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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Don’t have much time to contribute today. I was surprised by John Harbaugh’s candor yesterday, but it was a refreshing change of pace. I still think he needs to cool down on being so rough around the edges. I know it seems trivial, but I truly believe uptight coaches tend to not handle adversity quite as well.

But good for Harbs for taking responsibility for the team’s struggles, emphatically stating that HE needed to improve, and admitting that he screwed up in making the comments he made about Dallas and Philadelphia.

Now he just has to figure the football part out. No problem, right?

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Ravens ‘exposed’ in Queen City

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh had no update on Fabian Washington, Ngata

Drew Forrester gets feeling Ravens will bring in Mike Nugent or another kicker this week

Glenn Clark doesn’t understand Cam Cameron’s jump ball calls

Drew Forrester believes Ravens’ biggest offseason mistake not acquiring better CB

Glenn Clark says Ray Rice best Raven in Cincinnati game, Drew Forrester picked Lardarius Webb

Bob Haynie now taking score picks for Monday Night Football game

Glenn Clark wishes John Harbaugh would stop trying to be Andy Reid

Derek Arnold says Ray Rice only offensive player who showed up against Cincy

Keith Melchior particularly critical of Frank Walker, Hauschka, Chris Carr, Terrell Suggs, Dawan Landry, Domonique Foxworth at midway point of season

Drew Forrester says Gabino could be O’s next Jeremy Guthrie

Glenn Clark says Blast home opener against Rockford Rampage Jacksons amongst highlights of non-football week

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin skated, but will miss Islanders game for Caps

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Leon Hall, Jonathan Joseph biggest difference between Ravens, Bengals

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata felt like he could play Sunday in Cincinnati with sprained ankle

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh vague on Hauschka’s future

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbs accepted blame for team’s struggles

The Official Site says Harbaugh ‘disappointed’ by comments he made about Cowboys, reached out to Jerry Jones to make amends

Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says LB Marcus Bernard promoted from practice squad to active roster

Browns Official Site says Mangini will make QB decision Wednesday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says NFL history suggests Ravens still very alive for postseason at 4-4

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh doesn’t believe Ed Reed ‘playing hurt’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Marvin Lewis took Derrick Mason, Kelley Washington out of game

The Sun’s Ken Murray says despite bad game, Reed still had 5 tackles, forced Ochocinco fumble in loss

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Hauschka ‘struggling’ to replace Matt Stover

The Sun’s Ken Murray says NBC’s Rodney Harrison thinks Ravens on ‘life support’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap knows ‘every game huge’ rest of season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco had worst game of season against Bengals

The AP says schedule still includes Colts, Packers, Steelers twice as Ravens try to battle for playoff spot

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says Mangini already made decision between Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn; but hadn’t informed QB yet

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says 3-4,000 tickets left for Monday night’s game at Cleveland Browns Stadium against Ravens

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Browns could be blacked out for first time since return to NFL

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 13th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Ravens ‘out of contention’ in AFC North

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Ravens defense ‘lost mojo’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens C- for performance against Bengals

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio has Ravens 13th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker still thinks Ravens alive

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Brady Quinn to start Monday night

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds claimed RHP Armando Gabino from Twins

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Jones, Markakis hoping to win Gold Glove Awards

The Sun says Gabino went 6-4 at Rochester last season

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Snyder doubled for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League action

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Virginia Tech

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Hokies release (pdf)

Virginia Tech Official Site offers complete MD-Va Tech release (pdf)

Virginia Tech Official Site says Hokies will wear new Nike Pro Combat uniforms

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner questionable for VT game

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps strangely similar to Redskins

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Devin Burns had big weekend for Carver (Georgia)

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamarr Robinson had ‘up and down’ performance against NC State

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire has Terps 12th in ACC power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Florida State will be without Christian Ponder when they play Maryland

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says no TV time announced for game against Seminoles

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Torrey Smith honored by ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hokies wearing white to contrast Maryland’s black

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 12th in ACC power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says future Terp Tyler Smith can become Pennsylvania’s all-time leading passer shortly (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Atholton commit Matt Robinson could be diamond in rough for Maryland (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Athletic Department changed student ticket policy before season opener against Charleston Southern

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps will need James Padgett to be ‘reliable option’ if Dino Gregory remains suspended

Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman says having Greivis Vasquez back should help Gary Williams’ push to another NCAA Tournament

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says St. Anthony prospect Ashton Pankey nearing decision (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site
previews Saturday’s Senior Day contest against Delaware

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Blue Hens release (pdf)

The Official Site’s Bob Socci says Pospisil has family history in Annapolis

The Official Site says Paul Johnson, George Welsh, Wayne Hardin best coaches in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium history

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo expects Eric Douglass to start at center again

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Weis now 3-2 against Navy, 5-3 against service academies

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Mids 25th best team in country

Go Mids breaks down win over Notre Dame (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers DT Ibia honored for academics

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Devin Hewlett, Andrew Kase honored by Centennial Conference

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Rabil, Kyle Harrison amongst best players of decade

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Jeremy Goode has been a nice ‘fit’ for Mountaineers

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Regents Cup game against Frostburg Saturday pushed back to 4pm start

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Flacco college teammate Kheon Hendricks

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra in fight for Horse of the Year

Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Zenyatta, Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra each have impressive credentials in debate

SWIMMING:

The AP says Michael Phelps missed two finals in World Cup event in Stockholm

POKER:

The AP says Garrett County’s Darvin Moon fell to Joe Cada in finals of World Series of Poker

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Maryland is just as well to have Jamarr Robinson start Saturday. Not because he’ll be any better than Chris Turner, but hopefully his wheels will at least keep him alive.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Poor Performance All Around As Bengals Top Ravens 17-7

Posted on 08 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

It was bad all around.

The offense was bad-scoring just 7 points and not even threatening to score in the game’s first 45 minutes.

The defense was bad-allowing another 100 yard rusher and letting the Bengals score on their first 3 possessions of the game.

The special teams were bad-missing a big field goal and being flagged for multiple costly penalties.

The coaching was REALLY bad-as no unit appeared prepared for what may have been the most important game of the season thus far.

The Ravens’ 17-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday was just a poor performance all around.

They’re not a bad team. Even in one of their worst games they still had a chance in the 4th quarter before a costly missed field goal kept them from closing the gap to one possession. But they have an uncanny ability to play like a bad team for long stretches on both sides of the football.

The first half was one of those stretches. Through three possessions for each team in Sunday’s game, the Bengals out-gained the Ravens offensively 228 yards to 41. The 17-0 scoring advantage they established would ultimately prove to be too much for the outmatched Ravens to overcome.

John Harbaugh will almost certainly tell us that he was “proud of his team” for their fight on Sunday, but don’t be fooled. A team that “fights” is no match for a team that is better than their opponent. The Bengals were flat out BETTER than the Ravens today. The Bengals have been better than the Ravens all season.

The season isn’t over, no matter how much some of us will want to think it is. The Ravens are likely dead in the AFC North race, now trailing the Bengals by 2 full games and a tiebreaker. But at 4-4, the Ravens are very much alive in the AFC playoff race, and have two games remaining with the Steelers-who will be in direct competition for a playoff spot. The Texans and Chargers appear to be the other teams they will be battling with in the race for a Wild Card spot.

If the Ravens want to seize a playoff spot, they must play better than they did Sunday. Games against the Colts, Steelers and Packers will not be easy games to win; and they cannot spot ANY of those teams a multi-score early lead. The Ravens spoke this week about a desire to start quicker, but failed to get started until there were less than 15 minutes remaining in the game.

The season isn’t over. The season is only halfway through. But 4-4 in the next 8 won’t be good enough. This team has shown signs of being an elite team, but must BECOME an elite team. And it won’t be via personnel change. Steve Hauschka’s head will be asked for on a silver platter-and there will be some heavy breathing on his seat on tonight’s charter back to BWI. But even a kicker change will not make this a better football team. Strategy and execution will be the only two things that will make this a better football team.

Hopefully it will come.

-G

4:11-At least I’ll have two names to put on my Tuesday Top 7. The other 5 spots are REALLY unknown…..

4:09-Cedric Benson goes over 100 yards twice……3 100 yard rushers in 4 games. Not so good.

4:07-THREE STRAIGHT SACKS?!?!?!?!? The awesome O-Line play this season has been non-existent today.

4:06-When did Robert Geathers and Brandon Johnson become Adalius Thomas and Bart Scott???

4:04-What was Joe trying to do there?!?!?!? Boy……

4:02-This is MAYBE the worst 2 minute offense I’ve ever seen. Did they think Hauschka MADE the field goal?

4:00-If this is their 2 minute drill, it is not very good.

3:55-Getting the ball back with this much time left on the clock only makes the Hauschka miss all the more painful…..

