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The truth about Matt Stover’s departure from Baltimore

Posted on 13 January 2010 by Drew Forrester

In a number of ways, the single worst thing that could happen to the Ravens this weekend in Indianapolis would be for the team to lose by three points and have the Colts field goal kicker boot one home with 0:14 to play to end it.

First, losing to the Colts in any way, shape or form will be tough to digest here in Baltimore.  The ONLY thing that would soften the blow is the fact that the game is in Indy and not Charm City.  Seeing Indy win is one thing…seeing them doing it on the M&T Bank Stadium turf would be just too much to handle.  We’ve been there, done that, of course.

For the record, I think the Ravens are winning on Saturday in Indy.

But this is a “what if?” blog.

What IF the Ravens lose by a field goal on Saturday?  That means Matt Stover would be the hero.  And that would be particularly aggravating considering Stover’s long run in purple and his departure in the recent off-season.  His initial replacement, Steve Hauschka, is long gone — and the Ravens are relying on journeyman kicker Billy Cundiff to get them through the remainder of the playoffs.

And IF Stover happens to factor in a Colts win on Saturday, there will be lots of bellyaching going on from Ravens fans about how “we (Ravens) let Stover get away.”

Ozzie Newsome will get beat up.

John Harbaugh will get beat up.

The organization will be taken to task.

Unfair.

Unfair.

And unfair.

Matt Stover isn’t on the Ravens because of a contract dispute.

The Ravens didn’t “let him go”.  The Ravens wanted him to be their kicker.  Period.

Stover, though, became “unsignable” when he demanded a guaranteed contract from the Ravens during the negotiating process last summer.

The money was somewhat troubling to the Ravens, sure.  They really didn’t want to spend $1.5 million on a field goal kicker and another $400k or so on a “specialty kicker” like Hauschka who would have handled kick-offs and long-range field goals.

But money isn’t what kept Stover from staying in Baltimore.

Stover kept himself from staying by demanding a guaranteed deal from the Ravens.

But it wasn’t just any kind of guaranteed deal.  Stover wanted it guaranteed that he’d be paid in full if the team parted company with him in training camp.  He was smart enough to know that a kicking competition was probably on the horizon.  He was also wise to the fact that if, in fact, he did get cut in late August, it might not be easy to catch on with another team at the latter stages of training camp.

Hence, the demand for a guaranteed deal in training camp.

The only problem?

The Ravens don’t do that.

For anyone.

They don’t do it for Ray Lewis.  They didn’t do it for Jamal Lewis, or Chris McAlister or Peter Boulware, either.

They’ve never guaranteed a player’s deal in training camp.

And they weren’t going to break that rule for Matt Stover.

Stover, of course, stuck to his guns.  And so did the Ravens.  Stover waited out the early part of the season and then hooked on with the Colts when Adam Vinatieri went down with an injury.  The Ravens, meanwhile, felt the bite of Matt’s departure when Hauschka got off to a slow start and then missed a game-winning field goal attempt in Minnesota in week #5.

I’m not really judging Matt Stover for his desire to have a guaranteed deal.  I understand it all quite well.  He was in a good bargaining position and probably felt like he deserved that nod of respect from the Ravens after all the great work he put in for the club.

But the Ravens can’t run their organization effectively if they’re willing to bend a forever-in-stone-in-house-rule for ANY PLAYER, Stover or otherwise.

And, of course, it must be noted that Stover could have tried his power-play until the 11th hour…and then caved in at the end and said, “OK, OK, I’ll come to camp with a contract like the rest of the guys on the team and if I make the team, then it’s guaranteed.  I’ll see you in camp next week.”

He COULD have done that.  After all, that’s what Ray Lewis does every summer.  He reports to training camp like the lowest guy on the totem pole and his contract isn’t “guaranteed” in August.

Teams put themselves in a bad position when they start handing out back-door deals to players, regardless of status, length of service or production.  Players NEVER keep a secret…they just don’t.  Agents NEVER keep a secret either.  Make a deal with the devil and everyone in hell knows about it before the next shipment of firewood comes in.

