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Before we started yelling about Joe Flacco it was already the best day ever

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Before we started yelling about Joe Flacco it was already the best day ever

Posted on 26 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

You guys never cease to amaze me. Never.

We had a “spirited” afternoon on “The Reality Check” today, discussing Joe Flacco’s comments regarding The Wildcat offense and plays where he lines up at wide receiver.

But well before that, I had the pleasure of visiting SARC in Bel Air to drop off all of the canned goods you guys so kindly donated to the great charity. There were roughly 2,500 canned goods total, enough to essentially fill the conference room at SARC. Pictured below are members of the staff at SARC, our friend Rick Donovan from Enoch Office Equipment (who so kindly donated his time today to help us take the cans to Harford County) and only a SMALL part of the donation you all made.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your generosity. I am always so humbled by all of you who care so much not only about local sports but about our local community. As Drew Forrester and I often say, we are not WNST-we’re just the goofs with the microphones in front of us. All of you make up WNST and we couldn’t be more grateful that you all care so much about making this happen every year.

Thanks to the entire WNST staff. Drew, Luke Jones, Nestor Aparicio, Drew Forrester, Ryan Chell, Thyrl Nelson, Peter DiLutis, Paul Kopelke, Ashley Bishoff, Brett Dickinson, Barry Kamen, Jeff Kryglik and our many interns for helping to get the word out, collect, organize, lift and transport cans. Thanks to our wonderful partners Enoch Office Equipment, Navy football, David’s 1st & 10, Greenmount Station and Buffalo Wild Wings (Owings Mills, White Marsh and Bel Air) for partnering with us or allowing us to collect cans at their establishments.

A major thank you also goes out to UFC light heavyweight champ Jon “Bones” Jones for donating his time to help us collect cans, as well as Baltimore Ravens OT Eugene Monroe and WR Marlon Brown. Also to 24×7 Booking, The Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, the Baltimore Arena and many more for providing us incentives to help collect cans.

We’re not done. After Thanksgiving, Drew & I will announce plans for our annual coat drive-where we’ll take care of another great area charity-The Helping Up Mission downtown.

As I close, I received this letter tonight from the Executive Director of SARC. It was equally humbling. I cannot tell you how much each and every one of you mean to us. Thank you again.

Dear WNST Listeners:

We here at SARC are overwhelmed with gratitude due to your generosity. The incredible amount of items you donated to the food pantry through the WNST Radio Station food drive this fall is just amazing! Because of you, many SARC clients and their families will be able to celebrate the holidays in a safe and loving place, no longer scared of the violence that has touched their lives.

SARC is Harford County’s resource that brings hope to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse and stalking. Your willingness to help members of the community weather the crises in their lives makes all the difference for these families. Because of caring donors such as you, SARC has been able to provide 107 children, just this year, with a place to live and feel safe. Your donation will allow the staff and volunteers here at SARC to continue providing support to other families as well.

Moving forward, we would love to keep you involved with SARC’s mission to create a society free from abuse and fear by inviting you to participate in the 5th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event scheduled for April, 2014. WNST listeners can register to walk a mile in high heeled shoes through the streets of downtown Bel Air, or support a walker who is stepping up to address the issue of sexual assault. When good people take a public stand against violence, they give their peers permission to do the same. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes ® raises money for SARC, supporting violence prevention initiatives and services to clients.

Allow us to keep you in the loop with Facebook and Linkedin postings (search SARCharfordcounty.) You can visit SARC’s website, www.sarc-maryland.org, e-mail us or call us at 410-836-8431 for more information.

Again, THANK YOU! From all of us here at SARC, have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

Warm Regards,

Luisa Caiazzo-Nutter
Executive Director

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Spending an evening with WNST and Joe Flacco

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Spending an evening with WNST and Joe Flacco

Posted on 05 November 2013 by Nestor Aparicio

On Monday night, Joe Flacco joined friends of WNST and The Living Classrooms Foundation at The Prime Rib in Anne Arundel County for conversation and charity.

