You people are hilarious.
“I love Ozzie, but he’s losing it…”
“Might be time for the Ravens to start priming Eric DeCosta for the job…”
“Trading Boldin like that should be a fireable offense for Oz…”
Those are just four comments I hand-picked out of more than two dozen e-mails from you nut-jobs on Sunday evening after Anquan Boldin had a field day against that horrible Green Bay secondary.
First, let me say this: I like Boldin as a football player. I think we all remember his play in the post-season a year ago and wonder how resourceful he and Joe Flacco would have been in 2013. As I like to say anytime I’m impressed with someone’s performance: “he can play for my team…”
That said, the Ravens didn’t kick Boldin to the curb last spring.
It’s not like they said, “Q, we don’t think you can play anymore, so we’ll trade you to San Francisco for some airline tickets…”
They did the same thing to Boldin, primarily, that they’re going to have to do to Terrell Suggs next spring. They said to Boldin, “We love you, but we don’t think you’re a $7 million football player (in value) anymore…” They’re going to have the exact same conversation with Suggs, although the number will admittedly be higher. And Siz will either allow for his contract to be re-structured or the Ravens will either trade or cut him.
As the dude said at the end of Training Day when he was going to shoot Ethan Hawke only to find out he (Hawke) saved his little cousin from getting raped in MacArthur Park earlier in the day: “You know this is just business, right?”
It was always “just business” with Boldin in Baltimore.
Anquan Boldin had a choice to make. He could have taken a two million dollar salary reduction and he’d still be in purple – where he’d be 0-1 after a week one beating in Denver.
This is the point, by the way, where you’re allowed to ask “Why did the Ravens want to reduce his salary?” and you might be able to make a fair point about the whole thing. I don’t know the answer to that, other than to say people who know a lot more about football and the salary cap sat in a room and agreed that Boldin was no longer a $7 million football player. Based on their track record here in Baltimore, I’d say those people know what they’re doing.
It should be pointed out, again, that the Ravens didn’t “cut” Anquan Boldin. They didn’t say, “You, sir, can’t play anymore…”
They simply said, “We’d like to re-structure your contract.”
It happens ALL THE TIME in the NFL. It doesn’t happen in baseball because the CBA doesn’t allow for it, but can you imagine the conversation the Orioles would be having with Nick Markakis right about now if, in fact, baseball players were allowed to have their contracts re-worked?
So, while I know you’re frustrated at watching Boldin make 81 catches yesterday against Green Bay, just remember the facts about his situation in Baltimore.
He was a productive regular season player…who turned in some outstanding playoff performances over the years, capped off by a great post-season run last season and a Super Bowl ring in February.
And, while there’s no doubt he would be a welcome sight on this year’s suspect receiving crew, the fact of the matter is that Boldin isn’t a Raven anymore because he decided to leave. He was given the option of staying – albeit at a reduced price – and he said, “no thank you…”
Terrell Suggs will be given the exact same option next spring.
It’s simply amazing how the Orioles “Communications” Department works…
Last week, they revoked my media credential (and Luke’s) for the rest of the season because Bud Norris appeared on Glenn’s show.
They basically said, “WNST is no longer allowed to cover the games at Oriole Park.”
Yesterday, though, in an incredibly ballsy move, they had the nerve to send me a press release about some sort of discount ticket offer they’re providing to fans for an upcoming series.
“You’re no longer allowed to come to the stadium and cover the games — but, oh, by the way, would you please read this press release and mention the ticket discount to your listeners?”
You can’t make this stuff up.