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Pay Rice or Delay Rice?

Posted on 06 January 2012 by Thyrl Nelson

Lingering legends aside, Ray Rice might be the most popular and productive Raven today. One thing’s for sure…at $550K or so in the final season of his contract, Ray Rice is easily the Ravens best pound-for-pound bargain, and arguably the league’s best. One other thing that seems assured is that Rice is going to get paid. When, how much and where that happens however may not be as much of a foregone conclusion as it would seem.

This has been “the year of…” lots of things in the NFL, the year of the 5K quarterbacks, the year of the rookies, the year of the power forwards at tight end and the year of the disgruntled running back.

 

As running backs league wide from Chris Johnson to Frank Gore, from Matt Forte to Peyton Hillis have barked and in some cases dogged it (allegedly…and no pun intended) over their “contract to performance ratios”, Rice with arguably the strongest case of all has remained silent. Silent about the contract that is, on the field he has been anything but silent or dogged.

 

It’s been a running topic of conversation all season on the MobTown Sports Beat and everyone seems assured that Rice will be taken care of by the Ravens and some have speculated that there’s no reason Rice shouldn’t feel confident that the team will take care of him.

 

It’s all but 100% (in my mind at least) that Rice will be back next season, but under what circumstances and for how long are still debatable.

 

If you subscribe to the school of WWBBD (What would Bill Bellichick do?) the answer is to franchise Rice. Given Adrian Peterson’s new contract, the franchise tag will be a big number, but only for one season. Whether Rice would maintain his decorum for another season under similar (albeit more lucrative) circumstances to this one would remain to be seen as well.

 

In addition to Peterson’s contract, his injury will also likely factor heavily into the Ravens impending decision of whether to franchise Rice or to pay him long term money. Peterson’s injury is a not so subtle reminder of just how quickly a running back in particular can see his season (or even his career) ended. Having all of your eggs in that proverbial basket is a high-risk high reward proposition (as we learned in 2001 with Jamal Lewis’ injury).

 

The value of NFL running backs is on the decline, but the pay scale on the top end of the position is still rising. There are lots of Pro Bowl caliber and highly compensated running backs in the NFL watching the playoffs from home this season, and most of the league’s most productive offenses have plug and play backfields and use the running game as an afterthought for little more than window dressing it would seem at times.

 

Only one running back went in the first round of the last NFL draft and while still promising, Mark Ingram has done little to make teams sorry for passing on him. DeMarco Murray, taken on the second day of the draft was the league’s best rookie at the position.

 

One year prior, Ryan Matthews, CJ Spiller and Jahvid Best all went in the first round and all were summarily outperformed by undrafted rookies LaGarrette Blount and Chris Ivory. An undrafted practice squad player from one season earlier led the league in rushing last season and the Packers marched through the Super Bowl after losing their bell-cow in Ryan Grant and replacing him with little known and lightly regarded James Starks.

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

Let me start by saying “Thank You” to everyone who came out to our Brian Billick “Milkshake Social” at Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square last night. It was a TREMENDOUS turnout, and a very cool event. A SPECIAL “Thank You” to Steve Pavlovsky-the Godfather of Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square, who I believe I managed to convince to adopt me last night. Steve also took the time after our event to show me a Chick-Fil-A Chicken sandwich secret, called “Carolina Style.” For those wanting the inside info, these are your ingredients……

cfasandwich
slaw
bbq

….You’ll thank me. Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. WNST.net’s Nestor Aparicio thinks Ravens fans aren’t fired up for playoffs

I’m not sure how I feel about this. I guess I have to agree-but I’m certainly understanding of fans who don’t decide to invest the money in a 9-7 team that has gotten questionable play in a number of crucial areas. That being said, I can’t WAIT to get on the bus tomorrow morning in White Marsh and head to New England to watch the Ravens. Like I said, if you want to challenge me in Pop-A-Shot basketball tomorrow night at Dave & Buster’s in Providence, feel free. But I will kick your ass.

2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ravens sporting new patches after Harbaugh’s postgame speech

Unfortunately, I can’t take still pictures in the locker room-although I might try to sneak one today if possible. The shovel and sword essentially represent a “Keep digging but stay fighting” mentality that Coach Harbs has tried to pass off to his team. Find out more by checking out this clip of the post-game speech after Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll-eG1GF3FE[/youtube]

3. The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee not ‘comfortable’ with being backup, but not concerned about it right now

Anybody not think this was the case? Of COURSE Willis McGahee doesn’t want to be a backup. But Ray Rice is THE guy in Baltimore now-there’s not even a way to argue that…..at all. You can hear Willis’ comments in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. He didn’t say the wrong thing, he was just honest. As long as he continues to work hard while he IS a Baltimore Raven, I don’t have a problem with him admitting that he’d probably rather be somewhere else.

4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Cameron hasn’t been contacted by Bills

cam

If I had to guess, Leslie Frazier ends up getting the job in Buffalo. That being said, I think Cam probably does deserve another chance as a head coach. And in fairness, Buffalo might be the perfect spot for him-as they can’t REALLY have great expectations up there. If the Ravens don’t advance past the AFC Wild Card round this weekend, I would expect Cam WILL be contacted, and will get a chance to interview.