The videos here feature a wide-ranging Q&A and a lot of laughs. Hope you enjoy “An Evening With Joe Flacco.”



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1270 The Fan’s Gaenzler Thinks Bills WR Woods Is Biggest Threat To The Ravens

Posted on 28 September 2013 by WNST Audio

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Enjoy Labor Day with your family and Fox Sports Radio on WNST!

Posted on 02 September 2013 by WNST Staff

We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day enjoying time with your family, friends and us here at WNST.net!

We’ve allowed our local hosts to spend their Labor Day with their loved ones, you’ll be in the more than capable hands of Fox Sports Radio’s talented national lineup on AM1570 and streaming live at WNST.net/TuneIn Radio app!

In the meantime, we’ll have the Baltimore Ravens’ practice in Owings Mills covered (including media availability with coordinators Jim Caldwell, Dean Pees and Jerry Rosburg) here at WNST.net and @WNST on Twitter. Plus we’ll be keeping tabs on the Baltimore Orioles as they open a crucial series at the Cleveland Indians Monday afternoon as well!

We’ll be live and local once again Tuesday morning with Drew Forrester and Luke Jones 6am on The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction. Don’t forget our next “Grab a Bud” Happy Hour with Glenn Clark from “The Reality Check” is Tuesday night at Hooters Towson!

And don’t forget that both Drew and Glenn make an appearance in “America’s Game: The 2012 Baltimore Ravens”, which debuts tonight at 9pm on the NFL Network.

Have a wonderful day off Monday. Go Birds!

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Inspired by Kevin Gausman, want to see the worst athletic competition of all time?

Posted on 17 August 2013 by Glenn Clark

Baltimore Orioles P Kevin Gausman appeared on “The Handoff” with Thyrl Nelson and I recently on AM1570 WNST.net. Thyrl has become a bit obsessed with bullpen games since Blue Jays P (and former Maryland standout) Brett Cecil told us about games he learned from Mariano Rivera at the All-Star Game.

The game he taught us involved gum and a cup. It was exactly as poor as I thought it would be. Either the game stinks or we stink. Perhaps both.

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Possible Orioles Trade Targets (Part 2)

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Possible Orioles Trade Targets (Part 2)

Posted on 09 July 2013 by Brett Dickinson

After listing some possible trade ideas for the Orioles last week, the team went out and immediately made a deal.  The problem for me; I didn’t have Steve Clevenger or Scott Feldman on that list.  But the move was significant for several reasons.

Acquiring Feldman first off, allows for some flexibility with the entire pitching staff.  He has been a pretty good starter this season in the NL Central (which is arguably the second best division, behind the AL East).  Yet spent most of his career, while with the Rangers, as a middle-reliever; where he could end back up for the Orioles if the starting experiment doesn’t pan out at Camden Yards (it certainly didn’t Monday night).

For the rest of July, the Orioles will evaluate where Feldman is best suited, and possibly still make a move or two.  Baltimore does have holes in the pitching staff still and using Feldman to fill one of those roles, whether it be in the rotation or the bullpen, could have Dan Duquette looking in the other direction come the trade deadline.

The other reason the Feldman trade did make sense for the team; they didn’t move a single prospect.  This does leave some wiggle room for another bigger deal, if need be.  I mentioned before that the Orioles do have some coveted pieces, which they can view as expendable, due to the big league roster. Deals including, Jonathon Schoop (with Ryan Flaherty emergence and depth at 2B) or Henry Urrutia (with Orioles having arguably the best OF in baseball) could bring back a front of the line starter or big bat in return.

Here is the next installment of four possible trade targets for the Orioles:


Matt Lindstrom (RHP Chicago White Sox)

Matt LindstromNow this is dependent on Scott Feldman holding down a rotation spot, but the White Sox have listed anyone not named Chris Sale or Paul Konerko as available (probably adding in youngsters, Dayan Viciedo, Connor Gillaspie and Gordon Beckham). 

