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With Ravens Season Over, Draft Season Begins in Orlando

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With Ravens Season Over, Draft Season Begins in Orlando

Posted on 19 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

As all of you know, there are few people in the world who are bigger fans of the NFL Draft than I am. Last season, I profiled over 100 NFL Draft prospects in the months leading up to the big event at Radio City Music Hall. Some of those players eventually became Baltimore Ravens, including Michael Oher, Paul Kruger, Lardarius Webb, Cedric Peerman, Jason Phillips, Isaiah Williams, Graham Gano, Eron Riley and more.

And with NFL season now over here in Charm City, it is time to start looking ahead to the 2010 NFL Draft; which will be held April 22-24th again in New York. I like to call the next 3 months “NFL Draft Season”, as it is much more than just the 3 days that determine how teams will make their picks. The season begins with the announcements from underclassmen, then moves to college all-star games (including the Senior Bowl), the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis (which myself, Drew Forrester & Nestor Aparicio will be covering LIVE here on WNST.net), individual Pro Timing Days, and team interviews that all build to the 3 days in April.

We will be starting our weekly NFL Draft Preview segment on “The Comcast Morning Show” this week, the segment will air Wednesdays at 9:40am. This Wednesday, Chad Reuter from NFLDraftScout.com & CBS Sports will be joining us. Chad will be reporting to us live from Orlando, where the annual East West Shrine Game marks the start of College All-Star season. Two Ravens rookies (Jason Phillips of TCU and Dannell Ellerbe of Georgia) were participants in last year’s game, as well as former Terrapins C Edwin Williams, who played for the Washington Redskins this season. It is definitely worth paying attention to what is going on at the game.

As I did last year, I will rank the likely needs the Ravens face in the offseason. This list may be altered as players are released/retired/traded/signed/injured/etc.

1-Wide Receiver (This goes without saying, as the team currently has just Marcus Smith under contract.)
2-Tight End (They almost got Brandon Pettigrew last year, there is no doubt they will be looking at the position again this season. Todd Heap should be back, but LJ Smith is a free agent-and clearly Heap is getting no younger.)
3-Cornerback (While they likely think they have two capable starting CB’s on the team, there is no doubt that Ozzie Newsome and company would welcome another impact corner to a group that already includes Domonique Foxworth, Lardarius Webb and Chris Carr.)
4-Safety (Ed Reed’s future makes this a very crucial spot, as does the pending free agency of Dawan Landry. Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura appear to be part of the team’s future at the position, but having both as starters in 2010 wouldn’t likely bode well.)
5-Outside Linebacker/Rush End (Dwan Edwards is a free agent. Trevor Pryce may choose to retire. Terrell Suggs came in last season out of shape. Antwan Barnes is a restricted free agent. And no one needs to be reminded that this group struggled to get pressure on opposing QB’s during a large part of Greg Mattison’s first season as Defensive Coordinator.)
6-Kicker (Billy Cundiff will be an option for this team, but even he knows there will at least be competition for the job. It may come from a free agent kicker-Graham Gano comes to mind-but it may come from a rookie as well. OR the team may decide to go somewhere else altogether.)
7-Quarterback (Obviously Joe Flacco is THE guy, and the team would be fine with bringing back Troy Smith to back him up. But Smith’s agent made it clear they want him traded, and the Ravens may decide to give him his wish. John Beck remains in the mix, but the Ravens will have to give him a contract. The team could use strength at the position from a young QB if they decide to let Smith and/or Beck go.)
8-Interior Offensive Line (Matt Birk is not getting any younger, and Chris Chester may be up for starter money somewhere else. Marshal Yanda is also a RFA, so this team may need to add to the group-especially at Center.)
9-Exterior Offensive Line (Jared Gaither is a RFA-and the Ravens will have to make a difficult decision there. Someone will want to give him money, it’s just a question of whether or not the Ravens are the team that will want to do it. Behind Gaither and Oher, the Ravens are woefully thin-as Oniel Cousins was somewhat adequate, but nothing more.)
10-Punter (I can’t imagine the Ravens won’t bring back Sam Koch, but I have to put this position on the list-as if Koch gets good money elsewhere, the Ravens will have a major need at the position.)

With all of this in mind, I present my first 10 profiles of the 2010 NFL Draft season. These are all players who are participating in this week’s East West Shrine Game. Thanks to NFLDraftScout.com, Wikipedia, and my own personal conversations with scouts from around the NFL for help with information gathering.

WR Freddie Barnes
(Bowling Green)

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His numbers this season were jaw-dropping. His 155 catches were a NCAA record. His 1,770 receiving yards were a Falcons school record. His 19 TD’s lead the FBS. But his size isn’t necessarily ideal. He’s just 6’0″ and 212 pounds. The Ravens will absolutely need a more sizable threat at WR, but they will also likely need more than one addition to the group. Barnes looks like a lower round pick right now-but he had a huge game in the Humanitarian Bowl, and started practice in Orlando with a bang. A combine invite and solid performance could vault him up boards. One scout told me he could be Anquan Boldin-esque. Everyone in the country would like a player like that. Barnes is VERY athletic, he played QB and basketball in high school in Illinois.

TE Andrew Quarless (Penn State)

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If the Ravens are interested in an impact receiver at the TE position, Andrew Quarless might not be the guy. Quarless had his best statistical season in 2009-hauling in 41 passes for 536 yards and 3 TD’s. But in his 4 year career, Quarless caught just 87 balls for 1,146 yards and 8 TD’s. However, his numbers-and his size-don’t differ THAT much from Pettigrew, who was a Top 20 pick just a season ago by the Lions. Heck, he may even be a bit quicker. But his rap sheet includes a DUI arrest, an underage drinking citation, and marijuana possession. He needs to prove his strength in the months leading up to the Draft, as his frame and ability could very well help him rise to the 2nd night of the Draft (now rounds 2-3). He may well be a guy who would already be a high level prospect had he not been splitting time with Mickey Shuler Jr. during his career in Happy Valley.

