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NFL week one games: Recap

September 13, 2010

Football season is officially here as the first Sunday of the season has come and gone.

In case you might have missed some of the games, here is a quick recap of each game to keep you up to speed.

Steelers vs. Falcons

The team we love to hate played a pretty tentative game Sunday afternoon against Atlanta, who also seemed hesitant. The game was a slow, FG kind of game. Both kickers even were having an off day as Pittsburgh’s Reed was 2-4 for the day, including a missed FG going into halftime with 17 seconds to go (the ball would hit the post and bounce away).  But the Falcons were on the same page as the Steelers; despite Falcons QB Matt Ryan throwing a strong pass down the middle late in the second  quarter, Atlanta can’t get a TD to pull ahead. Kicker Bryant does make it through the posts this time (he missed an earlier 46  yard attempt) to tie the score at 3-3 going into the second half.

In the end, with “mighty mouse” Hines Ward and Redman making big catches and picking up a few yards to help the once third string QB, Dennis Dixon gave the Steelers the advantage to win.  Late in the fourth quarter,  Lofton and Bierhmann take down Dixon, making it seem like the Falcons could pull away; but an interception by Troy Polamero led the Steelers to another FG attempt which Reed misses, going too far to the right with the 40-yard attempt, sending the game into overtime.

But it was Mendenhall who took the game away from Atlanta in overtime with a TD; final score 15-9.

Falcons player to keep an eye on: Roody White, who had 13 catches and 111 yards.

Titans vs. Raiders

With the Titans, you can’t hold back RB Chris Johnson and QB Vince Young for too long. The Raiders rallied against Tennessee for a good while in the first half, or so it seemed. Passing yards for the Raiders in the first half was a -8, while the Titans were at 85. Both not impressing, especially when the Titans RB, Johnson averages about 125.4 yards a game and had 36 going into the second half.

But N. Washington drew first blood with the first TD of the game which propelled the Titans later to win against Oakland 38-13.

Both QB’s, Young and Campbell, played rookie-esq. If  either team wants to improve, their leaders need to step up their own game a little better.

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Ravens press conference today; offseason updates

February 3, 2010

Today at 2 p.m. there is going to be a press conference with Raven’s Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie Newsome,  John Harbaugh and Dick Cass to talk about what to look ahead for and what to expect for Baltimore.

Baltimore has already started making moves to prepare for the future of the team with the hiring of two new coaches. About two weeks ago, they hired a new linebacker coach, Dean Pees, to replace Vic Fangio.  Pees used to be the defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.

A quick update on who Pees is from previous blog: 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.

Last week, the Ravens also took to their staff a new quarterback coach—a name certainly most sports fans have heard of. Former Washington Redskins head coach, Jim Zorn, filled another vacant coaching spot for Baltimore. Was this a good move?

According to baltimoreravens.com blog writer, Mike Duffy, ‘Zorn brings an impressive resume of a professional playing career that spanned from 1976-87, an 11-year stint as a quarterbacks coach and two years as head coach of the Washington Redskins.’

“Jim played successfully in the NFL for a long time,” said head coach John Harbaugh. “He knows what quarterbacks go through in this league. He has been a quarterbacks coach and a head coach, and he is familiar with our offense. That’s a great résumé. I’ve gotten to know Jim for the last couple of years, and I have been impressed with him as a person. He’s a good, decent man, and he will be an excellent addition to the Ravens. This is an exciting addition to our staff.”

Keep in mind that while Zorn might not have been great head coach material, he had much better stats as a Qb coach and could be just what Joe Flacco needs to get him to be a QB to go toe to toe against veteran QB’s such as Big Ben in Steeler country.

Other news, according to John Eisenberg, a reporter for BaltimoreRavens.com, are which players are up for grabs and who is returning?

Are Ed Reed and Derrick Mason retiring? Unlikely, at least I hope. We could use Mason and Reed’s steady and reliable performance on the field.

Eisenburg, in his report: “But I expect the Ravens to navigate these uncertain waters with relative aplomb. They’re pretty good at the offseason. Teams understandably get a lot of attention for how they fare on the field, but there is a parallel NFL universe that unfolds beyond the public’s view, behind closed doors, where teams scout, draft, manage their finances and generally put one foot in front of the other as a business. It’s a critically important realm that obviously impacts how things play out on the field, and a few teams are known for excelling in it, for operating soundly and methodically from year to year.

The Ravens rank high on the list of teams that fare well behind the scenes. They’re known for being shrewd drafters, for managing their finances appropriately, for generally making sound decisions. They’re deliberate and methodical as opposed to rash, an approach that tends to pay dividends later, on the field.”

Everyone knows we need wide receivers. Will that affect Baltimore’s current free agent wide receivers Mason, Mark Clayton, Demetrius Williams and Kelley Washington?

Possible pick could be San Diego’s Malcom Floyd would be an option to pick up at wide receiver this offseason. He is a restricted free agent, so the Ravens would have to give up a draft pick or two, b ut that could be worth it with Floyd’s deep throat ability to make plays happen. Baltimore, you might remember that 45-yard reception in week two when Baltimore traveled to San Diego, where they won 31-26 with an incredible play to end the game with a W by LB Ray Lewis.

Carolina Panthers Julius Peppers is also rumored to want to move somewhere else, and somewhere else could possibly be Baltimore, New England or Atlanta.

Then again, at draft pick #25, should the Ravens wait and hope to pick up a strong Rookie–they got lucky with Flacco and Ray Rice.

Tune in at 2p.m. today for more answers to questions about the Ravens in the offseason. Keep in mind, Baltimore–trust the ones behind the scenes; their moves in the offseason has gotten Baltimore to the postseason for the past few seasons.

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.