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Ravens Offseason Already Rocky With Reed’s Future in Air

Posted on 17 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Indianapolis, IN The Baltimore Ravens will begin their offseason Sunday following a dreadful 20-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Saturday night at LucasOil Stadium in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.

While the offseason will be filled with question marks due to a season that started with Super Bowl aspirations and ended with 8 losses, the Ravens certainly had to be hoping that they would have some time to re-focus before facing some major decisions.

Unfortunately, a surprising level of honesty from a potential Hall of Fame player has started the offseason with a rocket pace.

Meeting with media members following the Ravens’ loss, Ed Reed was asked if he thought about his own future in the NFL. He said he had, then opened up about the issues that have plagued him during this most recent years of his career.

“It kinda hit me on the sidelines. It hit me now, because I don’t know how much I’m gonna be able to have going forward. It’s gonna be a long offseason. It hurts just thinking about it.”

Ed continued to open up about the decision. When asked if he was leaning one way or another, he said it was “fifty-fifty”, adding “I’ve got great doctors that I deal with. We’ll see how they re-evaluate things, we’ll see how it goes in the next couple days.”

Ed was next asked if his decision was going to be based solely on his well documented physical problems (including chronic neck/shoulder issues, combined with a serious groin problem he has been battling this season), and he started laughing.

“No. At the end of the day, it’s my decision to play with injuries going forward in my career. I take good advice from my doctors. It’s been great up to this point, I wanted to battle through this year-even with all of the injuries I had last year and the injuries I had this year. It was no excuses coming into this season about injuries. That’s why I was never frustrated when I hurt my groin, because you know injuries come-especially at this point in my career.”

He added “you lose like this, it’s hard to lay it down. But at the end of the day, you’ve got to think about family. I’ve got a family now.

Coming into this season, and as the season continued to play out, it was well documented that Ed Reed was likely going to have his career cut short due to his nagging injuries. In conversations with Drew Forrester during “The Comcast Morning Show” and on all of my appearances on AM1570 WNST I have often commented that there was a real likelihood that Ed Reed’s career might be coming to a close much sooner than any of us wanted to admit. In fact, we have openly speculated about whether or not this might be Ed’s final season with the Ravens on more than one occasion.

But never before had we heard Ed talk about the possibility of retirement himself.

It is easy to say that Ed Reed is no longer playing at the level he played dating back to 2004-when he won his only NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. Clearly Ed’s injuries have hurt him, but it was more apparent this season that Ed’s decisions to try to make plays defensively had caused holes in the Ravens defense on a number of important plays. Ed’s ability to tackle has been hurt by his physical limits, and his desire to lateral the football has cost this team in big situations.

However, Ed Reed is still a game-changing type of football player. Even in the Ravens’ season ending loss, he was able to get his hands on the ball twice, even if neither play resulted in the Ravens getting possession of the ball (Pierre Garcon forced a fumble on one, a Corey Ivy pass interference negated the other). A current NFL assistant coach once told me that Ed was a player that forced offenses to totally alter how they played the game. That’s much more rare than you realize, as NFL teams tend to gameplan around their own players-not opposing players.

A Ravens defense without Ed Reed might still be a very good defense. They’ll bring back the always solid Ray Lewis, Domonique Foxworth is relatively young and improved as the season continued, Haloti Ngata has become a stallwart on the defensive line, and even Lardarius Webb appeared to have solidified himself as a legitimate NFL cornerback.

But a Ravens defense without Ed Reed would not be as imposing to opposing quarterbacks and offensive coordinators. A Ravens defense without Ed Reed would not allow other players the opportunity to make plays due to the space Ed Reed was capable of closing on.

A Ravens defense without Ed Reed would just not be as good.

Ed Reed isn’t the only issue the Ravens face going into the offseason. Their entire crop of wide receivers will see their contracts expire, and there are questions as to whether or not any of them will be back or even SHOULD be back. Mark Clayton told me after the game he isn’t “worried” about whether or not he will return, but he probably should be. Derrick Mason, Kelley Washington and Demetrius Williams have similar uncertainty in their future.