5. 4 of 4 Boston Globe analysts pick Pats to win Sunday

If you add the analysts on “The Comcast Morning Show”, you can make it 6 of 6. During our “Picks and Comment” segment this morning, Drew picked the Pats to win 24-14, and I picked the Pats to win 26-17.

Look, NO ONE wants the Ravens to win more than I do, but Tom Brady has never lost a playoff game in Foxborough. I can’t just ASSUME that Joe Flacco will be the 1st quarterback to go beat him.

But I’ll be hoping.

6. ESPN.com’s Greg Gaber says Harbaugh worst in NFL in saving timeouts for crucial situations

I know Ed from Park Heights doesn’t put any value in this statistic, and the statistic alone is not the issue. The issue is that John Harbaugh really struggles with game management AND the team tends to struggle with get play-calling in quickly AND Joe Flacco often struggles to adjust at the line.

They’re all issues. The statistic is just a representation of those things.

7. SI’s Tim Layden says 6 sure fire future Hall of Famers will be on field at Gillette Stadium Sunday

You know the list-Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Junior Seau, Bill Belichick, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. I don’t think Ed Reed is a slam dunk (and Randy Moss might not be either) YET, but I probably agree with the rest of the list.

Of course, this is what happens when you get good teams together….they have talent, arguably historic talent. It will be a joy to watch these teams, there’s no doubt about that.

8. The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec say reunion with Miguel Tejada ‘unlikely’ for Orioles

I guess this can’t be surprising since Garrett Atkins is going to be the guy at 3rd base. I know some people will say Tejada can just play 1st base, but there’s no reason to just ASSUME Miguel is a 1st baseman.

That being said, the Birds need to sign SOMEONE to play 1st base. Michael Aubrey should not be the guy…..but he probably will be.

9. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Blow Horn Equity, Angelos group attempting to be “stalking horse” in Pimlico, Laurel auction

angelos

Our long civic nightmare continues?!?!?

My “leader in the clubhouse” remains David Cordish. The tracks remain more valuable to him for multiple reasons than they do anyone else. He has slots rights (so he can make money off his own facility) AND he’s a local guy who cares about the state and the horse racing industry.

10. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Seminoles will be tough defensively for Terps

They’ll be tough all around for Maryland. The good news for the Terps is that they don’t shoot lights out, and the shouldn’t run up a 12 point lead early in the 2nd half to make things tough. I’ll say Terps 81-73. But of course, I WOULD say that. The game is on Comcast SportsNet (Fox Sports Net nationally) at 5:30 Sunday from Comcast Center. Someone will need to keep me updated while I’m on my way back from NE.

11. Maryland Official Site says Terps women blown out in ACC opener at NC State

This is exactly what I was saying about this Maryland team. We have NO IDEA if they’re any good or not. There’s no one who has the responsibility fall on them if things aren’t going well. They are clearly MUCH better in College Park than they are on the road-I think that’s fair to say. But it will be a dogfight for Brenda Frese’s troops in the ACC.

12. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland’s Nick Ferrara named freshman All-American

He’s deserving. He was asked to do a lot this season with Travis Baltz hurt, and he should certainly solidify the position for the next 3 seasons. There’s a few other positions that need to be solidified still…..

And finally, I leave you with this.

College football season wrapped up last night with a bit of a thud (although credit Texas for making a game out of it even after Colt McCoy left on the first possession of the game), but certainly there were a number of more memorable moments throughout the ’09-’10 campaign.

One of my favorite moments had nothing to do with football. Instead, it happened just 7 days ago before the Sugar Bowl when country band Lady Antebellum sang the national anthem. Really REALLY freaking good.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHTPufEA6yw[/youtube]

Talk to you later from 1 Winning Drive.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Back to Work in Preparation For Wild Card Showdown

Posted on 06 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

4:42-INJURY REPORT-Ravens:

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
LB Tavares Gooden (groin)
DT Haloti Ngata (ankle)
CB Marcus Paschal (back)
S Ed Reed (groin)
G Marshal Yanda (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION
QB Joe Flacco (hip)
TE Todd Heap (neck)
LB Jarret Johnson (back)
LS Matt Katula (elbow)
WR Derrick Mason (knee)
DE Trevor Pryce (head)
S Tom Zbikowski (neck)

Patriots:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
OL Dan Connolly (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/right finger/rib)
WR Julian Edelman (forearm)
DE Jarvis Green (knee)
T Nick Kaczur (shoulder)
CB Shawn Springs (knee)
DE Ty Warren (ankle)
TE Benjamin Watson (knee)
DL Vince Wilfork (foot)

3:00-Sorry for the delay since my last update-I’ve been scrambling to recover since the UNTHINKABLE news that Roberto Alomar fell short in Hall of Fame voting. Quick note: Vikings WR/KR Percy Harvin was voted AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, Michael Oher finished 2nd in voting.

1:46-RB/KR Jalen Parmele is scheduled to join Drew Forrester at 7:30 tomorrow morning on The Comcast Morning Show.

1:41-Governor O’Malley is here at 1 Winning Drive, and met very briefly with the media before going to watch practice. I asked him about the court’s decision to postpone Friday’s auction of Pimlico and Laurel. He responded…..

“We’re glad that the court is protecting and understanding of the importance of keeping Preakness in Maryland.”

You can hear the roughly 2 minutes with the Governor in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. Warning: there’s political talk (including Sheila Dixon) involved-but I was also able to get in a question about whether or not he’ll be making a bet with anyone in Massachusetts before Sunday’s game.

