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After bye, Ravens bid farewell to criticism controversy -

There are 23 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Oct 30, 2007, titled After bye, Ravens bid farewell to criticism controversy -. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

After finishing their first practice after the bye, several Ravens walked off the field laughing with coach Brian Billick, while others playfully tossed a ball around.

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Ravens_Flock

Chico, CA

#2 Oct 30, 2007
That's what reporters do, sadly. They take dumb little soundbites out completely out of context, and build an entire developing story out of just that soundbite, to make headlines, and get people talking. And they've obviously done their job well.

I have respect for Brian Billick, and value him as a coach. I'm glad to hear Ray say the same thing...and knowing Ray, it ain't just some PC comment he had to say because the office told him to....if anything, Ray always speaks his mind, so if he says he respects Billick, then I take him at his word.

This is a good sign. I hope these guys really learn from their early struggles, and come together and play as a team in the second half, and really shut all the haters and doubters out there right the f*ck up. Nothing would make me happier, than seeing a bunch of fairweather, bandwagon "fans" scrambling to get back on the boat, because the Ravens are suddenly doing well.
Bruce

Chantilly, VA

#3 Oct 30, 2007
You are dreaming if you think the Ravens are going to do well the second half. I love the Ravens as much as anyone and don't consider myself a fair weather fan, but my god, look at the first half. Nothing has changed and if you saw the way New England dismantled the Redskins then you can see we are anything but a high caliber football team. It's time people started being realistic instead of having their heads up in the clouds thinking we even have some kind of chance to make it to the Superbowl. We barely have a chance at the playoffs and even then I don't think they will make it. The only thing that would convince me that we even have a shot is if they completely destroy Pittsburgh next week. THEN maybe I'd say we have a chance. But I doubt that will happen. If we do win it will probably be that Pittsburgh lost it instead of us winning it.

Since: Sep 07

Frederick, MD

#4 Oct 30, 2007
This is the season next monday night. Either we win or we stink, don't see much of middle ground here.
Time to put points up and pressure Ben so much he can't pass, if we do that the team will improve.
Yet the teams we face now are better than what we have faced, and we haven't done well at all.
This may be the last year that Billick leads the team, but who is better to replace him?
On paper they should rock but it doesn't seem to work out that way on game day.
I fear that after Monday night fans will be looking forward to draft day with dreams of postseason clearly pipe dreams.
Kristopher

Manchester, MD

#5 Oct 30, 2007
Bottom Line: "If" the Ravens beat Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh next Monday, in my opinion; they might get to the playoffs. "BUT, if" the Ravens lose, again, in my opinion; the Ravens' Owner should summarily FIRE Brian Billick & HIRE Coach Coward (who, if you have listened to him) on the CBS Pre-Game Show is about the ONLY one that favors Baltimore. He knows the division in his sleep & he would bring "fresh" air back to the team. I don't know about the rest of YOU "experts" out there; but 9 years is enough BILLICK FATIGUE. Anybody agree with me?
Steve

Warrenville, IL

#6 Oct 30, 2007
I too am a die hard purple bleeding Raven fan but so far I don't see my team in the same league as NE, Indy, or even Pitts. I hope BB, Ray and the boys can shame me for doubting and show me why they are making the big bucks and I am watching from the couch.
Ron

Omaha, NE

#7 Oct 30, 2007
Ok, this is what is going to happen on Monday. McNair fumbled twice in the first quarter and threw an INT in the second quarter. All of them were turned into TDs by Steelers. The defense chipped in as well. They had couple early breakdowns and Steelers turned them into TDs. At the half time, the score was 35-0. McNair took a beating both mentally and physically, and was confused and clueless most of the time like he has been all season. McNair fumbled one more time and threw two more INT in the second half but did manage to throw a TD to Mason before end of the game to prevent a shutout. The final score is 42-7.

On his radio show, Ray again vented his frustration over Billick. In fact, Ray was so angry with Billick that he offered to fight him in the ring to settle their difference. On Billick’s radio show next day, Brian said he fully understood Ray’s frustration and his desire to beat him up all along but declined the offer citing health reason. He also stressed that Ray and him actually have a very good relationship. So this pathetic season continues. Ravens went on to lose all the remaining games. McNair was put on the injured reserve before the end of the season.
GHT

Portland, OR

#8 Oct 30, 2007
What nobody has pointed out regarding the game in Buffalo, since we were at the 50 yard line, it makes sense to assume we would of had to complete a few passes anyway to get the needed TD. We misfired on 3 straight. if we can't make 1 yd, 50 is a moot point. This team can't execute and make yards on ANY down in ANY situation. That's where the problem lies.
Truth

