"When he comes out there, he thinks he's standing on top of a mountain, and he's making plays to show that he's standing on top of a mountain," Don "Wink" Martindale said Thursday of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Robert Griffin III started the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night and rookie Lamar Jackson, the team’s first-round draft pick out of Louisville, played the second half. And both flashed something positive.
With Joe Flacco going into what could be his last season as the Ravens' franchise quarterback, the team might use a high draft pick on the sport's most important position for the first time in a decade.
When Darius Kilgo was drafted by the Denver Broncos last May, he got the standard phone calls from the team¿s coach, Gary Kubiak, and the general manager, John Elway. But his phone lit up with another text from an unexpected source that day: Broncos future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. It was a bit of a surprise for the sixth-round pick who wasn¿t even invited to the NFL scouting combine after his career as a defensive lineman at Maryland ended.
The welcome to the NFL moments for Darius Kilgo were plentiful during his first season with the Denver Broncos this fall. The former Maryland defensive tackle endured two-a-days at rookie minicamps last May, appeared in the Broncos' season opener against Baltimore in September and watched Tom Brady try to lead a last-minute New England comeback in the AFC championship game last week. And there's a bunch more ahead for him in the next week.
Gary Kubiak's loss was the biggest of the offseason for the Ravens. He just has that type of presence about him. Some guys are born to lead, some guys are followers. Kubiak was born to be a head coach and he might end up being one of the best ever when he is done.
Cam Newton brings an added dimension to the quarterback position. There have been signal-callers — like Steve Young, Fran Tarkenton and Steve McNair — who ran out of necessity, and others, like Seattle's Russell Wilson, who took it further with some designed runs. But Newton is a threat as both a passer and runner, and unlike the others, he just doesn't give a damn who he has to fly over to win the championship.
Dailey came to McDaniel in 2009 after coaching in the Arena Football League for 19 years. He compiled a 115-83 record in 12 years as a head coach with the Albany Firebirds and the Colorado Crush, and was inducted into the league's Hall of Fame in 2012.
Carlton Bailey (Woodlawn) has three conference championship rings and the memory of that AFC title game in 1992, when he intercepted a pass by the Denver Broncos' John Elway and ran for a touchdown in a 10-7 victory that sent the Buffalo Bills to the Super Bowl.
The Ravens moved quickly to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy, replacing Gary Kubiak with Marc Trestman, another former NFL head coach with a reputation for getting the most out of quarterbacks.
The Ravens will need to hire a new offensive coordinator, after all. Just seven days after saying that he would remain with the Ravens, Gary Kubiak will be named the new head coach of the Denver Broncos, according to a source, returning him to the organization that he spent 20 seasons with as either a player or assistant coach.
The Ravens knew that if offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak wanted to interview for the Denver Broncos' head-coaching vacancy, the job was probably his. Since late last week, they've been preparing for his departure, which now seems imminent.
Ravens quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison is regarded as a strong contingency plan if offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak leaves the organization to coach the Denver Broncos, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Three days after the Ravens' season ended with a divisional round playoff loss to the New England Patriots, John Harbaugh expressed confidence in the organization's future, and the chances of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak remaining part of it.
As the Ravens begin the offseason, they already have the foundation for building a stronger team next year because of the youth on both interior lines. Now, over the next six or seven months, they need to add some playmakers.