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Live From Owings Mills: Mattison Says Suggs, Ngata Will “Be Fine” For Sunday

Posted on 06 January 2011 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (12-4) returned to practice Thursday at 1 Winning Drive, inching closer to an AFC Wild Card playoff showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

After missing practice Wednesday, S Ed Reed (chest) and C Matt Birk (knee) each returned to the practice field Thursday. Reed was a limited participant, Birk participated fully.

DT Haloti Ngata (thigh) and LB Terrell Suggs (knee) did not participate in practice for a second straight day. Ngata was forced to leave the team’s Week 17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium in the 2nd half.

“They’re boycotting, they don’t like the cold weather” joked Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison about the absence of the two Pro Bowl defenders. “It’s not a concern. They’ll both be fine. It’s us knowing where we are in the season, knowing we’ve had a lot of football games. Those two guys have played so well and they understand the defense so well that if they do have a little bump or bruise or something like that it’s best to get them 100% rather than running around.”

S Tom Zbikowski (back), was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day. He’s hoping to return to the field for the first time since leaving the team’s Week 14 win over the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium in the first half. Zbikowski was listed as a limited participant Wednesday.

Zbikowski told reporters Thursday he “feels better”, but wouldn’t commit to being ready to return to face KC.

LB Dannell Ellerbe (head), LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder), LB Jameel McClain (back) and CB Josh Wilson (head) were all limited participants in practice for a second straight day. WR Derrick Mason (abs/ankle), OT Michael Oher (knee/ankle) and WR/KR David Reed (wrist) were all full participants for a second straight day.

For the Chiefs, WR Dwayne Bowe (illness) returned to practice after missing Wednesday. Bowe was listed as a full participant. G Brian Waters (illness) missed a second straight day, WR Quinten Lawrence (illness) also missed practice Thursday.

NOTES: Hear from Mattison, Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron, Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg and LB Jarret Johnson now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……CB Cary Williams joined Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that chat is available in the Audio Vault as well……OL Marshal Yanda is scheduled to join Forrester Friday morning at 7:15……Mike Carey’s crew will officiate Sunday’s game……The Ravens will return to practice Friday at 1 Winning Drive, Head Coach John Harbaugh is scheduled to meet with reporters following practice

-G

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens

Posted on 04 January 2011 by Glenn Clark

Here are our Top 7 Baltimore Ravens from their 13-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Top 7…

7. Todd Heap

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6. Ray Rice

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5. Lardarius Webb

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4. Haloti Ngata

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3. Sam Koch

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2. Billy Cundiff

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1. Ed Reed

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Drew Forrester’s Top 7…

7. Terrell Suggs

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6. Joe Flacco

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5. Billy Cundiff

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4. Ray Rice

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3. Chris Carr

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2. Ed Reed

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1. Haloti Ngata

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SEASON TOTALS:

Glenn:
29. Morgan Cox (1 point)
29. Tavares Gooden (1 point)
26. David Reed (2 points)
26. Willis McGahee (2 points)
26. Le’Ron McClain (2 points)
22. Ed Dickson (3 points)
22. Marshal Yanda (3 points)
22. Kelly Gregg (3 points)
22. Chris Carr (3 points)
20. Terrence Cody (4 points)
20. Ben Grubbs (4 points)
19. Michael Oher (5 points)
17. TJ Houshmandzadeh (7 points)
17. Jarret Johnson (7 points)
16. Lardarius Webb (8 points)
15. Dawan Landry (9 points)
14. Josh Wilson (10 points)
12. Cory Redding (12 points)
12. Fabian Washington (12 points)
11. Todd Heap (16 points)
10. Sam Koch (17 points)
9. Billy Cundiff (18 points)
8. Ed Reed (25 points)
7. Terrell Suggs (28 points)
6. Derrick Mason (29 points)
5. Ray Lewis (30 points)
4. Haloti Ngata (42 points)
2. Ray Rice (46 points)
2. Anquan Boldin (46 points)
1. Joe Flacco (60 points)

Drew:
30. Ed Dickson (1 point)
30. Jason Phillips (1 point)
25. Morgan Cox (2 points)
25. TJ Houshmandzadeh (2 points)
25. Jameel McClain (2 points)
25. Brandon McKinney (2 points)
25. Dannell Ellerbe (2 points)

24. Cory Redding (3 points)
23. Marshal Yanda (4 points)

20. Willis McGahee (5 points)
20. Le’Ron McClain (5 points)
20. Michael Oher (5 points)
17. Lardarius Webb (6 points)
17. Terrence Cody (6 points)
17. Fabian Washington (6 points)
16. Dawan Landry (7 points)
12. Tavares Gooden (8 points)
12. Josh Wilson (8 points)
12. Jarret Johnson (8 points)
12. Todd Heap (8 points)

