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Perhaps Trade Good Business, But Ravens Need Good Players

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Perhaps Trade Good Business, But Ravens Need Good Players

Posted on 27 April 2012 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — I almost thought about just re-posting the column I wrote two years ago.

I DEFINITELY thought about writing nothing at all.

But after the Baltimore Ravens traded their first round pick in the NFL Draft to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the Vikes’ 2nd and 4th round picks Thursday night, I had a few thoughts cross my mind.

After making the trade, General Manager Ozzie Newsome described the decision as “good business” for the Ravens. He might very well be correct. According to the famous Jimmy Johnson trade chart, the Ravens’ 29th overall pick was worth 640 points. The two picks acquired by the Ravens (35th and 98th overall) are worth a combined 658 points. Based on the chart alone, the trade really does appear to be “good business.”

Let’s drag this out a little bit though. The combined value of having the 129th-160th picks in the Draft (or ROUGHLY the entire 5th round) is 1,093.5 points. The 14th pick in the first round of the draft is 1,100 points. The value is almost exactly the same.

So with that in mind-which would you rather have? Would you rather have the 14th pick in the NFL Draft or the entire 5th round in the NFL Draft?

Don’t think about this TOO much. I don’t think there’s really a correct answer here.

The point I’m trying to drive home is that the acquisition of an additional pick or the breakdown of picks based on a numerical chart does not guarantee a selection in the draft is necessarily “good business.”

The last time the Ravens traded out of the first round was in 2010, when the team famously dealt the 25th overall pick in the first round of the Draft to the Denver Broncos for the 43rd, 70th and 114th overall picks in the Draft. The team would go on to select LB Sergio Kindle with the 43rd pick, TE Ed Dickson with the 70th and TE Dennis Pitta with the 114th. While Kindle has been almost a complete non-factor in the two seasons since the deal (and it is hard to imagine him becoming much more than that), Dickson and Pitta have established themselves as capable contributors at the pro level.

The player selected in the 25th spot was now New York Jets QB (and Special Teamer?) Tim Tebow. At first blush, the deal appears to have been “good business” indeed for the Baltimore Ravens.

But if we step back even a bit more, it’s worth identifying some of the players selected between the 25th and 43rd spot in the 2010 Draft. The list includes New England Patriots Pro Bowl CB Devin McCourty and TE Rob Gronkowski, as well as players like New Orleans Saints CB Patrick Robinson (4 interceptions in 2011), Miami Dolphins DL Jared Odrick (6 sacks in 2011), Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best (over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 6 combined TD’s in 2010 before an injury shortened 2011 campaign) and other promising young players.

The Ravens picked up Kindle, Dickson and Pitta but could have had Gronkowski.

This “which would you rather?” argument is nearly as compelling as the earlier one presented. In the spirit of full disclosure, the Ravens have said Gronkowski failed a physical before the 2010 Draft that took him off their board.

The 2010 deal could perhaps prove to ultimately be known as “good business” or it could ultimately be known as the year the Ravens missed on a chance to get one of the more dynamic players in the National Football League. Moreover, two of the players selected between the time the Ravens traded out of the 25th pick and ultimately selected with the 43rd pick in 2010 went on to help a Pats team eliminate the Ravens in the 2012 AFC Championship Game and prevent the Purple & Black from reaching their first Super Bowl in over a decade.

So while we’re quick to accept the idea that trading out of the first round with talented players still on the board like LB Courtney Upshaw, WR Stephen Hill, OL Peter Konz and OT Jonathan Martin was “good business” for the Ravens Thursday night, let’s tell the whole story and paint the entire picture. Trading out of the first round MIGHT have been good business for the Ravens.

It MIGHT be looked upon as the time the Ravens missed out on a future superstar like Vikings S Harrison Smith, San Francisco 49ers WR AJ Jenkins, New York Giants RB David Wilson or (perhaps) Indianapolis Colts LB Upshaw.

As the headline of this column suggested, the Baltimore Ravens may have pulled off “good business” by dealing out of the first round, but the more important need for the team is to acquire good players. If the Ravens acquire good players with the 35th and 98th picks this year, the deal will ultimately prove to truly be good business.

If the Ravens instead miss out on those picks, the deal will be known more as the year where a team looking to make the next step towards a Super Bowl title failed to acquire good players.

You’ll probably tell me I’m being negative. I’d like to think I’m just being realistic.

-G

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game – Ravens & Patriots

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game – Ravens & Patriots

Posted on 24 January 2012 by Glenn Clark

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

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

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

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough…

(NOTE-Not all pictures are of actual play.)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Danny Woodhead returns Billy Cundiff kickoff 41 yards to Pats’ 37 (3rd quarter)

4. Joe Flacco pass intended for Ed Dickson intercepted by Brandon Spikes (4th quarter)

3. Joe Flacco pass intended for Dennis Pitta on 4th & 6 incomplete (4th quarter)

2. Billy Cundiff misses 32 yard field goal wide left (4th quarter)

1. Sterling Moore breaks up Joe Flacco pass intended for Lee Evans (4th quarter)

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Pitta brings the American Express home to Perry Hall with WNST

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Pitta brings the American Express home to Perry Hall with WNST

Posted on 07 January 2012 by WNSTV

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game – Ravens v. Bengals

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game – Ravens v. Bengals

Posted on 03 January 2012 by Glenn Clark

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

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

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

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 24-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium…

(NOTE: Not all pictures are of actual play.)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Ray Rice 70yd TD run (1st quarter)