S Kam Chancellor (Virginia Tech)

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Chancellor has admitted to trying to mold his game after late Skins Safety Sean Taylor, and with good reason. Chancellor is an all-around tough Safety; measuring in at 6’3″, 232 pounds with a great burst as well. Likely a Day 2 pick, Chancellor was an All-ACC performer with experience at both safety positions and also at CB during his career in Blacksburg. He recorded 204 tackles during his Hokies career, along with 6 interceptions, but did not return any for scores. He is also a gifted athlete, having played QB during his HS career in Norfolk.

DE Greg Hardy (Ole Miss)

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If he was fully healthy, Greg Hardy would almost certainly be a 1st round pick. But even with the wrist injuries that forced him to miss more than a quarter of his senior season and the ankle troubles that plagued him throughout his Rebels career might not keep him from hearing his name called Thursday night. Mostly because he managed to pile up 26 sacks during his time in Oxford, to go along with 38.5 TFL’s, 6 forced fumbles and in interception. The Ravens won’t have to go far for a scouting report on Hardy, as his former Mississippi teammate Michael Oher was also a teammate in high school at the Briarcrest Christian Academy in Memphis. He checks in around 6’4″ and somewhere between 260-275 pounds; making his measurements at the Combine and his Pro Day all more important.

TE Richard Dickson (LSU)

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At 6’3″, 245 pounds; Dickson is likely not going to be a traditional TE, but more likely a FB/H-Back/TE hybrid. The NFL scout I discussed Dickson with said the inevitable comparison is Chris Cooley; but Dickson has to prove himself to be an explosive threat. Dickson’s senior season failed to match the production of his sophomore and junior seasons, as he averaged 350 yards receiving and 4.5 TD’s during his middle seasons-but fell off to just 157 yards and 0 TD’s in his final season in Baton Rouge. Despite the drop-off, he finished his career as the most prolific TE in Tigers history.

CB Devin Ross (Arizona)

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I’m not certain that the Ravens are itching for another 5’11″ CB at this point, but they could use depth at the position, and Ross will be available on Day 2 (if not Day 3). Ross will immediately be compared to fellow former Wildcats CB Antoine Cason (who just wrapped up his 2nd season with the San Diego Chargers), and the Ravens will inevitably try to compare him to another former CB who played in Tucson by the name of Chris McAlister-who just so happens to be the greatest CB in team history. Ross will benefit from having his name mentioned in the same breath as those two, because he doesn’t have a comparable resume. What he lacks in size, he’ll need to make up in quickness during Draft season-starting this week in Orlando. He recorded just 1 interception in his senior campaign-5 for his career. He’ll have to overcome the thud his college career ended on; giving up a 74 yard TD to Nebraska’s Niles Paul in a 33-0 loss to the Huskers in the Holiday Bowl.

LB Ross Pospisil (Navy)

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I include Ross Pospisil on this list only because he’s the only “local” college football player participating in the East West Shrine Game. He’s certainly not a prospect to be drafted, but could be an option for the Ravens to take a look at after the draft ends. Just a season ago, Navy FB Eric Kettani and Slotback Shun White were picked up by the New England Patriots following the Draft, as they’ve decided to invest in the former Midshipmen and wait out the service time. Obviously, Saints FB Kyle Eckel previously was able to skirt service time after leaving Annapolis, but I don’t expect that from Pospisil. Ross did have 91 tackles on his senior campaign, including 6 TFL’s. He’s 6’0″ and 227 lbs., and is definitely capable of being a bruiser-but the Ravens would have to be willing to make a long-term investment in a guy that won’ t be able to help them anytime soon. It’s unlikely.

QB Daryll Clark (Penn State)

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The funny thing about Daryll Clark’s draft profile is that there is nothing that immediately makes you say “no” about him. He’s a bigger kid (6’2″, 238); but he’s fairly mobile (expected to post a 40 in the 4.6 range) and certainly appears to possess a capable arm. Over his last 2 seasons, he’s completed 60% of his passes for over 5,500 yards and 43 TD’s. In the same time span, he was picked 16 times and was sacked 26 times. Certainly the O-Line play in State College didn’t help those numbers much. He was 22-4 as a starting QB-but his biggest knock is the 4 losses. Clark’s worst performances seemed to come in the most important games for the Nittany Lions-2 against Iowa (both ruining perfect seasons), USC in the Rose Bowl, and Ohio State with the Big Ten title still within reach. He’s not a perfect prospect, but for a likely Day 3 guy, he could certainly prove to be a capable player should the Ravens lose Troy Smith or John Beck.

CB Brian Jackson (Oklahoma)

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You can’t help but get that “What’s not to like” feeling when you look at Brian Jackson’s status. He’s a bit taller (6’1″) than the Ravens’ Current crop of corners, with decent speed (expected to run in the 4.5′s) and has just 5% body fat on his 200 pound frame according to the Sooners. He has football in his blood-his cousin Chris Draft plays LB for the Buffalo Bills. He steadily improved as his playing time increased during his career (112 tackles and 6 picks over his final 2 seasons) and was a very solid special teams player to boot. So….”what’s not to like?” I posed the question to a NFL scout who pointed out to me that there has to be some level of concern stemming from a 2006 knee injury, and while he appeared to be solid, he was never outstanding. He’s had mixed results against his best competition, but did post an interception against Colt McCoy and Texas. Thought by some to be a Day 3 selection, the same scout told me “there’s NO WAY he’s getting past Friday night.”

S T.J. Ward (Oregon)

I have done a lot of research, and while I have no reason to believe T.J. Ward’s nickname is “Freight Train”, I have no reason why it isn’t……

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I could go on with “big hit porn”, but instead I’ll move on the details. Ward is a tremendous talent, a likely 2nd round pick. If he weren’t 5’10″, his skill set might get him into Round 1. He recorded 180 tackles over his last 3 seasons in Eugene-along with a pair of picks and 6 forced fumbles. He did all of that despite missing a number of games due to knee and ankle injuries-which will hurt his Draft stock. Ward will absolutely be worth the risk to any team that picks him, but he certainly doesn’t come without red flags.

