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Ravens Modell, McNair, Holmes, Anderson; Towson’s Landeta on HOF nominee list

Posted on 12 September 2013 by WNST Staff

The complete list of modern-era candidates for the Class of 2014 consists of 126 nominees was announced exclusively during a one-hour special on NFL Network Wednesday night.

From the list, that includes 16 first-year eligible candidates, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. The list of 25 semifinalist nominees will be announced in late November. That semifinalist list will be further reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists and announced in early January.

The Class of 2014 will be selected from the list of the 15 modern-era finalists plus the two senior nominees (former Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders punter Ray Guy and former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Claude Humphrey) who were selected last month by the Hall of Fame’s Senior Selection Committee. The actual voting for the Class of 2014 will be conducted at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s annual meeting, which will be held in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII. The election results will be announced at a live announcement show that evening.


#First-year eligible; *Finalist in 2013



DREW BLEDSOE – 1993-2001 New England Patriots, 2002-04 Buffalo Bills, 2005-06 Dallas Cowboys Played in 194 career games during 14-year career. Completed 3,839 of 6,717 pass attempts for 44,611 yards and 251 touchdowns. Named to four Pro Bowls and Second-Team All-AFC twice.

RANDALL CUNNINGHAM  – 1985-1995 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997-99 Minnesota Vikings, 2000 Dallas Cowboys, 2001 Baltimore Ravens Named first- or second-team All-Pro four times and selected to play in four Pro Bowls during 16-year career. Racked up 29,979 yards and 201 touchdowns through the air, while adding 4,928 yards and 35 touchdowns on the ground.

DOUG FLUTIE – 1986 Chicago Bears, 1987-89, 2005 New England Patriots, 1998-2000 Buffalo Bills, 2001-04 San Diego Chargers. Played in 91 games during 12-year NFL career. Completed 1,177 of 2,151 for 14,715 and 86 touchdowns. Added 1,634 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing on 338 carries. Selected to one Pro Bowl.

#TRENT GREEN – 1997-98 Washington Redskins; 1999-2000, 2008 St. Louis Rams, 2001-06 Kansas City Chiefs, 2007 Miami Dolphins Battled back from serious knee injuries to play 11 seasons in the NFL, three of which passed for more than 4,000 yards. A two-time Pro Bowler, led the Chiefs to a 13-3 record and the AFC West Division title in 2003.

STEVE MCNAIR – 1995-2005 Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans. 2006-07 Baltimore Ravens Completed 2,733 of 4,544 passes for 31,304 yards and 174 touchdowns during 13-year playing career. Added 3,590 yards and 37 touchdowns on the ground. Selected to two Pro Bowls. Named the NFL’s MVP in 2003.

PHIL SIMMS – 1979-1993 New York Giants Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXI. Completed 2,576 of 4,647 passes for 33,462 yards and 199 touchdowns. Was named first-team All-Pro in 1986 and selected to two Pro Bowls during 14-year career.


#SHAUN ALEXANDER – 2000-07 Seattle Seahawks, 2008 Washington Redskins Seahawks all-time TD leader (112) and rushed for 9,453 yards during nine-year career. Named league MVP in 2005 after ran for a league-high 1,880 yards and scored then-NFL record 28 TDs.

OTTIS ANDERSON – 1979-1986 St. Louis Cardinals, 1986-1992 New York Giants MVP of Super Bowl XXV. Named first-team All-Pro and All-NFC once and voted to two Pro Bowls. Rushed for 10,273 yards and 81 touchdowns, and caught 376 passes for 3,062 yards and 5 TDs in 14-season career.

TIKI BARBER – 1997-2006 New York Giants Rushed for more than 1,500 yards in each of last three seasons of 10-year career and amassed a career total of 10,449 yards. Added 5,183 yards on 586 receptions. Voted to two Pro Bowls and named All-Pro once.

*JEROME BETTIS – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers Played on five division championship teams and member of Super Bowl XL champions. Named All-Pro twice and voted to six Pro Bowls. Rushed for career total of 13,662 yards, fifth most at retirement, and caught 200 passes for 1,449 yards.

LARRY CENTERS – 1990-98 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 1999-2000 Washington Redskins, 2001-02 Buffalo Bills, 2003 New England Patriots Set then-record for career receptions and receiving yards by a running back that included a single-season record of 101 catches in 1995. Named All-Pro once and voted to three Pro Bowls. Retired with 827 catches for 6,797 yards, and rushed for 2,188 yards on 615 carries in 198 career games.

ROGER CRAIG – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings First player in NFL history to have 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in same season. Named All-Pro once, voted to four Pro Bowls, and won three Super Bowls. Career totals included 8,189 yards rushing and 566 catches for 4,911 yards.

STEPHEN DAVIS – 1996-2002 Washington Redskins, 2003-05 Carolina Panthers, 2006 St. Louis Rams Rushed for 8,052 yards and scored 65 TDs during 11-season career. Recorded four 1,000-yard seasons over five-season span. Voted to three Pro Bowls and named All-NFC and Second-Team All-Pro in 1999.

TERRELL DAVIS – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos Recorded four straight 1,000-yard seasons to start career including 2,000-yard season. Named All-Pro and voted to Pro Bowl three straight times. Played on back-to-back Super Bowl champions and was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXII. Picked to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1990s.

#WARRICK DUNN – 1997-2001, 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-07 Atlanta Falcons Possessed game-breaking speed and quickness as a runner and receiver. Three-time Pro Bowler, ran for 10,967 yards and 510 receptions for 4,443 yards during 12-year career.

EDDIE GEORGE – 1996-2003 Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans, 2004 Dallas Cowboys Rushed for 1,000 yards seven times in nine-season career. In all, rushed for 10,441 yards and scored 68 TDs and 2,227 yards on 268 receptions and 10 touchdowns.

PRIEST HOLMES – 1997-2000 Baltimore Ravens, 2001-05, 2007 Kansas City Chiefs Set then-NFL record with 27 rushing touchdowns in 2003. In all, rushed for 8,172 yards and scored 86 TDs in 11-season career. Had 339 catches and 8 receiving touchdowns. Named All-Pro and voted to Pro Bowl three straight years.

DAVE MEGGETT (also PR/KR) – 1989-1994 New York Giants, 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998 New York Jets Twice named All-Pro as a punt returner, played on five divisional championship teams and won one Super Bowl. Multi-faceted running back who had 336 career catches and amassed nearly 14,000 all-purpose yards during 10 NFL seasons.

ERIC METCALF (also WR/PR/KR) – 1989-1994 Cleveland Browns, 1995-96 Atlanta Falcons, 1997 San Diego Chargers, 1998 Arizona Cardinals, 1999 Carolina Panthers, 2001 Washington Redskins, 2002 Green Bay Packers Accumulated more than 17,000 all-purpose yards during 13-season NFL career. Twice named All-Pro and voted to three Pro Bowls as kick returner. Career total included 541 receptions. Led NFL once in kickoff return yardage, punt return yardage and punt return average.

HERSCHEL WALKER – 1986-89, 1996-97 Dallas Cowboys, 1989-1991 Minnesota Vikings, 1992-94 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995 New York Giants, 1996-97 Dallas Cowboys Versatile player who racked up more than 18,000 all-purpose yards during 12 seasons. Recorded two 1,000-yard rushing seasons and accumulated 512 career receptions. Also averaged 23.6 yards per kickoff return over career. Voted to two Pro Bowls.

RICKY WATTERS – 1992-94 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-97 Philadelphia Eagles, 1998-2001 Seattle Seahawks Played on four divisional title and one Super Bowl championship team. Rushed for 10,643 career yards and topped 1,000-yard mark seven times. Also added 467 career catches for 4,248 yards. Selected to five Pro Bowls.


*TIM BROWN (also KR) – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Nine-time Pro Bowl selection. Recorded 1,094 receptions for 14,934 yards and 100 touchdowns during 17-year career. Added 3,320 yards on punt returns, 1,235 yards on kickoffs and 190 rushing yards for 19,679 career yards.

GARY CLARK – 1985-1992 Washington Redskins, 1993-94 Phoenix /Arizona Cardinals, 1995 Miami Dolphins Two-time Super Bowl Champion caught 699 passes for 10,856 yards and 65 touchdowns during 11 playing seasons. Named to four Pro Bowls and selected first-team All-Pro twice (1987, 1991).

MARK CLAYTON – 1983-1992 Miami Dolphins, 1993 Green Bay Packers Compiled 8,974 yards on 582 receptions and 84 touchdowns during 11-year career. Selected to five Pro Bowls and led the league in touchdown receptions in both 1984 (18) and 1988 (14).

HENRY ELLARD  (also PR) – 1983-1993 Los Angeles Rams, 1994-98 Washington Redskins, 1998 New England Patriots Three-time first-team All-Pro selection. Played in 228 games and recorded 814 receptions for 13,777 yards and 65 touchdowns in 16 seasons. Returned 135 punts for 1,527 yards and four touchdowns. Named to three Pro Bowls.

#MARVIN HARRISON – 1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts A six-time first-team All-Pro selection and named to eight Pro Bowls. Led NFL in receiving two seasons. Finished career with 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. Set single-season mark with 143 catches, 2002.

KEYSHAWN JOHNSON – 1996-99 New York Jets, 2000-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-05 Dallas Cowboys, 2006 Carolina Panthers Recorded 70 or more receptions in nine seasons. Totaled 814 receptions, 10,571 receiving yards and 64 receiving touchdowns during 11-season career. Named to Pro Bowl three times.

KEENAN MCCARDELL – 1991, 2007 Washington Redskins, 1992-95 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneeers, 2004-06 San Diego Chargers Career receiving totals include 883 receptions, 11,373 yards and 63 touchdowns during 17 seasons. Selected to two Pro Bowls. Recorded 70 receptions in a season seven times.

*ANDRE REED – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins Helped lead Bills to unprecedented four straight Super Bowls. Seven-time Pro Bowl selection, caught 951 receptions for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns in 16 seasons. All-Conference four times and Second-Team All-Pro three consecutive seasons.

STERLING SHARPE – 1988-1994 Green Bay Packers Three-time first-team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection. Led the NFL in receptions three times in seven seasons. Finished career with 595 receptions, 8,134 receiving yards and 65 touchdowns.

JIMMY SMITH – 1992 Dallas Cowboys, 1995-2005 Jacksonville Jaguars    In 12 playing seasons, amassed 862 receptions, 12,287 receiving yards and 67 receiving touchdowns. Led the NFL in receptions in 1999 and was selected to the Pro Bowl five times.

ROD SMITH – 1995-2006 Denver Broncos Two-time Super Bowl champion and three-time Pro Bowl selection. Recorded 849 receptions for 11,389 yards and 68 touchdowns during 183 games over 12 playing seasons. Totaled eight career 1,000-yard receiving seasons including six straight.


MARK BAVARO – 1985-1990 New York Giants, 1992 Cleveland Browns, 1993-94 Philadelphia Eagles Recorded 351 receptions for 4,733 yards and 39 touchdowns during 126 games in nine seasons. Two-time first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection and won two Super Bowl championships.


