Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Boller Not a Bad Guy

The Baltimore Ravens shined brightly against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. They outscored the opposition 30-23. Kyle Boller topped his grand performance against the Packers one week ago and that’s saying something. He completed three touchdown passes, threw for a total of 289 yards and the only negative moment of the game was a fourth quarter interception. There has been a lot of bad talk about Boller since the game against Denver and many people jumped on the “get rid of Boller” band-wagon. Hopefully the last few games have shown those people that he is a good quarterback and not the sole reason for our mediocre season.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Ravens Leave Packers Behind

This Monday was not a good day for Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers. The Baltimore Ravens blew them out 48-3. There was no question as to who would be victorious from the first quarter on. The Ravens defense was on their game that night and allowed the Green Bay Packers very few yards. This was possibly Kyle Boller’s best game of record and this was our highest scoring game historically. Todd Heap was Boller’s go to guy with 110 yards and two catches for touchdowns. Monday night match ups aren’t usually so unbalanced but the Ravens had no trouble dominating the Packers offense.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Ravens Put up a Good Fight

The Denver Broncos offense had a below average game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, yet they were effective enough to secure the win. The Ravens defense proved they could dominate a team as good as the Broncos and almost pulled it off. But in a series of wild plays the Broncos sealed the Ravens fate. This is the first time in nine years that the Broncos have beat the Ravens in their home town Invesco Field and they didn’t give it up without a fight. But the Broncos defense shined at all the right moments and won 12-10. I was surprised by how physical the game became and at the Ravens ability to stop our running game.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Boller Performs Flawless Under Pressure

The Baltimore Ravens won against the Houston Texans on Sunday 16-15. Kyle Boller put up a great fight against the boys from Houston. His pass to Clayton in the final seconds was the miracle the Ravens were hoping for. It allowed a 38-yard field goal by Matt Stover that won us the game when things were really looking bleak for this team. We pulled it off and beat a team we had no business losing to. Boller had never brought his Ravens team back from a deficit to win in the final seconds of the game before and he performed like a pro.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Ravens Comeback Not Enough for Win

The Baltimore Ravens played surprisingly well against the Cincinnati Bengals in their 42-29 loss. Jamal Lewis had over one hundred yards rushing. He finally found the holes he had been missing all year and our offense looked good in the third and fourth quarters. Kyle Boller kept handing Lewis the ball in the first quarter even though he couldn’t get any yards, but Boller’s persistence (and good coaching) led to some great running plays in the second half. The Bengals scored quickly on short drives and lead 31-0 at one point. The Ravens defense is to blame primarily for the Bengals lead, but until the third quarter the offense wasn’t doing much better.

What do we need to do to beat the Texans this Sunday?

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Ravens Steal Win Over Pittsburgh

The Baltimore Ravens exacted their revenge on the Pittsburgh Steelers for beating them only a few weeks ago. Just as the Steelers had done, the Ravens pulled out a last minute field goal to win the day. In overtime Matt Stover came through with a 44 yard kick to break the Ravens losing streak. We broke the Steelers four game winning streak but it won’t be enough to get us to the playoffs this year. The Ravens defensive pass rush looked great though, breaking the Steelers offensive line like it was made of crackers. The Steelers crumbling offense allowed Tommy Maddox to be sacked six times. Bart Scott was responsible for two of them and he got a fumble recovery as well. If we can play this well against the Steelers why have we lost 7 games?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Interceptions Plague the Ravens

Monday night was stressful for Dallas Cowboys fans. Julius Jones was playing but not starting and the Eagles had our offense pegged. We couldn’t get any third down conversions. After the half we couldn’t get a running game going nor could Drew Bledsoe get enough protection to find a receiver. In the last three minutes of the game Terry Glenn scored a TD. Trailing by 6 with minutes left, Roy Williams picked off bad lob by McNabb and stole the game for the Cowboys. McNabb suffered a possible season ending injury and the Boys are pretty much playoff material now.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Glass Toe

Deion Sanders passed his physical and re-signed with the Ravens. This soon to be Hall of Famer is now expected to attend the Ravens mini-camps soon. He would have been to earlier work out sessions but his toe prevented that from happening. For as long as I know Deion to play he has always had problems with his toe. I doubt Sanders’ toe will let him participate in some contact drills when training camp comes around. His toe is like glass.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Corner Tandem

The best tandem of corner backs in the league right now has to belong to the Baltimore Ravens. The starting corners they have can cover, play bump and run, they can play zone, and they can come up and make the tackle behind the line of scrimmage. Chris McAlister and newly acquired Samari Rolle will cause a lot of problems for opposing offenses.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Mo' Money

With out a doubt, Ray Lewis is the best at his position and is worth every penny of money they give to him, but just recently, Lewis said he wanted a $50 million dollar signing bonus. Sorry Ray that is just being a little greedy there.