The Orioles obviously have a familiarity with Lindstrom, trading for him, and Jason Hammel, last season for Jeremy Guthrie.  He does have closing experience but is probably best suited in a set up role in the 7th or 8th inning.  His addition would add depth to a tired bullpen and a guy that can fill in a closer-by-committee role, if Jim Johnson continues his late inning struggles.  With a 3.06 ERA and a 27/17 SO to BB ratio, he is having a respectable season, but nothing that will command the Orioles moving any of their top prospects.

Projected Trade: Xavier Avery (OF) and Roderick Bernadina (OF) to the White Sox for Lindstrom.


Francisco Rodriguez (RHP Milwaukee Brewers)

Francisco RodriguezAgain any deal for a reliever depends on the major league depth come the end of July, but the player formerly known as “K-Rod,” would be a good fit for any contender, because relief pitching is so vital.  After a couple of problematic seasons in New York, Rodriguez has found his groove again in the set up role for the Brewers.  He has been virtually un-hittable (15 H in 21.2 innings), and rarely gives up any runs (1.25 ERA, 1.06 WHIP). 

When it comes to a trade, Rodriguez is the opposite of a Matt Lindstrom, as he has been dominant all season, with a great history behind him as well. The cost will definitely be pretty high; just think of the amount of quality players the Orioles received for Koji Uehara (not saying the Orioles will be giving up a future MVP though).  The Brewers will be looking for high potential guys that may have not panned out in the majors yet; similar to that of the young Chris Davis, Tommy Hunter and Pedro Strop the Orioles received in 2010.

Projected Trade: Steve Johnson (RHP), Henry Urrutia (OF) and Mike Belifore (LHP) to the Brewers for Rodriguez.   


Adam Dunn (1B/DH White Sox)

Adam DunnThe “Big Donkey” is playing at status quo for his career numbers; hitting .203 with 23 HRs and 57 RBI.  His power has always been ridiculous and would be a welcome addition to any American League team, which could fit him in the DH role. 

A left-handed power bat might switch up the Orioles lineup a bit; moving Jones behind Davis, to keep up the L-R-L order Buck loves.  But it might be beneficial to garner a legit threat behind the Orioles 1B in the second half, so pitchers do not have the option to pitch around him. Obviously, there will be a bidding war for Dunn but there will be a limited amount of suitors, since he is strictly a DH for most teams.

Projected Trade: Nick Delmonico (3B/1B) and Mike Wright (RHP) to the White Sox for Dunn.


Edinson Volquez (RHP San Diego Padres)

Edinson VolquezMoving Volquez will be highly dependent on where the Padres stand come the end of July.  Right now the NL West is the tightest race in the MLB, but things could change after the All-Star break.  If Volguez does become available, the Orioles should at least inquire about a pitcher with ace-type stuff. 

Though having a down year in spacious Petco Park is not encouraging, he was one of the better pitchers in baseball just a couple years ago (evident by who he has been traded for in the past: Josh Hamilton and Matt Latos).  He still has flashes of being dominant, evident by his .844 strikeouts per inning, but needs to mentally get back into the game.  If Volquez can drop his ERA to under 4.50 (currently at 5.33), the Padres could get a nice return for the 30 year old front-end starter.

Projected Trade: Zach Britton (LHP) and Zach Davies (RHP) to the San Diego Padres for Volquez and cash considerations. 

*All photos and stats courtesy of ESPN.com.*


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Orioles well-represented in All-Star Game, including three starters

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Orioles well-represented in All-Star Game, including three starters

Posted on 06 July 2013 by Ryan Chell

Manny Machado turned 21 Saturday, and he received the perfect birthday gift from the Oriole and baseball fans out there.

His first All-Star appearance.