-G

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4 Positives for the Ravens going into Next Season

Posted on 19 January 2010 by Tom Clayton

Man how I wish I was getting ready to get on a bus to go and watch the Ravens play Rex, Bart, Jim, and the rest of the Jets Sunday for a shot at the Super Bowl.  Unfortunately I will be sitting at home rooting for all of those guys to make it to Miami for a shot at the “prize”.  While I must admit I have been pretty depressed over the last four days Ravens fans do have some positives to take from this season and some exciting prospects for the next.  As I sit back and reflect four things have really hit me as things that already have me fired up.

Ray Rice is a BEAST

 

There is no question that Ray Rice is the most dynamic offensive player in the history of the Ravens and the teams clear cut offensive MVP this season.  “Little Ray” has become as valuable an offensive weapon as there is in the league and is just as dangerous an all purpose player as Brian Westbrook in his prime.  But Rice combines his receiving skills with a tough, physical running style, something that Westbrook at his best could never claim.

 

Rice made the Pro Bowl in his first season as a starter and if he remains healthy it looks like he has many more Pro Bowls in his future. 

 

Domonique Foxworth actually played very well down the stretch

 

No player took more heat early in the season than Domonique Foxworth, but as the season went on the chatter seemed to die down.  That was because down the stretch Foxworth seemed to get comfortable in the purple and black and started making some plays.  As the Ravens battled for their playoff lives Foxworth began to lock up the opposing teams best receiver and even showed some physicality making plays in run defense. 

 

Foxworth may never become the shutdown corner some Ravens fans expected when he signed this offseason but I think he proved that he is a very serviceable if not above average NFL corner.

 

Dwan Edwards and Dannell Ellerbe are playmakers!

 

Dwan Edwards has been saddled with the “bust” tag since being taken in the second round of the 2004 draft; that was until this year.  Dwan seemed to “get it” in his sixth NFL season and was one of the unheralded heroes of the Ravens defense.  Dwan finished the regular season with 47 tackles and a sack and dominated the Patriots in the Wild Card round with 7 tackles and a sack in the teams 33-14 win.  Unfortunately Dwan is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent and should get a lot of attention from general managers around the league.

 

Unlike Dwan, Dannell Ellerbe came into the league as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia and many people didn’t expect him to make the 53 man roster much less end the season starting next to Ray Lewis in the Ravens linebacking corps. 

 

While Tavares Gooden battled through injuries and disappointed when he was on the field Ellerbe took full advantage of his opportunity.  After not playing the first three games of the season Ellerbe burst onto the scene in week four against the Patriots and played solid, consistent football for the remainder of the season including the playoffs where he recorded 16 tackles and showed that he belongs on the field every week. 

 

Ellerbe will need to work on his pass coverage as he was beaten a lot by the opposing tight end but he was a force in run support and showed a lot of potential in his first season in the NFL.

 

Terrell Suggs will be take part in all of the Ravens offseason conditioning and OTA’s

 

Suggs had his worst NFL season after signing a huge contract in the offseason and that was directly contributed to the fact he came to camp out of shape and not ready to play.  “T-Sizzle” fought through numerous injuries, legal troubles, and looked more than a step slow when he was on the field.

 

I think with full dedication to the team and its offseason programs Suggs will be back in the Pro Bowl next season and people will look at this season as more of an aberration than the rule.

 

 

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Divisional Playoff Preview: Ravens @ Colts

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Divisional Playoff Preview: Ravens @ Colts

Posted on 15 January 2010 by Derek Arnold

Ravens Colts Playoff

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Another season, another trip to face the AFC South winners, holders of the #1 overall seed in the AFC. Can the Ravens repeat the huge upset they pulled last year in Nashville against the Titans? Methinks yes. Let’s look at the reasons why…

Peyton Zulu

1. The Colts’ regular season dominance will again hurt them in the postseason

The Colts won more games than any other team 00′s. However, as of right now there are two teams who have won more Lombardi Trophies than they did (Pats, Steelers) and three others who have won just as many (Ravens, Buccaneers, Giants). All their regular season victories have not translated into January and February success. In fact, at times they have been so dominant during the regular season that they have locked up the #1 seed early enough that their last game or two has been meaningless. Every time that such a scenario has played out so far, they have lost their first playoff game. That’s right; Peyton Manning and his Colts are 0-3 in the Divisional Round during years in which they had a bye during the Wild Card round. Their only Super Bowl win came in 2006, when they were forced to play a Wild Card game.

This year, the Colts wrapped up the AFC’s #1 seed on December 13th (Week 14). They then played to win one more time, four days later in Jacksonville. They did this only to set the record for most consecutive regular season wins (Edit – they had already broken this record the previous week. So, Bill Polian is not only a shithead, but he can’t count either). Since then, they have played a game “in anger” exactly zero times. They took their starters out in Week 16 against the New York Jets, and promptly lost any chance at an undefeated season they may have had (more on that later), and laid a stinker in Buffalo in Week 17, finishing up at 14-2. Tack on last week’s bye, and it will have been one day short of a full month since the Colts last tried to win a football game.

The Ravens, on the other hand, have been fighting for their Playoff lives all season. Under intense pressure to win, they came out on top in three of their last four in the regular season and then pounded Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Wild Card round. If not for a few costly drops in Pittsburgh in Week 16, the good guys in purple would be riding a nice little five game winning streak.

It will take the Colts at least a quarter to get re-acclimated to game speed, and part of me believes they will not be able to match the Ravens’ intensity at any point during the 60 minutes. If the Ravens can start fast like they did in New England (not necessarily 24-0, but 10-0 or 14-0), the thought of “here we go again” will force itself into the Indy psyche.