Willis McGahee is a player with a large price tag whose role was diminished during the season. Jared Gaither and Jarret Johnson are each approaching big contracts, and Ozzie Newsome will be forced to decide whether or not the Ravens can or should be the team to give them those deals. Haloti Ngata is approaching an even bigger contract than that.

It’s going to be a long offseason-and a turbulent one given the likelihood of an uncapped year in the NFL, and rules that would prohibit the Ravens from signing a free agent unless one of their own signed elsewhere.

But before they can even get to those things, they’ll be awaiting word from their Pro Bowl safety.

Ed said the “emotions” of Saturday night’s loss made him want to take some time before making a decision, but wrapped up his conversation by stating “you’ll know soon.”

No one wants to know sooner than Ozzie Newsome, as this will be the first in a series of events that will shape the future of this team.

-G

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-Hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Jarret Johnson, Ray Rice, Mark Clayton, Ed Reed and Jared Gaither following the loss to the Colts NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. Derrick Mason, Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs were unavailable for comment.

-Matt Stover made an appearance as players were leaving the locker room, he wished to offer good thoughts to his former teammates. Due to his sensitivity about his departure from Baltimore, he declined to talk to reporters.

-The Ravens reported no players were forced to leave the game due to injury.

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 13 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

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

Glenn’s List

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

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

Glenn:

30t-Antwan Barnes (1 point)

30t-Oniel Cousins (1 point)

30t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

30t-Frank Walker (1 point)

30t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

30t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

27t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

27t-Matt Birk (2 points)

27t-Demetrius Williams (2 points)

26-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

23t-Jalen Parmele (4 points)

23t-Tom Zbikowski (4 points)

23t-Chris Chester (4 points)

21t-Kelley Washington (5 points)

21t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

20-Dannell Ellerbe (6 points)

18t-Dwan Edwards (7 points)

18t-Chris Carr (7 points)

16t-Haloti Ngata (7 points)

16t-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

15-Sam Koch (8 point)

14-Mark Clayton (12 points)

13-Dawan Landry (13 points)

11t-Ed Reed (17 points)

11t-Jared Gaither (17 points)

9t-Willis McGahee (19 points)

9t-Lardarius Webb (19 points)

8-Domonique Foxworth (20 points)

7-Michael Oher (20 points)

6-Todd Heap (22 points)

5-Jarret Johnson (31 points)

4-Ray Lewis (36 points)

3-Derrick Mason (37 points)

2-Joe Flacco (44 points)

1-Ray Rice (86 points)

Drew:

31t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

31t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

31t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

29t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

29t-Kelly Gregg (2 points)

24t-Jalen Parmele (4 points)

24t-Antwan Barnes (4 point)

24t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

24t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

24t-Chris Chester (4 points)

23-Matt Birk (5 points)

19t-Frank Walker (6 points)

19t-Dannell Ellerbe (6 points)

19t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

19t-Terrell Suggs (8 points)

16t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

16t-Ben Grubbs (7 points)

16t-Sam Koch (7 point)

15-Lardarius Webb (9 points)

14-Mark Clayton (11 points)

13-Kelley Washington (14 points)

12-Michael Oher (15 points)

11-Jared Gaither (16 points)

9t-Todd Heap (17 points)

9t-Ed Reed (17 points)

8-Dawan Landry (19 points)

7-Willis McGahee (22 points)

4t-Domonique Foxworth (28 points)

4t-Derrick Mason (28 points)

4t-Jarret Johnson (28 points)

3-Ray Lewis (46 points)

2-Joe Flacco (55 points)

1-Ray Rice (75 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday! I think I’ve gone through the entire range of emotions in the time since the announcement was made yesterday that Roberto Alomar didn’t make the Hall of Fame. I’ve tried to handle it as well as I possibly could, but I stand by my previous decision. I’m done with baseball until Alomar gets in. But we’ll get back to that. In the meantime, I’m stuck hanging out with Drew Forrester and his TERRIBLE pants. He wore them to a Ravens game a couple weeks back….

