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Billick says Ravens’ training camp decision “makes sense” from business standpoint

Posted on 07 December 2011 by Brian Billick

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Terps Football Tanked

Posted on 01 December 2011 by Tom Federline

Tough first year down there at College Park for Randy Edsall. Even tougher on Terp fans. Two wins  – Towson State (it will always be Towson State to me) and “It sucks to be U” (minus 8 players, 4 starters) Miami. Ten losses –  accented buy numerous collapses.  None worse than the last game of the season, 56 – 41 trouncing by NC State. West Virginia and Clemson were busts. The NC State game was deplorable. Outscored 42 – 0 in the last 20 some minutes, during the last game of the year. Ouch! The  Terps may not have had the talent, but to lose those three games the way they did, is lack of leadership and coaching.

Edsall needs to recruit “his type of player”. Forget that out for now. Bottom line – you are not any type of coach, I do not care at what level, to allow your team  and university to be embarrassed. There are going to be tough weeks. There is going to be that game when you are totally dominated. Unfortunately for Maryland fans, except for the Miami game, Terp football was seemingly dominated the entire year. At times, it appeared as if the University of Maryland was fielding a good High School or Division III football team and throwing them out there on a field with professionals. Fourth quarter came, Terps went south, opponents surged. Edsall and his coaching staff looked like they were a deer in the headlights. And unfortunately that tranferred down to the players.

We can’t discount Edsall yet. Remember they are not “his” players. There were many injuries. There were changes off the field. I’m sure his “disciplined ball player” approach was and is a tough sell. Most of those “student athletes” weren’t ready to go to class, maintain grades and wear ball caps with the brim facing forward. The cream will rise to the top and the thugs will fall. There were positives amongst the majority of negatives: Joe Vellano – ACC First team DT , Demetrius Hartfield – ACC Honorable Mention LB, Matt Furstenburg TE and Davin Megget RB - effort.

 

 Joe Vellano – one the reasons to catch Terp Football next year.

Edsall isn’t going anywhere, he has a nice contract and the buy out would evidently crumble 8 more varsity sports at UMCP. Uh-oh don’t get me started on that one – definately a subject for another blog. We should give Edsall some time - change is not always welcomed at first. But yo, Randall – bag the 300 different uniform color combinations, gain the respect of your players and if you’re not going to get in the faces of those youngsters, then get some coaches with guts who will.

For the naysayers and goofballs calling for Edsalls head already, all I have to say are two names: Mark Duffner and Ron Vanderlinden. Their first years record (2-9), second year (2-9 and 3-8), third year (4-7 and 5-6). Ok, I’ll stop, I’m getting bad chills. I hope down the line, I do not cringe when I hear the name Randall Edsall. After that NC State game, I was doing a little more than cringing. The Terp football coach isn’t the only one having a tough first year. How about that new AD? Man, he’s running tops in my book. The new sherif in town takes out 2 coaching icons, watches one program tank, the other on the brink of bottoming out and then eliminates 8 varsity sports programs due to lack of funds. You go Kevin Anderson – what’s your scam? What’s your fix? Bottom out and build up? That is one approach. Was it self-inflicted or did you inherit the mess? Time will tell.

“With change, you will find purpose.” Randy Edsall should purposely get his act together. Because right now he definately does not have the “Moves Like Jagger” – (Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera). He has done failed round 1. I believe he has 4 rounds left. Personally, I’m still wondering what happened with Mike Leach? Now there’s “old school”. I’m not one for the “passive” approach. Was hoping Terps would hire Mr. No Nonsense Texas Tech.

Tough to be a Terp sports fan at the moment. But let’s end with postives: Womens Field Hockey, Womens Basketball, Mens Wrestling………………. and don’t forget mens/womens swimming, track and field, mens tennis, etc. whoops there’s that subject for another blog again. Terpland in need of help. Come on Turgeon – another uphill battle.

D.I.Y.

Fedman

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NFL.com Analyst Bucky Brooks Talks Playing for Randy Edsall

Posted on 01 December 2011 by WNST Staff

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Watch Calvert Hall and Gilman here now…

Posted on 07 October 2011 by WNST Staff

For you high school football lovers, WNST proudly presents Gilman and Calvert Hall battling in a Baltimore classic today:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFiQ4x9kxws[/youtube]

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The Roar Has Been Restored At Towson

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The Roar Has Been Restored At Towson

Posted on 06 October 2011 by John Collingsworth

 For those who have not been following the Towson football team this season, you are missing something special. With the Tigers currently 3-1 and ranked 25th in the NCAA FCS, they are turning heads in the Colonial Athletic Asscoiation and head coach Rob Ambrose has his squad ready to make a run at the conference title this year.

