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Is there anyone who doesn't play like a Raven?

When the Ravens signed former Seahawks and Lions defensive lineman Cory Redding to a two-year deal on Monday, you knew exactly what the Ravens were going to say.
 
"Cory is a guy who plays like a Raven," GM Ozzie Newsome said.
 
That's an insightful tidbit of information — and certainly exciting news for Ravens fans. Redding is now in elite company, joining the likes of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, Haloti Ngata, Michael Oher, and pretty much every player on the Baltimore roster not named Frank Walker as Ravens who play like a Raven. Like I said, exciting news.
 
But, um, I'm starting to get confused here. I realize I'm one of maybe six or seven people in Baltimore who don't know this, but what exactly does it mean when Newsome says Redding "plays like a Raven?"I mean, I know some things about Redding. He's versatile — or as the Ravens would say, he's "multiple" — and could be disruptive as an end in a 3-4 defense. He hasn't been a full-time starter since he played with the Lions in 2008, which doesn't really count if you ask me. And if Redding plays to his potential, he can get after the quarterback a little (he had eight sacks in 2006).
 
But playing like a Raven? Even if I was sure what the term meant, I'm not so sure Redding would fit the bill.
 
Which brings me to my point: Can we please put an end to all this play like a Raven talk? (I'll allow the Ravens to grandfather in guys like Lewis and Reed considering they've set the tone for the franchise for the duration of their careers.) After being thrown out there over and over and over again, the term "play like a Raven" has lost the little tangible meaning it had in the first place.
 
Let's not forget that playing like a Raven — which according to a press release the team put out last summer, includes the characteristics of passion, strength, good character, courage, intensity, humility, determination, intelligence and pride to compete at the highest level — was the team's 2009 marketing slogan. The press release also included merchandising information. I'll give the team's marketing department credit, though. It clearly was an ingenious slogan. Heck, I even got one of those badass black and white posters for my old man (who apparently became a Ravens fan last summer).
 
But when Cory Redding is playing like a Raven, and Cam Cameron is coaching like a Raven, and Eric DeCosta is drafting like a Raven, and Poe is mascoting like a Raven, and even Judy in accounting — you know, good old Judy who always wears the purple turtlenecks and has that bitchin' perm — is auditing like a Raven, you know it's time to retire the phrase.
 
And the timing for getting rid of it is almost perfect, too. Training camp is only a few months away, which means they probably have a whole new slogan cooked up at the Castle already.
 
What's it going to be next year?

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