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Live From Owings Mills: Stallworth Voted Ravens Ed Block Courage Award Winner

Posted on 23 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (10-4) returned to practice Wednesday at 1 Winning Drive, continuing preparations for Sunday’s showdown with the Cleveland Browns (5-9) at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

WR Donte’ Stallworth was announced Thursday as the team’s recipient of the annual Ed Block Courage Award.

Stallworth missed the entire 2009 season after being pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter. The Ravens signed him as a free agent in February.

Stallworth also missed the first seven games of the 2010 season after breaking his foot in the preseason. Since returning, he has caught two passes for 82 yards and has run the ball four times for 30 yards.

The announcement was made following media availability Thursday, making Stallworth and teammates unavailable to comment.

Players from all 32 NFL organizations vote winners annually from their own team. Players vote for a teammate who has “exemplified a commitment to sportsmanship and courage.”

S Dawan Landry received the award from the Ravens in 2009.

The Ed Block Courage Awards will be held March 8, 2011 in Baltimore. A press conference recognizing Stallworth as the Ravens winner will take place Tuesday at the Sports Legends Museum in Charm City.

No other 2010 winners were announced Thursday.

DT Haloti Ngata and K Sam Koch were also honored Thursday, as both were named to the USA Football/NFLPA All-Fundamentals team. Selection to the team was based on fundamentally sound play and consistent display of good character.

Ngata was selected to the team for a second consecutive season.

PRACTICE REPORT: S Tom Zbikowski (back) was again missing from the open portion of practice Wednesday. Zbikowski has not practiced since being forced to leave the team’s Week 14 win over the Houston Texans early.

WR David Reed (concussion) was also missing from the practice field for a second straight day. Reed was forced to leave the team’s Week 15 win over the New Orleans Saints in the first half.

OL Tony Moll (illness) and LB Jason Phillips (illness) each returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday. The flu bug continues to have an impact on the Ravens locker room; S Haruki Nakamura was also listed on Thursday’s injury report but he missed the session entirely.

Linebacker and special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo was also at first believed to be another victim of the flu bug, but the Ravens revealed that he missed practice because of a knee injury.

Center Matt Birk(knee) was also a full participant in practice the last several days despite his injury.

Derrick Mason’s injury(ankle) kept him limited in the session open to the media but his game status should not be an issue.

TE Todd Heap (hamstring) practiced for a second straight day, improving his chances of playing for the first time since being forced to leave the team’s Week 13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first quarter.

Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron said Heap has looked “great” in practice throughout the week.

“I look forward to getting him back, probably sooner than later. He hasn’t missed a beat in his preparation (or) his rehab. (He’s a) consummate pro. I look forward to getting him back.”

NOTES: Hear from Cameron, Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison and Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net now……RB/KR Jalen Parmele joined Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, hear that chat in the Audio Vault as well……The Ravens will hold their final open practice of the week Friday before Sunday’s game, Head Coach John Harbaugh is scheduled to meet with the media following practice……Weather.com/The Weather Channel is predicting 25 degrees and snow showers for Cleveland Sunday

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ray Lewis says Peyton Hillis Performance “Won’t Happen Again”

Posted on 22 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (10-4) returned to work at 1 Winning Drive Wednesday, looking ahead to Sunday’s Week 16 contest with the Cleveland Browns (5-9) at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The Ravens defeated the Browns 24-17 in a Week 3 contest at M&T Bank Stadium, but they gave up an alarming 144 yards rushing to Browns RB Peyton Hillis in the loss.

Ravens players said Wednesday an encore performance should not be expected.

“A blind cat will find a meal every once in awhile” said LB Ray Lewis. “It’s just the way it happens. The thing about this league is consistency. We understand the two big runs that we gave up against him. (As) our team’s leader-it won’t happen again.”

Lewis went on to say “we definitely aren’t coming in there to give him over 100 yards again.”

Lewis wasn’t the only player to say the team intended to shut down the Browns’ likely Pro Bowl back.

“Definitely won’t happen again” said DT Haloti Ngata. “Some things they did a good job (of) scheming us and finding the holes for Peyton to hit. He’s a north and south runner, he doesn’t really like to run sideways and cut down. If we just close those holes for him to go through, then he’s gonna have to run sideways and we can probably get him better that way.”

Head Coach John Harbaugh said he thought the rematch provided motivation for his defense.

“I’m sure it does. I think it’s part of it. We’re motivated because stopping the run is important. They’re a team that prides themselves in running the ball.”

Before the Week 3 contest, Hillis had run for 100 yards just once in his NFL career (3rd season). Since the Week 3 contest, Hillis has run for 100 yards or more in four additional contests.

PRACTICE REPORT: TE Todd Heap (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday. It was the first time Heap had practiced since being forced to leave the team’s Week 13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first quarter. Heap’s chances of seeing the field Sunday have to be considered greatly improved after returning to the practice field. He was listed as a limited participant, as was WR Derrick Mason (ankle).

S Tom Zbikowski (back) remained out of practice Wednesday. He has not seen the field since leaving the team’s Week 14 win over the Houston Texans early. Harbaugh had hinted Friday Injured Reserve could still be an option for Zbikowski.

WR/KR David Reed did not participate in practice Wednesday after leaving the team’s Week 15 win over the New Orleans Saints in the first half with a concussion. His status for Sunday is considered to be in jeopardy. If Reed is unable to play, RB/KR Jalen Parmele is expected to return kicks in his place.

OL Tony Moll (illness) and LB Jason Phillips (illness) also did not participate in practice Wednesday, neither is believed to be in jeopardy of missing Sunday’s game. C Matt Birk (knee) and WR Marcus Smith (shoulder) were listed as full participants Wednesday.

In Berea, six Browns players missed practice Wednesday.

LB Eric Alexander (groin), QB Colt McCoy (illness), TE Evan Moore (hip), DL Shaun Rogers (ankle/hip), TE Robert Royal (shoulder) and Hillis (knee) did not participate.

LB Marcus Bernard (shoulder), DB Sheldon Brown (shoulder), DL Kenyon Coleman (knee), WR Josh Cribbs (foot), WR Chansi Stuckey (thigh), OL John St. Clair (ankle) and OL Floyd Womack (knee) were listed as limited participants.

All other Browns and Ravens players were not listed on Wednesday’s injury report.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Lewis, Ngata, QB Joe Flacco, WR Anquan Boldin and RB Ray Rice now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Boldin was presented with the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award by Team President Dick Cass Wednesday. All 32 teams name an honoree, one of those players will be chosen as the league recipient after the season……Parmele is scheduled to join Drew Forrester at 7:20am Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST……John Parry’s crew will officiate Sunday’s game……The Ravens re-signed OL Bryan Mattison to the practice squad Wednesday, he had been waived from the active roster Monday so the team could sign TE Davon Drew from the practice squad……The Ravens will return to practice Thursday; coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg are scheduled to meet with the media

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 01 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because it’s time to name two new “Greatest Song(s) of All Time This Week.”