#WILLIE ANDERSON – T – 1996-2007 Cincinnati Bengals, 2008 Baltimore Ravens Played in a total of 195 games with a string of 116 straight starts. Named to four Pro Bowls from 2004-07 and selected first-team All-Pro three seasons 2004-06.

TONY BOSELLI – T – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (injured reserve) Played in 91 career games over seven playing seasons. Selected to five Pro Bowls and named first-team All-Pro three straight seasons (1997-99).

LOMAS BROWN – T – 1985-1995 Detroit Lions, 1996-98 Arizona Cardinals, 1999 Cleveland Browns, 2000-01 New York Giants, 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Named to the Pro Bowl seven consecutive times over an 18-year career. Selected as a first- or second-team All-Pro six times. Played in 263 career games, winning four division, two conference and one Super Bowl championships.

JIM COVERT – T – 1983-1990 Chicago Bears Helped the Bears to six division, one conference and one Super Bowl championships during eight-year career. Played in 111 career games. Named first-team All-Pro twice and selected to two Pro Bowls.

JAY HILGENBERG – C – 1981-1991 Chicago Bears, 1992 Cleveland Browns, 1993 New Orleans Saints Seven-time Pro Bowl selection during 13 playing seasons. Named first-team All-Pro three times and All-NFC seven consecutive seasons (1985-1991). Played in 188 career games.

CHRIS HINTON – G/T – 1983-89 Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, 1990-93 Atlanta Falcons, 1994-95 Minnesota Vikings  Selected first- or second-team All-Pro five times as both a guard and a tackle. Named to the Pro Bowl seven and All-Conference six times during 13-year career. Played in 177 games.

KENT HULL – C – 1986-1996 Buffalo Bills Helped lead the Bills to six division and four conference championships. Selected first-team All-Pro three times and named to three Pro Bowl teams. During 11 seasons, played in 170 games and a full 16-game schedule nine times.

JOE JACOBY – T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins Three-time first-team All-Pro helped the Redskins win four division, four conference and three Super Bowl championships. Played in a total of 170 games and named to four Pro Bowls during 13 seasons.

#WALTER JONES – T – 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks A nine-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro during 12-year career. Played in a total of 180 games while helping the Seahawks to five division titles and one conference championship.

MIKE KENN – T – 1978-1994 Atlanta Falcons Over 17 seasons, played 251 games which is the most in Falcons history. Named first-team All-Pro three times and All-NFC five times. Selected to play in five consecutive Pro Bowls.

JIM LACHEY – T – 1985-87 San Diego Chargers, 1988 Los Angeles Raiders, 1988-1992, 1994-95 Washington Redskins  Named to the Pro Bowl three times and played in a total of 131 games during 10 seasons. Selected first-team All-Pro three times and All-Conference four times.

DON MOSEBAR – C – 1983-1994 Los Angeles Raiders Helped the Raiders to three division titles, one conference championship and one Super Bowl victory over 12-year career. Played in 173 games and was named first-team All-Pro once. Selected to play in three Pro Bowls.

TOM NALEN – C – 1994-2007 Denver Broncos Played in 194 total games during a 14-year career. Helped lead the Broncos to three division, two conference and two Super Bowl titles. Selected to five Pro Bowls and named first-team All-Pro three times.

NATE NEWTON – G – 1986-1998 Dallas Cowboys, 1999 Carolina Panthers During 198- game, 14-season career, teams won six division, three conference and three Super Bowl titles. Named to six Pro Bowls, selected first-team All-Pro twice and All-NFC four times.

*WILL SHIELDS – G – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs Named to Pro Bowl 12 consecutive times. Played in a total of 224 games over 14 seasons, never missing a game. Selected first-team All-Pro three times and All-AFC seven times.

STEVE WISNIEWSKI – G – 1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders Played in 207 games missing only two games during a 13-year career. Named to eight Pro Bowls and selected first- or second-team All-Pro as well as All-AFC seven times.



JEROME BROWN – DT – 1987-1991 Philadelphia Eagles A dominant figure on defensive line. Earned two All-Pro, All-NFC, and Pro Bowl selections. Promising career cut short in 1992 when killed in car accident.

*CHARLES HALEY – DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys One of the most gifted pass rushers of era. Only player in NFL history to win five Super Bowls. Registered 10 or more sacks six times during 12 playing seasons.

ED “TOO TALL” JONES – DE – 1974-78, 1980-89 Dallas Cowboys Played 224 games during 15 seasons and never missed a game except  for the 1979 season when he boxed. A dominant passer rusher for the Cowboys’ “Doomsday Defense,” earned three Pro Bowl selections.

DEXTER MANLEY – DE – 1981-89 Washington Redskins, 1990 Phoenix Cardinals, 1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneers One of most feared pass rushers of the 1980s. During a four-year span between 1983 and ’86, logged 57.5 sacks. Key contributor during two Redskins championship teams. Finished 11-season career with 97.5 QB takedowns.

CHARLES MANN – DE – 1983-1993 Washington Redskins, 1994 San Francisco 49ers (12 playing seasons) A mainstay on the defensive line throughout 12-year career, had four seasons in which recorded 10 or more sacks. A four-time Pro Bowler, helped the Redskins to three Super Bowl victories.

STEVE MCMICHAEL – DT/NT – 1980 New England Patriots, 1981-1993 Chicago Bears, 1994 Green Bay Packers One of the most durable lineman of era, played 213 games during 15-year career. A three-time All-Pro choice,  ecorded 95.5 overall sacks and three safeties.

FRED SMERLAS – NT – 1979-1989 Buffalo Bills, 1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991-92 New England Patriots One of first great nose tackles, anchored the Buffalo Bills “Bermuda Triangle” defense in the early-1980s. A three-time All-Pro choice, earned five Pro Bowl selections.

*MICHAEL STRAHAN – DE – 1993-2007 New York Giants Set NFL single-season record with 22.5 sacks in 2001 and finished 15 playing seasons with 141.5 QB drops. Selected to seven Pro Bowls and a five-time All-Pro choice.

TED WASHINGTON – DT/NT – 1991-93 San Francisco 49ers, 1994 Denver Broncos, 1995-2000 Buffalo Bills, 2001-02 Chicago Bears, 2003 New England Patriots, 2004-05 Oakland Raiders, 2006-07 Cleveland Browns A four-time Pro Bowl choice and All-Pro selection in 2001, played in 236 games during 17-year career. A regular anchor on the defensive line, logged a total of 34.5 sacks and one safety.

BRYANT YOUNG – DE – 1994-2007 San Francisco 49ers One of the most disruptive defensive players during 14-year career. Named to four Pro Bowls, two All-Pro teams and Comeback Player of the Year, 1999.


CORNELIUS BENNETT – 1987-1995 Buffalo Bills, 1996-98 Atlanta Falcons, 1999-2000 Indianapolis Colts Won eight division and five conference championships during 14 seasons. The 1991 Defensive Player of the Year. Three-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection with 71.5 career sacks.

#DERRICK BROOKS – 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Named to Pro Bowl 11 times in 14-year career and selected first-team All-Pro six seasons. Played on four division championship and one Super Bowl winning team. Recorded 25 career interceptions, six of which were returned for TDs.

#TEDY BRUSCHI – 1996-2008 New England Patriots Leader of Patriots defense for 13-season, 189-game career. Voted to one Pro Bowl, recorded 30.5 sacks, intercepted 12 passes. Played on eight division title teams and three Super Bowl champions.

*KEVIN GREENE (also DE) – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers Retired after 15-season career as NFL’s third all-time leading sacker (160). A member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s and five-time Pro Bowler. Had 10 seasons with 10 or more sacks.

KEN HARVEY – 1988-1993 Phoenix Cardinals, 1994-98 Washington Redskins A two-time All-Pro choice and was selected to four straight Pro Bowls (1995-98). Recorded 89.0 sacks and one safety during 11-year career.

CLAY MATTHEWS – 1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons When retired after 19 seasons, had played more games (278) than any other linebacker in NFL history and third most all-time. Selected to four Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team.

KARL MECKLENBURG – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos Accumulated 70.0 sacks, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries for a TD, and one safety during 12-year career. A six-time Pro Bowl selection and an All-Pro choice four seasons.

#WILLIE MCGINEST (also DE) –1994-2005 New England Patriots, 2006-08 Cleveland Browns Recorded 86 sacks in 212-game career that spanned 15 seasons. A two-time Pro Bowl pick, was member of six divisional championship teams and won three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX).

SAM MILLS – LB – 1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers A long-time leader on defense, earned five Pro Bowl selections and three first-team All-Pro nods. Accumulated 20.5 career sacks, 11 interceptions and three fumble recoveries for a TD.

DARRYL TALLEY – LB – 1983-1994 Buffalo Bills, 1995 Atlanta Falcons, 1996 Minnesota Vikings Key contributor of the Bills defense for 13 seasons. Played in 216 games in 15 total seasons.  Logged career numbers of 38.5 sacks and 12 interceptions. A two-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro choice.

#ZACH THOMAS – 1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys Named first-team All-Pro five times, second-team All-Pro two seasons and elected to seven Pro Bowls. Topped 100 tackles in each of first 11 seasons and recorded 17 interceptions during 184-game career.


ERIC ALLEN – CB – 1988-1994 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995-97 New Orleans Saints, 1998-2001 Oakland Raiders A six-time Pro Bowl choice, recorded 54 interceptions for 826 yards and 8 touchdowns during 14 seasons. Selected first- or second-team All-Pro three times and first- or second-team All-NFC five times. Played 217 games.

STEVE ATWATER – S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets Recorded 24 interceptions for 408 yards, 8 touchdowns and 5 sacks during 11-year, 167-game career. Selected to play in eight Pro Bowls, named first- or second-team All-Pro four times and All-AFC six times. Helped lead teams to four division, three conference and two Super Bowl titles.

JOEY BROWNER – S – 1983-1991 Minnesota Vikings, 1992 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-year pro, registered 37 career interceptions for 465 yards, 3 touchdowns and 9.5 sacks in 145 games. Selected as first-team All-Pro four straight seasons and named to six Pro Bowls.

LEROY BUTLER – S – 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers Totaled 38 interceptions for 533 yards and 1 touchdown during 12-year career. Recorded 20.5 sacks in 181 games and was named to four Pro Bowls. Selected first-team All-Pro four times.

#RODNEY HARRISON – S –  1994-2002 San Diego Chargers, 2003-08 New England Patriots Retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in sacks for a defensive back (30.5). Tallied 34 interceptions over 15 seasons that included six divisions, four conference, and two Super Bowl championships.

ALBERT LEWIS – CB – 1983-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-98 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders Played in 225 games over 16 seasons. Earned two All-Pro and three All-AFC nods and four Pro Bowl selections.

JOHN LYNCH – S – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos One of the most decorated safeties in history, nine Pro Bowls at the position is second only to Hall of Famer Ken Houston. Registered 26 interceptions and three All-Pro and All-Conference selections during 15-year career.

#SAM MADISON – CB – 1997-2005 Miami Dolphins, 2006-08 New York Giants Earned four Pro Bowl, three All-AFC, and two All-Pro selections during 12-year career. Stole 20 passes in three-year period (1998-2000). Finished career with 38 total interceptions.

