It’s Tuesday, so here is MY Tuesday Top 7……7-Chris Chester
Of every player this team has; Chris Chester has as much a reason as anyone to have given up by now; but with another chance, he made the most of his playing time. Chester used his athleticism to give the line a solid pull.
He deserves to be higher; but I just plain expect this out of him. He had ten tackles and controlled the field. It’s an A+ performance anywhere else; but it might be Ray’s 100th best game or so of his career.
He’s like a brand new man. It is truly remarkable how much he has improved this season; and it is evident every week. With his size and strength; he SHOULD be good. We just didn’t know for sure that he WOULD be good.
The most impressive thing about Flacco’s performance is that it comes on the heels of his WORST performance of his career a week ago in Indianapolis. He still needs to improve downfield, but that was very impressive.
He is absolutely THE most professional Wide Receiver in all of football. He continues to give Joe Flacco a comfort level, and he continues to do nothing but make plays for this offense.
The bottom line is that this is a better team when the defense can score points as well. They shouldn’t be relied on to score; but the Ravens are better when they DO score. Suggs also added a sack and just had an overall strong game.
When Da’Rel Scott fumbled THREE TIMES for Maryland Saturday; Ralph Friedgen said he wasn’t concerned. He went on to say that a couple of Scott’s fumbles occurred when he was giving too much effort……trying too hard to extend for extra yards; etc. That was what Willis’ fumble reminded me of on Sunday. He was almost giving too much effort. But if he can use yesterday’s game as a springboard to future explosiveness; this offense has a new dynamic. His ability to be a homerun threat is key; as this offense lacks other similar weapons.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say….
Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:
Nestor Aparicio ‘continuously amazed’ by 52
RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy
The Official Site’s Scott Garceau says Ravens have ‘mo’ back after Miami win
The Official Site says Harbaugh reports ‘no new injuries’ from Dolphins game
Raiders Official Site’s Cody Sterling says Janikowski trying to move past big kick and prepare for Ravens
Raiders Official Site says Cable reports team will travel east Friday
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh ‘extremely vague’ in McAlister explanation
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Terry needs surgery, could return Nov. 9
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens can use all 3 backs effectively
The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Ravens’ Ryan better than Raiders’ Ryan
The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Dolphins win improves Ravens’ ‘psyche’
The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks McAlister, Harbaugh could be squabbling
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh moves T. Smith back to 2nd on depth chart
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cameron got ‘last word’ in battle with Dolphins
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Heap ‘building chemistry’ with Flacco
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Ravens very much part of picture in AFC
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck ‘impressed’ by Harbaugh’s ‘authority’
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck doesn’t think Raiders fans traveling to Baltimore
The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Harbaugh claims McAlister not playing because he’s not amongst ‘best 11 players on the field’
Aaron Wilson says McAlister has ‘history of issues’ in Baltimore
Aaron Wilson says Rolle, Landry could return Sunday
The AP says Harbaugh still considers McAlister ‘part of plans’
ESPN.com’s James Walker says McGahee’s performance helped make Flacco’s life easier
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs ‘hot’ right now
CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco thinks Ravens may have ended use of Wildcat
ORIOLES:The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Huff, R. Hernandez, Sherrill could all be available this offseason
The Sun’s Dan Connolly says scenario ‘highly unlikely’ where Loewen signs with another team
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds outright Bierd, Fahey, Santos, Fiorentino, Cherry
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Wieters, Matusz ‘rising stars’ in Arizona
Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Loewen must clear waivers before signing elsewhere
TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:The Official Site
The Official Site offers complete Maryland-NC State release (pdf)The Official Site
The Official Site says Ralph to enjoy ‘Breakfast’ Friday
NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says O’Brien thinks Maryland ‘capable of being a championship-caliber football team’
The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks Scott performing at ’80 percent’
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps trying to sell suites
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says bad losses keep Terps from Top 25
The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp O’Brien has another big week
Washington Post’s Alan Goldenbach says Roosevelt LB Drakeford commits to Maryland
Washington Post’s Dan Uthman says Woodbridge RB Williams still has Maryland in picture
Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Terps should have 3rd down advantage on NC State
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner offensive back of week, Campbell offensive lineman of week in ACC
Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says NC State looks like ‘pretty bad football team’
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps chose to nominate Turner ahead of DHB
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps’ final 2 games will help determine ACC Champion
Rivals.com’s Mike Huguenin thinks Terps 34th best team in country
The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps’ defense ‘dominated’ Deacons
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps can’t lose ‘trap games’ if they want to be contender
TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:The Diamondback’s Mark Selig
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says J. Williams commits to Terps (must subscribe)TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
The Sun’s Matt Bracken
NAVY FOOTBALL:The Official Site
The Official Site offers complete Navy-SMU release (pdf)The Official Site’s Bob Socci
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Dobbs ‘can help’ Mids immediately
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says KNKE ‘unlikely’ to play Saturday
Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Bryant will start Saturday
Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Niumatalolo could expand White’s role in offense
NAVY BASKETBALL:The Official Site
TOWSON FOOTBALL:The Official Site
MORGAN FOOTBALL:The Examiner’s Dave Carey
says Bears want to avenge last year’s loss to Delaware St.SALISBURY FOOTBALL:
The Official Site
HOPKINS LACROSSE:Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy
BLAST:The Official Site
The Sun’s Kent Baker says Blast kick off practice
The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Coach Kelly thinks some players ‘out of shape’ in first Blast practice
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:Ravens Official Site
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-John Harbaugh please hear my cry. JUST BE HONEST. You don’t have to give everything away; but we JUST WANT YOU TO BE HONEST WITH US! There is no need for you to be so wishy-washy. We will all find out the truth eventually. Just say that the McAlister situation is related to discipline somehow; and everything will be fine. That’s all we’re asking for!
-Adam Loewen’s release is basically irrelevant. They couldn’t afford to pay him as a major leaguer when they have serious doubts that he will ever make the major leagues as a position player. He will get his chance in this organization for sure.
-Congratulations to Gary and Ralph on big commitments yesterday. If Jordan Williams can just be as good as Jamar Smith; I’d be okay with that.
Talk to you tomorrow.