So, yes, the money was an issue, but it was a negotiable issue, as far as the Ravens were concerned.  What wasn’t negotiable was the issue of Stover’s contract being guaranteed in training camp.

So Matt Stover moved on.

That’s the deal…the REAL story behind Matt Stover’s departure from the Ravens.

It wasn’t John Harbaugh “giving up” on Matt Stover and it certainly wasn’t Ozzie Newsome deciding to go with Hauschka over Stover.

It was this: Two people – in this case, player and club – sticking to their principles and doing what was best for themselves.

No hard feelings.

But just remember how it all shook down IF, by chance, Stover happens to be the hero on Saturday in Indianapolis.

The Ravens didn’t let him go.

Matt Stover made a stand and the Ravens didn’t buckle.

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7 and End of Season Awards

Posted on 06 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Listed below are Drew and Glenn’s top 7 Ravens from this weekends’ win over the Raiders.

First, Glenn’s List

7. Antwan Barnes
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6. Jalen Parmele
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5. Ray Rice
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4. Chris Carr
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3. Ray Lewis
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2. Dannell Ellerbe
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1. Willis McGahee
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Drew’s List

7. Dawan Landry
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6. Antwan Barnes
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5. Joe Flacco
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4. Jalen Parmele
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3. Ray Rice
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2. Dannell Ellerbe
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1. Willis McGahee
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Season Totals-

Glenn:

30t-Antwan Barnes (1 point)

30t-Oniel Cousins (1 point)

30t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

30t-Frank Walker (1 point)

30t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

30t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

27t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

27t-Matt Birk (2 points)

27t-Demetrius Williams (2 points)

25t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

25t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

22t-Jalen Parmele (4 points)

22t-Tom Zbikowski (4 points)

22t-Chris Chester (4 points)

20t-Kelley Washington (5 points)

20t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

18t-Chris Carr (6 points)

18t-Dannell Ellerbe (6 points)

16t-Haloti Ngata (7 points)

16t-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

15-Sam Koch (8 point)

14-Dawan Landry (10 points)

13-Mark Clayton (12 points)

11t-Domonique Foxworth (15 points)

11t-Ed Reed (15 points)

10-Jared Gaither (17 points)

8t-Willis McGahee (19 points)

8t-Lardarius Webb (19 points)

7-Michael Oher (20 points)

6-Todd Heap (22 points)

5-Ray Lewis (30 points)

4-Jarret Johnson (31 points)

3-Derrick Mason (37 points)

2-Joe Flacco (44 points)

1-Ray Rice (79 points)

Drew:

31t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

31t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

31t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

27t-Frank Walker (2 points)

27t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

27t-Kelly Gregg (2 points)

27t-Matt Birk (2 points)

22t-Jalen Parmele (4 points)

22t-Antwan Barnes (4 point)

22t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

22t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

22t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Dannell Ellerbe (6 points)

19t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

19t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

16t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

16t-Ben Grubbs (7 points)

16t-Sam Koch (7 point)

15-Lardarius Webb (9 points)

14-Mark Clayton (11 points)

13-Kelley Washington (14 points)

12-Michael Oher (15 points)

11-Jared Gaither (16 points)

9t-Todd Heap (17 points)

9t-Ed Reed (17 points)

8-Dawan Landry (18 points)

6-Domonique Foxworth (21 points)

6-Willis McGahee (22 points)

4t-Derrick Mason (28 points)

4t-Jarret Johnson (28 points)

3-Ray Lewis (41 points)

2-Joe Flacco (55 points)

1-Ray Rice (69 points)

And finally, we have the choices for the team’s end of season awards.

Team MVP

Glenn-

Ray Rice
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Drew-

Ray Rice
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Unsung Hero

Glenn-

Michael Oher
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Drew-

Dwan Edwards
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Most Disappointing

Glenn-

Matt Katula
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Drew-

LJ Smith
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(LJ Smith did not seem to play for the Ravens enough to find a quality picture of him in a Ravens uniform.)
Paul Kruger
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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Ravens must play perfect game to win…

Posted on 05 January 2010 by mike3505

Drew pretty much stole my thunder on this subject earlier today, but I’m going to espouse my opinion anyway. In order for the Ravens to defeat the  Patriots on Sunday and advance to the Divisional Playoff round, they have to play, for all intents and purposes, a perfect game.