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I have to work with that in the morning. Ugh.

Let’s see what everyone is saying…..

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says no Ravens missed practice Wednesday

Which is the best news of all. They’re not technically “healthy”, because a healthy team would have Fabian Washington, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Lardarius Webb, etc. available to them. But at least they’re not down Jared Gaither, Kelley Washington, etc. on top of the guys they’re missing. All of that being said, I get the feeling Dannell Ellerbe will start Sunday no matter how “healthy” Tavares Gooden is.

2. Ravens Official Site says John Harbaugh not offended by being referred to as “Jim Harbaugh” on Patriots press release

And why not? Jim Harbaugh has been on the sidelines at Ravens games nearly as much as John Harbaugh has.

I’m kidding…..mostly.

As a few of us hanging out around 1 Winning Drive yesterday mentioned that NONE of us knew who John Harbaugh was before he interviewed in January 2008, so it isn’t particularly surprising that the Pats would make this mistake. BUT-it could be motivation for a player if it was used the right way.

3. The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mark Clayton not ‘dwelling’ on crucial drop in last visit to Foxborough

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And he shouldn’t be.

Look, Mark Clayton has to live with the fact that the ONE thing fans remember him doing this season was that drop in Foxborough. There is no doubt that the drop probably played some sort of role in how much trust Joe Flacco had in him moving forward this season.

But there’s no reason to dwell. If he makes a big catch in a Ravens win Sunday, it will be as if the original drop never happened.

4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens understand they must hit Tom Brady in ‘strike zone’

I’ll make this prediction now. There WILL be a roughing the passer call made on a Ravens player in Sunday’s game-and it might very well on a play where Tom Brady ASKS for the roughing the passer call. Brace yourself for it.

If it’s one-it’s not a problem. If it’s three-the Ravens lose. (If the one comes at the wrong time, it WILL be a problem…so I guess I strike my previous comment.)

5. Boston Globe’s Michael Vega says Flacco looking to take ‘next step’ against Patriots

Would ANYONE be surprised if the Ravens are trailing 24-20 with 1:28 left and 1 timeout when the Ravens get the ball at the New England 18? He has to take the next step SOMETIME, this would be a pretty good time to do it.

6. Yahoo! Sports’ Tom Worgo says Ravens’ ‘emergence sparked’ by Ray Rice

Which means that Tom Wongo has watched the Ravens this season.

(Editor’s note: That’s not meant as a slap at Tom Wongo-he wrote about the biggest storyline of the Ravens season, it’s just that all of us locally have been very aware of just why Ray Rice was Team MVP this season. Sometimes I’m just including national stories so fans can see there isn’t a bias.)

7. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says former Orioles 2B Roberto Alomar falls 8 votes short of election to Hall of Fame

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I don’t have much venom left on this. I think Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com (who lives in Baltimore) sums it up the best when quoted in Connolly’s story:

“I was stunned. I expected he would go in, and he should have gone in,” said Ken Rosenthal, senior baseball writer for Foxsports.com and a voting member of the BBWAA. “This is not simply a Hall of Famer. This is one of the greatest second basemen of all time. … For him not to go in on the first ballot, frankly, reflects poorly on us as an organization.”

Correct.

8. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester admits to trying to lose while GM of Baltimore Spirit

Great story, great read. Really interesting considering what happened with the Colts and Bengals in the last 2 weeks of the season to help the Jets secure an AFC Wild Card berth. Worth the read.

9. Towson Official Site says Tigers fell to 0-4 in CAA with loss at Hofstra

Not surprising at all. Hofstra is a VERY tough team at home. It’s tough to say this about an early season road game, but Pat Kennedy’s bunch really needs this game Saturday at James Madison to avoid falling to 0-5 in conference play.

10. UMBC Official Site says Retrievers fall to 1-13 with home loss to Penn

This is a bad loss. The Ivy League may be a higher-rated conference RPI-wise, but losing a home game to a winless Quakers team is just brutal for Randy Monroe’s bunch. They have the weekend off before visiting Boston University in America East action Tuesday night.