2. Ray Rice, Willis McGahee, and Le’Ron McClain

The Colts were 24th in the NFL stopping the run, allowing 126.5 yards per game. Sure, these three managed only 100 yards combined in the Week 11 meeting, but that was back when the Ravens still had no offensive identity. Now that they are fully committed to being a pound-it-down-your-throat running team, they should have much less trouble pushing around the Colts’ undersized front seven. In four of the last five games, one of the Ravens’ rushers has topped the century mark – Ray Rice three times (166 vs. Det, 141 @ Pit, 159 @ NE) and Willis McGahee once (167 @ Oak).

The formula for success against Peyton Manning is the same as it’s been pretty much his entire career – keep him off the field as much as possible, and when he is on it, move him off his “spot.”

The Ravens’ running game will go a long way to fulfilling the first ingredient in that recipe. As far as the other…

3. The return of the Ravens’ pass rush

There is no denying that the Ravens have had trouble getting to the quarterback at times this season. However, over the last several games, they seem to have figured things out a bit.

In Week 16, they sacked Ben Roethlisberger four times – 3.5 came from defensive linemen
In Week 17, they sacked Jamarcus Russell three times and caused him to fumble once – all 3 were from defensive linemen
Last week, they sacked Tom Brady three times and caused him to fumble once – Two of 3 were from defensive linemen

So, not only are the Ravens now getting to quarterbacks, they are doing it without being forced to blitz the house. This latter point is huge against Peyton Manning, who eats blitzes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Peyton Manning BEGS you to blitz him. If the Ravens can pressure him, get his feet all nice and happy, and move him off of his spot, he will become very average very quickly.

Guys like Dwan Edwards, Kelly Gregg, Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs, and Antwan Barnes, who have picked up their games recently, need to keep it up Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Throw in the occasional well-timed blitz by Ray Lewis (who is much better served rushing the passer than say, trying to keep up with Dallas Clark in the middle of the field), and hopefully the Ravens will be making Peyton very familiar with the turf.

3(b). The Ravens’ Secondary

This point goes hand-in-hand with the last one. Since the Ravens’ front has been getting to passers, their formerly dreadful secondary has suddenly come alive. Dominique Foxworth has started to live up to his huge free agent contract over the last month or so. Chris Carr, filling in for the injured Lardarius Webb, has improved every single game since becoming a starting CB. Hell, even Frank Freakin’ Walker was making plays last week in New England. When Walker is batting down passes, instead of having flags heaved in his direction, you know things are going well.

The Ravens picked off Manning twice in Baltimore in Week 11. They won’t have the advantage of crowd noise that they enjoyed in Charm City, but the play of the aforementioned guys, along with Dawan Landry, has improved dramatically since even that mid-season contest. If they continue their strong play, that should more than make up for the fact that Manning will be operating in his cozy home confines.

4. Michael Oher and Jared Gaither

These two won our “Play Like a Raven” award in Week 11, as they kept the Colts’ fearsome twosome of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis completely shutout of the stat sheet. We all know from those investment commercials that past success is no indicator of future performance and all that, but it’s good that the Ravens’ young tackles will have some confidence going up against such an intimidating opponent.

Freeney, who said at the end of “The Blind Side” (book, not movie), “You tell Michael Oher I’ll be waiting for him,” will have another chance to back up those words.

Unfortunately, as far as the Ravens are concerned, he may have a much higher number of chances than he did in the previous meeting.

Freeney usually lines up on to the quarterback’s left (the “Blind Side,” naturally), while Michael Oher has spent the majority of his rookie season playing right tackle. However, Jared Gaither’s status for Saturday is still up in the air. If Gaither cannot go, Oher would again move to the left side. What happens on the right side would then also be undetermined – the Ravens could put Oneil Cousins at right tackle OR move Marshal Yanda from right guard to right tackle, and reinsert Chris Chester at right guard.

Gaither did fully practice on Thursday, but would not talk to reporters about his injury. Cross your fingers that he is able to go.

And now, for some silly reasons:

5. Karma

The Colts’ brass’ decision to forego the chance at a perfect season really sucks. It sucks for their players. It sucks for their fans. It sucks for fans of football in general. It sucks for anybody who gets sick of seeing that old curmudgeon Mercury Morris vindicated every damn year. It just…really sucks.

The Colts’ players were visibly distraught on the sidelines in Week 16 after the starters had been removed. Watching their chance at history go up in flames obviously did not sit well.

Understandably so.

Imagine being Peyton Manning. You’re constantly compared with Tom Brady. You hear all the time how the two of you are 1-2, in some order, among quarterbacks of this generation. Those that argue for Brady point to his postseason success as the deciding factor. Tom Brady was two minutes from posting a historic 19-0 season. He failed.

Now, you have the chance to be the one that goes 19-0. If you can win your second Lombardi Trophy, and go 19-0 in the process, something ol’ Tommy was unable to do, you’ll win. YOU will be the one that did what Tom could not. YOU will now be the undisputed best.

And then Bill Polian goes and takes all that out from under you.

How would you feel if you were Peyton? Deflated, I’d say, to put it mildly.

The other 44 guys wearing horseshoes on their helmets Saturday might not be dejected to quite that level, but they’ll still be a bit less motivated, to one degree or another, than they would have been had they finished the regular season 16-0.

Aside from that, the Colts NEED to lose at some point this postseason for the sake of football fans everywhere. If they win the Super Bowl, after deciding to rest their players and not try for 19-0, it will deprive us of the chance to see any team try to be perfect in the future. The Colts CANNOT be allowed to set the precedent that resting your players, even with the perfect season on the line, is the way to go, or other teams will surely follow.

Roger Goodell says there is “no solution” to teams resting starters. Yes there is: BEAT THE HELL OUT OF THOSE TEAMS. Prove, time and time again, that you cannot just turn the competitive edge on and off like a light switch.

SOMEONE needs to beat the Colts this January, for football fans everywhere. Might as well be the Ravens.

Oh, and of course there’s those whole stole-our-team then knocked-us-out-of-the-playoffs-in-2006 karma that needs to be repaid.

