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“Justin Tucker” — It’s OK, go ahead and name your next son “Justin Tucker”…it works

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“Justin Tucker” — It’s OK, go ahead and name your next son “Justin Tucker”…it works

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Drew Forrester

Heard over the years on WNST Radio –

Drew: “I’m telling you, if I ran a NFL franchise, the first thing I’d do is determine which kicker in the league was the best one and as soon as he was available, I’d double his salary to kick for me.”

Listeners:  ”This guy is nuts.”

Drew: “Other than the quarterback, there isn’t one other individual player who will directly impact winning and losing as much as your kicker.”

Listeners:  ”This guy is nuts.”

Drew:  ”Kickers absolutely belong in the NFL Hall of Fame.  The great ones have put their stamp on the game and then some…”

Listeners:  ”This guy is nuts.”

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Maybe I’m not so nuts after all, huh?

Remove for a second the two people on the Ravens’ 53-man roster — Justin Tucker and Sam Koch — and put the other 51 names in a hat.

Draw them out at random and hand them a football to throw.

Nearly every guy, even the Haloti Ngata types whose size would indicate they’d be better at eating the football than throwing it, can usually put the proper grip on the ball and throw it.

Lots of defensive backs in the NFL are ex-high school quarterbacks with limited size, hence their late-teens transfer to the defensive side of the ball.

Plenty of non-quarterbacks in the NFL could throw a perfect spiral if you gave them the ball and said, “Hit Pitta on a 15-yard out route here in the practice facility.”

If you put 25 balls in the “Jugs” machine and asked guys like Courtney Upshaw and Marshal Yanda to catch balls as they came sizzling out of that contraption, they could do it.

Now — line up those 51 players again and ask them to kick a 30-yard field goal.  Keep in mind you’re in the practice facility.  Just goofing around.  No pressure.  No rush.  Nothin’.  Just for fun.

They would all get a visit from our old friend – “The Cleat of Reality” – and a reminder of how special kickers are in the NFL.

They’re so special…no one else can do what they do.

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Justin Tucker rescued the Ravens on Monday night.

Again.

John Harbaugh’s team has now won straight times at the perfect moment to do so in the regular season.

And, in those four victories, the Baltimore offense has how many touchdowns?  Think.  Quickly.

Did you say, “Five!”?

If you did, you’re a winner.

One TD vs. the Jets in a 19-3 win.

One TD vs. the Steelers in a 22-20 win.

Three TDs vs. the Vikings in a 29-20 win.

Zero TDs vs. the Lions in an 18-15 win.

Five touchdowns in four wins.

How many field goals in those wins?

Glad you asked.

Fifteen field goals.

Oh, I probably should add.

That’s 15-for-15 in chances attempted/chances made.

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Justin Tucker is so good, the Orioles could sign him and I assume he’d be an upgrade over one of the no-names they’ve added in their not-so-Hot-Stove-month of activity.

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I’m done trying to figure out how the Ravens win games in the NFL with their almost laughably-inept offensive inabilities in the red zone.

It defies all logic.

Teams that drive up and down the field but can’t convert those efforts into touchdowns not only shouldn’t win, a football purist would contend they don’t DESERVE to win.

I’d say, “You’re right, sir!”

But, this Ravens team wins games in ways no other team in the league does.

That’s why they’re a championship organization.

As Malcom X once said:  ”By any means necessary.”

In 2013, “any means necessary” usually involves Justin Tucker doing things very few human beings on the planet could replicate.

Oh, and in the case of Monday’s win specifically, “by any means necessary” also included an assist from Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz, who probably needs a concussion test after Monday night’s debacle.

How else can you explain his clock management at the end of the game?

Had to be a concussion.

 

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Tucker, Ravens tear up book on how to win with wild night in Detroit

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Tucker, Ravens tear up book on how to win with wild night in Detroit

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Luke Jones

All the details seemed to be pointing to a valiant effort but a disappointing loss for the Ravens to the Detroit Lions on Monday night.

The offense was 0-for-3 inside the red zone in the first half and could only muster field goals in trying to go toe to toe with the league’s second-ranked offense, leaving the Ravens defense with little breathing room before it finally buckled and gave up a go-ahead fourth-quarter touchdown as it has on more than a few occasions this season.

A last-minute drive orchestrated by a gimpy Joe Flacco moved the Ravens to the Detroit 45 before they inexplicably handed the ball to Ray Rice for a 2-yard gain on third-and-10 and called timeout with 43 seconds remaining. Already 5-for-5 on field goals for the night, Justin Tucker trotted onto the field to attempt a 61-yarder to put the Ravens ahead 18-16.

