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Week 3 Coach Speak

Posted on 22 September 2010 by Brian Billick

This week on the show I host on FOXSports.com, Coach Speak, I talk with Eagles head coach Andy Reid about his two quarterbacks, Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb, I give my best “never say never” moments of the NFL’s Week 2 schedule, we get a tutorial from Jets’ defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman on how cornerbacks use press coverage techniques, Chargers’ tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski tells us about San Diego’s two-TE formation, I give my thoughts about not panicking when you have an 0-2 start like the Cowboys and Vikings have right now and I talk to Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh about one of his favorite subjects this week — too much protection for the quarterback.

Make sure you catch my on-air visits each week talking about the NFL on WNST during the football season. Here is Week 3′s Coach Speak …

Video: Coach Speak: Week 3

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The Ravens can now publicly thank…..tonsillitis!

Posted on 05 September 2010 by Shawn Credle

This past Saturday, the Baltimore Ravens announced their 53-man roster, as they prepare for Monday Night Football, and the New York Jets.

One man not on that roster is Quarterback Troy Smith. The All-American and 2006 Heisman Trophy winner was cut by the Ravens on Saturday, after a less-than-stellar performance during his start in the Ravens’ final preseason game against the St. Louis Rams. Smith was 18-for-38 with 2 INTs, as the Ravens were defeated 27-21, giving them their only loss of the preseason.

But let’s go back to when Ozzie Newsome drafted Troy Smith. Smith was supposed to be “the next big thing.” Winning all kinds of awards, including the AP Player of the Year in college, Smith was expected to be the future starting QB for the Ravens. Perhaps the wildcat offense was coming to Baltimore. Who knew? But expectations were high in Baltimore at that time.

The crazy offense never materialized here, and Smith stayed in the background. However, due to a season-ending injury to incumbent starter Kyle Boller, Smith was named the starting QB in 2008. And that’s when something would happen that would change the future of the Ravens. Smith became ill with a rare case of tonsillitis. Usually, a complete recovery is made within one week.  One week is all new QB Joe Flacco would need. Flacco became the starting quarterback in the 2008 season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Once again, Smith was on the outside looking in. Many fans felt that Smith should not have lost his starting position. Some teammates felt that way as well. (And now, you have to wonder if those same people feel the same way, after a Flacco-led Ravens reached the playoffs in back-to-back years.) But it happened, and the Ravens have never looked back.

This year, the team brought in veteran Marc Bulger, not to replace Joe Flacco, but give the Ravens a more solid backup in case something happens to Flacco. Was that a shot against Smith? Yes it was. But it should have motivated him to fight and keep his job. And when given the opportunity to do so, Smith dropped the ball. Smith completed 54.0 percent (34 of 63) of his passes for 388 yards this preseason, and was intercepted twice in the loss to the St. Louis Rams in the preseason finale last Thursday night. When you have Joe Flacco and Marc Bulger, you realize that Troy Smith is no longer needed.

Smith had his chance late. Should he have had them earlier? Maybe. But, he didn’t. And when he “wanted out of Baltimore” last year, he not only lost the remaining fans that were standing behind him, but also lost the team who was trying to figure out a way to keep him. Watch what you say, because the team will always remember it for next year. And for Troy Smith, he finally got his “wish.”

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Don’t ask…just click! Very, very funny…

Posted on 30 October 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

I’m not one for cartoons, jokes, chain letters or general web stuff that I refer to as “spam.” (And for the 1000th time, NO, I don’t want to play Mafia Wars with you on Facebook! Stop sending me that manure!)

However, I got this link forwarded to me on Facebook (thanks, Tom!) and, well, it’s pretty freaking good.

It’s PG-13, don’t worry…thank me later!