When you have a deck that that’s stacked against you…a very heavy home-field advantage, refs and a league that protect one of their golden boys like he’s made of platinum and glass, there is no room for error. By that I mean, everyone playing to the level that they’re capable of playing (no “off-games” allowed anymore, guys)..and perhaps more importantly, no dumb mistakes. No goofy laterals from Ed Reed, no footballs bouncing off helmets from Derrick Mason, no bush-league late hits from Haloti Ngata, no blocks in the back during a crucial runback..I think that you get the idea. I’m also, quite honestly, terrified at the idea of the game going down to the wire with the whole season riding on Billy Cundiff’s kicking foot. I will admit that he’s an upgrade over the departed Steve Hauschka, but he’s still nowhere near the caliber of kicker that the other playoff-caliber teams have.

I don’t want to be considered all doom and gloom on this, and no one will be screaming louder than me for the Ravens to knock that sickening smirk off of Belichick’s face, but considering the purple’s ability all year long to make the worst possible mistake at the worst possible time, you can’t help but wonder if they can overcome all of that on top of playing in the frigid tundra in Foxboro.

I sure hope that I’m wrong on this. Please, Ravens, make me eat my words.

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 15 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Below are Glenn and Drew’s top 7 players from the Raven’s destruction of the Detroit Lions.

Glenn’s List

7. Oniel Cousins
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6. Chris Carr
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5. Michael Oher
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4. Tom Zbikowski
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3. Joe Flacco
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2. Derrick Mason
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1. Ray Rice
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Drew’s List

7. Antwan Barnes
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6. Lardarius Webb
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5. Joe Flacco
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4. Willis McGahee
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3. Ben Grubbs
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2. Ray Rice
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1. Michael Oher
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And here are these season totals.

Glenn:

27t-Oniel Cousins (1 point)

27t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

27t-Frank Walker (1 point)

27t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

27t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

24t-Chris Carr (2 points)

24t-Demetrius Williams (2 points)

24t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

24t-Matt Birk (2 points)

22t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

22t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

19t-Tom Zbikowski (4 points)

19t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

16t-Kelley Washington (5 points)

16t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

16t-Domonique Foxworth (5 points)

15-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

14-Sam Koch (8 point)

12t-Dawan Landry (10 points)

12t-Todd Heap (10 points)

10t-Willis McGahee (12 points)

10t-Mark Clayton (12 points)

9-Ed Reed (15 points)

8-Jared Gaither (17 points)

7-Lardarius Webb (19 points)

6-Michael Oher (20 points)

5-Ray Lewis (27 points)

4-Jarret Johnson (29 points)

3-Derrick Mason (32 points)

2-Joe Flacco (33 points)

1-Ray Rice (66 points)

Drew:

27t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

27t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

27t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

27t-Frank Walker (1 point)

23t-Antwan Barnes (2 point)

23t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

23t-Kelly Gregg (2 points)

23t-Matt Birk (2 points)

21t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

21t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

19t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

16t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

16t-Ben Grubbs (7 points)

16t-Sam Koch (7 point)

15-Todd Heap (8 points)

14-Lardarius Webb (9 points)

13-Domonique Foxworth (10 points)

12-Mark Clayton (11 points)

11-Michael Oher (13 points)

10-Kelley Washington (14 points)

9-Willis McGahee (15 points)

8-Jared Gaither (16 points)

6t-Ed Reed (17 points)

6t-Dawan Landry (17 points)

5-Derrick Mason (24 points)

4-Jarret Johnson (25 points)

3-Ray Lewis (35 points)

2-Joe Flacco (43 points)

1-Ray Rice (57 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7 (A couple days late)

Posted on 10 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are the lists of the best Ravens from Monday Night’s loss to the Packers….

