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Offense continues rise against rock-bottom Bengals

Preston meant to say, "I am so pissed off at the Bengals for not beating the Ravens, thus proving that I am an idiot for drinking the ESPN/Ocho-Cinco koolaid, that I'll call them the worst team in 21 years." I'm man enough to admit I thought we would only get 5 wins this year, but see I'm happy to be wrong. Preston and all the idiot prognosticators can't get past their egg-shell egos enough to say they were horribly, horribly WRONG!  (Dec 1, 2008 | post #43)

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Offense continues rise against rock-bottom Bengals

Mike, I agree about #10 getting reps with the first team during garbage time (the whole 4th qtr!) once it was clear the Bengals weren't even going to put an effort into trying to win/score points. I still believe Cameron got what he wanted. He put in some plays that you only call on Madden and got some production out of them (some of them, anyway). Personally, I was yellin' at the screen to have Smith and Rice run the option all the way to the house (eats clock, gets production and scares Dallas). Now, we're in December. This is show-up-and-play time. Man-up time. Contussions, sprains and breaks-don't-matte r time! There's goal to reach. Everybody knows it was inconceivable in September, but now we know it can happen. So my question is: ok, we ran Cameron's look-what-I-just-d rew-up-on-my-drawi ng-board plays against the Raiders and Bengals, but I didn't see them against the Giants, Titans, or Steelers. Is the trickeration just that? Tricks? or are they actually going to gameplan some in against the Steelers and Cowboys?  (Dec 1, 2008 | post #38)

Baltimore Sun

Vick's plea could lead to early release; Browns' Quinn re...

I understand that all things are not equal. If all things were, my dead friends wouldn't be dead, I would be raising my kids in Baltimore, not South Carolina, and the Ravens would have two superbowl rings (c'mon, 13-3 teams produce SB rings and you know it!). I say all this to say, I like dogs, but I'll shoot one without thinking twice. It is not a human being. Meanwhile, while scores of the press follow Vick around from jail cell to jail cell to courtroom to courtroom, middle school kids are getting stabbed to death! How many reporters are following that story to dig at the truth?! The newspaper business model is one of the worst ever invented. Sensationalism brings revenue, but real news just fills the empty spaces. God forbid the Baltimore Sun actually expose the root causes of violence in Baltimore! God forbid the Sun actually do more than a cursory article about the links between income disparity, city service allocation, and education. No. Let's all debate Vick killing lower life forms that were domesticated for our use. Let's NOT debate Baltimore City lowering higher life forms to the level of domesticated animals.  (Nov 26, 2008 | post #1)

Baltimore Sun

NFL playoff scenarios

Great. Now we gotta play a team that has nothing to lose with 4 more games to play after this one. Ray! If you are readin' this, listen up! Don't sleep on the Bengals! prepare just like you prepared for the Eagles... I don't care how well you know this team. Marvin is not gonna lay down for this one, he's fighting for his career. Plus, he may want to stick it to the new guy after his old coach got fired.  (Nov 25, 2008 | post #3)

Baltimore Sun

Ravens rip Eagles, return to contention

How sweet is it that in a rebuilding year, Ed Reed is talking about Super Bowl or bust?! I LOVE IT! Like in 2000, nothing on paper says this is a team of destiny, but 7-4 with 5 games to go says different. We owe the Steelers a butt-kickin - we will protect our house! We should be able to handle Jacksonville & Cinci. That amounts to a 10 win season. Who knows what will happen when we play Dallas or DC? We have the ability to win those because neither team is batting 1.000 versus tough teams like the Ravens. WHAT A YEAR, BABY!  (Nov 24, 2008 | post #40)

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Mike Preston's report card

I know you only grade units in this column, but Ray Lewis and Rex Ryan deserve alot of credit for pushing the entire defensive unit to bounce back from a dismal outing against the Giants. Also, the secondary could easily receive an A+. Two of the interceptions came down to who wanted the ball more and were wrested from the Eagles receivers. That's why Rex and Ray deserve an A by themselves. The gameplan was executed well, but the individual efforts by each member of the defense was inspired. I want this same effort in every game going forward. Maybe "Victory Monday" should take a break. After losing to the Giants, the entire team came to play, and it certainly seems like they unsed that extra day to be totally prepared for the Eagles.  (Nov 24, 2008 | post #21)