Just click here…

Be ready to laugh…

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Chalktalk 101: The Intricacies of the Quarterback Position

Posted on 22 October 2009 by Brian Billick

Here’s another great question from the fans at Mother’s Grille in Federal Hill regarding some of the things people may not necessarily realize about the quarterback position.  While you fans may not want to hear it right now after last Sunday,  I do have a good Brett Favre story for you in there as well.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBN6JlyFwKY[/youtube]

Hope you join us on Oct. 28th as I’ll be back down at Mother’s for more Coors Light, questions, chalktalk and football discussion.

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Chalktalk: When a QB can identify “man” or “zone” he wins

Posted on 02 October 2009 by Brian Billick

Here’s another great question regarding quarterbacks and reading defenses in the NFL. When a quarterback steps to the line, the more he can identify the more his odds of effectiveness increase.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCTnnEyLd28&feature=channel_page[/youtube]

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Week 4 Fantasy Football Start Rankings

Posted on 30 September 2009 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are the Fantasy Flavor, Fantasy Football Start Rankings for Week 4. The byes are here, which means more tough lineup decisions to deliberate over. The formulary rankings are based on 2 parts individual performance, and one part defensive draw. Remember, it’s not an inducement to do anything crazy. It’s more of a guideline to help when scouring the waiver wire, or working through a tough decision. The formulary numbers are listed in parentheses behind each player, the lower the number the better.

 

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. Jay Cutler vs. DET (21)

2. Peyton Manning vs. SEA (26)

3. Eli Manning @ KC (26)

4. Phillip Rivers @ PIT (27)

5. Jason Campbell vs. TB (28)

6. Matt Schaub vs. OAK (29)

7. Joe Flacco @ NE (30)

8. Aaron Rodgers @ MIN (32)

9. Ben Roethlisberger vs. SD (33)

10. Trent Edwards @ MIA (34)

11. Drew Brees vs. NYJ (35)

12. David Garrard vs. TEN (36)

13. Brett Favre vs. GB (39)

14. Shaun Hill vs. St.L (43)

15. Tom Brady vs. BAL (45)

16. Kerry Collins @ JAX (45)

17. Tony Romo @ DEN (46)

18. Carson Palmer @ CLE (48)

19. Kyle Orton vs. DAL (48)

20. Matthew Stafford @ CHI (56)

21. Mark Sanchez @ NO (57)

22. JaMarcus Russell @ HOU (57)

23. Derek Anderson / Brady Quinn vs. CIN (61)

24. Kyle Boller @ SF (64)

25. Chad Henne vs. BUF (67)

26. Seneca Wallace @ IND (74) *if he starts

27. Josh Johnson @ WAS (76)

28. Matt Cassell vs. NYG (77)

 

 

Running Backs

 

1. Cedric Benson @ CLE (14)

2. Ronnie Brown vs. BUF (19)

3. Chris Johnson @ JAX (20)

4. Adrian Peterson vs. GB (27)

5. Willis McGahee @ NE (27)

6. Ricky Williams vs. BUF (29)

7. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. TEN (30)