I’ll start with the Retro Version. The retro version is in honor of tonight’s start of Hanukkah. My personal favorite (half) Jew is the great Lenny Kravitz, so here’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” If you’ve seen Lenny recently, please tell him to come back. He was freaking AMAZING.

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The NEW version of TGSOATTW is a song heard prominently on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. I hope that tonight’s Grammy Awards nomination announcement features the band Ra Ra Riot. “Shadow Casting” is quite good…

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Ryan Chell says Ravens waived S Ken Hamlin, signed FB Jason McKie

As I reported yesterday, the Ravens also tried out former Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans TE/FB Joel Gamble before going with McKie. I was told they made the decision because they felt McKie was more of a natural fullback while Gamble was more of a hybrid. Gamble is a Baltimore native (and Carver grad).

As far as McKie is concerned, I can’t imagine him being asked to do much more than block-but they’ll definitely need him to block. The likelihood is that Le’Ron McClain’s ankle will probably keep him out Sunday night, and the Ravens’ current roster options just aren’t particularly good. Dennis Pitta can help and Jalen Parmele could see the field; but in a game where running the ball will be important-the Ravens will need a true blocking back.

Don’t rule out Hamlin returning to Charm City at some point this season. He was cut once (to make room for Prince Miller humorously enough) but returned in favor of Trevor Pryce. The Ravens like the veteran presence that Hamlin gives them-but he hasn’t even been active much in recent weeks.

2. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Ravens not concerned about outcry regarding towel giveaway

During our “Cheap Shots From the Bleachers” segment before last year’s Ravens-Steelers game at M&T Bank Stadium, I really used up all of the venom I have on this subject.

OF COURSE it’s shameful that the Ravens are giving away towels the night of a Ravens-Steelers game.

OF COURSE it’s embarrassing to hardcore Baltimore football fans to see their own team use a “copycat” version of a rival tradition.

OF COURSE fans should chose NOT to waive the towels but instead to use their hands to clap, bang thundersticks, or otherwise make noise.

OF COURSE the Ravens should really know better in this entire situation.

Unfortunately, they’re still going to give the stupid towel away Sunday night even though there is no one excited about it.

Hey-it makes a nice dish rag. If they were giving them away on the way out-I’d be okay with it. And even ol’ Forrester thinks it makes a nice wall flag…

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3. The AP’s Alan Robinson says Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger wearing protective boot, expected to play Sunday vs. Ravens

OF COURSE Ben Roethlisberger is going to play Sunday.

(I’ve said “OF COURSE” a lot today. Annoying anyone?)

Of course, if Sabrina Maree lived in the Steel City (or here in Baltimore); I’m not so sure Big Ben wouldn’t be too distracted to make it to the game Sunday night. (Thanks The Beer Goggler via Busted Coverage!)

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4. ESPN.com drops Ravens to 4th in power rankings

Calm down. The only three teams ahead of the Ravens are the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots and New York Jets; who are all 9-2. The Ravens are first amongst the 8-3 teams.

Before we move on from the Ravens, a few things…

-I’m all for the idea of a “No Means No” chant Sunday night. I think it has to start during TV timeouts right before the Steelers take the ball. If this happens, I will seriously OWE the city of Baltimore for being so freaking awesome.

-The Ravens return to the practice field at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills today. We’ll of course be out there to cover everything happening on and off the practice field. Make sure you remain tuned in to AM1570 WNST, checking out WNST.net and following us on Twitter (@WNST).

5. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says chances of Cesar Izturis returning to Orioles continue to improve

With no offense to Cesar Izturis, umm……..I’d rather not.

Connolly says Jason Bartlett will be dealt by the Tampa Bay Rays, but not to Baltimore. Miguel Tejada is headed to the San Francisco Giants, who lost Juan Uribe to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It could still be an option for the Minnesota Twins to deal JJ Hardy, but they’re not guaranteed to sign Tsuyoshi Nishioka or not move him to second base.

If all else fails, why not Maggi Caruthers?!?!? (Thanks Guyism!)

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6. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Ralph Friedgen named ACC Coach of the Year, QB Danny O’Brien named Rookie of the Year

Both of these were sort of “no brainer” types of decisions.

The only other real options for Coach of the Year were Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer. As the Seminoles did basically what everyone expected them to do and the Hokies only started playing well after losing to Boise State and James Madison; it would have been hard to justify either being honored ahead of Friedgen.

And I’m not sure I have many more words to scribe regarding O’Brien. Maybe it’s best the Terrapins DIDN’T make it to Charlotte to play in the ACC Championship Game. I’m not sure what else I could have said about him.

He’s like Matt Wieters. You know, expect…he’s actually done something.

7. UMTerps.com previews tonight’s tilt with Penn State in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

I’ll say Terrapins 77, Nittany Lions 69.

I think it will be close for a while though, and I don’t doubt that Talor Battle will get his.

But there would be no excuse for Maryland to not roll up to State College and dominate inside with Jordan Williams. That should absolutely be the difference maker.

SHOULD be I say.

8. The AP says Justin Fry’s 16 points not enough as UMBC fell at Penn

Randy Monroe’s Retrievers MIGHT be better than last year; but it hasn’t resulted in a win yet.

And with a trip to UConn coming Friday night-I’m not sure a win is coming soon either.

Towson is in action tonight, the Tigers host Western Michigan at the Towson Center at 7pm.

9. The AP says Michael Harper scored 19 points to lead Coppin State past Lincoln (Pennsylvania) at CSPEC

Now they gear up for not only an early season MEAC showdown; but the ultimate rivalry game-as they visit Hill Field House for a date with the Morgan State Bears Saturday at 4pm.