3:52-Did that commercial just say Wal-Mart was selling XBox 360 for 200 bucks with a 100 dollar gift card? Is that going on right now? I will go to Wal-Mart NOW……

3:50-Have you EVER seen a coach as emphatic in throwing a red flag as Harbs just was?

3:46-If I say now that neither Matt Stover NOR Chris McAlister is coming back to this team, can we avoid the phone calls tomorrow?

Wow. That’s a tough spot for Steve Hauschka-first FG try of the day…..and it could be costly not only for the game, but for his NFL career…..

3:45-Just when we were getting excited……

3:44-The Drew Forrester curse hits RIGHT before the incompletion and missed FG.

Thanks Drew.

3:43-A field goal IS okay here; but I get nervous about this team being forced to get another stop without giving up points.

3:41-HOW FREAKING HUGE WAS THAT?!?!?!?!?!?!

3:40-Jarret Johnson REALLY should have had that tackle. Another big 3rd down here…..

3:37-What a weapon Brian Leonard is…..big momentum shift for Cincinnati.

3:36-This is a HUGE 3rd and short. Really, HUGE.

Going back and forth with Princess Bride quotes with CP has almost been as fun as the game early on.

3:32-WHOA!!!!!! SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENED!

17-7 with 12:54 to play. This COULD get interesting?

3:28-Joe! Mark Clayton is 5’10″! If they run that route and he’s double-covered, you CAN’T throw that ball!

3:27-Hey! Some offense! Where has this been?!?!?

3:25-Penalties on Grubbs and Oher very shortly after the penalty on Jared Gaither. This team is not making it easy…..

3:22-The offensive line has had a great season. Not a great day.

At least credit Greg Mattison for making some adjustments after a disastrous start. The offense has not done the same.

3:20-Once again, I COMPLETELY agree with this decision by Marvin Lewis.

3:15-Jared Gaither should NOT have to hold Jonathan Fanene. However, holding is better than a sack.

3:13-Ed Reed is NOT this team’s punt returner. He is only a returner on the “safe” unit. There was no reason for the safe unit to be in there. Therefore, there was no reason for Ed Reed to be out there thinking he needed to do something.

3:05-That’s THREE floaters he’s thrown to Ochocinco like that for first downs.

CHALLENGE IT!

Good challenge by John Harbaugh…..2nd foot out of bounds.

3:03-Jameel McClain CERTAINLY stripped the ball before Cosby was down; but he must have been blown down with forward progress-which he should have been.

A Terrell Suggs sack! Wow!

3:01-Strange decision by Quan Cosby to return that one from inside the 10. Could have been a game-changing turnover.

Any turnover would be nice, really.

2:59-Keith Rivers won’t return. Chris Henry apparently out for the season. Ravens still losing 17-0.

2:58-Best offensive play of the game. By far.

Also, is that 3 straight drives without points for the Bengals now?

I’m trying to stay positive.

2:54-Why did that play work? Because there was pressure! Forced a bad throw! Where’s that been for 3 quarters???

2:52-How did Brian Leonard turn that into a first down?

Is there any particular reason for the extra booing towards Ray Lewis? Maybe just the hit on Ochocinco?

2:48-That was just an AWESOME play by Jonathan Joseph. And a reminder that a 5’10″ receiver is NOT a good target for a deep ball. Wow……

2:46-I’m back. Not because I want to be…..

2:31-There’s no reason to risk it here. I know we’d like to see Cam Cameron actually take a chance, but only bad could have happened from the 1 yard line. Maybe Tony Robbins can come in and speak at halftime.

2:29-Incredible play by Kyries Hebert and Rey Maualuga. Brilliant stuff.

2:25-I’m not totally certain, but I’m not sure you’re supposed to throw the ball off of your star running back when you’re trying to throw the ball away. But what would I know?

2:24-Are there other games on???

2:23-If they put points on the board here, they can at least make it a game….

2:21-Holy crap. The Bengals had scored on TEN STRAIGHT DRIVES under Carson Palmer before that? That’s REALLY amazing.

2:18-J.P. Foschi should not be embarrassing anyone. Unreal.

2:14-Did Todd Heap go horizontal a YARD before the first down marker? This has been disastrous for EVERYONE.

Add Matt Katula to the list.

2:12-What the Bengals did on coverage right there is remarkably similar to what the Ravens did on coverage last week against Eddie Royal. If you force a returner to stop and start again, you have a GREAT chance to bring them down.

2:09-If you think the officials have something against the Ravens, you clearly missed whatever Chris Carr was just doing there that somehow went uncalled. Maybe it was a mercy no-call. I’m not sure.

The Bengals didn’t need Shayne Graham to kick that. Billy Graham could have done it.

17-0? REALLY?

2:07-There’s no way Cedric Benson should be able to get 5 yards there. Just no way. Getting KILLED at the line of scrimmage.

2:04-Great observation by Carson Palmer. If Lardarius Webb is going to play off of Coles by 10 yards, just throw him the ball.

Carson Palmer isn’t just not getting sacked, he’s not even concerned. He’s sliding head-first. Jesus.

2:02-How freaking random is a Kelly Gregg/Shannon Miller story?

HOW LONG CAN THIS TEAM GIVE CARSON PALMER TO FIND A RECEIVER?!?!?!?!

(Editor’s note: Trevor Pryce was probably held there. Still.)

1:57-Chris Henry injured is the best thing the Ravens defense has done thus far today.

1:53-That’s what happens when you get pressure on a QB. The QB has to throw the ball away. Would be nice to see the Ravens defense do the same thing.

1:50-Nice to see Le’Ron McClain on the field. Apparently it was nice for the Bengals defense to see Le’Ron McClain on the field, too.

1:48-THANK YOU Brandon Johnson. THANK YOU. Looked like the same play that drew Frank Walker off-sides on an extra point.

1:45-What an OBVIOUS penalty on Matt Lawrence, who had actually played quite well.

The no-huddle is not as easy to run on the road……

1:42-I know losing Ngata hurts, but how in the hell is the offensive line of the Cincinnati Bengals just b-slapping the Ravens defense around like this? This is particularly reminiscent of the Vikings game…..

1:39-How in the HELL did Laveranues Coles get out of the grasp of Ed Reed? Reed has to make arm tackles because of his shoulder/neck injuries, and it hurt him there.

1:36-It’s less that they’re getting beat and more that they’re panicking in 1 on 1 situations. These corners just don’t trust their own abilities, and they get grabby when they’re in 1 on 1 situations. It makes a big statement to throw the ball deep on 4th and short. And not a statement that the Ravens should be allowing teams to make against them…..

1:35-Absolutely the right decision by Marvin Lewis to go for it here.

1:34-This doesn’t all fall on the secondary early on. As I said, the Ravens MUST get a pass rush to win this game. They’ve gotten next to nothing early on.

1:33-Not a good day for Domonique Foxworth……

1:32-How in God’s name does Chad Ochocinco come down with that AWFUL floater???? Unbelievable.

1:30-How does Carson Palmer get a first down there? This defense REALLY misses Haloti Ngata today. Thankfully the offsetting penalties nullify, but wow.

1:26-That pass interference PARTICULARLY stings. The “Jim Leonhard was better than Dawan Landry” crowd will be having a field day. Fabian Washington REALLY should have had a pick the next week. I tried bringing up the lack of interceptions with Domonique Foxworth this week-but he really played it down.

1:23-Sam Koch had the space there to do something with that punt. Seen a lot of touchbacks from him recently-which is strange because he’s always been particularly sure-footed.

1:22-Thank God Derrick Mason was there to break up that pass to Leon Hall. Joe knows Leon Hall plays for the other team, right?

1:20-Joe Flacco-I love you. Mark Clayton (and Ray Rice for that matter) are NOT tall. Please throw the ball appropriately. You’re great otherwise.

1:17-Another nice return by Lardarius Webb. He’s really coming along early in his NFL career. His speed is a weapon the Ravens might want to consider finding a way to use offensively……maybe.

1:15-Carson Palmer had all day and Chris Carr just figured he’d watch Andre Caldwell score a TD-I guess. Just an awful first series for the Ravens defense. Wow.

1:10-Really no excuse for letting Carson Palmer get that ball to Ochocinco for a first down there on 3rd and 10. Just unacceptable. That ball was floated because of the pressure, but it should have been a sack or should have been broken up.

Benson running all over the place…..Cincinnati methodically moving the ball. Christ.

1:07-Pittsburgh Steelers fans (who REALLY believe they are the best fans in the world) could learn from the fans in the Queen City. Very impressed by how quiet they were while the Bengals had the ball. However, it was very evident there were a number of Ravens in Ohio by the noise on 3rd down.

1:05-Brian Leonard (Ray Rice’s college teammate at Rutgers) really hurt the Ravens in the first game, too. He’s just a really dangerous player.

How the hell did Cedric Benson get through that?

1:03-Steve Hauschka’s worst kick-off was his first one last week. This first one wasn’t great, either. Weird.