8. Julius Jones @ IND (34)

9. Steven Jackson @ SF (35)

10. Ray Rice @ NE (43)

11. Darren Sproles @ PIT (44)

12. Correll Buckhalter vs. DAL (46)

13. Joseph Addai vs. SEA (46)

14. Brandon Jacobs @ KC (46)

15. Fred Jackson @ MIA (47)

16. Ryan Grant @ MIN (49)

17. Cadillac Williams @ WAS (52) *assuming he’s probable or better

18. Thomas Jones @ NO (53)

19. Willie Parker vs. SD (53) *assuming he’s probable or better

20. Donald Brown vs. SEA (54)

21. Fred Taylor vs. BAL (56)

22. Marshawn Lynch @ MIA (57)

23. Ahmad Bradshaw @ KC (58)

24. Darren McFadden @ HOU (59)

25. Kevin Smith @ CHI (60) *assuming he’s probable or better

26. Knowshon Moreno vs. DAL (62)

27. Marion Barber @ DEN (63) *assuming he’s probable or better

28. Matt Forte vs. DET (65)

29. Felix Jones @ DEN (67) *assuming he’s probable or better

30. Michael Bush @ HOU (69)

31. Clinton Portis vs. TB (69)

32. Tashard Choice @ DEN (71) *bump him up if the starters are hurt

33. Steve Slaton vs. OAK (71)

34. Reggie Bush vs. NYJ (76)

35. Glen Coffee vs. St.L (77)

36. Pierre Thomas vs. NYJ (78)

37. Derrick Ward @ WAS (82)

38. Ladell Betts vs. TB (85)

39. Maurice Morris @ CHI (86)

40. Larry Johnson vs. NYG (89)

41. LaDanian Tomlinson @ PIT (90) *assuming he’s probable or better

42. Brian Leonard @ CLE (92)

43. Rock Cartwright vs. TB (93)

44. Jerome Harrison vs. CIN (94)

45. Leon Washington @ NO (95)

46. LeRon McClain @ NE (95)

47. Mike Bell vs. NYJ (96)

48. LenDale White @ JAX (96)

49. Heath Evans vs. NYJ (96)

50. Mewelde Moore vs. SD (98) *boost him substantially if Parker isn’t playing

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1. Vincent Jackson @ PIT (14)

2. Devin Hester @ DET (24)

3. Reggie Wayne vs. SEA (26)

4. Steve Smith @ KC (26)

5. Percy Harvin vs. GB (26)

6. Andre Johnson vs. OAK (27)

7. Jerricho Cotchery @ NO (28)

8. Mario Manningham @ KC (30)

9. Chad Ochocinco @ CLE (31)

10. Johnny Knox vs. DET (36)

11. Marques Colston vs. NYJ (40)

12. Donald Driver @ MIN (43)

13. Randy Moss vs. BAL (43)

14. Santana Moss vs. TB (45)

15. Mike Sims-Walker vs. TEN (50)

16. Santonio Holmes vs. SD (51)

17. Nate Burleson @ IND (54)

18. Greg Jennings @ MIN (57)

19. Devery Handerson vs. NYJ (58)

20. Calvin Johnson @ CHI (59)

21. Brandon Stokley vs. DAL (59)

22. Pierre Garcon vs. SEA (64)

23. Patrick Crayton @ DEN (65)

24. Justin Gage @ JAX (65)

25. Wes Welker vs. BAL (68) *assuming he’s probable or better

26. Nate Washington @ JAX (69)

27. Derrick Mason @ NE (72)

28. Kelley Washington @ NE (74)

29. Earl Bennett vs. DET (74)

30. Brandon Marshall vs. DAL (75)

31. Roy Williams @ DEN (77)

32. Hines Ward vs. SD (77)

33. Jacoby Jones vs. OAK (77)

34. Andre Caldwell @ CLE (85)

35. Tory Holt vs. TEN (86)

36. DeWayne Bowe vs. NYG (88)

37. Louis Murphy @ HOU (89)

38. Kenny Britt @ JAX (89)

39. Antoine Randle-El vs. TB (89)

40. Mark Clayton @ NE (93)

41. Chansi Stuckey @ NO (94)

42. Bryant Johnson @ CHI (95)

43. Mark Bradley vs. NYG (96)

44. Kevin Walter vs. OAK (99)

45. Terrell Owens @ MIA (101)

46. Sidney Rice vs. GB (104)

47. Jabar Gafney vs. DAL (107)

48. Issaac Bruce vs. St.L (111)

49. Braylon Edwards vs. CIN (113)

50. Lee Evans @ MIA (115)

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1. Vernon Davis vs. St.L (9)