11. The AP says Reggie Holmes’ 23 points weren’t enough as Morgan State fell at Baylor

We all saw this coming. The Bears now head into MEAC play (starting with a trip to Howard Saturday) with an 8-7 record, but their real season begins now.

12. The Sun says Missouri apologized to Navy for band mishap at Texas Bowl

I hadn’t even heard this story before yesterday. What a bizarre incident. The Midshipmen have a proud post-game tradition, and clearly there was just a miscommunication. Very unfortunate.

And I leave you with this.

Deadspin reports that former Ravens FB Ovie Mughelli was “outed” by a former gay lover on a website called “Miss Jia.”

(Editor’s note: After speaking with representatives for Ovie Mughelli, I have agreed to take down the previously posted picture and all other information regarding the content. I have been informed that Mughelli’s attorneys are handling the situation.)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7 and End of Season Awards

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7 and End of Season Awards

Posted on 06 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

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

First, Glenn’s List

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

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

Glenn:

30t-Antwan Barnes (1 point)

30t-Oniel Cousins (1 point)

30t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

30t-Frank Walker (1 point)

30t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

30t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

27t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

27t-Matt Birk (2 points)

27t-Demetrius Williams (2 points)

25t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

25t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

22t-Jalen Parmele (4 points)

22t-Tom Zbikowski (4 points)

22t-Chris Chester (4 points)

20t-Kelley Washington (5 points)

20t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

18t-Chris Carr (6 points)

18t-Dannell Ellerbe (6 points)

16t-Haloti Ngata (7 points)

16t-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

15-Sam Koch (8 point)

14-Dawan Landry (10 points)

13-Mark Clayton (12 points)

11t-Domonique Foxworth (15 points)

11t-Ed Reed (15 points)

10-Jared Gaither (17 points)

8t-Willis McGahee (19 points)

8t-Lardarius Webb (19 points)

7-Michael Oher (20 points)

6-Todd Heap (22 points)

5-Ray Lewis (30 points)

4-Jarret Johnson (31 points)

3-Derrick Mason (37 points)

2-Joe Flacco (44 points)

1-Ray Rice (79 points)

Drew:

31t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

31t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

31t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

27t-Frank Walker (2 points)

27t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

27t-Kelly Gregg (2 points)

27t-Matt Birk (2 points)

22t-Jalen Parmele (4 points)

22t-Antwan Barnes (4 point)

22t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

22t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

22t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Dannell Ellerbe (6 points)

19t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

19t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

16t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

16t-Ben Grubbs (7 points)

16t-Sam Koch (7 point)

15-Lardarius Webb (9 points)

14-Mark Clayton (11 points)

13-Kelley Washington (14 points)

12-Michael Oher (15 points)

11-Jared Gaither (16 points)

9t-Todd Heap (17 points)

9t-Ed Reed (17 points)

8-Dawan Landry (18 points)

6-Domonique Foxworth (21 points)

6-Willis McGahee (22 points)

4t-Derrick Mason (28 points)

4t-Jarret Johnson (28 points)

3-Ray Lewis (41 points)

2-Joe Flacco (55 points)

1-Ray Rice (69 points)

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

Team MVP

Glenn-

Ray Rice
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Drew-

Ray Rice
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Unsung Hero

Glenn-

Michael Oher
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Drew-

Dwan Edwards
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Most Disappointing

Glenn-

Matt Katula
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Drew-

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

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 29 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Starting with my list…

7. Derrick Mason

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6. Jalen Parmele

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5. Haloti Ngata

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4. Joe Flacco

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3. Domonique Foxworth

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2. Todd Heap

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1. Ray Rice

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And Drew’s list…..

