Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

November 09, 2007 | Glenn Clark

I accepted the other day that the assessment of Brian Billick as an “offensive genius” who can’t coach an offense is finally, absolutely, 100 percent correct. I do not yet know if the assessment of Marvin Lewis as a “defensive genius” who can’t coach a defense is true or not. I think that one of Marvin’s problems is that he tried to treat the Bengals in a similar way to the way Ravens’ players were treated; and the team was given too much leniency. Players have always loved Marvin Lewis for respecting them as men, but when you’re not winning, that just doesn’t matter at all.

Chris Henry is living proof of an athlete who just doesn’t understand at all that an athlete has to have at least SOME level of responsibility. Marvin knows that, but changing his coaching identity at this point isn’t particularly an option. Some men respond to the respect by wanting to be better people. Chris Henry is just an idiot.

As far as whether or not I’d welcome Marvin back next season as Ravens head coach should both he and Billick be fired; the answer for me is yes. Marvin is one of the few football people that I know 52 respects, and this organization obviously views things as “52 > everyone else.” I still don’t think Billick will be fired, so if there’s ANY chance that Rex Ryan could get a head gig and Marvin could become DC, I’d be fine with that as well.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Kevin Byrne says Ravens ‘eating humble pie’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says ‘Ravens move on’

Bengals’ Official Site’s Geoff Hobson thinks teams are different than first meeting

Bengals’ Official Site’s Geoff Hobson wonders how Chris Henry’s return affects the offense

Bengals’ Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Johnathan Joseph is ‘slumping’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ross ready to go if Figurs isn’t

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cincinnati’s defense perfect for Ravens ‘break out’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Rex Ryan thinks there’s enough blame to go around

The Sun’s Don Markus says Ravens amongst ’06 playoff teams struggling

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says “if Mason, McGahee, and Reed keep going this way….”

The Sun’s Don Markus offers a transcript of McNair’s comments

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens fans haven’t always loved Boller

The Sun’s Edward Lee looks at Bart Scott vs. Hines Ward

The Sun’s Ray Frager doesn’t think ESPN used bias in their MNF coverage

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t fall behind

Art Donovan and the staff of The Sun pick the Ravens

Aaron Wilson says word of day for Willis McGahee is ‘more’

Aaron Wilson says secondary may not improve vs. Bengals

Press Box’s Joe Platania says Terrell Suggs seeking ‘revenge………served cold’

Pro Football 24×7’s Ken McCusick looks back on the Steelers tape (he’s apparently a glutton for pain)

Pro Football 24×7’s Tony Lombardi wonders if Samari will ever play again

Pro Football 24×7’s Kurt Backert gives you fantasy implications for Ravens-Bengals

Pro Football 24×7’s Tony Lombardi says play-calling doesn’t change with QBs

Pro Football 24×7’s Tony Lombardi says Bisciotti won’t get rid of Billick quickly

Pro Football 24×7’s Tony Lombardi says defenders should chill out

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte updates injury report

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte says T.J. “Championship!” Houshmandzadeh back at practice

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte says USA Today hasn’t been impressed by Bengals

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte thinks Chris Henry might be cure for what ails Bengals’ offense

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte says Billick loves Newsome

Cincinnati Post’s Kevin Goheen looks at a guy who REALLY doesn’t want the privilege to play: Chris Henry

Cincinnati Post’s Lonnie Wheeler says Bengals are ‘stubborn’

Baltimore Beatdown’s “Rexx” says its ‘McNair vs. Boller’ all over again

Ravens Touchdown’s “Stephen” says ‘no good’ came from MNF

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson says Steve McNair nominee for ‘LEAST Valuable Player’

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson says Ravens have many ‘babies’

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson gives some love to Haloti Ngata and Ed Reed

Yahoo! Sports’ Cris Carter compares Marvin Lewis to Brian Billick

ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli says Rolle won’t play Sunday

Sports Network’s Shawn Clarke picks the Ravens by a TD

Baltimore Business Journal’s Ryan Sharrow says Ravens fans get bang for buck

The AP previews Ravens-Bengals

Dayton Daily News’ Chick Ludwig says Ocho Cinco, T.J. taking turns resting up for Ravens

