Each morning, Monday through Thursday (and sometimes Friday, schedule permitting), I'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.

Running it back:


Ravens coach John Harbaugh and his staff used their time off to focus on problem areas. ... Harbaugh wants the Ravens to throw down the field more often. ... Kickoff for next weekend's Ravens-Buccaneers game was moved to 4:15 p.m. ... Orioles FanFest 2011 is set for Jan. 29.

Hitting the links:

1. Ranking the NFL's 32 coaches [Toy Department]

2. There are no elite teams in the NFL [Boston Globe]

3. Peter Schmuck: One thing's for sure about the NFL -- Nothing's for sure [Baltimore Sun]

4. And to start our power ranking roundup, the Ravens are fourth on ESPN's list [ESPN]

5. CBS Sports has the Ravens ranked sixth [CBS Sports]

6. Pro Football Talk has them fourth [Pro Football Talk]

7. FOX Sports has them fifth [FOX Sports]

8. Hmmm... USA Today kept the Ravens at No. 2 [USA Today]

9. They are third here, and phew, we're done with power rankings [NFL.com]

9. The NFL playoff picture after Week 10 [SI]

10. The 50 greatest trick plays in football history [Complex via Hot Clicks

11. Closing in on the end of his Terps career, Alex Wujciak looks to the seize the moment [Baltimore Sun]


12. Gary Williams talks about Nick Faust [Tracking the Terps]

13. Helping Adam Jones find a summer job [ESPN]

14. Constructing a periodic table for the Baseball Hall of Fame [Wezen-Ball via @dropthree]

15. The Caps' young defensemen are learning on the job [Capitals Insider]

You said it:

"We need to give our young guys a starting role and put Lewis, Reed, and the older vets in a situational role: Cary Williams, Brandon Mckinney, Paul Kruger, [Haruki] Nakamura, etc. The problem is the aging defense. They are terrible in coverage because that's a young man's game. Ed Reed might be a good freelancer but Tom Zibby is a better all-around safety (younger, more endurance). Ray Lewis is a liability on pass plays. He cannot cover ground fast enough at his age. We need face these truths and move on." -- RavensFan4Life thinks age is the reason for the Ravens' struggles on defense

Today's water cooler question (your response could be published in b):

What would be the first thing you would change if you became NFL commissioner?

Video of the morning:

I am over the whole DJ Steve Porter phenomenon, but I am a man of the people, so I'm letting reader VI Pat pick our video. He made his suggestion in this post, writing, "Completely off topic, but this needs to be your next coffee companion video." Here you go, VI Pat, and keep the links and videos coming, folks.

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