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Harbaugh Should Have Shouldered Blame Following Ravens’ Crushing Loss to Colts

Posted on 22 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Baltimore Ravens’ 17-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium wasn’t Joe Flacco’s fault.

Sure, Joe threw a costly pick with the Ravens in field goal position at the end of the game, but it wasn’t his fault.

The Baltimore Ravens’ 17-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium wasn’t Ed Reed’s fault.

Sure, there was NO REASON to try to lateral the football on the final punt return of the game-but it wasn’t his fault.

The Baltimore Ravens’ 17-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium wasn’t Billy Cundiff’s fault.

Sure, if Cundiff had tacked on the 3 points he missed on a 30 yard field goal; the Ravens would have scored 18 to the Colts’ 17-but it wasn’t his fault.

The Baltimore Ravens’ 17-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium was the fault of everyone on the football team. From the one with the smallest role (Long Snapper Matt Katula); to the one with the greatest (Coach John Harbaugh).

But following the Ravens’ loss, John Harbaugh’s chat with the media would have better served his football team had it sounded like this…..

“Guys, this one is on me. I shouldn’t have called timeout there before the review. I shouldn’t have asked someone who isn’t a punt returner to return the game’s most important punt. I shouldn’t have allowed Joe Flacco to throw the ball over the middle to Ray Rice. All of this is my fault. And I’m going to spend this week trying to figure out how I can improve as a football coach.”

He shouldn’t have said that because the loss IS his fault-it isn’t. He should have said it because the team desperately needs the deflection following ANOTHER crushing loss. Whatever he’s tried to do with his guys so far this season just hasn’t worked.

This team feeds off emotional ploys. They willed themselves to the AFC Championship Game a season ago thanks in part to the spirit of their friend and “teammate” O.J. Brigance. John Harbaugh credited the win at Texas Stadium a season ago to informing the football team that Jerry Jones personally selected them to be served on a silver platter to the Dallas Cowboys. He’s rallied the team around Rex Ryan, he’s rallied the team around even their O-Line Coach John Matsko.

But whatever he’s trying to do emotionally with this team this season isn’t working. They just aren’t responding when they’re most needed to. Maybe the message isn’t “stale” as most argued Brian Billick’s had become-but the message needs a re-heating.

Emotionally, this team just isn’t there. It might be a lack of focus (they were pretty loose again Friday in preparation for today’s game), it might be the fact that Harbaugh spends a great deal of time during the week reminding players of what they can and cannot say (which MULTIPLE players have confirmed to me), it might be that the team has just accepted their fate following a few crushing losses (although no one I have talked to has given me that idea).

But the same response of “We all could have done better, me included” just isn’t cutting it. Saying “I don’t have any thoughts” on Ed Reed’s pitch isn’t accomplishing anything.

The easy retort to this is “How do you know John is handling these things behind closed doors?”

I don’t know. Even though I’ve been given the indication that he hasn’t tried much in the way of emotional ploys; I still don’t know. But it also doesn’t matter.

This team needs to have their issues brought to light, and they need to be willing to talk about it. It’s an emotional bunch-NOT an Andy Reid coached, tight-lipped bunch. These guys just don’t respond to the business-like mentality that their head coach is trying to preach. They respond to raw emotion. They respond to being allowed to go a little crazy.

John Harbaugh should have gone off the script a bit today. He should have tried to win his group back emotionally.

The easiest way to have done that would have been to put it on himself; and accept responsibility for a bad loss even if he didn’t deserve it.

Instead, he’ll have an entire week to figure out what he needs to do.




-Fabian Washington (knee sprain) is the only injury concern. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow.

-The Ravens scored 12 points in the first half; reaching double digits in the first 30 minutes for the first time since Week 3 against Cleveland.

-With 135 total yards of offense, Ray Rice surpassed the century mark for the 7th consecutive game.

-Hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Derrick Mason, Billy Cundiff, Dwan Edwards, Cam Cameron, Matt Birk and Haloti Ngata NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. At one point, Ray Rice said Peyton Manning was “foolish” if he thought he had a good game today. Of course, Peyton won one more football game than the Ravens did today…..

4:04-MAYBE he was down; but I don’t think you overturn that. Game over. 17-15 Colts. Ravens 5-5.

4:02-I would have NEVER put Ed Reed back there to return that. NEVER. Ed is just too lackadaisical with the football.

4:00-Joe is only going to be able to throw the ball here about two times. A sack ends the game, an incompletion ALL but dooms them.

3:55-That timeout BEFORE the challenge about kills the Ravens. You challenge it OR you call a timeout. You can’t do both. The Colts can take this down to about a minute left now.

3:51-He’s been beat up a lot, but Domonique Foxworth made a nice tackle there. I think Reggie Wayne’s stretch made it.

3:50-Ray Lewis delivered a VICIOUS hit there, but the Colts still have it 3rd and 1. Picking this up would ALMOST doom the Ravens.

3:48-Fabian Washington hurt…..he’s helped off. Can’t walk. This looks bad.

3:46-Unthinkable. Absolutely unthinkable. The Colts knew the Ravens would go to Ray Rice there, and Joe threw the ball despite the fact that there were 3 men in white shirts in the area. Gary Brackett with the pick.

3:44-I don’t know why Derrick Mason goes out of bounds there……idea would be to run the clock. But 8 catches and 137 yards allows you to get away with a couple mistakes.

3:43-That Ray Rice is some kind of special……

They need yards here. 51 yarder for Cundiff otherwise….

3:40-You have to wonder how this city will handle it if that last field goal by Matt Stover ends up being the difference in this game. I really don’t even want to think about it.

3:34-Ray got an extra shot in on Reggie Wayne after that one fell incomplete there.

This is a gimme for Stover. 17-15 Colts. 7:02 left. Ravens need to 1-run clock, 2-score. No pressure.

3:31-That being said, Ngata lead with his elbow; that’s a penalty. Really no doubt about it.

Foxworth with a costly missed tackle. Ravens have to keep Indy out of endzone here.

3:30-Gotta give secondary a TON of credit today. Without Terrell Suggs-the Ravens have gotten almost NO pass rush.

And Paul Kruger gets to make a big play thanks to one of the worst play calls I’ve ever seen.

Ray Lewis is not happy with the personal foul call on Haloti Ngata.

3:25-Cundiff tied Matt Stover’s franchise record of 5 field goals in a single game with that kick. Stover did it 4 times while he was in Baltimore.

3:23-I would also probably run the ball with Le’Ron McClain or have Ray Rice try to leap in. But that’s just me.

Cundiff bounces back, and puts the Ravens ahead 15-14. That’s costly not hitting paydirt there, though.

3:21-If I was an offensive coordinator, I’d run the ball 4 times here. Whatever you do, you can’t lose yards.

3:18-LJ Smith with the first down catch? Holy crap. I’m pretty sure he just said “Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Forrester!”

3:12-Just the 2nd catch on the day for Todd Heap; but that’s 2 more than I thought he’d make today. Big grab.

TERRIBLE drop there from Derrick Mason. Just terrible. Almost enough for me to leave him off my Tuesday Top 7.

Okay maybe not. Nice job by Mase to shake that one off.

3:09-Big play to get off the field with a 3 and out and give the offense another chance here. Whatever happens, the Ravens CANNOT fall behind two possessions.

Tom Santi (neck) is questionable to return.

3:04-Put that one on Matt Katula-which is the same as I have said many times on Hauschka kicks this year. So much for Billy Cundiff replacing Sheila Dixon as mayor.

3:03-Great grab there by Mark Clayton, but the Ravens REALLY can’t afford to come up short here.

3:02-There have been a ton of times watching Ray Rice that I’ve asked myself “How is he still on his feet???”

3:01-John Parry took some extra time to look at that to see where the ball should have been spotted. Handled well.

2:57-McGahee was down there. It was a fun, wacky play; but he was DOWN there.

2:54-Game-changing play there by 52. Colts would have made this a 2 possession game if that had been 6.

I have NO IDEA if Derrick Mason actually caught that ball or not, but I will TAKE IT.

Credit Jerraud Powers for solid coverage on that play.

2:51-WOW what a momentum changer. WIW. Caldwell almost has to review that there…..but I’m almost 100% certain that was a fumble.

I guess maybe he isn’t reviewing?

2:49-Tavares Gooden and Domonique Foxworth were in trouble there on that pass to Reggie Wayne.

For everything made about Paul Kruger this week-anyone noticed him?

2:41-Colts DE Keyunta Dawson is questionable to return.

Billy Cundiff’s 4 Field Goals in the 1st half matched a team record for a half set by Matt Stover 11/17/04 against Cleveland.

2:26-I guess with Matt Stover here in Baltimore-the Ravens were REALLY confused. They’ve gone back to the old no-TD offense they used to have with Matt. 14-12 Colts.

2:23-Mistake to call a timeout there. THAT’S where you spike the ball. I don’t usually agree with spikes, but that’s where you do it.

2:22-Big conversion there to make sure Indy didn’t get it back, not they have to try to do something. 36 ticks and 1 timeout left from their own 47…..

2:18-And despite all of the good things the Ravens have done in the 1st half, the Colts plunge back ahead. 14-9 Colts with 1:23 to play.

2:13-Boy he is so good and finding someone along the edge. That’s a great example of why Peyton Manning is a future Hall of Famer.

Harbaugh will challenge-haven’t seen anything definitive on the replay yet. Will keep watching.

Oh, Harbaugh not challenging? You can do that after you throw the red flag? Weird……

2:12-Lardarius Webb had NOTHING to offer there against Tom Santi. Who knew Tom Santi was such a weapon???

2:10-The Ravens have confirmed that the Colts are the only team that does not get the team NAME on the scoreboard here at M&T Bank Stadium.

2:08-71,320 here at “The Bank” today. The NFL STILL thinks Jacksonville was a better choice.

2:06-Billy Cundiff is currently more popular than Stacy Keibler, Willy Don Schaefer, and Nestor Aparicio combined. 9-7 Ravens.

2:04-Ray Lewis battling an ankle issue. He didn’t leave the game, but he’s in pain on sideline. Not getting any attention from medical staff.

Meanwhile, Ray Rice continues to play like the Team MVP.

2:03-Nice point made by “TheGipper” on Twitter. On the scoreboard in the stadium, the Colts are listed as “Indy” instead of “Colts.” The Ravens are listed as “Ravens.” Nice touch by the staff here.

1:58-The Ravens have had decent coverage thus far today. It hasn’t been perfect, but they’ve certainly rallied from their struggles on the first drive.

And just like that, Ed Reed is sitting back in center field to pick off Manning and get the ball back out to about midfield.

HUGE game for this defense after the initial drive. Just HUGE.

1:55-Peyton Manning forced to burn a 2nd timeout; credit the crowd here at “The Bank.”

1:52-The stop on Donald Brown gives the defense another chance to get off the field after 3 plays. Doesn’t happen; as Austin Collie comes back to make a nice catch.

1:50-Michael Oher’s hold hurt the Ravens in trying to do something on that drive. Thankfully De’Von Hall helped them out on the punt return.