Drew’s List

7. Antwan Barnes
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6. Kelly Gregg
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5. Ray Rice
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4. Todd Heap
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3. Ray Lewis
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2. Kelley Washington
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1. Jarret Johnson
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Glenn’s List

7. Lardarius Webb
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6. Demetrius Williams
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5. Ray Rice
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4. Jared Gaither
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3. Kelley Washington
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2. Jarret Johnson
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1. Sam Koch
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Season totals…..

Drew:

26t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

26t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

26t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

26t-Frank Walker (1 point)

26t-Antwan Barnes (1 point)

22t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

22t-Kelly Gregg (2 points)

22t-Ben Grubbs (2 points)

22t-Matt Birk (2 points)

20t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

20t-Chris Chester (4 points)

17t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

17t-Michael Oher (6 points)

17t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

14t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

14t-Sam Koch (7 point)

14t-Lardarius Webb (7 points)

13-Todd Heap (8 points)

12-Domonique Foxworth (10 points)

10t-Mark Clayton (11 points)

10t-Willis McGahee (11 points)

9-Kelley Washington (14 points)

8-Jared Gaither (16 points)

6t-Ed Reed (17 points)

6t-Dawan Landry (17 points)

5-Derrick Mason (24 points)

4-Jarret Johnson (25 points)

3-Ray Lewis (35 points)

2-Joe Flacco (40 points)

1-Ray Rice (51 points)


Glenn:

26t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

26t-Frank Walker (1 point)

26t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

26t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

23t-Demetrius Williams (2 points)

23t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

23t-Matt Birk (2 points)

21t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

21t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

19t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

16t-Kelley Washington (5 points)

16t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

16t-Domonique Foxworth (5 points)

15-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

14-Sam Koch (8 point)

12t-Dawan Landry (10 points)

12t-Todd Heap (10 points)

10t-Willis McGahee (12 points)

10t-Mark Clayton (12 points)

9-Ed Reed (15 points)

8-Jared Gaither (17 points)

7-Lardarius Webb (19 points)

6-Michael Oher (20 points)

5-Derrick Mason (26 points)

4-Ray Lewis (27 points)

3-Joe Flacco (28 points)

2-Jarret Johnson (29 points)

1-Ray Rice (59 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Blog & Tackle: How I see Ravens-Packers

Posted on 04 December 2009 by Chris Pika

How do the Ravens win two straight for the first time since the 3-0 start? How does Baltimore counteract the expected cold temperatures and possible snow in Lambeau Field? Can The Ravens’ slow down defensive demon Charles Woodson enough to win? Potential answers are here.

Last Sunday, the Ravens played the Steelers without either Ben Roethlisberger or Troy Polamalu, but Pittsburgh, behind unheralded QB Dennis Dixon, took the game into overtime where Baltimore finally prevailed. The Packers, meanwhile, systematically took apart Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.

The Ravens know the Packers have Woodson trolling the defensive backfield when Joe Flacco throws the ball. But, Flacco is sailing some of his passes, a sign that he is not setting up properly on his feet to throw. So, his mobility is an issue. If the Ravens run, Woodson could move up into run coverage or blitz to force Flacco to make quick reads.

The Packers know that the Ravens defensive front will test a offensive line that was shredded for 41 sacks in the first nine games, but has held up with just three allowed in the last two games to San Francisco and Detroit.

So, Monday’s matchup has a pair of clubs fighting to stay in their respective Wild Card races. And it will come down to which team’s offensive line plays better. Here is the breakdown:

(Remember, we will host our weekly Purple Haze on Monday night, starting at 8 pm ET. Come in and join us. We’ll have news & notes from Lambeau Field, tweets from media at the game, and YOUR comments: Ravens-Packers WNST Purple Haze Live Football Chat)

Ravens offense: The Ravens finally scored a first half TD for the first time since Oct. 11. In fact, Baltimore scored the most first-half points since Week 3 vs. Cleveland. The Ravens will need early points this week, as it will be very cold (low 20s at night), and ball security on runs will a big key as the Packers lead the league with a +17 turnover margin. Baltimore will try to pound the ball often to make the game a test of wills.