12:58-I was watching the FOX pre-game show instead of the CBS show, and I NEVER get sick of seeing entertainers travel to Iraq/Afghanistan to support our troops. It has been a long-time goal of mine to do a radio show live from the Middle East to support the USO. Was it a bit cheesy? Sure. But was it a great thing for Curt Menafee and company to do? Absolutely.

12:34-Today’s game can be seen live on CBS (WJZ 13 in Baltimore) with Dick Enberg and Dan Fouts on the call. The game can be heard nationally on Westwood One Radio (if for some reason you’re in an area that isn’t showing Ravens-Bengals on CBS) with Kevin Kugler and Mark Malone on the call.

If you want to get hyped for today’s game; head to the Audio Vault at WNST.net, where you can hear from Fouts (who joined Bob Haynie Friday), Malone (who joined Drew Forrester Friday), Bengals LB Coach Jeff Fitzgerald (Drew Friday), Ravens LB Prescott Burgess (Drew Friday), Bengals Play by Play Voice Brad Johansen (Drew Friday) and MORE!

12:17-Chinedum Ndukwe will start for Bengals in place of Roy Williams. Justin Bannan will start for Bengals in place of Haloti Ngata.

As much as the loss of Haloti Ngata will hurt the Ravens in trying to slow down Cedric Benson; it will also hurt them in pursuit of Bengals QB Carson Palmer. Ngata is very good at creating havoc in the backfield; and Justin Bannan will have to improve in pursuit of the Bengals QB. Brandon McKinney and the now-active Kelly Talavou will also get their chances in the D-Line rotation, and will have to work with Dwan Edwards, Trevor Pryce, and Terrell Suggs to get pressure up front.

12:07-As I mentioned in the title, today’s game is particularly crucial for the Ravens, as they CANNOT afford to fall 2 full games behind the Bengals in the AFC North….PLUS the Ravens would lose a tiebreaker to Cincy by virtue of a Bengals sweep. It would be more like the Ravens falling behind 2 and a half games in the division.

11:41-Ravens scratches:

DT Haloti Ngata
CB Frank Walker
RB Jalen Parmele
LB Antwan Barnes
OT Tony Moll
DE Paul Kruger
QB John Beck-3rd QB
OT Oniel Cousins

11:27-Greetings from my couch, where I have not made the trip to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (I had a wedding to attend, my apologies); but the Baltimore Ravens have-and I will hang out with you during the game. A number of WNST contributors will chime in on Twitter (@WNST); including Nestor Aparicio, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones.

Bengals scratches:

QB Jordan Palmer-3rd QB
S Roy Williams
FB Fui Vakapuna
LB Dan Skuta
OT Andre Smith
TE Chase Coffman
WR Jerome Simpson
DT Orien Harris

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ngata’s Status Very Much in Doubt

Posted on 06 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

3:49-INJURY REPORT-Ravens:

S Haruki Nakamura – QUESTIONABLE – Chest
DT Haloti Ngata – QUESTIONABLE – Ankle
S Tom Zbikowski – QUESTIONABLE – Illness
LB Prescott Burgess – PROBABLE – Illness
TE Todd Heap – PROBABLE – Ankle
LB Jarret Johnson – PROBABLE – Shoulder
LS Matt Katula – PROBABLE – Elbow
FB Le’Ron McClain – PROBABLE – Shoulder
CB Frank Walker – PROBABLE – Illness

Bengals:
OT Andre Smith – QUESTIONABLE – Foot
S Roy Williams – QUESTIONABLE – Forearm
FB Jeremi Johnson – PROBABLE – Knee
DT Tank Johnson – PROBABLE – Foot
S Tom Nelson – PROBABLE – Shoulder
RB Bernard Scott – PROBABLE – Knee

2:02-John Harbaugh told us today “there’s a chance” Haloti Ngata plays Sunday, but wouldn’t put a guess as to what the likelihood was that he saw the field. The coach also chose not to confirm that Justin Bannan would start if Haloti couldn;t go, saying the Ravens have faith in “whoever it is” that will start.

Some other tidbits from Harbs:

-Carson Palmer is “maybe the quarterback who’s playing the best in the NFL right now.”
-Domonique Foxworth has “always been a good player.”
-Coach has “a lot of confidence” in Ravens cornerbacks…..”corners are good”…..”playing with tremendous technique.”
-Cornerbacks (in general) “have to be confident, have to be team guys.”

Haloti Ngata was not available in the locker room again. John Harbaugh also downplayed any concerns about Matt Katula (who played today). You can hear from John Harbaugh NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

11:53-John Harbaugh again had the Ravens on the far practice on Friday, limiting access as much as possible as he tries to stay completely secretive going into Sunday’s game. Matt Katula appeared to be practicing, which isn’t surprising considering he spent the week downplaying his elbow injury. However, Haloti Ngata was not seen on the practice field; leaving his Sunday status very much in doubt.

11:17-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where we are preparing to head out to practice. We will be specifically looking for DT Haloti Ngata (ankle) and LS Matt Katula (elbow); neither of whom have practiced this week. It would seem unlikely that Ngata would play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals without practicing on his sprained ankle, so today could be a big day. Katula appeared optimistic that he would be able to play, but we saw Willis McGahee practicing his long snaps yesterday; and we have heard rumblings about other players who may be able to do it.

If you missed The Comcast Morning Show this morning; plenty of stuff in the Audio Vault at WNST.net to help get you ready for Sunday’s game:

-Bengals LB Coach Jeff Fitzgerald (Former Ravens assistant)
-Ravens LB Prescott Burgess
-Bengals PBP Voice Brad Johansen
-Ravens/Bengals Color Analyst for Westwood One Mark Malone
-ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio
-and Drew Forrester and I made our picks for Sunday’s game in our weekly “Picks and Comment” segment. One of us doesn’t think the Ravens will win Sunday.
-Also, Dan Fouts (CBS color analyst) joined Bob Haynie today on AM1570 WNST, you can hear from him shortly in the Audio Vault as well.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

I had the opportunity to go to an advance screening of “The Blind Side” last night at The Charles Theater-thanks to Warner Brothers for the invitation. I have to first say that this movie is going to be absolutely HUGE. It is a perfect Thanksgiving football flick, and as big as it is going to be in Baltimore; it will be big throughout the country as well.

If you’re not familiar-the movie is based on the excellent book of the same name by Michael Lewis. The story chronicles Ravens 1st round pick Michael Oher. The book itself was more about football in general-but the transcendent story of Oher is easily movie-worthy. And while John Lee Hancock’s movie does change certain things about the story (an incident at Ole Miss is moved into Oher’s former home in the Memphis projects; the name of Oher’s Christian school is different, etc.); he does no injustice to the very human aspect of Oher’s journey.

The only shame of the movie is that in trying to keep it a family film-the darkness of Oher’s upbringing is merely referenced, not told vividly. This isn’t to say the movie failed-as the book references that Michael didn’t talk much about his past. The picture painted of Michael’s youth in the book is significantly more frightening than the more family-friendly picture painted by the film.

While the tragedy may not have been fully painted, nothing is taken away from the triumph. I’m going to be honest-if you cry during great sports movies (think “Remember the Titans”); you’re going to cry during this flick. It’s a remarkable story told very well.

The star of the film is clearly Sandra Bullock, whose turn as Leigh Anne Tuohy comes off akin to Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockovich. While this film is more fun and even a bit goofier than the very serious-natured “Brockovich”, your wives and girlfriends will immediately love Bullock’s Tuohy.

It’s not going to win an Academy Award-but it’s not supposed to be that kind of movie. It’s the kind of movie your family can go see at the end of the month when you’re off school/work for 4 days. It’s the kind of movie that you’re going to put on your purple and rally your neighbors to go see. This city is going to LOVE this movie. Whether you’ve read the book or not, you will just eat it up.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ed Reed not reading Ochocinco tweets

Drew Forrester hopes O’s try to win as hard as Yankees did

Thyrl Nelson says Flacco, Ray Rice Top 10 Fantasy plays Sunday

Ed Frankovic says Caps fell 3-2 to Devils

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata, Katula, Nakamura, Walker, Burgess, Zbikowski all didn’t practice Wednesday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh still has plans for McGahee

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens looking to create 100 yard streak against Cedric Benson-who recently broke their long one

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says young LB’s Tavares Gooden, Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe getting chance to run alongside 52

The Official Site says Marvin Lewis thinks Greg Mattison has done ‘excellent job’

The Official Site says Harbs thinks Ravens will be motivated by ‘hotly contested’ AFC North race

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says team okay with being underdogs-even at home to team they’ve already beat this season

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Marvin Lewis wanted Kelley Washington back in Cincy

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Maualuga wants to be like Ray Lewis

Bengals Official Site says 3,500 tickets remain for Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium

Bengals Official Site says Marvin Lewis won’t commit to Andre Smith dressing Sunday

Bengals Official Site says Carson Palmer knows Baltimore week ‘always a real big deal’ for Bengals

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason will be plenty motivated to face Bengals team that held him without catch over last 2 games

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelly Gregg sees Benson as ‘big back, nifty on feet’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Flacco Ravens’ MVP

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. cleans up after me

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason prefers quiet players like Marvin Harrison to big talkers

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens using Le’Ron McClain again to pound ball

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Todd Heap, Le’Ron McClain limited in practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Marvin Lewis modeling Bengals after Ravens, Steelers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ochocinco sent package to Ravens defense

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Reed doesn’t check Ochocinco on Twitter

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Lewis not changing how he hits after first meeting with Bengals

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason doesn’t think he can be covered with single coverage

The Sun’s Edward Lee says T-Sizzle thinks Ravens ‘humbled’ by Bengals in first game

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Terrell Suggs knows Benson having ‘really good year’ even beyond game against Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Bannan would start if Ngata can’t go

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Oher making ‘impression’ in rookie season with Ravens

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Chick Ludwig says Bengals should play Andre Smith Sunday

Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Erardi says Bengals WR Andre Caldwell wants wins more than catches

6 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens

USA Today’s Nate Davis says defense must ‘shore up’ before facing Roethlisberger, etc.

