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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 October 2008 by Glenn Clark

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

 

agrees with Ian Eagle’s Orioles comments

Drew Forrester thinks Rice top Raven in Raiders’ win

Rob Long says Ravens part of ‘complicated’ AFC

Thyrl Nelson has Ravens 14th in Power Rankings

Bryan Powell says Navy first team to win without throwing in 11 years

RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

 

 

says Cameron would use any active player who can help offense

The Official Site’s Scott Garceau says Flacco had ‘fun’ performance in win

The Official Site’s Kristen Deahl remembers the greatness of Ogden

The Official Site reports Harbaugh thinks Ravens ‘just scratching surface’ of potential offense

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 thinks Ravens could use 2 QB package ‘every game’

Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh ‘optimistic’ Rolle will return Sunday

The AP says trick plays help Ravens ‘shed bland label’

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

 

gives Ravens B+ for performance in win

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:The Sun’s Matt Bracken

 

 

says commits Porzel, Brown, etc. all had big weekends

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

 

 

wouldn’t have voted Terps as high as 7th

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Neal thinks Vasquez should be all-conference

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:Washington Post’s Camille Powell

 

 

says Terps making statement on net

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

 

previews Navy-Temple

The Official Site offers complete Navy-Temple release (pdf)Temple Official Site

 

previews Saturday’s trip to Navy

Temple Official Site offers complete Temple-Navy release (pdf)The Sun’s Don Markus

 

says KNKE could return vs. Temple

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

 

previews Saturday’s tilt with William & Mary

William & Mary Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Towson

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

 

says Gulls 16th in poll

UMBC BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

 

says Dogs picked to finish 4thLOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site

 

says individual tickets available now

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

 

says Goode honored by CollegeHoops.net

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Goode, Cajou lead way in scrimmage

ORIOLES:The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

 

 

thinks Jones best served hitting 5th or 6th in lineup

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

 

 

names Northwestern’s Woodson Coach of the Week

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.

-G

 

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Ravens news and notes and injury report

Posted on 22 October 2008 by caseywillett

Here are some notes from 1 Winning Drive today:

-The Chris McAlister saga will continue to roll on, as McAlister spoke with the media and commented on the situation which you can see in my previous blog. Coach Harbaughreemphasized today that playing time has nothing to do with discipline. It is simply they are putting the best 11 guys on the field against the Raiders. McAlister does in fact appear on the injury report this week, which you can scroll down to see.

- Buddy Ryan the father of Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will be at the game on Sunday.

-JaMarcus Russell was a big topic of discussion with several of the defensive players today. Trevor Pryce, Terrell Suggs, and Haloti Ngata all talked about how big and strong Russell is and how you have to wrap him up to get him down. Pryce mentioned that the thing you have to do when you get to Russell is ask him to lie down so you can get the sack. Suggs is concerned that he might get shrugged off if he gets to him and goes for a sack. Ngata pointed out that a big thing with Russell is that he will dump off passes to the running backs when you get to him and that is a dangerous thing. All of the guys compared sacking Russell to trying to sack Ben Roethlisberger, very difficult. Suggs compared sacking Russell to trying to sack Trevor Pryce.

- Jonathan Ogden who will be going into the Ravens Ring of Honor on Sunday, will be introduced with the team on Sunday.

- Terrell Suggs said early that he thought Troy Smith should be starting for the Ravens. Now Suggs has said ” I thought the question was about multiple packages. I said both quarterbacks should get a chance to play, like running back Ronnie Brown depending on the package. Joe is 3-3 as the starter and has done a good job. It’s not like we haven’t won any games.”

Suggs also has had controversy come up with his comments about a bounty on Hines Ward. Here is his response to that, ” there wasn’t any bounty. The reporter asked me if there was a bounty and I just said I’m going to keep a watch on the guy. He broke some guy’s jaw last week, and he tried to cheap shot Jarrett Johnson. He also cheap-shotted Ed Reed. We’re just going to be on alert the next time we play him. It’s like the guy in your neighborhood who always pulls your shorts down and your drawers show, well, you always have to be on the lookout. You have to be alert.”

Suggs has always been a media friendly guy, but I can not imagine these type comments set well with the new coaching regime

- Here is the injury report for the Ravens for Wednesday:

OUT: Samari Rolle(neck/shoulder) Dawan Landry(neck) Adam Terry (knee)

Did Not Participate: Yamon Figurs(knee) Ed Reed(thigh) Demetrius Williams(ankle)

Limited Participation: Jared Gaither(neck) Chris McAlister(knee) Willis McGahee(knee)

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Monday press conference notes

Posted on 20 October 2008 by caseywillett

Here are some news and notes from the Monday press conference:

- Coach Harbaugh said that he does not discipline players with them not getting to play. The decision based  on not starting Chris McAlister was that he played the best players that give them a chance to win. Coach Harbaugh then talked about the great job that Frank Walker and Fabian Washington did against the Dolphins. Chris McAlister said right before Coach Harbaugh’s press conference that his knee feels “excellent”.