But to celebrate the Eagles’ win, I offer a picture of Dani Thompson. (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)

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10. The Sun’s Hanah Cho says Maryland officials maintain they will work to protect Preakness as future of horse racing in jeopardy

Did you miss Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Richard Hoffberger Wednesday morning with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net today to check it out! Other things you’ll find in the Audio Vault include…

  • Mike Bires (Beaver County Times)-who talked Steelers with Drew Wednesday
  • Rich Dubroff (Carroll County Times)-who talked Ravens with Drew Wednesday
  • Paul Cantabene (Mustangs Lacrosse Coach)-who joined Drew Wednesday for “The Stevenson Coaches’ Report”
  • A Birds starting pitchers game (courtesy of Sporcle.com) Drew and Glenn Clark (I know him) played Wednesday morning, as well as a call from “Steve M from Kingsville.”
  • Keith Booth (Maryland assistant coach)-who joined Thyrl Nelson Tuesday for “The Terrapins Coaches’ Report”
  • Scott Smith (Strikeforce Fighter)-who joined Thyrl and John Rallo Tuesday during “The MMA Report”
  • Gregg Doyel (CBSSports.com)-who went around the sports world with Thyrl Tuesday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”
  • Allen McCallum (WNST MLB Analyst)-who joined Rex Snider Tuesday for “The MLB Report”
  • Gabrielle Dow (Ravens VP of Marketing)-who joined Nestor Aparicio Tuesday on “The Afternoon Drive” to discuss the towel fiasco
  • John Czarnecki (FoxSports.com)-who went around the NFL Tuesday with Nestor

And finally, I leave you with this.

So apparently the North Carolina A&T band plays a version of the Antoine Dodson “Bed Intruder” song. Awesome. Thanks WNST intern Barry Kamen courtesy of Ryan Chell’s Facebook page…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Harbaugh Offering No Information On Injured Ravens

Posted on 29 November 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Baltimore Ravens (8-3) returned to work Monday at 1 Winning Drive, less than 24 hours removed from a 17-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4) at M&T Bank Stadium. The team began the process Monday of preparing for a Week 13 showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) in Charm City with first place in the AFC North on the line.

Head Coach John Harbaugh offered very little information about the team’s key injuries during his weekly Monday press conference. OT Michael Oher (knee), FB Le’Ron McClain (ankle) and S Dawan Landry (concussion) were all forced to leave Sunday’s game early. OL Chris Chester (illness) and S Tom Zbikowski (foot) were unavailable for the win over the Bucs altogether.

When asked about the team’s health, Harbaugh offered only “(We’ll) just take a look at them and see how they respond over the next two days and see where we’re at.”

When asked if he had seen any indications in the facility Monday of the health of the players, Harbaugh quickly responded “No. No indication.”

Harbaugh made it clear he wouldn’t be divulging any more information about of Sunday’s game by noting “that’s all you’re getting.”

The most serious of the injuries Sunday appeared to be McClain, and Harbaugh said the team had options should McClain be unavailable to play against Pittsburgh.

“It’s just what we did during the game basically. Some of our other running backs can play fullback, so we’ve got some other options. When you’ve got a week to prepare for that possibility, we’ll have more things up this week.”

RB Jalen Parmele could be amongst those options.

Oher’s knee was at least healthy enough Monday to stand through a game of cornhole, as he said via Twitter he had suffered defeat.

“Words can’t tell how I feel about just getting put out of the cornhole tourney” said Oher on his Twitter page. “I’m speechless!

Oher’s stepbrother Sean Tuohy Jr. confirmed via Twitter that the LT had been knocked out of the team’s locker room tournament by Ravens LS Morgan Cox.

LAWRENCE WON’T RETURN: The Ravens announced Monday that RB Matt Lawrence will not be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

Lawrence is still recovering from a knee injury suffered during the 2009 season.

Harbaugh indicated Lawrence’s knee remained the reason he would not return to the active roster in 2010.

He got in a situation where he couldn’t bend to a certain degree and load on it with any power. He’s going to have to go back and talk to Dr. (James) Andrews and kind of go back to work on that thing. He’s not where he can play.”

Lawrence had practiced for the last three weeks before the team made the decision to leave him on the PUP list.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will call Sunday’s game as part of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” series. Andrea Kramer will work the sidelines……The Ravens will return to work Wednesday, following the NFL’s mandatory Tuesday off day. Harbaugh, QB Joe Flacco, LB Ray Lewis and others are expected to meet with the media Wednesday

-G

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Ranking The 53: A Bye Week Look at Ravens Roster

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Ranking The 53: A Bye Week Look at Ravens Roster

Posted on 27 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

As you’ll remember, I spent most of Training Camp ranking the players on the Baltimore Ravens roster as we tried to determine the Top 53 that would make the final roster.

As we’ve reached the team’s Bye Week, I thought I’d use a similar format (as opposed to a Report Card format) to grade the way the 53 men currently on the team’s roster have played thus far this season. Here’s my list…

53. OL Scott Kooistra-He hasn’t seen the field and he hasn’t been around very long. I’m not sure where else he could be ranked.

52. DT Arthur Jones-The team isn’t dissatisfied with the rookie DT from Syracuse. The issue for Jones is that the Ravens are so deep on the interior of their D-Line that they haven’t been able to get Jones on the field yet. Until then, he won’t find himself any higher on the list.

51. WR Donte’ Stallworth-Stallworth’s broken foot has kept him entirely out of game action thus far, and he only returned to practice last week. The team expects him to be on the field Week 9 against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium. Once he gets out there, we can see where he’d rank on this list.

50. QB Marc Bulger-If Marc Bulger never sees the field and stays somewhere near #50, GM Ozzie Newsome and Head Coach John Harbaugh will be thrilled-as it means nothing will have gone wrong with the team’s quarterback. This is exactly where they want him.

49. DT Lamar Divens-It seems like Lamar Divens will always be the first name listed when the “who could you cut to make room for…” conversations happen. That being said, he hasn’t been cut yet this season, and has even seen the field at times. He’s a really good player-even if it hasn’t quite been evident yet this season.

48. TE Dennis Pitta-His offensive contributions (1 catch, 1 yard) have been next to nothing, but Pitta has been a solid special teams contributor and has only been inactive for one game. No one in Owings Mills is unhappy with their rookie TE from BYU thus far.

47. CB Cary Williams-He’s been more of a Special Teams contributor than he’s been a corner thus far this season-and he hasn’t been perfect. His block in the back penalty against the New England Patriots was certainly frustrating; and Harbaugh made it known. Williams’ size (6’1″) could make him helpful at CB at some point, but the team has to trust him there.

46. OT Oniel Cousins-The team didn’t really hide from the fact that they were disappointed by how long it took Oniel to get back on the field after a preseason concussion. At this point, I don’t think they can hide from the disappointment in his on-field performance; as he’s struggled to get playing time at all.

45. LB Prescott Burgess-He’s remained a steady player on Special Teams, and that’s what the team has wanted from him. It’s easy to be down a player who doesn’t contribute at his natural position, but Burgess has been solid.

44. LS Morgan Cox-Matt Katula’s struggles a season ago were at least somewhat to blame for early season misses from then kicker Steve Hauschka. I think that’s why it wasn’t terribly surprising when ST Coordinator Jerry Rosburg and company decided to go with Cox this season. That being said, Cox has been low on a few FG snaps, and has gotten some help from holder Sam Koch. He needs to be a bit steadier.