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 20-16

NBC Sports’ Steve Silverman gives Ravens ‘C’ thus far

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ray Rice would be another possible team MVP candidate

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens secondary ‘rejuvenated’ by performance against Broncos

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says Wolfpack to honor former WR Jerricho Cotchery at Saturday’s game

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says New Mexico only other FBS school in on Rashaan Moore

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamari McCullough finds losing ‘devastating’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph knows NCSU offense ‘explosive’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Demetrius Hartsfield remains ‘on-track’ to return November 21 against Florida State

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 29-28

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Pack 31-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says NC State, Maryland have bowl chances on ‘life support’

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Chris Turner spent bye week in Fort Lauderdale with girlfriend (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says North Carolina DT prospect Kilgo pledged to Terps (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Ross Leonhart checks in with commit Kilgo (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Padgett, Jordan Williams will get ‘extended playing time’ if Dino Gregory’s suspension continues

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Vasquez thinks Terps can be ‘special’

The Diamondback’s Jakob Engelke says athletic department scrapping new student ticket policy at Comcast Center

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Jin Soo Choi struggled inside against IUP

Washington Post’s Michael Wilbon says use of Bias video aided Kirk Fraser’s “30 for 30” documentary

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Sean Mosley said he was fine after getting knocked down twice against Crimson Hawks

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Adrian Bowie amongst those who expected reverse roles for Padgett, Williams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps in Sun Belt territory being relegated to ESPN360

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Sean Mosley improved from floor in exhibition opener (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings checks in with prospect Tsafack (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tianna Hawkins’ double-double lead Terps in exhibition win over Bowie State

The Official Site provides statistical evidence of win

The Official Site says Frese thought Terps were ‘focused and ready’ for exhibition game

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Kim Rodgers scored 18 points in 16 minutes in win

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ram Vela, Mids still remember ’07 win in South Bend fondly

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mike Stukel practicing at QB, will return to Slotback when Kriss Proctor gets healthy

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids need one more win to book trip to Texas Bowl

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo knows Mids missed chances against Temple, especially on 3rd down

South Bend Tribune’s Al Lesar says Dan Wenger expected to start at RG for Fighting Irish

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says AD Gladchuk wants to see continued success from Midshipmen (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says fans can purchase $13 ticket for BOTH Miami (Ohio) hoops game and Villanova football game next weekend

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s Senior Night battle against Norfolk State

The Official Site offers complete Morgan State-Norfolk State release (pdf)

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s game against Franklin & Marshall

The Official Site offers complete Johns Hopkins/Franklin & Marshall release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tomorrow night’s exhibition opener against Adelphi

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mountaineers picked to win NEC again

The Sun says Jeremy Goode named to All-NEC team

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Josh Rutter has been good fit for Terror staff

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Birds want to re-sign Mark Hendrickson, Danys Baez

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring 1-4 with run scored in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday

Examiner Jay Trucker says Guillermo Rodriguez, Rich Hill, Jeff Fiorentino didn’t really have place with Orioles anyway

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Maryland QB Statham

BLAST:

Examiner Richard Crabbe says NISL changed name to MISL

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Rip Van Winkle comes into Breeders’ Cup Classic battling foot issue

Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will spend winter in New Orleans

The AP’s Andrew Dalton says Baffert doesn’t ‘mind getting beat by Zenyatta’ in Classic

GOLF:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Senior Players Championship moving to Potomac next season, returning to Baltimore in 2011

Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga says Constellation Energy event to be held at Avenel next year

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Champions Tour had hinted event may move to DC during this year’s event

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Frank Walker has an illness, huh? Insert your own joke here.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Losing Dino Gregory would REALLY hurt the Terps. It wouldn’t be a season-killer since the team FINALLY has some interior depth; but it would hurt.

Sorry I don’t have more to add this morning. Gotta get to Owings Mills.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Dino Gregory sat out Maryland’s exhibition win due to suspension

Mark Suchy says ’30 for 30’ series brought back plenty of Len Bias memories

Derek Arnold says Jarret Johnson ‘Played Like a Raven’ against Broncos

Gary Quill says Zenyatta ‘headliner’ for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic

Glenn Clark names Eddie Murray, Roberto Alomar to mythical World Series team

Nestor Aparicio says Blast added former MLS players Dyachenko, Dello-Russo

Drew Forrester says Teixeira not earning money with postseason bat

Ed Frankovic says NHL should do something about Ken Hitchcock going after Ovechkin

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh still views Frank Walker as ‘big part of team’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says no huddle was ‘no problem’ for Flacco, Ravens

The Official Site says Lardarius Webb finalist for Rookie of the Week honor

The Official Site says Grubbs impressed by David Hale’s moustache

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Willie Anderson thinks Sunday’s game ‘most even’ Cincinnati-Baltimore game he can remember

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says team let Kooistra go, apparently to make room for Vakapuna

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says LJ Smith waiting for chance to make impact

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee knows Ray Rice ‘future of’ Ravens

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cam Cameron sticking with ‘hot hand’ in Ray Rice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Oher admitted to making mistake in getting penalty

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason apologized for, but didn’t regret outburst Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbs still expecting contributions from Demetrius Williams, Le’Ron McClain

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kelley Washington big for Ravens on 3rd down

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Bengals added Gerald Cadogan to practice squad

Dayton Daily News’ Carlos Holmes says Chase Coffman could be close to joining lineup for Bengals

USA Today has Ravens 10th in power rankings

NFL.com has Ravens anywhere from 5th-13th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 8th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 10th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens ‘A’ for win over Denver

ESPN.com has Ravens 10th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says pass rush must step up again this week against Carson Palmer, Bengals

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The AP says Milbourne, Mosley lead way with 14 each as Terps won exhibition game against Indiana University (Pennsylvania)

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Gary Williams knows Terps need to ‘learn’ from win over IUP

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Padgett started with Dino Gregory suspended

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Jordan Williams contributed 7 points, 6 boards for Terps in win

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terps outrebounded by Crimson Hawks in win

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says even walk-on Ersin Levent scored in win

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Gary thinks Terps miss Dave Neal defensively

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says no further details known regarding Dino Gregory suspension

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps better off than Syracuse-who lost to D2 team at home

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gregory had previously worried about eligibility due to academic dishonesty

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Steve Goins also sat out win over IUP

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dino Gregory wasn’t even on Comcast Center bench for game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps shot 2-13 from beyond the arc in win

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Greivis Vasquez added 13 points for Terps in win (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Washington Post previews tonight’s exhibition opener against Bowie State

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says coach Tom O’Brien thinks Wolfpack need ‘break’ against Terps

NC State Official Site offers complete Terps-Pack release (pdf)

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Terps could still win ACC Championship

The AP says Terps would have to win 4 straight starting with NCSU to get bowl eligible

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Fridge ‘tired of losing’

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps got away during bye week

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Fridge wants to get ball to Torrey Smith more

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Rashaan Moore wanted to come to College Park since he was 9 (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Friedgen spent bye week recruiting (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Notre Dame Official Site previews Mids’ trip to South Bend Saturday

Notre Dame Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Fighting Irish release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo knows Irish better than Temple team Navy lost to Saturday

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo reported Ricky Dobbs ‘fine’

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Charlie Weis thinks current Navy defense ‘best’ he’s seen

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Marcus Curry ‘probable’ for Mids

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says EagleBank Bowl has backup plan with Big 12 if Navy doesn’t get eligible in ‘11

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says memories of ’07 win at Notre Dame Stadium still fresh for Midshipmen

Go Mids says Navy back to EagleBank Bowl in 2011, Army 2012

Go Mids updates opponents for Midshipmen

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Randy Monroe Show to start again

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to William & Mary

The Official Site profiles TE Godlasky

William & Mary Official Site offers complete Tribe-Tigers release (pdf)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Pat Kennedy hasn’t settled on starting lineup

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Rich Hill, Jeff Fiorentino, Guillermo Rodriguez refused Norfolk, chose free agency

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Brandon Snyder hoping to reach major league level this season

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Alfredo Simon accepted assignment to Norfolk

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Perrault suffered loss for Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Erbe, Snyder selected for AFL All-Star event

BLAST:

The Official Site says team added 6 players to roster, including return of Lucio Gonzaga

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Rip Van Winkle 2nd choice for Classic behind Zenyatta

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Bob Baffert brings Richard’s Kid into Classic

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Belmont winner Summer Bird third choice for Classic

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Lorraine Mirabella says city considering two stadium options-smaller stadium to host Crystal Palace USA or bigger stadium to try to lure DC United

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Hopefully John Harbaugh will be willing to talk about Haloti Ngata today, but I doubt it.

