Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore Ravens’

Ravens retired early, gave game away to Patriots in 23-20 loss

October 18, 2010

The Baltimore Ravens gave a lot of hope and excitement for this 2010 season based off of off-season actions, but so far, many fans have been none to pleased with the 4-2, 2-1 record.

Coming off two big games–one being a huge 17-14 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a touchdown throw to T.J. Houshmandzadeh with 32-seconds left in the game in week 4, and eating the Denver Broncos alive in week 5 winning 31-17—Baltimore fans should be more than happy with their team.

But nonetheless, every talk show Sunday afternoon and Monday morning was full of fans bashing the Ravens and their performance after the Ravens basically gave away week 6’s game against the Patriots as they fell 23-20 in overtime.

The first three quarters of the game, the Ravens seemed that they would walk away with the win as they navigated the field in uncharted territory–not an easy feat at Foxborough, one of the hardest fields to travel to.

The Ravens were ten up for at least half of the game and in the third, with the score 20-10, the game should have been a slam dunk.

Key words: should have been. In the fourth quarter, (more…)

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Baltimore Ravens joins list of contenders for 2nd annual Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award

October 13, 2010

***NOTE FROM CCSPORTAHOLIC: this is a reposting of an article emailed from Tanya Rydners. Contact her for more inforation at Tanya.Rynders@mslworldwide.com *****

RAVENS OFFENSIVE LINE HELPS GROUND GAME POUND OUT IMPRESSIVE WEEK FIVE VICTORY OVER BRONCOS

Baltimore Wins Third Straight Behind Solid Protection From Offensive Line; Joins List of Contenders for 2ndAnnual Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award presented by Prilosec OTC

CINCINNATI, OH (October 13, 2010)– The Baltimore Ravens put up a season-best 415 yards on offense, including four rushing touchdowns and 233 yards on the ground in a convincing 31-17 victory over the Denver Broncos Sunday afternoon. By doing so, the Ravens offensive line has joined this year’s list of contenders for the 2ndAnnual Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award, presented byPrilosec OTC. The award honors the NFL’s best offensive line and will be presented during the week of Super Bowl XLV which will be played on February 6, 2011 in North Texas.

The Madden Most Valuable ProtectorsAward recognizes the fundamental role offensive linemen play in their teams’ success by providing consistent and reliable protection day in and day out, just as Prilosec OTC provides 24-hour heartburn protection when used as directed. Last year, the offensive line of the Super Bowl Champions New Orleans Saints was named first-ever winner of the award.  For more information on the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award presented by Prilosec OTC, visit www.MaddenProtectorsAward.com.

Baltimore running back RAY RICE (Rutgers) rushed for a season best 133 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Ravens ran out to a 17-0 lead and coasted to its third straight victory. The win allowed Baltimore to move past Pittsburgh into sole possession of first place in the AFC North.

The Baltimore offensive line was dominating throughout the game helping the Ravens pick up 17 rushing first downs while allowing just one sack and scoring touchdowns on three drives of 67 or more yards. As a result of the long drives, Baltimore dominated the time of possession (36:17 vs. 23:43 for Denver).  Providing the powerful protection up front for the Ravens were tackles MICHAEL OHER (Mississippi) and MARSHAL YANDA (Iowa), guards CHRIS CHESTER (Oklahoma) and BEN GRUBBS (Auburn) as well as 13-year veteran MATT BIRK(Harvard). The Baltimore offensive line has allowed just five quarterbacks sacks on quarterback JOE FLACCO (Delaware) all season, tied for 2nd fewest in the league. JOHN MATSKO, a 37-year coaching veteran, is in his third season directing the Ravens’ offensive line.

“I really liked what I have seen from the Baltimore offensive line over the last few weeks,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach JOHN MADDEN.  “Last week the Ravens line was extremely efficient in their pass protection in the win against Pittsburgh and this week their run blocking was exceptional allowing their running backs to pick up quality yards.”

Other offensive lines from around the league delivering powerful protection during Week 5 of the season included theDALLAS COWBOYS (370 net yards passing, and a 6.1 average yards per rushing attempt), NEW YORK GIANTS (414 total net yards including 117 yards rushing and 297 yards passing) and the SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (506 total net yards including 431 yards passing).

Baltimore Ravens first week of training camp in Westminster; Gaither and Foxworth injuries

July 30, 2010

Are you ready for some football?!

Fans all over the Baltimore region are more than ready after a depressing season thus far from the Baltimore Orioles who have only 32 wins (the O’s also recently hired ESPN analyst Buck Showalter as their manager: check their game August3 for his first game).

But Monday, July 26 marked the first day for the Ravens players minus the veterans to report, and Wednesday July 28 was the first day all players reported to training camp in Westminster, Md. at McDaniel College.

Tuesday, the first day for fans and media to check out the players practice, produced a smaller crowd of about 200 people coming out to see the new players and to get autographs—if you were under the age of 15 that is.

The players on Tuesday seemed at ease and comfortable as they threw the ball around and ran through a few plays as they prepared for the upcoming season.

