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#41 Nov 1, 2008
Make Suggs a good offer.
Push those young LBs to move up as soon as they can.
Oz HAS done a good job with LBs, but he has been weak in a number of other areas - check his record with 2nd round picks.
#43 Nov 2, 2008
Do you honestly believe he is a top GM? You, like many others, are overvaluing coaching. Do you really think we would have done that much better on offense all those years with any other coach and coordinator in the NFL? Billick was doing all he could with the garbage Ozzie gave him. True, I think Cameron is much more effective, but you are not going anywhere with the likes of Travis Taylor, Elvis Grbac, Kyle Boller, Randy Hymes, Clarence Moore, Ron Johnson. Devard Darling, Kevin Johnson, Tony Banks, Byron Leftwich (who Ozzie wanted to draft). When you get to this level, there's only so much coaching can do. Many of the points you raise about Billick are dead-on, which is why he was evaluated and fired. However, I think it is fascinating that you believe Ozzie is one of the best GMs in football! He has been unable to draft one legit WR and until now acquire a QB that is not a liability (this includes McNair). In terms of playing the younger guys, ALL coaches play the veterans that make all the money or it makes their boss, the GM, look ridiculous. Case and point, McLazee continues to be the top back, not including today because of an injury. Performance-wise he should be the third.
#44 Nov 3, 2008
Did you notice Ray Lewis giving a pep talk on the sidelines in the 3rd qtr?
Even his teammates call him the best general. As long as he keeps playing at his high level, he will make everyone around him better (and smarter, if they mimic his level of preparation).
Ed Reed tells how he learned to watch film (really watch it, and gleam something useful out of it) from Ray. Now Ed is mentoring the young secondary in the same manner.
It is always good to teach, but when you teach a teacher (Reed), then you have magnified your impact.
#45 Nov 3, 2008
If you would check in with the folks around the NFL, they would tell you that the Ravens have an enviable record in the overall draft history.
I personally believe (having followed the Browns since kid-dom and having been in MD when they moved to a city that would appreciate them) that Oz is much better than average.
However, it is a team effort (Owner, GM and Head Coach). The Ravens spent numerous drafts trying to build Billick's Vikings and fitting a square peg into a round hole.
With that, it would have been difficult for anyone to find pass-oriented offensive playmakers.
Now, what do we have?
A head coach who had the courage to change the team's mentality and outlook with a single training camp.
A coaching staff whose coordinators are among the best at what they do (and the HC largely lets them do it).
An offensive coordinator who has gotten more out of the tools at his disposal than ever could have been imagined.
The best D coordinator in the game.
A young, athletic and talented offensive line that is starting to gel as a unit. They still punish defenders in a run game, but also are getting better at pass protection!
A quiet, smart, athletic QB who stays out of the news and makes plays.
A trio of RBs (two young and one "old") who can run, catch and block. It also helps that Neal is on the team and showing these rbs how to be a pro in the NFL.
A D line with arguably the best young tackle in the league surrounded by a number of good veteran players.
Great and good LBs out the wazoo!
A top-notch, but aging secondary, but one with better backups than last year - backups that in a year or two might be good starters.
I would say that the future of this team looks good. I would also say that Owner, GM and HC are reasons why the future is looking good.
#46 Nov 3, 2008
It was the Browns after all. A team added to the impressive list of wins...
#47 Nov 4, 2008
Well, according to league rules, each team on the schedule is entitled to show up and play.
And if they show up, the Ravens have to play them.
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