11. Sam Koch (11 points)
10. Chris Carr (14 points)
8. Ed Reed (20 points)
8. Billy Cundiff (20 points)
7. Derrick Mason (22 points)
6. Haloti Ngata (32 points)
5. Anquan Boldin (34 points)
3. Terrell Suggs (35 points)
3. Ray Lewis (35 points)
2. Ray Rice (50 points)
1. Joe Flacco (71 points)

If you missed the explanation of why these players made the list on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Harbaugh Says Ravens Offense Needs to “Translate It To Sunday”

Posted on 03 January 2011 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (12-4) returned to 1 Winning Drive Monday, less 24 hours removed from a 13-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals (4-12) at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens began preparations for their AFC Wild Card playoff matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Head Coach John Harbaugh addressed the Ravens’ inconsistent offensive performance in Sunday’s game, saying he wasn’t surprised by the concerned nature of offensive players (including WR Derrick Mason) following the game.

“I’m glad they feel that way” said Harbaugh. “That’s what I expect them to feel. When you watch that game, there’s a lot of little things. You can’t really boil it down to anything other than execution. There’s some things that you want to do better. There’s some things that you want to call better. There’s blocking schemes that can be executed better. There’s throws that can be seen better, there’s routes that can be run better.”

The Ravens mustered only 199 yards of total offense in the victory, finishing the season 22nd in the NFL with 322.9 yards per game.

“I really think we’re really close” said Harbaugh. “I watch our offense every single day in practice. I know how good we can be and how close we are to being really good. I think we’ve got really talented players and really talented coaches who are working really hard to be really good.”

Most disturbing for Coordinator Cam Cameron’s offense is the fact that the unit failed to reach 300 yards in four of their final five regular season games. (They tallied 356 in a Week 15 win over the New Orleans Saints.)

“We can be a much more potent offense” said Harbaugh. “I see it in practice. Friday’s practice was as good a practice as you’re ever going to see. That’s there. I want it to translate to Sunday, and that’s what we’re working on as coaches to do.”

Harbaugh said there wasn’t one particular part of the offense that he could identify as a reason for the recent struggles. He instead the entire unit needs to continue making progress.

“You keep chopping wood, you keep coaching, you keep practicing hard and we’ll break out and play good offense. That’s a certainty.”

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……LB Jarret Johnson joined Drew Forrester Monday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that chat is also available in the Audio Vault……Jim Nantz & Phil Simms will call Sunday’s game for CBS……The Ravens will be off Tuesday (mandatory NFL off day) before returning to practice Wednesday. Harbaugh, QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice and LB Ray Lewis are amongst the players expected to meet with the media Wednesday

-G

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Harbaugh Was Honest This Time, But Maybe He Shouldn’t Have Been

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Harbaugh Was Honest This Time, But Maybe He Shouldn’t Have Been

Posted on 02 January 2011 by Glenn Clark

BALTIMORE — I wouldn’t be unfair at all to say that Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh sometimes likes to have fun with the truth.

After the team’s Week 12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Harbaugh told reporters he was unaware of the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers had gone to overtime and nearly lost to the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

“I didn’t know about the Steelers game until right now” Harbaugh had said. “That was one I missed when the scores came up unfortunately.”

It was probably the right thing to say in the moment, but no one was buying it. In fact, Harbaugh made it apparently shortly after the press conference ended that he actually HAD been keeping tabs on what was going on with the Ravens’ AFC North rivals.

It wasn’t the only time during his first three seasons in Charm City that Harbaugh has…well…”stretched” the truth.

Four days before the Ravens played their regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium, Harbaugh made another statement that some folks expressed skepticism towards.

With the Ravens’ fate in the race for the AFC North title tied directly to the Steelers’ game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, there was a thought process that Harbaugh could pull starters in the 2nd half should the Steelers game get out of hand. Harbaugh said that wouldn’t be happening.

“No I won’t do that based on Pittsburgh’s score. We’ll just play it like we’ll always play it when we try to win.”

Things got out of hand for the Steelers Sunday. They had a 31-3 halftime advantage at Cleveland Browns Stadium; a lead that ballooned to as much as 41-3 in the 2nd half before ultimately ending in a 41-9 win for the Steelers, clinching the division title.

The Ravens (12-4) would eventually hold on for a 13-7 win over the Bengals (4-12). Had the score not been so close, perhaps backup QB Marc Bulger and other reserves would have seen more time. Yet John Harbaugh….true to his word…never pulled Ravens starters in Baltimore.

“I think we focused on winning the game” said Harbaugh of the decision.

