After firing Brian Billick following the 2007 season, the Ravens selected John Harbaugh as their next head coach, choosing him over a group of candidates that included Rex Ryan, the team's defensive coordinator. It was an unconventional decision at the time, hiring a longtime special teams coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles over one of the architects of the Ravens' vaunted defense and the popular choice of the players.
A couple of familiar faces will return to M&T Bank Stadium this weekend, but straits are too dire for the Ravens to focus on getting reacquainted with New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and free safety Ed Reed.
When Ed Reed made his Houston Texans debut and his return to Baltimore on that Sunday afternoon back in September, the free safety made so little impact, even one of his former teammates wondered where Reed -- the bearded, ball-hawking, sure-fire Hall-of-Famer -- was during a 30-9 Ravens victory.
On a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday, former Ravens safety Ed Reed, who signed with the New York Jets last week, spoke candidly about his brief time with the Houston Texans and the circumstances that led the Texans to release him last week.
After a bitter divorce with the Texans, who released him last week, Ed Reed has reunited with an old friend in former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, the coach of the New York Jets. He was surprised the Texans let him go but is already comfortable with the Jets.
The topics of hazing and bullying are being discussed in NFL locker rooms after the Miami Dolphins suspended veteran guard Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team for harassing teammate Jonathan Martin, a second-year offensive tackle.
Prior to being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2006, Koch played in his native Nebraska at University of Nebraska, where he earned a degree in business administration. He and his wife, Nikki, live in Westminster with their three sons, Ryan, 15, Braxtyn, 9, and Kamdyn, 7. The couple will welcome a daughter this fall. Along with his thoughts on youth football and fatherhood, Koch says that, yes, everyone in his family has one of No. 4¿s signature ¿Punters are people too¿ T-shirts.
When the regular season started eight weeks ago, plenty of pundits labeled the AFC North one of the top divisions in the NFL. However, as the season reaches its midpoint this weekend, three of the four teams in the division find themselves headed in the wrong direction.
The crowd started gathering long before the guest of honor was due to arrive. They wore No. 82 jerseys, Super Bowl XLVII championship T-shirts and any other purple article of clothing they could find, turning Jimmy's Famous Seafood into a Ravens pep rally.
Huff was signed to a three-year, $6 million contract that included a $1.5 million signing bonus to become the replacement for former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Ed Reed. However, he was benched following a disastrous season-opener against the Denver Broncos where his pass coverage and tackling were exposed.
Terrell Suggs has hammered Ben Roethlisberger many times over the past decade. In fact, no player has sacked Roethlisberger more often than Suggs, who has topped Big Ben 15.5 times during his career. Yet, despite the punishing hits that Suggs has given him over the years, Roethlisberger stood in the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room Wednesday and tossed verbal bouquets at the Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker.
It's been said and written that Terrell Suggs, who has seven sacks this season, has recaptured his 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year form after an injury-plagued 2012. But those who know him best insist that they're watching an even better player, one who is combining physical skills with a deeper knowledge of the game, an increased focus and a stronger desire to lead.
It doesn't happen often, but Sunday the guys in the CBS broadcast booth got it mostly right in their keys-to-the-game talking points just before kickoff. Give them credit for that in their call of the Ravens 23-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins Sunday.