#PATRICK SURTAIN – CB – 1998-2004 Miami Dolphins, 2005-08 Kansas City Chiefs Played both corners and intercepted 37 passes in 11-season career. Named first-team All-Pro in back-to-back years (2002-03) and voted to three straight Pro Bowls.

TROY VINCENT – CB/S – 1992-95 Miami Dolphins, 1996-2003 Philadelphia Eagles, 2004-06 Buffalo Bills, 2006 Washington Redskins Picked off 47 passes for 711 yards and 3 TDs during 15-season career. Named All-Pro once and voted to five straight Pro Bowls. Played on five divison championship teams.

EVERSON WALLS – CB – 1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns
Recorded 57 interceptions during 13-year career. Led the league in interceptions three times. Voted to four Pro Bowls and named first-team All-Pro three times. Played on three division championship teams and won one Super Bowl.

 – CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
Registered 55 interceptions for 807 yards and nine TDs in 14-season career. A member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s, voted to eight Pro Bowls and named first-team All-Pro four times.

DARREN WOODSON – S – 1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys
A four-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl pick, played on six division championship teams and won three Super Bowls. Recorded 23 interceptions for 271 yards in career



MORTEN ANDERSEN – K – 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings The NFL’s all-time leading scorer with 2,544 points accumulated over a 25-season career. Connected on 849 PATs and 565 field goals. Named All-Pro five times and selected to seven Pro Bowls.

– K – 1982-1994 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1995-96 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997 San Francisco 49ers, 1998-2002 Minnesota Vikings, 2003-04 Tennessee Titans
In 23 NFL seasons, connected on 538 field goals and 820 extra points for a career total of 2,434 points. Named to four Pro Bowls and selected first-team All-Pro twice, played on seven division championship teams. Set then-record 164 points, 1998.

SEAN LANDETA – P – 1985-1993 New York Giants, 1993-96, 2003-04 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1998 Green Bay Packers, 1999-2002, 2005 Philadelphia Eagles
Helped teams win six division, two conference and two Super Bowl championships. In 284 games over 21 seasons amassed 60,707 yards on 1,401 punts for a net average of 43.3. Named to two Pro Bowls and selected first-team All-Pro three times.

NICK LOWERY – K –  1978 New England Patriots, 1980-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-96 New York Jets
Converted 383 field goals and 562 extra points for 1,711 points in 18-season career. Eclipsed the 100-point total 11 times. Voted to three Pro Bowls and selected first-team All-Pro four times.


BRIAN MITCHELL – RB/KR/PR – 1990-99 Washington Redskins, 2000-02 Philadelphia Eagles, 2003 New York Giants

One of the most productive kick/punt returners in NFL history. Ranks first in record book in number of returns and yards in both categories. A two-time All-Pro choice, 23,330 combined net yards is second all-time.

STEVE TASKER – ST/WR – 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
Earned seven Pro Bowl invitations as a special teams player. Only person in NFL history to earn Pro Bowl MVP honors at that position (1993). All-Pro choice five times and All-AFC seven seasons.

BILL ARNSPARGER – 1964-69 Baltimore Colts, 1970-73, 1976-1983 Miami Dolphins, 1974-76 New York Giants
Total of 20 seasons included three as head coach. Mastermind of Dolphins defense that captured six division, four conference championships and two Super Bowls. Also had one division, two conference championships and one league championship with the Colts.

DON CORYELL – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
Revolutionized the modern passing game and led the NFL into an era of explosive offensive football. Coached teams to a 114-89-1 record and six division championships. Named 1974 Coach of the Year.

BILL COWHER – 1992-2006 Pittsburgh Steelers
A two-time NFL Coach of the Year (1992 and 2004). Led Steelers to eight division championships and a victory in Super Bowl XL. Overall record in 15 seasons: 161-99-1.

#TONY DUNGY – 1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 Indianapolis Colts
Suffered only one losing season in 13 years as head coach. Won six division titles, one conference championship, and one Super Bowl victory. Named to the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team.

TOM FLORES – 1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks
One of only 13 coaches who have won two or more Super Bowls. Led teams to an overall record of 105-90 record. 1982 AFC Coach of the Year, 1982.

#JON GRUDEN – 1998-2001 Oakland Raiders, 2002-08 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Compiled 100-85 overall record during 11-year career. Led teams to five division crowns, one conference championship and one Super Bowl title. Named NFL Coach of the Year by ESPN in 2002.

#MIKE HOLMGREN – 1992-98 Green Bay Packers, 1999-2008 Seattle Seahawks
Led teams to an overall 174-122 record over a 17-year career. Compiled 14 winning seasons during career including eight straight from 1992-99. Led teams to eight division titles, three conference championships and one Super Bowl win.

JIMMY JOHNSON – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins
Helped develop the Cowboys into the team of the ‘90s. Led them to two Super Bowl titles in just five years with the team. The 1990 NFL Coach of the Year, logged an 89-68 overall record in nine total seasons.

CHUCK KNOX – 1973-77, 1992-94 Los Angeles Rams, 1978-1982 Buffalo Bills, 1983-1991 Seattle Seahawks
A three-time NFL coach of the Year and  four-time conference Coach of the Year recipient. Led teams to seven division championships and 193-158-1 record in 22 seasons.

BUDDY PARKER – 1949 Chicago Cardinals, 1951-56 Detroit Lions, 1957-1964 Pittsburgh Steelers
The 1956 NFL Coach of the Year,  led the Detroit Lions to back-to-back NFL championships in 1952-53. In 15 seasons as a head coach, compiled a 107-76-9 record.

RICHIE PETITBON – 1974-77 Houston Oilers, 1978-93 Washington Redskins
As Redskins defensive coordinator for 15 seasons, helped coach the team to five divisions, four conference and three Super Bowl championships.

DAN REEVES – 1981-1992 Denver Broncos, 1993-96 New York Giants, 1997-2003 Atlanta Falcons
Earned NFL Coach of the Year honors (1984, 1993, 1998) with all three teams he coached. Won six division and four conference championships. Overall record is 201-174-2.

LOU SABAN – 1960-61 Boston Patriots, 1962-65, 1972-76 Buffalo Bills, 1967-1971 Denver Broncos
Two-time AFL Coach of the Year and led the Bills to back-to-back AFL championships (1964-65). Career record after 16 seasons, 97-101-7.

MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER – 1984-88 Cleveland Browns, 1989-1998 Kansas City Chiefs, 2001 Washington Redskins, 2002-06 San Diego Chargers
Led three teams to a total of eight division championships. Earned 2004 NFL Coach of the Year honors. Overall record in 21 seasons was 205-139-1.

CLARK SHAUGHNESSY – 1944-47 Washington Redskins, 1948-49 Los Angeles Rams, 1951-1962 Chicago Bears
Longtime assistant coach for George Halas and the Chicago Bears. Regarded as one of the greatest football minds. Devised multiple schemes on offense and defense, most notably the T-formation.

DICK VERMEIL – 1976-1982 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997-99 St. Louis Rams, 2001-05 Kansas City Chiefs
Two-time NFL Coach of the Year (1979, 1999), Led three different teams to division championships. Led Rams to Super Bowl XXXIV victory. Overall record is 126-114-0 in 15 seasons.


K. S. (BUD) ADAMS, JR. – Owner – 1960-Present Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Titans
Founder of franchise and member of the “Foolish Club” as one of original AFL owners. Has been at helm of franchise that claimed nine division titles, 21 playoff appearances, two AFL championships, and one Super Bowl berth.

BOBBY BEATHARD – Team Executive/General Manager  – 1966-67 Kansas City Chiefs, 1968-1971 Atlanta Falcons, 1972-77 Miami Dolphins, 1978-1988 Washington Redskins, 1990-99 San Diego Chargers
As a longtime general manager in the NFL,  built multiple teams into winners. Collectively, clubs have claimed 10 division crowns, one AFL title, and four Super Bowl championships.

GIL BRANDT – Team Executive/Personnel Director – 1960-1988 Dallas Cowboys, 1995-present National Football League
Vice President of Personnel that helped the Cowboys become one of the most dominating teams in league history. Noted for innovative scouting and personnel systems that are today standard practice in the NFL.

LEO CARLIN – Team Administrator – 1960-Present Philadelphia Eagles
Vital member of Eagles organization and has managed ticket operations for the team since 1960s. Pioneered many innovations in the ticketing industry.

RED CASHION – Official – 1972-1996 National Football League
Served for 25 seasons as on-field official, first as a line judge before becoming a referee, from 1972 to 1996. Officiated nearly 500 NFL games that include 20 postseason contests. Served as referee for two Super Bowls (XX and XXX).

JACK KENT COOKE – Owner – 1974-1997 Washington Redskins
Washington franchise won more than 200 games during tenure as the team owner.  The team qualified for the playoffs 11 times and advanced to the Super Bowl four times that included victories in Super Bowls XVII, XXII, and XXVI.

OTHO DAVIS – Trainer – 1971-72 Baltimore Colts, 1973-1995 Philadelphia Eagles
Spent two-plus decades in the NFL as an athletic trainer. Was recognized as Professional Trainer of the Year five times (1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, and 1987).

*EDWARD DEBARTOLO, JR. – Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers
During tenure, 49ers captured 13 divisional titles, made 16 playoff appearances, advanced to the NFC championship game 10 times and became the first NFL franchise to win five Super Bowls. San Francisco posted the best winning percentage in the NFL in both the 1980s and 1990s.

RON GIBBS – Official – 1940-1962 National Football League Served as a referee for 23 seasons in the NFL. He worked every NFL championship game except four between 1942 and 1960 that included one stretch of five straight title games.

JERRY JONES – Owner/President/General Manager – 1989-present Dallas Cowboys Innovative leader on team and league level. Took over Cowboys in 1989 and quickly transformed team into Super Bowl champions. Under guidance, Cowboys have won eight division, three NFC, and three Super Bowl championships. Guiding force behind concept, design, and completion of the state-of-the-art AT&T Stadium.

EDDIE KOTAL – Scout – 1947-1961 Los Angeles Rams Regarded as NFL’s first full-time scout, pioneered modern scouting techniques and earned reputation of discovering hidden talent across the country. During service with the Rams, the team won four division titles and the 1951 NFL championship.

ROBERT KRAFT – Owner – 1994-Present New England Patriots Led dramatic turnaround of franchise and created dynasty team. In two decades of ownership, franchise has captured 12 division titles, six AFC crowns, and three Super Bowl titles. The team’s six conference titles and six Super Bowl appearances are the most of any NFL owner in the Super Bowl era.

ELMER LAYDEN – Commissioner – 1941-46 National Football League Named NFL’s Commissioner in 1941. Reign came at critical period as America officially entered World War II. Worked during difficult times to maintain the momentum NFL gained in the 1930s.

ART MCNALLY – Official/Administrator – 1959-present National Football League Spent nine seasons (1959-1967) as on-field official, one year as field judge and eight as referee. In 1968, he was appointed as the NFL’s Supervisor of Officials. Credited with bringing technology to the NFL and implemented in-depth training for official by using video.