Speaking of Oher-despite the fact that I’m told many showings of “The Blind Side” were sold out in the Baltimore area, I’m pretty sure New Moon will win the weekend box office battle……

1:42-Everyone in the crowd here at M&T Bank Stadium owes Jeff Saturday a big thank you for that hold. I would have taken the Colts to convert that EVERY time.

Nice decision there by Chris Carr to call for a fair catch. NO reason to risk it when you’re getting the ball at the 10.

1:41-Jim Caldwell HAS to go for it here in no man’s land. Stover can’t make this kick, and you only gain 17 yards of field position if Pat McAfee’s punt goes to the endzone-which it very well might.

1:39-Ray is currently letting Dannell Ellerbe know he missed the assignment on the long completion to Santi. Kudos to Drew Forrester for pointing that out up here.

1:38-A Tom Santi sighting!

If Joseph Addai breaks off a few more runs like that, the Ravens will have difficulty stopping Peyton in short yardage situations.

Tom Santi is on fire…..Ray Lewis had not shot at getting that.

1:36-TJ Rushing returned that one for Indy instead of Chad Simpson. Colts probably thought they should have gotten more on first two kickoffs given line drive nature of Cundiff’s kicks. Freddy Keiaho’s penalty didn’t help them.

1:33-Tim Jennings made the play on Mason after Flacco hung another one up.

Cundiff comes in and knocks another one through. Hitting your first will do wonders for your confidence. 7-6 Colts. The bad news here is that despite the Ravens really having outplayed the Colts now for the better part of the first 11 minutes, they still trail.

1:32-Flacco has hung 2 now. He’s fortunate that Melvin Bullitt didn’t even TRY to intercept that.

1:30-Talk about a big play. Wow. Dawan Landry with the INT off Fabian Washington’s tip. Landry is starting to quiet a few of the “We should have never let Jim Leonhard go” fans.

1:28-Good coverage again there on a bit of a line drive kick. Ravens can’t afford to fall multiple possessions behind so early.

Some on Ravens’ sideline encouraging crowd to get louder.

1:25-By far and away the biggest ovation I’ve EVER seen for a first quarter field goal here……even though he JUST barely got it through the uprights. Boy that was close. 7-3 Colts.

1:24-No pressure on Cundiff here, huh?

1:22-Heck, McGahee even makes a catch. Cam Cameron doesn’t trust him as a pass-catcher, which is why they stick with Ray Rice when they’re playing from behind and need to throw.

Flacco let that one hang up a bit to Mason there, which allowed Jacob Lacey to make a play on it.

1:20-And Derrick Mason gets involved early as well. This is already better than anything we’ve seen offensively in the first half than what we’ve seen in the last couple weeks.

Willis McGahee gets to come into the game because the Ravens put together an extended drive. Good news.

Ravens forced to take a timeout there because Chris Chester couldn’t get his shoe on. Hard to lose a timeout that way.

1:18-Le’Ron McClain gets involved to pick up the first down. Ravens must move ball methodically like this today knowing Peyton Manning is sitting on opposing sideline.

1:16-Big pitch and catch there by Joe Flacco and Kelley Washington on 3rd down. You can’t give the Colts the ball back after a 3 and out right now….

1:15-I’m a bit surprised John Parry overturned that. It might have been the right call, I’m just surprised he saw that on the replay. Good decision by Harbaugh to challenge.

1:12-Dallas Clark (321) just broke John Mackey’s franchise record for career receptions. That’s a bit awkward.

Also, that fumble by Lardarius Webb is the EXACT reason why the Ravens are sticking with Chris Carr as a punt returner. Possession is much more important than yards gained on a return.

1:08-Domonique Foxworth was BADLY confused on that play, and Dallas Clark has put the Colts ahead 7-0 early.

You CAN’T just let Peyton Manning have the ball first to start a game. Not a good decision.

1:06-This is why I don’t think you can give Indy the ball to start the game. Pierre Garcon can ABUSE Fabian Washington all day if he so chooses. Ouch.

Nothing brewing for Joseph Addai early, that’s not really a surprise.

1:04-Antwan Barnes was actually the first player to get a crack at Suggs’ spot; but he was rotated out after the first play. Clearly the Ravens plan to rotate all day.

That WOULD HAVE been a huge play for the Ravens to get off the field 3 and out. Reggie Wayne is going to do that, though.

1:02-No hang time on the kickoff, but the Ravens STILL do a great job in coverage to not allow Chad Simpson (Morgan State) to get the ball back to the 20.

Crowd is NUTS to start the game.

1:00-Ravens win toss, they’ll defer. Peyton Manning gets the ball first. Yikes.

12:56-Both Trevor Pryce and Dwan Edwards were listed as defensive starters. Maybe Pryce is sliding out to play Suggs’ spot?

12:53-Cundiff just missed 2 45 yarders, then hit a 3rd off the post. 4th was wide left again, 5th finally went straight through. Fans behind goalposts in state of utter panic.

12:11-Ravens in purple tops and white pants, Colts in white tops and white pants.

12:09-Both Matt Stover and Billy Cundiff have made 50+ yard field goals during warm-ups. Of course, those are with no snapper and no holder; and we saw Steve Hauscka make 50+ yarders in warm-ups as well. Not sure if we can make anything of that.

11:46-Here are your inactives:

QB John Beck (3rd QB)
RB Jalen Parmele
RB Matt Lawrence
OT Oniel Cousins
OT Tony Moll
LB Terrell Suggs
DT Kelly Talavou
DT Brandon McKinney

QB Jim Sorgi (3rd QB)
K Adam Vinatieri
WR Anthony Gonzalez
DB Kelvin Hayden
RB Mike Hart
DB Aaron Francisco
TE Gijon Robinson
OT Mike Pollak

Colts made roster moves……OT Daniel Federkeil placed on IR; S De’Von Hall signed and is ACTIVE.

CB Jacob Lacey will start for Indy in place of Kelvin Hayden.

Obviously, Todd Heap and Haloti Ngata are both ACTIVE.

11:32-To answer a question many of you have asked this week, there is no type of video tribute to Matt Stover scheduled for today’s game. I know the Titans did something like that for Steve McNair when he returned to Nashville-but according to a team official who I spoke to on Friday-the Ravens do not intend to recognize Matt at all today; not even by putting him up on the jumbotron to allow fans a chance to applaud him.

11:23-Let’s try to clarify what everyone is chatting about over on Twitter right now-the report Sal Paolantonio just gave to ESPN.

First of all, John Harbaugh is NOT out on the field with Haloti Ngata. Clarence Brooks was watching Ngata go up against Kelly Talavou. He looked fine to me, but I guess there’s a chance they were concerned about something in his motion. However, Haloti has been practicing for over a week, and was VERY confident he’d play.

Also-Terrell Suggs being out for a month is NOT news. We all knew that. I believe I reported it EVERY DAY this week. It was a 3-4 week injury at best. You do not sprain/tear a knee ligament and return in a week, no matter how much Coach Harbs and T-Sizzle try to convince everyone it is possible.

Matt Stover was out chatting with friends at midfield, including WR Mark Clayton. Both Stover and Clayton are very religious, they were very close here in Baltimore.

10:51-Greetings from M&T Bank Stadium in downtown Baltimore; where the 5-4 Baltimore Ravens face a pivotal contest with the 9-0 Indianapolis Colts today at 1pm. The game will air on CBS (WJZ 13 locally) with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf on the call. The Ravens need the victory to stay in the mix in the AFC Wild Card picture; as they currently trail the Steelers (6-3) and the Broncos/Chargers (both 6-3) by a game. The good news for the Ravens is that with a win-they will tie the loser of today’s game between San Diego and Denver; and they hold a tiebreaker over both teams.

I couldn’t help but notice a bunch of horseshoes and blue and white jerseys around M&T Bank Stadium today. While I’m certain that many of them came from “The Friendly Heart of the Midwest”, I am concerned that there are still fans around Charm City that root for Indy because “they just can’t root against those helmets.” I hope none of you reading this fall into that category.

Todd Heap (chest/ribs) is the biggest question mark for today’s game. My gut tells me he doesn’t play-but he was out here running a bit. Haloti Ngata (ankle) is not a question mark at all-he’s gonna go today.

We’ll have scratches out shortly. Make sure you sign up for the WNST Text Service-sent a text with “WNST” in the body to 68255.


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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 11 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Congratulations to Adam Jones for winning a Gold Glove award. It really doesn’t matter if he was the most “deserving” CF in the American League, as the award clearly often goes to the player who had the most “WOW” moments or has the best reputation. Either of those honors is just as good as being the best statistical defender.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Nugent was 2/6 this season with Buccaneers, Cundiff made field goal for Browns against Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium

Luke Jones thinks Harbaugh needs to let McGahee, Kruger, Demetrius Williams play

Derek Arnold says Oher, Gaither, Birk, Grubbs, Chester all struggled against Cincy

Drew Forrester humorously quips Ravens could cut Frank Walker, sign Elizabeth Lambert

Tom Clayton picks Terps 4th in ACC

Drew Forrester thinks Markakis should have won Gold Glove as well

Chris Bonetti says Adam Jones first Oriole to win Gold Glove since Mike Mussina

Drew Forrester sticking with Merton From Indianapolis despite some in Baltimore wanting him gone


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice’s 3rd down conversion in 4th quarter team’s only pickup in 10 tries

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Dwan Edwards listed ahead of Trevor Pryce on depth chart

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco hoping to bounce back in Cleveland from tough performance in Cincinnati

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says team reportedly tried out kickers Mike Nugent, Billy Cundiff

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Ed Reed’s injury major topic of conversation

The Official Site says Ngata thinks Fabian Washington has best reflexes, Kelley Washington thinks Mark Clayton has best reflexes

Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says Browns 15-13 all time on Monday Night Football

Browns Official Site says LB Eric Barton placed on IR

The Sun’s Mike Preston thought Lardarius Webb ‘outstanding’ against Bengals

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg talks long snapping with Katula

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tavares Gooden ‘learned a lot’ from Bart Scott

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Ravens need wake-up call from Ray Lewis

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens held kicking tryouts after bad misses from Hauschka against Vikings, Bengals

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kamerion Wimbley only Brown playing well right now

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says fans hoping to see Mattison fired ‘delusional’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Nugent tried out for Ravens for 2nd time

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pro Football Weekly honored Ngata, Grubbs

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says Mangini expected to name Quinn as starter after Derek Anderson’s struggles against Bears

The Sun’s Ron Fritz compares Hauschka to Matt Stover

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth has been Ravens’ ‘biggest disappointment’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbs still thinks Hauschka ‘best option’

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Brady Quinn ‘likely’ to start Monday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says Trusnik will play more with Barton on IR

The AP says Steve McNair’s widow authorized to sell his restaurant

Sporting News’ Michael Tunison says Ray Rice ‘criminally underused’

SI’s Jim Trotter thinks Steelers will sweep Ravens

SI’s Don Banks says 52’s tackle of Sproles in San Diego best defensive play of year

SI’s Peter King names Oher to All-Pro team for first half of season

USA Today has Ravens 13th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 15th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Ravens far from looking like ‘best team in NFL’ as they did after Week 3