WR Derrick Mason was more emphatic in saying Harbaugh made the right decision.

“We didn’t have the game won (at halftime). The score was 6-0, and why pull the starters when we’re not consistently going down the field? We wanted to go out with a win and go into the playoffs with momentum.”

The Ravens DID get the win. I’m not sure how much momentum comes from having to cling to dear life late against a team whose only postseason activity could be a coaching change, but they did get the win.

And fortunately for Harbaugh, the win doesn’t appear to have come at any great expense.

CB Josh Wilson and LB Dannell Ellerbe both left the game due to first half shoulder stingers. An argument could be made that the Steelers game was still in hand before either player was hurt.

DT Haloti Ngata, OT Michael Oher and S Ed Reed all left early with various bumps and bruises in the 2nd half. Team spokesperson Kevin Byrne declined to offer any further information on the injuries; saying the Ravens prevented players from returning due to “precautionary” reasons.

If that proves to be true and none of the players are affected by the injuries moving forward into the playoffs; Harbaugh won’t feel any repercussions of the decision. For his part, Reed downplayed the significance of his injury following the game.

But if Ngata or Oher were to be forced to sit out the Ravens’ Wild Card playoff game, the second guessing would reach a fever pitch around Charm City.

Harbaugh faced a difficult decision. Throughout the week, he preached the importance of Sunday’s game to players knowing a first round bye and a home playoff game could still be within reach.

By benching players at halftime, Harbaugh would have run the risk of saying “this game is the most important game we’ll play all season” only to follow it up with “just kidding.”

(I think it goes without saying that those weren’t direct quotes, right?)

Even had Harbaugh thought it was best to pull players, there’s no guarantee those players would have gone for it. Not only did Mason appear opposed to the idea, but Reed mentioned after the game he had actually been approached by the staff about not playing in the second half.

“You want to continue to play” said the Pro Bowl safety. “Next week wasn’t even here yet.”

Had other players opposed the idea of leaving the game, it would have been up to Harbaugh to force his hand; which could have created an uncomfortable situation for the team right before the postseason began.

Had RB Ray Rice or QB Joe Flacco gone down with a torn ACL in the 2nd half; that uncomfortable situation would have looked like a much more desirable outcome.

Hopefully Ngata, Oher, Reed, et. al. will be back on the field for the playoff opener and this topic will never come up again.

John Harbaugh was honest this time. What happened in Pittsburgh had no bearing on what the Ravens did.

If the Ravens are shorthanded in the postseason, he’ll probably wish he would have been lying.

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(Photo Courtesy of the AP)

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Rice, Reed, Mason, LB Terrell Suggs, LB Jarret Johnson and LB Ray Lewis following Sunday’s win in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Johnson is scheduled to join Drew Forrester Monday morning at 9:40 on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST……The Ravens will return to 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills Monday, Harbaugh will hold his weekly press conference at 4pm……The Ravens will open the playoffs Sunday, January 9 against the AFC West Champion Kansas City Chiefs. The game will kickoff at 1pm from Arrowhead Stadium, it will air on CBS

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Morning Reaction Baseball Hall of Fame Voting

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Morning Reaction Baseball Hall of Fame Voting

Posted on 31 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Friday on “The Morning Reaction”, we discussed which players on this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame ballot we’d vote “Yes” and “No” to. Here is a rundown of how we voted…

Drew Forrester’s ballot…

YES

Roberto Alomar

7 Jul 1998:  American League member Roberto Alomar #12 of the Baltimore Orioles swings at a pitch during the All-Star Game at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. The American League defeated the National League 13-8. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn  /Allspor

Jeff Bagwell

6 Mar 1998:  Jeff Bagwell of the Houston Astros in action during a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at the Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida. The Astros tied the Tigers 4-4. Mandatory Credit: Craig Melvin  /Allsport

Bert Blyleven

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Barry Larkin

11 Apr 1998:  Infielder Barry Larkin of the Cincinnati Reds in action during a game against the Colorado Rockies at the Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.  The Reds won the game, 12-5. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr  /Allsport

Rafael Palmeiro

Rafael Palmeiro of the Baltimore Orioles during 8-3 loss to the Anaheim Angels at Angel Stadium on Sunday, May 23, 2004 Photo via Newscom

Lee Smith

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NO
Harold Baines
Juan Gonzalez
Edgar Martinez
Tino Martinez
Don Mattingly
Fred McGriff
Mark McGwire
Jack Morris
Dale Murphy
Dave Parker
Tim Raines
Alan Trammell
Larry Walker

Glenn Clark’s ballot…

YES

Roberto Alomar

2 Jul 1997: Catcher Mike Lieberthal of the Philadelphia Phillies watches second baseman Roberto Alomar of the Baltimore Orioles swing at the ball during a game at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Orioles. The Orioles won the game 10-6.