The last two games, Baltimore has thrown more than run, but when the Ravens do run the ball, they will have to be better than the mid-3 yards per rush in the four games prior to Pittsburgh. If the Ravens can average 4.6 a rush, as they did last week, they have a good chance to win.

Many media are touting Woodson as a potential Defensive Player of the Year. He is as important to the Packers as Ray Lewis has been for the Ravens. Woodson has two sacks, seven interceptions and four forced fumbles, and is a punishing tackler.

Baltimore got away from the two-man game between Flacco and RB Ray Rice last week, as they tried to distribute the ball around more. WR Derrick Mason had 10 targeted passes thrown his way, the second straight week he had double digits in targets this season. WR Mark Clayton was targeted 10 times, his first double-digit game in that category since the New England game. On the other hand, TE Todd Heap has been targeted just twice each in the last two games, after four or more targets in eight of the previous nine games.

Rice is still the go-to guy in the Ravens offense, but Woodson’s presence, especially in the middle of the field, will have to be accounted for when Flacco looks for him on short tosses out of the backfield..

When Flacco throws, the Packers have allowed an NFL worst 20.1 yards per play on passes deep middle (15+ yards). Green Bay smothers passes thrown short right (less than 15 yards) averaging just 4.2 yards allowed. The Ravens can also run up the middle, as the Pack gives up 4.6 yards (22nd in the NFL).

Baltimore needs long drives to eat clock and batter the Packers defensive line. The Ravens were less predictable last week on first down, but weather conditions could force conservative calls from offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

Ravens defense: Lewis is still banged up, and thanks to an agressive defensive effort against Dixon in the first half, the Ravens were able to contain the Steelers passing game. In the second half, Baltimore pulled back as Dixon seemed to lock on his first receiver, and finally an interception in OT by Paul Kruger set up  the victory. This week, a much better QB with his weapons will test the secondary.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has been under siege because of the O-line troubles. But, despite the battering, he has completed over 70 percent of his passes five times, including each of the last two games. He has 22 TDs against just five interceptions, three of which came in the loss to Tampa Bay.

Rodgers will take shots downfield against the Ravens. WR Donald Driver had seven catches (on 10 targets) for 142 yards last week against Detroit, while Greg Jennings has had three 100-yard receiving games. The Ravens have to keep an eye on TE Jermichael Finley, who had 42 yards on three receptions last week. The Packers rank in the top seven in the NFL on average gain on short passes in all directions (left-6.9, middle-8.7 and right-6.1), and are in the top 10 in average gain on 15+ yard throws to deep left (16.2) and right (12.8). Rodgers is second in the NFL in completions of 40+ yards (13). Veteran Ed Reed is expected to play on Monday night, and that would help the Ravens D in pass coverage.

Only twice this season have the Packers run more than they have thrown. RB Ryan Grant has 890 yards and five TDs, while Rodgers has 247 yards and three scores when he gets out of the pocket. The Ravens have had plenty of issues trying to defend plays on the edges this season, and the Packers could spread the field and force Lewis to make plays laterally. Rushing-wise, Green Bay has run the 7th-most plays to left end (45) and the third-most to right end (54) in the league.

Special teams: Both Baltimore and Green Bay are the among the most-penalized special teams units in the league, as the Packers are first in total special teams flags, and the Ravens are tied for fourth. Baltimore kickoff returner Lardarius Webb averages 27 yards per return, while Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson has a 25.5 average. Green Bay has a solid punt returner in Tramon Williams (10.4 per return). Mason Crosby is one of the top kickers in the league, while Billy Cundiff has been a very welcome addition at kicker for the Ravens, after the early struggles with Steve Hauschka.