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 11th in power rankings

Fanhouse’s Josh Alper has Ravens 14th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 14th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says ‘talent’ reason why Ravens still in top half of power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco, Ravens secondary struggling right now


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Adam Jones honored with first Gold Glove award

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jones first Birds OF to win Gold Glove since Paul Blair

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds signed former Rays catcher Michel Hernandez

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Eddie Gamboa, Josh Perrault each tossed scoreless inning for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

Examiner Jay Trucker says Jones joins Ichiro, Torii Hunter as American League Gold Glove winners

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says O’s have now won 59 total Gold Gloves, second most in American League to Yankees


The AP’s David Ginsburg says Fridge reported Jamarr Robinson ‘will play’ whether or not he starts

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler thinks Chris Turner deserves to play Saturday despite not practicing this week according to James Franklin

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Wujciak happy to wear camo uniforms

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chris Turner still ‘questionable’ for game against Hokies

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Demetrius Hartsfield may return Saturday

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Darren Evans returned to practice Monday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen prepared to pull Danny O’Brien’s redshirt if necessary

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Da’Rel Scott returned to practice, ‘unlikely’ for Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps had to pay $76,500 to get pry Don Brown, James Franklin away from UMass, Kansas State respectively

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wujciak’s return against Wolfpack longest TD return for Terps since Randall Jones in 2000 against Wake Forest

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says C.J. Brown ‘unlikely’ to see field against VT

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ben Pooler has played well in Hartsfield’s absence

Richmond Times Dispatch’s Darryl Slater says Nosal giving Va Tech ‘boost’ on O-Line

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps could still technically make Orange Bowl

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps paying Ralph $1,877,095 for 2-7 record

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps assistants making $1,817,490 this season

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Devin Burns planning early arrival in College Park (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Friedgen using ‘gamesmanship’ at QB with Frank Beamer (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen says Herbert Law gave Terps glimpse of future in JV game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings says Porzel solid in limited action against NC State


The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Vasquez, Terps won’t be underdogs much this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps 23rd in first poll

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens and Barker Davis say Vasquez 2nd team All-American

ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Terps ‘believe they can make NCAA Tournament’

Turtle Sports Report’s Ethan Rothstein doesn’t expect to see much of Steve Goins this season


The Official Site says Tianna Hawkins, Jackie Nared each had double-double as Terps posted exhibition win over Catholic University

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Frese wanted Dara Taylor, Terps to work on ‘communication’

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Tchatchouang scored 16 for Terps in win

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dara Taylor finished with 7 assists and just 1 turnover in win


Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Georgetown Prep attackman Dobyns committed to Maryland


Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo concerned about ‘letdown’ against Delaware after win over Notre Dame

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Joe Buckley’s miss in South Bend may be affecting him moving forward

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says after last win over Fighting Irish, Mids BARELY held on to beat North Texas

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Ricky Dobbs ‘feels good’ after beating Irish

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo ‘hopeful’ Marcus Curry can play against Blue Hens

Go Mids updates season for Midshipmen opponents


The Official Site says Mids will be on TV 5 times this season between CBS College Sports and MASN

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens expects Romeo Garcia to be ‘breakout player’ for Navy


The Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown with Villanova at Unitas Stadium


The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Maryland Racing Commission approved 150 days of racing, expects bigger purses from slots revenue

Thoroughbred Times’ John Scheinman says Laurel Park approved for 58 days of live racing in Winter meet


The AP says Michael Phelps qualified for 200 meter medley final at Stockholm World Cup event

The Sun says Baltimore’s Elizabeth Pelton finished 8th in women’s 200 backstroke


-Not surprised the Ravens are sticking with Steve Hauschka. They still think he can kick, but he has to prove it every time he goes out there.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.


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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 21 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

I thought John Turner’s decision to blast Debbie Yow was out of line. I think there is CERTAINLY an argument that Maryland might need to consider what the priorities are for the role of Athletic Director now that Debbie has done a great job in getting the department out of serious debt. However, publicly calling for the job of the University’s Athletic Department-especially DURING football season-reeks of someone trying to place blame somewhere BESIDES the football team for being 2-5.

The football team is 2-5. Debbie Yow is the athletic director, Ralph Friedgen is the coach, and Chris Turner is the quarterback. They are all to blame. Chris won’t be back next season. Ralph and Debbie almost certainly will. Each will have questions to answer moving forward.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Mason thinks Ravens need ‘one win’ to get ‘train moving’ again

Drew Forrester not interested in latest McNair ‘news’

Drew Forrester thinks Terrapins will have tough time with Duke Saturday

Rex Snider looking forward to meeting John Ziemann

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin may be most entertaining player in NHL history


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata doesn’t want to feel ‘sluggish’ after bye week

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ozzie Newsome made no moves before NFL’s trade deadline

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens still very alive in AFC North race with Steelers, Bengals

The Official Site says Heap knows Ravens have ‘to get better’

The Official Site says Antwan Barnes owns autographed Ray Lewis jersey

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Le’Ron McClain remaining positive despite lack of production

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Jarret Johnson, Ravens working to improve defensive ‘technique’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Bart Scott defensive player Ravens miss most

The Sun cleans up after me

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Ravens will win next 3 games

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Derrick Mason knows Ravens can go on run after early struggles like they did in reaching AFC Championship Game last year

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Jarret Johnson thinks Ravens don’t need to make personnel changes

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Oher thought flap with Jared Allen just ‘misunderstanding’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Dwan Edwards has played his way into rotation with Trevor Pryce

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says teams Ravens have wins over (Chiefs, Chargers, Browns) have combined 4-13 record this season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Oher doesn’t want to continue beef with Jared Allen

The AP’s Lucas L. Johnson II says Nashville police were aware of expanded relationship between McNair killer Kazemi, gun seller Adrian Gilliam

The Tennessean’s Kate Howard says police see no reason to re-open McNair investigation despite CBS piece

USA Today raises Ravens to 9th in power rankings

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver has Ravens 11th in power rankings

NFL.com experts have Ravens power ranked anywhere from 5th to 17th

NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says loss to Bengals more concerning than loss to Vikings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 15th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 10th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 11th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Baltimore shouldn’t push ‘panic button’


The Official Site says Terps to wear camouflage uniforms 11/14 against Virginia Tech

Duke Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Maryland

Duke Official Site offers complete Terps-Devils release (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner’s dad called for Debbie Yow to be ousted (Here’s the thread on Inside MD Sports where Turner’s father made the comments)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Franklin texted Chris Turner to remind him he’s still the guy, Fridge will meet with QB

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Jamarr Robinson would have played against Clemson, but strained a back muscle

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Torrey Smith knows protection amongst Turner’s problems

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph ‘not down on’ Turner

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps could adjust offense to have ball in hands of Torrey Smith more

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Ralph ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if Terps won out (the rest of us would be)

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Jamarr Robinson also expected to play against Duke

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel says Under Armour making camo threads for Terps to wear against Hokies

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner ‘hardly to blame’ for Maryland’s struggles (as Patrick knows, I would say Turner’s inability to stand tall IS to blame)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph backed off idea Danny O’Brien will play

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Travis Baltz probable, Gary Douglas questionable

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps wearing camo to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

Raleigh News & Observer’s Edward G. Robinson says Cutcliffe concerned about ‘overconfidence’ from Blue Devils

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Ravens 12th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s Pat Forde says win over Clemson amongst ‘weirdest’ results of college football season

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Torrey Smith, Alex Wujciak team MVP’s

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps look ‘hapless’

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles freshman OT Nick Klemm (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ralph impressed with ‘resilience’ of team despite loss to Virginia (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Friedgen hasn’t been 2-5 since 1988-when he was an assistant at Georgia Tech

Turtle Sports Report’s Scott Kornberg says future Terp Cheeseboro has similarities to Heyward-Bey (must subscribe)


Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Sean Mosley intends to have increased role for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 1,681 season tickets at Comcast Center currently unsold

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Sterling Gibbs, Cezar Guerrero, Trevor Cooney highlight ’11 hoops prospects (must subscribe)


The Official Site offers update on all Midshipmen opponents

Wake Forest Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Annapolis

Wake Forest Official Site offers complete Mids-Deacs release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids must move past emotional win over SMU

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Dobbs missed practice with injured right leg

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo will decide Dobbs’ status later this week

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Kriss Proctor worked with starters while Dobbs hurt

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Vince Murray, Kevin Edwards, Joe Buckley MVP’s of win over Mustangs

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo very happy with Brian Ackerman as long snapper

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids 6-2 in games decided by 7 points or less

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Mike Stukel would back up Proctor if Dobbs can’t go

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Vince Murray will keep FB job after replacing injured Alexander Teich

Winston-Salem Journal’s Dan Collins says Grobe particularly angry with Demon Deacons after their blowout loss to Clemson


The Official Site previews Saturday’s visit to Northeastern


Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tigers picked 9th in preseason CAA poll


The Official Site previews Bears’ visit to Delaware State Saturday

The Official Site offers complete Bears-Hornets release (pdf)


The Sun’s Dan Connolly says former Orioles closer Sherrill ‘enjoying ride’ with Dodgers in NLCS

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Matt Angle continued leadoff success in Arizona Fall League


The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Maryland Racing Commission ‘concerned’ about Magna’s auction of Pimlico, Laurel Park


-MAKE SURE you get your tickets for Shogun Fights Saturday night. I’ll be over at First Mariner Arena, and can’t wait for the event.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.


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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer, Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 20 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Intern Super Jack is out today (swine flu, I believe)-so I’ll handle the Tuesday Top 7 within Crabs and Beer. Like Bob Haynie always says, we “improvise and adapt” at WNST.

Here’s MY Tuesday Top 7 for the Ravens’ 33-31 loss to Minnesota…..

7-Lardarius Webb
6-Michael Oher
5-Mark Clayton
4-Ray Lewis
3-Derrick Mason
2-Joe Flacco
1-Ray Rice

And Drew’s Top 7….

7-Marshal Yanda
6-Michael Oher
5-Trevor Pryce
4-Derrick Mason
3-Ray Lewis
2-Ray Rice
1-Joe Flacco

Now our season totals, starting with mine…..