1:15-Some quick odds and ends from out here today:

-Willis McGahee was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders.
-John Harbaugh was mistakenly listed as “Jim Harbaugh” on the front page of the Patriots media guide. His response: “I’m honored.”
-Governor Martin O’Malley will attend practice this afternoon
-When asked if the Ravens would play with less aggression due to the way the first NE game was officiated, Trevor Pryce said “If we change the way we play the game, who are we? We’re the Lions.”
-Mark Clayton was asked if he viewed Sunday’s game as a chance at redemption following his crucial drop at the end of the first game. His response was “It’s just a game.” When asked if he still thinks about that drop, he responded “not at all.”

1:11-Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:

Coach John Harbaugh
C Matt Birk
OT Michael Oher
QB Joe Flacco
RB Ray Rice
WR Derrick Mason
DE Trevor Pryce
LB Ray Lewis
LB Jarret Johnson
LS Matt Katula

11:17-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Baltimore Ravens return to work today after two days off in preparation for Sunday’s AFC Wild Card showdown with the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. We are scheduled to hear from John Harbaugh, Ray Rice, Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, Derrick Mason and other Ravens today; as well as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady via conference call from the Pats.

Back shortly with more. Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

So many Ravens tidbits yesterday-my comments were spread out on the air on AM1570, on Twitter, etc. Let me consolidate them here.

Tony Fein’s death: Tony was one of the better guys to be around in Westminster during Training Camp. Sadly, he will be best remembered for an incident in the Inner Harbor (a source there that night called the incident “complete overreaction” on both parties) that probably would have been dismissed, which is unfortunate. Tony’s service to his country and his dedication to the game of football were really special. He was friends with fellow former Ole Miss Rebels Jason Cook and Michael Oher; I imagine Oher is hurting today.

Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs NOT fined: I think it is important to remember that the comments made by these players were more about the RULES themselves than about the actual calls made by Ron Winter’s crew Sunday in Foxborough. Had T-Sizzle said something like “Ron Winter is blind”, he definitely would have been fined. Instead, all players talked about how quarterbacks are overprotected. They’re probably right.

Brendon Ayanbadejo OFFICIALLY to IR, Prescott Burgess OFFICIALLY brought back: Least surprising move I’ve ever seen. Burgess will join Antwan Barnes and Dannell Ellerbe as guys who will be counted on to contribute on both special teams and defense. We all knew this was coming; now Prescott gets his chance to prove himself again.

Chad Ochocinco gets into Twitter fight with Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington: Chad Ochocinco is an entertainer. Dom and Fabe (is that a good name for a pop group?) just need to be football players. Everything said yesterday was in good fun; and I actually LOVE 85’s “Kiss Da Baby” line, and none if the back and forth will matter if the Ravens’ corners play well Sunday.

Matt Stover tries out with Giants: I really thought the Browns would have tried to get Matt to kick for a day when they came to town with Phil Dawson hurt 2 weeks ago. New York is a close enough commute that I believe Matt would consider doing it if he was offered. However, it looks like Lawrence Tynes will remain in New York.

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Thyrl Nelson says Belichick appeared ‘truly giddy’ to beat Ravens

Luke Jones says Fein was teammates with Oher, Jason Cook at Ole Miss

Glenn Clark remembers great Maryland-Wake Forest moment

Ed Frankovic says Caps fell to Flyers 6-5 in OT

Drew Forrester not taking Capitals’ loss well

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens officially brought back Prescott Burgess from Patriots’ practice squad

The Official Site says Ayanbadejo placed on IR to make room for Burgess

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says NFL chose not to fine Ray Lewis, Ed Reed for officiating comments

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh standing by Mark Clayton

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Pats zeroed in on Derrick Mason after early success Sunday

The Official Site says Chris Carr doesn’t think he could play NHL hockey

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says TE J.P. Foschi playing like ‘pro’ for Cincinnati

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says no details known in death of former Ravens LB hopeful Tony Fein

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ayanbadejo to have surgery after meeting with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelley Washington excited to face former team Saturday

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Clayton ‘tough’ through adversity of late drop

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

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ochocinco, Dominique Foxworth, Fabian Washington fought on Twitter Tuesday

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says Matt Stover tried out with Giants

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Burgess had been playing very well before being traded to NE

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dannell Ellerbe got off to ‘strong’ start for Ravens in first action against New England

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says VP of football operations Ray Anderson did not believe comments by 52, Reed warranted fines

The AP says Fein’s agent Milton Hobbs said player was working out in Port Orchard, WA in hopes of playing football again

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Bengals hoping to have Tank Johnson, Roy Williams back for Sunday’s game

USA Today has Ravens 5th in power rankings

Sporting News says Baltimore 28th best sports city in country

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver has Ravens 7th in power rankings

NFL.com has Ravens 4th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 8th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 7th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 7th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens have stayed high on Dannell Ellerbe

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ayanbadejo will be a ‘significant loss’

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens deserve to be ahead of Jets in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ray Rice hot, Mark Clayton not so much

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Wake Forest Official Site previews Demon Deacons’ game against Maryland Saturday

Wake Forest Official Site offers complete Deacs-Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Fridge wouldn’t rule Campbell out for Saturday in Winston-Salem