*ART MODELL – Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2011 Baltimore Ravens Spent 43 seasons of full ownership in NFL. Influential chairman of the NFL’s Broadcast Committee for 21 years. In all, Browns made seven NFL/AFC championship game appearances and the Ravens played in three AFC championship games and won Super Bowl XXXV.

BILL POLIAN – Team President/General Manager – 1978-1982 Kansas City Chiefs, 1984-1992 Buffalo Bills, 1993-94 National Football League, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers, 1998-2011 Indianapolis Colts Built three franchises into winners. In all, guided teams to 13 division titles, five conference championships, and one Super Bowl victory.

STEVE SABOL – President, NFL Films – 1964-2012 Distinguished filmmaker whose artistic vision helped revolutionize the way fans watch the NFL. Won 35 individual Emmys in numerous categories and in 2003 was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

PAUL TAGLIABUE – Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League During 17-year tenure as the NFL’s Commissioner, oversaw growth of the league from 28 to 32 teams, supported the construction of 20 new stadiums, negotiated successive labor agreements, create league-wide Internet network, and secured the largest television rights deals in entertainment history.

JIM TUNNEY – Official – 1960-1991 National Football League Served as NFL referee for 32 seasons. Among 29 playoff assignments were ten championship games and serving as the referee for three Super Bowls (VI, XI, XII).

RON WOLF – Team Executive/General Manager – 1991-2001 Green Bay Packers Orchestrated turnaround of once down-trodden franchise. Under tutelage and excellent drafting of players, the Packers claimed back-to-back NFC championships, three straight division crowns, and a victory in Super Bowl XXXI.

GEORGE YOUNG – Team Executive/General Manager – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League Noted for excellent personnel evaluation knowledge, greatest fame came when turned around the Giants franchise. Under leadership, the team ended long postseason draught by capturing four NFC East titles and victories in Super Bowls XXI and XXV.

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A tale of two tackles: Ravens no stranger to adding veterans late in preseason

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A tale of two tackles: Ravens no stranger to adding veterans late in preseason

Posted on 23 August 2011 by Luke Jones

You can finally exhale with the Ravens’ major question at right tackle now answered with the addition of veteran Bryant McKinnie, right?

Let’s take a step back toward reality.

If the 31-year-old McKinnie’s conditioning and questionable character weren’t enough, the Ravens can look no further than their own history of bringing in veterans late in the preseason to strengthen the right tackle position. Unsurprisingly, the results are mixed.

In John Harbaugh’s first season in Baltimore, the Ravens were looking for help at tackle with Jared Gaither and Adam Terry slated to start in Joe Flacco’s rookie season. Only days after veteran Willie Anderson was released after 12 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore signed the 33-year-old to a three-year contract.

The Ravens often used max protection and Terry as a blocking tight end on Anderson’s side, but the veteran stabilized the right tackle position by playing in 14 games, starting 11 of them. As a result, Flacco was better protected, and the Ravens exceeded everyone’s expectations with an 11-5 record and an appearance in the AFC championship game.

Anderson retired after the 2008 season, but his contributions and veteran leadership were crucial for a young offensive line that was able to open lanes for the three-headed running attack of Le’Ron McClain, Ray Rice, and Willis McGahee. Anderson received the icing on the cake with the Ravens twice defeating the team that kicked him to the curb prior to the start of the season.

While the Ravens reaped the fruits of Anderson’s final season in the NFL, they struck out trying to harvest one more season from former Cowboys tackle Erik Williams in 2001.

After prize free agent Leon Searcy was lost for the season with a torn triceps early in training camp, the defending Super Bowl champions found a huge void on the right side and hoped the four-time Pro Bowl tackle could step in as the starter when the Ravens signed him to a one-year deal at the end of August. Williams had started all 16 games for Dallas in 2000 and appeared to be a far more attractive option than unproven tackles Sammy Williams and Kipp Vickers.

Despite coach Brian Billick’s optimism that Williams would be ready to assume starting right tackle duties by the third or fourth week of the season, it was apparent right away the 33-year-old was a shell of the tackle who had once opened truck-sized holes for Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith to run through in Dallas’ three Super Bowl victories in the 1990s.

Williams never made a start, playing in only five games while the Ravens eventually settled on Vickers to assume the position, though not with the prettiest results in a 10-6 season.

McKinnie — who will turn 32 next month — is younger than both Anderson and Williams were when they were signed, but he comes with far more baggage than Anderson and arguably more than Williams, who was no stranger to run-ins with the law during his playing career.

The Ravens are taking a modest risk in offering the former Viking tackle a second chance, but McKinnie will have to be fully committed to make it successful. And considering how little he apparently worked during the 134-day lockout, that commitment is far from guaranteed.

Whether McKinnie’s time in Baltimore winds up more like Anderson’s success or Williams’ whimpering exit remains to be seen, but the arrival of “Mount McKinnie” definitely adds spice to the current right tackle equation.

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Greatest Ravens by jersey number (61-80)

Posted on 30 August 2010 by Luke Jones

With Sports Illustrated releasing its list of all-time best NFL players by jersey number recently, we continue to look back at the 15-year history of the Baltimore Ravens to construct a list of the greatest players for Nos. 1-99.

Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 covered jersey numbers 1 through 60 if you missed them.

Part 4 (61-80) mostly looks at the trenches of the offensive line, with a few obvious choices and several where we need to look long and hard to find a representative.

61 Casey Rabach (2001-04)

Though in the shadow of Mike Flynn for three seasons before finally getting an opportunity to start at center in 2004, Rabach was a solid backup who has become one of the best centers in the NFC while playing for the Washington Redskins.

62 Mike Flynn (1997-2007)

Flynn made 115 starts in his 11 seasons with the Ravens, most of them at center. He was the starting right guard on the Super Bowl XXXV team and moved to center after Jeff Mitchell’s departure for Carolina the following season. Undrafted from Maine, Flynn is one of the great underdog stories in franchise history.

63 Wally Williams (1996-98)

A versatile interior lineman who played center and both guard positions in his time with the Ravens, Williams became the team’s first franchise player in 1998 before departing for the New Orleans Saints in 1999.

64 Edwin Mulitalo (1999-06)

In addition to coining the term “Festivus” for the playoffs in the Charm City, Mulitalo combined with tackle Jonathan Ogden to form an impenetrable left side of the offensive line in their eight seasons together.

65 Chris Chester (2006-present)

Though Chester came into the league undersized, he has made himself into an invaluable reserve with his ability to play all three interior positions on the offensive line. The former Oklahoma Sooner has made 33 starts in his career.

66 Ben Grubbs (2007-present)

1996 tackle Tony Jones and former guard Bennie Anderson both wore the same number, but Grubbs is the clear choice for No. 66. Though he has yet to make a Pro Bowl, Grubbs’ 44 career starts in three seasons puts him on the cusp of receiving the honor.

67 Quentin Neujahr (1996-97)

A backup for two years at center, Neujahr wins the honor, because there are no other candidates to consider.

68 Keydrick Vincent (2005-06)

Largely considered a disappointment after coming to Baltimore from the Steelers, Vincent made 21 starts at right guard over two seasons and is the only legitimate player to have worn the number.

69 Jeff Blackshear (1996-99)

Though a forgotten name from the early years of the franchise, Blackshear made 60 starts at right guard in his four seasons with the Ravens and had a productive nine-year run in the NFL.

70 Harry Swayne (1999-2000)

The recently-departed long snapper Matt Katula can stake a legitimate claim to this number, but it is hard to overlook Swayne’s 13 starts during the Ravens’ championship season, even if he was past his prime by the time he came to Baltimore.

71 Jared Gaither (2007-present)

Gaither’s work ethic has always been in doubt, but his raw size and talent makes him the obvious choice for the number. A fifth-round selection in the 2007 supplemental draft, Gaither has easily outplayed expectations, even if he has caused a few headaches on the Baltimore coaching staff.

72 Damion Cook (2002-04)

Fans would much rather have seen Leon Searcy as the choice here had he actually played a snap for the Ravens in 2001. As a result, Cook and his 13 games over three seasons earn the distinction.

73 Marshal Yanda (2007-present)

Despite suffering a devastating knee injury in 2008, Yanda has rebounded quickly to regain his right guard spot and is versatile enough to slide to right tackle in a pinch, where he started 12 games as a rookie in 2007.

74 Michael Oher (2009-present)

Already a celebrity before ever taking a snap in Baltimore, Oher amazingly had the ability to switch back and forth from right to left tackle as a rookie when filling in for the injured Gaither. He will now be in charge of protecting Joe Flacco’s “blind side” for many years to come.

75 Jonathan Ogden (1996-2007)

The indisputable choice for second-greatest Raven of all time behind linebacker Ray Lewis, Ogden anchored the left side of the Baltimore offensive line for 12 seasons and would have played longer if not for a toe injury. In addition to mauling defensive linemen every Sunday, Ogden also had an incredible amount of athleticism at 6-foot-9, 340 pounds, catching two touchdowns in his career.

76 Jarret Johnson (2003-present)

Yes, Johnson is more commonly known for wearing No. 95, but he wore a different number his rookie season when he played 15 games and started once, good enough to grab the honor for this jersey number. A past-his-prime Erik Williams and defensive tackle Amon Gordon barely warrant a mention here.

77 Orlando Brown (1996-98, 2003-05)

Though his temper rivaled his massive size, “Zeus” was a powerful force on the right side of the offensive line in two different stints with the Ravens. His comeback from an injury that nearly left him blind in one eye—thanks to an errant penalty flag—is worth mentioning, and his career trumps reserve Ethan Brooks and only one season from current veteran center Matt Birk for the distinction at No. 77.

78 Adam Terry (2005-09)

Brown wore this number in the first two years of his second stint with the Ravens, but Terry did just enough in a disappointing career with the Ravens to grab the honor. Though he would never stabilize the right tackle position as the organization hoped, Terry proved to be a viable backup to Ogden at left tackle despite battling injuries throughout his time in Baltimore.

79 Larry Webster (1996-2001)

Right tackle Tony Pashos earns serious consideration here, but Webster was a key member of the defensive line rotation in his time with the Ravens. Though he faced multiple suspensions for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, Webster gets the nod over Pashos and Willie Anderson’s one-year stint in Baltimore.

80 Brandon Stokley (1999-2002)

He struggled to stay healthy and never realized his full potential until moving on to Indianapolis, but Stokley is famous for ending the 2000 team’s five-game touchdown drought with a touchdown catch in Cincinnati and catching the first score in the Ravens’ Super Bowl XXXV victory (see the 1:00 mark below).

Next up: We wrap up our list of the greatest Ravens by jersey number by looking at Nos. 81-99 and an impressive group of players in the history of the franchise.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Losing Dino Gregory would REALLY hurt the Terps. It wouldn’t be a season-killer since the team FINALLY has some interior depth; but it would hurt.