PREDICTION: Despite the win over Pittsburgh, the Ravens have labored in recent weeks on offense. Green Bay traditionally becomes more of a run-based team when the weather turns cold, but the temptation to test the Ravens secondary might be too much for the Packers here. The Packers have two consecutive games of controlling the ball for 40+ minutes on offense. The Ravens looked very tired on defense in the second half against Pittsburgh in a physical game, and the tackling showed it. If Green Bay controls the line of scrimmage and the clock, the Ravens might be in catch-up mode much of the night. This might be a run-fest on both sides, but Rodgers has a better chance to find his passing playmakers than Flacco does when the time comes. The Ravens will give a strong fight, but will fall short. Packers 21, Ravens 17.

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 01 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are the rankings Drew and Glenn have complied, of the top Raven players from this weekend’s game.

Drew’s List

7. Billy Cundiff
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6. Dawan Landry
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5. Dwan Edwards
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4. Jarret Johnson
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3. Derrick Mason
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2. Ray Rice
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1. Mark Clayton
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Glenn’s List

7. Dawan Landry
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6. Jared Gaither
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5. Derrick Mason
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4. Lardarius Webb
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3. Paul Kruger
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2. Mark Clayton
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1. Ray Rice
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Here are Drew’s season totals

25t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

25t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

25t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

25t-Frank Walker (1 point)

22t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

22t-Ben Grubbs (2 points)

22t-Matt Birk (2 points)

19t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

19t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Todd Heap (4 points)

16t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

16t-Michael Oher (6 points)

16t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

13t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

13t-Sam Koch (7 point)

13t-Lardarius Webb (7 points)

12-Kelley Washington (8 points)

11-Domonique Foxworth (10 points)

9t-Mark Clayton (11 points)

9t-Willis McGahee (11 points)

8-Jared Gaither (16 points)

6t-Ed Reed (17 points)

6t-Dawan Landry (17 points)

5-Jarret Johnson (18 points)

4-Derrick Mason (24 points)

3-Ray Lewis (30 points)

2-Joe Flacco (40 points)

1-Ray Rice (48 points)


And Glenn’s season totals

24t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

24t-Frank Walker (1 point)

24t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

24t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

24t-Sam Koch (1 point)

21t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

21t-Matt Birk (2 points)

21t-Kelley Washington (2 points)

19t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

19t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

17t-Chris Chester (4 points)

17t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

15t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

15t-Domonique Foxworth (5 points)

14-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

12t-Dawan Landry (10 points)

12t-Todd Heap (10 points)

10t-Willis McGahee (12 points)

10t-Mark Clayton (12 points)

9-Jared Gaither (13 points)

8-Ed Reed (15 points)

7-Lardarius Webb (18 points)

6-Michael Oher (20 points)

5-Jarret Johnson (23 points)

4-Derrick Mason (26 points)

3-Ray Lewis (27 points)

2-Joe Flacco (28 points)

1-Ray Rice (56 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 24 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Below are the top seven Ravens from the team’s 17-15 loss to the Colts.

 

Glenn’s List

7. Michael Oher
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6. Billy Cundiff
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5. Ed Reed
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4. Ray Lewis
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3. Dawan Landry
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2. Derrick Mason
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1. Ray Rice
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Drew’s List

7. Joe Flacco
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6. Dawan Landry
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5. Domonique Foxworth
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4. Ed Reed
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3. Ray Rice
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2. Billy Cundiff
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1. Derrick Mason/Jared Gaither
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And these are Drew’s season totals

25t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

25t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

25t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

25t-Frank Walker (1 point)

22t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

22t-Ben Grubbs (2 points)

22t-Matt Birk (2 points)

21-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

17t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

17t-Chris Chester (4 points)

17t-Todd Heap (4 points)

17t-Mark Clayton (4 points)

14t-Billy Cundiff (6 Points)

14t-Michael Oher (6 points)

14t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

12t-Sam Koch (7 point)

12t-Lardarius Webb (7 points)

11-Kelley Washington (8 points)

10-Domonique Foxworth (10 points)

9-Willis McGahee (11 points)

8-Jarret Johnson (14 points)

7-Dawan Landry (15 points)

6-Jared Gaither (16 points)

5-Ed Reed (17 points)

4-Derrick Mason (21 points)

3-Ray Lewis (30 points)

2-Joe Flacco (40 points)