43. WR Marcus Smith-Smith is another player whose contributions have been limited to Special Teams thus far, which means his mistakes are often much more memorable than anything he does well. He had a tough day in Foxborough, but he wasn’t the only one.

42. DT Terrence Cody-What a frustrating player Terrence Cody has been this season. There’s moments where it looks like things are clicking for him, but there have been many more moments (in the 4 games where he’s played) where he looked absolutely lost. He didn’t record his first NFL tackle until the Week 7 win over the Buffalo Bills.

41. LB Jason Phillips-Phillips may have earned a couple of extra spots on the list simply thanks to the hit he and Edgar Jones delivered to Denver Broncos WR/KR Demaryius Thomas (see below) in Week 5. Phillips is in a tough spot, as the Ravens are deep at ILB. That being said, he’s made an impact in the opportunities he’s had-which is exactly what the team wanted.

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40. DE Paul Kruger-I’m placing Paul Kruger in the top 40, but I’ll note that he’s played in only two games thus far this season-two he may have never played in had the team not released Trevor Pryce earlier in the year. His ability to play in the wedge has helped get him on the field, but the kick return hasn’t exactly been great with or without him.

39. LB Brendon Ayanbadejo-Ayanbadejo is another player who I’m squeezing into the Top 40 despite limited work. It looks like Ayanbadejo is going to be able to continue to be an effective player on Special Teams; but his ability to help is pass coverage will determine where he eventually ends up on this list.

38. RB/KR Jalen Parmele-It’s easy to look at the struggles Parmele has had over the last two weeks and be down on his season; but it cannot be dismissed that he’s averaged over 20 yards per return this season. The Ravens have to figure out what’s going wrong with their kick return. My guess is that they’ll find out that the returner isn’t the biggest problem. My second guess is that it won’t mean Parmele will be the returner moving forward anyway.

37. S Ken Hamlin-When the Ravens released Hamlin to make room for Cary Williams earlier in the season, it looked like a confirmation that Hamlin was simply holding Ed Reed’s roster spot. About a week later we found out that wasn’t exactly the case. Hamlin has been effective on Special Teams and has offered something to Greg Mattison’s defense as well-at least until he was left inactive for the first time Week 7. That could be bad news moving forward for Hamlin.

36. WR David Reed-After looking like he might not be able to play Special Teams at all, Reed developed into a very trustworthy gunner for the Ravens over the first few weeks of the season and has taken more snaps as a returner during practice as the season has gone on. That being said, it is interesting to note that Reed was held out of Sunday’s game against the Bills. It had at least SOMETHING to do with a thigh injury, but it will be interesting to see if it was the injury ONLY, or if the injury was just part of it.

35. TE Ed Dickson-Dickson is an interesting case. In the game against the Broncos, his 58 yard 1st quarter catch was eye-opening. His 6’4″ frame clearly makes him an attractive downfield and jump-ball target. But his holding penalty later in the game was an example of exactly why OC Cam Cameron may not fully trust him enough to keep him on the field. My guess is that Dickson is headed towards some level of a breakout performance.

34. LB Tavares Gooden-I get the feeling that I could be showing a little bit too much fairness to Gooden, who was adequate in the two games he played before injuring his shoulder. He probably hasn’t done enough to justify the position, but I’ll keep him here for now. How he bounces back from another setback (and whether or not he can return in Week 9) could have a lot to do with his future in Charm City.

33. CB Josh Wilson-This is really tricky as well. Wilson has by no means been a liability on the field; but he’s done little to prove himself thus far. He’s missed two games (a healthy inactive when the Ravens played the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field; an ankle injury kept him out of the loss to the Pats at Gillette Stadium), and he hasn’t been perfect as a returner. But when Secondary coach Chuck Pagano need an answer late against the Bills, Wilson stepped up.

32. WR TJ Houshmandzadeh-Truth be told, I’m completely befuddled by TJ Houshmandzadeh’s short tenure in Baltimore. I don’t think he’s been misused, I don’t think Joe Flacco has failed to look for him or get him the ball, I don’t think he’s necessarily been awful in doing his own job (although I absolutely think he’s given half efforts to catch the ball-which was abundantly evident when the Ravens played the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium). I’m not sure what Houshmandzadeh’s role is moving forward as Stallworth returns. No matter what it is, his catch to beat the Steelers will never be forgotten.

31. OL Tony Moll-Moll has shown himself to be a particularly reliable reserve on the O-Line; he’s been the team’s top reserve this season. In fact, he was on the field at RT when the Ravens put together their final TD drive to get the first win of the Harbaugh era in the Steel City.

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30. DT Brandon McKinney-McKinney has quickly become the team’s top reserve along the D-Line, and has played VERY well he’s seen the field this season. He’s probably better as a NT or as an interior tackle in a 4-3 defense, but he’s been outstanding filling multiple roles for DL coach Clarence Brooks.

29. S Haruki Nakamura-Nakamura’s playing time has decreased since the start of the season, but it’s not because he’s performed poorly. Nakamura was both the 3rd safety and the nickel corner in the Ravens’ season opening Monday Night Football win over the New York Jets, but the improved health of the team has limited his role. His play has been effective throughout the season no matter his role.

28. CB Lardarius Webb-After missing the season opener at New Meadowlands Stadium, Webb has been up and down in the six games he’s played. At times he’s been spectacular, including two big pass breakups in the win over the Steelers. At other times he’s been less than spectacular, including the loss to the Bills. Webb stepped in for Zbikowski at PR against the Bills as well, but is unlikely to remain a long term option there.

27. DL Cory Redding-This is somewhat of a tricky judgment as well. Redding has played well, but was supposed to be able to get off the field in obvious passing situations this season to allow for a better rush end option. Sadly, the Ravens don’t have a better rush end option. Redding has just one sack on the season, and that number is unlikely to get much bigger.

26. LB Dannell Ellerbe-If Dannell Ellerbe didn’t have to play in pass coverage, he probably would find himself in the Top 15. Of course, there are a number of LB’s in the NFL who could say the same thing. Ellerbe has been solid but not spectacular, and has not exactly shown himself to be an “answer” for the Ravens at JACK LB.

25. OL Chris Chester-The Ravens would certainly prefer to have Chester coming off the bench and taking snaps at multiple positions; but the back injury to Jared Gaither has forced him into a starting role at RG. Chester hasn’t been perfect, but at no point has he been any sort of liability.

24. LB Jameel McClain-McClain has thus far been the most consistent answer at JACK LB, but he probably hasn’t solidified the position the way the team may have hoped he would. McClain has been solid, but has not been able to make too many plays in the backfield. Opponents have also been surprisingly able to run the ball with effectiveness (none more than Cleveland Browns RB Peyton Hillis), which has to fall on the entire group-including McClain.