6. Nestminder in da house

Finally, the Ravens will win because I’m going to my first postseason road game. I’m ridiculously pumped to go to Indy, and judging by the fact that I had to book my flight out of Dulles, due to all Baltimore-Indianapolis flights being booked, I am very eager to see just how well the purple is represented in the Midwest.

I’ll be at the WNST pre-game tailgate party at the Rock Lobster, and if you’re in Indy, you should be to. Hope to see you there.

I’ll have plenty of pictures, and hopefully some videos, of the trip next week. Hopefully (come on, come on, COME ON) they will be celebratory in nature.

Ravens 24 Colts 20

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 13 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Here are the top 7 Raven players from the team’s playoff win over the Patriots.

Glenn’s List

7. Chris Carr
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6. Ed Reed
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5. Dawan Landry
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4. Dwan Edwards
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3. Domonique Foxworth
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2. Ray Lewis
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1. Ray Rice
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Drew’s List

7. Dawan Landry
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6. Terrell Suggs
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5. Matt Birk
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4. Frank Walker
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3. Ray Lewis
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2. Ray Rice
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1. Domonique Foxworth
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Season Totals-

Glenn:

30t-Antwan Barnes (1 point)

30t-Oniel Cousins (1 point)

30t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

30t-Frank Walker (1 point)

30t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

30t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

27t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

27t-Matt Birk (2 points)

27t-Demetrius Williams (2 points)

26-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

23t-Jalen Parmele (4 points)

23t-Tom Zbikowski (4 points)

23t-Chris Chester (4 points)

21t-Kelley Washington (5 points)

21t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

20-Dannell Ellerbe (6 points)

18t-Dwan Edwards (7 points)

18t-Chris Carr (7 points)

16t-Haloti Ngata (7 points)

16t-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

15-Sam Koch (8 point)

14-Mark Clayton (12 points)

13-Dawan Landry (13 points)

11t-Ed Reed (17 points)

11t-Jared Gaither (17 points)

9t-Willis McGahee (19 points)

9t-Lardarius Webb (19 points)

8-Domonique Foxworth (20 points)

7-Michael Oher (20 points)

6-Todd Heap (22 points)

5-Jarret Johnson (31 points)

4-Ray Lewis (36 points)

3-Derrick Mason (37 points)

2-Joe Flacco (44 points)

1-Ray Rice (86 points)

Drew:

31t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

31t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

31t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

29t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

29t-Kelly Gregg (2 points)

24t-Jalen Parmele (4 points)

24t-Antwan Barnes (4 point)

24t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

24t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

24t-Chris Chester (4 points)

23-Matt Birk (5 points)

19t-Frank Walker (6 points)

19t-Dannell Ellerbe (6 points)

19t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

19t-Terrell Suggs (8 points)

16t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

16t-Ben Grubbs (7 points)

16t-Sam Koch (7 point)

15-Lardarius Webb (9 points)

14-Mark Clayton (11 points)

13-Kelley Washington (14 points)

12-Michael Oher (15 points)

11-Jared Gaither (16 points)

9t-Todd Heap (17 points)

9t-Ed Reed (17 points)

8-Dawan Landry (19 points)

7-Willis McGahee (22 points)

4t-Domonique Foxworth (28 points)

4t-Derrick Mason (28 points)

4t-Jarret Johnson (28 points)

3-Ray Lewis (46 points)

2-Joe Flacco (55 points)

1-Ray Rice (75 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7 and End of Season Awards

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7 and End of Season Awards

Posted on 06 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Listed below are Drew and Glenn’s top 7 Ravens from this weekends’ win over the Raiders.

First, Glenn’s List

7. Antwan Barnes
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6. Jalen Parmele
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5. Ray Rice
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4. Chris Carr
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3. Ray Lewis
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2. Dannell Ellerbe
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1. Willis McGahee
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Drew’s List

7. Dawan Landry
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6. Antwan Barnes
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5. Joe Flacco
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4. Jalen Parmele
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3. Ray Rice
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2. Dannell Ellerbe
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1. Willis McGahee
mcgahee

Season Totals-

Glenn:

30t-Antwan Barnes (1 point)

30t-Oniel Cousins (1 point)

30t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

30t-Frank Walker (1 point)

30t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

30t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

27t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

27t-Matt Birk (2 points)

27t-Demetrius Williams (2 points)

25t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

25t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

22t-Jalen Parmele (4 points)

22t-Tom Zbikowski (4 points)

22t-Chris Chester (4 points)

20t-Kelley Washington (5 points)

20t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

18t-Chris Carr (6 points)

18t-Dannell Ellerbe (6 points)

16t-Haloti Ngata (7 points)

16t-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

15-Sam Koch (8 point)

14-Dawan Landry (10 points)

13-Mark Clayton (12 points)

11t-Domonique Foxworth (15 points)

11t-Ed Reed (15 points)

10-Jared Gaither (17 points)

8t-Willis McGahee (19 points)

8t-Lardarius Webb (19 points)

7-Michael Oher (20 points)

6-Todd Heap (22 points)

5-Ray Lewis (30 points)

4-Jarret Johnson (31 points)

3-Derrick Mason (37 points)

2-Joe Flacco (44 points)

1-Ray Rice (79 points)

Drew:

31t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

31t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

31t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

27t-Frank Walker (2 points)

27t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

27t-Kelly Gregg (2 points)

27t-Matt Birk (2 points)

22t-Jalen Parmele (4 points)

22t-Antwan Barnes (4 point)

22t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

22t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

22t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Dannell Ellerbe (6 points)

19t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

19t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

16t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

16t-Ben Grubbs (7 points)

16t-Sam Koch (7 point)

15-Lardarius Webb (9 points)

14-Mark Clayton (11 points)

13-Kelley Washington (14 points)

12-Michael Oher (15 points)

11-Jared Gaither (16 points)

9t-Todd Heap (17 points)

9t-Ed Reed (17 points)

8-Dawan Landry (18 points)

6-Domonique Foxworth (21 points)

6-Willis McGahee (22 points)

4t-Derrick Mason (28 points)

4t-Jarret Johnson (28 points)

3-Ray Lewis (41 points)

2-Joe Flacco (55 points)

1-Ray Rice (69 points)

And finally, we have the choices for the team’s end of season awards.