4. Dennis Pitta 39yd catch from Joe Flacco (1st quarter)

3. Dennis Pitta 9yd TD pass from Joe Flacco (2nd quarter)

2. Bernard Pollard recovers Jermaine Gresham fumble forced by Terrell Suggs (4th quarter)

1. Ray Rice 51yd TD run (4th quarter)


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Our Ravens/Bengals Pats on the Ass

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Our Ravens/Bengals Pats on the Ass

Posted on 01 January 2012 by Glenn Clark

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

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

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 24-16 AFC North clinching victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. John Harbaugh

4. Jameel McClain

3. Cary Williams

2. Dennis Pitta

1. Ray Rice (Pat on Both Cheeks)

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game-Ravens/Colts

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game-Ravens/Colts

Posted on 13 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

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

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

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

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 24-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium…

(NOTE: Not all pictures are of actual play.)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Lardarius Webb 27 yard punt return to Indy 40 (1st quarter)

4. Ray Rice 9 yard catch from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 7 (2nd quarter)

3. Bernard Pollard defends Dan Orlovsky pass intended for Dallas Clark in endzone (2nd quarter)

2. Ray Rice 6 yard TD run (2nd quarter)

1. Dennis Pitta 7 yard TD catch from Joe Flacco (3rd quarter)


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Our Ravens-Colts Pats on the Ass

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Our Ravens-Colts Pats on the Ass

Posted on 11 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

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

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

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 24-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Jameel McClain

4. Bernard Pollard

3. Vonta Leach

2. Joe Flacco

1. Ray Rice


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Flacco announces start of “Fu-stivus” and charity drive for all Ravens fans who get ugly

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Flacco announces start of “Fu-stivus” and charity drive for all Ravens fans who get ugly

Posted on 06 December 2011 by WNST Staff

WNST.net is excited to announce a partnership with Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco designed to create excitement and energy around the holidays, Festivus and the team’s pending playoff and Super Bowl run over the next 10 weeks while raising money for one of Baltimore’s great local charities for kids and education — the Living Classrooms Foundation.

Everyone who is a Ravens knows that Joe Flacco unveiled a Fu Manchu mustache on Thanksgiving night and said that he wanted teammates and the local purple community to be involved.

So it’s in response to that night and with great civic spirit and charitable intentions in partnership with Joe Flacco that we announce the formation of  “Fu 5 Fighters For Flacco” – essentially a local army of fans who will pledge to donate $5 per week to the Living Classrooms Foundation while either growing (or showing, sporting and/or wearing) a Fu Manchu. In addition for those participating, we’re offering an awesome contest on Facebook and Twitter to win a private dinner with Joe Flacco in Spring 2012 for three lucky fans. EVERYONE who completes their donation before Feb. 18, 2012 will also automatically be entered to win with one male and one female supporter selected in Spring 2012.

It’s very simple and here’s how you can be involved and donate:

•    Like the Fu 5 Fighters For Flacco page at Facebook here and register your Fu For Flacco by joining the contest here. THIS IS THE ONLY OFFICIAL WAY TO WIN! Make sure you share the pictures of your Fu For Flacco before Jan. 2, 2012 and make it your Facebook profile photo as well to tell the purple world that you’re supporting Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens for the newly crowned “Fu-stivus.”

•    Follow @5FlaccoFu on Twitter and share all posts, pictures and comments with Twitter hashtag #5F

•    Make sure you follow through with your donations for a chance to win a meal with Joe Flacco in Spring 2012. All of the rules of the competition are on our Facebook contest page at Fu 5 Fighters For Flacco page.

But this is pretty simple.

For men, you can grow your own Fu Manchus.

For the ladies, you can “show” your Fu by getting creative with your makeup kit!

Here’s a video from Joe Flacco talking about the origin of the Fu and why he’s excited to have Baltimore Ravens participate and get involved not only with the “Fu-stivus” season but also to benefit a great local charity like Living Classrooms with your donations.

If – or WHEN – the Ravens win the Super Bowl in February, your donation would be $50 for a championship run. And, of course, you’ll have some great pictures, laughs and memories to share with friends as Joe’s No. 5 Army is deploying with our Baltimore version of the playoff beard.

You can also now buy Flacco Fu cartoon T-shirts here.

Sizes
Small $17.00 USD Medium $17.00 USD Large $17.00 USD XL $20.00 USD XXL $20.00 USD

Happy Fu-stivus to all.

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game-Ravens/49ers

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game-Ravens/49ers

Posted on 29 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

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

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

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

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 16-6 win over the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium…

(NOTE: Not all pictures are of actual play.)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Lardarius Webb intercepts Alex Smith in endzone (2nd quarter)

4. Dennis Pitta 11 yard catch from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 6 (3rd quarter)

3. Lee Evans 8 yard catch from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 7 (3rd quarter)

2. Terrell Suggs sacks Alex Smith, forces fumble out of bounds (4th quarter)

1. Dennis Pitta 8 yd TD catch from Joe Flacco (4th quarter)


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Our Ravens-49ers Pats on The Ass

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Our Ravens-49ers Pats on The Ass

Posted on 25 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

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

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

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 16-6 Thanksgiving victory over the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Vonta Leach & 4. Matt Birk

3. Lardarius Webb


(Webb is confirmed to join WNST & Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo for Monday Night Live at Hightopps Backstage Grille in Timonium Monday night at 7pm)

2. Terrell Suggs

1. Cory Redding (Pat on Both Cheeks)

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