23. OL Marshal Yanda-No one has forgotten about Jared Gaither in Baltimore, but Marshal Yanda has solidified the RT position after a few early season struggles. Yanda is still better served playing at the Guard position, but he’s shown his athleticism and ability to both pass block and run block at the RT position.

22. S Ed Reed-There’s little argument for me ranking a player who has seen the field for just one game this high; but the argument exists. Of course, it is a very short argument-based solely on the fact that despite playing in just one game, Reed leads the team in interceptions. He looked like the Ed Reed of old against the Bills, giving the organization every reason to believe he’ll continue to play at a high level.

21. RB Willis McGahee-We might never TRULY know why McGahee didn’t see the field against the Pats, but he’s been very good every other time he’s seen the field. McGahee has been a solid back in both short yardage and goal line situations, is an effective blocker, and can take consecutive handoffs. If for some reason Ray Rice were to get hurt, the Ravens would be fine at RB.

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20. C Matt Birk-Birk might not play at a Pro Bowl level necessarily anymore, but he’s still very good. He had some struggles early on this season, but he’s played very well in recent weeks. The Ravens may not have a center of the future on the roster necessarily, but they’re still just fine right now.

19. DT Kelly Gregg-Gregg has been just as steady as always this season; tallying 30 tackles and taking on double teams the same way he’s done since his breakout year in 2002. The only potential knock on Gregg has been a lack of plays made in the backfield.

18. S/PR Tom Zbikowski-The Ravens have been very happy with the play they’ve received from Zbikowski this season-especially while Reed missed the first six weeks of the season. Fans haven’t been thrilled with Zbikowski as punt returner-but since inexplicably running the ball backwards in East Rutherford, he’s been solid in that role as well. Zbikowski missed Game 7 with a bruised heel, but isn’t expected to be out for an extended period of time.

17. S Dawan Landry-I feel like we keep getting back to the Buffalo game with Ravens defenders-but that tends to be what happens when a team gives up 34 points at home. Landry had been very solid until that game however, and has 52 tackles through seven games this season.

16. CB Chris Carr-The best thing to happen to the Ravens in the wake of the Domonique Foxworth injury has been the play of Carr. Carr has been particularly steady starting opposite Fabian Washington. The team would probably like to see him improve a bit on the one interception and five pass deflections he’s posted thus far this season.

15. LB Jarret Johnson-The only disappointment with Johnson this season has been his lack of involvement in the pass rush. He’s tallied just half a sack thus far to go with 28 tackles. He’s been good, he’s just not quite played to the level he played at a season ago when he compiled six sacks.

14. K Billy Cundiff-The name Shayne Graham has LONG been forgotten at 1 Winning Drive. Cundiff has been incredible on kickoffs, tallying 18 touchbacks this season. He had entered the season with just 11 touchbacks for his CAREER. Cundiff is also 10/12 on field goal attempts; with one of the two misses coming in the goofy open end of the stadium at Heinz Field. There really isn’t much more that can be said about Cundiff, he’s been tremendous this season.

13. P Sam Koch-While I’m at it, Koch has been outstanding this season as well. He’s pinned punts inside the 20 yard line 19 times already this season. Some of his yardage numbers are a bit off this season, as the Ravens have had better field position in general this season. Oakland Raiders P Shane Lechler is still probably having a better season; but Koch has to at least be in consideration for a trip to Hawaii.

12. OT Michael Oher-Oher won’t want to hear the name Jermaine Cunningham any time soon, but otherwise he’s avoided a sophomore slump. Oher has answered almost all questions about his ability to play the LT position, even if he isn’t quite Jonathan Ogden just yet. He LOOKS like he’s offsides more than he actually IS offsides, with the only exception being the Patriots game.

11. LB Terrell Suggs-There’s a misconception that T-Sizzle is having a bad season. That’s simply not true. Suggs has played very well at times, and has clearly developed into a very complete all-around LB. The problem is-the Ravens don’t necessarily need an improved all-around LB on the outside. They REALLY need a pass rushing monster, and Suggs (3.5 sacks) just isn’t that guy right now, nor may he ever be again.

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10. G Ben Grubbs-Grubbs has been the team’s most consistent Offensive Lineman thus far this season, and is setting himself up nicely for a potential Pro Bowl trip. As the team’s longest tenured O-Lineman, Grubbs has been significantly important for the team in maintaining continuity in a season where they have been forced to move pieces around.

9. TE Todd Heap-The Ravens thought that drafting two tight ends would help keep Heap fresh by getting him off the field for a handful of snaps every game. They also thought that signing multiple receivers in the offseason would help free up space on the field for Joe Flacco to find Heap. They’ve been right about both things. Heap has still taken a beating this season (thanks in part to Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather), but he’s on pace to have at least his best offensive season since 2006.

8. CB Fabian Washington-Don’t start cursing at your computer screen just yet. I am well aware that Lee Evans treated Washington like Sidney Rice would Frank Walker in the Ravens’ loss to the Bills. However, in the six games before that-Washington was a significant part of why the Ravens had one of the top pass defenses in the NFL (now ranked 8th for the record). Washington’s future standing on this list will of course have everything to do with how he bounces back from what was a dreadful Week 7 performance.

7. WR Derrick Mason-Remember him? Mason might not be on pace for a 1,000 yard season; but when they’ve needed him-he’s been ready to make plays. He was the team’s leading receiver in two very tough road games (at Pittsburgh and at New England), and he caught the only touchdown of the game in the Ravens’ Week 2 loss in the Queen City. Mason is just as reliable as always, and still catches the football…with the exception of the handful of times the team has decided for some goofy reason to try to throw jump balls in the direction of his 5’10″ frame.

6. RB Ray Rice-Fantasy football owners may not be quite as happy with Ray Rice’s performance as I am; but he’s been very good this season. He’s on pace to finish the season with over 1,400 yards of total offense; and should be able to remain fresh the more the Ravens work McGahee into the offense. Rice was expected to be a Top 3 caliber player on this list, but the lack of a breakaway burst appears to be hurting him right now. If that re-appears, he might show himself to be the type of MVP candidate he was a season ago.

5. LB Ray Lewis-Let me get this out of the way. Ray Lewis has not played like the future Hall of Fame LB he is in every game this season. He looked downright human against the Browns. That being said, the season opener on MNF was a vintage performance from one of the greatest defenders in league history, and Lewis locked up the Steelers game with a late interception of Charlie Batch. He tallied 15 tackles in the win over the Bills as well. San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis may be the unquestionable greatest LB in the game today, but Ray Lewis has not fallen terribly far behind.

