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Matt Birk

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  • Pass protection has been key in Ravens' Super run

    Pass protection has been key in Ravens' Super run
    The Ravens are packing their bags for New Orleans because the front office and coaching staff have pulled the trigger on a bunch of key moves over the past 12 months, from extending Ray Rice and signing players like Corey Graham and Justin Tucker to...
  • New position been a 'great learning process' for Caldwell, Flacco

    New position been a 'great learning process' for Caldwell, Flacco
    Minutes after toppling the New England Patriots in the AFC championship, Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell pointed out that his collaboration with quarterback Joe Flacco is just beginning. Under the direction of Caldwell, in his first time...
  • Still riding high from win over Patriots, Ravens begin Super Bowl preparations

    Still riding high from win over Patriots, Ravens begin Super Bowl preparations
    The Ravens arrived at their team facility in Owings Mills Monday morning, short on sleep but long on adrenaline and anticipation. It had been less than 24 hours since the Ravens' 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the AFC...
  • 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...
  • Ravens have one more mission to accomplish

    Ravens have one more mission to accomplish
    Maybe it was the long odds that the Ravens overcame to defeat the top two teams in the AFC and advance to the Super Bowl. Maybe it was just the fact that they trounced the New England Patriots and gave them a taste of what Tom Brady and Bill Belichick...
  • Elvis Dumervil deal is a reminder that Ravens' offseason has just begun

    Elvis Dumervil deal is a reminder that Ravens' offseason has just begun
    Would you march out of a movie theater seven minutes into the feature presentation because there weren’t enough explosions for your liking? Would you take a couple nibbles out of a grilled cheese sandwich, only to send it back to the kitchen...
  • Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' loss and Colts' win in Week 17

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' loss and Colts' win in Week 17
    Bengals 23, Ravens 17 Strategy: Believing that upgraded health in the postseason trumps building momentum, the Ravens rested injured players and key starters. And it worked as there were no serious injuries. The offense was run differently to...
  • Gradkowski ready to compete to become Ravens' new center

    Gradkowski ready to compete to become Ravens' new center
    Ravens center Gino Gradkowski grabbed his phone as soon as he heard that Matt Birk was retiring last Friday, saluting the six-time Pro Bowl center in a text message. It wasn't long before Gradkowski heard back from his mentor, who ended his career to...
  • 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...
  • 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...