Ravens' Johnson finds his place

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Every NFL team should have a Jarret Johnson. Every good team does. That's a dedicated tough guy, physical and smart, selfless and committed.
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Cash

Korea

#1 Dec 6, 2008
Thats funny, McGahee has given my fantasy team migraines all season
mika from france

Paris, France

#2 Dec 6, 2008
yeah, DOUBLE J is one of my favorite player, really like is mentality, we never hear about him in the newspaper but on the field, he's got a big motor that never stop, really big heart kind like kelly gregg... these guys show that wathever your undersized, you can perform at a high level with the heart...
Schlomo

Parkton, MD

#3 Dec 6, 2008
Jarrett is to the D what Jason Brown is to the O. Selfless players who provide a foundation allowing others to get the spotlight. As long as we have Brown, McClain and Grubbs on the O and Johnson, Gregg (I know he's on IR) and Ngata on D, building a successful compliment is much easier. Ravens will be better in 2010 and 2011 than they are now. Fun ahead.
Rich

Marion, IA

#4 Dec 6, 2008
Johnson is playing very well, if only he'd not had that stupid personal foul against the Steelers that single-handedly cost us that game. It looks like he has learned his lesson and that along with his play is good enough.

Madden pulling in with the cruiser. That's cool, and well deserved by the Ravens.
JJW

College Park, MD

#5 Dec 6, 2008
If McGahee has a headache, why was he at the Wizard-Laker game last night?
rolotamasi

Mchenry, MD

#6 Dec 6, 2008
willis has gone as far as he could in Baltimore. he needs to go elsewhere for his own good & likewise, for the good of the ravens team.

so, what you gonna do Willis ?.....you & the Ravens need some "different strokes."
Cripshaw

Lutherville Timonium, MD

#7 Dec 6, 2008
JJW wrote:
If McGahee has a headache, why was he at the Wizard-Laker game last night?
That was Clinton Portis; not Willis McGahee. I guess to some, they all look alike.
Charles Rose

Manama, Bahrain

#8 Dec 6, 2008
CAN'T WE JUST PUT THE GLASS OF HATOR AIDE DOWN FOR A SECOND? Everyday we find someone on the Ravens to throw under the bus. Well the last time i checked Willis was wearing purple and black and helping the Ravens make the playoffs. Get off his back and root for the guy, he is on our team. When he's playing well and scoring touch downs i don't hear this crying and hating......some of you so called Ravens fans need to cheer for the whole team, and not your favorite players from week to week ! Can't we all just get a life !
realist

Montgomery Village, MD

#9 Dec 6, 2008
rolotamasi wrote:
willis has gone as far as he could in Baltimore. he needs to go elsewhere for his own good & likewise, for the good of the ravens team.
so, what you gonna do Willis ?.....you & the Ravens need some "different strokes."
Whatchu talkin bout!
rolotamasi

Mchenry, MD

#10 Dec 6, 2008
thanx realist......you wrote what I was trying to think of.

hey Charlie Rose.........i was not throwing Willis under anything, just voicing an opinion. jeezy, peezy.

can't you see Willis has a mindset that is not in sync with the current team philosophy......... me thinks Willis days of being an B++ running back are over. Age & injuries added to C - attitude =
adios Willis.
Chuck

Waukee, IA

#11 Dec 6, 2008
McGahee was at the Wizards-Lakers game last night. After this season, good riddance Willis!
Charles Rose

Manama, Bahrain

#12 Dec 6, 2008
I just wanna know one thing, will all you so called Raven fans still be hating if Willis plays great these final four games, and helps us get deep into the playoffs ? or will that make everything alright ? There is no I in team. Oh and as far as Willis's attitude and mindset, no player completely agrees with his coach all the time,he has had some bad decisions on his part. But in the game he does give 100 %. He has not beaten up his wife or girlfriend or killed any pitbulls or even shot himself in the leg, so can't we just root for the guy to play well. The season is'nt even over and we're kicken him to the curb already.
Delaware Dan

