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Ray Lewis and his colleagues are actors, not credible media representatives

The Baltimore Sun

Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has taken some criticism after taking out his credit card on the air at ESPN and saying he would help pay a fine for a player who delivered what was deemed an illegal hit to a quarterback.

If it was some other members of the media I would have a problem, but I don't consider guys like Lewis, Michael Irvin or Warren Sapp as credible media representatives.

I think they are former players turned actors and they give us theater every week during the football season.

Unfortunately, most of the time it isn't even good acting.

** I'm glad to see tight end Dennis Pitta back on the practice field, but I don't consider him the answer to the team's offensive problems. They can't solve the issues on the offensive line until the off season.

** It's interesting to see safety Ed Reed joining Jets coach Rex Ryan in New York. When Ryan was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore and couldn't get a job as a head coach, there was speculation that owners and general managers had watched Reed freelance so much on film they wondered if Ryan had control of the defense.

They thought Ryan was too much of a players' coach, which is one of the reasons he didn't get hired initially.

** With all of the problems the Ravens have had on offense I'm still surprised they don't have some type of package for backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor. He could be a spark for a team that needs all the help it can get.

He can play in the wildcat or in the slot or outside as a receiver. If he steps on the field, he will draw interest from a defense and that second of hesitation could result in a touchdown.

** Tough losses like the Ravens suffered last week against the Bears could kill a team or provide a spark. With three straight home games, I think the Ravens step up instead of going backwards.

** I was impressed with the play of left guard A.Q. Shipley last week and both Shipley and right guard Marshal Yanda did a nice job of pulling and getting around the edges. But the Ravens won't run like that against the Jets Sunday. No way.

** The Ravens should go after Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie. He is good for two or three holding penalties a game once he gets beat off the line of scrimmage.

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