1-Ray Rice (42 points)

 

 

And Glenn’s season totals

23t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

23t-Frank Walker (1 point)

23t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)     

23t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

23t-Sam Koch (1 point)

20t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

20t-Matt Birk (2 points)

20t-Kelley Washington (2 points)

18t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

18t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

16t-Chris Chester (4 points)

16t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

15-Domonique Foxworth (5 points)

14-Mark Clayton (6 points)

13-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

12-Dawan Landry (9 points)

11-Todd Heap (10 points)

10-Jared Gaither (11 points)

9-Willis McGahee (12 points)

8-Lardarius Webb (14 points)

7-Ed Reed (15 points)

6-Michael Oher (20 points)

4t-Jarret Johnson (23 points)

4t-Derrick Mason (23 points)

3-Ray Lewis (27 points)

2-Joe Flacco (28 points)

1-Ray Rice (49 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 18 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are the top 7 Ravens from the Monday night win over the Browns.

Drew’s List

7. Joe Flacco
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6. Justin Bannan
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5. Jarret Johnson
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4. Fabian Washington
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3. Ray Lewis
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2. Sam Koch
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1. Dawan Landry
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Glenn’s List

7. Todd Heap
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6. Dawan Landry
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5. Derrick Mason
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4. Jarret Johnson
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3. Lardarius Webb
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2. Ray Lewis
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1. Ray Rice
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And these are Drew’s season totals

24t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

24t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

24t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

24t-Frank Walker (1 point)

21t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

21t-Ben Grubbs (2 points)

21t-Matt Birk (2 points)

20-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

16t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

16t-Chris Chester (4 points)

16t-Todd Heap (4 points)

16t-Mark Clayton (4 points)

14t-Michael Oher (6 points)

14t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

11t-Sam Koch (7 point)

11t-Domonique Foxworth (7 points)

11t-Lardarius Webb (7 points)

10-Kelley Washington (8 points)

9-Jared Gaither (9 points)

8-Willis McGahee (11 points)

6t-Dawan Landry (13 points)

6t-Ed Reed (13 points)

4t-Jarret Johnson (14 points)

4t-Derrick Mason (14 points)

3-Ray Lewis (30 points)

2-Ray Rice (37 points)

1-Joe Flacco (39 points)

 

And Glenn’s season totals

22t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

22t-Frank Walker (1 point)

22t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)     

22t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

22t-Sam Koch (1 point)

20t-Matt Birk (2 points)

20t-Kelley Washington (2 points)

18t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

18t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

15t-Dawan Landry (4 points)

15t-Chris Chester (4 points)

15t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

14-Domonique Foxworth (5 points)

13-Mark Clayton (6 points)

12-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

11-Todd Heap (10 points)

10-Jared Gaither (11 points)

8t-Ed Reed (12 points)

8t-Willis McGahee (12 points)

7-Lardarius Webb (14 points)

6-Derrick Mason (17 points)

5-Michael Oher (19 points)

3t-Jarret Johnson (23 points)

3t-Ray Lewis (23 points)

2-Joe Flacco (28 points)

1-Ray Rice (42 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Ravens 16 Browns 0 (THE GOOD THING IT WAS THE BROWNS GAME)

Posted on 17 November 2009 by Derek Arnold

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The Ravens were able to escape Cleveland with an ugly, ugly 16-0 shutout win over Cleveland High School the Browns for their first Monday Night victory in their last six tries. However, the effort put forth by the purple and black, especially on offense, wouldn’t be enough to win on most any other Sunday (or Monday or Thursday).

The ineptitude of the Cleveland Browns, who never advanced the ball past the Ravens’ 45-yard line on the night, approaches historic levels. After a shutout – a ROAD shutout at that – the impulse is there to laud the Ravens’ defense for pitching their first goose egg since shutting out the Steelers in Week 12 of 2006. But…man…Brady Quinn made Kyle Boller look like the guy the Ravens are set to face next week, and his receivers would just as soon deflect passes to the other team as pull them in and pick up some yardage. Somehow, it was the first time all year that they were kept off the scoreboard, but still…beating your chest about shutting out the Browns seems akin to bragging about how many toddlers you just punched in the face. (cough, Hiney Ward, cough)

After watching the epic Patriots-Colts game on Sunday night (for my money, the best game since the Pats-Giants Super Bowl), watching the Ravens and Browns flail about last night, especially for the first 30 scoreless minutes, was like watching the 85-lb Pasadena Bucs on a Saturday morning – it’s hard to believe the two games were part of the same league.