Sorry I don’t have more to add this morning. Gotta get to Owings Mills.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Dino Gregory sat out Maryland’s exhibition win due to suspension

Mark Suchy says ’30 for 30’ series brought back plenty of Len Bias memories

Derek Arnold says Jarret Johnson ‘Played Like a Raven’ against Broncos

Gary Quill says Zenyatta ‘headliner’ for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic

Glenn Clark names Eddie Murray, Roberto Alomar to mythical World Series team

Nestor Aparicio says Blast added former MLS players Dyachenko, Dello-Russo

Drew Forrester says Teixeira not earning money with postseason bat

Ed Frankovic says NHL should do something about Ken Hitchcock going after Ovechkin


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh still views Frank Walker as ‘big part of team’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says no huddle was ‘no problem’ for Flacco, Ravens

The Official Site says Lardarius Webb finalist for Rookie of the Week honor

The Official Site says Grubbs impressed by David Hale’s moustache

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Willie Anderson thinks Sunday’s game ‘most even’ Cincinnati-Baltimore game he can remember

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says team let Kooistra go, apparently to make room for Vakapuna

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says LJ Smith waiting for chance to make impact

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee knows Ray Rice ‘future of’ Ravens

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cam Cameron sticking with ‘hot hand’ in Ray Rice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Oher admitted to making mistake in getting penalty

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason apologized for, but didn’t regret outburst Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbs still expecting contributions from Demetrius Williams, Le’Ron McClain

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kelley Washington big for Ravens on 3rd down

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Bengals added Gerald Cadogan to practice squad

Dayton Daily News’ Carlos Holmes says Chase Coffman could be close to joining lineup for Bengals

USA Today has Ravens 10th in power rankings

NFL.com has Ravens anywhere from 5th-13th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 8th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 10th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens ‘A’ for win over Denver

ESPN.com has Ravens 10th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says pass rush must step up again this week against Carson Palmer, Bengals


The AP says Milbourne, Mosley lead way with 14 each as Terps won exhibition game against Indiana University (Pennsylvania)

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Gary Williams knows Terps need to ‘learn’ from win over IUP

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Padgett started with Dino Gregory suspended

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Jordan Williams contributed 7 points, 6 boards for Terps in win

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terps outrebounded by Crimson Hawks in win

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says even walk-on Ersin Levent scored in win

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Gary thinks Terps miss Dave Neal defensively

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says no further details known regarding Dino Gregory suspension

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps better off than Syracuse-who lost to D2 team at home

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gregory had previously worried about eligibility due to academic dishonesty

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Steve Goins also sat out win over IUP

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dino Gregory wasn’t even on Comcast Center bench for game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps shot 2-13 from beyond the arc in win

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Greivis Vasquez added 13 points for Terps in win (must subscribe)


Washington Post previews tonight’s exhibition opener against Bowie State


NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says coach Tom O’Brien thinks Wolfpack need ‘break’ against Terps

NC State Official Site offers complete Terps-Pack release (pdf)

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Terps could still win ACC Championship

The AP says Terps would have to win 4 straight starting with NCSU to get bowl eligible

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Fridge ‘tired of losing’

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps got away during bye week

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Fridge wants to get ball to Torrey Smith more

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Rashaan Moore wanted to come to College Park since he was 9 (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Friedgen spent bye week recruiting (must subscribe)


Notre Dame Official Site previews Mids’ trip to South Bend Saturday

Notre Dame Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Fighting Irish release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo knows Irish better than Temple team Navy lost to Saturday

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo reported Ricky Dobbs ‘fine’

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Charlie Weis thinks current Navy defense ‘best’ he’s seen

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Marcus Curry ‘probable’ for Mids

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says EagleBank Bowl has backup plan with Big 12 if Navy doesn’t get eligible in ‘11

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says memories of ’07 win at Notre Dame Stadium still fresh for Midshipmen

Go Mids says Navy back to EagleBank Bowl in 2011, Army 2012

Go Mids updates opponents for Midshipmen


The Official Site says Randy Monroe Show to start again


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

The Official Site profiles TE Godlasky

William & Mary Official Site offers complete Tribe-Tigers release (pdf)


The Official Site says Pat Kennedy hasn’t settled on starting lineup


MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Rich Hill, Jeff Fiorentino, Guillermo Rodriguez refused Norfolk, chose free agency

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Brandon Snyder hoping to reach major league level this season

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Alfredo Simon accepted assignment to Norfolk

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Perrault suffered loss for Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Erbe, Snyder selected for AFL All-Star event


The Official Site says team added 6 players to roster, including return of Lucio Gonzaga


Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Rip Van Winkle 2nd choice for Classic behind Zenyatta

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Bob Baffert brings Richard’s Kid into Classic

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Belmont winner Summer Bird third choice for Classic


The Sun’s Lorraine Mirabella says city considering two stadium options-smaller stadium to host Crystal Palace USA or bigger stadium to try to lure DC United


-Hopefully John Harbaugh will be willing to talk about Haloti Ngata today, but I doubt it.

Talk to you from 1 Winning Drive.


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Live From Owings Mills: Ray Lewis Fined $25k, No Gaither at Practice

Posted on 16 October 2009 by Glenn Clark


OT Jared Gaither-DOUBTFUL-Neck
WR Mark Clayton-PROBABLE-Shoulder
LB Jarret Johnson-PROBABLE-Shoulder
TE Edgar Jones-PROBABLE-Hamstring
DT Haloti Ngata-PROBABLE-Back
WR David Tyree-PROBABLE-Hamstring

WR Darius Reynaud-DOUBTFUL-Hamstring
WR Percy Harvin-QUESTIONABLE-Shoulder
OT Phil Loadholt-QUESTIONABLE-Ankle
DE Ray Edwards-PROBABLE-Hamstring
CB Cedric Griffin-PROBABLE-Hand
OG Steve Hutchinson-PROBABLE-Back
FB Naufahu Tahi-PROBABLE-Ankle

2:04-When approached in the locker room, Ray Lewis declined comment regarding his $25,000 fine or appeal. He said he’s only thinking about “Minnesota.”

1:55-If you want to read between the lines a bit on Harbaugh’s Matt Birk comments, I think we can confirm that the guys are really going to rally around their center this week-and would be a likely target for a Gatorade bath should the Ravens pull off an upset. This team loves playing with some sort of emotional edge. Between the criticism both players and coaches have received and Matt’s return; I think they will have extra motivation-which they may need.

1:46-The players were again in a very good mood following today’s walkthrough, and even John Harbaugh was particularly pleasant during his meeting with the media today. Here are a few highlights….

-Regarding Jared Gaither: “we’re hopeful (he’ll play despite missing practice)…he’s been through all the walkthroughs, he’s been in all the meetings….he thinks he’s getting close.”
-Regarding $25k fine for Ray Lewis: “I’m disappointed.” Ray is maybe the “greatest sportsman that I’ve met”, plays “clean.” Harbs also discussed the kick that Ray was fined for, saying he believes it was an “inadvertent trip.”
-He said Brett Favre has a “great feel” for checkdowns, and knows that former Raven Chester Taylor is amongst the league leaders in 3rd down receptions.
-On having to practice indoors due to the weather: “We had plans to come inside anyway” with Sunday’s game being inside Metrodome.
-On Matt Birk’s return to Minnesota: “We’ll be there for Matt…..we’ll have Matt’s back.”
-On trade deadline: “It’s hard to anticipate activity…..so hard to make trades in NFL.”

I also spoke briefly with CB/KR Lardarius Webb, who many of you have told us you think should be on the field more as a Defensive Back. Webb said he trusts the guys who are out on the field and is just looking to learn from them.

You can hear from both John Harbaugh and Lardarius Webb NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. You can also hear from Justin Bannan, who joined Drew Forrester this morning on The Comcast Morning Show.

12:29-ESPN’s Adam Schefter has Tweeted that the fine for Ray Lewis was for TWO plays-both the hit on Ochocinco and also for kicking an opposing player in the 4th quarter of the loss to Cincinnati.

12:15-I am probably making a mistake by even doing this; but Listener Joe emailed us this picture this morning-which is apparently of Ray’s hit on Chad Ochocinco. I do not own this picture, I cannot confirm anything about it-and I would also warn that no matter what it LOOKS like in the still photo-it was a BRUTAL hit to a defenseless receiver, who had no chance to make a play. The officials did the right thing, but I do not believe Ray intended to hurt Ochocinco on the play. It DID appear as though he was trying to make a statement, game closing hit instead of just making a football play.

But I’m passing it along, in hopes that a “See, this is just further proof that the NFL is out to get us” response doesn’t come.


Here is the video again…..

12:00-Twitter follower @lessick passed this along from The Onion: “Kyle Boller Asks Center to Stop Snapping Ball So Hard

Remember, you can follow us on Twitter for the QUICKEST updates…..@WNST!

11:48-Jared Gaither was not present again for the first part of practice today; it appears as though he will be DNP once more. Haloti Ngata (back) and Jarret Johnson (shoulder) were present once again. Ed Reed was not present-but that just means it’s Friday. He’ll be listed with a neck/shoulder; but is not a concern.

11:13-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Ravens are holding a final walkthrough in preparation for Sunday’s trip to Minneapolis to face the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. Some quick notes:

-ESPN reported this morning that Ray Lewis has been fined $25,000 by the NFL for his hit on Chad Ochocinco last Sunday in the Ravens’ loss to the Bengals. According to Chris Mortensen, Ray intends to appeal the fine.
-Jared Gaither has yet to practice this week, despite telling reporters he would play Sunday. I would be surprised to see him on the field Sunday against the Vikes; but if he were somehow able to practice today I would certainly say he has a chance. His ability to move his neck from left to right is a major issue.
-I am hoping to address the “chip on their shoulder” factor with John Harbaugh today. I never know how he is going to react to questions-and he rarely answers relevant ones-so we’ll see. But John has not exactly hidden from motivational tactics in the past. He made clear to his team that they were hand-picked to be sacrificed to the Cowboys by Jerry Jones for the last game in Texas Stadium. His team has rallied around players and assistant coaches with ties to their opponents (i.e. Cam Cameron against the Dolphins, Rex Ryan against his brother Rob Ryan and the Raiders, Willie Anderson against the Bengals, John Matsko earlier this season against the Chiefs). With negative attention around Greg Mattison and the defense this week, it would not stun me if Harbs was trying to use it as motivation. He’ll never give us an honest answer, but I might try to get at least a general thought about motivating factors.

We’re heading to practice now, talk to you shortly.


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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (10/7/09)

Posted on 07 October 2009 by Jack McManus


Willie Anderson is next up. He talks about his decision to retire after last season. He states that he believed his body needed a break and he could not go through an entire season. He has not ruled out a return to football and believes he could return to the Ravens in the future, if the team needs him. He next talks about Jared Gaither and his physical tools. He gives credit to Ozzie Newsome for continuously finding players like Gaither that other teams have passed on.  


Senior NFL.com writer Vic Carucci makes an appearance. he begins by discussing the trade of Braylon Edwards to the Jets. He thinks that Edwards’ personality will fit better with Rex Ryan than Eric Mangini. The different attitude may allow Edwards to better focus on games. Carucci next talks about how Bill Belichick is able to assemble different players to form strong teams each season. He states that the Denver Broncos have a legitimate defense and compares their team to the 2000 Ravens. He next speaks about the disappointing results for the Sand Diego Chargers this season. He explains they have struggled defensively, especially with the loss of Jamal Williams, and have no playmakers on that side of the ball.    


