP, had a one-year contract in place and was vying for a starting job in case the Ravens had concerns about Tom Zbikowski starting in Reed’s place.

Hamlin was active in both games this year and posted one tackle on special teams during the Ravens 15-10 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.

It was a hard decision for the Ravens to make as a team, said Coach John Harbaugh in a press release.

“We have to do something, but it’s not going to be something we’re going to be happy about doing,” Harbaugh said. “And it will be something that we’ll have to take a view to Sunday on and also a view to the long term on, because we want to hold on to all the good players that we have.”

“Every guy we have right now is a very good player.”

Hamlin, an eighth-year veteran and former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks out of Arkansas, was once the one of the highest paid safeties in the league after signing a six year, 38 million dollar deal with the Cowboys in 2007.

He made his only Pro Bowl in that 2007 season.

Hamlin struggled at times in the preseason, and with fellow safety Haruki Nakamura also coming back healthy from a leg injury, the Ravens felt like they no longer needed Hamlin’s services.

And with corner back Cary Williams returning from his two game suspension laid down by the NFL for violating the NFL’s conduct policy, the Ravens had to make a move to keep the roster at the legal 53-man limit.

The Ravens made moves yesterday on their practice squad, releasing tackle Devin Tyler and DB David Pender from their developmental squad. This morning, the Ravens then added former Oklahoma State tackle Brady Bond to the practice squad.

This left one spot on the practice squad, and with Williams returning, the Ravens could have been trying to leave a spot open to try and send a player from the 53-man roster down on the practice squad.

The expected move would have been to send DT Lamar Divens to the practice squad, but the Ravens would have to expose him to waivers first before trying to send him down.

But with the talent the Ravens have at defensive tackle, Divens would have likely been picked up by an opposing team, and they felt like Hamlin-a player who was available to all 32 NFL teams in June-was more expendable.

The Ravens secondary, which ranks second in the NFL, is now even more crowded at corner, but the Ravens with this move felt like they had enough support behind the starters at safety in Dawan Landry and Tom Zbikowski, and Williams was worth keeping on the team.

He will step in to provide depth behind starters Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington, and Harbaugh said having too many corners is a problem he wants to have.

“I’ve heard coaches say you can’t have too many corner backs, and it’s probably true. The thing it’s going to give us – and you throw the safeties in the mix… but those guys really give us a lot of flexibility with our packages.”

“So, we’re going to be able to put a lot of defensive backs on the field and run different pressure packages and different coverage packages that are going to be tough for people to identify. So, that will be a plus for us,” Harbaugh said in his press conference on Monday.

Williams grabbed two interceptions in the preseason and showed a lot of promise on special teams as well since the Ravens signed Williams off the Titans practice squad toward the end of the season last year.

Harbaugh said Williams has already been hard at work since he has been allowed to return to the facility and they will work on getting him on the same pace with the rest of the team.

“I think he was out there today, and we’ll get him into meetings and get him back on track,” Harbaugh said. “He went through all the training camp and the whole offseason, so I don’t think it will be too much, but it was good to see his face sitting in the room there.”

Tune into WNST and WNST.net as we continue to follow the Baltimore Ravens! For all your Baltimore Ravens news, keep listening because We Never Stop Talking Baltimore Sports!

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Week 3 Coach Speak

Posted on 22 September 2010 by Brian Billick

This week on the show I host on FOXSports.com, Coach Speak, I talk with Eagles head coach Andy Reid about his two quarterbacks, Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb, I give my best “never say never” moments of the NFL’s Week 2 schedule, we get a tutorial from Jets’ defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman on how cornerbacks use press coverage techniques, Chargers’ tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski tells us about San Diego’s two-TE formation, I give my thoughts about not panicking when you have an 0-2 start like the Cowboys and Vikings have right now and I talk to Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh about one of his favorite subjects this week — too much protection for the quarterback.

Make sure you catch my on-air visits each week talking about the NFL on WNST during the football season. Here is Week 3′s Coach Speak …

Video: Coach Speak: Week 3

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