19t-Frank Walker (1 point)
19t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)
19t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)
19t-Lardarius Webb (1 point)
19t-Sam Koch (1 point)
17t-Matt Birk (2 points)
17t-Kelley Washington (2 points)
15t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)
15t-Domonique Foxworth (3 points)
13t-Chris Chester (4 points)
13t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)
10t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)
10t-Jared Gaither (6 points)
10t-Mark Clayton (6 points)
9-Ed Reed (7 points)
8-Todd Heap (9 points)
7-Ray Lewis (11 points)
6-Willis McGahee (12 points)
5-Derrick Mason (14 points)
4-Jarret Johnson (16 points)
3-Michael Oher (19 points)
2-Joe Flacco (21 points)
1-Ray Rice (22 points)

And Drew’s season totals……

18t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)
18t-Frank Walker (1 point)
18t-Sam Koch (1 point)
15t-Dawan Landry (2 points)
15t-Kelley Washington (2 points)
15t-Matt Birk (2 points)
10t-Chris Chester (4 points)
10t-Todd Heap (4 points)
10t-Domonique Foxworth (4 points)
10t-Mark Clayton (4 points)
10t-Jared Gaither (4 points)
8t-Michael Oher (6 points)
8t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)
6t-Willis McGahee (11 points)
6t-Jarret Johnson (11 points)
5-Derrick Mason (12 points)
4-Ed Reed (13 points)
3-Ray Lewis (20 points)
2-Ray Rice (27 points)
1-Joe Flacco (31 points)

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens staffer told him trades ‘unlikely’ before today’s 4pm NFL trade deadline

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh thinks Ravens ‘need’ to play Lardarius Webb more at CB

Chris Bonetti says today final day to sign up for WNST’s trip to Lambeau Field

Rex Snider says Harbaugh doing best Belichick impression

Bob Haynie says bye week adjustments won’t involve firing Mattison OR cutting Hauschka

Keith Melchior says not even Stover automatic from 44 yards

Glenn Clark says Shogun Fights best event of week


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh ‘not very optimistic’ Samari Rolle will return

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thought Oher ‘acquitted himself well’

The Official Site says Flacco told media his ankle ‘great’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbs confirmed Webb ‘officially’ kick returner

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh standing by Hauschka

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Greg Mattison’s defense no longer ‘strikes fear’ in opponents

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh ‘expects’ Gaither to play against Broncos

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Ravens should consider using ‘fresh legs’ of Antwan Barnes, Paul Kruger, Jameel McClain in pass rush

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh admitted Katula’s snap ‘not perfect’ on missed FG

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh has history with T.O. from Philadelphia

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jared Gaither was ‘close’ to being able to go Sunday against Vikings

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Ravens have bigger need at CB than WR

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens corners ‘can’t cover OR tackle’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ozzie Newsome wouldn’t rule out chances of making trade

The Sun cleans up after me

The AP’s Lucas L. Johnson II says Kazemi texted McNair looking for money before murder

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says NFL Network’s Deion Sanders says Ravens don’t have ‘playoff-caliber defense’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh spoke kindly about Terrell Owens, but doesn’t think anything ‘happening’ on that front

The AP says Harbaugh believes ‘big plays the problem’

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens don’t want to ‘mess around’ with Rolle’s neck

The Tennessean’s Kate Howard says McNair had transferred money to Kazemi’s account-explaining why Armen Keteyian found $2,500 in her bank account

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 12th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Albert Breer says Ravens should go after Dwayne Bowe

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Harbaugh’s T.O. comments ‘flirted with tampering’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco thinks Ravens may be missing Stover

Pro Football Weekly wonders if Ravens interested in Ted Ginn Jr.

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t see how Ravens would be interested in T.O.

ESPN.com’s James Walker not sure if Dwayne Bowe rumors have any ‘traction’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says all 3 of Ravens’ losses have come to first-place teams


The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Duke

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Devils release (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner, Terps must find ‘new inspiration’ this season

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Danny O’Brien looking like he’ll be starter in ‘10

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Travis Ivey thinks Terps might have to score defensively due to offensive struggles

The Diamondback has Terps 12th in power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps will be underdogs rest of season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Blue Devils favored for just 9th time in last 118 games against ACC opponents

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Rutgers, Boston College also after Connor Wujciak (must subscribe)


Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says prospect Ashton Pankey to visit College Park Friday (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Jordan Williams ‘should have’ chance to seize starting center position for Terps (must subscribe)


Inside Lacrosse says Terps to face Duke, Loyola to face Notre Dame, Hopkins to face Princeton at Face-Off Classic March 6 at M&T Bank Stadium


The Official Site previews Saturday’s Homecoming contest with Wake Forest

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Demon Deacons release (pdf)

The Official Site’s Bob Socci says LB Nechak not typical for kid from Malibu

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo going with Vince Murray as starting fullback

Go Mids honors Vince Murray, Tyler Simmons, Michael Walsh for win over SMU

Go Mids’ David Ausiello grades Mids defensively through first half of season (must subscribe)


Northeastern Official Site previews Saturday’s visit from Towson

Northeastern Official Site offers complete Tigers-Huskies release (pdf)

Carroll County Times’ Patrick Stoetzer says Mark Orlando honored by Tigers by entering school’s Hall of Fame


The Official Site says punter Nicholas Adams honored by MEAC


The Official Site’s Robert Emrich says Josh Bell ripping cover off ball in Arizona Fall League

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Snyder hitting over .400 in AFL play

Examiner Jay Trucker hopes Birds sign Branyan or Delgado to improve lineup


The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Terps, Redskins OL Scott Burley


Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird worked out in preparation for Breeders’ Cup Classic


The Sun’s Dan Rodricks remembers Ricig’s Robert Irsay dummy


-For the record, my question of John Harbaugh at the end of yesterday’s press conference (regarding Greg Mattison) was NOT asked to be an ass-or to put the coach “on the spot.” It was asked because one of the biggest storylines of the last 10 days has been Greg Mattison-with half of the city of Baltimore calling for Mattison’s head. I NEVER want to bring attention to myself during a press conference, I am just there doing a job. I needed a statement on the record from the Head Coach regarding his embattled Defensive Coordinator; and when challenged-I needed to make sure the Head Coach knew I was not going to let him belittle a relevant question. Please stop with your conspiracy “you just hate John Harbaugh” crap. I am a Ravens fan. I care about one thing, and one thing only. I want the Ravens to win. Other than that, I have a job to do as the Ravens analyst here at WNST.net.

Talk to you later today from 1 Winning Drive.


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Bengals-Ravens Notebook: 100-yard streak snapped, Ed Reed strikes again

Posted on 11 October 2009 by Luke Jones

– The Baltimore rush defense hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in nearly three years before the Bengals’ Cedric Benson ended the streak at 39 games on Sunday.

Benson’s 28-yard touchdown run pushed him over the century mark while also giving the Bengals a 10-7 lead in the third quarter. The former Texas Longhorn rushed 27 times for 120 yards in the Bengals’ 17-14 victory over the Ravens.

“It sucks,” defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said about allowing a 100-yard rusher. “We definitely try to stop the run first, and basically, we didn’t do that today. We’ve got to go back and fix it, and hopefully do better this week.”

Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson was the last opponent to eclipse the 100-yard mark against the Baltimore defense before Benson on Sunday. Johnson’s 120-yard day took place in Kansas City on Dec. 10, 2006.

– Ed Reed continued to cultivate a Hall of Fame resume on Sunday, picking off Carson Palmer in the second quarter and returning it 52 yards for the first score of the game. It was Reed’s sixth career interception return for a touchdown, a franchise record.

It was the 45th interception of his eight-year career. His 45 interceptions and 1,213 interception return yards rank first among all active players in the NFL since 2002, Reed’s rookie season.

“It means nothing if you lose at the end of the day,” Reed said. “When you lose, everything else is out the window. Individual stuff doesn’t matter at the end of the day.”

Including the postseason, Reed has scored 13 touchdowns in his career. He is also the only player in NFL history to score touchdowns off of an interception, a blocked punt, a punt return, and a fumble recovery.

– Despite the offense scoring only seven points on the day, it was another sterling performance by second-year running back Ray Rice. The shifty back registered 143 yards from scrimmage against Cincinnati with 69 coming on the ground and 74 receiving yards (a new career high).

His 48-yard catch and run to the end zone looked to be the decisive blow for the Ravens before Palmer and the Bengals drove 80 yards in the final two minutes for the winning touchdown. Rice is averaging 114.4 net yards per game through the first five weeks of the season.

– Palmer was brilliant on Cincinnati’s final drive, but the Bengals were aided by three crucial Baltimore penalties.  Defensive back Chris Carr was flagged for illegal contact, linebacker Ray Lewis was called for unnecessary roughness on a violent helmet-to-helmet hit on Chad Ochocinco, and Frank Walker’s pass interference penalty on 3rd-and-16 gave the Bengals a fresh set of downs at the Baltimore 20-yard line.

Following the Walker flag, Palmer connected with Andre Caldwell for the game-winning 20-yard touchdown.

“I felt like I went around him and batted the ball down, but we haven’t watched the film yet, so I could be inaccurate,” Walker said about the questionable call.

– Quarterback Joe Flacco’s 186 passing yards moved him past Steve McNair into third place in team history with 4,260 career yards through the air.

– Wide receiver Mark Clayton passed Qadry Ismail into third place for all-time receiving yards in team history. The fifth-year wideout has 2,849 yards in his career.

– Derrick Mason did not record a catch for the Ravens offense, making it the first time since Oct. 15, 2006 that the veteran receiver did not have at least one reception for the Baltimore offense.

– Tight end and special teams player Edgar Jones left the game with a hamstring injury and did not return. His was the only reported injury for the Ravens.

– The Ravens’ inactives were John Beck (third quarterback), Jalen Parmele, Prescott Burgess, Oniel Cousins, Jared Gaither, Tony Curtis, Kelly Talavou, and Paul Kruger.

– The Ravens (3-2) will travel to Minnesota to take on the undefeated Vikings (5-0, first place in the NFC North) at the Metrodome next Sunday.

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

From everything I’ve gathered, the Jordan Williams situation is not a big deal for the Terps. Certainly it is embarrassing, but it doesn’t appear to be anything that will affect Jordan Williams moving forward on the court. In fact, the charges can possibly be dismissed if Jordan agrees to participate in an anger management program.

I do not know the details of the arrest (nor does anyone else), but from what I could gather in speaking to people yesterday who know about law enforcement, these are usually the types of charges that come from minor incidents where a fight was involved. It shouldn’t reflect on Jordan Williams being some sort of violent character.