4. FB Le’Ron McClain-This one may catch a few folks off guard, as the personal foul penalty in Foxborough and the lack of carries probably stick out in the minds of most fans more than anything else, but Le’Ron McClain is playing as well at his position as almost anyone else on the Ravens roster this season. RB Coach Wilbert Montgomery graded McClain’s performance against the Browns as the best by a Ravens player this season, and Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron told me that in terms of the total package-blocking, rushing and pass catching-McClain was absolutely the best fullback in not only the AFC-but the entire NFL.

3. QB Joe Flacco-If it weren’t for the dud in Cincy, Flacco may be #1 on the list. Unfortunately, the game in Cincy still counts. Flacco has been outstanding for the better part of the season-despite strange criticism from fans and a handful of analysts alike. He’s on pace for another season with 3,000+ yards and 20+ touchdowns and has limited his turnovers in games BESIDES Cincinnati. Flacco still needs to figure out that Ray Rice is just 5’7″; which has to be the most frustrating part of his game at this point.

2. WR Anquan Boldin-Anquan Boldin has been everything the Ravens had hoped he would be and more. He’s been a reliable target, he’s shown the type of toughness that originally made him a star with the Arizona Cardinals, and at times (the Browns game sticks out) he’s even added an explosive level to his game. He unfortunately doesn’t get to matchup against Eric Wright every week; but he’s on pace for 1,000+ yards and double digit TD’s no matter who he’s up against. Some fans in Baltimore who weren’t familiar with his game thought the Ravens were getting Larry Fitzgerald; but for those who knew what type of player Boldin was-he’s been ABSOLUTELY as good as advertised if not better.

1. DT Haloti Ngata-There is simply no better player on this football team right now than Haloti Ngata. There’s almost no argument any longer about who the best interior D-Lineman is in the NFL either. The only unfortunate part about the season for Ngata has been the fact that the lack of a rush end has forced the Ravens to send Ngata outside and hope he could get to the quarterback. He’s capable, but it’s by no means where he is best used. When he does get in the backfield, there’s no quarterback (or other player at any position) that’s happy to see him.

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-G

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

Posted on 11 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (4-1) returned to work Monday at 1 Winning Drive after an impressive 31-17 win over the Denver Broncos Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Head Coach John Harbaugh addressed the media as the team shifted focus from their big win over the Broncos to their impending Week 6 trip to Foxborough to face the New England Patriots (3-1) at Gillette Stadium. Here are some of the highlights from Harbaugh’s press conference…

-Harbaugh offered little new information when it comes to CB Josh Wilson, who injured his hamstring on Brandon Lloyd’s second TD catch Sunday. “I hope it’s a short-term injury” said the coach, adding “it’s not a major hamstring pull or anything like that.” Harbaugh also touched on the decision to switch from RB Jalen Parmele to Wilson at Kick Return, saying “we’ll just see going forward” who is the returner. Harbaugh added “I think both of those guys have done a good job and we’re just looking for a big play.”

-Harbaugh all but dismissed the chances of the Ravens re-signing LB Antwan Barnes, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday. “I haven’t had a conversation with (Barnes)” said Harbaugh. “We don’t really have a roster opportunity right now for that. (I) wouldn’t be opposed to it-Antwan’s a good person, a good player, and obviously has done some good things here-but right now there’s no way roster-wise that we could pull that off.” The Ravens traded Barnes to Philly on September 4th for a conditional pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Eagles are believed to be interested in bring Barnes back to the roster this week, similar to the move the Ravens attempted to pull off with DE Trevor Pryce two weeks ago before he was signed by the New York Jets.

-Harbaugh admitted that the potential returns of S Ed Reed, LB Brendon Ayanbadejo and RB Matt Lawrence from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list following the Week 6 game against the Pats will have to factor into the team’s decision process with OT Jared Gaither, who has first the first five weeks of the season with a back injury. Harbaugh acknowledged “the season is only 16 weeks, so obviously at some point in time we have to make a decision.” Harbaugh also reiterated that Gaither “is a really good player” and “a quality offensive tackle” who “can make our team better.” Harbaugh said he had a lengthy conversation with Gaither last Friday, but doctors have not come to an agreement about exactly what Gaither is dealing with. Harbaugh said “there’s a chance (Gaither) could get back sometime in the next few weeks.”

-Harbaugh offered praise and criticism for rookie TE Ed Dickson, who lead the team in receiving Sunday with 58 yards despite making just one catch. “He was on the field quite a bit (Sunday) and did some pretty good things blocking” said Harbaugh. “He had the holding penalty, he was disappointed with that-as was I.” Harbaugh admitted “it’s our job to get him on the field more. Here’s a guy that’s got ability, he’s worked really hard, he’s very dangerous in the passing game. We need to try to get him out there more and more.”

NOTES: Hear Harbaugh’s press conference NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Dickson joined Drew Forrester Monday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST; that chat is also available now in the Audio Vault……the Ravens are off Tuesday (the NFL’s mandatory day off), they will return to the practice field Wednesday in Owings Mills.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Prince Miller Returns to Practice Squad

Posted on 07 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (3-1) returned to work at 1 Winning Drive Thursday, preparing for a Sunday matchup with the Denver Broncos (2-2) at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens made a minor roster move Thursday, signing CB Prince Miller back to their practice squad after releasing him from the active roster Tuesday. Miller originally made the Ravens’ roster out of Training Camp, but was released when the team signed CB Bryan McCann. Miller signed with the New England Patriots practice squad before Week 1 of the regular season, but the Ravens signed him back to their active roster before Week 2 after releasing McCann. The Ravens were able to cut Miller and sign him to their practice squad after keeping him on the active roster for the NFL minimum three weeks.

Miller maintained a positive attitude about what essentially turns out to be a demotion, saying Thursday “it’s a decision that had to be made. When you’re in the position I was in, anything can happen.” Miller added “I’m going to continue working how I’ve been working, and maybe my number gets called sooner or later.”

To make room for Miller on the practice squad, the team released CB Danny Gorrer.

CAMERON DOESN’T WANT AUDIBLES:
A popular frustration amongst Ravens fans this season has been the lack of audibles called by QB Joe Flacco at the line. It turns out there may be a very good reason for why it doesn’t happen very often.

Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron told reporters Thursday “audible-ing is overrated. We’re better off calling a play and executing that play.”

Cameron said the Ravens used audibles much more during Flacco’s rookie season in 2008; but admitted he wouldn’t give away too much information about the team’s current offensive decision making.

Cameron also told reporters that he had a simple philosophy for keeping all of the team’s offensive playmakers (including WR’s Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin and TJ Houshmandzadeh; as well as TE Todd Heap and RB Ray Rice) happy, saying “if you’re out there, we want to do everything we can to get you the ball.”