Dayton Daily News’ Chick Ludwig says Johnathan Joseph is slumping

USA Today previews Ravens-Bengals

The AP’s Dave Ginsburg says ‘Ravens haven’t given up’

WNST’s Casey Willett says 52 and Billick shared a moment this morning

WNST’s Casey Willett says Mac won’t rule out playing

WNST’s Nestor Aparicio says Ravens will miss Dennis Mannion

The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says Ravens ‘won’t point fingers’

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says Ravens need ‘change’

The Examiner’s Matt Palmer looks at Mannion to Dodgers

The Examiner’s Tony Giro offers a humorous preview of 2008 Orioles

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says nothing done, but ‘MacPhail satisfied’ with Orlando trip

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says farm system priority for Birds

Oriole Central wouldn’t miss Melvin Mora

Camden Chat’s Scott Christ checks the latest rumors, including Tejada

Camden Chat’s “birdman” isn’t much of a Mora fan either

Oriole Magic’s Anthony Amobi doesn’t know if Mora should ‘stay or go’

Oriole Post’s “Maryland Orioles Fan” doesn’t know if he wants Mora around anymore

Orioles Hangout’s John Domen announces Chorye Spoone is organization’s number 3 prospect

The Loss Column’s Neal Shaffer says he would take a Tejada for Cabrera and Farnsworth deal

Inside The Warehouse’s Michael Hollman announces Malcolm Crowley as organization’s #49 prospect (must subscribe)

Fanhouse’s “Mullet” says Orioles could be suckers to take Gagne

Fanhouse’s “Denton” wonders if Melvin Mora will be back next year

WNST’s Drew Forrester says MacPhail should send Mora packing

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Ripken has nothing to do

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site looks at final practice before BC

The Official Site offers some Maryland-BC quick facts

The AP says former commit Melvin Alaeze ‘sentenced to 8 years’

The Sun’s Heather Dinich says Terps assistant Kevin Lempa should help-he’s a former Eagle

Frederick News Post’s John Cannon says Erin Henderson is ‘ready to get back in action’

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Paul Pinegar getting his chance

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner is the man again

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says even he may have to play

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has faced doom and gloom

Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy says Terps want to keep Eagles ‘on run’

News From The Hill’s John Butchko picks BC big

Terrapin Times’ Chris King says Terps ‘desperate’ going into BC (must subscribe)

Eagle Action’s R.R. Marshall says Terps backs present ‘test’ to Eagles (must subscribe)

Eagle Action’s Pete Fehn thinks BC will win out (must subscribe)

TERPS IN THE NFL WEEK 9:
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LB Eric Barton had 8 tackles (4 solo); 1 INT (1 yd.) and deflected 1 pass in the Jets’ 23-20 loss to the Redskins
-DE Jon Condo had 1 tackle (1 solo) in the Raiders’ 24-17 loss to the Texans
-TE Vernon Davis caught 7 passes for 77 yards in the 49ers’ 20-16 loss to the Falcons
-CB Domonique Foxworth had 7 tackles (3 solo) in the Broncos’ 44-7 loss to the Lions
-LB E.J. Henderson had 7 tackles (6 solo, 1 TFL) in the Vikings’ 35-17 win over the Chargers
-DE Eric Hicks had 3 tackles (2 solo) in the Jets’ 23-20 loss to the Redskins
-RB LaMont Jordan rushed 4 times for 10 yards and caught 2 passes for 16 yards in the Raiders’ 24-17 loss to the Texans
-LB Shawne Merriman had 5 tackles (4 solo) in the Chargers’ 35-17 loss to the Vikings
-P Adam Podlesh punted 5 times for 193 yards (Net Avg. 36.4 yards) in the Jaguars’ 41-24 loss to the Saints
-CB Lewis Sanders had 1 tackle (1 solo) in the Falcons’ 20-16 win over the 49ers
-DT Randy Starks had 1 tackle (1 solo) in the Titans’ 20-7 win over the Panthers
-S Madieu Williams had 4 tackles (3 solo) in the Bengals’ 33-21 loss to the Bills

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Carroll Country Times’ Josh Land says Terps rolling with the ‘new’

Annapolis Capital’s John McNamara says Terps looked strong in win over Concordia

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Landon Milbourne is a difference maker

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps want to add a PG in 2010 (must subscribe)