United States

#9 Oct 30, 2007
Todd Heap = Fine China

This guy is the most imjury prone athlete I have ever seen!
John

Baltimore, MD

#10 Oct 30, 2007
Ron wrote:
Ok, this is what is going to happen on Monday. McNair fumbled twice in the first quarter and threw an INT in the second quarter. All of them were turned into TDs by Steelers. The defense chipped in as well. They had couple early breakdowns and Steelers turned them into TDs. At the half time, the score was 35-0. McNair took a beating both mentally and physically, and was confused and clueless most of the time like he has been all season. McNair fumbled one more time and threw two more INT in the second half but did manage to throw a TD to Mason before end of the game to prevent a shutout. The final score is 42-7.
On his radio show, Ray again vented his frustration over Billick. In fact, Ray was so angry with Billick that he offered to fight him in the ring to settle their difference. On Billick’s radio show next day, Brian said he fully understood Ray’s frustration and his desire to beat him up all along but declined the offer citing health reason. He also stressed that Ray and him actually have a very good relationship. So this pathetic season continues. Ravens went on to lose all the remaining games. McNair was put on the injured reserve before the end of the season.
Good one Ron, did you think of that all by yourself or did you plagiarize it from the Ravens/Steelers game summaries from last year and change the team names? Oh wait let me help you out. Plagiarize means to steal and pass off as one's own.

By the way you screwed up the second part. That's when the head coach quits on the team and the franchise screws over its own people and hires a new coach from outside the team. While their betrayed loyal coaches move on to another team which by the way beat them this year.

News flash.....The Steelers have a cake schedule this year and they aren't that good. People say nothing has changed with the Ravens but the reality is it has. We had a lot of key people hurt that are coming back this week. If Ogden and McAllister can come back this week we will be in good shape. I'm not saying super bowl here we come but this season isn’t over yet and if you remember the Ravens usually play their best ball in November and December. Isn't that right Ron (here on Nov 26, 2006 27-0 and in Pittsburgh Dec 24th, 2006 31-7)? Sorry about ruining your Christmas last year Ron. Okay I'm really not but I understand how a whooping like that twice can still hurt a year later.
Bruce

Chantilly, VA

#11 Oct 30, 2007
Man John, you got some big kahunas to bad mouth the Steelers. Last year was last year and VERY different than this year's team. If you think we'll beat Pittsburgh by those same margins than you are REALLY living in a fantasy world. Maybe if you switched the scores around you MIGHT be on the right track.
omar

Richmond, VA

#12 Oct 30, 2007
if we lose to the steelers this monday u can forget about the season, fire billick, promote ryan as head coach, because i don't see the ravens winning vs teams like colts, pats, chargers, our defense maybe can slow them down, but its funky offense that will screw up, and doesn't take a great defense to stop our funky offense,...,
Teapot

Sterling, VA

#13 Oct 30, 2007
John wrote:
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Good one Ron, did you think of that all by yourself or did you plagiarize it from the Ravens/Steelers game summaries from last year and change the team names? Oh wait let me help you out. Plagiarize means to steal and pass off as one's own.
By the way you screwed up the second part. That's when the head coach quits on the team and the franchise screws over its own people and hires a new coach from outside the team. While their betrayed loyal coaches move on to another team which by the way beat them this year.
News flash.....The Steelers have a cake schedule this year and they aren't that good. People say nothing has changed with the Ravens but the reality is it has. We had a lot of key people hurt that are coming back this week. If Ogden and McAllister can come back this week we will be in good shape. I'm not saying super bowl here we come but this season isn’t over yet and if you remember the Ravens usually play their best ball in November and December. Isn't that right Ron (here on Nov 26, 2006 27-0 and in Pittsburgh Dec 24th, 2006 31-7)? Sorry about ruining your Christmas last year Ron. Okay I'm really not but I understand how a whooping like that twice can still hurt a year later.
LOL, that's nice bro I love the way you stated that. You forgot that all of the players went on strike and Ozzie and Steve resigned.

