No team in the NFL has gone for it on fourth down more this season than John Harbaugh's Ravens. Dating to 2014, the Ravens have attempted a fourth-down conversion seven more times than any other team in the NFL.
The exact formula for awarded compensatory selections remains a bit of a mystery, but the Courtney Upshaw signing with the Atlanta Falcons puts the Ravens in position to recoup the pick that they might have lost with the Eric Weddle signing.
On a day where money changed hands at a dizzying rate both before and after the free-agent market opened at 4 p.m., the Ravens stayed mostly quiet, but set themselves up to make moves in the days ahead.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh made some changes to his defensive staff Friday, adding two new assistants, including a former NFL head coach, and altering the roles of several others. Leslie Frazier, a former NFL cornerback who was the Minnesota Vikings head coach for parts of four seasons and spent the past two years as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator, was named the Ravens' new secondary coach.
This week's five stats that stand out focus heavily on the Pittsburgh Steelers passing game, the Ravens' ability to stop them, and of course, the injuries that have hampered the Ravens this season but haven't slowed Pittsburgh.
When Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson introduced DJ Durkin as the university's 36th football coach Thursday, he kept coming back to one thing during his comments: Durkin's pedigree. By now, it's well-known that Durkin coached under Jim Harbaugh at Michigan and Stanford and under Urban Meyer at Florida and Bowling Green. He was on the same staffs as current Stanford coach David Shaw and Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who was the defensive coordinator for the Super Bowl XLVIII-champion
To John Harbaugh, a former special teams coach, and to the hard-driving Jerry Rosburg, good special teams play isn't good enough. There's always something that needs to be improved, another detail to address, an opponent's weakness to exploit.
Barring a dramatic turnaround in Baltimore and total collapses elsewhere, the Ravens aren't likely to be a serious player in the AFC postseason picture over the final six weeks of this season. That might knock them out of two primetime games at M&T Bank Stadium.
They called him Fast Eddie, though he'd as soon run over football defenders as around them. For three years, Eddie Meyers carried Navy's offense, smashing school rushing records and leading the Midshipmen to three successive winning seasons (1979-81), a feat they wouldn't repeat for nearly 25 years.