Joe Trainer, coach of Towson’s next opponent Rhode Island is next up on the Comcast Morning Show. he starts off by discussing how strong the CAA is as a conference this season. He goes on to talk about how his program and Towson are in very similar situations. Both teams are in a rebuilding mode, have the same record, and have played a BCS school this year. He talks about the week-to-week process of building up a team. He states that he must maintain an even keel as coach of a team in this situation.  


Joe Beninati, play-by-play voice of the Capitals makes an appearance. Drew describes how Beninati “broke his heart” with his call of the Flyers’ game winning goal. He also speaks about how the Capitals have fared so far this season. He describes how Semyon Varmalov has struggles this season, but should still be a solid goalie in the future.


Allen McCallum comes on to talk about the end of the Orioles season. He describes how his excitement for next season is much greater than in any recent season. He states that Chone Figgins should be a priority for the team this offseason. He also believes that team should overpay for Jason Bay. This addition would allow the team to move either Nolan Reimold or Luke Scott to first base or to another team.  Allen next argues with Drew about the strategy the team should take moving forward. He thinks the team should try and let the young talent develop rather than buy high-priced free agents when the team is not yet ready to win. He states that Wieters, Matusz, Bergesen, Markakis, and Roberts are the only Orioles who are untouchable in trades.


Some Breaking News: Braylon Edwards has been traded to the Jets.


A caller talks to Drew about the future of the Orioles in comparison to the Twins. Drew points out that since the Orioles play in the American League East they must do more to become competitive than if they were members of the AL Central.


Rob Ambrose makes an early appearance on the show. He talks about the Tigers’ loss to New Hampshire this past weekend. He stresses that the team will not transfer into a contender overnight and the team and fans must not forget the ultimate goal. He also speaks about his individual interactions with players during the game.

Early this morning there was a great deal of discussion on the death of former Ravens Tony Fein.  

Drew and Glenn also spoke about the possibility of DC United moving to play in a new stadium in Baltimore. Drew believes the city should wait until a new arena is built before moving on to a soccer stadium. On the other hand, Glenn thinks that if possible a stadium should be added first.

Drew also seems to be very angry about the result of the Capitals-Flyers game


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Flacco Shows He’s Not Quite Tom Brady in Ravens’ Loss to Patriots

Posted on 04 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

There were a number of reasons why the New England Patriots were able to hold on and defeat the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in Foxborough, but there is one that can’t help but stick out at me with the game now in the books.

When the final horn sounded today, it was still evident to me that even considering how much progress Joe Flacco has made as an NFL quarterback, he’s still not quite on Tom Brady’s level.

Consider the plays on the game’s two most important drives:

After Dwan Edwards recovered a fumble to put the Ravens within 3 at 17-14 in the 3rd quarter; the Patriots went 79 yards in 6 plays to re-take a 10 point lead.

-Pass to Fred Taylor for 13 yards
-Pass to Sam Aiken for 26 yards
-Pass to Randy Moss for 20 yards
-Fred Taylor rush for 4 yards
-Kevin Faulk rush for 2 yards
-Pass to Randy Moss for 14 yard TD

Compare that to the Ravens’ final drive, which ended with a drop by Mark Clayton:

-Pass to Mark Clayton for 12 yards
-Pass to Derrick Mason for 11 yards
-Pass incomplete to Todd Heap (dangerous pass under pressure)
-Pass to Mark Clayton for 9 yards
-Flacco rush for 2 yards
-Pass to Clayton for 9 yards
-Ray Rice rush for 4 yards
-Flacco incomplete to Ray Rice (thrown high, in danger of being picked)
-Flacco to Rice for 13 yards
-Flacco incomplete to Clayton
-Pass to Kelley Washington for 6 yards
-Flacco incomplete to Mason (thrown to back arm)
-Flacco incomplete to Clayton

It isn’t as if Flacco played poorly on the Ravens’ final drive. In fact, he played ALMOST well enough to beat one of the AFC’s best teams on the road. But not quite.  Flacco threw dangerous passes twice, and put his receivers in tough spots at other times.

Flacco is REALLY good.

Brady is GREAT.

As of right now, that’s the biggest difference in why the New England Patriots are ahead* of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC. (*via tiebreaker)

When the Patriots most desperately needed their QB to come through today, he did-in a BIG way.

When the Ravens most desperately needed their QB to come through today, he came JUST a bit short.

The Ravens are still 3-1, and will remain atop the AFC North-but I can comfortably say that this will not be the last time the Ravens will desperately need their QB to come through this season. And there might well be much more on the line the next time.


-Following today’s loss, John Harbaugh chose not to openly criticize the officiating (for fear of the NFL office), but made it clear he wasn’t overly thrilled with the calls. Ray Lewis DID criticize the officiating, calling it “embarrassing”; and saying “I have kids just like Tom Brady has kids”, and he wants the same level of ‘respect’ that is given to the Patriots’ star QB.

-Brendon Ayanbadejo is likely done for the year with a torn quadricep tendon.
-Jared Gaither’s injury does not appear to be serious, but John Harbaugh did not set a timetable for his return.

-Hear from John Harbaugh, Terrell Suggs, and Joe Flacco in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. Ray Lewis’ comments are available at WNST.net via WNSTv


4:27-Patriots will hold on for a 27-21 win after that drop. I’ll be back following the game.

4:25-Just when I was praising Derrick Mason……

4:24-Well, this isn’t exciting at all, is it? I almost don’t want to type-just enjoy.

4:22-The knock on Joe Flacco is that he’s never had to lead his team in a situation exactly like this. The only situation that was close was the end of the playoff game against the Titans, but that was a tie game-where they always had overtime to fall back on. This is a “touchdown or lose” situation. No pressure, Joe Cool.

4:21-Derrick Mason looks the player that I named my team MVP a season ago…..and that was a good move after the catch by Mark Clayton as well.

4:18-My apologies for the delay, I had to switch computers as this game closes. Huge defensive stand to get the ball back; now they can’t worry about getting cute-but can’t just chuck the ball on every play, either.

Good movement so far. They don’t want to leave the Patriots much time if they DO score either.

4:14-Having a review there would have been helpful, it appears.

4:13-The Ravens may REALLY wish they had a challenge left here in the 4th quarter.

4:10-Ray Rice on 3rd and 1? Don’t like that call. On 3rd and 2 you need someone who can get space. On 3rd and 1, you need to bull someone over. That’s not Ray Rice.

4:07-Didn’t like that challenge from Harbaugh. It came off as a challenge out of frustration instead of an intelligent decision based on what he truly believed happened on the play.

Pats extend their lead to 27-21, but the Ravens are still in this game-which MAY end before the Chargers and Steelers kick off tonight.

4:02-Ron Winter is not doing a good job of explaining this situation-either to John Harbaugh or to the crowd. I’m still even a bit concerned on the rule myself, here. Clearly by going to the booth, it means the play CAN be overruled; so what was he telling Harbs the first time they talked?

4:01-I think that was a GREAT place for Belichick to make that call. It didn’t end up working, but that was the EXACT place for him to make that call.

4:00-REALLY big play there by Suggs. Ravens have a chance.

3:58-The Patriots have not struggled to move the ball at all today. In order for teams to beat the Ravens; they have to establish some sort of ground game and THEN throw the ball. The Patriots have done that-unlike the Chargers.

3:55-If there was ever a time to make a stop on 3rd and short…….

3:53-He caught that ball (I think). Although, the Patriots aren’t showing the replay on the jumbotron like they did with the Bodden INT; which makes me think it’s pretty questionable. We’ll see.

3:50-Looks like Ayanbadejo’s left leg.

And the Skins held on to beat the Bucs. Damn.

7 here might ice this one for New England. There’s a lot of time, but having to rally from down 10 3 different times might be a bit too much.

3:47-I say the Ravens need to get off the field on 3rd down and they don’t. I say they can’t let the Patriots get across midfield and they’re already up to the Baltimore 35.

If I say the Ravens should let the Patriots score a TD will something good happen?

Brendon Ayanbadejo hurt. Ugh.

3:44-This is a huge down for the Ravens’ defense. Getting off the field would make a WORLD of difference.

3:40-And we have a ball game. Flacco to McGahee, and the Ravens are within 3. Hopefully the rest did this defense well. They need to keep the Patriots on THEIR side of the football field on this drive.

3:38-Some signs of life offensively; and they have allowed the defense to rest; which is the most important thing here. If they can punch this in for 7, we’ll actually have a ball game here in the 4th.

3:33-I’m usually the LAST person to buy into the “there have been a lot of bad calls today” theory, but did Leigh Bodden just somehow manage to get an offensive pass interference call there by just asking for one?

Questionable officiating. QUESTIONABLE. Nothing more.

3:28-Am I the kiss of death? Randy Moss with the very smart push on Domonique Foxworth-forcing him away from where Brady was going with the ball. That’s hard to defend for anyone. It could REALLY put the Ravens behind the 8 ball here in the 2nd half.

3:27-Ravens HAVE to make a stop here. They need to keep this a 1 possession game after getting the momentum from that fumble recovery.

3:25-So, this Tom Brady fella is pretty good. Nothing like having a QB who can REALLY rally his team after their opponent seizes momentum.

Ravens defense has been on the field a LOT today.

3:20-AND ALL AT ONCE EVERYTHING CHANGES! More pressure equals more success!

Terrell Suggs with the big sack. Dwan Edwards the TD. Suggs (437) is now the team’s all time leader in sack yardage.

The Ravens are alive again. Wow.

3:09-Why are the Patriots up 10 right now?

Ravens: 7 penalties for 70 yards
Patriots: 4 penalties for 35 yards

Also, if we ignore the Patriots’ final possession right before the half; New England has had 5 possessions. Three have resulted directly in scores; and the Patriots have had the ball on Baltimore’s side of the field on ALL FIVE.

Leigh Bodden was in a very fortunate position right there. Nice play by Haruki Nakamura to try to get something going on Special Teams.

3:04-Scott/Drew: This team has looked particularly rattled today. We don’t really know much about the emotions of this team yet because until now, nothing had gone wrong. Drew-the way you like to say that the hardest thing in the world to do is “stop losing”, sometimes it is just as hard to stop negative momentum when things are going wrong.

Jarret Johnson with the big sack there to get the defense off the field. Ravens REALLY need to get something going.

3:01-Regarding Gaither; apparently the CBS team said he was carted off for “precautionary reasons.” This would be good news, and certainly make me retract my earlier statement of the injury being a potential “season-changer.”

Also worth noting (maybe): I have had a couple of people tell me that they saw John Harbaugh mouth the words “he’s OK” to Ravens players as Gaither was carted off the field.

2:51-As painful as this has been, are the Titans really losing 27-3 to Jacksonville? Jeff Fisher can only do so much without having any really good players…..

2:40-Jared Gaither was taken to Mass General Hospital in Boston for tests on his neck and shoulders. He has movement in all of his extremities.

2:39-Leigh Bodden with the pick there, and it really did appear as though he got both feet down. What an AWFUL way for for this drive to end; as the Ravens now will go to the half in a world of trouble.

2:37-Statement drive from the Ravens thus far. They really need to answer here, especially with New England getting the ball to open the 2nd half. Safety James Sanders was helped off the field for the Patriots.