With all of that being said, it is NOT okay for a Division 1 athlete to put himself in those types of situations. Jordan Williams is an important part of what is expected to be a renaissance for Gary Williams’ program. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jordan was suspended for the exhibition game this season (similar to how Greivis Vasquez was last season), but I would find any further punishment unlikely.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester believes Ravens will win in Foxborough Sunday

Glenn Clark says Trevor Pryce knows Ravens most pressure Tom Brady even if they can’t sack him

Drew Forrester says McGahee has been Ravens’ ‘best’ player thus far in ’09

Glenn Clark says Oher was best Raven on field Sunday, Drew Forrester says Flacco

Nestor Aparicio says 100 losses would be particularly embarrassing for Orioles

Drew Forrester hearing rumblings about Tom Kelly around Baltimore

Glenn Clark hopes to visit Samuel Adams Brewery while in Boston with Ravens this weekend

Bob Haynie wonders if Ravens fans still root for Kyle Boller

Ed Frankovic breaks down likely opening night roster for Capitals


The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says bullpen couldn’t back up Hendrickson as Birds fell in Tampa Bay

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of 11th straight loss

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Jeremy Guthrie to face Wade Davis, Rays tonight

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Brian Roberts now one of just 5 players in MLB history to register 25 stolen bases, 50 doubles, 70 walks, 100 runs scored in 3 straight seasons

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Orioles shut down Chris Tillman for season

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says 10,352 at Tropicana Field to see Rays rally past O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says MacPhail met with Peter Angelos last week to discuss Trembley’s future

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says after 11th straight loss, Markakis said ‘there’s only so much we can do’

The Sun’s Candus Thomson remembers “Why Not?” Birds 20 years later

The Sun’s Candus Thomson talks about memories of ’89 Orioles with Dave Johnson

The Sun’s Candus Thomson talks about memories of ’89 Orioles with Bill Ripken

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jim Johnson, Chris Ray will ‘probably’ compete for closer job in ‘10

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds would be better off beating out Pirates for Number 2 pick in Draft

Examiner Jay Trucker says Albers, Danys Baez, Chris Ray all struggled out of pen for Birds

The AP says Dave Trembley not feeling sorry for (him)self despite Orioles’ 11 game losing streak

St. Petersburg Times’ Joe Smith says Zobrist homered for Rays in win

Tampa Tribune’s Tony Fabrizio says Willy Aybar connected for 3 run HR in Rays’ win

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 28th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 29th in power rankings


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh credited coached John Matsko and Andy Moeller for O-Line success

The Official Site says Harbaugh reports team dealing with ‘new concussions’, does not identify which players

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says John Eisenberg joined BaltimoreRavens.com as columnist

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis was back out at 1 Winning Drive Monday for meetings after suffering stinger Sunday vs. Browns

New England Patriots Official Site says team waived Prescott Burgess, added DL Terdell Sands

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cam Cameron has offense ‘firing on all cylinders’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Patriots, Bengals, Vikings will all ‘test’ Ravens

The Sun’s Edward Lee says defensive backs happy coaching staff didn’t adjust strategy for Cleveland game after struggles against Chargers

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Harbaugh ‘complimentary’ towards Belichick in Monday press conference

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Derrick Mason credited Steve McNair after reaching 800 catch milestone

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco on pace for 4,474 yards passing; 32 TD’s and 10 picks

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kruger’s agent denied report rookie DE/LB doesn’t want to play Special Teams

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says only Ravens QB’s to throw as much as Flacco were Grbac, Testaverde-who made more mistakes than Joe Cool

Boston Globe’s Christopher L. Gasper says Fred Taylor happy to lead RB by committee group for New England

Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport says Wilfork diagnosed with ankle sprain, status for Sunday unknown

Worcester Telegram’s Rich Garven says Patriots amongst NFL leaders defensively

Providence Journal’s Shalise Manza Young says Jerod Mayo was off crutches in Pats locker room Monday

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss says Patriots don’t have to give up Draft pick to Ravens for Burgess because Burgess didn’t play Sunday against Falcons

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 4th in power rankings

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi imagines Ravens will be in AFC Championship Game in January

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gave Ravens B+ for performance in win Sunday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens will learn about Patriots from Jets, Rex Ryan

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Domonique Foxworth, secondary bounced back well after struggles in San Diego


The Official Site previews Saturday’s ACC opener against Clemson

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Tigers release (pdf)

Clemson Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Byrd Stadium

Clemson Official Site offers complete Tigers-Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Titus Till returned to field over weekend

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Friedgen ‘dismayed’ by mistakes Terps making

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps must fix -10 turnover margin

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Adrian Moten, Wujciak playing tough despite struggles

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge thinks Chris Turner a bit ‘skittish’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps, Deacs to kick off at 6:30 on October 10

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says money owed to Ralph, James Franklin makes situation tricky for Debbie Yow

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Maryland on ESPN360 again against Wake Forest

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wujciak moved into EJ Henderson, Erin Henderson area of individual game tackling performances in Friedgen era

Charleston Post and Courier’s Travis Sawchik says Xavier Dye, Dwayne Allen also unhappy about roles with Tigers

Columbia State’s Paul Strelow says Clemson QB Willy Korn ‘wants to play’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Virginia has more reason for ‘hope’ than Maryland

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Boys Latin CB prospect Michael Turner visited College Park (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says WR Kerry Boykins getting attention for blocking (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Wujciak had big day for Terps in loss to Rutgers (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Carlos Olazagasti updates season for Maryland opponents


Register Citizen’s Ronald DeRosa says Jordan Williams turned himself in on charges of breach of peace, third degree assault

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Jordan Williams was arrested with four other defendants for an incident near a mall

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says details of Jordan Williams arrest not available due to sealed warrant

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Jordan Williams turned himself into Torrington (CT) police Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jordan Williams due back in court Monday for arraignment

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says charges against Jordan Williams stemmed from incident last month

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Williams released statement saying Terps will ‘let judicial system run its course’ in Jordan Williams case


The Official Site says George Howard honored again by MEAC


The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Air Force

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen/Falcons release (pdf)

Air Force Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Annapolis

Air Force Official Site offers complete Falcons/Mids release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo understands Commander-in-Chief Trophy makes game with AFA more important

Washington Post’s Camille Powell looks back on close games during Navy’s 6 game win streak over Air Force

Colorado Springs Gazette’s Jack Schaller says game against Midshipmen may be ‘most important’ game in Troy Calhoun’s tenure in Colorado Springs

Go Mids breaks down performances of Mids in win over Western Kentucky (must subscribe)


Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Rob Ambrose believes Tigers ‘getting a little better each and every week’


The Official Site says Sean Kelly, Brandon Hudson honored by ACFC


Daily Racing Form’s Steve Anderson says Borel to ride Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in Goodwood Stakes


The Sun’s Don Markus says Tom Watson will be ‘star’ of Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in Timonium this week


The Official Site says AIFA team brought back Brian Bradford


-I hear Drew talking about how the Orioles should be a 70+ win next season, and I can only think to myself “with what players?” Having Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz take a step forward would only solve PART of this organization’s problem.

-Tom Kelly? I guess. Certainly he’s a guy who knows a thing or two about winning, but I think if the Orioles are really committed to winning, they need to go with a younger guy who can grow with the players but already knows about winning. I said before that Bob Melvin would be my guy, and I still think he should be.

-The Ravens WILL have interest in bringing back Prescott Burgess, but I doubt he ends up back in Baltimore. Burgess was let go because the team just didn’t have room for him on the roster anymore. They don’t suddenly have any.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks:

Chargers 23, Ravens 20 (OT)

This is my fancy way of saying that I think this game is a COMPLETE toss-up. I’m picking overtime, and I’m giving the home team the AUTOMATIC 3 points. I wouldn’t bet this game if you begged me to. Of course, I don’t bet on football (really), so I’m probably not the guy whose opinion matters. These are two good football teams. San Diego has the advantage because the Ravens are going to the other side of the country. That’s all.

Maryland 31, Middle Tennessee State 20

Losing Phillip Tanner will hurt the Blue Raiders, who I think would have been a MUCH more legitimate upset candidate with their starting RB. They’ll still give the Terps a mighty scare, but Maryland won’t fall at home.

Coastal Carolina 31, Towson 17

This will be a more competitive game than the score indicates, but the Chanticleers are better than Rob Ambrose’s Tigers right now.

Pitt 38, Navy 27

Navy is better than they were last year. Pitt isn’t as good as they were last year. But this game is still at Heinz Field, and the Panthers will get the home win.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Week 2 game could have AFC playoff ramifications

Bob Haynie wonders if Maryland or Navy will win more games this season

Glenn Clark impressed by story of Vince Young doing right thing for McNair’s kids

Ed Frankovic says Caps topped Sabres in preseason opener


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rays’ Wade Davis shut out Birds in win

The Official Site offers numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jeremy Guthrie takes hill tonight at Camden Yards against Clay Buchholz, Red Sox

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mickolio to DL with shoulder inflammation

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says 12,000 at OPACY saw Rays top O’s

Red Sox Official Site’s John Barone says BoSox come to Baltimore with poor 34-37 record away from Fenway Park

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Hendrickson went just 3 1/3 innings in taking loss to Rays

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Chris Tillman to make two more starts before being shut down

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Sox bring 6 game lead over Rangers in Wild Card race to weekend series

Examiner Jay Trucker says Birds to visit San Diego, San Francisco next season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Dave Trembley thought Wade Davis’ complete game ‘tremendous accomplishment’

The AP says Michael Aubrey had two hits for Birds in loss to Rays

St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin says Joe Maddon allowed Davis to throw 124 pitches to finish shutout

Tampa Tribune’s Marc Lancaster says Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria had RBI singles for Tampa Bay in win

SI’s Ted Keith has Birds 27th in power rankings


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Brandon McKinney heaviest of Ravens group that includes most 300+ pounders in NFL

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Tavares Gooden, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed all expected to play Sunday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens know they have to get pressure on Phillip Rivers

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens know they’re facing ‘outstanding’ back in Sproles even if Tomlinson can’t play

The Official Site’s Patrick Gleason says Derrick Mason can become 23rd ever player to reach 800 catches with 6 Sunday in San Diego

The Official Site says Cam Cameron doesn’t think time spent in San Diego gives him advantage Sunday

Chargers Official Site’s Casey Pearce says LB’s Shawne Merriman, Shaun Phillips expect to see plenty of blockers left in on pass protection

Chargers Official Site says Bolts have until 4:15 EST today to sell remaining 1,100 tickets, avoid blackout

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Heap ‘relieved’ to be healthy again

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Suggs, Gooden practiced fully; Smith, Reed limited in practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have history of struggling against Antonio Gates

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must dominate Chargers’ O-Line, keep secondary ‘in sync’, spread ball around to receivers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens could be hurt by Gates, losing field position battle, failing to ‘contain’ Merriman

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Fabian Washington knows Bolts will ‘take their shots’ downfield Sunday

The Sun remembers Ravens only ever win at Qualcomm Stadium in ‘03

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens to wear purple at M&T Bank Stadium for rest of home games except black against Bears

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Zbikowski missed practice Thursday (concussion)

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says “Lights Out” trying to move past injuries, Tila Tequila distraction

San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee says DC Ron Rivera wants pass rush to result in more sacks

SI’s Peter King picks Chargers 23-21 (Edit from GMC: Thanks NM.)