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph doesn’t appear to be looking to Morgan Green for help at RB

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Pinegar working as starter with Bruce Campbell hurt

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says things finally clicking for Don Brown’s defense

The AP says Friedgen knows Terps can’t ‘relax’ after win over Clemson

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Nick Klemm or Pete deSouza could be forced into action with Bruce Campbell’s injury

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Demetrius Hartsfield nominated for AT&T All-America Player of the Week Award

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Campbell likely to be game time decision against Wake

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says supporter Jack Heise passed away

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cam Chism has contributed earlier that he was expected to

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner bounced back from rough performance against Rutgers

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tony Logan listed ahead of Anthony Wiseman on depth chart at punt returner

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Travis Baltz, Louis Berman, Nolan Carroll, Da’Rel Scott, Joe Vellano definitely OUT Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph prefers D.J. Adams, Caleb Porzel to Morgan Green

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jack Heise’s death came shortly after fellow supporter Bob Novak’s death

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin admitted Terps need to go with younger backs because Morgan Green just hasn’t shown enough

Winston-Salem Journal’s Dan Collins says RB Kevin Harris, TE’s Cameron Ford, Ben Wooster not expected to play Saturday against Terps

ESPN.com’s Pat Forde offers Clemson ‘apology’ for loss to Maryland

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Terps better to have Jordan Williams issue resolved before Maryland Madness

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Niumatalolo believes Teich doubtful for Saturday against Rice

Annapolis Capital’s Gerry Jackson says Navy football fans don’t have much to complain about with Niumatalolo’s Midshipmen

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Joe Buckley getting special treatment in Annapolis after big kick

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Vince Murray to start at Fullback for Mids against Rice

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says MASN, CBS College Sports will carry 5 Midshipmen games this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Mid David Robinson named to CAA’s 25th anniversary team

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Wieters brought ‘poise, persistence’ to O’s in rookie campaign

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck doesn’t see Juan Samuel leaving club

USA Today has Birds 28th in final power rankings

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 28th in final power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Pedro Florimon top SS in organization

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg and Lorraine Mirabella say Sheila Dixon interested in building soccer stadium downtown to try to lure DC United to Baltimore

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Dixon wants stadium near Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium

Washington Post’s Steve Goff says United recognizes Baltimore’s ability to build ‘world-class’ sports facilities

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says United ‘look forward’ to results of Maryland Stadium Authority’s study of Baltimore as possible new home

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Having Bruce Campbell would make a WORLD of difference for Maryland Saturday against WFU. Davin Meggett will have to shoulder a load, and Chris Turner HAS to stay on his feet. With no offense to Paul Pinegar, they could REALLY use Bruce Campbell.

-I am ALL FOR the city of Baltimore building a “secondary stadium” with hopes of having MLS as a primary tenant. Much like Drew Forrester, I think an arena is a more PRESSING priority; but cities across the country are building stadiums like this, and Baltimore has the chance to make money off of an immediate professional sports franchise that needs a new home.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Harbaugh Presser and Pats Make a Roster Move

Posted on 28 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

10:30-The Patriots made a roster move today, signing veteran Defensive Lineman Terdell Sands. Sands will work as an “insurance policy” for Vince Wilfork, who was injured in the Patriots’ win over the Falcons Sunday according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com. To make room for Sands on the roster, the Pats let go of former Ravens LB Prescott Burgess, who they had acquired in a trade last Tuesday. Because the trade was for a conditional draft pick, the Patriots will not have to give up their 7th rounder to the Ravens-as Burgess did not play Sunday.

4:28-You can hear from John Harbaugh NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

3:45-Here are some highlights from John Harbaugh’s Weekly Press Conference:

-”Lot of good things, lot of things we need to get better at” from #Browns game.
-Success started with “shutting down (Josh) Cribbs.”
-”I thought we tackled well” against Browns
-”I have no idea” if we can re-define what “Ravens football” is all about.
-on McGahee: “The role is whatever you carve out as a player.”
-Looks like (LJ Smith, etc.) “held up pretty well.” Ravens dealing with “new concussions”, but Harbaugh wouldn’t identify which players.
-Matt Birk gave Shaun Rogers “a heck of a battle”, looked like a “stalemate.”
-Offensive Line play “a credit and product of work.”
-”Offense’s job to make the defense be great…..defense’s job to make the offense be great. We want to compliment each other.”
-on secondary: Our guys “did a really nice job of maintaining their level of play in the face of scrutiny.”
-on talking to Mangini after game: “Coaches in this league do a great job.” “You respect the effort that their coach put in.”
-”We’ve got great respect for everything that’s been accomplished” by Belichick and Patriots.
-”It’s exciting to go and play in places like” Gillette Stadium
-on starting season 3-0: “Winning is always good.”
-LJ Smith “can be a force for us.”
-Paul Kruger “is doing a good job….at some point in time, he’s gonna be really important to us.”
-Remembering Houston/Buffalo comeback “goes through your mind” when you’re deciding when to pull starters
-” I couldn’t care less” about comparisons between Joe Flacco and Tom Brady
-Flacco “sees things better”, is “quicker with the ball” this season. “there’s a thousand things Joe does better than he did” in ’08.
-”You’ve got to admire everything about what the Patriots have done.”
-on defensive laterals: “I like it” when it works out well. “You can’t just play the game scared. When we get an interception, our idea is to score.” Ravens have rules about who can pitch and who can be pitched to.
-”I don’t have any new information” about Samari Rolle.
-”We want “aggressive ball security” from Chris Carr.