2:35-I’m not certain how that could have been anything but a catch from Kelley Washington. Maybe there’s something I’m not seeing?

2:32-Big effort from Ray Rice there to get the first down. The Ravens REALLY need to score here before the half.

Jared Gaither has apparently been taken to a hospital here in Boston. (Editor’s note: This was something I overheard, but was unable to confirm.)

2:28-The Ravens were bailed out there by a personal foul call on Mike Wright. I think Cam Cameron was smart to go back to the ground to start this drive. Clearly Joe has been rattled by struggles and the injury to Gaither.

2:21-Terrell Suggs called for another roughing the passer; as he apparently went to Brady’s knees. Again……I guess……

It looked like T-Sizzle may have gone towards Brady’s knees, but it didn’t appear as though he actually got them. This team is struggling right now, and needs to settle down.

2:15-It clearly appears to be a neck injury with Gaither, and they are working with particular concern for the big man. Already well-wishing is coming in at JG’s Twitter page.

Joe did the right thing there in getting rid of the ball, but you HAVE to get the ball back to the line of scrimmage to avoid intentional grounding. With the Gaither injury and things unraveling a bit recently offensively; the defense REALLY needs a hold here.

2:12-Overheard from Ravens’ PR staff: “He’s moving everything.”

This has the potential to be a season-changing injury for the Ravens. They are not deep at OT, it was one of the major concerns for this team coming out of Training Camp. You wonder if Willie Anderson has worked to get himself into game condition….

2:08-It is a MAJOR concern to see Jared Gaither down like this. Marshal Yanda would have to be the next man in with Oniel Cousins and Tony Moll inactive.

This looks VERY bad. VERY concerning.

2:04-The good news: Randy Moss’ mauling of Domonique Foxworth was the first time we’ve heard Moss’ name today. The bad news: the Ravens should have been off the field MUCH earlier on that drive, but allowed Sammy Morris to convert a major first down. The other good news: Ray Lewis and Dwan Edwards each got good hits on Flacco on that drive; and Ed Reed didn’t let Benjamin Watson get free.

1:52-Derrick Mason is not a jump ball receiver. I don’t know why they insist on trying to throw it to him that way.

1:47-We can use some good news:

Buccaneers 7, Redskins 0

Okay, I feel better.

1:45-The Ravens MUST get more pressure, clearly. But it is easier said than done against an all-world QB.

A lot of people are Tweeting/Facebooking that Brady didn’t get in. We are in the opposite endzone from them, so I couldn’t offer any perspective on that.

1:42-Two things about the end of the quarter:

1-I do NOT know what Ray Lewis was doing there. Stop asking.
2-The refs should not have measured, and it DID give Bill Belichick a free timeout. If you win 3 Super Bowls, you will also likely get advantages other coaches do not.

1:26-Okay, with Mason getting up, hopefully he will be okay. That looked awful live AND on the replay. But the Ravens are up 7-3 after that fantastic catch.

I don’t think I need to explain that the Ravens are a MUCH better team with Derrick Mason healthy. Hauschk was true on the XP to cap off a 15 play, 81 yard, 6:35 TD drive.

1:22-After all of the red zone success early in the season, this has looked more like a Billick/Boller trip inside the 20.

Congratulations to Michael Oher for his first career catch. Wish it would have been helpful.

HOLY CRAP Derrick Mason with the great catch. But he’s down and is in a lot of trouble it appears……..

1:21-Not sure I understood that 3rd down play call; but it worked-so it was a good call. The lob to Clayton wasn’t pretty.

1:15-Does it look like Flacco is zeroed in on Mason early on to anyone else? This offense is better when Joe is spreading the ball around to Washington, Clayton, Heap, etc.

Ray Rice is “shifty.” That’s why he’s dangerous.

1:14-I’m a little surprised Jared Gaither was called for a false start early, as it isn’t particularly loud here at Gillette Stadium.

1:11-The offensive line continues to do a HELL of a job keeping Joe Flacco’s jersey clean. He had ALL DAY to find Derrick Mason on that 3rd down pass.

1:10-The usually VERY composed Joe Flacco looked particularly rattled on his first two pass attempts. I’m surprised Cam Cameron would open via the air on the road.

Willis McGahee was the first running back in the game today, not Ray Rice.

1:08-That was only the 2nd time all season Tom Brady has been sacked, for the record.

1:06-The Pats may have taken an early 3-0 lead, but that’s a win for the Ravens. They HAVE to keep New England out of the endzone when they get inside the 20.

Sam Aiken started in place of Wes Welker; Kevin Faulk started in place of Fred Taylor; Chris Baker started in place of Benjamin Watson today for the Pats.

1:04-Ravens get an early test of exactly what I thought they would have to do to win the game. They have to hold the Pats to field goal tries in the red zone.

Also, Chris Carr is REALLY struggling at the KR position. He should never have even came out of the endzone there, even before he fumbled.

1:00-The atmosphere at Gillette Stadium is really awful. No electricity in the stadium before the game. This is truly one of the 5 towns left in the country where baseball comes first and everything else is just a nice distraction.

The “O” in the National Athem was VERY loud, and the Patriots fans have been stunned by the number of Ravens fans in town everywhere we’ve gone.

Stephen Gostkowski is set to kick off to Chris Carr. Pats won the toss, deferred to the 2nd half.

12:53-As if I need to remind you, the Ravens are 0-4 all-time against the Patriots. In the pre-game video presentation, highlights from the Patriots’ come from behind win in 2007 at M&T Bank Stadium (the Rex Ryan timeout game) were shown prominently. It is also kinda humorous to see a “16-0” banner hanging in one corner of the stadium in a similar way to how the team has hung their Super Bowl banners. If I had played on that team, I’m not sure I would want that reminder of losing to the Giants out in Glendale constantly hanging in front of my face.

12:42-The only bad thing about making road trips is finding out how a song you love has become synonymous with a team you hate. For example, it is VERY difficult for me to hear “Renegade” by Styx (a GREAT song) because of how significant the tune is for the Steelers at Heinz Field. It is also particularly difficult for me to hear “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond considering that the Sawx have made it part of the experience at Fenway.

The Patriots just started playing “Baba O’Reilly” by The Who before introductions, and I was a bit concerned it might leave a foul taste in my mouth. It doesn’t appear as though they are using it in a particularly prominent way.

12:27-It is Breast Cancer Awareness weekend around the NFL….here is the note from the Patriots:

“The NFL and the Patriots are using today’s game to raise awareness about breast cancer. Throughout the league, games will feature players, coaches and referees wearing pink game apparel to raise awareness for the campaign, as well as on-field pink ribbon stencials, special K-balls and pink coins.

At Gillette Stadium, several Patriots players will be wearing pink apparel, the goalpost padding will be pink and the cheerleaders will be in pink. In partnership with Re/Max of New England and Mass. affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, staff throughout Gillette Stadium will be wearing pink ribbons and fans will have the opportunity to donate to breast cancer research. Fans will receive a pink ribbon for $2 or a pink rally towel for $5. Also, 10 breast cancer survivors will be the Patriots’ guests today and take part in a pregame ceremony.”

The Ravens told me that Matt Birk, Kelley Washington, Todd Heap, Derrick Mason, Joe Flacco and John Harbaugh’s entire coaching staff will be wearing pink cleats, gloves, hat bills, wristbands, etc. to recognize breast cancer awareness.

12:24-A reminder that Jim Nantz and Phil Simms have the call for today’s game on CBS. If you are out of town and not getting Ravens-Patriots on CBS; the game is broadcast nationally on radio via the Sports USA Radio Network; check for your local affiliate. Bob Fitzgerald, Ross Tucker, and Tony Graziani have the call for that broadcast.

12:21 The weather in Foxborough is cloudy (I guess you could call this overcast), but no rain really so far today. According to The Weather Channel, the temperatures should stay in the 60’s, and there is only a 10-20 percent chance of rain. Shouldn’t really have much of any impact on the game. Winds are only blowing at about 2 mph; not a whole lot of movement from the flags on the goalposts.

12:14-We are slowly getting pictures up from our New England Bus Trip via our Twitter account (@WNST), YouTube, and WNST.net. We had a great time at Fenway Park last night (as well as Newbury Comics, Daisy Buchanon’s, Cask & Flagon, and the other stops we made in Boston). The highlight for me was the line Brian from my bus gave upon pulling into Beantown:

“Look at all the Red Sox fans……I feel like I’m in Baltimore!”

Well played. The lobster rolls and Legal Sea Food Clam Chowder at Fenway was pretty good too.

12:11-One of the notes that a few Patriots reporters pointed out to me today was that Brian Hoyer (rookie-Michigan State) is one turned ankle away from being “the guy” for the New England Patriots. Matt Cassel handled the situation well last season when Tom Brady got hurt, but Cassel had been in the system for a while. Bill Belichick is putting a lot of trust (or maybe a lot of ego) into his rookie QB-who the Ravens actually took a look at before the Draft, and who shares an agent (Joe Linta) with Joe Flacco.

12:05-DT Vince Wilfork (ankle) and WR Wes Welker (knee) are both active for the Patriots; they were both question marks throughout the week. It will be interesting to see how much they can go. For the Ravens, DE Trevor Pryce, WR Derrick Mason and QB Troy Smith all battled the flu bug this week.

11:45 And now the Baltimore scratches:

QB John Beck (3rd QB)
RB Jalen Parmele
LB Tavares Gooden (head-possible concussion from Browns game)
OL Tony Moll
OT Oniel Cousins
TE Tony Curtis
DT Brandon McKinney
DT Kelly Talavou

This means OLB/DE Paul Kruger IS dressed for the first time in his rookie season. Also, Jameel McClain will start in place of Gooden; who suffered his injury on the same play where Ray Lewis got hurt last week against Cleveland (hit by “friendly fire” from Haloti Ngata.)

11:36-Greetings from the Press Box here at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, where the Baltimore Ravens put their 3-0 record on the line against the 2-1 New England Patriots.