Really? They couldn’t be serious, right?

John Harbaugh explained after the game that his second-year kicker had told him he would be successful kicking a field goal from that great distance before the Ravens called for the unorthodox run to Rice on third-and-10. The coach would have justifiably faced weeks — and likely an entire offseason — of criticism and second-guessing had Tucker not made the longest kick in franchise history to give the Ravens their fourth consecutive win to improve to 8-6 and retake their current spot as the No. 6 seed in the AFC.

Having faith in your players is one thing, but to willingly attempt the third-longest field goal to win a game in NFL history — and to have made up your mind to do it a play earlier — bordered on lunacy.

Yet it worked.

Of course, much has failed to make sense for these Ravens over the last calendar year except the all-too-familiar outcome of winning when it matters most.

They can thank their 24-year-old kicker who is already entering the previously-unspoken territory of comparisons to Matt Stover, a Ring of Honor member and one of the most beloved players in franchise history. Even the great Stover never had a night like Tucker had Monday in booting a franchise-record six field goals — three from 49 yards or longer — and providing one of the wildest finishes in franchise history.

Tucker has now made 33 straight field goal tries — three shy of Stover’s team record — and his 61-yard field goal to win the game was the longest ever made in a dome and only the 14th of 60 or more yards in NFL history.

The discussion centered around a kicker being a team’s most valuable player is typically absurd when acknowledging how few plays in which he’s actually involved over the course of a game, but it’s impossible to overlook how important Tucker has been for the Ravens as they’ve battled offensive inconsistency all year. Teams never want to settle for field goals in lieu of touchdowns, but a guaranteed three points is wholly valuable with an above-average defense that put forth an exceptional effort against All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson and the high-octane Detroit offense on Monday.

Yes, the Ravens collected another win that could only leave you scratching your head and asking how they did it at the end of the night, but that’s nothing new with Harbaugh’s team.

There is still plenty of work remaining as the Ravens return home to face Tom Brady and New England on Sunday before a potential Week 17 trip to Cincinnati for the AFC North title if they can win their fifth straight in Week 16 against the Patriots.

Baltimore is healthy and appearing poised to make a run once again if they can complete the difficult task of overcoming a 4-6 start to make the postseason for the sixth consecutive year.

But perhaps the best quality the Ravens have is their faith in one another as Harbaugh inexplicably showed in his young kicker to make one of the longest kicks in league history to win a game they desperately needed. It didn’t make sense in the seconds leading up to the try and left you still shaking your head after the ball sailed between the uprights at Ford Field.

The Ravens failed to score a touchdown against the Lions and have gone 4-for-14 inside the red zone over their last four games. The defense once again played well before surrendering a late-game touchdown that threatened to doom them for the third straight week.

And, still, Baltimore has won in each of the last four weeks despite their imperfections and shortcomings.

The Ravens certainly went against the book on how to beat a quality team on the road Monday night as Tucker did his best to earn a key to the city. Even so, the Ravens won’t and shouldn’t apologize for the win, either.

They’ve shown time after time that the unconventional works perfectly for them.

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Our Ravens/Lions “Pats on the Ass”

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Our Ravens/Lions “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Creative Deck Designs Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches each.

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 18-16 victory over the Detroit Lions Monday night at Ford Field…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Dean Pees

4. Daryl Smith

3. Jacoby Jones

2. Joe Flacco

1. Jimmy Smith (Pat on Both Cheeks)

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Our Ravens/Steelers “Pats on the Ass”

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Our Ravens/Steelers “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 29 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Creative Deck Designs Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches each.

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 22-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Thanksgiving night at M&T Bank Stadium…

Glenn’s Pats…

5. Bernard Pierce

 

4. James Ihedigbo

 

3. Lardarius Webb

 

2. Torrey Smith

1. Justin Tucker (Pat on Both Cheeks)

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Tucker named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month

Posted on 27 November 2013 by WNST Staff

STEELERS QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER, PATRIOTS DE CHANDLER JONES & RAVENS K JUSTIN TUCKER NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF MONTH FOR NOVEMBER

Quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER of the Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive end CHANDLER JONES of the New
England Patriots and kicker JUSTIN TUCKER of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special
Teams Players of the Month for November (October 31-November 25), the NFL announced today.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JUSTIN TUCKER, BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Tucker made all nine field goals he attempted to help the Ravens to a 2-2 record in November
  • Tucker tied for first in the NFL with nine field goals in November.
  • His three field goals of 50+ yards are the most in the AFC and tied for an NFL-best in November.
  • He totaled 33 of the Ravens’ 77 points for the month.
  • In Week 12, Tucker earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors, converting all four field-goal attempts in the Ravens’ 19-3 win over the New York Jets.
  • Through Week 12, Tucker is tied for second in the AFC with 24 field goals.
  • In his second season from Texas, this is Tucker’s first career Player of the Month Award. He is the first Raven to win Special Teams Player of the Month since JACOBY JONES in 2012 (November).

