Wearing a Houston Texans hat and holding up a blue No.20 jersey, Ed Reed officially started a new chapter in his professional career and bid goodbye to the only NFL organization that he had ever known.
Contract negotiations between the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco have yet to relaunch, but it's already becoming clear the kind of elite asking price that the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player hopes to command.
The agent for Ravens free agent quarterback Joe Flacco expressed confidence that he'll resume contract negotiations with team vice president of football of administration Pat Moriarty in the near future.
Remember this name: Tyler Palko, if only for a moment. For anyone out there who still yearns for the days of Troy Smith or who still thinks Tyrod Taylor ought to get a shot at quarterbacking the Ravens (Seriously, does anyone still believe that?) let the name Tyler Palko serve as yet another example of what I like to call the gross underestimation of how truly great a quarterback the Ravens have in Joe Flacco.
On Sunday, pretty much everyone in Baltimore will be rooting for the Ravens. Likewise in San Francisco with the 49ers. But the rest of the nation's football fans? They will just be rooting for another entertaining game. Each of the last five Super Bowls went down to the wire, and a couple of them could be considered among the greatest Super Bowls of all time. In anticipation of another good one Sunday in New Orleans, Matt Vensel has compiled his list of the seven most entertaining Super Bowls in NFL history.
The Ravens offensive line will face another tough test in the Super Bowl on Sunday. The 49ers have one of the most physical and effective fronts in the NFL, and one of the most feared pass rushers in football in linebacker Aldon Smith, who will be chasing after Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco all evening.
His memory is a bit hazy, but Sam Koch remembers watching his first Super Bowl in his family's home in Nebraska and being entranced by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana. So while sitting down for either Super Bowl XXIII in January 1989 or XXIV the following year, Koch discovered what he wanted to do when he was older.
The Baltimore Ravens are packing their backs for New Orleans because the front office and coaching staff have pulled the trigger on a bunch of key moves over the past 12 months, from extending Ray Rice and signing players like Corey Graham and Justin Tucker to changing offensive coordinators and switching up the offensive line. That last move was arguably the most impactful, as the offensive line has been great the past three weeks, paving the road to the Super Bowl.
The lovely ladies of the annual Victoria Secret Fashion Show, which aired last night on CBS, are performing well to no one's surprise. Meanwhile, Jets head coach Rex Ryan is standing by his man, deciding to start Mark Sanchez this Sunday.
Instead of delivering a potential game-winning touchdown pass to earn his first Super Bowl berth and win his duel with New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady, Joe Flacco was forced to settle for something he really wasn't pursuing: increased respect locally and nationally for outshining Brady statistically.
If you happened to tune in for the Celebrity Beach Bowl during Super Bowl weekend, you might have caught the diehard Ravens fan who did the Ray Lewis dance after catching a touchdown pass from NFL great Warren Moon. That was Kris Jones, who was the winner of DirecTV's 2010 Ultimate Displaced Fan contest.