7. Frank Walker

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6. Joe Flacco

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5. Todd Heap

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4. Haloti Ngata

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3. Ray Lewis

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2. Domonique Foxworth

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1. Ray Rice

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Season totals-

Glenn:

29t-Oniel Cousins (1 point)

29t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

29t-Frank Walker (1 point)

29t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

29t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

25t-Jalen Parmele (2 points)

25t-Chris Carr (2 points)

25t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

25t-Matt Birk (2 points)

22t-Demetrius Williams (2 points)

22t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

22t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

20t-Tom Zbikowski (4 points)

20t-Chris Chester (4 points)

18t-Kelley Washington (5 points)

18t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

16t-Haloti Ngata (7 points)

16t-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

15-Sam Koch (8 point)

12t-Dawan Landry (10 points)

12t-Willis McGahee (12 points)

12t-Mark Clayton (12 points)

10t-Domonique Foxworth (15 points)

10t-Ed Reed (15 points)

9-Jared Gaither (17 points)

8-Lardarius Webb (19 points)

7-Michael Oher (20 points)

6-Todd Heap (22 points)

5-Ray Lewis (27 points)

4-Jarret Johnson (31 points)

3-Derrick Mason (37 points)

2-Joe Flacco (44 points)

1-Ray Rice (76 points)

Drew:

29t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

29t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

29t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

24t-Frank Walker (2 points)

24t-Antwan Barnes (2 point)

24t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

24t-Kelly Gregg (2 points)

24t-Matt Birk (2 points)

21t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

21t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

21t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

19t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

16t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

16t-Ben Grubbs (7 points)

16t-Sam Koch (7 point)

15-Lardarius Webb (9 points)

14-Mark Clayton (11 points)

13-Kelley Washington (14 points)

11t-Michael Oher (15 points)

11t-Willis McGahee (15 points)

10-Jared Gaither (16 points)

7t-Todd Heap (17 points)

7t-Ed Reed (17 points)

7t-Dawan Landry (17 points)

6-Domonique Foxworth (21 points)

4t-Derrick Mason (28 points)

4t-Jarret Johnson (28 points)

3-Ray Lewis (41 points)

2-Joe Flacco (52 points)

1-Ray Rice (64 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983……

-G

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Ravens (8-6) @ Steelers (7-7)

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Ravens (8-6) @ Steelers (7-7)

Posted on 26 December 2009 by Derek Arnold

Ravens vs. Jerks

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The Ravens once again clash heads with the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. For the fifth consecutive meeting between these two teams, 1 game or less separates them in the standings. Fortunately, though, the Ravens have a slightly higher margin for error right now than Pittsburgh does. A Ravens loss would not preclude them from backing into the playoffs with a win in Oakland next week, though they would likely need at least some help. A Steeler loss, and the “Stairway to Seven” BS stops until 2010.

Realistically, the Steelers are living on borrowed time as it is. Any hopes they had for the postseason SHOULD have ended last week at the hands of the Green Bay Packers. Of course, some boneheaded “prevent” defense from Green Bay in the final minute, along with a ridiculous illegal contact flag that negated what should have been a game ending interception, sprinkled in with some patented Pittsburgh dumb luck all made for a last-second win for Baby Ben and his minions of infighting teammates.

If the Ravens can manage a season sweep, they can be the ones to deal the knock-out punch to the Steelers’ season. Like most Ravens fans though, I hardly get the “warm and fuzzies” any time the Ravens play in the Steel City, even in a season where the enemy has lost to such powerhouses as Oakland, Kansas City, and Cleveland. They’re still a respectable 5-2 at ketchup-mush field, and the Ravens have only won there once this decade (a glorious 34-7 shellacking in 2006).

The Ravens have had two weeks to basically warm-up for this game, with Detroit and Chicago putting up very little resistance. On the bright side, the offense appears to be firing on all cylinders, and the defense forcing turnovers like it was 2008 all over again. However, let’s hope they haven’t forgotten that not all teams are so eager to roll over and die, and that they aren’t shocked and confused when the guys that can only afford logos for one side of their helmets hit back a little bit.