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt looking forward to Suggs-McNeill matchup

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco picks Chargers 24-17

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says T-Sizzle will be ‘probable at worst’ for Sunday

ESPN.com’s John Clayton thinks Ravens-Chargers 5th best game of week


The Official Site says Pinegar, Wujciak to carry flags tomorrow at Byrd Stadium

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Tony Logan ‘probable’ against Blue Raiders

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Don Brown’s defense yet to force turnover this season

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps trying to avenge last year’s trip to Murfreesboro

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chris Turner is ‘glue’ holding Terps together

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chris Turner’s running now ‘regular feature’ in offense

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut picks Terps 33-24

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell picks Terps 33-30

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Kenny Tate, Anthony Wiseman likely to return punts vs. Raiders

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Stephon Heyer, Jared Gaither, Bruce Campbell only freshmen before Fulper to start this decade

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 31-30

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Yeatman would count against football scholarship limit if he played in ‘10

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen ran no-huddle in practice to prepare for MTSU’s offense

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have allowed injured players to travel before (including Jaimie Thomas in ’07)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will be better with Bruce Campbell, Jamari McCullough

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Raiders will have ‘confidence’ after win over Terps last year

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Nolan Carroll’s injury this year similar to Kevin Barnes’ injury last year (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Nolan Carroll to be at midfield for coin flip before MTSU game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Birchenough thinks Terps will try to ‘pound the ball’ with Da’Rel Scott and Davin Meggett


Pitt Official Site says Greg Williams still ‘adjusting’ to LB role

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says punter Delahooke cementing legacy in Annapolis

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says DE Michael Walsh still battling back from surgery after nice game against Louisiana Tech

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo taking Wes Henderson on trip to Pitt along with brother Nick since family lives in area

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Navy was comfortable trying to come from behind against Ohio State thanks to rallies against Notre Dame, Tempe last year

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Zingler finally contributed during win over Bulldogs

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Marcus Curry making impact for Mids at Slotback position

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Mids trying to avenge last year’s loss to Pitt at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise
says Panthers OC Cignetti wants to go downfield more

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Ralph Paulk says Mids know ‘duty’ comes first


The Official Site says WR Cegles trying to answer detractors


The Sun says Maryland Jockey Club unveiled logo for 2010 Preakness


The Official Site says former Milford Mill, Virginia Tech star Richard Johnson re-signed with AIFA team


-Kudos to Perry Hall for naming their track after Coach Jerry Martin last night. More kudos for a 14-9 win over Tuscarora.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Some Friday Thoughts – Rex Ryan, Kanye West, Vince Young & Ernie Harwell ….

Posted on 18 September 2009 by Rex Snider

It’s Friday, and we’re a little more than 48 hours away from the Ravens second game of this young NFL Season. I’m certain you’re being provided with the best “up to the minute” Ravens 411, right here, at WNST.net …..

There is plenty to discuss and digest. The San Diego Chargers are by all means an “interesting” opponent for the Ravens. The issues and items for discussion are varied …..

Will the San Diego running attack – Tomlinson, Sproles & Bennett be effective against the Ravens defense? I’ll tell you on the SUNDAY MORNING BLITZ …..

Will Joe Flacco air it out 43 times? Heck I don’t have a clue – and anyone who says they do know, is full of sh!#. But, I’ll say this …. I’ll give you my thoughts on the SUNDAY MORNING BLITZ ….

And, will the Ravens “Front 4” get pressure on Philip Rivers, in this prelude to the matchup with Tom Brady and the Patriots, in two weeks? I’ll tell you on the SUNDAY MORNING BLITZ …..

Do you see a pattern here? That’s right, it’s FRIDAY !!!! Let’s lighten it up. And, in doing so, I’m gonna give you my reflections on this past week and the people who made it pretty interesting …..

Rex Ryan

The former Ravens Defensive Coordinator is enjoying some rockstar status with syndicated sports media, and the New York press. Heck, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg, a devout Jets loyalist, is practically ready to rename his son “REX.” I fully endorse it 

Given this recent ride of popularity, I wouldn’t be surprised to catch Rex Ryan hosting Saturday Night Live. And, if they really have any intentions – he’d better record tomorrow night’s episode. Indeed, some of the luster will wear off on Sunday.

‘Ole Rex might not be ready to “Kiss The Ring,” but he’d better be prepared to see his team take a good ass-whipping. And, as we know, beatdowns at the “mercy” of Bill Belichick are anything but …..

I think Rex’s mouth will get him into hot water sooner, rather than later. Hmmm …. is this a look in the mirror moment ??? You get it ????

Bill Belichick is known for punishing those who disrespect him or the franchise – just ask Eric Mangini. And, while it took Tom Brady & Company a few quarters to shake off nearly TWO YEARS of rust, last week, they still shook it off.

He’s back and the Jets are in real freakin’ trouble ……

Tila Tequila

It’s fairly apparent, Tila’s 15 minutes PLUS another half-hour of FAME ….. are over. Beyond, wishing her self-spiraling “antics and turmoil” on a few former colleagues, I really hope we never, ever hear her name, again.

Vince Young

Yes, THAT Vince Young.

While he might be serving as the backup quarterback, with the Titans, Young committed a “first string” gesture of love and humanity, on Wednesday. In a total surprise moment, Young showed up at the late Steve McNair’s Nashville home and escorted his two youngest sons to their school’s annual “Father & Son Breakfast.”

Vince Young simply did a selfless thing. I’m impressed. But, I hope we hear the same story next year, and the year after. Get my drift …..

Kanye West

Well, he’s the week’s most searched name on internet engines. And, we all know the reason. I won’t give Kanye West much attention. I’ll just concede the truth …..

He’s lived a life with patterned behavior of a RACIST. He is a racist. I think celebrity is coupled with a responsibility to accountability. While celebrities are NOT role models, they are expected to live a life of good citizenry. And, the world is watching.

Kanye West is not a good person – period.

Ernie Harwell

Perhaps, this is the only fitting way of mentioning Ernie Harwell and Kanye West in the same article. Ernie Harwell embodies responsible citizenry and CLASS. At 92, the Hall Of Fame announcer is battling incurable cancer, and he has no regrets.

Ernie Harwell is loved throughout the baseball and sports world. You know how that happens? It’s easy ….. BE GOOD TO PEOPLE.

On Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers and fans took time for Ernie – and he took time for them. It’s been a wonderful marriage, and the ceremony was as authentic as they come. He’s at home ….. with the “Great People of Michigan.” Well, said ……


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Say What You Want About Vince Young…

Posted on 17 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

….but this is an AWESOME story. From FoxSports.com:

Vince Young wasn’t stepping up in the pocket, he was stepping up in life.

The Tennessee Titans quarterback surprised the sons of his desceased friend by taking Steve McNair’s sons to their school’s “Dear Dads Breakfast” on Wednesday in Nashville.

Young looked up to McNair as a kid, and he didn’t have to think twice about doing this for Trenton and Tyler.

“Those are my boys,” Young told The Tennessean. “I wouldn’t say it was to pay anyone back; it was just out of love. Steve would do it for me. He pretty much did it for me when I was growing up.

“I have a history with the boys and I want to do anything I can. I am their big brother.”

McNair was shot and killed July 4.

Young knew McNair, who quarterbacked the Titans from 1995 to 2005, long before entering the NFL, having attended youth football camps. He also spoke at McNair’s funeral in Hattiesburg, Miss.

“It was a great, great gesture,” said Julie Dilworth, admissions director at St. Paul Christian Academy. “All the kids had been talking about the dads’ breakfast and (Trenton and Tyler) were wondering what was going to happen with them.

“They were thrilled … the boys came to school with huge smiles on their faces.”

At the breakfast, Young gave jerseys and autographs to several students.

“Overall they are doing cool, doing good,” he said of McNair’s sons. “Just talking to their mom, I think they are going to be all right. I am always going to be here for them, always.”

Just awesome. Well done.


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Ravens Learn Important Lesson in Win Over Chiefs

Posted on 13 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

In their 38-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, the Ravens survived a pesky opponent and got off to a 1-0 start thanks to an offensive display the likes of which we’ve never seen.

And in doing so, the Ravens may well have learned a lesson that can stick with them throughout the 2009 season:

That every play-in every game-against every team-matters.

It would be very easy to say that the Ravens were 3-4 plays away from beating the Chiefs in a laugher. In fact, there are for plays that stick out:

-Jon McGraw’s blocked punt-recovered in endzone for a TD
-Steve Hauschka’s missed 41 yard field goal
-Derrick Johnson’s INT and 70 yard return
-Brodie Croyle’s 50 yard pass to Mark Bradley over Fabian Washington

Those 4 plays either directly (or indirectly) created a 20 point swing in the game. If the Ravens get the 3 that Hauschka left out there, and the Chiefs don’t get the 17 that those three plays created; the Ravens would have cruised to a 41-7 victory.

But those plays DIDN’T go that way.

Instead, those 4 plays turned a potential laugher into a game the Ravens had to sweat out in the final minutes; in a game that Todd Heap admitted afterward “everybody was expecting to go” safely in favor of the Ravens.

The Ravens REALLY played a very good game today. Joe Flacco threw for a career-high 307 yards and 3 TD’s. Ray Rice rushed 19 times for 108 yards as part of an attack that (along with RB’s Le’Ron McClain and Willis McGahee) combined for 237 yards of total offense. 7 different Ravens caught passes, with 5 different receivers tallying 30 or more yards. The defense allowed just 9 Kansas City first downs (two more came from penalties), and only 188 total yards. The Ravens won the time of possession battle by an almost 2-1 margin.

It was a particularly impressive performance, at least numbers wise; but it didn’t translate into the final score.

Because of those 4 plays that went the wrong way, the Ravens were forced to dig deep, rally from a 2nd half deficit, and hold off a Chiefs team that suddenly felt like it belonged.

Which was a clear example that every play in every game against every team truly matters.

4 plays causing a 20 point swing can be reversed against a team like the Chiefs. The Ravens recovered from every mistake and marched back down field to forge ahead every time the Chiefs got them in trouble. But they will not be able to do the same against every team on the schedule-starting next week against the Chargers.

In the words of John Harbaugh: “Any one play makes a difference in a game like that.”

And on Sunday, it almost made an insurmountable difference. In the future, it might.

Hopefully a closer than expected win over the Kansas City Chiefs will be enough to remind the Ravens that any single missed assignment, any single bad read, any single wrong route, any single bad strike of the football, and any single play taken off can completely change the outcome of a football game.

I imagine we’ll find out in San Diego.


4:19-And there it is. Ravens win AND cover in a nailbiter. 38-24 Ravens. Be back with more after Harbaugh and the locker room. Tune into AM1570 for Eric Aaronson’s post-game show, and don’t forget about our “Purple Haze” tonight.

4:17-Andy Studebaker fielded Hauschka’s squib kick, which is nothing more than an excuse for me to say the name “Studebaker.”

4:13-Ravens take a timeout with 36 ticks remaining in this one. Don’t see Steve Hasuchka scampering out to the field, I imagine the play here is nothing more than a Flacco sneak.

I was wrong, it was a McGahee plunge. And just like that, the Ravens are going to cover. That’s pretty funny.

Hauschka’s extra point makes it 38-24. 4 plays, 9 yards, 1:03 on the “drive.”

4:11-If they scored there, or score here……you mean to tell me they can still cover?

You definitely go for it if this play isn’t overturned.

4:09-Le’Ron McClain was ruled to have been stopped inside the 1. They’ll take a look, but I don’t think they’ll overturn it. Don’t have a good angle to look at this.

4:07-Croyle is sacked by Trevor Pryce, who forces a fumble that is recovered by KC. Doesn’t matter, as the Ravens take over. KC has 2 timeouts, so Baltimore will have to score here to finish this off.

4:06-Two incomplete passes later, the Chiefs face a 4th and 18 from their own 13. Here’s the ballgame.

4:04-Call was apparently overturned (here’s the official word that Croyle’s FOREARM was down), and KC will get the ball back with 1:54 to play-2nd and 18 from its own 13.