United States

#13 Dec 6, 2008
Willis has had a tough season, but he ought to get back to the level he was playing at last year - or even better - eventually. Doesn't anyone remember how hard he ran last season? I bet he got hit in the backfield in at least 50% of his carries, yet he still managed 4+ yards per carry. It was a one-man-show last year, and he was the man. That Willis will be back before too long.
Phil

United States

#14 Dec 6, 2008
This article shows why some players who excel here may falter in other places. People like Jarrett Johnson or Ngata hold up blockers, while some linebackers are assinged the free routes to the QB or RB. Therefore, some players may have gaudy statistics becasue their assignment is not to hold blockers, but to exploit the free routes that their fellow defenders are creating for them. Hence, players like Adalius or Hartwell flourished here, but will be much less impressive elsewhere if their teammates or schemes are not devised to release them to make open lane tackles or sacks.
Scott G

Alexandria, VA

#15 Dec 6, 2008
Charles Rose wrote:
I just wanna know one thing, will all you so called Raven fans still be hating if Willis plays great these final four games, and helps us get deep into the playoffs ? or will that make everything alright ? There is no I in team. Oh and as far as Willis's attitude and mindset, no player completely agrees with his coach all the time,he has had some bad decisions on his part. But in the game he does give 100 %. He has not beaten up his wife or girlfriend or killed any pitbulls or even shot himself in the leg, so can't we just root for the guy to play well. The season is'nt even over and we're kicken him to the curb already.
I am 50/50 on Willis. Fact, in the offseason, he waited on the knee to heal, it didn't, so he had surgery right before pre-season, as I recall.

Look, too many are offerring recriminations now.

Last time I looked, we are 8-4, in 6th spot to go to the playoffs, by a full game, with 3 of 4 games at home to close the season. Considering the amount of injuries we have had, this is tremendous. Who would have thought we would be be here at his time of the year? Stand up!

Enjoy the ride. As far as Willis, I trust the coach and men at the the top to decide. They got us this far didn't they? Stop the hating. Get on the band wagon. Root them on. they can decide about Willis after the season, but lets go. We have an excellent shot at the playoffs right now. Why are we complaining?
veedub

Catonsville, MD

#16 Dec 6, 2008
Great article on JJ. Glad to see him getting some attention. I think he got exposed a bit last year when he took over for AD. He wasn't too good in coverage and in space. That has changed this year, as he's all over the field making plays. Truly a team-first guy who will do whatever it takes to excel at his position. He's definitely one of the unspoken leaders of the team.

As for his personal foul against the Stillers, that wasn't the reason we lost the game. Sure, it give Pitt some momentum but we missed 3 tackles on Holmes' TD pass and Flacco couldn't protect the football when Harrison/Woodley swarmed him. That's the reason we lost, not JJ.
rick-- gresham or

Baltimore, MD

#17 Dec 6, 2008
oh NO!! Somebody please tell me they're not practicing indoors already!
dyno don

United States

#18 Dec 6, 2008
JJ defines "Ravens Defense"
jon dey

Saint John, Canada

#19 Dec 6, 2008
rolotamasi wrote:
willis has gone as far as he could in Baltimore. he needs to go elsewhere for his own good & likewise, for the good of the ravens team.
so, what you gonna do Willis ?.....you & the Ravens need some "different strokes."
He was all-pro and rushed for over 1200 yards and everyone seems to have a hate on. Chill people. We might be going to the play-offs and Willis is an integral part of the wheel!
rolotamasi

Mchenry, MD

#20 Dec 6, 2008
how do you guys equate hate in my comment. Last year Willis was terrific. With 3 running backs being very productive & with Willis being somewhat persona non-grata, out of shape to start the season, him being injury prone & his evident decline from B++ to C ( I removed the minus ), I stand by my opinion that it would be to the benefit of Willis and the Ravens team to part ways.

With that said I will of course root for him as a Ravens & wish him all success. Likewise, should he go elsewhere, I'd do the same.

So please be a little more gracious by withholding your the hate lable
when others have a deferring opinion than yours.

When you point at others, 3 fingers point back at you.

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