Joe Flacco has followed up the worst game of his career, the Monday Nighter at Lambeau, with two of his best. Since throwing 3 interceptions that night, he has 5 touchdowns and no picks in his last 55 attempts. The Pittsburgh secondary is playing their worst football in years, and will again be without Troy Polamalu to make everything better. The way to attack them is to spread them out, but with the Ravens a bit nicked up at WR, that may be a tenuous prospect. Mark Clayton and Kelley Washington are both expected to play, but it remains to be seen how effective they will be after missing some time. The emergence of Demetrius Williams lately has Ravens fans cautiously optimistic – if “Completrius” can show some consistency by having a big game in the land of 1000 bridges, it will go a long way towards a Ravens victory.

Also promising was Todd Heap reappearing in the offense to score twice against the Bears. Joe Cool will need as many weapons as possible running wild in the Pittsburgh defensive backfield Sunday, as that is where the Steelers are most vulnerable. Up front, the line will have to play like they did in the first half of the first Pittsburgh game, and give those guys time to find the holes. If Lamarr Woodley and James Harrison can get cranked up like they were able to in the 2nd half in B’More, it could be a long day for Joe and Ravens fans alike.

Defensively, the Ravens could be in more than a little trouble. The loss of Lardarius Webb has the potential to be HUGE, not just this week, but for the Ravens’ season in general. Dominique Foxworth may have been the AFC Defensive Player of the Week last week, but now he goes up against Baby Ben, who was his counterpart on the Offensive side of the ball in Week 15. Ben threw for over 500 yards against Green Bay, and he is no doubt salivating at the idea of seeing Foxworth, Chris Carr, and Frank Walker out there chasing his guys around. If there is one glimmer of hope, it is that Ed Reed practiced on Friday, and could finally get back into a game this week. Keep your fingers crossed.

The loss of Webb hurts doubly, as the Ravens are now less equipped to take advantage of Pittsburgh’s other glaring weakness, their return coverage. The Ravens have yet to announce who will handle kickoffs, but rest assured, whoever it is, does not worry the Steelers like Webb would have.

The offenses look poised to dominate a Pittsburgh-Baltimore matchup – what kind of crazy, backwards world is this that we are living in?

Just keep reminding yourselves, Ravens fans, a loss does NOT doom the Ravens this week.

We may have to make it our mantra.

Steelers 31 Ravens 24

(sprinkles some of Santa’s magic dust on the score prediction)

Ravens 27 Steelers 26

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Ravens/Steelers Thursday Injury Report

Posted on 24 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens-

DID NOT PARTICIPATE:

OT Jared Gaither (foot)
LB Tavaras Gooden (groin)
LB Jarret Johnson (knee)
LS Matt Katula (forearm)
S Ed Reed (groin)

LIMITED:

WR Mark Clayton (knee)
S KJ Gerard (thigh)
DT Kelly Talavou (knee)

FULL:

C Matt Birk (neck)
WR Justin Harper (foot)
TE Todd Heap (chest)
DT Haloti Ngata (ankle)
TE LJ Smith (ankle)
WR Kelley Washington (ankle)

Steelers-

DID NOT PARTICIPATE:

G Chris Kemoeatu (wrist)
CB Keenan Lewis (back)
S Troy Polamalu (knee)

FULL:

DE Brett Keisel (neck)
CB Anthony Madison (illness)
RB Rashard Mendenhall (hip)
RB Willie Parker (knee)
WR Mike Wallace (knee)
WR Hines Ward (hamsting)

-G

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Live from Owings Mills: Ravens Eyeing Major Showdown with “Arch Rivals”

Posted on 23 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

5:51- INJURY REPORT – Ravens:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
OT Jared Gaither (foot)
LB Tavares Gooden (groin)
LS Matt Katula (forearm)
S Ed Reed (groin)

LIMITED:
C Matt Birk (neck)
WR Mark Clayton (knee)
S KJ Gerard (thigh)
TE Todd Heap (chest)
LB Jarret Johnson (knee)
DT Haloti Ngata (ankle)
DT Kelly Talavou (knee)
WR Kelley Washington (ankle)

FULL:
TE LJ Smith (ankle)

Steelers:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
DE Brett Keisel (neck)
CB Anthony Madison (illness)
RB Willie Parker (knee)
S Troy Polamalu (knee)
WR Hines Ward (hamstring)

LIMITED:
CB Keenan Lewis (back)
RB Rashard Mendenhall (hip)
WR Mike Wallace (knee)

Troy Polamalu reportedly told the media in Pittsburgh that he did not expect to play Sunday.