I have lots of faith in our boys but the game against the Steeler will tell all tales. We better go in there all carying a 2x4 and not a chip on our shoulders. GO RAVENS!!!!
big dawg

United States

#14 Oct 30, 2007
the steeler game will tell us alot about the 2007 ravens. i think you r all gonna be suprised. reason: Jonathon Ogden will be in the lineup. he makes a huge difference in a game. if he is healthy the Ravens will be a playoff caliber team. The health of McAllistrer is also big.The Ravens can play with anyone when they are healthy. Go ravens..
Todd

Oak Park, MI

#15 Oct 30, 2007
Is it Ron or Moron? The Steelers just got beat by Denver. News flash Denver stinks. The Steelers may win, but it will be close. "Fast Willie" will be held to 75, Little Ben will see plenty of the sky from his back and the tin curtain will crumble. The Ravens match up well, last year was not a fluke and the Steelers know that.
Ron wrote:
Ok, this is what is going to happen on Monday. McNair fumbled twice in the first quarter and threw an INT in the second quarter. All of them were turned into TDs by Steelers. The defense chipped in as well. They had couple early breakdowns and Steelers turned them into TDs. At the half time, the score was 35-0. McNair took a beating both mentally and physically, and was confused and clueless most of the time like he has been all season. McNair fumbled one more time and threw two more INT in the second half but did manage to throw a TD to Mason before end of the game to prevent a shutout. The final score is 42-7.
On his radio show, Ray again vented his frustration over Billick. In fact, Ray was so angry with Billick that he offered to fight him in the ring to settle their difference. On Billick’s radio show next day, Brian said he fully understood Ray’s frustration and his desire to beat him up all along but declined the offer citing health reason. He also stressed that Ray and him actually have a very good relationship. So this pathetic season continues. Ravens went on to lose all the remaining games. McNair was put on the injured reserve before the end of the season.
Jeffro

Lillington, NC

#16 Oct 30, 2007
Monday Night Highlights

McNair gets hit so hard his Armor flak Jacket shatters blinding his offensive line for the rest of the game. He is buried on site. The game continues.

The all rookie offensive line takes over. Kyle Boller steps in and takes his beating like a man. He loses a leg and Troy (Run your balls off) comes in.

At this point Ray Lewis engages in fisticuffs with coach Billick. Billick sprays him with mace blinding Ray for the rest of the game.

The defense implodes, Todd (The glass Man) Heap bumps his knee on the water cooler and is out for the season. JO is suspended after being seen on tape getting in some cheap shots on Billick as he is fighting Lewis.

Steelers 34- Ravens 3
GHT

Portland, OR

#17 Oct 30, 2007
Jeffro wrote:
Monday Night Highlights
McNair gets hit so hard his Armor flak Jacket shatters blinding his offensive line for the rest of the game. He is buried on site. The game continues.
The all rookie offensive line takes over. Kyle Boller steps in and takes his beating like a man. He loses a leg and Troy (Run your balls off) comes in.
At this point Ray Lewis engages in fisticuffs with coach Billick. Billick sprays him with mace blinding Ray for the rest of the game.
The defense implodes, Todd (The glass Man) Heap bumps his knee on the water cooler and is out for the season. JO is suspended after being seen on tape getting in some cheap shots on Billick as he is fighting Lewis.
Steelers 34- Ravens 3
Nice coming form a guy who claims to like the Ravens because his wife is a fan. What, you're squeeze on the side is a Steeler cadet??
Jeffro

Lillington, NC

#18 Oct 30, 2007
I'm.. I hate to say.. am a Panthers man which is just as frustrating as a Raven. Our QB can apply for social security. I live live in Panthenville. Wife is a Raven, I Panther. I have always loved the Ravens D. Awesome to watch, Ray is the Man. Our QB situtation is a dysfunctional as your offense.
Jeffro

Lillington, NC

#19 Oct 30, 2007
Omar....you don't have an offense. And another thing, I looked at my last post and I can't write. I'm from NC, you must forgive me and my trailer intellect.
roadglide

Satellite Beach, FL

#20 Oct 31, 2007
yep 100%
Kristopher wrote:
Bottom Line: "If" the Ravens beat Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh next Monday, in my opinion; they might get to the playoffs. "BUT, if" the Ravens lose, again, in my opinion; the Ravens' Owner should summarily FIRE Brian Billick & HIRE Coach Coward (who, if you have listened to him) on the CBS Pre-Game Show is about the ONLY one that favors Baltimore. He knows the division in his sleep & he would bring "fresh" air back to the team. I don't know about the rest of YOU "experts" out there; but 9 years is enough BILLICK FATIGUE. Anybody agree with me?
Truth squad

United States

#21 Oct 31, 2007
Steelers 34
Stovers 6

And after the game, Ray the cry baby whiner Lewis will have something else (and someone else) to blame and whine about. When the Ravens get rid of that ingrate I may even root for the team; until then no way in hell.

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