- Samari Rolle and Dawan Landry  could both possibly play this week against the Raiders

-Adam Terry will get  his knee scoped tomorrow. He has a slight meniscus tear on the outside and will try to clean it up and see how quickly they can get him back. Coach Harbaugh praised the job done by  Chris Chester on Sunday.

- The one concern with the  Raiders that was immediately pointed out was the job that they have done on special teams and returns and something that the Ravens will have to focus on containing on Sunday.

- The Ravens will submit the hit on Edgar Jones to the NFL for review. Jones was hit right in front of the Ravens sideline early in yesterday’s game.

- Troy Smith being the number two guy is based on the fact that he is ready to do it at this point. If Troy would have had to go in, he could go in and do something that would cause defenses problems.

- Antwan Barnes things he got a penalty for taunting, based off of him leaning forward to help Haruki Nakamura off of the ground after his special teams hit. Coach Harbaugh said that Barnes just has to be aware of his body language.

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Ravens theme from locker room: “FINISH GAMES!”

Posted on 05 October 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

After today’s late afternoon debacle, I had the honor of walking from one end of the Ravens’ locker room to the other and I heard at least six guys say the exact same thing over and over again:

“We need to learn to finish games,” was echoed from Jarret Johnson to Joe Flacco, from Bart Scott to Willis McGahee.

For the second time in six days, the Ravens let “the better team” come back from a hole and beat them with late errors and breakdowns.

NFL coaches always accept physical breakdowns. If a guy beats you on a straight play, you tip your cap and get back in the huddle. But mental mistakes and stupid late penalities? Well, until the Ravens stop taking their licks 15 yards at a time at key junctures against teams with a lot of talent, they’ll never consistently win in this league.

The Titans clearly woke up on the wrong side of the Inner Harbor this morning, picking several chippy, dirty fights in the first half. But in the end it was the Ravens and late hits to the head that cost the team a 3-1 start to the 2008 season.

John Harbaugh now finally knows what Brian Billick went through with the tough-guy image the Ravens’ defense has grown up with over the last few years. Terrell Suggs will no doubt be hearing from the NFL on his post-game comments regarding officials and their getting drawn into the energy of the purple crowd.

“I was nowhere near his head,” Suggs said. “I think they had a big momentum shift. It was third down. We’re the bad boys of football. They’re always going to look at it like that because of the physical style of defense we play. They’re always going to have that close eye on us, (looking) for anything that’s too much.”

Suggs later even said the officials are looking for a big situation to call something.

But it’s never one play or one person.

The phone calls will come all day on Monday at WNST regarding:

•    Joe Flacco’s brutal pair of interceptions. The second one ended the game. The first one put the Ravens defense on a short leash and gifted the Titans three points and might have contributed to the next gaffe…

•    Harbaugh’s downright weird decision to kick a not-such-a-sure-thing 45-year field goal on 1st down with 14 seconds remaining in the half. It’s the NFL. If you can’t dirt the ball or even attempt to find a quick out and pick up a few yards and get out of bounds, you probably have the wrong players on the field.

•    Ray Lewis’ unbelievably inspired play during the 2008 season. Sure, it’s a contract year for Ray-Ray, but he’s flying around the field like a man possessed (and/or half his age). It’s impossible to not admire No. 52’s greatness and see his passion in the October of his career.

•    Ed Reed’s shoulder. It ain’t a secret anymore, this aversion Reed has to contact. His right arm is hanging ala Peter Boulware circa-1999. It’s a heroic effort but I’m not sure that he’s really helping the team if he can’t tackle at that position. Which leads to…

•    The rest of the secondary. Especially given the lack of deep depth in Frank Walker, Fabian Washington and Corey Ivy, it’s a crushing blow having Dawan Landry and Samari Rolle be out while Reed plays on one wing. For the most part, Chris McAlister has played quite well but the lack of depth across the backfield has been an invitation to pick on Walker and others.

•    Matt Stover. He’s been shaky this season and longer field goals have never been his strength. The miss today will get even more attention because of the playcall to even attempt it at that spot in the game, but Stover has to make that kick. You can blame Scott, Flacco, the secondary (or all of the abover) but if Stover hits that kick it’s a different game.

Hey, they’re 2-2. It could be a lot worse.