PRACTICE UPDATE: OT Jared Gaither (back), LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder), DE Paul Kruger (knee) and WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot) have all been ruled OUT for Sunday’s game against the Broncos, none were on the practice field Thursday.

Strangely missing from the practice field during the portion open to the media were CB Fabian Washington and RB/KR Jalen Parmele. Washington has since been confirmed as missing due to illness, while Parmele was not listed on the injury report and must have been a late arrival.

LB Edgar Jones (thigh) was listed as a limited participant for a second straight day. FB Le’Ron McClain (shoulder) was on the practice field, but was wearing a red “no-contact” jersey. He was listed as a full participant, along with Heap (shoulder) and Rice (knee).

For the Broncos; RB Spencer Larsen (ankle), RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and DL Jamal Williams (not injury related) missed practice. CB Andre Goodman (quad) and LB Wesley Woodyard (hamstring) were listed as limited participants. All other Broncos were not listed.

NOTES: Hear from Cameron, Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison, LB Terrell Suggs and Miller NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……DT Lamar Divens joined Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. If you missed the chat, make sure you check it out in the Audio Vault as well. OL Tony Moll is scheduled to join Forrester Friday morning at 6:50am……The Ravens will practice again Friday, with Head Coach John Harbaugh slated to address the media after practice. They will then hold a walkthrough Saturday before Sunday’s game. Saturday’s walkthrough is closed to the media.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 30 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because Mike Tyson, Wayne Brady and Bobby Brown blew up in the interwebs yesterday…

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AWESOME.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says John Harbaugh claimed Ravens DE Trevor Pryce ‘will be back with us’

I’m torn on this.

I understand that there are circumstances that meant Trevor Pryce might not dress anyway in the Steel City. I understand that the Ravens like what Ken Hamlin brings to the table defensively, in veteran leadership and most importantly on Special Teams.

I understand all of that.

But I will admit that I am uncomfortable with the entire situation. The NFL mandates that you keep a 53 man roster. I would imagine that if the Ravens COULD release Prince Miller they probably would have, but he has to stay on the roster for another week.

We’ll see how this all shakes out. If anything, it says the most about Trevor Pryce-who was once amongst the best defensive players in the AFC; but now finds himself as nothing more than a potential roster casualty.

Strange times.

2. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ray Rice didn’t practice Wednesday, but teammates believe he’ll play Sunday in Pittsburgh vs. Steelers

Ray was made unavailable by Ravens staffers yesterday, but he had no noticeable limp when he was walking in the locker room and walking on the practice field. For now, I’ll lean towards the idea that he’s 60-40 to be on the field at Heinz Field. That number is trending up…

And honestly, I think the Ravens can survive without Ray Rice Sunday. I think they can still establish something with Willis McGahee, Le’Ron McClain and Jalen Parmele-even if they aren’t as dynamic as they would be with Rice.

Still-I’m betting he plays as of this moment.

3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Jared Gaither (back) returned to practice for first time since early in Training Camp

It was clearly good to see Gaither back out on the practice field. It would be particularly helpful if he could see the field Sunday, but I will admit that I am not expecting it.

You know who it would be REALLY nice to see on the practice field in Owings Mills? Shannon James. (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)

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4. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Anquan Boldin named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Boldin’s response? “Doesn’t matter.”

A couple of things before we move on from the Ravens…

-Cory Redding (concussion) and Tony Moll (hip) also didn’t practice Wednesday. We don’t know much yet about their status for Sunday, we’ll hope to find out more today.

-Speaking of which, Ryan Chell will be out at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills today (I’m moving…yes…in the monsoon) for Ravens practice. Make sure you’re tuned into AM1570, following on Twitter (@WNST) and checking WNST.net for updates. We are expected to hear from Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron, Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison and Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg following practice.

5. The AP says Kevin Millwood masterful as Orioles topped Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field

Apparently someone made a mistake and sent Brian Matusz to the hill last night at The Trop wearing a “Millwood” jersey. Weird.

I assume that’s the last time we’ll ever see Kevin Millwood in a Birds uniform, so at least he gave us a nice memory. Or he gave the 73 people in Charm City who were watching the game a nice memory.

I would have watched, but “Modern Family” was on last night. Sorry.

6. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win

Millwood’s line in out-dueling Jeff Niemann? 7IP, 0R, 2H, 3BB, 7K.

Pretty good.

Felix Pie added a two run triple; scoring Adam Jones and Nick Markakis.

We’ll call the numbers “effective.”

Effective enough in fact that it’s worth going to look at them-then coming back here. When you come back here, Pheobe Price will be waiting for you. (Thanks Don Chavez!)

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7. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s considering adding bars/restaurants to Oriole Park at Camden Yards

I think this is a bit of a no-brainer. They’re not selling out their boxes and club seats, so it would make sense to alter some of the club level to include a few restaurants and bars with a view of the field.

They don’t need to go crazy with this. When I was in Phoenix, Chase Field not only had a TGI Friday’s in left field (which was nice); but they also had a NIGHTCLUB in Center Field. That isn’t necessary.

But I wouldn’t mind there being something like a Hightopps in left field…where I could sit and enjoy 23-368 Mooseheads. You know, somewhere that I could look like this…

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8. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Arrieta will avoid surgery after getting second opinion

Before we move on from the Orioles, a few things…

-Alfredo Simon had his suspension reduced from two; which he began serving last night. I’d have a reaction, but really…why???

-The Orioles finished the road portion of their schedule last night, they now return home to OPACY for the final series of the season. The Detroit Tigers are in town, and if the rain will allow, Jeremy Bonderman will face Jeremy Guthrie tonight; and first pitch on MASN will be at 7:05pm.

9. TowsonTigers.com says Cincinnati Associate AD Mike Waddell introduced as new Athletic Director

Did you miss Mike Waddell this morning with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? If you did, make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to check it out! Other things you can find in the Audio Vault include…

  • Sean McManus (CBS Sports President/son of Jim McKay)-who discussed the Sports TV industry and this Saturday’s Jim McKay Maryland Million at Laurel Park with Drew Thursday morning
  • Sean Salisbury (“Sean Unfiltered”-Voice America Sports Radio)-who joined Drew Thursday morning to talk all things NFL
  • Bob Harris (Duke Play by Play Voice)-who joined Drew Thursday morning to preview Saturday’s showdown between the Blue Devils and Terrapins
  • Jason La Canfora (NFL Network)-who joined Drew Thursday morning to take a trip around the league
  • Damon Klepczynski (Mountain Branch)-who joined Drew Thursday morning to talk some Ryder Cup
  • Roland Williams (VERSUS College Football analyst, former Raiders/Rams TE)-who joined Rex Snider Thursday afternoon on “The Afternoon Drive” Wednesday to preview Navy/Air Force Saturday
  • Jennie Finch (Former USA Softball Player)-who joined Rex Wednesday to discuss her role with the Avocado League
  • Casper Wells (Detroit Tigers OF, former Towson Tiger)-who joined Thyrl Nelson Wednesday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat” to preview his return to Baltimore this weekend
  • TONS of audio from 1 Winning Drive Wednesday-including John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Jarret Johnson, Anquan Boldin, Kelly Gregg, Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain

It’s all in the Audio Vault-so don’t worry; I have your day planned for you again. Look outside. It’s not like you were going anywhere…

10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland WR Torrey Smith expected to play Saturday vs. Duke

THANK.GOD.