Jeff Bagwell

KISSIMMEE, FL - MARCH 6:  First Baseman Jeff Bagwell #5 of the Houston Astros adjusts his batting gloves against the Detroit Tigers during the spring training game at the Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida on March 6, 2002.  (Photo by  Andy Lyons /Getty Images)

Bert Blyleven

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Fred McGriff

24 Oct 1995: Fred McGriff #27 of the Atlanta Braves hits a home run during a game against the Cleveland Indians at the Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves defeated the Indians 3-2.

Rafael Palmeiro

2 Jul 1997: First baseman Rafael Palmeiro of the Baltimore Orioles tries to tag out shortstop Kevin Stocker of the Philadelphia Phillies at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. The Orioles won the game 10-6.

Lee Smith

leesmith

NO
Harold Baines
Juan Gonzalez
Barry Larkin
Edgar Martinez
Tino Martinez
Don Mattingly
Mark McGwire
Jack Morris
Dale Murphy
Dave Parker
Tim Raines
Alan Trammell
Larry Walker

Drew and Glenn agreed that the following players didn’t warrant discussion…

John Olerud, Kevin Brown, B.J. Surhoff, Marquis Grissom, John Franco, Bret Boone, Al Leiter, Benito Santiago, Carlos Baerga, Raul Mondesi, Bobby Higginson, Charles Johnson, Kirk Rueter

If you missed the conversation Friday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, check the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Morning Reaction Friday Football Picks and Comment

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Morning Reaction Friday Football Picks and Comment

Posted on 31 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Here are this weekend’s NFL (and local College Basketball) picks. Through 16 weeks in the season, Drew Forrester is 139-97 and Glenn Clark is 153-83…

Dolphins/Patriots: 27-13 New England (Drew), 20-17 Miami (Glenn)
Vikings/Lions: 23-21 Minnesota (Drew), 24-13 Detroit (Glenn)
Bengals/Ravens: 26-21 Baltimore (Drew), 19-13 Baltimore (Glenn)
Buccaneers/Saints: 27-24 Tampa Bay (Drew), 20-17 New Orleans (Glenn)
Bills/Jets: 27-6 New York (Drew), 13-10 Buffalo (Glenn)
Steelers/Browns: 16-13OT Cleveland (Drew), 21-7 Pittsburgh (Glenn)
Raiders/Chiefs: 28-17 Kansas City (Drew), 20-16 Oakland (Glenn)
Panthers/Falcons: 24-21 Carolina (Drew), 23-3 Atlanta (Glenn)
Bears/Packers: 24-20 Chicago (Drew), 34-20 Green Bay (Glenn)
Cardinals/49ers: 24-10 San Francisco (Drew), 16-6 Arizona (Glenn)
Chargers/Broncos: 29-24 San Diego (Drew), 30-21 Denver (Glenn)
Titans/Colts: 20-19 Tennessee (Drew), 28-14 Indianapolis (Glenn)
Cowboys/Eagles: 23-21 Philadelphia (Drew), 24-14 Dallas (Glenn)
Jaguars/Texans: 30-13 Houston (Drew), 17-13 Jacksonville (Glenn)
Giants/Redskins: 24-17 New York (Drew), 20-10 Washington (Glenn)
Rams/Seahawks: 17-16 Seattle (Drew), 14-13 St. Louis (Glenn)
Marist/Loyola: 61-57 Greyhounds (Drew), 66-64 Red Foxes (Glenn)
Stony Brook/UMBC: 78-63 Sea Wolves (Drew), 68-54 Sea Wolves (Glenn)
Old Dominion/Towson: 83-78 Monarchs (Drew), 88-72 Monarchs (Glenn)
Coppin State/Texas: 98-64 Longhorns (Drew), 97-54 Longhorns (Glenn)

Drew would like it to be known that his picks this week were made largely based on the fact that he entered the final week of the season trailing by 14 points in the standings.

CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Joe Flacco  of Baltimore Ravens throws against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

If you missed the explanations during our “Picks and Comment” segment Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Gooden, Burgess Miss Practice Again

Posted on 30 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (11-4) returned to practice Thursday at 1 Winning Drive, continuing preparations for Sunday’s regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals (4-11) at M&T Bank Stadium.

LB Tavares Gooden missed a second straight day of practice Thursday, he dislocated his shoulder in the Ravens’ Week 16 win over the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison said Thursday he thought Gooden would try to get on the field Sunday.

“He’ll try to if the doctors gave him the okay” said Mattison. “Tavares Gooden will do anything he can do to play, there’s no question. That’s like everybody on our defense. They know how important this game is.”