With eight teams ranked in the CAA, No. 6 New Hampshire, No. 7 James Madison, No. 9 William & Mary, No. 13 Delaware, No. 14 Richmond, No. 19 Maine and No. 21 Old Dominion, Ambrose explained he is not shocked by the amount of teams in the Top 25.

“It’s no surprise that eight CAA teams are ranked,” says Ambrose, in his third season as the Tigers’ head coach. “This conference is so incredibly tough. When we do the pre-season rankings, it is very hard because every team is good.”

However before you read any further, here is a quick glance of the final offensive stats from a game the Tigers recently played…

First Downs-

Towson 21

Opponent 20

Passing Yards (Net)-

Towson 217

Opponent 137

Total Offense Plays/ Yards-

Towson 72/ 378

Opponent 61/ 335

Possession Time-

Towson 35:39

Opponent 24:21

The opponent Towson faced was Maryland this past Saturday. The Tigers offense was firing on all cylinders, however they could not quite put the ball through the posts or in the end zone and the final score ended up being 28-3 Maryland.

“Yeah, it was a great learning experience for us. The kids understand a hell of a lot more about themselves. This is a returning 9-win team [Maryland] from the ACC and at halftime we had run 40 some plays of offense for about 250 yards and they had run about 20,” head coach Ambrose said after Towson was defeated by Maryland.

For those of you who have not seen the Tigers in action, well you should. They are an exciting squad to watch with a potent offense and tantalizing defense. Offensive stars Grant Enders and Tyler Wharton have propelled the Tigers to a phenomenal start along with stellar defense from Jordan Dangerfield and Frank Beltre.

This Saturday, the nationally ranked Richmond Spiders, No. 14, will travel to Johnny Unitas Stadium to take on the Towson Tigers, No. 25, with a kickoff scheduled for 7:30pm. This is the first game the Tigers have played where both teams have been ranked since 2007 when they faced Massachusetts.

The Tigers look to extend their home winning streak of three as they have dominated every home game this season so far by outscoring their opponents 115-30.

The Towson defense is one of the best in the nation and CAA. Leading the conference in allowed points per game with 14.5, which is also 3rd in the nation, and pass defense, 135.2 yards per game has propelled Towson to its winning start.

Sidelined with a concussion last Saturday against Maryland, the Tigers starting quarterback, Grant Enders, looks to return to his position under center against Richmond. Enders has completed 44 of 60 passes for 527 yards with 5 TD passes. He is 4th in the nation with a 167.9 passer rating, which also leads the CAA.

The Towson Tigers are pursuing their 4th consecutive home win, a feat not accomplished since 2003, against Richmond, which the Tigers have not defeated since 2007.

Tune in LIVE at 6pm Saturday, October 8th on WNST AM 1570 and WNST.net as Spiro Morekas and Ron Meehan kickoff the pregame show from Johnny Unitas Stadium. Keep on listening as the Towson Tigers take on the Richmond Spiders at 7:30!

Remember every Thursday at 6pm, join Spiro Morekas and Damon Lewis as they host ‘Tiger Talk’ LIVE from Bill Batemans in Towson and hear it on WNST AM 1570 and WNST.net

 

 

 

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Bring on the football regular season already!

Posted on 30 August 2011 by ddinkin

It just isn’t fair that we have to continually suffer through the Orioles season in order to get to the Ravens.  I love the Orioles but they (read: Angelos) clearly doesn’t love me.

It aggravates the cr*p out of me that my relatives in Atlanta and Denver have teams that compete year-round and we are forced to spend the summer watching yet another “drowning victim” of a baseball season.

This year started off worse than usual.  They had a strong opening – as they often do.  But they began to tank much earlier this year than normal.  Really?!  Who did we piss off to deserve this?

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Team Needs: Washington Redskins

Posted on 31 March 2011 by Brian Billick

When Mike Shanahan took over the Washington Redskins last year, this couldn’t have been what he had in mind.

With a top ten defense and the presence of an elite quarterback in Donavan McNabb, the Redskins were sure to improve their 27th ranked rushing attack.  Shanahan alone, whose teams have historically run the ball well, was sure to produce better numbers.

Now, a year later, they are 30th in the NFL in rushing, 31st in total defense, and most likely absent of that elite quarterback presence.

From my perspective they will need to address the quarterback, wide receiver, and offensive line positions sometime this offseason.  Picking tenth in April’s draft will give Washington plenty of options.

Defensively, they have added O.J. Atogwe via free agency and if they can keep Carlos Rogers, their first round pick in 2005, that should improve the secondary and the 31st ranked pass defense in the league.

2009 first round choice, Brian Orakpo is already of Pro-Bowl caliber, but they could use another rush presence at outside linebacker to fit in Jim Haslett’s version of the 34 defense.

If Maake Kemoeatu returns fully healthy that will help to firm up the nose tackle position, but getting depth in the draft wouldn’t hurt.  I not even going to attempt to predict or pretend to know what will happen with Albert Haynesworth.