The Ravens still have to re-sign other key players such as tight end Todd Heap, break-out safety Ed Reed, and running back Jamal Lewis. Does Ray Lewis really need a $50 million dollar signing bonus? That is just too much money. He is one of the best and dominates always, but what ever happen to taking one for the team. And why can’t he be happy with the money he has?

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Desicion Time

What is a team supposed to do with a player who has some troubled history that follows him? Well that is the case with Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis. Lewis will be a free agent at the end of the 2005-06 season.

The question in the front office that stands is whether to give Lewis a contract extension, which could be a risk or play it safe by throwing a franchise tag on him. I just don’t know if Lewis is worth a singing bonus that the team could use on rookie draft picks or a free agent next year.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Linebacker Shuffle

from Foxsports.com
The team waived Pro Bowl OLB Peter Boulware, a move not totally unexpected. Boulware was expected to make around $6 million in 2005, but didn't play last season because of knee and toe injuries. The Ravens didn't believe he could recover 100 percent. They tried to restructure his contract and apparently wanted to make him a situational player, but Boulware wanted to play full time for another team.

The move puts additional pressure on Adalius Thomas and rookie Dan Cody. Thomas was expected to play on running situations, but he'll now become full time. The game plan for Cody was to bring him along slowly, but the pace has to quicken now because the Ravens need a pass rusher to complement Terrell Suggs on the other side. Look for Cody to become the third down pass rushing specialist by the middle of the season.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

As Expected

from foxsports.com
Clayton performed like an old pro at the Ravens rookie camp. His routes were crisp and he caught every pass thrown to him. He got in and out of breaks and cuts with relative ease. Of course, he was competing against other rookies, but it was still an impressive start. Clayton did have a slight hamstring pull, but nothing that concerned the Ravens.

At this time of season, rookies are still going through an adjustment in their training regiments. They really have rested their bodies since they began training for their last season in college. The Ravens expect him to participate in several offseason minicamps, and to be at full tilt during training camp.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

A+

Just look at these draft choices... Good job Ravens!

1-22 M. Clayton WR Oklahoma

2-53 D. Cody DE Oklahoma

2-64 A. Terry T Syracuse

4-124 J. Brown C North Carolina

5-158 J. Green RB Montana

6-213 D. Anderson QB Oregon State

7-234 M. Smith LB Texas Tech

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Schedule

Here is a look at the up coming schedule in the 2005 season for your Baltimore Ravens

PRESEASON

Sat., Aug. 13 at Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome 8 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 20 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES M&T BANK STADIUM 8 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 26 at New Orleans Louisiana Superdome 8 p.m.
Thu., Sept. 1 WASHINGTON REDSKINS M&T BANK STADIUM 8 p.m.

REGULAR SEASON

Sun., Sept. 11 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS M&T BANK STADIUM 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sun., Sept. 18 at Tennessee Titans The Coliseum 1 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 25 BYE

Sun., Oct. 2 NEW YORK JETS M&T BANK STADIUM 4:05 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 9 at Detroit Lions Ford Field 1 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 16 CLEVELAND BROWNS M&T BANK STADIUM 1 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 23 at Chicago Bears Soldier Field 4:15 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 31 at Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field 9 p.m. (ABC)

Sun., Nov. 6 CINCINNATI BENGALS M&T BANK STADIUM 1 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 at Jacksonville Jaguars ALLTEL Stadium 1 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 20 PITTSBURGH STEELERS M&T BANK STADIUM 4:15 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 27 at Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium 1 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 4 HOUSTON TEXANS M&T BANK STADIUM 1 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 11 at Denver Broncos INVESCO Field at Mile High 4:15 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 19 GREEN BAY PACKERS M&T BANK STADIUM 9 p.m. (ABC)
Sun., Dec. 25 MINNESOTA VIKINGS M&T BANK STADIUM 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Sun., Jan. 1 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Stadium 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Taylor to remain backup to Jamal Lewis

by the Associated Press, from ESPN.com
The Baltimore Ravens have matched the one-year, $3 million offer sheet running Chester Taylor signed last week with the Cleveland Browns.