But blowing two nice leads against “quality opponents” isn’t encouraging especially when you consider the rough second half of the season the Ravens will have without a bye and having to take on the entire NFC East after mid-November.

Today’s loss doesn’t end their season by any stretch. But 3-1 sounds a helluva lot better headed to Indianapolis than 2-2.

These losses snatched out of the jaws of victory are tough to take.

And whatever you do, don’t look at the stats from the Titans game today.

You’ll be scratching your head until Wednesday trying to figure out how they lost this one.

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UPDATE: Roster moves, injury report, and notes

Posted on 01 October 2008 by caseywillett

4:30
Here are the Ravens roster moves that were made today:
The Ravens have placed the following player on practice squad/injured:
Joe Reitz (T, 6-7, 270, Rookie, Western Michigan)
The Ravens have also waived the following player from their practice squad:
Casey Bramlet (QB, 6-4, 220, 2nd-year, Wyoming)
Baltimore signed the following players to its practice squad:
Nathan Bennett (G, 6-4, 315, Rookie, Clemson)
Edward Williams (WR, 6-4, 215, Lane)
Here is the Ravens injury report for Wednesday:
OUT:
Kelly Gregg (knee)
Dawan Landry (neck)
Samari Rolle (neck)
Limited Participation:
Antwan Barnes (shoulder)
Yamon Figurs(hamstring)
Derrick Martin(shoulder)
Willis McGahee(chest)
Full Participation:
Nick Greisen(thigh)

Here are some news and notes from the Wednesday:

- Kelly Gregg will not be available to the team this week, as he continues to nurse a knee injury. Coach Harbaugh said they are sending his MRI’s to doctors to have them look at it, because it is a unique situation and they hope to have more information this week.
- Willis McGahee said he hopes to be able to finish a game. McGahee said that his injury to his ribs was in the back where he took a helmet. McGahee broke two ribs last year towards the end of the season. McGahee’s left eyes looks really bad, it had a lot of blood in it. That is the eye that he got poked in during the Browns game. McGahee takes exception to people saying he is getting these injuries because of him missing off season workouts. McGahee said he will have a better understanding on how he feels after practice today.
- Casey Bramlet and Joe Reitz are not longer with the Ravens practice squad. Bramlet was released while Reitz was placed on injured reserve. The Ravens have added. The players names were not available to the media yet.
- There was no sign of Samari Rolle in the locker room today. It did not appear that he has been here, based on the way his locker appeared.
- Coach Harbaugh said today that the team definitely see’s Troy Smith playing in some capacity this year for sure.

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Ravens Q & A time

Posted on 30 September 2008 by caseywillett

After a hard fought, tough loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last night, it is time for another edition of Ravens questions and answers.

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Six-pack for Ravens – Steelers

Posted on 29 September 2008 by caseywillett

Here is my six pack for tonight’s Ravens – Steelers game:
  1. Big night for secondary:The Ravens secondary will have a tall task in front of them tonight. With no Dawan Landry and Samari Rolle, Jim Leonhard, Corey Ivy, and Frank Walker will have to be in sync with Chris McAlister and Ed Reed. The secondary have to make sure they are all on the same page and that their might be zero room for freelancing tonight. In the past it has not been so much Hines Ward that has hurt the Ravens, but the second and third receivers on the team. Another big key for the secondary tonight will be to cover their man the entire play. Ben Roethlisberger is known for scrambling out of the pocket to make almost playground type plays with his receivers. The secondary can not afford to get drawn in to Ben scrambling and let their guy run wide open. Heath Miller is also a guy to keep an eye on tonight.
  1. Be aggressive: With a rookie running back and a hurt quarterback, the Ravens defense has to send a message and set a tone early on. I am not saying do anything outside of the rule book, but take your shots when you can.
  1. Contain Ben: I mentioned it earlier, but it is huge to keep Roethlisberger from scrambling out of the pocket and making throws down the field. Ben is not getting out of the pocket most of the time looking to tuck the ball and run, he is looking to make a pass. The Steelers have made big plays when Ben rolls out and his receivers improvise their routes to convert on big plays. The Ravens have to put pressure on him and when he does roll out of the pocket, stay with him and not give him much time to improvise.
  1. Attack the middle: With Casey Hampton out, the Ravens should continue what they have done so far this season and run the ball up the middle. Cam Cameron has said before that this is not an east and west offense, it is a north and south offense. The Ravens offense should try to do to the Steelers what the Steelers have done to teams for years, just pound the ball down your throat with a running game. This sets a tempo and frustrates a defense quick.
  1. Stay Joe Cool: All of the talk has been about Joe Flacco starting his first road game and it being on Monday Night Football. I do not think Flacco will get caught up in that at all. Flacco has not been rattled, bothered, or over whelmed by anything since he was drafted by the Ravens, granted this is one of the first big challenges of his NFL career, but he and the Ravens have done everything that they can to prepare him for this.
  1. Win the early rounds: A couple of Ravens players said playing the Steelers is like being in a heavyweight boxing match. There is to going to be a lot of flashy punches, or dancing around the ring, it is going to be a straight forward brawl. Both of these teams know what they are about and what the other one brings to the table. One of the keys tonight for the Ravens is to go out and win the early rounds, maintaining nice drives, setting a tempo on offense, and not being overwhelmed, sort of like throwing some jabs and body shots early on. If the Ravens are able to do that, then the Steelers defense will start to get tired, and that is when in the fourth quarter you can go for the knock out punch. Whether that be a touchdown to go ahead, put the game a way, or taking time off of the clock.
Ravens 20 –Steelers 17