But if for some reason the star Wide Receiver COULDN’T go, I’d recommend Ralph Friedgen consider inserting Roxanne Pallett. (Thanks Guyism!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

Best ever rain song? How about Led Zeppelin…

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The O.A.R./Robert Randolph version isn’t bad either…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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

Posted on 27 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens were back at work Monday at 1 Winning Drive after their 24-17 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. John Harbaugh met with the media Monday afternoon to look ahead to this weekend’s AFC North showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Here are some of the highlights…

-Harbaugh said RB Ray Rice suffered a “knee contusion” in the loss. As far as his status for Sunday in the Steel City, Harbaugh said “we’ll have to see how he fares throughout the week” in practice. Should Rice not be able to go Sunday, Willis McGahee would get the bulk of the carries. “I like the way Willis runs” noted Harbaugh, who said McGahee’s size (240 pounds) could give the Ravens offense a different look. Harbaugh also mentioned that Jalen Parmele “can do it to” and FB Le’Ron McClain could also be an option should Rice be out.

-Harbaugh said “I haven’t gotten a read on” DL Cory Redding, who left Sunday’s game with a concussion. Harbaugh said he didn’t believe the team had done any post-concussion tests on Redding yet, and the team would probably give him until closer to practice Wednesday to allow his head to clear up.  Harbaugh also had no update on OT Jared Gaither (back), who missed his third straight game Sunday.

-Harbaugh said DT Terrence Cody could “possibly” play Sunday should Redding be unavailable. “We’ll see how it goes” said the coach. “Terrence (knee) is getting healthier, he practiced well last week. We’ll see how it goes. We want to get him up if we can.” DT’s Arthur Jones and Lamar Divens have also been inactive, they could play in place of Redding as well. Another option would be DE Paul Kruger. “I’m sure when Paul gets activated he’ll play really well” said Harbaugh.

-Regarding the Steelers’ surprising 3-0 record to start the season despite playing without QB Ben Roethlisberger, Harbaugh quickly snapped back “we don’t care. It doesn’t make any difference to us.” Harbaugh said that he believed before the season that the Steelers “were going to be a very good football team” with or without Roethlisberger. “We’re not surprised that they’re 3-0, but we don’t care. We’re going to play the game.” Harbaugh also praised the Pittsburgh defense, saying “there’s no week link” defensively. Harbaugh singled out Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, saying “he has a great knack for changing things up all the time.”

NOTES
: Hear from Harbaugh NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta joined Drew Forrester Monday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, LB Dannell Ellerbe joined Rex Snider and Luke Jones on “The Afternoon Drive” Monday as well. Both chats are available in the Audio Vault……The Ravens are off Tuesday (mandatory NFL off day), they will be back at work Wednesday at 1 Winning Drive.

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Ravens Announce Final 53* Players to Make Roster

Posted on 04 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

The Baltimore Ravens made multiple moves today to trim their roster from 75 active players to 53.

The team announced they have placed DT Kelly Talavou (knee), OT David Hale (back), OT Stefan Rodgers (ankle and OT Ramon Harewood (knee) on Injured Reserve, ending their 2010 season. The team also moved S Ed Reed from the Active PUP list to the Reserve PUP list. LB Antwan Barnes was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

The team also cut an additional 15 players: TE Davon Drew, S/CB K.J. Gerard, WR Justin Harper, CB Chris Hawkins, CB Brad Jones, OL Bryan Mattison, DE/LB Albert McClellan, OT Joe Reitz, WR Eron Riley, QB Troy Smith, RB Curtis Steele, OT Devin Tyler, WR Demetrius Williams, CB Travis Fisher and K Shayne Graham.

The team actually has 54 players currently on the roster, as CB Cary Williams does not count against the roster for the first two weeks while suspended. Here is the Ravens roster:

QB’s (2)
Joe Flacco
Marc Bulger

RB’s (4)
Ray Rice
Willis McGahee
Le’Ron McClain
Jalen Parmele

TE’s (3)
Todd Heap
Ed Dickson
Dennis Pitta

WR’s (6)
Anquan Boldin
Derrick Mason
Mark Clayton
Marcus Smith
David Reed
Donte’ Stallworth* (expected to miss 8 or more weeks)

OL (8)
Michael Oher
Ben Grubbs
Matt Birk
Marshal Yanda
Jared Gaither
Chris Chester
Tony Moll
Oniel Cousins

DL (9)
Haloti Ngata
Trevor Pryce
Cory Redding
Kelly Gregg
Terrence Cody
Brandon McKinney
Arthur Jones
Lamar Divens
Paul Kruger

LB’s (9)
Ray Lewis
Terrell Suggs
Jarret Johnson
Jameel McClain
Tavares Gooden
Dannell Ellerbe
Prescott Burgess
Jason Phillips
Edgar Jones

CB’s (6*)
Fabian Washington
Chris Carr
Josh Wilson
Lardarius Webb
Prince Miller
Cary Williams* (Does not count against roster)

S’s (4)
Dawan Landry
Tom Zbikowski
Haruki Nakamura
Ken Hamlin

ST’s (3)
Sam Koch
Morgan Cox
Billy Cundiff

The Ravens can add eight players to their practice squad Sunday.

Here are Ozzie Newsome’s thoughts on the decision to cut Troy Smith and carry just two quarterbacks: “The competition to make our team was very heated, and we decided to keep a position player rather than a third quarterback. We have a number of young guys who made our team who have tremendous upside, plus they can help us win this year. We’ve gone with two quarterbacks before (last time was 2006).”

Here are John Harbaugh’s thoughts on Billy Cundiff making the team ahead of Shayne Graham: “First, congratulations to Billy. He won a great competition, and he earned this spot. We’ve talked about this the entire preseason: Both Billy and Shayne rose to the occasion and performed at high levels. We know Shayne will kick in the league, but we feel very good about the decision to go with Billy.”

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