The Ravens had until Wednesday to match the offer for free agent Taylor, the primary backup to Pro Bowler Jamal Lewis, but opted to act Monday.

The deal includes a $2 million base salary, a $1 million signing bonus and a pair of $100,000 incentive clauses.

"This shows the continued commitment of Steve Bisciotti to win and the flexibility of our cap that we can retain a player like Chester," Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "Over the last three years, Chester has been productive both when spelling Jamal Lewis and when he has started for him. Keeping Chester makes us a stronger and deeper team."

Taylor, slated to compete with Lee Suggs for the Browns' starting running back job, would receive $100,000 if he makes the Pro Bowl and $100,000 if he rushes for 1,000 yards. It's unlikely that those incentives will be triggered in 2005 because of Lewis' presence. Taylor rushed for 714 yards and two touchdowns last season while catching 30 passes.

"He looks forward to helping the Ravens compete for a Super Bowl ring in 2005," agent Ken Sarnoff said of Taylor.

Taylor's contract will count approximately $3 million against the Ravens' 2005 salary cap. He is still slated to be an unrestricted free agent in 2006, when he would be free to sign with any franchise. Taylor was drafted in the sixth round out of Toledo in 2002.

If the Ravens hadn't opted matched the offer, they would have received the Browns' sixth-round draft pick as compensation.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Key Issues

from Foxsports.com
Former defensive coordinator Mike Nolan couldn't reach cornerback Chris McAlister, but the Ravens are hoping his replacement Rex Ryan can. McAlister, a Pro Bowl player the past two seasons, didn't play particularly well last season, and his production fell off after he signed a new contract after a long, bitter dispute. The only other Ravens coaches who could motivate McAlister were the Bengals' Marvin Lewis and Donnie Henderson, who is now the Jets' defensive coordinator. Ryan, the team's former defensive line coach, has a reputation of being a players' coach. He has had success coaching a position that traditionally has some of league's laziest and most egotistical players. The Ravens hope Ryan can somehow reach McAlister, who, in top form, might just be the best cornerback in the league.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Moss to Baltimore?

The hard truth about the Ravens is that their offense has seen better days. If the Ravens expect to ever make it back to the Super bowl, they will need some more weapons on offensive to help get them there.

And what most people have been hearing is that Randy Moss could be a possibility, which is not a bad idea (from one purple uniform to another). Seriously, if this was to happen the Ravens still wouldn’t get the numbers they want. They need dynamic offensive line-men that can give Boller time to throw the ball. Unless he is just used to handing it off to Jamal Lewis.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Goodbye Nolan, Singletary

Was Nolan that big of a factor For the Baltimore Ravens defense?

Did Nolan have a part in the development of saftey Ed Reed?

Are the Baltimore Ravens Linebacking core the best because of Nolan?

Nolan had been the defensive Coordinator for the Ravens for the past two season. The Ravens defense has always been top 10 for the past 5 years. I think Nolan had is hand in on the development of certain players, but I don't think he was the x-factor, that title belongs to a man named Ray Lewis.

As far as Ed Reed goes, I think through Nolan coaching ability he can take the credit for the development of Reed, after all Reed was his draft choice.

Then there is the best group of line backers in league that are indirectly the best of because Nolan. Give credit to Nolan for picking x-all-pro Singletary for coaching the line backers. Singletary is where the credit really goes too for the Ravens Line backers of the past two years.


Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Lets start anew

Matt Cavanaugh the Ravens offensive coordinator was let go this past Monday sending a message to the team that the offensive in 2005 well be revamped.

Kyle Boller had a decent outing this year, but with the release of Cavanuagh maybe Boller will get some actually targets, with the exception of Todd Heap, to throw to next year.

The Ravens finished 9 - 7.