3:59-This one’s just about over now. Jarret Johnson sacks Brodie Croyle, Croyle fumbles, and Terrell Suggs recovers at the 12 yard line. KC has two timeouts, and the refs will look at it again to make sure it was a fumble. It looked like it was. With 1:54 left the Ravens couldn’t run out the clock, but a first down or a score would end it. First 2 sack game of Jarret Johnson’s career.

3:56-The 43 pass attempts, 307 yards, and 3 TD passes are all career highs for Joe Flacco. The 492 yards of total offense is a team record for the Ravens.

3:54-Ravens try to take a shot at the endzone, but Derrick Mason couldn’t bring in the ball. Leggett on the coverage. 3rd and 8 from the 31.

One play later, the Ravens went RIGHT BACK to the endzone, and Mark Clayton made it count this time. A 31 yard TD toss to Clayton, and Hauschka’s XP makes it 31-24 with 2:06 to play in the game.

8 plays, 74 yards, 3:15 on the TD drive.

3:51-Ray Rice keeps jawing with Brandon Carr even after picking up 9 yards to the KC 35. Rice moved over the century mark with that run, and Le’Ron McClain gives the Ravens another first down one play later. 2:30 to play.

3:49-Mark Clayton runs for 9 yards, and the Ravens get a first down pickup from Le’Ron McClain. They’re in KC territory with 3:30 to play in regulation. Steve Hauschka may well get a chance to make a crucial kick.

3:47-Jameel McClain was on the coverage on the Ryan TD. Not bad coverage, but couldn’t make the play. Ravens right back to work as Flacco finds McGahee out of the backfield, and he scrambles upfield for 14 yards. Ravens at their own 40.

3:45-Croyle to Sean Ryan for the 10 yard TD. Wow. Didn’t look like he got in, but no challenge from the Ravens. Succop’s XP is good, and we’re tied at 24 with 5:21 to play in regulation. Who saw this coming?

6 plays, 80 yards, 2:49 for the Chiefs on the drive.

3:43-If you give a bad team a chance to feel like they belong, they’ll suddenly start to believe they are. Chiefs have the ball in the red zone, and the Ravens need to come with a stop. This game is 4 plays away from being an absolute laugher, but it is instead an absolute nailbiter. Ravens have been late with their rush, including Trevor Pryce on the last play, putting the Chiefs at the Baltimore 10.

3:34-Boy is Ray Rice good in space. He takes the Ravens down to the 1 yard line with a 22 yard scamper off the Flacco pitch. One play later, Le’Ron McClain is in the endzone, and the Ravens are back on top with 8:10 to play in the 4th. Thank God.

Hauschka’s XP makes it 24-17. 9 plays 76 yards 3:47.

3:32-Facing pressure, Flacco goes underneath to Mason for what appears to be a first down at the KC 29 yard line.

3:30-What a game for Todd Heap today. Might be trying to earn #1 on my “Tuesday Top 7” list. He gives the Ravens a 1st down at the KC 39 yard line.

3:29-Elsewhere, Donovan McNabb left the Eagles-Panthers game with a rib injury, meaning the Michael Vick saga may be even MORE interesting.

Back here, Tavares Gooden has returned to the Ravens sideline, and they have a 1st down at the 37 after a pass to Willis McGahee.

3:25-Succop is GOOD from 53. He was GOING to be the kicker the Ravens went after. Not to rub it in or anything…..

17-17 now. 7 plays, 55 yards, 2:51 for KC.

3:24-One play after a big Ed Reed stop in the backfield, Brodie Croyle throws away a ball that was apparently “intended” for TE Sean Ryan. If they say so. Croyle is incomplete going for Mark Bradley on 3rd down; and Ryan Succop will attempt a FG from 53.

3:22-Two runs later, and the Chiefs face a 3rd and 4 from the 16. They took the shot I thought they would, and Mark Bradley beat Fabian Washington (who had decent coverage) for 50 yards. Chiefs have it at the Baltimore 34.

3:19-Sam Koch puts the Chiefs back at their own 10 yard line to start this drive. Ravens need to stay steady defensively, just not make any particular mistakes. Wouldn’t stun me if Todd Haley tried to put a ball up top. They’ve had no success physically against the Ravens, but they might be able to find something downfield.

3:15-Flacco and the Ravens will face a 3rd and 10 from the KC 41 to open the 4th quarter. Joe Flacco’s day will not be one to marvel over tonight on SportsCenter.

3:13-Brendon Ayanbadejo receiving medical attention on sidelines. No word on what they’re working on with him.

3:12-Just 28 yards on Colquitt’s punt after another defensive stop. Las Vegas could be making money on this one today, as I bet the Ravens try to keep it on the ground the rest of the way. They’ll start at their own 48.

3:07-71,099 here at “The Bank” today. As if we expected something else…..

3:03-Flacco with the soft toss to Heap, who dives into the endzone for the TD. Everybody breathe again. That looked like a Ravens drive.

Hauschka’s XP is good. 11 plays, 64 yards, 4:55. 9 yards from Flacco to Heap and the Ravens are back on top 17-14.

3:01-Tavares Gooden has been taken back to the locker room. Appears to be a knee issue.

2:58-I think the Ravens made a mistake at the beginning of this game by not establishing the run and then opening up the passing attack. By going to the passing attack early, they appeared to get themselves out of rhythm. During that time, a couple big plays the other way have put them behind the 8 ball.

They’re driving now though. A first down toss to Todd Heap was followed by a 16 yard scramble by Willis McGahee. 1st down from the KC 24.

2:55-Did Ian Eagle give my pal Drew Forrester a shout-out on CBS today? Please, details someone.

Dwan Edwards takes the kick and rumbles upfield to the 36. Tavares Gooden is down on the field and had to be helped off.

2:51-An illegal hands to the face penalty on Tavares Gooden gives KC a 1st and goal from the 2. Wow.

One play later, Croyle finds Dwayne Bowe for a TD strike, and the Chiefs now have a 2nd half LEAD. I never thought I’d type those words today.

Succop’s XP makes it 14-10 KC with 8:52 to play in the 3rd quarter. We all must remember that the other team still tries.

2 plays, 6 yards, 5o seconds on the TD “drive.”

2:48-What a disaster. Flacco intercepted by Derrick Johnson, who returns it all the way to the Baltimore 6 yard line (70 yard return), where the Chiefs will take over. This crowd is STUNNED, but trying to rally behind their defense. What a mess this has been.

2:46-According to a few friends (via Facebook), John Harbaugh was not pleased in his halftime interview with Stan White on 98 Rock. He shouldn’t be.

Chris Chester called for a hold on first down, and a Joe Flacco run for 2 yards gives the Ravens 2nd and 18 from the KC 42 yard line.

2:44-Flacco to Washington again for a 1st down. That’s Washington’s 3rd first down catch of the game.

On 2nd and 1, Flacco handed off to McClain to convert the first down. Ravens have it at KC’s 34.

2:42-Every time I see Ryan Succop kick the ball, I am reminded that he was the kicker the Ravens had targeted to sign after the NFL Draft. He became “Mr. Irrelevant”, but Eric DeCosta told us the Ravens were hoping to sign him after the Draft. Would he be better than Steve Hauschka? I don’t know. But that was a hell of a kickoff.

Flacco is NEARLY intercepted by Page on the Ravens’ first drive of the 2nd half. 3rd and 6 from the Ravens’ own 46.

2:26-Instead, they dump it underneath to Jamaal Charles, who is wrapped up after about a 12 yard gain. Strange decision.

Ravens 10, Chiefs 7 at the half. Doubt much of anyone is happy with it. I’ll be back shortly.

2:25-Nothing else cooking for the Chiefs on this drive, but they’ll take a timeout with 1 second left to try to throw a Hail Mary. They’re at the Ravens’ 49 yard line.

2:23-And I’m wrong. Spot stands, and Kansas City will have it at the 41 yard line; where a Jamaal Charles run will provide another first down into Baltimore territory.

No timeouts remain for the Ravens.

2:21-The Ravens decided to challenge the spot of the first down catch; which seems a BIT strange to me. However, it looks like Engram MAY have been a bit short.

2:18-At the 2 minute warning, we finally have the initial first down of the game for the KC offense, thanks to an 11 yard pass to Bobby Engram; who I can honestly say I didn’t realize was with the Chiefs until earlier this week.

As a note, being in a 3 point game with a team who just got their initial first down late in the 2nd half is COMPLETELY unacceptable.

2:10-3rd and 4 from the 23, and Flacco’s pass is deflected again. Hauschka will be out to attempt another FG. As I said, the Ravens should NOT be happy with field goals in the 1st half. Hauschka is wide left on his try; and the name Matt Stover just got WAY more popular in town. That was a 41 yard attempt. 10-7 with 3:49 to play in the half.

2:09-Great through from Flacco to Clayton for 16 and a first down at the KC 29. That was a great play on both sides, really.

2:07-Flacco finds Clayton for a first down at the Chiefs’ 41. Near disaster a play later, as Tamba Hali sacked Flacco (beat Jared Gaither) and forced a fumble. Flacco recovered his own fumble, but lost 4 yards on the play. He’s been in trouble a number of times in the first half. Ray Rice is overthrown on 2nd down; the Ravens face 3rd and 14.

2:04- 3rd and 5 after Flacco gained just one on a scramble. He took a hard hit on his way out from veteran LB Mike Vrabel, but it wasn’t illegal. A delay of game will make it 3rd and 10. The Ravens offense has lost the rhythm they had going early.

There it is again. Flacco to Heap for 17 yards and a first down at the Baltimore 46.

2:02-Chris Carr fields the kickoff return about 6 yards deep in the endzone; stumbles, and still tries to bring it out. BAD decisions on special teams thus far. He takes it to the 19, where the Ravens take over. Flacco finds Rice on a screen, he takes it 10 yards for a first down. He’s much better in space.

2:00-First blocked punt returned for a TD given up by the Ravens since 1998 against the Jaguars. What a brutal special teams effort there.

1:57-The only thing I’ve noticed the Ravens have struggled with so far is getting Ray Rice the ball in space. No bubble or screen routes to their speedy back just yet; just straight handoffs, most of which have been right up the middle. 3rd and 5 after a Rice run and a Mason drop. They tried to throw to Rice, but the Chiefs stayed underneath and allowed him to get just 2 yards. 4th and 3, and the Ravens will have to punt again. Stagnant offense when pinned down deep.

Disaster strikes just a play later. Jon McGraw blocks Sam Koch’s punt and recovers it in the endzone for a TD. And a game that the Ravens have been absolutely DOMINATING is now a 3 point game. Jerry Rosburg will be FUMING.

Ryan Succop’s point after makes it 10-7 Ravens with 9:55 to play in the 2nd quarter.

1:55-First half total yards:

Ravens 106
Chiefs 5

1:54-Tyler Thigpen in at QB for the Chiefs, and he leads them to a 3 and out. Which means he’s about as good as the other guy.

Carr with the fair catch at the 9. You think maybe the Ravens might try to do something on the ground already?

1:50-Flacco’s screen to Clayton is short of a first down; and Sam Koch’s 54 yard bomb is dropped by Maurice Leggett with Matt Lawrence bearing down on him. Leggett recovered his own fumble, and the Chiefs take over at their own 29.