It was the first time so far in 2009 that an NFL game went to the half tied 0-0, and was just another in the long line of forgettable Ravens’ first halves. Joe Flacco’s “Joe Cool” persona is still apparent, but lately his first half performances make a nickname like “Joe Slow,” as in, slow start, seem more appropriate. As Glenn Clark points out, the Ravens’ last six first halves of play have resulted in 0, 0, 6, 3, 7, and 7 points, respectively.

The Ravens’ rhythm-less, identity-devoid offense has progressed from a minor annoyance, to a consistent concern, to a full blown crisis. To manage just 1 touchdown and 1 field goal, against the 32nd-ranked defense in the league, is sad, pathetic, inexcusable, and [insert-your-own-derogatory-adjective-here]. Cam Cameron, who had transformed his unit from one of the league’s most laughable to one that some were even describing as “explosive,” over his first season-plus in B’More, has seen his stock fall sharply, and last night may have very likely been a new low. Despite not turning the ball over, the Ravens managed only 9 offensive points (a blocked extra point kept it from being 10). Their seven punts tied a season high, and, despite running the ball on 36 of 58 snaps, time of possession was nearly a wash, at 31:32-28:28.

  • Ravens’ running backs averaged just 3.7 yards per carry.
  • The ONLY Ravens’ wide receiver to catch a pass was Derrick Mason, who hauled in 3 for 78 yards.
  • Flacco was sacked three more times, which now makes seven in the last two games, the total number of times he was taken down in the season’s first five contests.
  • And of course, young Steve “Wide Left” Hauschka did himself absolutely no favors, as he missed a chip shot 38 yard field goal that would have given the Ravens an early 3-0 lead, and had his second extra point attempt blocked by the Browns’ Shaun Rogers. The second year kicker is now just 9-13 on the season (10-15 career), and with Matt Stover coming to town in Irsay Blue this week, the kid is going to find himself none-too-welcome by many in his own home stadium Sunday afternoon.

The game was also rough on the Ravens from an injury standpoint. Second year safety and huge special teams contributor Haruki Nakamura had his ankle broken on the opening kickoff, and is likely to be placed on injured reserve. Haloti Ngata was again unable to go on his sore ankle, but should be ready for Indianapolis.

The larger concern is Terrell Suggs, who was injured on a cheap-shot low block by Brady Quinn on Chris Carr’s 3rd quarter interception. Quinn was flagged on the play, but 15 yards, especially in that game, is little condolence for a sprained knee to #55. Suggs left the game and did not return, and his status moving forward is currently unknown (Update: Reports say Suggs out 4-5 weeks. Craaaaaap). His absence did, however, open the door for the much called-for and enigmatic Paul Kruger to get the first game action of his career – he responded by picking up more penalty yards (5) than tackles (0).

There is no better time to pull the “a win is a win” card, for all involved – Ravens players, coaches, and staff, and certainly for us fans. As disgusting and uninspiring as it was, the 5-4 next to “Ravens” in the standings is the same this morning as it would have been after the 34-3 drubbing that most of us expected. B’More is tied with Jacksonville (?!) and Houston at just one full game behind Pittsburgh and San Diego for the AFC’s final playoff spot.

May we suggest that, like us, you spend the next six days convincing yourselves that it was all part of the plan – that the Ravens were simply keeping their true abilities close to the vest, only to unleash them in full force on the unsuspecting Colts (who likely turned this one off at halftime and laughed themselves to sleep). That fantasy may be crushed by the “horseshoe of reality,” in due time, but until then, keep the purple faith, won’t you?

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