2. Dallas Clark vs. SEA (17)

3. Todd Heap @ NE (26)

4. Mercedes Lewis vs. TEN (30)

5. Owen Daniels vs. OAK (33)

6. Kellen Winslow @ WAS (36)

7. Chris Cooley vs. TB (36)

8. John Carlson @ IND (38)

9. Benjamin Watson vs. BAL (40)

10. Greg Olsen vs. DET (40)

11. Antonio Gates @ PIT (41)

12. Jeremy Shockey vs. NYJ (42)

13. Dustin Keller @ NO (45)

14. Jason Witten @ DEN (47)

15. Robert Royal vs. CIN (50)

16. Visanthe Schiancoe vs. GB (51)

17. Kevin Boss @ KC (54)

18. Tony Scheffler vs. DAL (55)

19. Sean Ryan vs. NYG (56)

20. Heath Hiller vs. SD (57)

21. Daniel Fells @ SF (58)

22. Chris Baker vs. BAL (58)

23. Jeramy Stevens @ WAS (60)

24. Kellen Davis vs. DET (60)

25. Zach Miller @ HOU (65)

26. Daniel Graham vs. DAL (65)

27. Jermichael Finley @ MIN (69)

28. Donald Lee @ MIN (73)

29. Alge Crumpler @ JAX (76)

30. Shawn Nelson @ MIA (76)

 

 

Kickers

 

1. Lawrence Tynes @ KC (6)

2. Ryan Longwell vs. GB (16)

3. Stephen Gostkowski vs. BAL (16)

4. Joe Nedney vs. St.L (18)

5. Rian Lindell @ MIA (27)

6. Mason Crosby @ MIN (31)

7. Jon Carney vs. NYJ (37)

8. Jason Hanson @ CHI (37)

9. Nate Kaeding @ PIT (38)

10. Sebastian Janikowski @ HOU (38)

11. Matt Prater vs. DAL (40)

12. Stephen Hauschka @ NE (40)

13. Olindo Mare @ IND (40)

14. Josh Scobee vs. TEN (43)

15. Shaun Suisham vs. TB (45)

16. Nick Folk @ DEN (49)

17. Jay Feeley @ NO (50)

18. Kris Brown vs. OAK (51)

19. Shayne Graham @ CLE (56)

20. Dan Carpenter vs. BUF (57)

21. Robbie Gould vs. DET (57)

22. Phil Dawson / Billy Cundiff vs. CIN (59)

23. Josh Brown @ SF (59)

24. Adam Vinatieri vs. SEA (64)

25. Jeff Reed vs. SD (64)

26. Rob Bironas @ JAX (71)

27. Mike Nugent @ WAS (77)

28. Ryan Succop vs. NYG (80)

 

 

Defense / Special Teams

 

1. 49ers vs. St.L (17)

2. Packers @ MIN (20)

3. Giants @ KC (21)

4. Bills @ MIA (22)

5. Bengals @ CLE (22)

6. Saints vs. NYJ (24)

7. Broncos vs. DAL (27)

8. Vikings vs. GB (28)

9. Chargers @ PIT (33)

10. Ravens @ NE (38)

11. Bears vs. DET (40)

12. Jets @ NO (41)

13. Colts vs. SEA (44)

14. Titans @ JAX (47)

15. Redskins vs. TB (49)

16. Lions @ CHI (50)

17. Seahawks @ IND (52)

18. Jaguars vs. TEN (53)

19. Texans vs. OAK (54)

20. Cowboys @ DEN (56)

21. Raiders @ HOU (56)

22. Steelers vs. SD (61)

23. Browns vs. CIN (63)

24. Buccaneers @ WAS (64)

25. Dolphins vs. BUF (67)

26. Patriots vs. BAL (69)

27. Rams @ SF (73)

28. Chiefs vs. NYG (77)

 

 

As always, keep an eye on the injury report, have fun, and good luck this week.

 

 

 

 

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Any memories of Steve McNair?

Posted on 04 July 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

Obviously a very sad day here for anyone who cheered for Steve McNair or knew him. Obviously, he made quite a mark with the Baltimore fans just six months ago when he co-hosted our fan party in Nashville.

