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Ravens need McGahee to step up

A few days ago, I drew some criticism after I basically called Ravens starting running back Willis McGahee a "flake" in an article about rookie running back Ray Rice. Of course, those who drink the Purple Kool-Aid said I was out to get McGahee. And then there was the usual whining.

Well, after reading the article in The Sun this morning, I think people will now understand why even the Ravens coaching staff thinks McGahee is "flaky." He really is a likable guy, but lacks discipline. With a new coach and a new system, he should have attended more offseason minicamps. He shouldn't be late for a morning practice because he has no idea of the time while sitting at the breakfast table.

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The Ravens need offensive leadership this season more than ever. They have a young offensive line and the quarterback position is unstable. Wide receiver Derrick Mason is a leader and I see tight end Todd Heap trying to emerge as one, too. But if the Ravens are going to win this season, they are going to have to count on their defense and running game, especially early in the season.

This team needs McGahee to step up, not back. There shouldn't be questions about his conditioning or commitment. There shouldn't be questions about his off-the-field habits. He has to become a leader -- and put his team first -- even ahead of himself.


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