Talk to you from 1 Winning Drive.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Maryland basketball season doesn’t TECHNICALLY tip off until next Friday against Charleston Southern; but even an exhibition game tonight has me salivating. I LOVE College Hoops. And for the first time in a few years, I have a real genuine excitement about the long-term potential for this Maryland team. Here’s my thought process….

As far as the ACC is concerned, the Terps do NOT have the talent of North Carolina, and Duke is built better than they are. They have the capability to compete with any team in the league, but they should absolutely finish somewhere between 3rd and 5th in the league-with Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State and Wake Forest also in the mix.

This team will need to get more consistent outside shooting from Greivis Vasquez, Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker and Sean Mosley to compete for a conference title. Mosley especially might never be a natural shooter, but he at least must be a threat. They’ll need to muscle up inside as well, as Jordan Williams and James Padgett will help-but Dino Gregory and Landon Milbourne will be the guys to start.

And the team will ultimately revolve around Greivis Vasquez. This is his team. As we saw last season, when everything went wrong (remember the home game against UNC), sometimes Greivis could still save things. He’s much more mature than when he came to College Park, and this is his chance to leave a legacy.

I’ll say the Terps finish 4th in the ACC and end up in the Sweet 16. I reserve the right to change my mind anytime between now and March.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark doesn’t know if Chris Chambers would necessarily be a great fit in Baltimore

Chris Pika says Ravens lead NFL in penalty yards

Glenn Clark, Drew Forrester say Flacco was best Raven in win over Broncos

Nestor Aparicio says former Ravens Exec Kokinis joins Phil Savage in being fired by Browns

Glenn Clark gives highest praise to special teams for win over Denver

Bob Haynie wonders who has been ‘most surprising Raven’ in ‘09

Derek Arnold says Ravens didn’t want to let another game ‘slip through (their) hands’

Glenn Clark can’t blame Jamal Lewis for wanting to get out of Cleveland

Glenn Clark says start of college hoops season at Maryland, UMBC, Loyola amongst highlights of week

Drew Forrester says Nestor Aparicio dispatched of Denise Koch in Baltimore Sun contest

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin ‘week to week’ with upper body strain

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington team’s new ‘three headed monster’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Jared Gaither’s neck ‘felt fine’ after win over Broncos

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh told Derrick Mason to let him handle officials

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Lardarius Webb TD ‘just one highlight’ for Ravens’ special teams unit

The Official Site says Harbaugh declined comment on Ngata’s injury during Monday press conference

The Official Site says Ravens partnered with Shoppers Food and Pharmacy, Maryland Food Bank

Bengals Official Site says team needs to sell 4,500 more tickets to Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium to avoid blackout

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Roy Williams returned to practice Monday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says no rest for Ravens defense with Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Green Bay coming up

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens 3rd in NFL (behind Colts, Dolphins) in converting 3rd downs

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Carson Palmer and Cincinnati will ‘challenge’ Ravens’ secondary with downfield passing

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbs told media Hauschka put in extra work on 43 yard FG try

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ngata injury not considered ‘serious’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Josh McDaniels was really impressed with Flacco

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth knows Ravens can’t get ‘too high’ after win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says players credited Kelley Washington for win over Broncos

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Kelley Washington thought win over Broncos ‘stress reliever’

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Andre Smith could make NFL debut Sunday for Bengals

The AP’s Joe Kay says Cedric Benson, Jeremi Johnson healed during bye week

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 10th in power rankings

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio has Ravens 9th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens were 11/18 on third down in win over Broncos

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Lardarius Webb ‘star’ for Ravens in win

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens may have done ‘favor’ to Steelers by exposing Broncos

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Terrell Suggs thought Jarret Johnson’s early sack ‘really big’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Raleigh

The Official Site offers complete Maryland-NC State release (pdf)

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Don Brown’s D-Line has improved throughout season

The Diamondback has Terps 12th in ACC

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Maryland/Virginia Tech to kick off at 1pm next Saturday

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps, Wolfpack battling to avoid being worst team in ACC

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Wise DE Rashaan Moore committed to Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps-Hokies headed to ESPN360

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 12th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 11th in power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Charles Bankins thinks Travis Baltz ‘cerebral’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles freshman Travis Hawkins (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Birchenough says Bergen Catholic lineman Zach Sparber has been ‘hearing from’ Maryland (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s exhibition opener with Indiana University (Pennsylvania)

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Crimson Hawks preview (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker expects more inside scoring from Dino Gregory

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Vasquez was surprised to see Cal, Georgia Tech ranked ahead of Maryland in AP poll

The Sun’s David Zurawik says ESPN’s “30 For 30” series tackling Len Bias death tonight

Examiner Matthew Bouchard not happy with University’s new policy for student ticket scanning

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Joe Lombardi’s IUP team should be ‘pretty good’ this season

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Greivis Vasquez knows Terps ‘can’t wait’ to face someone else tonight

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says games like tonight’s becoming rare as teams shift to more closed scrimmages

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hawks’ roster includes Boston College transfer Akida McLain

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez, Eric Hayes impressed by improvement of Gregory, Adrian Bowie

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Goins won’t play or practice until talking to his doctor

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Lakewood (NJ) prospect Jarrod Davis could be on Terps’ 2011 radar (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says whether or not to start Eric Hayes biggest question facing Gary Williams in exhibition game

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Tiger Dwayne Purnell passed away last week

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Tigers assistant Nadelen named to Team USA

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to South Bend

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Fighting Irish release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids lost to Owls ‘in trenches’

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Marcus Curry probable for Notre Dame Saturday

South Bend Tribune’s Jim Meenan says Ricky Dobbs, Midshipmen will bring ‘confidence’ to game against Irish

Go Mids offers Navy-Temple report card (must subscribe)

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says former Retrievers Westervelt, Mundorf named to Team USA

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Andrew Geisert honored by ACFC

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says former Sea Gull Eric Martin named to 2010 US National Team

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird worked 5 furlongs Monday in preparation for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Classic

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Woolley thought Mine That Bird ‘sharper’ in Monday work at Santa Anita

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team re-signed Jamaal Stokes

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

Terps in the NFL Week 8……

-Browns LB Eric Barton had 2 tackles in a 30-6 loss to the Bears
-49ers TE Vernon Davis had 3 catches for 20 yards and a TD in an 18-14 loss to the Colts
-Vikings TE Jeff Dugan had 1 catch for 2 yards and a TD in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Eagles LB Moise Fokou had 2 tackles (1 solo) in a 40-17 win over the Giants
-Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth had 2 tackles (2 solo) and defended 2 passes in a 30-7 win over the Broncos
-Dolphins TE Joey Haynos had 2 catches for 20 yards and a TD in a 30-25 win over the Jets
-Vikings LB E.J. Henderson had 2 tackles (2 solo) in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Vikings LB Erin Henderson had 2 tackles (2 solo) in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey had 1 catch for 10 yards in a 24-16 loss to the Chargers
-Chargers LB Shawne Merriman had 7 tackles (7 solo, 2 sacks) in a 24-16 win over the Raiders
-Jaguars P Adam Podlesh punted 7 times for 309 yards (44.1 avg) and 2 inside the 20 in a 30-13 loss to the Titans
-Dolphins DT Randy Starks had 7 tackles (7 solo, 1 sack) in a 30-25 win over the Jets
-Vikings S Madieu Williams had 5 tackles (4 solo) in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Seahawks CB Josh Wilson had 2 tackles (1 solo) and defended a pass in a 38-17 loss to the Cowboys

-Former Morgan State TE Visanthe Shiancoe had 1 catch for 12 yards and a TD in the Vikings’ 38-26 win over the Packers
-Former Morgan State RB Chad Simpson had 1 catch for -1 yards in the Colts’ 18-14 win over the 49ers

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: John Harbaugh’s Weekly Press Conference

Posted on 02 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

7:52-I have been poking around to try to find out if the Ravens might be interested in former Chargers WR Chris Chambers-who was released today. So far I haven’t gotten a good sense. It looks like Chambers will easily clear waivers-as he would be owed some 2+ million dollars the rest of the season. But even as a free agent, Chambers may not be a good fit in Baltimore. He doesn’t really address a need-as he’s no taller than Derrick Mason or Mark Clayton. He IS a veteran, and he has a reputation as a hard worker.