Machado, the Orioles young spark at 3B, was named an AL All-Star Saturday as a reserve.

“I mean, I worked hard in the off-season to set my goals, and obviously for this, to make the All-Star Game and the playoffs as a team,” Machado told MASNSports. “You really don’t anticipate it until it happens. Now, it’s here. I’m going to be an All-Star. That’s pretty great, pretty exciting to say.”

In just his second season in the majors, Machado is currently hitting.316 with 6 HRs, 42 RBIs and leading the league in doubles.

His defense also has been noted, as he has just six errors in 270 chances at the hot corner.

Joining Machado in New York on July 16th will be 1B Chris Davis, SS JJ Hardy and OF Adam Jones.

Even better? Those three joining Machado will be starters for the AL.

With three starters, it is the biggest representation among the 1st team for the Orioles since 1997 when Roberto Alomar, Cal Ripken, and Brady Anderson took the field first for the American League.

No other AL Team has more than one starter.

The last time the Orioles had four All-Stars was 2005, when 2B Brian Roberts, SS Miguel Tejada, CL BJ Ryan, and 3B Melvin Mora all went to the Midsummer Classic-with Mora as a reserve.

Davis, who led the MLB in voting, is a legitimate MVP candidate as he is leading the majors in home runs with 33.

“It still feels good,” Davis told reporters postgame. “I think anytime you are getting that recognition not only from your fan base but from everybody across the nation, I think it feels good to know that people are watching. I think what we did last year toward the end of the season really kind of opened people’s eyes to the fact that there’s some good baseball being played in Baltimore.

Davis will be going to his first ever All-Star game. Along with his 33 HRs, Davis is also 2nd in the majors in RBIs to last year MVP and Triple Crown candidate, Miguel Cabrera.

Davis is also sixth in the majors with his .324 batting mark and is 14th in hits with 102.

OF Adam Jones, who will be going to his second consecutive All-Star game and his third in four years, is currently hitting .287 with 15 HRs and 59 RBIs for Buck Showalter’s squad.

Despite a threat from Angels OF Mike Trout, Jones was the leading vote getter among AL OFs. It marks his first ever start.

SS JJ Hardy makes the team as a two-time All-Star-his first as an Oriole and as a member of the American League.

It’s also his first ever start; he last made the NL All-Star team in 2007 as a member of the Brewers but lost out on a starting bid to Jose Reyes.

“It means a lot,” he said. “I’m very appreciative of all the fans in Baltimore and everyone else that voted. It means a lot to me.

Hardy led all AL SS in home runs (15) and RBIs (46) and has a .980 fielding percentage in 350 chances.

Not making the team was catcher Matt Wieters, a two-time All-Star and OF Nick Markakis. OF Nate McLouth had consideration for some of the voting process but also will not be headed to Citi Field come July 16th.

The game will air on Fox.

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Terps RB Brown suspended indefinitely after police assault

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Terps RB Brown suspended indefinitely after police assault

Posted on 05 July 2013 by WNST Staff

The University of Maryland football team isn’t even close to taking the field yet for 2013, and already there might be a hole in their backfield.

Sophomore Wes Brown, one of Coach Randy Edsall’s four-star recruits out Good Counsel in 2012-along with star receiver Stefon Diggs, was suspended by the Maryland football program after being arrested Wednesday night for reportedly assaulting a police officer.

Brown, who finished second on the team in rushing in 2012 with 382 carries on 90 carries and two touchdowns, was arrested late Wednesday night after an incident with an officer in College Park.

Brown reportedly fought with the officer attempting to question him by taking a swing at him, pushing himself away and fleeing the scene.

He left behind a cell phone after his escape, which not only had an audio recording of the conversation he had with the officer, but it was found to not be Brown’s.

The Baltimore Police Department reportedly assisted in locating and arresting Brown, and he was taken in late that night.