3:40-You can hear from Trevor Pryce NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. John Harbaugh is scheduled to speak momentarily.

3:15-Here are some highlights from Trevor Pryce:

-Ravens moved past Browns win “today”
-”You have to at least frustrate Tom Brady. You’re not going to sack him because he’ll get rid of the ball. But if you don’t at least do that you don’t have a chance.”
-”A lot of things have to go really right for a defensive lineman to get a sack.”
-You have “to rush the same way every chance you get.”
-”I remember crying my eyes out” that I couldn’t be on the field the last time Ravens played the Pats.
-There’s a “fine line” between getting a penalty and playing through the whistle. “We have a lot of pride in being one of those teams who CAN” walk that line.
-”There’s not much you can take from playing only 3 games, expect for your record.”
-”Watching (the offense) on Sunday…..they ran plays that I’ve never seen…..I’ll be damned if Cleveland knew what was going on.”
-What offense did Sunday was “hard to defend” for Browns, he actually felt sorry for them.
-Tom Brady “at or near the top” of every NFL quarterback he’s seen/played against.
-He expects “another hard week of practice” leading up to NE game.
-”I have very high standards for what I want to do”, but not worried about stats.
-”I can’t stress enough” the importance of offense holding the ball for long periods of time. He expects defensive statistics to be down because offense is limiting how much they’re on the field.
-”Every reason to be excited” about offensive performance.
-”What I’ve seen from our offense so far compares” to the great Broncos offenses he was a part of.

3:00-We’re back out at 1 Winning Drive, where John Harbaugh will re-hash everything from the Ravens’ 34-3 stomping of the Browns and preview this week’s trip to Foxborough to face the 2-1 New England Patriots. Harbaugh is scheduled to speak at 3:45, DE Trevor Pryce will speak at 3:15.

Make sure you are following us on Twitter (@WNST), as we will be Tweeting “live” from both press conferences.

-G

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Ravens playoff scenarios

Posted on 22 December 2008 by caseywillett

Here is how the Ravens playoff scenarios play out for them to make the post season:

1. BAL win or

2. BAL tie + MIA loss or tie OR

3. BAL tie + NE loss or tie OR

4. NE loss

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Ravens can get in playoffs on Sunday with win and help

Posted on 09 December 2008 by caseywillett

Here is how the Ravens can earn a playoff win on Sunday :

Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:

 

   1) BAL win + NE loss + NYJ loss or tie OR

   2) BAL win + NE loss + MIA loss or tie OR

   3) BAL win + MIA loss + NYJ loss + IND loss or tie OR

   4) BAL win + MIA loss + NYJ loss + IND clinches strength of victory

       tiebreaker over MIA.

 

New England is at Oakland

New York Jets host the Bills

Miami host San Fransico

Colts are at Detroit

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 14 WRs

Posted on 03 December 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Despite a rough patch for the Cardinals, their vaunted receivers remain ranked #1 and #2 in the power rankings, as well as this week’s start rankings. The veterans have started to reclaim the receiver rankings over the last few weeks, as many of the rookies appear to be hitting that proverbial wall. We’ll be back tomorrow with your tight end, kicker and defense rankings, so check back then too.

 

Keep in mind that the power rankings, listed here, are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of your best options for week 14. Just below the power rankings are match up previews advising who should be better or worse than usual this week, based on their opponents. At the bottom, are the week 14 start rankings, that’s where you should look for help with your week 14 lineup decisions.

 

Week 14 Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings

 

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(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Anquan Boldin (1) – AZ – 942 yds 11 TD

 

2. Larry Fitzgerald (3) – AZ – 1075 yds 8 TD

 

3. Greg Jennings (5) – GB – 1057 yds 7 TD

 

4. Calvin Johnson (2) – DET – 971 yds 8 TD

 

5. Steve Smith (4) – CAR – 958 yds 4 TD

 

6. Roddy White (6) – ATL – 1085 yds 6 TD

 

7. Bernard Berrian (13) – MIN – 795 yds 5 TD

 

8. Santana Moss (7) – WAS – 828 yds 5 TD

 

9. Andre Johnson (8) – HOU – 1146 yds 4 TD

 

10. Terrell Owens (12) – DAL – 816 yds 8 TD

 

11. Brandon Marshall (9) – DEN – 942 yds 4 TD

 

12. Randy Moss (11) – NE – 785 yds 8 TD

 

13. Lance Moore (14) – NO – 739 yds 8 TD

 

14. Eddie Royal (20) – DEN – 757 yds 5 TD

 

15. Reggie Wayne (10) – IND – 870 yds 5 TD

 

16. Vincent Jackson (16) – SD – 703 yds 5 TD

 

17. Kevin Walter (15) – HOU – 705 yds 7 TD

 

18. Lee Evans (NR) – BUF – 890 yds 3 TD

 

19. Hines Ward (18) – PIT – 755 yds 6 TD

 

20. DeSean Jackson (NR) – PHI – 775 yds 2 TD & 1 TYD rush

 

Dropped From Rankings: DeWayne Bowe – KC; Justin Gage – TEN

 