Cam Cameron has experience with Chambers-as both were together in Miami in 2007 before the Dolphins traded Chambers to San Diego just before the trade deadline.

Good fit? Maybe. Likely to happen? I don’t get that idea.

4:14-Hear from John Harbaugh NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net!

3:46-Here are some highlights from John Harbaugh:

(There is a group of girls from the Roland Park school “NFL Fan Club” sitting in on the press conference. One young lady was allowed to ask the first question.)

-“I was impressed by how the secondary stepped up”….”I thought they played really well.”
-Declined comment on Ngata injury, deferring to Wednesday injury report
-”We were able to stay on schedule” offensively and defensively with manageable 3rd downs on each side

-“What happened last week really doesn’t have much to do with this week” against Bengals
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“We stuck to the same schedule” during bye week whether we were 3-3 or 6-0, thought differences were “inside.”
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“I thought coverage was really good” in win
-Improvements defensively were “both” Mattison’s scheme AND execution.
-”I’m not sure” how much playing LT for 3 weeks helped Michael Oher right now, but helped for down the line
-Harbs declined comment on Ed Reed offsides penalty
-”I haven’t heard anything from” McGahee about lack of playing time
-On Bengals game: “This game matters.”
-Frank Walker “a big part of our team”
-Jarret Johnson “is a very tough guy”, shoulder injury “is nothing that he can’t play through.”
-Vic Fangio “doing a great job” of using young LB’s in Dannell Ellerbe and Tavares Gooden
-”You will see Lardarius Webb on punt returns at some point”
-Chris Carr “has played well” defensively and on punt returns.
-”We were glad to be at home……..every city is not like Baltimore” in terms of support for team through struggles
-”I’m not concerned about” Oher penalty

3:30-Hear from Derrick Mason NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net!

(Also, Steve Hauschka joined Drew Forrester this morning on “The Comcast Morning Show”-you can hear from the kicker in the Audio Vault at well.)

3:07-Here are some highlights from Derrick Mason:

-”There was no panicking, there was no pressure” going into game against Broncos
-”Every game is pivotal from this point on.”
-”3rd and manageable” has lead to offensive success
-”If you capitalize on” 3rd down, “you win games.”
-Ray Rice’s ability to run the ball and catch the ball out of the backfield has allowed for team to have greater offensive balance
-Key to 2nd half was “to come out on a good note.”
-No huddle used to “put pressure” on Broncos defense
-Kelley Washington’s success on 3rd down allowed him to be left 1 on 1 for TD catch
-Flacco’s TD throw “wasn’t big league…..just a regular throw” (he was smiling while he said this)
-on playing against guys as good as Brian Dawkins & Champ Bailey: “You wouldn’t want it any other way.”
-on early penalty: “After a while, you just get pissed off.” He added that he’s seen penalties called for much less, including “Brandon Marshall’s phantom” pass interference call-made on Domonique Foxworth

2:46-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where John Harbaugh’s weekly Monday press conference is scheduled for 3:45. In the meantime, we’ll hear from WR Derrick Mason.

Hoping for more information on Haloti Ngata-but not expecting it until Wednesday. Still some lingering questions from Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos; and we’ll look ahead to this coming Sunday’s trip to Paul Brown Stadium to face the Cincinnati Bengals.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Purple Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens Report Card:

Quarterback: B+

If we were grading the 2nd half, it would be an A+. Joe was BRILLIANT in the 2nd half, even if he wasn’t trying to throw the ball particularly far downfield.

Running Backs: A-

LOVED seeing Cam Cameron go to Le’Ron McClain in the 2nd half. That’s how this team needs to finish off football games.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: B

It wasn’t an overly impressive statistical performance, but these guys were big when they needed to be. Kelley Washington continues to make plays on 3rd down, and Mark Clayton made an awesome catch on the sideline.

Offensive Line: A

Did anyone even hear Elvis Dumervil’s name all day? Neither did I. Another great performance, this team is really special with Gaither and Oher together.

Defensive Line: A-

They got pressure, and they limited what Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter were able to do. What else can we ask for?

Linebackers: A

Jarret Johnson was AWESOME. The rest of the unit was really good too.

Secondary: A

Who would have thought?

Special Teams: A+

Great day for everyone, really.

Coaching: A

Clearly the bye week was big for the entire staff.

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ravens’ win over Broncos wasn’t “must”, but close

Drew Forrester says win over Broncos proves Ravens ‘are back’

Keith Melchior wasn’t happy with Mishael Miller’s national anthem

And from the rest of the world…..

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens snapped 3 game losing streak with win over Denver

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata suffered ankle injury, x-rays were negative

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Hauschka bounced back from late miss against Vikings with big day in win

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Lardarius Webb returned opening kick of 2nd half for TD in Ravens win

The Official Site says Harbaugh continued to be impressed by Ray Rice in win

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Oher, Gaither provide ‘great tandem’ for Ravens at OT

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Mark Clayton’s leaping catch caught eyes

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington had solid coverage for Ravens in win

Denver Broncos Official Site’s Zach Eisendrath says Kyle Orton threw for 152 yards in loss

Denver Broncos Official Site’s Gray Caldwell says Josh McDaniels knows Broncos will have to look at themselves ‘in mirror’ after loss

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco tied team record by connecting on 80 percent of passes in win

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Derrick Mason’s early flare-up part of ‘attitude’ Ravens brought to game

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Jerry Rosburg’s special teams unit had big day in win

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ed Reed, Brian Dawkins traded jerseys (World Cup-style) after game

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Frank Walker was deactivated for Sunday’s game

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives high praise to LB’s, secondary, special teams in win

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Harbs was working the crowd in 2nd half

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says officials missed more calls in Ravens’ win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Jarret Johnson’s early sack set tone for entire win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson gives highest praise to Special Teams in win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Nakamura strained stomach muscle in win

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Ravens’ win ‘arguably best performance of John Harbaugh era’

Carroll County Times’ Ryan Chell says Jared Gaither, O-Line came up big against Dumervil, Broncos

The AP says Ravens moved within a game of Steelers, Bengals for first place in AFC North with win

Denver Post’s Mike Klis says Broncos won’t be matching ’72 Dolphins after suffering first loss

USA Today’s Jarrett Bell says Derrick Mason, Ray Rice scored big 2nd half TD’s in win

SI’s Don Banks says Greg Mattison ‘finally hit his stride’ in replacing Rex Ryan

SI’s Peter King says Ravens in stretch where they’re playing 7 first place teams in 8 weeks

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Ravens went away from Champ Bailey in win

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says Ray Lewis warned rest of NFL last night after win

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says November will ‘make or break’ Ravens

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks says Ravens got pressure with  front four

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Ravens didn’t give up play bigger than 23 yards all day

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Oher knows Dumervil amongst best in NFL

Fanhouse/AOL Sports’ Kevin Blackistone says Ravens ‘exposed’ Broncos

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ravens kept Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal in front of them

ESPN.com’s James Walker says 52 knows everything ‘in front of’ Ravens

Talk to you later today from Owings Mills.

-G

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It Wasn’t a “Must” Win, But Ravens Breathing Again After Dominant Win Over Broncos

Posted on 01 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

There was one thought that stayed with me throughout the 2nd half of the Ravens’ 30-7 win over the Denver Broncos Sunday was how much I wanted to say this was a “must win.”

The truth is that it wasn’t, but that’s hard to believe now.

The Ravens entered Sunday’s game 3-3, a game and a half behind both the Steelers and Bengals for first place in the AFC North; a half game behind the Texans and Jets for the final playoff spot in the AFC. They faced a daunting schedule over the next 5 weeks (@Cincinnati, @Cleveland, vs. Indianapolis, vs. Pittsburgh, @Green Bay); and they faced the possibility that the team might start questioning itself before they even got a chance to face any opponents.

Sunday’s performance did NOT answer every question about this football team (no matter how impressive it was), but it certainly allowed the team to relax and start reminding everyone else that they’re still pretty good. As Ray Rice pointed out, this was “a game that (they) needed.” Jarret Johnson concurred, adding “we needed that win…..confidence is a big thing.”

It is significantly easier to “get up” for a game against a divsion foe, but it was evident that this team was “up” for the opening kick. Jarret Johnson’s sack of Kyle Orton set the tone for the game; and Lardarius Webb did the same with a TD return on the opening kickoff of the 2nd half. Throughout the game there were big hits (including Ed Reed’s forced fumble that lead to the game’s first points); and an intensity level that was evident throughout (including Derrick Mason’s outburst that lead to a 15 yard penalty).