With a win and a Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens would clinch the AFC North title and a first round bye in the AFC playoffs.

S Tom Zbikowski (back) also did not participate in practice Thursday. Zbikowski has not played since being forced to leave the team’s Week 14 win over the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium in the first half. Head Coach John Harbaugh said Monday he did not expect the safety to be available for Sunday’s game.

S Ed Reed (neck) and LB Prescott Burgess (illness) did not practice Thursday either, neither is believed to be at risk of missing Sunday’s game.

C Matt Birk (knee) returned to practice Thursday and was a full participant after missing Wednesday’s game. TE Todd Heap (thigh), WR Derrick Mason (ankle/abs), TE Dennis Pitta (head) and CB Fabian Washington (back) were all full participants as well.

WR/KR David Reed (wrist/head) was a limited participant Thursday, he’s on track to play Sunday for the first time since suffering a concussion in the team’s Week 15 win over the New Orleans Saints.

The Bengals announced Thursday (via Twitter) WR Chad Ochocinco (ankle) will not make the trip to Charm City.

Three other Bengals did not participate in practice Thursday. TE Jermaine Gresham (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle) and LB Dan Skuta (back) were not on the practice field.

RB Bernard Scott (toe) was a limited participant for the Bengals Thursday, DE Carlos Dunlap (shoulder) was a full participant.

NOTES: Coordinators Mattison, Cam Cameron & Jerry Rosburg met with reporters following practice Thursday, those chats are available now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……OL Chris Chester joined Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction”, that chat is available in the Audio Vault……DE Paul Kruger is scheduled to join Forrester Friday morning at 7:15am……Pete Morelli’s crew will officiate Sunday’s game……The Ravens announced Thursday they will give away purple Under Armour wristbands to fans who attend Sunday’s game. The wristbands are intended to support the Wounded Warrior Project……New Ravens LS Kevin Houser will wear #70. The number was previously worn by Matt Katula, the veteran LS who was released by the team during Training Camp after five seasons in Baltimore……The Ravens will return to practice Friday, Harbaugh is scheduled to meet with the media following Friday’s practice

-G

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Top 10 Ralph Friedgen Era Victories

Posted on 29 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Yep…it’s another list. Hey, it’s the end of the year.

As Ralph Friedgen’s tenure as University of Maryland football coach comes to a close with this afternoon’s Military Bowl contest against East Carolina at RFK Stadium (Luke Jones hosts our “Turtle Power” live chat here at WNST.net at 2:30), I figured I’d look back on the era of “The Fridge” by remembering his best victories as Maryland football coach.

(Edit from GMC: It was brought to my attention at 9:55am that my friend Patrick Stevens of D1scourse.com posted a similar list at 9:43am. S.O.B. I encourage you to check his list out as well.)

Honorable Mention: Maryland 24, Purdue 7 (December 29, 2006 Champs Sports Bowl Florida Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL); Maryland 35, California 27 (September 13, 2008 Byrd Stadium College Park, MD); Maryland 23, Navy 20 (September 3, 2005 M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore, MD); Maryland 17, Navy 14 (September 6, 2010 M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore, MD); Maryland 26, Wake Forest 0 (October 18, 2008 Byrd Stadium College Park, MD); Maryland 20, Clemson 17 (September 27, 2008 Memorial Stadium Clemson, SC); Maryland 14, Miami 13 (November 11, 2006); Maryland 27, Florida State 24 (October 28, 2006 Byrd Stadium College Park, MD); Maryland 28, Virginia 26 (October 14, 2006 Scott Stadium Charlottesville, VA)

10. Maryland 38, NC State 31 (November 27, 2010 Byrd Stadium College Park, MD)

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The last regular season win of Friedgen’s career certainly stands out to some extent.

It looked (at the time) like this was the “statement” win the Terrapins needed with Danny O’Brien under center to prove they were headed in the direction of an ACC title.

They might still be, it just won’t be with Friedgen at the helm.

Wherever Torrey Smith ranks amongst the great players in Friedgen’s tenure, this was clearly his best game. He was absolutely DOMINANT against the Wolfpack…who I have a funny feeling will show up again on this list.

9. Maryland 37, Clemson 20 (November 10, 2001 Byrd Stadium College Park, MD)

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This game was already going to be meaningful, as it was the first time Byrd Stadium was sold out in the Friedgen era.

After North Carolina State beat Florida State earlier in the day, the game became very significant-as it put the Terps on the track towards the BCS.

The game itself wasn’t of the epic nature; but the Terps had lost eight straight to the Tigers before finally breaking through.

This was also the first “rush the field” moment in Friedgen’s ten seasons.