WRs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 14: Lee Evans vs. MIA; Randy Moss & Wes Welker @ SEA; Laverneus Coles & Jehrrico Cotchery @ SF; Tory Holt & Donnie Avery @ AZ; Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison & Anthony Gonzalez vs. CIN; Roddy White @ NO; DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis & Hank Baskett @ NYG

 

WRs Who Could Be Sleepers Based On Week 14 Match Ups: Roscoe Parrish & Josh Reed vs. MIA; Jabar Gaffney @ SEA; Chansi Stuckey @ SF; Derrick Stanley & Dane Looker @ AZ; Koren Robinson, Deion Branch & Bobby Engram vs. NE; Harry Douglass & Michael Jenkins @ NO; Matt Jones, Reggie Williams & Jerry Porter @ CHI; Justin Gage, Justin McCairens & Brandon Jones vs. CLE

 

WRs With Tough Week 14 Match Ups: Chad Johnson & TJ Houshmandzadeh @ IND; Braylon Edwards @ TEN; Terrell Owens & Roy Williams @ PIT; Santana Moss & Antoine Randle-El @ BAL; Andre Johnson & Kevin Walter @ GB; Chris Chambers & Vincent Jackson vs. OAK; Derrick Mason & Mark Clayton vs. WAS; Antonio Bryant & Ike Hilliard @ CAR; Steve Smith & Mushin Muhammad vs. TB; DeWayne Bowe & Mark Bradley @ DEN

 

 

And here are the week 14 Fantasy WR start rankings; it’s my top 75 WRs in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for Thursday’s game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Anquan Boldin (15)

2. Larry Fitzgerald (17)

3. Roddy White (19)

4. Greg Jennings (25)

5. Bernard Berrian (25)

6. Randy Moss (26)

7. Calvin Johnson (28)

8. Steve Smith (34)

9. Reggie Wayne (35)

10. Lee Evans (37)

11. Brandon Marshall (44)

12. Lance Moore (44)

13. Santana Moss (45)

14. Andre Johnson (46)

15. Terrell Owens (50)

16. Eddie Royal (50)

17. DeSean Jackson (50)

18. Hines Ward (52)

19. Justin Gage (55)

20. Vincent Jackson (59)

21. Laverneus Coles (59)

22. Kevin Walter (62)

23. Wes Welker (62)

24. DeWayne Bowe (65)

25. Issac Bruce (67)

26. Antonio Bryant (69)

27. Marques Colston (72)

28. Matt Jones (74)

29. Steve Breaston (75)

30. Jehrrico Cotchery (75)

31. Derrick Mason (78)

32. TJ Houshmandzadeh (80)

33. Mark Clayton (81)

34. Donald Driver (83)

35. Braylon Edwards (89)

36. Santonio Holmes (90)

37. Donnie Avery (90)

38. Chris Chambers (95)

39. Anthony Gonzalez (95)

40. Mark Bradley (97)

41. DeVery Henderson (98)

42. Michael Jenkins (99)

43. Ted Ginn Jr. (100)

44. Malcolm Floyd (105)

45. Mushin Muhammad (106)

46. Nate Washington (108)

47. Kevin Curtis (108)

48. Amani Toomer (109)

49. Marvin Harrison (109)

50. Tory Holt (110)

51. Devin Hester (115)

52. Koren Robinson (118)

53. Hank Baskett (120)

54. Chad Johnson (128)

55. Jabar Gaffney (128)

56. Brandon Stokley (130)

57. Reggie Brown (130)

58. Antoine Randle-El (131)

59. Josh Reed (131)

60. Rasheid Davis (133)

61. Ashley Lelie (136)

62. Bryant Johnson (139)

63. Dane Looker (144)

64. Roy Williams (146)

65. Reggie Williams (146)

66. Brandon Lloyd (147)

67. Chansi Stuckey (147)

68. Mary Booker (149)

69. Ike Hilliard (153)

70. Bobby Wade (157)

71. Brandon Jones (159)

72. Harry Douglass (159)

73. Josh Morgan (159)

74. James Hardy (159)

75. Miles Austin (166)

 

All of the rankings will be up in time for you to get your Thursday lineups in, so check back tomorrow for the rest. And use the links below to check all of the other positions; they’ll be activated as they become available.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

Week 14 QB Rankings & Previews

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 14 RBs

Posted on 03 December 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

If this week’s running back rankings prove anything, it’s that everyone had pretty much an equal shot on draft day at putting together a winner. In fact, it’s probably those who drafted in the top 5 in most leagues who are the ones disappointed. Regardless, the running back rankings are littered with guys who would have been available in the 5th round and beyond, even in the deepest of leagues. Furthermore, the top 20 has been changing up dramatically from week to week, so every week is a chance to catch lightning in a bottle.

 

Keep in mind that the power rankings, listed here, are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of your best options for week 14. Just below the power rankings are match up previews advising who should be better or worse than usual this week, based on their opponents. At the bottom, are the week 14 start rankings, that’s where you should look for help with your week 14 lineup decisions.