It WASN’T a “must win.” The team could just as well won their next 9 after a loss today, and no one would have remembered that they lost on November 1. But this team needed momentum. They needed something to keep their swagger going as they moved into a difficult part of the schedule. They needed to show that they were better than the team that had been playing for the last 3 games.

This game did that.

Now things get no easier moving forward.

-G

Hear From The Following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:

Coach John Harbaugh
QB Joe Flacco
RB Ray Rice
WR Kelley Washington
LB Ray Lewis
LB Terrell Suggs
LB Jarret Johnson
CB Domonique Foxworth
CB/KR Lardarius Webb
K Steve Hauschka

John Harbaugh had no further information regarding Haloti Ngata’s ankle, saying he would consult trainer Bill Tessendorf.

4:01-Dannell Ellerbe wraps up this one with a tough hit on Buckhalter. Ravens win 30-7. Back with more shortly.

3:58-Rich Dubroff (of Carroll County Times fame) correctly asks why so many starters are still out on the field. There is no answer.

3:53-Flacco 20/25 throwing the ball today; and Ray Rice has added 108 total yards (and that last TD-putting the Ravens up 30-7 late).

3:46-Ryan McBean banged up for Denver, but he left the field under his power. Probably figured he had better things to do at this point.

3:44-Where the hell has that type of running from Le’Ron McClain been? Wow.

3:42-X-Rays negative on Ngata’s ankle; but he’s doubtful to return. He’s had the ankle taped twice.

3:33-Joe has completed his last 13 passes. However, it is hard to complete a pass when you are being taken to the ground by Andra Davis.

3:31-Drew thinks Ed interfered on that last drive. I’m not sure I agree. This would be the place where I’d hand the ball off to Le’Ron McClain, but they haven’t done that yet this season.

3:20-I’d like that Mark Clayton play much better if it had a pass option on it. They don’t use Clayton’s arm enough.

Doesn’t matter, as Joe Cool held tough just one play letter to deliver that great pass to Derrick Mason. He was smiling as he threw it. He should have been. 23-7 Ravens; still just a 2 possession game however.

3:18-Those two penalties there REALLY hurt the Broncos; and might help the Ravens put this one away. I reminder that I called 26-21. Another field goal and that score is totally possible.

3:08-Do the Broncos know they have a 6’4″ wide receiver? Why wouldn’t they try to throw the ball downfield again to him?

3:05-Where was all of this when Steve Hauschka was MY fantasy kicker? 16-7 Ravens now with 4:55 to play in 3rd.

3:02-Well, that play wasn’t a disaster or anything…….

2:59-Renaldo Hill down on the play for Denver; and had to be helped off the field. The training staff was in a rush to get out there when they saw him go down after the great play by Kelley Washington.

2:57-Mark Clayton did his best Ray Rice impression there in putting his hand on the ground to find some more yards. That move isn’t used as much as it probably should be by guys who are lower to the ground.

2:55-I did not see the penalty called on Andre Goodman, therefore it would be particularly difficult for me to comment on it. I’ll say it WAS a penalty.

2:53-Former KOBST contestant Phil Williams seen on the jumbotron here at M&T Bank Stadium modeling a “Play Like a Raven” t-shirt. Phil did not advance far in the contest, but maybe he will find fame from being a model here at the stadium.

2:50-Tony Scheffler was interfered with, and this KILLS all momentum the Ravens had from Lardarius’ TD. 13-7 Baltimore-Harbaugh maybe should have considered a 2 point conversion.

2:49-Haloti Ngata hobbled off the field under his own power; but that looked particularly concerning.

2:46 And the decision pays off for Denver as Ed Reed jumps offsides. Otherwise, Brandon Marshall would NOT have had a first down.

2:43-This is a big decision here from Josh McDaniels. Not converting could really hurt a team that hasn’t exactly moved the ball with ease.

2:41-That really wasn’t bad coverage from Fabian on Gaffney there, he just missed the ball as it came in. Broncos really moving the ball now; Ravens need to keep them out of endzone to hold on to momentum.

2:40-That’s a tough call to go against Dom there. I don’t agree, but it probably is within the guidelines for interference. Of for just plain playing defense.

2:35-Boy am I glad I didn’t get back from halftime late. What a run by Lardarius Webb. That’s why they made the move to put him in as kick returner. Biggest moment of the rookie from Nicholls State’s career so far.

First kick return for TD since Yamon Figurs on 12/9/07. However, that was in a blowout loss to the Colts.

2:19-Really big stand there from Ravens defense. This should allow them to take the 6-0 lead to halftime-and they start with the ball in the 2nd half.

2:16-Big spot here for Ravens defense. If Broncos get in end zone-all momentum gone. If they get 3, some of the good vibes from the rest of the first half will be lessened.

2:11-71,132 fans here at M&T Bank Stadium this afternoon. 52,000 have said “How are the Broncos 6-0?” at some point today.

2:10-We’re already at the 2 minute warning? Where the hell has this game gone?

2:09-And for those of you scoring at home, Peyton Hillis and Eddie Royal get their first catches. Meanwhile-Drew Forrester points out correctly that Domonique Foxworth IS doing a good job on Brandon Marshall.

2:03-Ravens really self destructed there when they should have had first and goal. Hauschka bangs home another one, and the Ravens have extended their lead to 6-0.

2:02-Le Kevin Smith with the sack. Which begs the question, “what kind of name is Le Kevin?”

2:01-I don’t think I agree with the personal foul call there on Oher. I certainly don’t agree with that play call on first down after.

1:59-Chris Chester the guilty party on the false start. A play later, Joe Flacco with a MIRACULOUS save to find Ray Rice there. WOW. Best play he’s made all game.

1:57-Kyle Orton has TWO passing yards so far. That’s not particularly good.

1:56-Joe has been tall on a number of throws today. What a great play by Mark Clayton to go up and get that one. Wow.

1:52-Haloti Ngata ALWAYS has his hands up. There’s a reason why he’s one of the best D-Linemen in the NFL.

1:51-Are the Broncos aware that the Ravens’ secondary has struggled? Why would they be throwing everything underneath???

1:50-If T-Sizzle jumps there, he has an interception. Damn. Brandon Marshall called for offensive interference anyway; but that could have been a big turnover.

1:49-Broncos OT Ryan Harris is DOUBTFUL to return with a toe injury.

1:45-Do I have to be the one to say this? I don’t think the no-huddle suits Joe Flacco well.

1:43-Not certain why Mitch Berger is punting in the NFL; or why Chris Carr would risk trying to do something with that one.

1:36-A MUCH better kickoff for Steve Hauschka this time; and Eddie Royal was NOT smart to decide to bring that one out.

1:33-That was Flacco’s fault on the pass to Clayton on 3rd down. Threw it behind him.

Another bad snap from Katula on the field goal; but Hauschka gets it through to make things 3-0 Baltimore. Yay.

1:32-As the sun starts to poke out, the Ravens REALLY need to cash this great field position into 6 points. A field goal here would have to be considered a failure.

A Willis McGahee sighting! Those has been a bit rare in recent weeks.

1:30-I thought Walt Coleman would decide there “wasn’t enough evidence”, but he saw the play as being called correctly for sure.

Credit Terrell Suggs with the fumble recovery for those of you scoring at home.

1:25-For the record, while it was very clear on replay that Alphonso Smith held Derrick Mason’s jersey on that play; I really hope no one is stupid enough to say something like “See, I told you there’s a conspiracy against the Ravens.”

Broncos moving the ball a bit with Knowshon Moreno. It was Drew Forrester who told me to go with Sproles ahead of Moreno; so I’ll hold him accountable if this goes wrong.

WHAT A HIT by Ed Reed. HUGE play. McDaniels will challenge, but it is hard to tell either way. Don’t think you can overturn this. Also don’t think this should cost the Broncos a timeout if it isn’t overturned.

1:22-Surprised by just how angry Derrick Mason was there. He’s an motional guy, but there was just no need for that. Ravens would have had a great chance to pin Denver inside the 10. You could tell Harbs was not happy with Derrick’s antics.

1:21-Derrick Mason’s frustration is going to cost the Ravens 15 yards here. They were going to have Sam Koch punt anyway, but this makes the decision even easier.

1:20-Why can’t Flacco to Rice passes over the middle ever look natural?

1:19-Two straight QB sneaks on 3rd and short. They have stayed in the no -huddle throughout the start of the game.

1:17-Ravens spreading things out by going with short passes to the middle.

Todd Heap’s 2nd catch was the 400th of his NFL career. I’m rooting for him to get 400 more today.

1:14-Greg Mattison’s defense has been much more attacking early on. Big TFL for Dawan Landry on the 2nd drive. Mitch Berger has been fortunate to not have either of his first two punts blocked; Chris Carr hasn’t had a chance to do anything yet.

1:12-Correll Buckhalter got the first carry of the game for Denver for all of you scoring at home. I benched Knowshon Moreno in favor of Darren Sproles on my fantasy team personally.