By the way, had Flacco just TAKEN the safety on that previous play instead of the intentional grounding causing the safety; the Ravens would have had a first down there due to the illegal contact. He had no way of knowing that, but it’s an interesting point nonetheless.

1:46-The 2nd quarter opens with Flacco airing out a bomb to Mark Clayton; who fell behind Maurice Leggett and didn’t have the burst to recover.

Joe Flacco’s 1st down run on 3rd down will be negated due to holding, ad the Ravens will face 3rd and 17. Tamba Hali on the pressure. I forgot Tamba Hali existed. Such is Chiefs football.

1:42-Luke Jones also points out that the Ravens had their “safe” team on for that punt, in case of a fake.

Dustin Colquitt has a HELL of a foot. 61 yards on that punt. A penalty will force the Ravens to start from their own 8.

1:38-Brendon Ayanbadejo’s celebration after his tackle of Chiefs KR Quinten Lawrence was MUCH more appropriate than Antwan Barnes’ celebration.

Luke Jones notes that Chris Carr was in at the nickel back spot. This was assumed to be Frank Walker’s spot, but Greg Mattison said this week that the team would be flexible at the position. Expect to see Lardarius Webb there too.

Croyle’s 3rd down pass to Mark Bradley appeared to be good for a first down, but was measured just short. Still no first downs for the Chiefs just yet. Ed Reed back to return the punt.

1:37-Tough start to the Jim Schwartz era in Detroit; as the Saints went up 14-0 in the 1st quarter against the Lions. I made a late Fantasy Football roster change to add Mike Bell, hopefully he puts up big numbers.

1:34-Joe Flacco gets schoolyard on 3rd and goal; and finds Willis McGahee for a 3 yard TD. That was absolutely unfair.

13 plays, 70 yards, 6:44, Hauschka’s extra point makes it 10-0. Rich Dubroff (of the Carroll County Times) reminds me that 7 different Ravens had touches on that drive. Very impressive stuff.

Haloti Ngata was in offensively on 3rd and goal. McGahee’s 40th career TD-only his 2nd receiving TD. Thanks to Press Box PA announcer Gary Stein for the note.

1:30-Flacco goes to the ground for a 1st down at the Chiefs’ 25. 109 yards for the Ravens thus far, -4 for the Chiefs. Nice job by the production staff at CBS.

Flacco tries to find McGahee on 2nd and 8; but the pass was almost picked on a deflection by Jarrod Page.

On 3rd and 8; Flacco fires up the crowd by finding Todd Heap to the 9 yard line. The red zone is a HUGE area for Todd Heap to re-establish himself as a weapon.

1:28-Another first down toss to Kelley Washington, who is proving to be quite the reliable target for Joe Flacco. I know some blogger/reporter/morning show sidekick/producer/dreamboat who was saying that a few weeks ago……

1:27-Rice with his 2nd carry of the game; this time for 4 yards. Ravens show an unbalanced line for the first time today, with Michael Oher moving to the left side. The unbalanced line will ALWAYS be a part of Cam Cameron’s offense, but the Ravens need to show different plays WITH the unbalanced line to make it effective. 3rd and 2.

1:25-A screen to Le’Ron McClain comes back due to a Derrick Mason holding call. The Ravens will now face ANOTHER 1st and 10 from the 30. And Derrick Mason CONTINUES to find space. 13 yard gain, first down at the 43.

1:23-No electricity from Chris Carr just yet in the punt return game. A 57 yard punt from Colquitt is returned just 7 yards, and Joe Flacco takes over at his own 30 yard line. I expect a more balanced drive here.

1:21-VERY hot crowd at M&T Bank Stadium, forcing Brodie Croyle to take Kansas City’s 1st timeout. I’m surprised the Chiefs even tried to find Mark Bradley on 3rd and 15. That play had bad news written all over it. A draw probably would have been a smarter decision.

1:19-Ravens take their second timeout of the first quarter; with 9:06 to play. That’s not good.

1:16-Antwan Barnes with an INSANE celebration after being involved on the tackle of Jamaal Charles at the 25. What the hell was that all about?

Croyle to Charles for a gain of 1 on first down. Getting a first down could be as good as getting a score for KC today. Jarret Johnson with a PUNISHING sack of Croyle on 2nd down-which could have been MUCH more violent. 3rd & 15.

1:13-KC brought heat, and Flacco’s pass to Rice was incomplete. A 44 yard attempt by Steve Hauschka travels through the goal posts, meaning every fan who mumbled “better have Stover’s number ready” before the kick attempt is probably now saying “still should probably have Stover’s number ready.”

9 plays, 54 yards, 3:16 on the drive. Ravens go up 3-0 with 10:19 to play in the 1st quarter.

1:10-Kelley Washington gave the crowd at M&T Bank Stadium his first down dance after his nice leaping catch. Washington is a pretty reserved guy, which makes his antics all the more enjoyable.

Flacco to Mark Clayton on 2nd down for 11 yards to the 24. 5 offensive plays, all designed passes (one ended up being a Flacco run). Make that 6, but this one is ruled out of bounds. Surprised by the aerial attack; but this might just be Cam Cameron trying to catch Clancy Pendergast’s defense off guard. It’s working. Ray Rice finally gets his first carry and is stopped in the backfield, bringing up a 3rd and 12.

1:09-John Harbaugh takes his first timeout; you wonder if he’s thinking about a challenge. I don’t think he could get the call overturned though.

1:07-Kelley Washington with a GREAT catch for 22 yards, as the Ravens have run 3 pass plays on their first 3 plays from scrimmage. Mason APPEARED to have hauled in a TD pass on the next play in the back of the endzone, but it was ruled incomplete. The replay in the box appeared inconclusive.

1:06-Great protection from the O-Line on first down gives Joe Flacco all day to throw. The Ravens are throwing again on 2nd down, with Flacco hitting Derrick Mason for 19 yards to the Ravens’ 43.

1:04-Kansas City trying to make it work on the ground early (which is their only hope, really), and Ray Lewis with a stop in the backfield on Larry Johnson’s 2nd down rush. Terrell Suggs deflects Croyle’s 3rd and 9 pass; and the Chiefs will have to punt. They tried to go to a no huddle on the first drive, but it didn’t appear to help.

Dustin Colquitt’s with a decent punt, and combined with a Domonique Foxworth hold; the Ravens will start from their own 20.

1:02-Jamaal Charles returns Steve Hauschka’s opening ick to the 26 yard line; and football is now OFFICIALLY back in Baltimore.

1:01-Today’s game is on CBS (WJZ 13 locally) with Ian Eagle and former Raiders QB Rich Gannon on the call.

1:00-A flyover during today’s Star Spangled Banner excited the crowd. Ravens win coin flip, elect to defer to 2nd half; putting the defense out on the field first to go after Brodie Croyle.

12:54-Some hand gestures from Tavares Gooden as he dances out onto the field for the first time as a starter in a regular season game here at “The Bank.”

As a reminder, I picked the Ravens over KC 24-7 today. Anybody else already go out on a limb?

12:38-Does Michael Phelps still count as a celebrity sighting? He’s here, rocking his Ed Reed jersey on the sideline. Winning 14 gold medals really helps you get where you want to go.

12:09-Tyler Thigpen is backing up Brodie Croyle today; Matt Gutierrez is the emergency 3rd QB. Matt Cassel will not play no matter what.

This kinda makes me think that Todd Haley is treating today’s game as a bit of a “lost cause”, as Cassel looked okay in warmups; or that Scott Pioli said something along the lines of “we didn’t pay this guy a boatload of money to put him in serious danger.”

The Ravens will wear their white tops and black pants today.

12:04-This means the Ravens are dressing just 7 Offensive Linemen; with Marshal Yanda and David Hale the only reserves. Should Jared Gaither get hurt, Michael Oher would have to slide to the left side, and Marshal Yanda would have to move to the Right Tackle position. Remember, Marshal Yanda is battling a knee injury that will put Chris Chester in the starting lineup today.

Paul Kruger is also a bit of a surprise scratch. This could be nothing more than a numbers issue; as there has been no reason to think Kruger has been battling any injury issues.

12:01-Chiefs inactives:

QB Matt Cassel
QB Matt Gutierrez
CB Brandon Flowers
RB Dantrell Savage
OL Andy Alleman
TE Jake O’Connell
LB Turk McBride
LB Pierre Walters

11:59-Ravens inactives:

QB John Beck
RB Jalen Parmele
LB Dannell Ellerbe
OT Oniel Cousins
OL Tony Moll
TE LJ Smith
DT Brandon McKinney
LB/DE Paul Kruger

11:43-Adam Schefter (of ESPN) via Twitter…..”Ummm…..Brodie Croyle is 0-8 as an NFL starting QB.”


You can follow Luke Jones on Twitter during today’s Ravens-Chiefs game. Just follow @WNST.

11:40-We can confirm that Matt Cassel is inactive today. More inactives coming shortly. Brodie Croyle expected to start.

11:34-There is a rumor floating around that Matt Cassel will be inactive today. From a Chiefs PR staffer: “I can neither confirm nor deny.”

11:15-The Ravens are 1-3 all-time against the Chiefs, but won the most recent match-up in 2006; 20-10 at Arrowhead Stadium en route to an AFC North division crown. The Chiefs’ 3 wins in the series ALL came here at M&T Bank Stadium, by scores of 35-8 (1999), 17-10 (2003) and 27-24 (2004). The 2003 game was the game where Dante Hall returned a kick 97 yards for the game winning TD. This was especially frustrating because Adalius Thomas had been called offsides on the first kickoff try, giving “The X Factor” a 2nd chance. Thanks to the Ravens Media Relations department for jogging my memory of that.

The Ravens are 5-8 all-time in season openers (including some infuriating losses to the likes of the Rams, Bengals, and Panthers); 3-3 all-time when their Week 1 game has been here in Charm City.

11:03-The Ravens enter the first game of the regular season coming off a preseason in which they finished 4-0 and looked particularly strong when their first team was on the field. The Chiefs? Things weren’t quite as good for them. They finished 0-4 in the preseason and scored 13 points or fewer in all 4 games.

The Chiefs are playing the first game of Todd Haley’s head coaching tenure, after he lead the Arizona Cardinals offense to the Super Bowl a season ago. Today is also the LIKELY first game for Matt Cassel as QB of the Chiefs after he lead the Patriots to 10 wins following Tom Brady’s Week 1 injury a season ago. Cassel is questionable for today’s game with a left knee injury, but did practice this week.

The Ravens open their season following a 2008 campaign that took them all the way to the AFC Championship Game. John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco know a thing or two about how Haley and Cassel may be feeling right now; as they were in a first year coach/first year QB situation going into Week 1 last season. Harbaugh and Flacco didn’t need long to get things going, as they beat Cincinnati 17-10 in their first game together.

10:57-Greetings from the press box at M&T Bank Stadium here in beautiful downtown Baltimore, where the Ravens open their 2009 campaign against the Kansas City Chiefs.

A news note before I get into a game preview: The Ravens will honor the late Steve McNair before today’s game with a moment of silence, scheduled for 12:57. Kickoff is set for 1:02.


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