Baltimore Sun

Struggling Figurs has yet to return to 2007 form

"We're looking for big things from this point forward." That means perform or lose ur place. I like it. I'm just sorry that kind of threat took this long. Yamon either wants to completely transfer to WR or is physically hurt. Those are the only reasons I think could be the cause of the poor production this year. This part of the Raven's game has been almost as disappointing as the injuries.  (Nov 21, 2008 | post #11)

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Club's nurture, Flacco's nature proving to be promising fit

I don't want Boldin or any other big ego WR that has already established their whiny reputation in the NFL for several years. Flacco is new to the league and he needs talent to grow with. If Ray Rice turns into the premier back that I believe he will be, then that's one position we don't need to worry about. Ravens need to draft a quality WR and TE - no disrespect to Mason and Heap. I love 'em both, but we are in "New Blood Infusion" time. With stellar players at the WR, RB & TE positions, we can get by with solid play on defense, but they should be new blood not recycled prima donnas.  (Nov 19, 2008 | post #22)

Baltimore Sun

Club's nurture, Flacco's nature proving to be promising fit

"Cameron and Harbaugh will prove to be crucial to Flacco's development, but quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson was as important a hire as Harbaugh made during the offseason. Credit, too, goes to offensive line coach John Matsko, a veteran coach who has his line providing better protection than Boller usually saw." Rick, not sure who spearheaded this article, but this is the type of article that the fans want to read. the real fans, who have been following the team off-season to pre-season to mid-season, know how wonderful it is to be 6-4 at this point in the season AND how Flacco's progress has contributed to the 6 wins that we do have. Compare this kid with "the greats" in their first year (Manning brothers, Favre, Aikman, etc.) and you see that he has better stats than most. If you guys want to champion anything this season, then constantly mention how Manning (IND) needed Harrison and James/Addai or Aikman needed Irving and Smith. Bang the drums on that and maybe the team's brass will make those positions priorities in the offseason to put the Ravens in contention to win the division next year!  (Nov 19, 2008 | post #20)

Baltimore Sun

How does Ravens' world turn now?

Yesterday was an excercise in "Lack of Faith". The writers and fans that left comments to this site had no faith that the Ravens would be able to produce a W. Cam Cameron didn't have enough faith to run McClain (maybe justifiably due to dropsies), the biggest and most bruising back we have; or Rice (dropsy prone also), the only back with the ability to hit tight holes and exploit them for 5-10yds. Harbaugh didn't have enough faith in himself to question some calls made by the refs (Jacob's TD's were questionable according to 100% of the Raven's bar audience here in Greenville, SC). The Ravens man-handle other teams. WE DON'T GET MAN-HANDLED! PERIOD! I don't like losses, but I especially didn't like that one. I know Ray is embarassed. I hope he is so pissed that Westbrook leaves M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday with negative yardage. I have faith that this team will not perform this coming Sunday like they did this past Sunday. It may be blind faith, but I guess that's the type of fan I am.  (Nov 17, 2008 | post #31)

Baltimore Sun

Should we expect the Ravens to win 10 games?

Hey, Valkenpuke! McNair gave us our first ever 13-3 record and our first ever playoff bye!  (Nov 11, 2008 | post #29)

Baltimore Sun

With record 6-3, 'playoffs' no longer a dirty word

this article is as irresponsible as the NYT bias towards Pres.-elect Hussein! I love the Ravens. I cheer for them every week and I am excited about the plays they put together on the field every week. I am taking one game at a time just like the rest of the team. I want them to win every game. Very simple. Perhaps simple doesn't sell newspapers, but trying to talk up playoffs and fanning fan flames is plain irresponsible. The Ravens have played THREE playoff contenders and we lost all three of them. Two we really should have won. We would have won them in '06, but this year we didn't. We have a tough seven games ahead of us and all I want the Ravens to do is be competitive. I'm not expecting playoffs this year and I'm not putting that kind of pressure on a rookie quarterback and coach. Next year, we better be in the playoffs. I have no illusions about this year. We are about to face quarterbacks who will shred our secondary if they get longer than 2 seconds to make a throw. Our front four will make them one dimensional, but not make the quarterback panicky. I know we'll win at least 3. I'll be cheering for us to win every game. But until we win 3 more games, and have one more win to go to get us into a wild card spot, I'll be reserving all playoff talk.  (Nov 11, 2008 | post #54)