Coach Shanahan has said the tight end is the only position on the team he has total confidence.  So that appears to be the only position that is not an option in the draft.

Washington does get a break after facing the tough AFC East in their out of conference schedule, then they pick up the NFC West, Minnesota and Carolina in their out of division games.

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John Moffitt: Exactly What You’d Expect from Badger Produced OL

Posted on 31 March 2011 by Brian Billick

Similar to my analysis of Gabe Carimi yesterday, Wisconsin’s John Moffitt plays with a mean streak that will benefit his career in the NFL.  Moffitt has started 42 of 45 career games for Wisconsin, which is impressive alone, but he also played through a pectoral muscle injury as well as a sports hernia that was operated on after the 2009 season.

Throughout his college career, Moffitt saw extensive action at both guard and center, with his 13 games as a senior all at left guard.  This versatility will only make him more valuable moving forward.

On tape, he is a solid run blocker that uses his positioning and lower body strength to his advantage.   By using a strong and violent punch, he is able to get the defender off balance right from the snap.  He is a hard worker that fights on every play, often finishing his block all the way through the whistle.  He may be a little bit of an overachiever meaning that his work ethic has carried him further than his talent.  That isn’t a bad thing, as he continues to build his skill-set and mature as an athlete, he won’t ever lose that blue collar mentality.  Sometimes his overaggressive style gets him overextended, but that is something that his position coach will be able to work on.

As I have said before, you really can’t go wrong by taking a Wisconsin Badger for an offensive lineman.  They have the “nasty” streak and playing style that are very much desired in the NFL.

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Clint Boling will Benefit from Georgia’s NFL Style Offense

Posted on 31 March 2011 by Brian Billick

Georgia’s Clint Boling is a prospect that is gaining a lot of momentum going into the NFL Draft.  Throughout his career at Georgia, he played both guard and tackle and finished his career with 49 starts (final 38 in a row) to his name.

13 of those starts came his senior year, 6 were at left tackle, but he is better off playing inside in the NFL.  Overall, Boling isn’t the most athletic offensive lineman, but he is agile enough to be effective.  He has better than average feet and does a nice job of  anticipating where the defense will be flowing.  Often times, you will see a lineman attempt to block a second-level defender and miss because he didn’t take the proper angle.  Similarly, he is a good pulling lineman, but often looks most comfortable in zone block schemes.  One thing that concerns me about Boling’s tape is his lack of knee bend and hip flexion.  This was a really exposed when matched up against Auburn’s Nick Fairley, and Fairley is the caliber of athlete he will face each Sunday in the in NFL.

Clint Boing is a smart and durable lineman that will obviously benefit from his four years of starting experience in a pro-style offense.  Look for him to be grouped within the second crop of interior lineman to be selected in April’s draft.

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Details of my Conversation with NFLPA Rep Jeff Saturday

Posted on 31 March 2011 by Brian Billick

I really enjoyed doing Total Access, on the NFL Network, with Jeff Saturday of the Indianapolis Colts.  Jeff is a member of the NFLPA Executive Council and an excellent spokesman for the Union.

Jeff has a very deeply held belief in the Unions position and has an evenhanded approach to the relationship with the owners.  At the end of the day, Jeff knows that whatever form the new CBA takes, it will be a negotiated one.  Unfortunately, the legal action the NFLPA has taken to dispute the owner’s lock out is one that they feel was unavoidable.  Because of the time frame involved, they had to decertify when they did, to give them time to force the action of the owners to avoid the loss of game.  At least that is what they believe.

At the heart of the players request is the need to know what the true operating costs of the owners are, compared to those costs that are associated with a family business, that virtually every teams, except for the Green Bay Packers have.  Jeff contends that they are not out to embarrass the owners nor are they interested in what they do with their own profits as long as it can be quantified and considered with regards to what should be included in the players percentage.

I believe Jeff strongly thinks that some type of agreement will be reach, or at the very least, some type of court judgment will allow for the season to be played. Like Gene Upshaw, Jeff believes that part of the problem is the divergent views that owners like Jerry Jones and Mike Brown have on the view of the economic model the owner wants.  The haves and the have-nots among the owner fraternity may indeed be as much as a problem as the differences between the owners and the players.

There is no question in my mind that a deal can be reached, and that both sides are simply waiting for the courts to decide who has what leverage before they can proceed.  The players that are going to be most harmed are those who would have normally been free agents.  They, on the sort term, will simply be the causalities of the negotiation wars. Some may recoup their loses due to the increase in player revenues, but many are going to see lost wages that will never be recouped.

The NFLPA would do well to put a gag order on their entire member community and simply let guys like Jeff, who have a genuine love of the game and a thorough understanding of the issues, explain their views.  Unfortunately for the owners, they do not have a counterpart to Saturday to present their points of view in as a believable way.

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