 

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Tucker named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted on 27 November 2013 by WNST Staff

PATRIOTS QB TOM BRADY, STEELERS S TROY POLAMALU & RAVENS K  JUSTIN TUCKER NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 12

Quarterback TOM BRADY of the New England Patriots, safety TROY POLAMALU of the Pittsburgh Steelers and kicker JUSTIN TUCKER of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 12th week of the 2013 season (November 21, 24-25), the NFL announced today.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JUSTIN TUCKER, BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Tucker converted all four field-goal attempts in the Ravens’ 19-3 win over the New York Jets.
  • His four field goals of 30, 26, 33 and 53 yards, tied for the most in the NFL in Week 12.
  • He scored 13 of the Ravens’ 19 points in the game.
  • His four field goals of 50+ yards are tied for the second-most in the NFL this season.
  • His 24 field goals this season are tied for the third-most in the NFL.
  • In his second season from Texas, this is Tucker’s second career Special Teams Player of the Week Award. He previously won the award in Week 10.

 

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Jets

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Jets

Posted on 26 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 19-3 win over the New York Jets Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Geno Smith pass intended for Bilal Powell incomplete on 3rd and goal (1st quarter)

The Jets’ only real TD chance on the day but could have set things up to go the wrong way.  

4. Torrey Smith 60 yard catch from Joe Flacco (2nd quarter)

A “statement” play on a drive that only finished with a field goal…but didn’t need more. 

3. Justin Tucker 53 yard field goal GOOD (3rd quarter)

If he misses this, the Jets are in great shape in a close game. 

2. Corey Graham intercepts Geno Smith pass intended for David Nelson (3rd quarter)

The above GIF is of his second pick, his first set up the play that is Number 1.

1. Jacoby Jones 66 yard TD catch from Joe Flacco (3rd quarter)

The Jets would have never come back anyway, but this was certainly the “ender”.

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Our Ravens/Jets “Pats on the Ass”

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Our Ravens/Jets “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 24 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Creative Deck Designs Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches each.

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 19-3 win over the New York Jets Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium…

Glenn’s Pats…

5. Chris Canty

4. Corey Graham

3. Daryl Smith

2. Joe Flacco

1. Jacoby Jones (Pat on Both Cheeks)

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Tucker named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BRONCOS WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS, JAGUARS LB PAUL POSLUSZNY & RAVENS K JUSTIN TUCKER NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 10

Wide receiver DEMARYIUS THOMAS of the Denver Broncos, linebacker PAUL POSLUSZNY of the Jacksonville Jaguars and kicker JUSTIN TUCKER of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 10th week of the 2013 season (November 7, 10-11), the NFL announced today.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JUSTIN TUCKER, BALTIMORE RAVENS
 Tucker converted both field-goal attempts (36, 46) in the Ravens’ 20-17 overtime win over Cincinnati.
 With 5:27 remaining in overtime, Tucker connected on a game-winning 46-yard field goal to lift the Ravens over
the Bengals.
 Recorded his fifth game-winning field goal since entering the NFL in 2012.
 Registered eight of the Ravens’ 20 points for the game.
 Helped the Ravens improve to 18-6 (.750) in November under head coach JOHN HARBAUGH.
 In his second season from Texas, this is Tucker’s first career Special Teams Player of the Week Award. He is the
first Raven to win Player of the Week honors this season.
 He is the first Baltimore kicker to win Special Teams Player of the Week since MATT STOVER in 2007 (Week 6).

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Bengals

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Bengals

Posted on 12 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 20-17 (OT) win over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Justin Tucker 46 yard field goal good (Overtime)

4. James Ihedigbo 37 yard return of Andy Dalton interception intended for Tyler Eifert, Mohamed Sanu called for 11 yard personal foul (2nd quarter)

3. Reggie Nelson draws 48 yard pass interference on Joe Flacco pass intended for Jacoby Jones (1st down)

2. Terrell Suggs and Corey Graham tackle Andy Dalton for no gain on 4th & 1 (1st down)

1. Giovani Bernard -11 yard catch from Andy Dalton on 4th down, tackled by Corey Graham (Overtime)



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