It wasn’t quite as big as the team’s next win, but we’ll get to that.

8. Maryland 26, NC State 24 (November 22, 2003 Carter-Finley Stadium Raleigh, NC)

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This game was significant for multiple reasons.

First, it finished off a perfect 4-0 record for Friedgen against NCSU while Phillip Rivers was quarterback.

Second, the game did have a bit of an epic nature after Nick Novak missed what would have been a game-tying extra point. Leroy Ambush forced a turnover, and Novak was able to get redemption by kicking the game-winning field goal.

And third, it kept Maryland on track for what would eventually be a Gator Bowl berth on New Year’s Day.

7. Maryland 20, Georgia Tech 17 OT (October 11, 2001 Bobby Dodd Stadium Atlanta, GA)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtcYJK21R0s[/youtube]

This might not be high enough on the list. Hell, I know it isn’t high enough on the list. But I already made the list. I’m not changing it now.

This was the very first significant win in the Friedgen era at Maryland, and it was absolutely miraculous.

Yellow Jackets RB Joe Burns inexplicably ran out of bounds late in regulation with his team ahead 17-14; setting up a career long 46 yard field goal by Novak (who had been AWFUL up to that point in his Maryland career) to send the game to overtime. In OT, another Burns fumble would seal the first win over a ranked team for Friedgen at his alma mater.

With the win, Friedgen’s Terps improved to 6-0; forcing fans throughout the Mid-Atlantic to take notice of what was happening in College Park.

6. Maryland 34, Rutgers 24 (September 29, 2007 Rutgers Stadium Piscataway, NJ)

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Of all of the wins on this list, this is certainly the most improbable.

When Jordan Steffy went down against the Scarlet Knights, a large number of Maryland fans had to think to themselves “who the hell is Chris Turner?”

They’d find out in a big way.

Perhaps the game was more significant because of the sheer number of then-current or former Garden State residents who went to the University of Maryland.

There were definitely a number of households torn up and down the I-95 corridor because of the matchup.

For Friedgen, it would be the first of two wins over Top 10 opponents that season.

5. Maryland 41, West Virginia 7 (January 1, 2004 Gator Bowl Alltel Stadium Jacksonville, FL)

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The ONLY thing about this game that gets it on the list was the fact that it was a New Year’s Day game played on NBC-making it arguably the highest profile win in the Friedgen era.

The game wasn’t exactly exciting, save for some impressive Scott McBrien to Steve Suter theatrics. The matchup was disappointing, as the Terps had already posted a blowout victory over WVU earlier in the year.

It was the third straight high-profile bowl game Maryland reached to start Friedgen’s career. Unfortunately, it was also the last.

It was also the last time Friedgen would collect a victory over the Mountaineers.

Had those last two statements been different, the Friedgen era might not be coming to a close in DC today.

4. Maryland 42, Boston College 35 (November 11, 2007 Byrd Stadium College Park, MD)

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When he’s 70 years old, Chris Turner will still be able to tell everyone he talks to that he once beat Matt Ryan.

Ryan entered the Saturday night national TV showdown (ABC) near the front of the Heisman Trophy race. He didn’t necessarily disappoint (421 yards passing and 3TD’s) in front of the College Park crowd, but he was outdone by a guy who was better known for looking like Napoleon Dynamite.

Turner threw for 337 yards and 3TD’s himself, while Lance Ball added 122 yards on the ground and a rushing TD. Maryland was ahead 42-21 in the second half before eventually holding off the Eagles late.

It was an impressive victory for a frustrating team. Friedgen’s Terps beat two Top 10 teams that season, but finished just 6-6 and lost to Oregon State in the Emerald Bowl.

3. Maryland 20, Florida State 17 (October 30, 2004 Byrd Stadium College Park, MD)

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Maryland was 0-14 all time against FSU until this game.

Friedgen was ofer in his first three contests against the Seminoles himself until this game.

History will forever note that Joel Statham was the first ever Maryland QB to beat Florida State.

Six years later, I still really can’t believe it happened.

2. Maryland 30, Tennessee 3 (December 31, 2002 Peach Bowl Georgia Dome Atlanta, GA)

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You can count Ralph Friedgen’s wins over SEC programs on one finger.

Not only was Maryland’s Peach Bowl romp over the Volunteers the first significantly high-profile (New Year’s Eve on ESPN) non-conference win under Friedgen, it was also the statement game for E.J. Henderson; who will probably go down as the best player of the Friedgen era.

It was the type of win that allowed Maryland fans to measure the progress the Terps had made through two seasons.

It was also the type of win that made fans think more postseason wins over SEC teams would be coming in the future.

Obviously they didn’t.

