Here’s my Tuesday Top 7……..7. Jameel McClain
Welcome to the defense, rookie. McClain came out of the gates making plays; and didn’t seem to be even a bit out of place at all during Sunday’s game. I wonder if there are any more McClains on this roster somewhere…..
6. Joe Flacco
If not for the catch, Joe wouldn’t make the list. To be honest, Joe was downright erratic in the first half. But learning the new wrinkles in this offense couldn’t possibly have been easy for Joe; and he executed the new offense perfectly in the 2nd half.
5. Troy Smith
Troy Smith could have lost faith. He had a great opportunity to become this team’s starting QB; but the opportunity was robbed from him by a VERY unfortunate illness. Instead of moping and feeling sorry for himself; Troy battled back, learned a new way to participate in the offense; and was a major contributor to a win. Good stuff.
4. Jarrett Johnson
He’s not Adalius Thomas. But he doesn’t need to be. He’s having an OUTSTANDING year; and I hope teams keep trying to go to his side of the field.
3. Haloti Ngata
He’s going to catch a TD pass at some point this season, too. You just can’t get past him right now. Remember when the Ravens had to choose between him, Cameron Wimbley, and Broderick Bunkley? Nice decision.
2. Ray Rice
He’s NOT a featured back. But he doesn’t need to be. He needs to be a player that can give the Ravens an offensive weapon on multiple levels; which is EXACTLY what he did Sunday.
1. Terrell Suggs
Totally unreal. That’s all I need to say.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say….
Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:
Drew Forrester thinks Rice top Raven in Raiders’ win
Thyrl Nelson has Ravens 14th in Power Rankings
RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy
The Official Site’s Scott Garceau says Flacco had ‘fun’ performance in win
The Official Site’s Kristen Deahl remembers the greatness of Ogden
Browns Official Site’s Steve King says safeties Jones, Adams both dealing with injuries before game with Ravens
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says offense must continue ‘evolution’
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cameron knows trick plays won’t always work
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Gaither trying to limit mistakes
The Sun’s Bill Ordine thinks Rice could be used like Eagles’ Westbrook
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh ‘optimistic’ about Ayanbadejo playing, ‘pessimistic’ about Landry
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Suggs should say anything he wants now
The Examiner’s Dave Carey says offense improving execution
The Examiner’s Ron Snyder and Dave Carey offer highest praise to D-Line, Linebackers
The Examiner’s Phil Macek says things get tougher from here
Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh ‘optimistic’ Rolle will return Sunday
Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says Winslow ready to return from suspension
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Winslow back just in time for ‘big division game’
ESPN.com’s James Walker says defense, Cameron ‘hot’CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco
TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:The Sun’s Matt Bracken
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says DHB, Tate could each play on Sunday
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Wujciak averaging 10 tackles per game
The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks DHB made TD catch on final drive
The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Terps in ‘great position’ to play for ACC title
The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps overcame conditions to beat Wolfpack
Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Holt will be Hokies’ #1 QB in practice
Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Terps own tiebreaker advantage
Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says resurgence of Cavs has helped Terps
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tech’s Holt could make first career start vs. Terps
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has only coached one game ever when bowl possibility gone
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says despite potentially playing ‘best game of season’, Navarre doesn’t pick up Player of the Week award
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says TE Boone will act as backup to Holt while QB’s injured
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says both Taylor, Glennon in walking boots this week
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says some wins not as good, some losses not as bad as they originally appeared
ESPN.com’s John Clayton says former Terp Hill named starter in San Fran
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps can take over first place if GT beats FSU
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Va Tech’s problems deeper than QB issue
TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:The Sun’s Don Markus
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Neal thinks Vasquez should be all-conference
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:Washington Post’s Camille Powell
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says prospect Mincy ‘enjoyed’ Madness trip (must subscribe)Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter
says Townsend considers Terps ‘family’ (must subscribe)NAVY FOOTBALL:
The Official Site
The Official Site offers complete Navy-Temple release (pdf)Temple Official Site
Temple Official Site offers complete Temple-Navy release (pdf)The Sun’s Don Markus
The Examiner’s Dave Carey says defense got back on track in win
The Examiner’s Tom Flynn says White surpassed 2,000 yards in win over SMU
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids have ‘options’ with Dobbs
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says KNKE will get Senior Day start
Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo ‘encouraged’ by KNKE’s running
Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Mids will have to return to air at some point (must subscribe)TOWSON FOOTBALL:
The Official Site
William & Mary Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Towson
SALISBURY FOOTBALL:The Official Site
UMBC BASKETBALL:The Official Site
says Dogs picked to finish 4thLOYOLA BASKETBALL:
The Official Site
MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:The Official Site
Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Goode, Cajou lead way in scrimmage
ORIOLES:The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin
The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Orioles should learn from Rays, Phils
The Examiner’s Jay Trucker thinks Loewen ‘overpaid, underachieving, glass-armed, floppy-haired jerk’
The Examiner’s Neal Shaffer happy to see Birds will go after free agents
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:Ravens Official Site
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-The subject of the ACC’s TV package for football came up this morning; and I think there is one simple answer for making sure that Maryland games-and the rest of the league’s games-are always available. I think the ACC needs to look into creating their own regional TV network; much like the Big Ten. They wouldn’t lose their partnerships with ABC and ESPN; as the Big Ten still gets their biggest games on the major national spotlight (i.e. Ohio State-Penn State Saturday night on ABC). But not only would they make sure they get ALL of their football games on TV; but they can get basketball games again non-sexy opponents televised; more women’s hoops on TV; and lacrosse, soccer, and baseball televised for sure. It is practically a no-brainer.
Talk to you tomorrow.