Jamal Lewis or the Ravens' three-head...

Jamal Lewis or the Ravens' three-headed monster?

There are 50 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Oct 29, 2008, titled Jamal Lewis or the Ravens' three-headed monster?. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Back then, I said I would rather have Jamal Lewis on a team built around its defense and a young quarterback.

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Joe Mess East BMore

Columbia, MD

#1 Oct 29, 2008
I miss Jamal......but not so much now. Give me "The Three".
Dumb Idea Detector

Bristol, CT

#2 Oct 29, 2008
In the past few years, Jamal was only consistent in his inconsistency.
Sam

York, PA

#3 Oct 29, 2008
Let's not forget that when Jamal left, fans were ready to see him leave. His time was up. I'm glad he's playing well for Cleveland, but this three-headed monster is as productive (if not more) as Lewis is now, and much more promising in the long run.
Gary Parks

Uzbekistan

#5 Oct 29, 2008
Are you serious? J. Lewis a role model. Under the new rules after his time in Jail for a drug related charge. Would he even been allowed back? Other then lazy what has Willis done illegal? Lewis became lazy when he didn;t get his way and one player was released who was his friend. He hit the line the last yrs with Baltimore like a creampuff I would describe it another way, however you would not allow it. Glad he's gone. More Rice McLean and Neil.
Old Timer

Lansdale, PA

#6 Oct 29, 2008
It is also nice to have backs who know how to catch the short ball in the flat and know what to do with it after they catch it. Lewis a comparatively poor fit with respect to this component of the Cameron scheme-- also hard to imagine Lewis taking the option pitch on the corner....
Short memory

Arlington, VA

#7 Oct 29, 2008
Don,

Lewis is a better fit... only when he wants to be. Lewis is an example of sad reality that NFL players sometime play more for money than passion. There is a strong correlation between Lewis' production and contract negotiations.

Look at 2007, Lewis had a conditional contract that translated to a one-year deal. He ran hard behind a great O-line and great passing game to get that big deal with the Browns. Now in 2008, he still runs pretty hard but not with the emotion and effort of 2007. I just think of the 2005 version of Jamal Lewis.
Big Bob

San Francisco, CA

#8 Oct 29, 2008
Jamal has a SB ring, has the 2nd most yards EVER in a game, has the 2nd most yards EVER in a season, 6 - 1000 yard seasons and Willis has 3 - 1000 yard seasons. Lets not forget Jamal played with a run first offense with no passing attack what so ever. Defenses would constantly stack 8/9 in the box. Now tell me what Willis has achieved that can even compare to what Jamal has achieved in his career. Personally, I realize Jamal lost Bmore fans and he wasn't the back we were used to seeing but I also wonder how much Billick and the stooges of offenseive coordinators we carried played into his subpar performances and eventual departure. If Jamal was with us now, between him and McClain, D's would give up after the first half becuase of the physical punding they would recieve from them...ad in a quick burst guy like Rice and he would probalby pick up more yards late in the game to seel the deal. Its a No Brainer...give me Jamal any day of the week.
Wayne

Baltimore, MD

#9 Oct 29, 2008
If people remember Lewis kinda gave up every time he got the ball the year before he was traded. He was hitting the dirt at the line of scrimmage and giving no second effort all season. I was a Lewis fan but that year I was yelling "get rid of him", as were my friends and fellow fans.
bhster

Baltimore, MD

#10 Oct 29, 2008
I don't think, at this point in their careers, that Lewis or McGahee offer a whole lot when it comes to being a scoring machine. Both are injury-prone, both are inconsistent, but overall...McGahee is a better fit for the 2008 Raven offense. Jamal is playing well for da Brownies, but one more significant knee injury could be the end of his career. McGahee still has more miles to go before he reaches the finish line. I take McGahee and thank Jamal for the contributions he made when he was here.
Wow

Baltimore, MD

#11 Oct 29, 2008
We should have kept Lewis...we still could have gotten Rice and McClain, and still could have a three-headed monster to take some carries away from Lewis. I can't blame the Ravens for letting him go and going in a different direction, but I would have kept him at least another year. "Give Jamal the ball" :)
james

Abingdon, MD

#12 Oct 29, 2008
Lewis to be fair, was injured as a Raven and did not have the burst to hit the holes fast enough. Look at the film and you'll see the - twinkle toes at the line of scrimmage. Of course, not having a great O-line didn't help.

However.... J Lewis made it clear he didn't want to be here and dogged it on many occasions. He didn't get along with Billick and was a distraction. He needed a change of scenery. It was definitely time for him to go. He's been healthy last year and this year and happier in Cleveland and his numbers show it. Good to see it in some respects, but his statements that he wouldn't put out maximum effort his last or second to last season leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
stazak

Battle Creek, MI

#13 Oct 29, 2008
i have to go with Lewis and I understand the role model thing. Look at the difference of the shape these guys are in. I think people tend to forget Lewis was also a good blocker for pass plays

Since: Oct 08

Holland, MI

#14 Oct 29, 2008
Who gives a hard turd we have Mcgahee, Rice and Mclain now. Not Lewis, what is the purpose of this article?
Basher

Parkville, MD

#15 Oct 29, 2008
Jamal who?
Dubby

Washington, DC

#16 Oct 29, 2008
I will take the Three Back approach over Jamal Lewis. After seeing the Ravens backs effectiveness in the Red Zone, the ability to run screen plays, and Ray Rice's ability in the open field, I think the Ravens are better off. The only problem I see is that they paid WAY too much for Willis. That was stupid.

But, maybe it's not about the running backs, it's more the coaches. Did we ever get the full value of Priest Holmes and Chester Taylor. Seems to me they really flourished in other systems after they left here.
MIke

Baltimore, MD

#17 Oct 29, 2008
i don't know how you can saw that Jamal is a better role model for younger players.... he complained, didn't play hard at times, was lazy....and at times was a cancer in the locker room.

Since: Sep 08

Baltimore

#18 Oct 29, 2008
Everyone saying we should have kept Lewis is forgetting his last year here. We knew he was on his way out and we didn't mind. There is no good explanation for his performance since he wasn't injured. Even if you hate you coach and team, you play for yourself and the next team that might want you. Mcgahee started hurt this year, but last year he ran hard and gained yards when the rest of the offense couldn't do anything.
Dman

San Bruno, CA

#19 Oct 29, 2008
you're right Lewis was very consistant at getting 1 yard, 2 yards. Thank god he's gone maybe if he wasn't a chain smoker he could have had a better career then what he's having now. Also he's a great roll model by setting up coke deals and doing time. yea that's a great roll model maybe after that they could take some advice from Ricky williams. Think before you write again.
matt

United States

#20 Oct 29, 2008
I think Lewis and McGahee are both past their prime, but since its three vs one. I have to take the three, Willis is definitely a better role model than Jamal. He has a much better work ethic. Rice and McClain are both studs.
Don Marcus - be ashamed

Lindenhurst, NY

#21 Oct 29, 2008
You get paid for writing? I learned in high school English not to use "has had" because it's really poor form.
They are different tenses of the same word. That's like saying, "McGahee ran runs for 105 yards."
Here are two examples of how to properly use has or had...
You wrote:
"McGahee has had the best game this season of the two"
Since the season is still happening, the proper way to say that is:
"McGahee HAS the best game this season of the two"
Later, you wrote:
"McGahee has had one good game"
Since that game is over and in the past, the proper way to say that is:
"McGahee HAD one good game"
I know sports writers are not known for being the best or the brightest when it comes to grammar, but please - this is basic English here. Your former teachers would be embarrassed, and so should you.

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