1. Maryland 23, NC State 19 (November 17, 2001 Carter-Finley Stadium Raleigh, NC)

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Shaun Hill and Guilian Gary will forever be remembered as the combination that sent Maryland to their first ACC Championship in 16 years and their first Orange Bowl berth since 1956.

The only unfortunate thing about #1 is that most coaches probably don’t want to be remembered as collecting their most significant victory in their first season.

Friedgen never returned to this moment, but it doesn’t take anything away from the victory itself.

It was an awesome moment in University of Maryland athletics history.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Five Ravens Named to AFC Pro Bowl Roster

Posted on 28 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Five Baltimore Ravens were amongst the players named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster Tuesday.

LB Ray Lewis (12th selection), S Ed Reed (7th), LB Terrell Suggs (4th), DT Haloti Ngata (2nd) and K Billy Cundiff (1st) were all selected to participate in the NFL’s annual All-Star Game. Lewis, Reed and Ngata were selected as starters.

“Wow, No. 12 feels like No. 1,” Lewis said via a team press release. “Every year is a different year, and you prepare each offseason for one year at a time. I tell my teammates that I am going to train to be a Pro Bowl player that season, and my focus paid off again this season. This never gets old. This is the greatest honor ever, because this is from the fans, the coaches and your peers. You can never take anything for granted, and I never take this for granted. I am blessed with great teammates, and I wouldn’t be here without them. I feel this is a team award.”

“This is awesome,” Suggs added in the same press release. “The only thing that would be better than this is a Super Bowl. It has been a long few years, and to come back and be recognized by your peers is amazing. This is something you can’t do by yourself; it takes a unit. I have to thank my teammates, especially the defense – and particularly Haloti [Ngata] – for pushing me to do the little extra things when I didn’t want to.”

Cundiff was selected to his first Pro Bowl barely more than a year removed from being unemployed.

“I am humbled, as this is such a great honor,” Cundiff said in the press release. “This is the result of having great teammates and coaches surrounding you. The rapport that (Punter) Sam [Koch] and (LS) Morgan [Cox] and I developed during training camp was invaluable this season. I worked my butt off to prove to our coaches that they made the right choice, and hopefully, this gives them a little gratification.”

“This is a testament to Billy’s hard work and determination,” Ravens assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg added in the press release. “Billy has shown incredible perseverance throughout his career, and he has always remained dedicated to becoming a great kicker in the NFL. I believe that the other players in this league not only respect what he has done, but also how he has done it.  He never lost faith in himself, and he continued to improve.  He is richly deserving of this honor, as is his wife, Nicole, who has been tremendously supportive.”

The 2011 Pro Bowl will be played January 30 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI. Should the Ravens make it to Super Bowl XLV (which is one week later in Arlington, TX), players would not participate in the Pro Bowl game.

A number of Ravens players were also selected as Pro Bowl alternates.

Koch, FB Le’Ron McClain and G Ben Grubbs were named 1st alternates. QB Joe Flacco and OT Michael Oher were named 3rd alternates. WR Anquan Boldin, RB Ray Rice and S Dawan Landry were named 4th alternates.

“I’m happy for those who made it,” Ravens executive vice president and general manager Ozzie Newsome said in the press release. “I’m also pleased for the alternates who get to know that players and coaches around the league think highly of them. Plus, it gives them something to shoot for.”

Only the Atlanta Falcons (7) and New England Patriots (6) had more players named to the Pro Bowl than the Ravens. The Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys also had five players named Pro Bowlers.

Former Ravens who were selected to the Pro Bowl included Falcons FB Ovie Mughelli (1st selection) and Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison (4th selection).

TEAM CHOOSING BETWEEN TWO LONG SNAPPERS: During his weekly radio show Tuesday night on WBAL, Head Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens were set to choose between two of the long snappers who tried out at the 1 Winning Drive facility in Owings Mills.

The Ravens selection will replace Cox, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL suffered in the team’s Week 16 win over the Cleveland Browns.

National Football Post reported late Tuesday the choice will be between former Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints LS Kevin Houser and former Houston Texans LS Bryan Pittman.

Former Washington Redskins LS Ethan Albright and former Patriots LS Jake Ingram were also amongst those who reportedly tried out.