He was charged with second degree assault, wiretapping, fleeing the scene, and theft under $1,000 for the cell phone.

A hearing is scheduled for July 31st, and he was assigned a 7,500 bail corresponding with the assault charge. The wiretapping and theft charges are expected to be dropped.

He is still in jail according to the Washington Post, but is expected to be released soon.

The University of Maryland released a statement, but little is being said of the incident with an investigation in the works.

“We are extremely concerned that one of our student-athletes, Wes Brown, was arrested Wednesday evening,” the statement said. “This is a matter that we take very seriously. We have been in contact with the local authorities and will continue to cooperate throughout the entire process.

“The University of Maryland has suspended Brown, and he is not permitted to participate in any athletic-related activities.”

Albert Reid and Brandon Ross will continue on as tailbacks for Edsall should Brown’s suspension continue.

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Ray Lewis cancels Mount Kilimanjaro climb due to illness

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Ray Lewis cancels Mount Kilimanjaro climb due to illness

Posted on 05 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Former Ravens LB Ray Lewis tackled a lot of opposing ball-carriers in his 17-year career.

But now, it appears like his first hurdle in his post-NFL life may have slipped his grasp.

Sickness, including a swollen foot and a high fever, hit the future Hall of Famer hard Thursday in Tanzania as the linebacker lent aid to those in need in East Africa for TackleKili and WorldServe International and Pros for Africa.

Lewis, who along with former Bears DT Tommie Harris, was scheduled to ascend Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to benefit the clean water effort in East Africa.

Lewis and the TackleKili Twitter page chronicled the relief effort on the part of the Ravens LB over the last couple days, and when news came out about Lewis’ misfortune regarding his mountain climb, the foundation was quick to thank the linebacker for all the help he gave.

“Ray stood all day yesterday doing a hearing mission,” trip organizer Frank Gamble said to the Sun. “Last night, he had a bad night, fevered and really rough. So this morning, when he woke up, the foot was killing him, years of injuries and all of that. So we’re going to miss him.”

Lewis described the setback on his own Twitter page as well.

“Foot pain grew worse after yesterday’s hearing mission,” Lewis said. “The team goes on; I will serve otherwise for clean water.”

The injury, which also hampered Lewis at times during his football career in Baltimore, may require surgery.

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The Road To Repeat: Baltimore Ravens 2013 Season Preview

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The Road To Repeat: Baltimore Ravens 2013 Season Preview

Posted on 05 July 2013 by brianbower

As summer heat continues and with football season just around the corner, the Baltimore Ravens will take the field in less than a month to begin preparing for the 2013 NFL season.

Training camp is set to begin at the  Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland on July 21, 2013 when rookies report followed by the veterans on the 24th of July.

Fresh off their second Lombardi Trophy in the teams history, the Baltimore Ravens will have a few new looks to the team as they prepare to defend their NFL crown. Here is a preview of how the reigning Super Bowl Champs will look heading into 2013.


Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco silenced many critics throughout the Ravens postseason run. In four games Flacco completed 73-of-126 pass attempts for 1,140 yards with 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

Flacco’s  11 touchdowns without an interception in the postseason, matches Joe Montana’s record as best in NFL history. The knock on Flacco is the lack of his gaudy regular season numbers. The five-year starter has never missed a game and has never throw for more than 4,000 yards in a single season or has needed to.

During the off-season Joe was inked to a six-year, $120.6 million contract and all eyes will be on the Super Bowl MVP quarterback to carry the Ravens offense.

Offensive Line

In 2012 the Ravens offense set a single-season franchise record by scoring 398 points, averaging the NFL’s 10th-most points per game (24.9).

The Ravens offensive line was perhaps the unsung hero of the team during the run to the Super Bowl. Barring injury or unforeseen circumstance during camp, the starting offensive line on Sept. 5 in Denver will be Bryant McKinnie at left tackle, Kelechi Osemele at left guard, Gino Gradkowski at center, Pro Bowler Marshal Yanda at right guard and Michael Oher at right tackle.