Here are your scratches for the Pats:

WR Joey Galloway
CB Terrence Wheatley
DB Bret Lockett
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis
LB Jerod Mayo
OL Rich Ohrnberger
G Kendall Simmons
DL Ron Brace


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Ravens-Chiefs Postgame Notebook

Posted on 13 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

-Joe Flacco set new career highs for passing attempts (43), yards (307) and TD’s (3).
-Ray Rice ran for 100 yards for just the 2nd time in his NFL career (at Cleveland last season), but has still not scored a TD in his NFL career.
-The team set a new record with 501 total yards of offense.
-John Harbaugh described Tavares Gooden’s knee injury by saying it “looks like a sprain.” He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
-John Harbaugh was not overly concerned with Steve Hauschka’s miss from 41 yards, saying the kicker’s boot was “really true”, but the wind pushed the kick. He says that will be something Hauschka learns the more he kicks.
-Harbaugh said the team decided to go for the TD at the end of the game instead of kicking a field goal because “more (bad) things can happen on a kicking play than on any other play.” He thought running the football from a half yard out of the endzone provided the “lowest risk” of anything they could have done.
-Offensive Line Coach John Matsko received the Gatorade bath from the team following the win. Matsko coached in Kansas City during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. As you’ll remember, Gatorade baths last season went to coaches or players with direct ties to the opponent that was defeated (Willie Anderson after the win over the Bengals, John Harbaugh after the win over the Eagles, Cam Cameron after the win over the Dolphins, Rex Ryan after the win over his brother Rob and the Raiders).
-The O-Line received praise from a number of players, including Ray Rice:
“Our offensive line, Matt Birk and those guys, I couldn’t give them enough credit. We were getting five or six yards at a time, and then those five or six yard runs started turning into 15-yard runs and 10-yard runs and 20-yard runs. That’s what good running teams do.”
-Kelly Gregg and Ray Lewis tied for the team high with 6 tackles (4 solo tackles each).
-Mark Clayton lead the team in receiving with 5 catches for 77 yards and the game winning TD. About catching the game-winner, Clayton said “it’s cool.” He also said he made a similar game-winning TD catch during his freshman season at Oklahoma.
-The Ravens tallied three sacks on the day. Jarret Johnson had 2, Trevor Pryce had the other. Due to the overturned Brodie Croyle fumble in the final two minutes, the Ravens did not force a turnover in the win.
-Larry Johnson-the last back to rush for 100 yards on the Ravens defense-was held to just 20 yards rushing. The streak now stands at 36 games of not allowing a 100 yard rusher.
-Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt would be my choice for player of the game on the KC side, as he punted 5 times for 246 yards, pinning the Ravens inside the 20 yard line twice. To find out who my Ravens player of the game would be, tune into “The Comcast Morning Show” with Drew Forrester Tuesday at 7am, where we’ll break down our “Tuesday Top 7.” FB Le’Ron McClain is scheduled to join Drew tomorrow morning at 9:40.
-Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop (who the Ravens had hoped to sign following last year’s NFL Draft) connected on a 53 yard field goal, which tied for the 3rd longest the Ravens have given up in their history. Succop was also very strong on kickoffs, including a touchback that went through the endzone. Assistant GM Eric DeCosta told Drew Forrester after the Draft that Succop was the kicker the Ravens wanted; but the Chiefs made him “Mr. Irrelevant” by selecting him with the final pick of the 7th round.
-Haloti Ngata lined up as a Tight End during two different goal line sets, but did not have a pass thrown his way.
-71,099 fans attended the game at M&T Bank Stadium


(Thanks to WNST’s Luke Jones for helping me compile notes.)

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Not a whole lot to add today. I’d appreciate if you checked my 15-7-0 and Top 10 Baseball Distractions from yesterday. All the good shtick is there. Today I’m just catching up.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says ‘calm’ feeling at 1 Winning Drive surrounding start to regular season

Glenn Clark thinks signing former Eagles WR Greg Lewis ‘would make sense’ for Ravens

Drew Forrester says WNST going back to Camden Yards next Tuesday

Glenn Clark says home opener at M&T Bank Stadium highlights non-baseball week

Glenn Clark thinks O’s looked sharp in Elite Giants uniforms Saturday

Ed Frankovic says Caps opened Rookie Camp Monday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Pie ‘fulfilling potential’

Red Sox Official Site’s Ian Browne says Clay Buchholz takes mound tonight for Sox vs. David Hernandez at Fenway Park

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Roberts staying ‘even keel’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says BoSox come to Baltimore with ‘slim chances’ in AL East race, 2 ½ game lead over Rangers for Wild Card

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Uehara, Waters, McCrory to rejoin Birds today; Justin Turner, Guillermo Rodriguez to start first stint with Birds

The Sun’s Phil Rogers has Birds 30th in power rankings

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Brian Roberts ‘not afraid to stand up for’ Dave Trembley

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Matusz doesn’t want rookie season to end

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Fiorentino finally made return to Baltimore over weekend

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 27th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 27th in power rankings


Norfolk Tides Official Site says Krynzel homered to lift Tides past Durham in season finale

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tanaka loser as Baysox fell to Harrisburg in season finale

Frederick Keys Official Site says Sean Gleason got no decision as Keys shut out by Wilmington in season finale

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Mattaliano loser as Shorebirds fell to Lakewood

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell homered for Baysox in loss to Senators

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Waring, Britton got rare sweep of Carolina League awards

Frederick News-Post says Keys’ Widlansky won batting title in Carolina League

Virginian-Pilot says Jim Miller got win in relief for Tides over Bulls


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says John Harbaugh ‘all but ruled out’ chance of Willie Anderson returning to Baltimore

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site previews Chiefs-Ravens

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site offers complete Baltimore-KC release (pdf)

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says Haley thought Cassel getting on practice field ‘positive’ sign he might play Sunday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Chiefs in similar place as Ravens were last year heading into Bengals game

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Western Tech alum Foxworth getting ‘hundreds’ of ticket requests for opener

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens hope Tony Moll at least ‘serviceable’ for O-Line

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ozzie Newsome ‘wasn’t willing to part with’ defensive talent to add another receiver

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will oversee care for live mascots Rise and Conquer

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Suggs’ stance only difference in Greg Mattison’s defense

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Chiefs coming to Baltimore ‘rife with uncertainties’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh ‘confident’ in Hauschka

Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher says Haley ‘wouldn’t commit’ to Cassel being ready to play Sunday against Ravens

SI’s Peter King says Ravens made ‘no news’ on cut day, could still add David Tyree

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez says 52 again ‘leader’ for Ravens defense

All ESPN.com analysts pick Ravens to finish 2nd in AFC North-except Paul Kuharsky & Len Pasquarelli (1st), Seth Wickersham (3rd)

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco ‘looks like real deal’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens-Chiefs amongst bigger ‘mismatches’ of Week 1


The Official Site previews Maryland-James Madison

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

JMU Official Site previews Madison-Maryland

JMU Official Site offers complete Dukes-Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Kevin Barnes, Edwin Williams, Stephon Heyer made Skins roster, Scott Burley did not

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says loss to James Madison or Middle Tennessee State could be ‘season-breaker’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Bruce Campbell dealing with turf toe

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Tyler Smith had big weekend

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says loss to Bears second worst of Friedgen’s tenure

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Force3 to give away shirts at Clemson game

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says Terps part of ‘Irrelevant’ ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens doesn’t expect Terps to get many more primetime games

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Madison using Drew Dudzik, Justin Thorpe at QB

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Moise Fokou (Philadelphia), Edwin Williams (Washington) making teams means 24 former Terps on active NFL rosters

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Terps have decent chance of being upset by Madison

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Don Brown’s defense gave up most yards by Terps unit since Orange Bowl vs. Florida in January ‘02

USA Today’s Andy Gardiner says Terps, ACC ‘struggled’ early on

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says prospect Doug Furman ready to start campus visits (must subscribe)


The Official Site previews Navy-Louisiana Tech Saturday

The Official Site says tickets available for Saturday’s home opener at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium

The Official Site says Antron Harper, Anthony Gaskins amongst best O-Linemen in last 50 years for Midshipmen

The Official Site says Niumatalolo trying to get Mids to ‘turn the page’ from Ohio State loss

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says DB Darius Terry suspended for at least 4 weeks

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids hoping they learned lessons in Columbus that will help them for rest of season

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Dobbs was ‘spectacular’ for Mids in loss to Bucks

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina offers final breakdown of Buckeyes-Mids (must subscribe)


The Official Site says ESPN, NBA TV to televise David Robinson’s induction to Hall of Fame Friday night


The Official Site says trips to Oklahoma, Georgetown highlight schedule for Mountaineers

Frederick News-Post says Eers’ home opener November 21 vs. Greyhounds


The Official Site
offers details on open tryouts


Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says owner Jess Jackson believes Rachel Alexandra ‘not likely’ to race again in ‘09


-Forrester is INSANE for thinking the Birds won’t get swept in Boston this week. Sorry fellas.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Live From Owings Mills: Harbaugh’s First Monday Presser Marks Calm to Start of Regular Season

Posted on 07 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

3:23-Little to take from the first press conference of the regular season, but since I’m your trusted Ravens analyst, I guess I’ll try to break some stuff down for you anyway.

I can’t help but notice the “calm” presence around the organization this year. With the head coach in his 2nd year now and the QB position settled; there is a greater sense of “normality” around this team. No one is on the hot seat, none of the players are acting like divas, and there aren’t any MAJOR questions football-wise.

When John Harbaugh said that winning a Championship was an “unspoken” goal, it really conveyed to me the level of confidence this team currently has. They don’t NEED to talk about winning championships because there’s not a man in the organization that doesn’t believe they can.

To say that this is “business is usual” might be passing it off too easily, but it REALLY does feel that way. There’s a football game Sunday, and then there are at least 15 more after that. The team thinks they will probably win more of those football games than they will lose.

You can hear from John Harbaugh NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. The team is off tomorrow, but you will hear more throughout the week on AM1570 and WNST.net.

3:00-John Harbaugh:

-“We went through each and every guy. Everybody had their say” before team made cuts.
-“We think we kept the 53 best guys at this time that we could.”
-“Obviously we’re confident” in Hauschka. “He’s gonna miss some kicks.” Team will be watching how he “handles” misses.
-Frank Walker is a “heck of a football player.”
-“We can play with” 4 Wide Receivers. Safe to assume other players on roster could line up at Wide Receiver.
-“We know what we’re up against” with Chiefs.
-Chiefs have advantage with new staff, as other teams don’t know yet what they’re going to do.
-“We’re not sure” whether Marshal Yanda can go the whole game Sunday
-“Unspoken” that the ultimate goal is to win a Championship.
-“We talk to Willie (Anderson) all the time”, he’s not physically ready to play NFL football right now.

2:08-You can hear from both Derrick Mason and Domonique Foxworth NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

For reference, Ravens VP/”Grand Poobah” of the PR Department Kevin Byrne let us know after Domonique spoke that players receive just two comp tickets to every home game. He also said players receive NO comps for away games.

1:52-Domonique Foxworth:

-“What (Matt) Cassel did with Patriots last year was amazing.”
-“I’ve gotten probably over a couple hundred ticket requests for this game.” (He’s getting ten tickets.)
-Used to say he was a fan of whatever team would pay him, but now plays for the team he actually rooted for.
-“I always thought Ozzie was the best talent evaluator in the league.”
-I feel like I’ve “let loose” with Ravens defense.

1:39-Derrick Mason:

-Mark Clayton “is gonna be great this year.”
-Offense is “light years” ahead of where we were last year
-Shoulder is fine…..”it’s football.”
-My motivation was to win a Super Bowl…….”I’m starving”
-“Possibly my last year”
-“I think everyone bought into” Harbaugh. “We know what to expect from him, he knows what to expect from us. Everyone knows what to expect from Coach.”
-“To have Lorenzo (Neal) back would be a plus.”

1:32-We’re back out at 1 Winning Drive; where John Harbaugh’s first weekly press conference of the regular season is scheduled at 3pm. We’re also expected to hear from WR Derrick Mason and CB Domonique Foxworth today.

Just a couple of quick notes:

-Obviously the “Tony Pashos to Baltimore” rumors can be squashed, as he signed in San Francisco. He joins former Ravens O-Line coach Chris Foerster.
-Todd Haley and Larry Johnson are scheduled for conference calls this week with the Baltimore media. Usually a QB is scheduled for a call.


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