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UPDATE: Injury report and news and notes

Posted on 26 September 2008 by caseywillett

4:45
Here is the Ravens injury report for Friday:
OUT:
Dawan Landry (neck)
Kelly Gregg (knee)
Samari Rolle(shoulder / neck)
Troy Smith (illness)
QUESTIONABLE:
Yamon Figurs (hamstring)
Nick Greisen (thigh)
Adam Terry (ankle)
PROBABLE
Tavares Gooden (hip)
Ray Lewis (foot)
Le’Ron McClain (migraine)
Willis McGahee(eye)
Fabian Washington (neck)
Daniel Wilcox (shoulder)

Here are some notes from the morning media session:

- Cam Cameron sounded optimistic that Willis McGahee will be ready to go on Monday night, “he’s doing fine from what I can tell. His eye doesn’t look great, but I think he’s doing ok. He was ok in the meeting today.” McGahee sounded optimistic that he will play on Monday night, but he did say right now though he is taking it day by day.
- Rex Ryan said they will wait and see about the availability of Samari Rolle for Monday night. Ryan said they are confident in what Frank Walker and Corey Ivy can provide if Rolle is not ready to play.
- Jarrett Johnson had a visitor in the locker room today as his friend and Baltimore Orioles Lance Cormier was visiting Johnson today. Johnson and Cormier have homes near one another in Alabama.
- Cam Cameron spoke very highly of the job that Rex Ryan and his coaching staff have done this week with the scout team defense. Cameron said that the defense has given them the best look that they could want from the defense.
- Chris Chester was at practice this afternoon wearing a #48 jersey. Chester was a former tight end at the University of Oklahoma.
- Here is what Cam Cameron had to say about the availability of Le’Ron McClain for Monday night: “He’s full go. He was great in meetings this morning and he will be ready to play.”

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UPDATE: Injury report, Bart vs Hines

Posted on 25 September 2008 by caseywillett

4:25 p.m.
Here is the Ravens injury report for Thursday:
Out:
Dawan Landry (neck)
Kelly Gregg (knee)
Did Not Participate:
Nick Greisen (thigh)
Le Ron McClain (migraine)
Daniel Wilcox (shoulder)
Limited Participation:
Yamon Figures (hamstring)
Willis McGahee (eye)
Samari Rolle (shoulder)
Troy Smith (illness)
Full Participation:
Tavares Gooden (hip)
Fabian Washington (neck)
2:45
Bart Scott is one of the more interesting and outspoken players in the locker room. Here are some of the quotes from today:
On what he thinks of Ward: “I think he does some tremendous things. I was really impressed with what he did, bringing those kids over from Asia last year. I watched a (TV) special. I think that was heartfelt. You know, football is a totally different thing. I don’t care if my mother was out there – I’d smack her around, too. It’s football. It doesn’t matter. If she had a different jersey on, she’s got to get dealt with.”
On whether he will exchange pleasantries with Ward : “If I would, why would I tell you something like that ? You’ve just got to ask the question, huh? No, I’m going out there to try to win a football game. All that other stuff is whatever.”
On the rivalry between the Ravens and the Steelers : “I think it’s a mirror image of two teams that are very physical. Whenever you’ve got two rams butting heads, of course there’s going to be some animosity because we’re pretty much built the same way. I mean, we know it’s going to be a man’s day. It’s going to be a physical day. The best team – the team that comes out and makes a couple of big plays and lays the wood the hardest-usually wins the game. Simple mission.”
Today Hines Ward responded about Bart Scott:
On the alleged cheap shot from the game last year on Scott: “There wasn’t anything cheap about it,” Ward said. “He can call it whatever he wants to call it. I didn’t get fined, I didn’t do anything wrong, I didn’t do anything illegal. If he wants to say it is a cheap shot then he can continue to call it a cheap shot. I didn’t cheap shot him. I blocked him and he got mad because a receiver hit him.”
On Bart Scott complaining about the hit : Tell him to go cry somewhere else,” Ward said. “It wasn’t a cheap shot. I don’t play this game to try to hurt somebody. Everything was legal. I didn’t get a fine. I didn’t get any letter from the commissioner saying it was a cheap shot. It was legal. If it was a cheap shot then I probably would’ve went low and tried to blow out his knee. I went high and he didn’t like it. You are going to get hit or be hit.”
On any bad blood with Bart : “I don’t think it is bad blood,” Ward said. “It is more respect. This guy is a great player. The thing he says doesn’t bother me. I played with the best trash talker in the world in Joey Porter and all he tries to do it get in your head.”

