Ravens special-teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg didn’t hold back Wednesday, making an impassioned argument that punter Sam Koch should have been named to the Pro Bowl.
Koch is one of five who were named Pro Bowl alternates. He’s tied for second in the NFL with a 47.4-yard average per punt and ranks first with a 43.5 net average. Although Koch ranked first in fan balloting, which counts for a third of the voting to determine Pro Bowl selections, Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee and Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber were named to the Pro Bowl ahead of him.
“I think the fans got it right,” Rosburg said. “The fans prove to be more informed than the experts in this particular regard, in my opinion. What more does a guy have to do? And this is meant as no disrespect for the two outstanding players that made it. The reason we do what we do is because Sam can do it. The season he’s had has been phenomenal.
“He went through an offseason where he got some undeserved criticism that was...Read more
Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak was visibly under the weather Wednesday afternoon, enough so that team officials issued a warning about getting too close to him.
Kubiak is suffering from a cold, but his pride is also stinging following the Ravens’ worst offensive performance of the season during a 25-13 loss Sunday to the Houston Texans. The Ravens generated a season-low 211 yards of total offense on 68 plays to average 3.1 yards per play against Kubiak's old team, rushing for just 33 yards on 16 carries.
Quarterback Joe Flacco was under major duress from Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. Flacco was hit 10 times overall, sacked twice and was noticeably uncomfortable in the pocket. He was intercepted a season-high three times and had a 41.7 passer rating.
“Yes, Joe took a lot of shots,” said Kubiak, who was fired by the Texans as head coach last year. “Start with me, I didn’t do a good enough job. We didn’t play good enough on offense. We can play a lot better than we have...Read more
Ravens coach John Harbaugh vehemently denied Wednesday that family members are attempting to convince his brother, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, to take the University of Michigan job.
Jim Harbaugh has been linked to Michigan throughout the season and has reportedly been offered a six-year, $48 million contract. He is also expected to be a candidate for NFL jobs, including the Oakland Raiders'.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter cited unnamed sources last week in a report that said “family and friends have been encouraging him to take the Michigan [head coach] job but he is torn because his heart is in the NFL.”
“The report that said his family is encouraging him to go to Michigan is absolutely incorrect,” Harbaugh told Cleveland reporters during a conference call Wednesday. “There has been no family that I know of that has given him any advice at all, because that’s a personal decision. It’s his to make, and that’s just absolutely false. I don’t know where that came from, but it didn’t...Read more
When the Ravens’ starting offensive line and tight end Owen Daniels arrived for practice Wednesday, there were 55-inch flat screen televisions waiting for them at their lockers. They didn’t come from Santa Claus, though.
The televisions were a gift from running back Justin Forsett, a token of his appreciation for a breakout season in which he’s rushed for a career-high 1,147 yards and eight touchdowns.
“I’ve been in a lot of offenses, and I’ve always wanted to reach 1,000 yards,” said Forsett, a Pro Bowl alternate who’s playing under a one-year, $730,000 veteran minimum contract. “I know how important the offensive line is, and I wanted to show them how much I appreciate them. I put them in the locker room last night, so when they came in they were able to see them.”
Forsett said wide receiver Steve Smith and other players were ribbing him about not buying televisions for everyone who blocked for him.
“Some of the other guys said, ‘Hey, man, I blocked for you, too,’” said Forsett, who...Read more
For the second consecutive day, Ravens defensive end Chris Canty, left tackle Eugene Monroe and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs weren't practicing Wednesday.
Canty has a lingering ankle injury that's not expected to sideline him for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Cleveland Browns. He didn't practice at all last week and still played in the Ravens' 23-15 loss to the Houston Texans. He also has a thigh injury.
Monroe has an ankle injury and has been in a walking boot. His status is uncertain for Sunday, and undrafted rookie James Hurst might have to step in for him. Hurst filled in for four games earlier this season when Monroe underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a meniscus issue.
Suggs finished the Ravens' loss Sunday, but is listed on the injury report with back and thigh injuries. Suggs is also expected to play Sunday.
For the Browns, wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (thumb), quarterback Brian Hoyer (right shoulder, biceps), defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (ankle)...Read more
When Ravens strong safety Darian Stewart intercepted Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum on Sunday, it marked more than his just his first interception of the season.
It was also Stewart's first interception since 2011, when he returned New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' interception 27 yards for a touchdown. That was the first interception of his career.
"It's taken a while," Stewart said. "It's been a long time coming. I've been waiting for that one for a long time."
Stewart has regained his starting job in the last two games after not starting against the San Diego Chargers and the Miami Dolphins. Before that stretch, he had a rough game against the New Orleans Saints.
Stewart played 62 snaps against the Texans, 40 more than strong safety Jeromy Miles as 2013 first-round draft pick Matt Elam played only eight snaps on defense. Stewart has eight total tackles in the past two games.
"It felt like it," Stewart said. "That was something we've been working on. We played more...Read more