1:08-Couple not-so-perfect passes from Flacco to Heap and Mason; then Brian Dawkins breaks up a great throw to Kelley Washington. Surprised they’s go with 3 straight pass plays there.

1:06-Cam Cameron’s offense working in a no-huddle and trying to force the ball with Ray Rice.

HUGE effort from Todd Heap on 3rd down to get the initial first down of the game.

As a note: Fabian Washington is wearing sweat pants on the sideline. I guess just to stay warm.

1:04-How many times do you see a 6’4″ Wide Receiver used on a screen? Brandon Marshall is DANGEROUS after he gets the ball-even though he didn’t do much on his first touch.

Do you think Frank Walker was de-activated because they were afraid he would spit in Mitch Berger’s mouth?

1:03-Jarret Johnson absolutely LEVELED Kyle Orton. Wow. Big statement early for a pass rush. That’s how you get in the head of a quarterback.

As a note, the rain has picked back up, but the flags aren’t moving at all. Surprised Hauschka’s opening kick was so short.

1:02-Broncos won the toss and chose to receive. Steve Hauschka is kicking to Eddie Royal. That’s it for play-by-play; now I’m back to analysis.

12:59-The “Fire Mishael Miller” people are insane; but that was a STRANGE rendition of the national anthem.

12:52-The rain has let up here at “The Bank”, but the ponchos throughout the stadium take away from the purple atmosphere. Ravens being introduced now; offensive introductions highlighted by Joe Flacco and Derrick Mason.

12:47-Am I a bad person if I choose not to stand for “God Bless the USA”? It’s not our national anthem. Why do they ask everyone to stand for a Lee Greenwood pop song?

12:23-Today will be David Tyree’s debut in purple…..he was inactive when the Ravens visited the Vikings on October 18. There was a thought process that David Tyree’s arrival would leave Demetrius Williams inactive; but I can only remind everyone that David Tyree really is not here to be a WR. He’s here to play Special Teams.

12:19-And of COURSE Rachel Nichols from ESPN would be here again today. She was at 1 Winning Drive Friday, and my work output was not outstanding. Also here-Woody Paige from The Denver Post; who you know from “Around The Horn”….fellow “Around The Horn” contributor Kevin Blackistone (formerly of the Dallas Morning News, now with Fanhouse/AOL Sports), and ESPN’s John Clayton.

12:05-While this is the first time John Harbaugh and Josh McDaniels have faced off as head coaches, it certainly isn’t the first time the Ravens have played the Broncos. The all-time regular season series is tied at 3 games apiece; with the Ravens having won the only matchup between the teams in the postseason (2001 Wild Card playoffs right here in Baltimore en route to the Ravens winning Super Bowl XXXV).

12:01-From everything I can gather, Frank Walker IS a healthy scratch.

As a note-The Ravens are apparently not particularly concerned about Jared Gaither today; as they de-activated both Tony Moll and Oniel Cousins. This means Gaither will start on the left side, Oher on the right side, and Marshal Yanda will be the backup to both.

Also, Tavares Gooden is still slated as the starter at the JACK LB position, but I would expect to see plenty of Dannell Ellerbe and Jameel McClain today as well.

11:43-Baltimore Scratches:

QB John Beck (3rd QB)
LB Antwan Barnes
CB Frank Walker
RB Jalen Parmele
OT Oniel Cousins
OT Tony Moll
DT Kelly Talavou
DE/LB Paul Kruger

Certainly, Frank Walker comes as a surprise-but with Lardarius Webb working with the first team this week; this could be a major message to the Cornerback.

11:38-Denver Scratches:

QB Tom Brandstater (3rd QB)
WR Kenny McKinley
RB LaMont Jordan
G Seth Olsen
DL Chris Baker
OT Brandon Gorin
WR Brandon Lloyd
OLB/DE Jarvis Moss

10:59-Greetings from M&T Bank Stadium in downtown Baltimore, where the 3-3 Baltimore Ravens face the 6-0 Denver Broncos today at 1pm. I’ll be keeping you company throughout the day here at WNST.net, as the Ravens face what is ALMOST a “must win” against the Broncos.

For those of you who can’t make it to the stadium today, the game can be seen on CBS (WJZ 13 in Baltimore); with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf calling the action. The game can also be heard on the Sports USA Radio Network; with Eli Gold, John Robinson and Pete Medhurst on the call.

The biggest injury question marks are OT Jared Gaither and LB Tavares Gooden. My gut says both play; but we’ll find out in the next 30-45 minutes for sure.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST), as Drew Forrester joins me here in the press box, and will offer witty commentary during the game as well.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Gaither, Gooden, Harbaugh Have “No Comment” About Injuries

Posted on 30 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

5:07-Injury Report-Ravens:

OT Jared Gaither QUESTIONABLE – Neck
LB Tavares Gooden PRO BABLE – Head
QB Joe Flacco PROBABLE – Ankle
K Steve Hauschka PROBABLE – Ankle
LB Jarret Johnson PROBABLE – Shoulder
S Ed Reed PROBABLE – Illness
WR/ST David Tyree PROBABLE – Hamstring

Broncos:

S Brian Dawkins PROBABLE – Hamstring
DL Ronald Fields PROBABLE – Hamstring
LB Spencer Larsen PROBABLE – Shoulder

2:25-The Ravens practiced outside yesterday and today after practicing indoors Wednesday. They could have probably used some precipitation today, as Weather.com tells us that it is expected to be 58 degrees Sunday with showers (chance of precipitation is 50%).

Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison isn’t worried about the weather, as he took time to remind me today that he was still wearing shorts. He pointed at his legs and yelled “It’s nice out!”, to which I responded “not that nice!”

2:22-Some other notes from John Harbaugh:

-Broncos are “very aggressive” in 2nd half; and “playing with a lot of confidence.”
-Broncos WR Brandon Stokley has always been “underestimated”, but “just keeps making plays.”
-Said the Ravens had a good week of practice, but added “we have not had a bad week of practice yet.”
-On the team’s confidence despite 3 straight losses: “I don’t think there’s a team that doesn’t have swagger” in NFL

2:19-Justin Harper is playing the role of Brandon Marshall in practice for the Ravens this week. Harper is 6’3″ (Marshall 6’4″); but clearly does not have the skill set that Marshall has. John Harbaugh praised Justin Harper for the work he’s put in on the look team, noting that he has had to play the role of receivers like Randy Moss also during the season. Demetrius Williams has also helped the look team by stepping in as an opposing wide receiver during the season.

2:07-A strange post-practice session with the media today; as John Harbaugh clearly was more business-like on his final day of preparation. The locker room atmosphere was not quite the jovial, celebratory atmosphere that it had been in the weeks leading up to the bye. Usually Fridays are reserved for loud music, dancing, and even a friendly game of media dodgeball. There was some music today, but otherwise there was no frathouse vibe.

Clearly a 3 game losing streak can do that, but it also appeared as though Harbs may have been working extra hard to get his team’s attention. The biggest questions of the day surrounded the health of LB Tavares Gooden and OT Jared Gaither. Not surprisingly, Coach Harbaugh said “I’m not even gonna comment” on the status of either player; as he often prefers to defer to the Friday injury report. However, John was much more open two weeks ago before the Ravens played the Vikings. It makes you wonder if his attitude is based on what he got out of his players on Friday.

John also conveyed the message to the players that they were to NOT discuss their injuries, as he will try to somehow use that to his advantage facing Josh McDaniels on Sunday. Jared Gaither told us he “feels great”, and even said “yeah” at one point after being asked if he expected to play; but he otherwise spent the better part of 90 seconds saying “no comment” when asked about why he missed practice yesterday and whether or not he’ll be on the field against Denver. I spoke to LB Tavares Gooden as well-who confirmed to me that Coach had warned them not to discuss injuries before practice ended. Gooden told me he feels good, but wouldn’t address whether he had practiced today (he wasn’t seen), or how he’s responded to his most recent head injury.

Of course, John Harbaugh has every right to try to play this to his advantage; but it is unlikely to help a team. The Broncos will prepare to face Jared Gaither-and if he doesn’t play, they’ll be ready to face Michael Oher and Marshal Yanda. They’ll prepare to face Tavares Gooden, and if he doesn’t play; they’ll be ready for Dannell Ellerbe and Jameel McClain.

You can hear from John Harbaugh and Jared Gaither NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. Also, Broncos sideline reporter Alan Roach joined Drew Forrester this morning on The Comcast Morning Show; so if you’re looking for a Denver perspective, that is also in the Audio Vault.

12:05-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive; where we start with a practice update as the Baltimore Ravens hold their final walkthrough before playing the Denver Broncos Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Jared Gaither (neck) returned to practice today after missing yesterday’s session. There was no sign of the red “no contact” jersey he was wearing yesterday. Tavares Gooden was not seen during the part of the session that was open to the media-and I get the feeling he will be listed as “questionable” on today’s injury report as he rec0vers from a head injury.

-G

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