 

Week 14 Fantasy Running Back Power Rankings

 

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(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Thomas Jones (4) – NYJ – 1088 yds 11 TD & 161 yds 2 TD rec

 

2. Michael Turner (1) – ATL – 1208 yds 13 TD

 

3. Brian Westbrook (11) – PHI – 657 yds 8 TD & 233 yds 4 TD rec

 

4. Matt Forte (3) – CHI – 1012 yds 6 TD & 358 yds 4 TD rec

 

5. Adrian Peterson (6) – MIN – 1311 yds 9 TD

 

6. DeAngelo Williams (10) – CAR – 955 yds 11 TD & 112 yds 2 TD rec

 

7. Brandon Jacobs (5) – NYG – 950 yds 12 TD

 

8. Clinton Portis (2) – WAS – 1228 yds 7 TD

 

9. Marion Barber (7) – DAL – 870 yds 7 TD & 366 yds 2 TD rec

 

10. Steve Slaton (16) – HOU – 904 yds 8 TD & 250 yds 1 TD rec

 

11. Reggie Bush (NR) – NO – 294 yds 2 TD & 298 yds 3 TD rec

 

12. Steven Jackson (NR) – ST.L – 619 yds 4 TD & 275 yds 0 TD rec

 

13. Chris Johnson (15) – TEN – 958 yds 7 TD & 227 yds 1 TD rec

 

14. Frank Gore (8) – SF – 926 yds 6 TD & 354 yds 1 TD rec

 

15. Marshawn Lynch (13) – BUF – 844 yds 7 TD & 283 yds 1 TD rec

 

16. LaDanian Tomlinson (12) – SD – 794 yds 6 TD & 371 yds 1 TD rec

 

17. Maurice Jones-Drew (9) – JAX – 552 yds 11 TD & 415 yds 0 TD rec

 

18. Ronnie Brown (14) – MIA – 690 yds 10 TD & 19 yds 1 TD pass

 

19. LenDale White (20) – TEN – 575 yds 13 TD

 

20. Larry Johnson (18) – KC – 657 yds 4 TD

 

Dropped From Rankings: Joseph Addai – IND; Willie Parker – PIT

 

RBs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 14: Adrian Peterson @ DET; Larry Johnson @ DEN; Steve Slaton @ GB; LaDanian Tomlinson vs. OAK; Ryan Grant vs. HOU; Thomas Jones @ SF; Matt Forte vs. JAX

 

RBs Who Could Be Sleepers Based On Week 14 Match Ups: Peyton Hillis vs. KC; Chester Taylor @ DET; Tim Hightower vs. ST.L; Ryan Moats @ GB; Cedric Benson @ IND; Leon Washington @ SF

 

RBs With Tough Week 14 Match Ups: Clinton Portis @ BAL; Brian Westbrook @ NYG; DeAngelo Williams & Jonathan Stewart vs. TB; Marion Barber @ PIT; Frank Gore vs. NYJ; Kevin Smith vs. MIN; Marshawn Lynch vs. MIA; Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward & Ahmad Bradshaw vs. PHI; Willie Parker & Mewelde Moore vs. DAL; Warrick Dunn & Cadillac Williams @ CAR

 

And here are the week 14 Fantasy RB start rankings; it’s my top 50 RBs in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for Thursday’s game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Thomas Jones (11)

2. Adrian Peterson (12)

3. Matt Forte (18)

4. Michael Turner (20)

5. Steve Slaton (27)

6. Reggie Bush (33)

7. Brian Westbrook (37)

8. LaDanian Tomlinson (38)

9. Brandon Jacobs (39) *keep an eye on his injury status

10. Steven Jackson (39)

11. Chris Johnson (40)

12. DeAngelo Williams (42)

13. Larry Johnson (44)

14. Peyton Hillis (45)

15. Marion Barber (47) *keep an eye on his injury status

16. Clinton Portis (48) *drop him 5 or 6 spots if he’s worse than probable

17. Maurice Jones-Drew (53)

18. Ronnie Brown (54)

19. Frank Gore (56)

20. Marshawn Lynch (56)

21. LenDale White (56)

22. Joseph Addai (57)

23. Tim Hightower (61)

24. Willie Parker (62) *keep an eye on his injury status

25. Jamal Lewis (67)

26. Kevin Faulk (70)

27. Ryan Grant (72)

28. Sammy Morris (74)

29. Darren McFadden (76) *switch him with Fargas if he’s worse then probable

30. Derrick Ward (77)

31. Leon Washington (77)

32. Mewelde Moore (80) *bump him to Parker’s spot if Parker can’t go

33. Kevin Smith (81)

34. Jerome Harrison (82)

35. Warrick Dunn (83)

36. Pierre Thomas (83)

37. Dominic Rhodes (83)

38. Willis McGahee (86) *if he’s playing

39. Chester Taylor (86)

40. LeRon McClain (88) *bump him 5 spots if McGahee doesn’t go

41. Ricky Williams (98)

42. Jerious Norwood (102)

43. Mike Tolbert (102)

44. Deuce McAllister (103)

45. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (104)

46. Jonathan Stewart (108)

47. Justin Fargas (108)

48. Tatum Bell (109)

49. Mike Karney (111)

50. Julius Jones (113)

 

All of the rankings will be up in time for you to get your Thursday lineups in, so check back tomorrow for the rest. And use the links below to check all of the other positions; they’ll be activated as they become available.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

Week 14 QB Rankings & Previews

 

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Week 14 K Rankings & Previews

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 14 QBs

Posted on 03 December 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Again, there wasn’t much shake up in the quarterback rankings this week. On the bright side, close to half of the top 20 weren’t very highly regarded at draft time, so there could still be a few good options on the waiver wire. The playoffs are here for a lot of us, so make sure to take a look at all of the rankings, as every decision is magnified at this time of the season.

