Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

January 07, 2008 | Glenn Clark

Hey, 4-4 for my NFL Playoff Picks this weekend! I’ll pick Ohio State tonight and pray for a perfect weekend.

The Rex Ryan situation is difficult. Obviously Rex is popular with the players on this team; and we’re reasonably certain he’s a good coach. Almost everyone in the world thinks that Ryan is ready for a head coaching gig, and there just happens to be a gig available here in Baltimore. Seems like a perfect fit!

Unfortunately, part of Rex’s problem is that he is so familiar with the situation. The players here don’t need another Coach that they feel as though they can push around; they need a Coach that will stand up to them. I’ve made it perfectly clear that the players are just as responsible for the locker room turmoil this organization has experienced as Brian Billick was.

In a perfect world, a new Head Coach would come in, and would request to bring Rex Ryan back as Defensive Coordinator. It seems unlikely that after being fired and then passed over for the job that Ryan would want to come back in an assistant’s role. Even Marvin Lewis admitted after he was turned down for the Coaching gig in Tampa that he just needed a change of scenery (hence his move to the ‘Skins).

The one thing that may help with trying to keep Rex Ryan around is that this Ravens defense will likely still be good next season, and that would be a benefit to keeping his name on top of the list for future Head Coaching gigs. Also, it is unlikely that any Defensive Coordinators will be hired as Head Coaches elsewhere. However, Ryan COULD be hired as a consultant somewhere while waiting for his chance to become a Head Coach.

I question further; if the organization goes a different direction with their Head Coaching vacancy; is it even good to bring back Rex Ryan for one year? Does it really help in moving this organization in a different direction?

I hate the fact that I’m saying this…..but I actually think today should be the final time we see Rex Ryan doing business in Owings Mills.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Ravens didn’t break rules by flying ‘Boys to Baltimore (Unlike me trying to convince my parents to let my High School girlfriend spend the night, they HAD permission! I had to have her hide in the closet.)

Nestor Aparicio says Garrett has Baltimore ties

Casey Willett thinks Caldwell best bet besides Cowher

Thyrl Nelson doesn’t understand interest in Brian Schottenheimer

RAVENS:

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ryan down; Schottenheimers likely next (also mentions Rex Ryan parked in Head Coaching spot at facility. Nicely done.)

The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says Ryan only candidate Ravens acknowledge interviewing

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says times-are-a-changing for nucleus of Ravens

Aaron Wilson says if Marty Schottenheimer hired, Cameron would likely join him

Newark Star-Ledger’s Dave Hutchinson and Paul Needell say team finds Brian Schottenheimer ‘intriguing’

Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star’s Tom Rock says Brian Schottenheimer was candidate for Phins last year

Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson says Sparano no slam dunk to Phins; Ryan to interview Tuesday

South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov says Ryan’s ball-boy past tied him to Phins GM Ireland

The AP says Ryan will meet with Falcons and Dolphins this week as well

The Loss Column’s Neal Shaffer doesn’t think Brian right Schottenheimer to pursue

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson says Ravens got it right by taking time last time they needed Coach

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson says Ravens job best opening by default

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The AP says Terps overwhelm Clemson 110-46

The Sun’s Milton Kent says Harper, Langhorne carry Terps with combined 52

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Langhorne 2nd all-time scorer after win

Washington Post’s Kathy Orton says Terps handed Clemson worst loss in school history

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Terps have won first 2 ACC games by combined 98 points

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The ACC updates Terps‘ statistics

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Fanhouse’s Michael David Smith thinks Henderson made right decision by going Pro

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Proctor over 1,000 career points as UMBC beats New Hampshire

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Brown’s double-double leads Loyola past Iona

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Hounds avenge previous loss to Gaels

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Eers get another shot at big non-conference win tonight at Oklahoma

NIGHTHAWKS:

PBL Official Site says Nighthawks drop 2nd straight at Reading (although good luck finding a recap, stats, or anything else)

BLAST:

The Examiner’s Mike Peters says team great Friday night, awful Saturday night

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go MidsShedrick Moorer says Brown headed to Annapolis

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says top prospects in Frederick this year

Oriole Central not impressed by “Birdland” marketing campaign

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS

-Brian Schottenheimer offers nothing to me as far as Head Coach is concerned, but it certainly can’t hurt to let him interview. However, it is still GLARING to be that Russ Grimm’s name isn’t being mentioned. I will have much more on this coming up this week.

-Congratulations to the Terps women on a blowout win today over Clemson. They were EXTREMELY impressive in the win, and continue to show why they are a different team than they were last year.

-Did you catch the Carolina-Clemson game tonight? The Terps aren’t gonna find 10 league wins this year unless things change DRASTICALLY.

-I’ll go out on a limb. They’re coming off a loss, but they played a good Oregon team very close recently. Mount Saint Mary’s beats Oklahoma tonight on the road.

-From now on, we will refer to the Schottenheimers as “B Schott” (Brian) and “Papa Schott” (Marty).  I pray no one else has thought of this, as I intend to run with it.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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