NOTES
: Cox joined Drew Forrester Tuesday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, hear that chat now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……WR Donte’ Stallworth met with reporters Tuesday after being selected as the team’s Ed Block Courage Award recipient last week. “It [winning the award] means a lot, especially with this being my first year on the team, said Stallworth. “It lets me know that I have made some kind of impact on these guys in the locker room. I’ve always been a person of integrity and tried to always do the right things. It means that people see that that’s the kind of person that I am once they get to know me”……Former Ravens/current Redskins DT Ma’ake Kemoeatu and Former Maryland Terrapins/current Oakland Raiders LB Eric Barton were announced Tuesday as Ed Block Courage Award winners for their respective teams……The Ravens will return to practice Wednesday; Harbaugh, Lewis, Flacco and Rice are amongst the players expected to meet with the media

-G

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens

Posted on 28 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Here are our Top 7 Baltimore Ravens from their 20-10 win over Cleveland Browns Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Top 7…

7. Morgan Cox

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6. Joe Flacco

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26: Quarterback Joe Flacco  of the Baltimore Ravens throws to a receiver against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

5. TJ Houshmandzadeh

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26: Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh,  of the Baltimore Ravens catches a touchdown pass over defensive back Sheldon Brown,  of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

4. Ray Lewis

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26: Linebacker Ray Lewis  of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates as he leaves the field after their game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

3. Derrick Mason

Baltimore Ravens Derrick Mason leaves the huddle during the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Banks Stadium in Baltimore on December 19, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

2. Haloti Ngata

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Mark Sanchez  of the New York Jets gets sacked by Haloti Ngata  of the Baltimore Ravens during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

1. Ed Reed

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26: Safety Ed Reed  of the Baltimore Ravens returns an interception as he is chased by defenders Alex Mack  and Eric Steinbach  of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Drew Forrester’s Top 7…

7. Billy Cundiff

Baltimore Ravens' kicker Billy Cundiff celebrates with holder Sam Koch after kicking a 32-yard field goal to take the lead against the New Orleans Saints during the fourth quarter at M&T Banks Stadium in Baltimore on December 19, 2010. The  UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

6. Morgan Cox

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5. Ray Lewis

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 19: Ray Lewis  of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates the Ravens victory after the game against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Saints 30-24. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

4. Derrick Mason

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 16: Derrick Mason #85 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Ravens 20-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

3. Joe Flacco

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26: Quarterback Joe Flacco  of the Baltimore Ravens runs against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

2. Ray Rice

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26: Running back Ray Rice  of the Baltimore Ravens runs by linebacker Eric Barton  of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

1. Ed Reed

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 21: Teammates Ed Reed  and Ray Lewis  of the Baltimore Ravens celebrate after a defensive stop against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Glenn:
29. Morgan Cox (1 point)
29. Tavares Gooden (1 point)
26. David Reed (2 points)
26. Willis McGahee (2 points)
26. Le’Ron McClain (2 points)
22. Ed Dickson (3 points)
22. Marshal Yanda (3 points)
22. Kelly Gregg (3 points)
22. Chris Carr (3 points)
20. Terrence Cody (4 points)
20. Ben Grubbs (4 points)
18. Lardarius Webb (5 points)
18. Michael Oher (5 points)
16. TJ Houshmandzadeh (7 points)
16. Jarret Johnson (7 points)
15. Dawan Landry (9 points)
14. Josh Wilson (10 points)
10. Cory Redding (12 points)
10. Sam Koch (12 points)
10. Billy Cundiff (12 points)
10. Fabian Washington (12 points)
9. Todd Heap (15 points)

8. Ed Reed (18 points)
7. Terrell Suggs (28 points)
6. Derrick Mason (29 points)
5. Ray Lewis (30 points)
4. Haloti Ngata (38 points)
3. Ray Rice (44 points)
2. Anquan Boldin (46 points)
1. Joe Flacco (60 points)

Drew:
30. Ed Dickson (1 point)
30. Jason Phillips (1 point)
25. Morgan Cox (2 points)
25. TJ Houshmandzadeh (2 points)
25. Jameel McClain (2 points)
25. Brandon McKinney (2 points)
25. Dannell Ellerbe (2 points)

24. Cory Redding (3 points)
23. Marshal Yanda (4 points)

20. Willis McGahee (5 points)
20. Le’Ron McClain (5 points)
20. Michael Oher (5 points)
17. Lardarius Webb (6 points)
17. Terrence Cody (6 points)
17. Fabian Washington (6 points)
16. Dawan Landry (7 points)
12. Tavares Gooden (8 points)
12. Josh Wilson (8 points)
12. Jarret Johnson (8 points)
12. Todd Heap (8 points)
11. Chris Carr (9 points)
10. Sam Koch (11 points)
9. Ed Reed (14 points)
8. Billy Cundiff (17 points)
7. Derrick Mason (22 points)
6. Haloti Ngata (25 points)

4. Anquan Boldin (34 points)
4. Terrell Suggs (34 points)
3. Ray Lewis (35 points)
2. Ray Rice (46 points)
1. Joe Flacco (69 points)

-Morgan Cox photos courtesy of BaltimoreRavens.com

If you missed the explanation of why these players made the list on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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