TERPS IN THE NBA UPDATE:
-G Juan Dixon is averaging 10.6 PPG, 1.6 Steals for the Raptors
-G Steve Blake is averaging 6.0 PPG, 4.5 APG for the Blazers
-G D.J. Strawberry is averaging 9.5 minutes, 2.5 PPG, 2 Steals for the Suns
-F Chris Wilcox is averaging 16.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG for the Sonics

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site offers a compact version of Maryland-Princeton Game Notes

The Official Site offers a complete set of Maryland-Princeton game notes

The Sun’s Milton Kent says Terps must keep ‘balance’

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Brenda Frese thinks international play helped Terps

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder thinks Terps will have competition in ACC

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site offers quotes from Paul Johnson

The Official Site says Chris Kuhar-Pitters named National Defensive Player of the Week

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Adam Ballard going home

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says no one can stop talking about win over Notre Dame

NAVY BASKETBALL:

Washington Post previews Navy hoops

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site announces Gordy will be around through 2010

The Examiner’s Dave Carey looks at Combs’ new deal

The Sun’s Ken Murray looks at Gordy’s new deal

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Towson-Loyola

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site announces Tony Seaman will be around through 2010

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Candus Thomson says Hopkins will again ‘Face-Off’ in 2008

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Loyola-Towson

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The AP says Morgan bounces back against Ohio Valley

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh previews Hoops at the Mount

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Unfortunately, I probably won’t be doing a Saturday morning update, as I am on the road this weekend. Keep your eyes open. Let’s take a look at Maryland and Navy….

-This isn’t a Maryland team that lacks talent; they’re just a team that has unfortunately lacked depth and made poor decisions. This team DOES have pride to play for Saturday night, but pride will only carry you so far. Matt Ryan wants to get back into the Heisman race on ABC Saturday night. He won’t, but the Eagles will win 24-13 anyway.

-Navy will get out to a slow start due to the Notre Dame hangover that Paul Johnson won’t admit exists, but they’ll get it turned around. North Texas isn’t that good, and Navy will run all over them, 45-28.

-My how quickly everyone turns on Melvin Mora. Not even two years ago, there was a vocal campaign in this town for Mora to get an extension. My stance on Mora is simple. If the Birds want to go into flat out rebuilding mode, then they SHOULD trade Mora, as well as anyone else. But if the Orioles intend on keeping some veterans and trying to go the route of finding the perfect mix, then Mora is the consummate professional that should be a part of the team. I know he struggled last season, but Mora is still one of the real pros in baseball. Unfortunately, much like Eric Byrnes here in Phoenix; the expectations for Mora are on the level of superstar, when the player is realistically just a solid veteran role player.

-Can anyone give me a quick history lesson on the Battle of Baltimore basketball tournament? Why did this thing end? I remember being there in 2001 when Peter Mulligan’s UMBC team won the title (Mulligan was a real talent-he ended up transferring back to New York to play at Manhattan); and I can’t remember when the tournament was disbanded and why. I know WMAR played a role in the event, and I can understand why they wouldn’t want to give up the chance to show episodes of “Cavemen”, “Dirty Sexy Money”, or “Carpoolers” (yeah, cheap shot I know); but they wouldn’t have to be a part of it necessarily. I would assume that a MASN or a Comcast SportsNet would be willing to get involved. I could understand if someone said that ticket sales weren’t enough, but with the games being played on campus, there’s no chance they didn’t draw at least SLIGHTLY more than regular home games at the beginning of the season. Also, since these teams mostly play each other anyway, I don’t think the loss of home games could really be an issue? Was it just the multiple coaching changes that caused this event to fall apart? I’d love to know.

-Also, as nice as IL’s “Face-Off” event is (THIS event truly proves why Baltimore is the MECCA of Lacrosse-as 25,000 brave potentially MISERABLE weather to watch Lacrosse in the Winter), I would still like to see a “Battle of Baltimore”-style lacrosse event. Towson, Loyola, Hopkins, and UMBC wouldn’t have to play a tournament, but they could at least play on the same day; which would be a lot of fun for the city of Baltimore.

-I’m excited by what I hear about Landon Milbourne. All I could ask from him is that he would be the next Byron Mouton. That would be a perfect role for this team.

Talk to you SOMETIME this weekend I promise.

-G

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