1:59-The one major thing I took away from media availability today was the way the players downplayed the significance of the fact that the Ravens were playing their biggest rivals-instead pointing out the significance of the game alone.

Ray Lewis even described the Steelers as the “next team on the schedule.”

Clearly the players were very willing to discuss their AFC North rivals at length, and didn’t hide from how well they knew each other-but they appeared to be much more focused on the fact that they feel like they need to win out to have a chance to make the playoffs.

1:35-The Ravens have confirmed that LS Nick Sundberg was signed to their practice squad. Clearly this is an insurance policy for a struggling Matt Katula.

Mark Clayton (hamstring/knee), Kelley Washington (ankle) and KJ Gerard (thigh) were all practicing today. Jared Gaither (foot) and Ed Reed (foot/groin/hip/etc.) were NOT-Harbs confirmed earlier today the story that Reed had gone back to Florida for further evaluation. I did not notice Tavares Gooden (groin) at practice either.

For the quickest updates, remember to follow us on Twitter (@WNST). I have quotes from Harbaugh, etc. coming up-and already posted quotes from Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin; who held conference calls with the local media.

1:13-Some quick stuff, as practice is coming up:

Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:
Coach John Harbaugh
QB Joe Flacco
RB Ray Rice
WR Derrick Mason
OT Michael Oher
LB Ray Lewis
LB Terrell Suggs
CB Corey Ivy
CB Chris Carr

Also, John Harbaugh announced Domonique Foxworth was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

There is a Long Snapper in the locker room by the name of Nick Sundberg. He’s a rookie out of Cal who was with the Carolina Panthers earlier in the season. No word on whether he’s been signed to the practice squad or is just a tryout guy. As soon as I get an update, I will let you know. Matt Katula had another tough week against the Bears Sunday, but John Harbaugh defended him; and said he doesn’t believe his elbow is still hurt.

11:14-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Baltimore Ravens are back at work today in preparation for Sunday’s showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. We all know about the AFC Wild Card implications of the game, as the Ravens will actually have the chance to clinch a playoff spot Sunday should other games around the AFC go their way.

We are scheduled to hear from John Harbaugh, Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Derrick Mason and more today. The Ravens made two roster moves yesterday-signing CB Corey Ivy to replace Lardarius Webb (IR-ACL injury), and signing S Kevin Fitzhugh off the New York Jets’ practice squad to replace release CB Marcus Paschal.

Be back shortly.

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 22 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

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

Glenn’s List:

7-Demetrius Williams

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6-Jarret Johnson

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5-Ray Rice

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4-Derrick Mason

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3-Domonique Foxworth

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2-Todd Heap

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1-Joe Flacco

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Drew’s List:

7-Ray Lewis

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6-Michael Oher

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5-Jarret Johnson

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4-Derrick Mason

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3-Domonique Foxworth

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2-Todd Heap

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1-Joe Flacco

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Season totals-

Glenn:

28t-Oniel Cousins (1 point)

28t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

28t-Frank Walker (1 point)

28t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

28t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

25t-Chris Carr (2 points)

25t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

25t-Matt Birk (2 points)

22t-Demetrius Williams (2 points)

22t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

22t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

19t-Tom Zbikowski (4 points)

19t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

17t-Kelley Washington (5 points)

17t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

16-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

15-Sam Koch (8 point)

11t-Domonique Foxworth (10 points)

11t-Dawan Landry (10 points)

11t-Willis McGahee (12 points)

11t-Mark Clayton (12 points)

10-Ed Reed (15 points)

9-Todd Heap (16 points)

8-Jared Gaither (17 points)

7-Lardarius Webb (19 points)