All together there are 17 players vying to make the roster on the offensive line. They include fifth-round draft pick Wisconsin tackle Rick Wagner  and sixth-round pick Ryan Jensen, a tackle from Colorado State University-Pueblo along with center A.Q. Shipley, who was acquired from the Indianapolis Colts.

Running Backs

Baltimore has always prided themselves on running the football. Veteran back Ray Rice will continue to lead the charge in the Ravens backfield along with second-year back Bernard Pierce. In 2012 Rice earned his third Pro Bowl honor totaling 1,621 yards from scrimmage and totaled nine rushing touchdowns. He was one of just three players to post 1,000 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards in the NFL.

Pierce brings a change of pace to the Ravens and proved to shine as the season wore on.  Of his 108 carries, 78 came in the final eight games. He added 100-yard performances against the Giants in Week 15 and the Colts in the playoffs.

Pro-Bowl fullback Vonta Leach was released by the team during the off-season and it looks as if the Ravens will use rookie Kyle Juszczyk for now.  Known more for his pass catching ability, Juszczyk put his blocking skills on show at the Senior Bowl and during off-season workouts.

Wide Receivers

Billed by some fans as their biggest question for the team heading into 2013 is just how the Ravens wide receiver corp will look. After the trade of veteran receiver Anquan Boldin to the 49ers, the Ravens will look to their current roster to fill the void.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith will take over the number one receiver role and rightly so. Smith’s route running has become crisper and his speed makes him a dangerous weapon. The second-year receiver posted a career high 855 receiving yards on just 49 receptions along with eight touchdowns in 2012.

Jacoby Jones electrified fans last season on special teams however in 2013 the team will look for him to play a more vital role in the Ravens passing game. In 2012 Jones caught 39 passes for 406 yards and one touchdown. While Jones showed big play capability and has proven speed he has never caught more than 51 passes in a season. Jones will need to step up and help the team replace Boldin’s numbers.

The third receiver spot for the Ravens is unclear at this point heading into 2013.  Many expect Tandon Doss to grab the position since he was being “Groomed” for Boldin’s spot. However, David Reed, LaQuan Williams and Deonte Thompson along with seventh-round draft pick Aaron Mellette are all possibilities.

Tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson are primed for a great year in 2013 for the purple and black. As the chemistry between Pitta and Flacco gets stronger look for Pitta to pick up where he left off in 2012. Pitta’s 61 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchdowns were second on the team and tied former Ravens fan favorite Todd Heap for most touchdown catches in a season by a tight end. Dickson will need to increase his production during the regular season and will see more action in two tight end sets.



The Baltimore Ravens have always been known for their hard hitting smash-mouth style of defense. The Ravens ranked 17th in total defense in 2012 giving up 122.8 rushing yards and 228.1 passing yards per game. The defense will take on a new look this season with the departure of several key players.  This includes Ed Reed, Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger and the retirement of Ray Lewis, the greatest linebacker to ever play the game.

Defensive Line

The Ravens added much needed depth to this unit during the offseason. The signings of free agents Chris Canty and Marcus Spears along with drafting Brandon Williams in the third-round will certainly help this group.

Defense is likely to see a lot of rotation among the line in 2013. Look for Haloti Ngata, Arthur Jones and Pernell McPhee to see a lot of action. Don’t be surprised to see more of a 4-3 front with these types of quality players.



The retirement of Ray Lewis and the loss of Dannell Ellerbe left a big void in the Ravens linebacker unit.

