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Coffee Companion (10/12): Edsall won't name a QB; Mason traded

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Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine. 

Running it back:

Randy Edsall won't say who the Terps are starting at quarterback against Clemson. ... Derrick Mason has reportedly been traded to the Texans, meaning the Ravens will face their former wideout in consecutive games. ... The Ravens haven't forgotten about their uncomfortable second half against the Texans last season. ... Orioles amateur scouting director Joe Jordan interviewed this week with the Phillies for their vacant director of player-development position. ... The Jeremy Accardo era may be over. ... The IZOD IndyCar Series will return to the city on Labor Day weekend 2012 for the second Baltimore Grand Prix.

Hitting the links:

1. The Ravens appear to be rested after their bye [Ravens Insider]

2. How will Jimmy Smith fit in when he returns? [Ravens Insider]

3. The Ravens have adjusted their philosophies [Ravens.com]

4. Cary Williams is the season's biggest surprise [Ravens.com]

5. The Texans are trying to make up for a loss to the Raiders with a win over the Ravens [Houston Chronicle]

6. Derrick Mason wasn't the player Rex Ryan and the Jets thought they were getting [New York Daily News]

7. The 49ers are interested in another former Ravens wide receiver: T.J. Houshmandzadeh [Sporting News]

8. The Orioles general manager job will be more coveted than you might expect [Orioles Insider]

9. Can the Orioles manage to hire the right general manager? [CSN Baltimore]

10. Peter Schmuck says building a dependable pitching staff is the key to their future success [Baltimore Sun]

11. Nick Markakis: "I want to be here for the good times" [MASN]

12. Mark Turgeon said he expects to tinker with a "small ball" lineup of four guards this season [Baltimore Sun]

13. Maryland is finally going to honor Gary Williams the right way [The Toy Department]

Video of the morning:

Brian Billick interviewed John Harbaugh for FOX Sports

<a href='http://foxsports.com?vid=49283ae8-92e7-427e-ae5f-ca82e24dded0&mkt=en-us&src=FLPl:embed::uuids' target='_new' title='Coach Speak: Week 6' >Video: Coach Speak: Week 6</a>

Send me your funny and/or interesting links, photos, YouTube videos, blogs, Tweets, comments, emails, ideas, etc. and I’ll give you a plug. You can reach me at Matt.Vensel@baltsun.com and twitter.com/mattvensel.

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