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June 21, 2010 6:50 PM

Assessing the Ravens first half schedule

Looking at the Ravens schedule I can see them making the playoffs for a third straightuntitled.bmp year. I would have to say that this years Ravens team is markedly better then either the 2008 or 2009 squads were, if for no other reason then the offensive line is coming into their prime and the team added numerous offensive weapons for Joe Flacco to target. Flacco should also make another huge stride this season if he continues to progress as he has thus far in his young career.

So, these are my picks on the Ravens first half of their schedule. If you happen to disagree please feel free to chime in.

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June 6, 2010 4:09 PM

The Ravens have a glut at linebacker

Ellerbe.jpg At the present time the Ravens are carrying 14 linebackers on their roster, a number that won't work when the team finalizes their 53 man squad. Outside of Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Jarret Johnson and Brendon Ayanbadejo there are a number of linebackers who aren't going to make the cut. The competition in training camp is going to be fierce and fast paced, and in the end the cream will rise to the top. 



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May 27, 2010 4:55 PM

The Ravens offense can go many different ways

For years the Ravens were a run dominated team, throwing the ball only whenjoe-flacco.jpg necessary. After Vinnie Testeverde left the team never found an above average quarterback who could throw the ball with accuracy. Kyle Boller may have been the best of the lot but he never had the pass protection he needed and subsequently had his brains bashed in until you saw those deer in the headlight looks when the pocket started to collapse.

Now the team has it's franchise quarterback, though he's still learning, and the historically weak position of wide receiver has now been fortified with honest to goodness high caliber players. Why did it take so long? Perhaps we should be happy that it did finally happen and we're here to see it.

So now, just what will Cam Cameron do with all the parts the team has acquired. What style of offense will be associated with the purple birds of Baltimore?  This is where it gets interesting.       

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May 20, 2010 10:25 AM

Have the Ravens moved past the Steelers?

In the NFL there are many rivalries though none may be as intense as when theravens steelers.jpg Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers go to war.  These two teams have a common hatred of each other and it shows every time they meet. While the Ravens haven't been in the league for a long period of time by NFL standards they have become the team the Steelers hate to see line up against them. The two teams current record against each other has Pittsburgh with an edge, 19 wins to the Ravens 11, with two of those Raven losses coming in the playoffs in 2002 and 2009. During much of that span the Ravens were a defensive team first and foremost but that has now changed, and changed in a big way just this off season. Have the Ravens now moved past their hated rival?

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May 12, 2010 5:21 PM

What's going on with Jared Gaither?

Coming out of the University of Maryland Jared Gaither had a reputation, and itGaither.jpg wasn't very flattering. It seems Gaither had problems getting motivated at times and certainly didn't enjoy practicing. His former coach at Maryland Ralph Friedgen told the Ravens front office that Gaither had motivation problems but thought he could overcome them with the right guidance. So, the Ravens looking at his size and the way he played (when motivated) decided to take a gamble on him and choose him in the 5th round of the NFL supplemental draft. From that point on it's been a roller coaster ride.

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May 7, 2010 5:40 PM

Ravens hold their first OTA

Friday marked the beginning of the Baltimore Ravens first organized team meeting and the pace was hard and fast. Coach John Harbaugh let it be known that he was going to get as much work in as he  possibly could and on that front he was successful. Linebacker supreme Ray Lewis said the coaches must have installed one hundred different defenses which had his head spinning, so imagine what the rookies were going through. I'm sure that most of them were more nervous then they've ever been in their lives.

 

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April 28, 2010 4:49 PM

Ravens look to harass opposing QBs this year

If there was one glaring weakness of the Ravens defense last season it was their failuresuggs-eli.jpg to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Their season total of 32 sacks was tied for the lowest amount by any Raven team. It often exposed the Ravens mediocre secondary and cost the team a number of games, such as the high scoring affair against Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings.

The team knew they had to address the situation and so far they've added a few more pieces to the puzzle. You could say the Ravens are planning on doing a little head hunting this season.

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April 25, 2010 9:32 AM

Ravens draft finds mixed emotions

2010 Draft.jpgIf you talk to people around Baltimore you'll find they are either ecstatic about the players the Ravens chose or they are shaking their heads in disbelief. It seems the Ravens can't please everyone but overall I believe they are a better team today then they were at the end of last season.

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April 22, 2010 6:09 PM

The Ravens can't afford to miss

With only 5 picks in this years draft the Ravens will need to make the right decision withC4S_Blodin031410_112309c.jpg each of them.While there is a chance that the team could trade a player or two, such as Mark Clayton or Willis McGahee for additional picks but that may not happen.

So, the Ravens will need to come away with 5 football players who will make the roster in order to call this draft a success. Ozzie Newsome has a great history of nailing his number one choices but has been hit or miss in the second round, something the team can't afford this year because they have no 3rd round pick.

With the draft only hours away we'll see right away whether the team is comfortable standing pat or if they'll make a deal for more picks. Stay tuned....
April 17, 2010 9:33 PM

Have the Ravens moved past the Steelers?

Those who watch the NFL faithfully know that the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburghravens steelers.jpg Steelers have what may be the most fierce in all of football. These two teams have a mutual hatred for each other that goes back years, and it just seems to get more intense as time goes on. The Steelers lead the all time series 19-11 which includes two play off loses in 2002 and 2009 but those numbers may be about to change. 

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