With the Ravens defensive front set for 2013 this could be the year of the sack for a team that recorded just 37 sacks during the regular season. The signing of Elvis Dumervil and a healthy Terrell Suggs could have opposing coordinators pulling their hair out.  Over his past three seasons Dumervil, has averaged 12.5 sacks, including his 17-sack season in 2009 when Dumervil played outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

The inside linebacker position has the biggest question mark for the team on defense. Jameel McClain is still awaiting medical clearance from a season ending spinal cord contusion he suffered in 2012. The Ravens will look to newly signed veteran Daryl Smith and rookie Arthur Brown to fill the spot while the team awaits Mclains’s return.


The Ravens cornerback unit appears to be set.  The Ravens will take the field this upcoming season with Lardarius Webb, Corey Graham, Jimmy Smith and Chykie Brown.

The loss of Cary Williams in free agency is nothing for Ravens fans to panic about. Williams helped the team with interceptions, however opponents gashed him for 1,000 yards, six touchdowns and a 91.6 passer rating against him.  He led the NFL by a large margin with 46 tackles on his own coverage.

Prior to his season ending injury Webb was playing at a Pro-Bowl caliber level giving up 5.3 YPA and a 42.2 passer rating, per ProFootballFocus.com. The Ravens will welcome his return with open arms.


Baltimore fans are curious about how the Ravens will handle the teams last line of defense in 2013. Ed Reed left for Houston and the team parted ways with hard hitting Bernard Pollard so experience is at a minimum at the safeties postions.

First-round draft pick Matt Elam has been impressive throughout the offseason with his skills in coverage and against the run. He should start in 2013.  Free agent Michael Huff is also decent against the pass which should keep offenses guessing.

Special Teams

Kicker Justin Tucker was a gem for the Ravens during the 2012 season. Tucker, an undrafted free agent that the team signed in 2012 had one of the best NFL seasons by a rookie in history. The Texas native connected on 90.9% of his field goal attempts, the second-best mark by a rookie kicker ever and led the team in scoring with 132 total points.

Punter Sam Koch returns for his ninth season for the Ravens and will continue to be one of the games best. In 2012 Koch pinned opponents inside their own 20-yard line 28 times.

Wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones was lights out in 2012 and will look to keep it rolling in 2013.

On October 14, 2012, Jones returned a kickoff for 108 yards and a touchdown in a win against the Dallas Cowboys, tying an NFL record for longest kick return. On November 11, 2012, Jones returned a kick-off for 105 yards in the Ravens’ 55–20 win over Oakland Raiders, becoming the first player to return two kicks for 105 yards or more in a season. On November 18, 2012, in a division game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, Jones returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown, helping the Ravens win the game 13–10.


Head coach John Harbaugh has led Baltimore to a playoff berth in each of his first five seasons as a head coach in the NFL. Harbaugh owns the second-best winning percentage among head coaches who began their career since 1970 going 54-26 (.675) since arriving in Baltimore.

Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell will have had an entire offseason to put his stamp on the offense since taking over for Cam Cameron in 2012. Since Caldwell took over, the Ravens have averaged 400.6 yards of offense per contest (146.4 rushing and 254.1 passing) and 27.3 points per game.

Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees finally has a defense that is healthy barring any major training camp injuries. Plagued by injuries in 2012 Pees’s defense progressed as the season wore on. Over the final six games Baltimore allowed the NFL’s fourth-fewest yards per game, posted the third-best third-down defense and permitted the third-fewest first downs.

Harbaugh added Steve Spagnuolo to their staff as a full-time senior defensive assistant to help Dean Pees in 2013. Spagnuolo was the New Orleans Saints’ defensive coordinator last year, but was fired on Jan 24 when Head Coach Sean Payton returned from suspension. He has a history of getting after opposing teams’ quarterbacks and his knowledge will come in handy.


The road to repeat is never a easy one, however the 2013 Baltimore Ravens have a shot. The defense is clearly better on paper but as we all know the game is never played on paper. The offense will rest on the shoulders of quarterback Joe Flacco as he looks to continue where he left off in 2012.

As you slowly trudge your way through the summer heat, just remember 2013 Ravens football is around the corner!!!!


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