Team MVP

Glenn-

Ray Rice
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Drew-

Ray Rice
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Unsung Hero

Glenn-

Michael Oher
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Drew-

Dwan Edwards
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Most Disappointing

Glenn-

Matt Katula
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Drew-

LJ Smith
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(LJ Smith did not seem to play for the Ravens enough to find a quality picture of him in a Ravens uniform.)
Paul Kruger
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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 29 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Starting with my list…

7. Derrick Mason

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6. Jalen Parmele

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5. Haloti Ngata

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4. Joe Flacco

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3. Domonique Foxworth

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2. Todd Heap

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1. Ray Rice

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And Drew’s list…..

7. Frank Walker

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6. Joe Flacco

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5. Todd Heap

heap

4. Haloti Ngata

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3. Ray Lewis

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2. Domonique Foxworth

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1. Ray Rice

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Season totals-

Glenn:

29t-Oniel Cousins (1 point)

29t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

29t-Frank Walker (1 point)

29t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

29t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

25t-Jalen Parmele (2 points)

25t-Chris Carr (2 points)

25t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

25t-Matt Birk (2 points)

22t-Demetrius Williams (2 points)

22t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

22t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

20t-Tom Zbikowski (4 points)

20t-Chris Chester (4 points)

18t-Kelley Washington (5 points)

18t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

16t-Haloti Ngata (7 points)

16t-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

15-Sam Koch (8 point)

12t-Dawan Landry (10 points)

12t-Willis McGahee (12 points)

12t-Mark Clayton (12 points)

10t-Domonique Foxworth (15 points)

10t-Ed Reed (15 points)

9-Jared Gaither (17 points)

8-Lardarius Webb (19 points)

7-Michael Oher (20 points)

6-Todd Heap (22 points)

5-Ray Lewis (27 points)

4-Jarret Johnson (31 points)

3-Derrick Mason (37 points)

2-Joe Flacco (44 points)

1-Ray Rice (76 points)

Drew:

29t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

29t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

29t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

24t-Frank Walker (2 points)

24t-Antwan Barnes (2 point)

24t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

24t-Kelly Gregg (2 points)

24t-Matt Birk (2 points)

21t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

21t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

21t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

19t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

16t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

16t-Ben Grubbs (7 points)

16t-Sam Koch (7 point)

15-Lardarius Webb (9 points)

14-Mark Clayton (11 points)

13-Kelley Washington (14 points)

11t-Michael Oher (15 points)

11t-Willis McGahee (15 points)

10-Jared Gaither (16 points)

7t-Todd Heap (17 points)

7t-Ed Reed (17 points)

7t-Dawan Landry (17 points)

6-Domonique Foxworth (21 points)

4t-Derrick Mason (28 points)

4t-Jarret Johnson (28 points)

3-Ray Lewis (41 points)

2-Joe Flacco (52 points)

1-Ray Rice (64 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983……

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 22 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your Top 7 Ravens from Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears….

Glenn’s List:

7-Demetrius Williams

demetrius

6-Jarret Johnson

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5-Ray Rice

rayrice

4-Derrick Mason

suggs

3-Domonique Foxworth

dom

2-Todd Heap

heap

1-Joe Flacco

joe

Drew’s List:

7-Ray Lewis

ray

6-Michael Oher

oher

5-Jarret Johnson

jarret

4-Derrick Mason

mase

3-Domonique Foxworth

dom

2-Todd Heap

heap

1-Joe Flacco

flacco

Season totals-

Glenn:

28t-Oniel Cousins (1 point)

28t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

28t-Frank Walker (1 point)

28t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

28t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

25t-Chris Carr (2 points)

25t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

25t-Matt Birk (2 points)

22t-Demetrius Williams (2 points)

22t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

22t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

19t-Tom Zbikowski (4 points)

19t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

17t-Kelley Washington (5 points)

17t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

16-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

15-Sam Koch (8 point)

11t-Domonique Foxworth (10 points)

11t-Dawan Landry (10 points)

11t-Willis McGahee (12 points)

11t-Mark Clayton (12 points)

10-Ed Reed (15 points)

9-Todd Heap (16 points)

8-Jared Gaither (17 points)

7-Lardarius Webb (19 points)

6-Michael Oher (20 points)

5-Ray Lewis (27 points)

4-Jarret Johnson (31 points)

3-Derrick Mason (36 points)

2-Joe Flacco (40 points)

1-Ray Rice (69 points)

Drew:

27t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

27t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

27t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

27t-Frank Walker (1 point)

23t-Antwan Barnes (2 point)

23t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

23t-Kelly Gregg (2 points)

23t-Matt Birk (2 points)

21t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

21t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

19t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

16t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

16t-Ben Grubbs (7 points)

16t-Sam Koch (7 point)

15-Lardarius Webb (9 points)

 

14-Mark Clayton (11 points)

12t-Todd Heap (14 points)

12t-Kelley Washington (14 points)

9t-Domonique Foxworth (15 points)

9t-Michael Oher (15 points)

9t-Willis McGahee (15 points)

8-Jared Gaither (16 points)

6t-Ed Reed (17 points)

6t-Dawan Landry (17 points)

4t-Derrick Mason (28 points)

4t-Jarret Johnson (28 points)

3-Ray Lewis (36 points)

2-Joe Flacco (50 points)

1-Ray Rice (57 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983……

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 15 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Below are Glenn and Drew’s top 7 players from the Raven’s destruction of the Detroit Lions.

Glenn’s List

7. Oniel Cousins
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6. Chris Carr
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5. Michael Oher
oher

4. Tom Zbikowski
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3. Joe Flacco
flacco

2. Derrick Mason
mason

1. Ray Rice
rice

Drew’s List

7. Antwan Barnes
barnes

6. Lardarius Webb
webb

5. Joe Flacco
flacco

4. Willis McGahee
mcgahee

3. Ben Grubbs
grubbs

2. Ray Rice
rice2

1. Michael Oher
oher

And here are these season totals.

