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Matt Birk

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  • Four events that turned the Ravens season on the path to the Super Bowl

    Four events that turned the Ravens season on the path to the Super Bowl
    The story of the Ravens' remarkable turnaround from losing four of five games to close the regular season to winning three straight to get to the Super Bowl will be told many times before Feb. 3. And the story will undoubtedly start when the team hit rock...
  • A new outlook for Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie

    A new outlook for Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie
    Ravens veteran offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie was convinced he had assumed permanent residence inside coach John Harbaugh's doghouse. Between frequently facing concerns about his weight and conditioning, reporting late for training camp after saying...
  • Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens and 49ers

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens and 49ers
    Ravens 28, Patriots 13 Strategy: The Ravens' winning equation in the AFC championship was provided by fast-paced no-huddle, shotgun concepts and enough runs to keep the Patriots honest. Play-action was effective, particularly in the second half when Joe...
  • Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responds to Ravens center Matt Birk's stance on same-sex marriage

    Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responds to Ravens center Matt Birk's stance on same-sex marriage
    Predictably enough, Ravens center Matt Birk’s opposition to same-sex marriage has caught the attention of Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. In response to an op-ed Birk penned in support of, as he wrote, “preserving marriage as the sacred union...
  • NFL officials receive loud cheers in first night back

    NFL officials receive loud cheers in first night back
    Instead of receiving the usual jeers that go with their profession, NFL referee Gene Steratore and his crew were treated like conquering heroes Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium. Steratore was greeted by fans with a standing ovation prior to the Ravens'...
  • A.Q. Shipley adds to Ravens' competition at center

    A.Q. Shipley adds to Ravens' competition at center
    The Ravens on Thursday morning added another young body to the competition to replace retired center Matt Birk, trading a conditional 2014 draft pick to the Indianapolis Colts for 26-year-old center A.Q. Shipley. Shipley will compete with second-year...
  • Ravens acquire center A.Q. Shipley in trade with Colts, says he's 'fired up'

    Ravens acquire center A.Q. Shipley in trade with Colts, says he's 'fired up'
    Looking to add some competition for Gino Gradkowski and more versatility along the offensive line, the Ravens agreed to send a conditional 2014 draft pick today to the Indianapolis Colts for center A.Q. Shipley, both teams announced. The trade will...
  • Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens and Giants

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens and Giants
    Each week, Baltimore Sun reporters Aaron Wilson and Matt Vensel look back at the Ravens’ previous game and that of their next opponent Broncos 34, Ravens 17 Strategy: It was an underwhelming debut for new offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell....
  • As offensive line struggles, what does the future hold for Michael Oher?

    As offensive line struggles, what does the future hold for Michael Oher?
    Jonathan Ogden stood in the hallway at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, his Afro nearly scraping the ceiling. The towering former offensive tackle fiddled with a tiny new phone in his massive hands, nonchalantly describing one of the...
  • Film study: Ravens vs. Bengals

    Film study: Ravens vs. Bengals
    Ravens 33, Giants 14Ravens 33, Giants 14 Strategy: Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell finally put his creative stamp on the offense, orchestrating season highs with 533 yards of total offense and 224 rushing yards. That included an option pitchout...
  • Four Ravens predictions sure to go wrong: Week 3

    Four Ravens predictions sure to go wrong: Week 3
    In this game-day staple, blogger Matt Vensel makes four sometimes-courageous predictions for the game. All he asks is that you don’t hold it against him whenever those predictions end up being embarrassingly wrong. The Ravens get a chance for...
  • Ravens have a backup long snapper -- even if they're not saying who that is

    Prior to his release in 2011, running back Willis McGahee had another role with the Ravens. He backed up Morgan Cox as the team’s long snapper. Since then, however, the identity of the latest backup has been shrouded in mystery. Coach John Harbaugh...