6-Michael Oher (20 points)

5-Ray Lewis (27 points)

4-Jarret Johnson (31 points)

3-Derrick Mason (36 points)

2-Joe Flacco (40 points)

1-Ray Rice (69 points)

Drew:

27t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

27t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

27t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

27t-Frank Walker (1 point)

23t-Antwan Barnes (2 point)

23t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

23t-Kelly Gregg (2 points)

23t-Matt Birk (2 points)

21t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

21t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

19t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

16t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

16t-Ben Grubbs (7 points)

16t-Sam Koch (7 point)

15-Lardarius Webb (9 points)

 

14-Mark Clayton (11 points)

12t-Todd Heap (14 points)

12t-Kelley Washington (14 points)

9t-Domonique Foxworth (15 points)

9t-Michael Oher (15 points)

9t-Willis McGahee (15 points)

8-Jared Gaither (16 points)

6t-Ed Reed (17 points)

6t-Dawan Landry (17 points)

4t-Derrick Mason (28 points)

4t-Jarret Johnson (28 points)

3-Ray Lewis (36 points)

2-Joe Flacco (50 points)

1-Ray Rice (57 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983……

-G

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Ravens-Bears Pregame: No Reed, Clayton, K Washington, Gooden or Gaither Today

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Ravens-Bears Pregame: No Reed, Clayton, K Washington, Gooden or Gaither Today

Posted on 20 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

4:05-That’s it for me here…..make sure you head over to WNST.net for our Purple Haze live chat during the game!

3:24-Clearly WR depth will be an issue today. Ravens will have only Justin Harper behind Derrick Mason and Demetrius Williams, although David Tyree could be pressed into emergency duty today. With Todd Heap and LJ Smith apparently healthy enough to play, one of them could be flexed out wide; as could Ray Rice if necessary.

3:14-Here are your starting changes…..

Michael Oher starts for Gaither at LT
Oniel Cousins starts for Oher at RT
Demetrius Williams starts for Clayton at WR
Dannell Ellerbe starts for Gooden at LB
Tom Zbikowski starts for Reed at FS

(Reed was out here this afternoon trying to get ready before the game.)

For the Bears, Devin Aromashodu will start for Devin Hester at WR, Anthony Adams will start for Marcus Harrison at DT.

3:00-Here are today’s scratches, starting with the Ravens:

QB John Beck (3rd QB)
OT Jared Gaither (foot)
WR Mark Clayton (hamstring, knee)
WR Kelley Washington (ankle)
S Ed Reed (foot, groin, etc. etc.)
LB Tavares Gooden (groin)
S KJ Gerard (thigh)
OL David Hale

Bears:

WR/KR Devin Hester
WR Juaquin Iglesias
S Craig Steltz
CB DJ Moore
OT James Marten
DT Matt Toeaina
OT Orlando Pace
DT Jarron Gilbert

1:49-The snow-covered sections in the upper deck have SLIGHTLY improved, but fans will likely still be greeted with piles of snow when they get into the stadium. Please do not use this as an excuse to act like an idiot.

Bill Leavy and his crew will officiate today’s game. No update on the story CBS reported this morning about officials arriving late; but they were supposed to be able to make it on time no matter what.

A reminder that today’s game is on FOX-with Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Chris Myers on the call.

12:39pm-Greetings from M&T Bank Stadium in downtown Baltimore, where the Baltimore Ravens will play the Chicago Bears today. I got here about 25 minutes ago, and the parking lots and sidewalks were a bit of a concern getting in. However, once I got into the stadium, I was BLOWN AWAY by what great shape it was in…..

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Absolutely amazing. As you can tell, the field is in PERFECT shape, and the stadium is mostly clear, with only a few sections in the upper deck still filled with show. Over 1,700 workers were at the stadium this weekend to get it into shape, and they are STILL here, clearing what’s left of the snow and salting the steps and walkways in fear of the melted snow re-freezing. It is just absolutely outstanding.

I’ll be back shortly with more before our “Purple Haze” live chat opens.

-G

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