 

Keep in mind that the power rankings, listed here, are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of your best options for week 14. Just below the power rankings are match up previews advising who should be better or worse than usual this week, based on their opponents. At the bottom, are the week 14 start rankings, that’s where you should look for help with your week 14 lineup decisions.

 

Week 14 Fantasy Quarterback Power Rankings

 

 

 

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(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Drew Brees (1) – NO – 3870 yds 24 TD 14 int & 1 TD rush

 

2. Tony Romo (3) – DAL – 2559 yds 21 TD 8 int

 

3. Aaron Rodgers (4) – GB – 2897 yds 20 TD 10 int & 4 TD rush

 

4. Kurt Warner (2) – AZ – 3741 yds 24 TD 11 int

 

5. Jay Cutler (5) – DEN – 3393 yds 21 TD 13 int

 

6. Phillip Rivers (6) – SD – 2955 yds 23 TD 10 int

 

7. Donavan McNabb (13) – PHI – 3030 yds 18 TD 10 int & 1 TD rush

 

8. Peyton Manning (7) – IND – 2948 yds 19 TD 12 int & 1 TD rush

 

9. Matt Cassel (10) – NE – 2784 yds 13 TD 10 int & 2 TD rush

 

10. Tyler Thigpen (12) – KC – 1739 yds 13 TD 8 int & 1 TD rush & 1 TD rec

 

11. Shaun Hill (11) – SF – 1067 yds 8 TD 3 int & 1 TD rush

 

12. Eli Manning (9) – NYG – 2624 yds 19 TD 8 int & 1 TD rush

 

13. Brett Favre (8) – GB – 2708 yds 20 TD 14 int

 

14. Chad Pennington (14) – MIA – 2881 yds 11 TD 6 int & 1 TD rush

 

15. Joe Flacco (16) – BAL – 2276 yds 12 TD 9 int & 2 TD rush

 

16. David Garrard (15) – JAX – 2748 yds 10 TD 9 int & 1 TD rush

 

17. Matt Ryan (18) – ATL – 2625 yds 13 TD 6 int

 

18. Kyle Orton (20) – CHI – 2195 yds 13 TD 7 int & 1 TD rush

 

19. Jason Campbell (19) – WAS – 2560 yds 10 TD 4 int

 

20. Jeff Garcia (NR) – TB – 1902 yds 8 TD 3 int

 

Dropped From Rankings: Trent Edwards – BUF

 

QBs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 14: Matt Cassel @ SEA; Shaun Hill vs. NYJ; Matt Ryan @ NO; Kurt Warner vs. ST.L; Peyton Manning vs. CIN; Aaron Rodgers vs. HOU

 

QBs Who Could Be Sleepers Based On Week 14 Match Ups: JaMarcus Russell @ SD; Marc Bulger @ AZ; Gus Frerotte @ DET; Matt Hasselbeck vs. NE

 

QBs With Tough Week 14 Match Ups: Tony Romo @ PIT; Jake Delhomme vs. TB; Donavan McNabb @ NYG; Eli Manning vs. PHI; Jeff Garcia @ CAR; Phillip Rivers vs. OAK; Sage Rosenfels @ GB

 

QBs You Might Want To Avoid In Week 14: Ryan Fitzpatrick or Jordan Palmer @ IND; Jason Campbell @ BAL; Ken Dorsey @ TEN

 

And here are the week 14 Fantasy QB start rankings; it’s all 32 projected starting QBs in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for Thursday’s game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Drew Brees (15)

2. Kurt Warner (15)

3. Aaron Rodgers (16)

4. Shaun Hill (23)

5. Jay Cutler (24)

6. Peyton Manning (24)

7. Matt Cassel (24)

8. Tyler Thigpen (31)

9. Tony Romo (35)

10. Phillip Rivers (36)

11. Brett Favre (38)

12. Matt Ryan (40)

13. Donavan McNabb (41)

14. Chad Pennington (46)

15. Eli Manning (49)

16. Gus Frerotte (50)

17. Joe Flacco (51)

18. David Garrard (52)

19. Kyle Orton (52)

20. Trent Edwards (57)

21. JaMarcus Russell (59)

22. Ben Roethlisberger (61)

23. Matt Hasselbeck (65)

24. Marc Bulger (65)

25. Jeff Garcia (66)

26. Jason Campbell (68)

27. Sage Rosenfels (73) *I’d move him between McNabb & Pennington if it’s Schaub

28. Kerry Collins (73)

29. Jake Delhomme (76)

30. Daunte Culpepper (82)

31. Ryan Fitzpatrick (84) *no difference for Jordan Palmer

32. Ken Dorsey (93)

 

All of the rankings will be up in time for you to get your Thursday lineups in, so check back tomorrow for the rest. And use the links below to check all of the other positions; they’ll be activated as they become available.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

Week 14 RB Rankings & Previews

 

Week 14 WR Rankings & Previews

 

Week 14 TE Rankings & Previews

 

Week 14 K Rankings & Previews

 

Week 14 D/ST Rankings & Previews

 

 

 

 

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