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Matt Birk, HE WENT TO HARVARD

Posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago at 1:29 PM.

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Impact of Adding Matt Birk at Center

After losing Jason Brown to the St.Louis Rams, the Ravens have signed Center Matt Birk, from the Minnesota Vikings. Birk is a 6-time pro-bowler and will provide an immediate upgrade to the Ravens offensive line. Birk is a veteran and has seen it all in his 11 years in the NFL. Calling out the blitzes and defenses, as well as helping the young line progress are the reasons Ozzie brought Matt in. The players are excited to have him and him and Joe should be able to form a terrific chemistry throughout the off-season program

If the season started today and the Ravens didn’t add anyone via the draft (doubtful), they would still be able to field an extremely strong line. It consists of youth, and legendary veterans. They did a Heck of a job last year and there is no reason to think they won’t be even better next year.

Jared Gaither, Benn Grubbs, Matt Birk, Marshall Yanda, Willie Anderson.

Nolan Shulman
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Posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago at 5:36 PM.

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How Important Is #52?

We need to check our ego’s at the door and find a way to bring back the heart and soul of our team. If we’re a few million dollars apart, than we need to open up the check book and give him what he wants. He’s been playing out of his mind as an underpaid, hall of fame, middle linebacker. If we have to overpay him a little, than we suck it up and do it. This video says everything you need to know about Ray Lewis. “Right Player, Right Price” is a great motto and Ozzie has been very successful with it, but when it comes to our defensive captain it’s more like “Right Player, ANY Price”.

Posted 4 weeks ago at 12:23 PM.

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Baltimore Plugs Gap at Coner with
Local boy Dominique Foxworth

Local boy Dominique Foxworth inked a 4 year, $28 million contract, including $16.5 million guaranteed to become newest corner for the Baltimore Ravens. The University of Maryland standout was introduced Friday and figures to play a prominent role in the Ravens secondary throughout the 2009-2010 season. Ozzie has gone out and gotten the Ravens a speedy cover corner to help shore up Baltimore’s weakest defensive unit last season. Foxworth, a third round pick in 2003 was clocked at 4.22 seconds in the forty-yard dash. With Fabian Washington already on the roster Baltimore figures to have on of the fastest corner tandems in the league. Recently, Baltimore released Pro-Bowl cornerback and former first round pick Chris McCalister. Does the addition of Foxworth mean the writing is on the wall for Samari Rolle to suffer the same fate? A secondary of Dominique Foxworth, Dawan Landry, Ed Reed, and Fabian Washington would instantly become a much younger, much faster, much improved secondary next season. Providing depth will be Frank Walker, Tom Zbikowski, Derrick Martin, Evan Ogelsby, and Haruki Nakamura. Can’t wait to see what new Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison does with this group. Should be one of Baltimore best units next season.

Nolan Shulman

Posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago at 8:53 AM.

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Scott signs 6 year, $48 Million contract…
Joins Rex Ryan in New York


Bart Scott has officially decided to part ways with the Baltimore Ravens, as he signed a 6 year contract to become the center piece of Rex Ryan’s defense. After flip flopping on his decision several times, Scott decided the opportunity to earn more money and the chance to become an extension of his old coach and mentor in New York was to much to pass up. He spent the start of free agency doing what any savvy free agent would do. He used the two interested teams as leverage against each other and cashed in by signing an extremely hefty contract.

I hope Bart has more success in his new home than the Ravens other recently defected free agent linebackers. Jamie Sharper, Ed Hartwell and Adalius Thomas were never able to find the same type of success in their new uniforms that they had in BMORE. Will Bart Scott prove he wasn’t a product of playing with great teammates Ray Lewis, and Terrell Suggs or will he continue to prove Ozzie Newsome knows what he’s doing when he says “right player, right price”.

Nolan Shulman

Posted 1 month ago at 9:42 PM.

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WACCO FOR FLACCO

Sunday after Sunday since 1996, Ravens fans all over the world get ready for an afternoon of hard hitting, low scoring, smash mouth football. Halftime scores of 6-3 have become entrenched in the culture of Ravens football. Giving up 36 yards on 17 carries, and watching our offense fumble one quarterback-center exchange after another is what I love about football. It’s all I know!

Every few years the success of our defense leads to our coordinators and support staff getting promotions and head jobs. Coaches such as Marvin Lewis, Mike Nolan, Jack Del Rio, Mike Singletary, and now Rex Ryan have turned their experience in Baltimore into a more prominent role in the NFL.

This year, the loss of Rex Ryan has also led to a potential changing of the guard in Baltimore. It even threatens to change the culture of Baltimore football and along with it everything young ravens fans have come to love and expect. Inept quarterback play, a North-South running game, and a defense that could demoralize even the savviest of opponents. (Not pointing fingers Donovan McNabb)

But with the recent free agent defection of Bart Scott (reuniting with Rex in New York), and the likelihood that Ray Lewis and Jim Leonard follow suit, can this defense continue to play at the high level Baltimore fans have come to expect? Can a linebacking core of Terrell Suggs, Jarret Johnson, Jameel McClain, and Antwan Barnes really go an entire season without giving up a 100 yard rusher? Excuse me if I have my doubts. Will Dawan Landry come back healthy and reclaim his position, and excellent play? Will Chris Chester be able to give us sound play in the trenches and call out the blitzes like Jason Brown was able to do? Will Ed Reed continue to defy the laws of gravity and maitain his all-world level? I don’t want to sound like a pessimist but I think it’s time Ravens fans come to grips with the fact that its going to take a much more balanced attack to continue to challenge for the AFC North Championship.

ENTER JOE COOL….

Diet Pepsi Rookie of the year Joseph Vincent Flacco has quickly captured the hearts of Baltimore. With a list of past Ravens quarterbacks that include Scott Mitchell, Tony Banks, Trent Dilfer, Elvis Grbac, Kyle Boller, and Steve McNair, it doesn’t take a lot of investigation to figure out why the city of Baltimore has taken to this kid so quickly. He started all 16 games, compiling a QB rating of 80.2 and throwing 14 touchdown passes. More importantly this mild manner, even tempered, calm, cool, and collected young stud won 11 games earning Baltimore a playoff birth. Once in the big dance, Joe solidified himself as a kid who is unflappable under pressure becoming the first Quarterback in the history of the National Football League to win two playoff games in his rookie season.

With all the quick success and fame Delaware product Joe Flacco has established comes expectations. With the enormous loss of leadership and playmakers on the defensive side of the ball more is going to be needed from this young man if Baltimore is going to be a factor next January.

I think the new look Ravens are going to be different but succesful. 6-3 halftime margins might just be a thing of the past, but with Joe Flacco at the helm, one can only hope we are able to outscore some teams. I don’t think we can expect Joe to come running out of the tunnel and start dancing like Ray used to, but the face of this franchise no longer wears number 52. He’s a quiet kid out of Division 1A Delaware, who’s humble, hard working, and exactly the type of kid the city of Baltimore has been waiting to identify with. I wont dare compare Flacco to another heroic Baltimore quarterback, but I will say Joe might need some of Unitas’ magic if he hopes to help the Ravens maintain their standing as one of the AFC’s elite.

Nolan Shulman

Posted 1 month ago at 11:56 AM.

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