Glenn:

27t-Oniel Cousins (1 point)

27t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

27t-Frank Walker (1 point)

27t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

27t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

24t-Chris Carr (2 points)

24t-Demetrius Williams (2 points)

24t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

24t-Matt Birk (2 points)

22t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

22t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

19t-Tom Zbikowski (4 points)

19t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

16t-Kelley Washington (5 points)

16t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

16t-Domonique Foxworth (5 points)

15-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

14-Sam Koch (8 point)

12t-Dawan Landry (10 points)

12t-Todd Heap (10 points)

10t-Willis McGahee (12 points)

10t-Mark Clayton (12 points)

9-Ed Reed (15 points)

8-Jared Gaither (17 points)

7-Lardarius Webb (19 points)

6-Michael Oher (20 points)

5-Ray Lewis (27 points)

4-Jarret Johnson (29 points)

3-Derrick Mason (32 points)

2-Joe Flacco (33 points)

1-Ray Rice (66 points)

Drew:

27t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

27t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

27t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

27t-Frank Walker (1 point)

23t-Antwan Barnes (2 point)

23t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

23t-Kelly Gregg (2 points)

23t-Matt Birk (2 points)

21t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

21t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

19t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

16t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

16t-Ben Grubbs (7 points)

16t-Sam Koch (7 point)

15-Todd Heap (8 points)

14-Lardarius Webb (9 points)

13-Domonique Foxworth (10 points)

12-Mark Clayton (11 points)

11-Michael Oher (13 points)

10-Kelley Washington (14 points)

9-Willis McGahee (15 points)

8-Jared Gaither (16 points)

6t-Ed Reed (17 points)

6t-Dawan Landry (17 points)

5-Derrick Mason (24 points)

4-Jarret Johnson (25 points)

3-Ray Lewis (35 points)

2-Joe Flacco (43 points)

1-Ray Rice (57 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7 (A couple days late)

Posted on 10 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are the lists of the best Ravens from Monday Night’s loss to the Packers….

Drew’s List

7. Antwan Barnes
barnes

6. Kelly Gregg
gregg

5. Ray Rice
rice2

4. Todd Heap
heap2

3. Ray Lewis
lewis

2. Kelley Washington
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1. Jarret Johnson
johnson2

Glenn’s List

7. Lardarius Webb
webb

6. Demetrius Williams
williams

5. Ray Rice
rice

4. Jared Gaither
gaither

3. Kelley Washington
washington

2. Jarret Johnson
johnson

1. Sam Koch
koch

Season totals…..

Drew:

26t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

26t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

26t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

26t-Frank Walker (1 point)

26t-Antwan Barnes (1 point)

22t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

22t-Kelly Gregg (2 points)

22t-Ben Grubbs (2 points)

22t-Matt Birk (2 points)

20t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

20t-Chris Chester (4 points)

17t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

17t-Michael Oher (6 points)

17t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

14t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

14t-Sam Koch (7 point)

14t-Lardarius Webb (7 points)

13-Todd Heap (8 points)

12-Domonique Foxworth (10 points)

10t-Mark Clayton (11 points)

10t-Willis McGahee (11 points)

9-Kelley Washington (14 points)

8-Jared Gaither (16 points)

6t-Ed Reed (17 points)

6t-Dawan Landry (17 points)

5-Derrick Mason (24 points)

4-Jarret Johnson (25 points)

3-Ray Lewis (35 points)

2-Joe Flacco (40 points)

1-Ray Rice (51 points)


Glenn:

26t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

26t-Frank Walker (1 point)

26t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

26t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

23t-Demetrius Williams (2 points)

23t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

23t-Matt Birk (2 points)

21t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

21t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

19t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

16t-Kelley Washington (5 points)

16t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

16t-Domonique Foxworth (5 points)

15-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

14-Sam Koch (8 point)

12t-Dawan Landry (10 points)

12t-Todd Heap (10 points)

10t-Willis McGahee (12 points)

10t-Mark Clayton (12 points)

9-Ed Reed (15 points)

8-Jared Gaither (17 points)

7-Lardarius Webb (19 points)

6-Michael Oher (20 points)

5-Derrick Mason (26 points)

4-Ray Lewis (27 points)

3-Joe Flacco (28 points)

2-Jarret Johnson (29 points)

1-Ray Rice (59 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Purple Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens Report Card:

Quarterback: D-

Joe showed some signs of life in the 3rd quarter-which means I can’t give him a failing grade (as others will be inclined to do). Other than that, it was a miserable performance from Joe-his lowest point during his tenure as quarterback.

Running Back: C-

Ray Rice’s early fumble really hurt, but he also showed TREMENDOUS effort the rest of the way. I’m just not a fan of using Willis McGahee at the goal line; even if he scored a touchdown the first time. I think he’s a candidate to lose 2 yards every time he touches the ball.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: B-

I thought Mark Clayton and Kelley Washington each gave a TREMENDOUS effort. And while I seriously doubt Demetrius Williams would have caught either of those passes, he was a real plus for this team in drawing two big penalties. Todd Heap made a nice catch early, but Derrick Mason was a non-factor. Credit Dom Capers for sliding Charles Woodson into the nickel to help take away the 8-12 yard range Mason loves.

Offensive Line: C+

Michael Oher struggled MIGHTILY, and Ben Grubbs had a few tough plays in there too. Jared Gaither played pretty well, but the unit lacked cohesiveness at times.

Defensive Line: C+

It’s hard to fault the effort that Haloti Ngata and Dwan Edwards gave-and Kelly Gregg too for that matter. But without Terrell Suggs, the Ravens again failed to get much pressure on Aaron Rodgers. The front four just haven’t done it.

Linebackers: C-

It was a mixed bag from this unit. Tavares Gooden was pretty bad at times, but Dannell Ellerbe really made some plays. I thought Ray’s ankle was again a factor in slowing him down; and this unit struggled to drop back to make plays in pass coverage.

