Standing at his locker at the close of another disappointing individual season, Ravens strong safety Matt Elam was at a loss for words as he reluctantly discussed his status heading into a pivotal offseason.
The 2013 first-round pick after a consensus All-American career at Florida lost his starting job midway through the season despite being shifted from free safety back to his natural strong safety position during the offseason. Elam wound up starting 11 of 16 games, but he finished with just 47 tackles, a half-sack, zero interceptions, five pass deflections and a forced fumble.
"I just want to improve my game and get better at small things and get consistent for the most part," Elam said. "I feel like did well. I improved toward the end of the year. I got better at small things. It helped me stay consistent."
That wasn't exactly the case, though. Elam led the Ravens with 16 missed tackles during the regular season. And Elam allowed New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola...Read more
Since he retired in February 2013 after the Ravens'Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Ray Lewis hasn't had any problems keeping busy.
The former Ravens middle linebacker's latest project is a Spike TV series called “Coaching Bad,” which features nine coaches who are trying to get their anger management issues under control. Lewis and Dr. Christian Conte, an anger management specialist, put together a comprehensive program to try to help coaches change their ways.
The show, which premiers Feb. 8, will include a guest appearance from former Ravens defensive coordinator and current Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.
Lewis spoke to The Baltimore Sun on Monday to promote the television series, discuss how his post-playing career has evolved and to give his thoughts on the 2014 Ravens.
Why is the premise of “Coaching Bad,” helping to reform youth coaches with anger issues, so important to you?
Lewis: “They have a real impact, and I lived it. Kids learn what...Read more
During the regular season, Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil relentlessly harassed quarterbacks and finished the year with 17 sacks.
Dumervil maintained his pass-rushing form in Sunday night's Pro Bowl. He had the only two sacks of the game as his Team Irvin defeated Team Carter, 32-28, at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Dumervil finished with six tackles, including five solos, as he and offensive guard Marshal Yanda's Pro Bowl squad beat a team coached by John Harbaugh that included Ravens running back Justin Forsett and rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley.
Players from the winning team receive $55,000, with the losing players getting $28,000 apiece.
Yanda started at right guard for Team Irvin, which was chosen by former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin.
Team Carter, which included former Ravens quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison, now the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator, calling the plays, got three carries for 31 yards from Forsett. Forsett caught all five passes...Read more
The Ravens’ announcement that they’ll release defensive tackle Terrence Cody, who is the subject of an animal cruelty probe, after the Super Bowl doesn’t seem like a significant statement, given that Cody played just one game this past season, is a pending free agent and was unlikely to be back anyway. But at the very least, it is a departure from how the Ravens have handled potential discipline matters in the past. The Ravens normally say that they’re gathering facts and they’ll let due process take its course. Perhaps this is the first indication that the Ravens, who had five players arrested last offseason, will have less tolerance of player misconduct this year. Coach John Harbaugh said as much earlier this month. But it remains to be seen how the Ravens will handle things if one of their top players happens to get in trouble this offseason.
Longtime NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell...Read more
Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley will finish his successful rookie season Sunday night in the Pro Bowl, marking the start of an offseason in which he has vowed to improve.
Mosley excelled as a run-stopper and blitzer, leading the Ravens with 133 tackles and also recording three sacks and two interceptions. He played all but 15 of the Ravens' 1,080 defensive snaps.
"For a rookie, I think did pretty well," Mosley said at the end of the season. "But I'm a rookie, so I've got a lot to work on and I can only go up from here. So, I'm going to take my time off and get my body right for these first few weeks and then just get right back at it so I can be a better player come next April."
About the only area in which Mosley could improve is in pass coverage. Mosley was frequently close to making plays on the ball, but he allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 91 of 108 passes thrown in his direction for 767 yards and four touchdowns with an 84.3 completion percentage and a 100.9...Read more
A series of lies cost Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw dearly this past season, damaging his reputation and raising significant questions about his character.
A senior captain for the Trojans, Shaw lied to his coaches in August about the cause of a pair of high-ankle sprains. He concocted an elaborate story about how he had jumped off a terrace to save a drowning nephew in a swimming pool.
Shaw stuck to his story for days and was hailed as a hero, until the truth was discovered. USC athletic department officials learned that Shaw had panicked about potentially being arrested after an argument with his girlfriend and had jumped from a balcony wearing flip-flops.
Shaw was no hero. USC suspended him, and he played in just three games as a senior.
Healthy again, Shaw vowed to be transparent with NFL teams this week at the Senior Bowl all-star game. He's regarded as an intriguing NFL draft prospect: a 6-foot, 198-pound cornerback-safety, albeit one with major baggage.
Shaw has been...Read more