Friday, July 30 was the first day all players were at McDaniel College that the sessions were open to the public and it was reported that over 11 thousand fans were in attendance at the small private college in Westminster.

A lot of buzz on two players who both once played together at the University of Maryland at Friday’s practice.

Cornerback Dominique Foxworth, who started in all 16 games suffered a season-ending torn ACL injury during a non-contact drill.  How will that affect the defense that recently lost its star safety Ed Reed for six games and its first round draft pick, outside linebacker Sergio Kindle?

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There were also rumors that offensive tackle Jared Gaither suffered a back injury as he was carted off the field during practice earlier today, but was later announced it was just cramps.

Check back later for more updates from Westminster on the Ravens training camp until their first opening pre-season game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday August 12 at 8 p.m. E.T.

Baltimore Ravens 2010 training camp schedule

July 24, 2010

It has been long overdue.

The baseball season has been long, and even longer for Baltimore fans.

Football season could not have come at a better time. And come it has–training camp for the Baltimore Ravens at McDaniel College in Westminster starts Monday.

Go out and support your team, Baltimore. It is going to be a great season.

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July 26: 8:45 a.m. practice. Rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans report to camp.

July 27: 8:45 a.m. practice; 3:30 p.m. practice

July 28: 8:45 a.m. practice; 3:30 p.m. practice. All veterans report to camp.

July 29: 8:45 a.m. practice. Team administrative day. No availability for media or general public.

July 30: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

July 31: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

August 1: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

August 2: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2 p.m. special teams practice

August 3: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

August 4: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2 p.m. special teams practice

Baltimore Ravens 2010 draft picks

April 26, 2010

The Baltimore Ravens made it through the new three day draft period of the 2010 season and many are happy with the actions by Ozzie Newsome and company.

Here are all the players taken by the Ravens and a little information about them taken from ESPN.com.

In round 2 pick 11(43 overall)  
Sergio Kindle  OLB  Texas was chosen from Miami through Denver.

What he brings: Kindle is another talented prospect with durability concerns. His stem from a knee injury. On the other hand, Kindle is an explosive pass-rusher and athletic run defender on film. He needs to get a bit stronger at the point of attack, but there’s a lot to like about his upside.

How he fits: Kindle will provide good depth at the outside linebacker position for the Ravens’ 3-4 defense. The Ravens have good starters in Jarret Johnson and Terrell Suggs, but Kindle will be able to spell these players more and more as they age. This was not a big need for the club, but he fits their defense very well.  Click here to read about the other draft picks

Ravens start off-season with Dean Pees as new linebacker coach

January 25, 2010

When you think of the New England Patriots, most people automatically think of Tom Brady, and then Bill Belichick. For more avid fans there is Kevin Faulk.

 But what about their defense? When Brady failed to move the ball forward, their defense held tight to get them to the postseason.

The Patriots defense coordinator, Dean Pees, expired his contract this season and chose to not renew it with the Pats.

As of now, there are rumors on Pro Football Talk and other various sports medium sites that Pees will head south to become the new linebacker coach in Baltimore for what many consider an impeccable defense.

Pees was the head coach of Kent College from 1998-2003, where he then moved up to be the LB coach at NE in 2004 and 2005; he has been their defensive coordinator until the end of this season. Under his coaching, the Patriots this 2009 season were ranked 11th in the NFL after only allowing 320.2 yards per game.

 Some of the names recognizable under Pees at the Patriots are Tedy Bruschi, Ted Johnson and Willie McGinest. Pees also ironically was Baltimore’s John Harbaugh’s coach when Harbaugh was a Hurricane, where he played defensive back at Miami U.

What does this mean for current LB coach, Vic Fangio?

Ravens have yet to report on this and say it is definitely true and give the final word. But nonetheless, it is good to know Harbaugh and company aren’t taking a long rest for next season and are already preparing to move those chains and get Baltimore moving toward a winning season for 2010.

 What else do they have in store for Baltimore this offseason? Stay tuned.

My opinion on all this?

 What Baltimore fan doesn’t already think and know that Ray Lewis is the true heart and soul behind that defense, especially the linebackers.

 It is only a matter of time before good ol’ Ray Ray will retire as a player (unless he favre’s his retirement a few times and keeps coming back) and becomes a coach. The Ravens wouldn’t be the RAYvens without him…then again we thought the same of Stover and look where he is now…

But while some speculate that Pees might not be the best DC, he certainly was a strong LB coach at NE, and who knows, while acting as LB coach in Baltimore side by side with Ray Lewis, he could be the next big coach, like Marvin Lewis (Bengels), Rex Ryan (Jets), Jack Del Rio (49ers) and Mike Singletary (Jaguars), who all were defense coaches at Baltimore before becoming head coaches at other franchises.

Then again, he is also 60-years-old so who knows what the future may hold for Pees.

Now, we wait to hear the final word on this possible hiring and what is to become of Fangio. Keep the off-season alive, Bmore.