This is a place to post memories. Post below and we’ll get them onto the site…

Also, if anyone has any pictures they took from that night we’d love to get them (NASTY@WNST.net) and post them here on the site. Here’s the video from our night with McNair at Limelight in Tennessee back in January:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWIhXSp07UQ[/youtube]

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Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 12 June 2009 by Patrick Staso

Hey guys, forgot to publish this yesterday.  Better late than never though.

While on my daily stroll of the sports blog world today I chanced upon a few Ravens offense reviews.  Needless to say I read every word of these articles. I would love it if football season went year round. But, instead I have to wait till July 28th for the start of training camp.  Here are the links.

Quarterback Review Offense Playbook

They also provided me with a reasonable excuse to zone out the gripe brothers talk about the Orioles and tune into a moral booster.

To continue today’s football post… the Steelers have unveiled their Superbowl Rings. Needless to say I’m upset.  Not only because of the Ravens’ loss to the Steelers in the playoffs… but because it looks so darn good.  Need I remind you of this goof trooped piece of pipe.

Ravens Ring

On a slightly less American football related topic -

80 MILLION POUNDS!!!!!!!

Thats all for me today.  I will leave you with a stab at Ocho Cinco’s face. It wont be the first.

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Does quarterback choice matter to Ray Lewis ?

Posted on 25 February 2009 by caseywillett

With all of this talk about Ray Lewis staying in Baltimore or going to New York or joining Terrell Owens in Dallas, here is a little food for thought this morning.
 
Let’s say that the money is relatively equal from all three teams. If you are Ray Lewis, would you rather stay here and play with Joe Flacco, go to Dallas and play with Tony Romo, or go to New York to play with a yet-to-be determined quarterback.
 
By the way, Flacco has more playoff wins in his one season in the NFL than Romo or whoever is going to be the quarterback for the Jets.
 
Money will be the big issue for Ray, but having Flacco as the Ravens’ quarterback compared to what his other options might be, could also be a huge factor in the final decision.
 
If you are Ray, who would you want to play with at the quarterback position?

Do you think it will matter to Lewis ?

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A Ravens Championship likely means beating Super Bowl experienced QB’s

Posted on 05 January 2009 by Jason Jubb

I know, one game at a time. The Ravens still have a way to go in order to bring home a Super Bowl victory, but if they do they will most likely have to go through some Super Bowl experienced QB’s.

 

How much does Super Bowl experience help as you travel through the NFL playoffs? It’s hard to quantify what each player’s experience means but as the pressure mounts it can only be to their advantage to have been through it before.

 

Currently with 8 teams left in the hunt, 6 of these teams have QB’s that have been on the NFL’s biggest stage. These names include Kurt Warner (twice), Kerry Collins, Jake Delhomme, Donovan McNabb, Ben Roethlisberger, and Eli Manning.

 

The two players yet to go are Philip Rivers and Joe Flacco. Rivers saw action in last years AFC championship game where he lost to the Patriots while nursing an injured leg (19/37 211 yds 0 TD – 2 Int).

 

Flacco on the other hand is still new to the playoffs, but since when has he seemed phased by anything? Will he be bothered by the media attention or the perceived pressure as he moves through each game? If this season is any indication we may have the exception to the rule, but the Ravens will have their hands full with whoever they play.

 

Below are the SB performances of the QB’s still alive in this years playoffs:

 

SB #                Player                           comp-att          yards  td-int   W/L    other

XXXIV            Kurt Warner                     24/45           414      2-0       W      MVP   

XXV                Kerry Collins                    15/39           112      0-4        L       lost to Ravens

XXXVI            Kurt Warner                     28/44           365      1-2        L       

XXXVIII         Jake Delhomme                16/33           323      3-0        L

XXXVIX         Donovan McNabb          30/51           357      3-3         L

XL                    Ben Roethlisberger           9/21           123      0-2        W

XLII                 Eli Manning                      19/34           255      2-1        W      MVP

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