Rashard Mendenhall has been warned by teammates on what to expect from the Ravens besides their defense on Monday night. Kirby Wilson also warned him about a “professional trash talker.”

1:20

The Ravens are keeping quiet on the trash talking side of things as it relates to the Steelers. There has not been one peep about anything or anyone on the Steelers. While some people would love to hear trash talking or some bulletin board material type stuff coming out of here, but I respect this new quiet stance that the Ravens have taken. All you have heard out of this team is that it is just another game.
Dawan Landry was in the locker room for a brief time today and appeared to be in good spirits. There has been no time table as to when he will return to the football field for the Ravens. The Ravens are very optimistic that he will return this season.
Here are some quotes from Dawan Landry:
On the injury: “It was really scary,” Landry said. “It was my first time being injured and, at the time, I couldn’t feel anything. I was able to talk, though, and I felt my toes a little bit and I knew I would be fine eventually. By the time I got on the stretcher and got to the ambulance, all my feeling was starting to come back and I knew I would be okay.”
Thankful to the fans: “A lot of blessings have been answered,” Landry said. “I want to thank all the fans, all my teammates, the whole Ravens organization, the Browns, everybody that is helping me through this process right now. It’s truly a blessing.”

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Wanna Get Mad?

Posted on 24 September 2008 by marcbouchard

If you’re bored at work and want to read something that will really tick you off, I suggest you visit the Pittsburgh Post Gazette website and read Ron Cook’s column from Tuesday. On second thought, don’t bother honoring the hack by clicking on one of his stories. Here is all you really need to read from the column:
The Steelers are going to win the AFC North Division. Let’s get that straight right at the top. As badly as they played in Philadelphia Sunday, they still are better than Baltimore, Cleveland and Cincinnati. They will prove that again Monday night when they smack down the Ravens at Heinz Field.
I’m thinking something along the lines of 35-10.
Seriously.
Now, is it any wonder why I once accused the Pittsburgh sports reporters of waving Terrible Towels in the press box? I mean, it’s one thing for a reckless blogger to write something as irresponsible as suggesting that a bounty should be placed on the head of Hines Ward. It is something entirely different for a card-carrying media member to write “[the Steelers will] smack down the Ravens at Heinz Field.” Does this guy also give the team pre-game pep talks before taking his seat in the press box?
But regardless of Cook’s limited journalism skills, he’s just plain ignorant about the current state of affairs in the AFC North. I’m sure he’s basing his prediction on last year’s Week 9 drubbing on Monday Night Football and dismissing the Ravens season-ending victory over the Steelers because, win, lose or draw, Pittsburgh wasn’t going to change their playoff seed. What he fails to remember is that in the first game between the two teams, the Ravens’ starting cornerbacks were Derrick Martin and Corey Ivy (both Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle were inactive for the game) and their only tight end in uniform was Quinn Sypniewski, as both Todd Heap and Dan Wilcox were also inactive.
If Cook had looked a back to one season prior, he would have seen two absolute butt-whippings by the Ravens in games where both teams were at full strength and both were actually trying to win. Nobody knows if the Ravens’ aging players will make it through the season, but heading into Monday night this is a relatively healthy and rested team (they will have played just two games in the previous 22 days before Monday). And while Joe Flacco hasn’t reached Steve McNair status just yet, I can almost assure you that Flacco won’t leave Pittsburgh after just 63 yards passing, two fumbles, an interception, five sacks and a 44.9 QB rating, as McNair did last year.
Call me a homer (which is okay, because I certainly don’t consider myself a journalist), but I think Mr. Cook and his Steeler brethren are in for a rude awakening on Monday night.
Oh, and by the way, Ron Cook’s email address is: rcook@post-gazette.com. I’m sure he’d love to hear your thoughts on his column.

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