Secondary: D

Lardarius Webb played okay. The pass interference call on Domonique Foxworth was COMPLETELY bogus. Tom Zbikowski had an interception…..if only his game could have ended there. It was just a tough night all around from a unit that has had a very tough season.

Special Teams: C+

Sam Koch was solid again, and the coverage wasn’t that bad after Jordy Nelson’s initial long return. Lardarius had another big return (although there was really no reason he shouldn’t have taken that one home-which would have cut the game to 24-21), and looked pretty good on others. Even Chris Carr moved the ball a little bit. The short kickoffs were absolutely BIZARRE.

Coaching: D-

John Harbaugh’s time management philosophy is absolutely laughable. There are kids playing Madden 2010 today that understand timeout strategy better than a NFL head coach. YOU CAN STOP THE CLOCK ON OFFENSE WITHOUT TIMEOUTS! YOU CAN’T DO THAT DEFENSIVELY! While the offensive gameplan appeared solid early on, adjustments weren’t made well when the Packers answered the Ravens’ tries to run. Jerry Rosburg will have to try to give us an idea of what they were thinking about on the short kickoffs, and Greg Mattison again failed to dial up much pressure.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark thinks Harbaugh/Cam Cameron/Hue Jackson may have put too much trust in Flacco too early in his career

Drew Forrester says Packers beat Ravens ‘in trenches’

And the best from the rest of the world…..

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says without Terrell Suggs and Ed Reed, Ravens couldn’t take down Packers

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Domonique Foxworth, Frank Walker, Lardarius Webb, Dawan Landry, Derrick Mason all hit with pass interference penalties in loss

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says defense really hurting without Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Fabian Washington, Haruki Nakamura, Brendon Ayanbadejo

The Official Site says John Harbaugh told media afterwards Ravens ‘fighting for (their) lives right now, but still breathing’

Packers Official Site says Mike McCarthy thought ‘penalties were unbelievable for both sides’

Packers Official Site’s Mike Spofford says teams combined for 310 yards-most combined yards in Packers history

Packers Official Site’s Mike Spofford says Nick Barnett thought win ‘beautiful’ despite how ugly it looked

Packers Official Site’s Tom Fanning says 4th quarter interceptions from Tramon Williams, AJ Hawk wrapped things up

Packers Official Site’s Tom Fanning says Jermichael Finley abused Zbikowski for 2 TD’s

The AP’s Chris Jenkins says Packers improved to 8-4 with win, maintained good position in NFC Wild Card race

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco thought INT in endzone ‘stupid decision and even worse throw’

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives harshest criticism to Flacco

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Donald Driver also caught TD for Packers in win

The Sun’s Edward Lee says despite early INT, Ravens won’t ‘pass mantle’ from Reed to Zbikowski after tough performance

The Sun’s Mike Preston ‘doubtful’ Flacco will ever reach level of Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but thinks he COULD be as good as Eli Manning or Phillip Rivers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says 17-0 deficit matched biggest deficit of season in losses to Vikings, Bengals

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbs thought Flacco was being a ‘competitor’ when he threw pick in endzone

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Billy Cundiff (concussion), Mark Clayton (hamstring), Jared Gaither (foot), Kelly Gregg (shoulder strain) all injured in loss

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says even ESPN analysts Gruden, Jaworski couldn’t figure out what Ravens were doing offensively in first half of Monday Night Football loss

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Derrick Mason showed ‘lack of control’ as Ravens tried to make 2nd half comeback

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Charles Woodson ‘owned’ Derrick Mason

The Sun’s David Zurawik thinks ESPN analysts correct in criticism of Ravens in MNF broadcast

The Sun’s Justin Fenton says Candace Williams claims Terrell Suggs knocked her down, spilled bleach on her after argument

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco was trying to throw across body to Demetrius Williams when he was picked off in endzone

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says NFL ‘monitoring’ T-Sizzle situation under personal conduct policy

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Paul Kruger made first NFL start in place of Suggs

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson gives harshest criticism to Flacco in loss

Green Bay Press Gazette’s Pete Dougherty says Ryan Pickett, Cullen Jenkins, Johnny Jolly, B.J. Raji controlled line of scrimmage in Packers’ win

Green Bay Press Gazette’s Mike Vandermause says Aaron Rodgers ‘continued stellar play’ in win over Ravens

Green Bay Press Gazette’s Rob Demovsky says Finley, Packers exploited Ravens’ loss of Ed Reed

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein says Jermichael Finley ‘hero’ for Packers in victory

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Lori Nickel says Tramon Williams did ‘just enough’ in place of Al Harris

Wisconsin State Journal’s Tom Ziemer says over 70,000 at Lambeau Field saw Packers get past Ravens

Wisconsin State Journal’s Jon Masson says OG Daryn Colledge thought Finley ‘extremely important weapon’ for Packers in win

Wisconsin State Journal says teams combined to tie for 2nd most penalty yards in NFL history

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ravens feel further behind in race for AFC Wild Card spots with loss

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Kevin Byrne reported Suggs plans to ‘tell his side of story’ in incident with alleged girlfriend

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer thinks Aaron Rodgers has proved himself as ‘elite’ quarterback

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 14th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Mike Freeman thinks Walt Anderson’s crew had ‘one of the worst officiating performances in league history’

ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert says Nick Collins thought Packers’ defense ‘phenomenal’ in win

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens lacked urgency, gave Rodgers too much time to throw, saw Flacco struggle, were undisciplined, didn’t give Flacco enough time, and hurt playoff chances (is that all?)

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens now 1 game behind Jaguars, tied with Steelers in playoff race

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Terrell Suggs story is strange, and would be particularly troubling if we find out it is true. Even if it isn’t true, Terrell’s reputation will be hurt just by having the story reported. Terrell MAY have never put his hands on the woman, but there will be female football fans in Baltimore that will say “I just can’t root for Terrell anymore.” It will be interesting to see how the story plays out in the coming days.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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