Who carries on?

Who carries on?

There are 44 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Nov 4, 2008, titled Who carries on?. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Reaching the midway point of the season with a 5-3 record, the Ravens have positioned themselves to make a run at the playoffs.

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OC John

Ocean City, MD

#1 Nov 4, 2008
I like Coach H philosphy, "he who practices the best, plays". Rice did come to camp in shape and ready to play, Mcgahee, well he was hurt, although he could have used the off season to get in better shape. But I think Mcgahee is a good player. Spread the wealth (where did I hear this recently?). Then again what will you tell the other players about practicing hard? Gee, it's good to have these problems.
Bob S

Augusta, ME

#2 Nov 4, 2008
Nice problem to have if you're the Ravens. Does starting even matter that much? All three, including McClain, get action.
Willis

Albany, NY

#3 Nov 4, 2008
Take away one run of 60 yards and you have a very poor sunday for Rice, stay wiyh McGahee as the starter and see how it progresses. It's a no brainer.
Prospect Expert

Hyattsville, MD

#4 Nov 4, 2008
We may as well run Willis into the ground and keep Rice fresh. The former won't be back next season and Ray Rice is the future of the team's ground game.
OC Jim

United States

#5 Nov 4, 2008
The real question is, how much do the Ravens save in cap room if they cut or trade McGahee after the season? What could the Ravens get for McGahee in trade, maybe a 3rd or 4th round pick?
Struds

Sterling, VA

#6 Nov 4, 2008
The three-headed monster approach is still a good idea. In fact, with the emergence of Rice and the fact that McGahee has not been healthy enough to carry a full load, it seems even better. Cam needs to find a way to keep them both (and to a lesser extent McClain) involved.

Also, keep in mind that McGahee had several big runs called back by penalties in the Oakland game - if those had counted, his stats would not be quite as depressing.
XXX

United States

#7 Nov 4, 2008
There's plenty of plays for both, and the Ravens will need both of them. Maybe Rice being around might motivate McGahee to prepare harder next offseason. Regardless, why do I suspect we'll see Ngata pull a Refridgerator Perry at some point this season?
MIke

Baltimore, MD

#8 Nov 4, 2008
Willis wrote:
Take away one run of 60 yards and you have a very poor sunday for Rice, stay wiyh McGahee as the starter and see how it progresses. It's a no brainer.
I am not really sure how 90+ yards rushing, plus a handful of catches is a 'very poor sunday'. That being said, I say run them both.... a lot.

DEK

Since: Jun 08

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#9 Nov 4, 2008
Willis wrote:
Take away one run of 60 yards and you have a very poor sunday for Rice, stay wiyh McGahee as the starter and see how it progresses. It's a no brainer.
Crack kills man, stay away from it. Take away that 60 yard run and Rice has 94 yards on 20 carries. That is a 4.7 average which is not poor by any means.
RAYVEN

United States

#10 Nov 4, 2008
Depends on the situation..... Neal & McClain should pound it inside the 20 ! I flew to Cleveland for the game, Brown Fans are very nice, and Frank Walker needs to keep his mouth shut and play football or bench him....!!!
veedub

Englewood, CO

#11 Nov 4, 2008
OC Jim wrote:
The real question is, how much do the Ravens save in cap room if they cut or trade McGahee after the season? What could the Ravens get for McGahee in trade, maybe a 3rd or 4th round pick?
If they cut McGahee after this season, they'll still have $8M on the cap. So that is not an option. Trading him would be an option, but good luck trading a guy with injury concerns, attitude problems, and a hefty salary. Make no mistake about it, McGahee will be here next year.

As such, I like the RB by committee approach. There is no reason to create a RB controversy, just like there's no reason to create a QB controversy. The three-headed monster is the way to go.
jnyU

Beaufort, SC

#12 Nov 4, 2008
I like using them all, keeps them all fresh and we'll need them all due to injuries etc. anyway. Also, I completely agree with the above, Neal and McClain inside the 10 with Ngata leading the way is almost impossible to stop.

Since: Jan 08

Bel Air - Maryland

#13 Nov 4, 2008
McGahee. End of story. Let Rice develop, push people around with McClain, and let Rice pick his spots as he progresses.
steveg

Ridgely, MD

#14 Nov 4, 2008
I did lose some respect for McGahee during the summer; he seemed to have an attitude. But during this season he has played hard and been productive when he's healthy (which may be a result of his poor preparation during the summer). I'd give most of the running to him when he's available, pick some good spots for Rice, let McClain do the heavy lifting and goal line work, and give it Neal sometimes as well. They all give opposing defenses different things to worry about, especially if the O-line continues to play well and the O-coordinator continues to mix it up, spread it around and keep things off balance.
erz

United States

#15 Nov 4, 2008
Willis wrote:
Take away one run of 60 yards and you have a very poor sunday for Rice, stay wiyh McGahee as the starter and see how it progresses. It's a no brainer.
a very poor sunday? this is a ridiculous statement. that would be 94 yds rushing? and not to mention his receiving yards. thats very far from poor
Harry

Rochester, NY

#16 Nov 4, 2008
Hey you have free substition in football, so the Ravens have 3 good backs and should use them all. Its a luxury with McGahee banged up to be able to get some rest and get healthy, and not miss a beat with Rice putting up 154 yds. the runnign game is in fine hands with any of theose backs. I'm more concerned about the smallish Wrs Mason and Clayton holding up, Heap only blocking and not getting any catches, and can only hope that Marcus Smith and / or Wheelwright get some playing time and can make some plays.

Since: Oct 08

Holland, MI

#17 Nov 4, 2008
DEK wrote:
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Crack kills man, stay away from it. Take away that 60 yard run and Rice has 94 yards on 20 carries. That is a 4.7 average which is not poor by any means.
94 yards every week equals 1504 yards over a 16 week season, yup he sucks cut him. Get back Jamal and his 46 yards per game.

Since: Nov 07

Baltimore, MD

#18 Nov 4, 2008
If Cameron had run Rice instead of McGahee in the 4th quarter of the Titans game, we would have won. Nuff said.

Since: Nov 07

Baltimore, MD

#19 Nov 4, 2008
Willis wrote:
Take away one run of 60 yards and you have a very poor sunday for Rice, stay wiyh McGahee as the starter and see how it progresses. It's a no brainer.
LOL. Dude...the only no brainer around here is you.
Ernie

Owings Mills, MD

#20 Nov 4, 2008
Willis should be the starter if he is healthy. Rice has had a couple good games but Willis has shown that he can be a great back in this league. If Willis is not 100 percent I would start Rice.

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