Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

August 07, 2008 | Glenn Clark

There are a NUMBER of things I am hoping to see tonight. The most important thing about tonight’s game in my mind is how the secondary will perform. I think the difference between this being a downright TERRIBLE football team and this being a potentially decent football team lies in the secondary. Fabian Washington is the biggest difference. If the Patriots go down and score on their first three drives; I actually do think it will be fair to be concerned. Chris McAlister could miss more games. Samari Rolle really can’t be fairly expected to do anything this season.

This team NEEDS to be able to defend long passes. This team CANNOT make beating them as simple as throwing the ball-as many teams discovered last year. Someone HAS to be able to defend the pass. This IS the type of thing that we can start to determine in the preseason. If they can’t defend the pass; it won’t matter who is playing QB.

I’ll say Patriots 27, Ravens 13. None of the QB’s will look particularly effective.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says things COULD get bad for ‘08 Ravens

Vince Fiduccia fine with decision to start Boller tonight

Casey Willett says Walker, Ivy could be in danger of losing roster spots

The Fighting Ungers think Ravens would have made playoffs with Favre

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Olson rocked as Orioles drop finale

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Montanez becomes just second Bird to homer in first MLB AB

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says after day off, Guthrie takes hill to open series with Rangers

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley doesn’t expect to see Wieters, Ray in bigs in September

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Teixeira thinks return to Baltimore would be ‘special’

The Official Site says MacPhail doesn’t see significant change to Johnson’s role next year

Angels Official Site’s Rhett Bollinger says Santana gets 13th win as Halos cruise

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 40k see Angels crush Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Tex won’t think about Baltimore return until offseason

The Sun’s Bill Ordine wonders if Birds have more Waters on farm

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Payton made two “Web Gem” catches yesterday

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Torrealba gets walk-off homer to lift Bowie to win on farm

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says only other Bird to homer in first AB was pitcher Narum in ‘63

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ray ready to take ‘next step’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck conveys praise heaped on Waters by Hunter, Millar, etc.

The AP says Vlad homered, drove in four in win for Angels

LA Times’ Bill Shaikin says Guerrero continues hot hitting since Teixeira acquisition

LA Daily News’ Bill Plunkett says Angels win 7th in last 10

Fox Sports’ Tracy Ringolsby thinks Huff could still be dealt

Orioles Hangout’s DJ McCann says Liz gave up 5 in 6th of Norfolk’s loss to Columbus

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Patrick Gleason says Pryce working on movies, music aside from football

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh ‘sure’ he’ll be nervous in Head Coaching debut tonight

The Sun’s David Steele warns not to overreact to QB’s in opener

The Sun’s Mike Preston says look out for ‘new wrinkles’ on offense and defense tonight

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says any crazies who run on field at M&T Bank Stadium this year will be charged with trespassing

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder doesn’t know what to expect tonight in first game as Head Coach

The Examiner’s Phil Macek picks Ravens to win; T. Smith to perform

Aaron Wilson says Rolle, McAlister, P. Carter, Daniels, Gaither, Terry, Ngata, Gregg, Heap, A. Walker, Cody, McGahee, Reed, D. Williams, Wilcox, Suggs all not playing tonight (Is that all?)

Aaron Wilson says rookie safeties amongst players to watch tonight

Carroll County Times’ Brian Haines says Greisen ‘mentally ready’

The AP says Rice expects ‘jitters’ tonight

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Ralph pleased with Portis during Day 3 of Camp

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says ‘early interest’ helped get Ross to Maryland

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph still doesn’t like Portis’ feet movement

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says count, cadence better for Portis

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph believes gas costs hurting Terps in Florida recruiting

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps update ‘prohibited’ list at Byrd

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says almost all players passed conditioning test

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Fokou set to become American citizen

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wujciak finally got new picture

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Portis’ only lowlight yesterday was throwing INT for TD

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Turner, Steffy, Portis can all improve

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Scott, Green must work to replace Lattimore, Ball

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says things should be safe for Ralph in College Park

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich ranks Ralph 8th amongst ACC Coaches

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Portis ‘turned things around’ for struggling offense on Wednesday (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says work ‘paying off’ for Senior Muhtadi (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says prospect Ankrah about to cut list (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Seth Hoffman says defense records 3 picks in practice (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Seth Hoffman profiles FB’s (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says some ACC games scheduled for Terps

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site offers interviews with Niumatalolo, etc.

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site cleans up after me

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Jays picked 4th in Centennial

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says McDaniel picked 8th in Centennial

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Palace falls to Bermuda (and nothing else)

MARINERS:

The Official Site’s David Harrington says team unveils new logo

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Magna lost $4.4 million in Maryland during Preakness quarter

Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty says Million not affected by Laurel cancels

Thoroughbred Times’ Frank Angst says Magna losses surpass $575 million

Thoroughbred Times says horses, horsemen at Pimlico to be relocated to Laurel, Bowie

OLYMPICS:

The Sun’s Rick Maese says ‘Melo takes Baltimore to Beijing

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Hoff won’t let nerves get best of her this time

The Sun’s John Weaver says Lacrosse not likely to get Olympic look until after 2050

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Don’t panic with Garrett Olson. He’s shown enough to earn the spot. But I really think the next few weeks could be a bit brutal for this Orioles team. Guys could really start showing a lack of interest.

-I was asked yesterday who it was that I wanted to win the Maryland QB competition. I said “Jordan Steffy is GOING to win it; but I would love to see Josh Portis.” Portis brings the most to the table athletically; and would be the most dynamic of the group……IF he knows the offense. What happened yesterday at practice can’t help but excite me.

-Drew’s theory on MAGNA inflating their losses is not unfounded, but we all know there are issues with the horse racing industry in this state. Whether they lost $4.4 million during Preakness or not; we still know there are major problems.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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