Baltimore Ravens: Ozzie Newsome is the patriarch of one of the NFL's most bountiful coaching trees, an impressive and expanding group of former Ravens assistants now having success as head coaches elsewhere.
Baltimore Ravens: With so many young players playing important roles this year, The Baltimore Sun decided to take a look at the Ravens' first- and second-year players acquired in the draft or through free agency and evaluate their long-term potential.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Monday didn't want his players to disclose the injury statuses of Jimmy Smith, Ben Grubbs and a few other key contributors. ... Harbaugh said Joe Flacco should be judged by his record. ... Haloti Ngata thinks his fine for a hit on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez in Week 4 was "really bull." ... Bryan McCann is eager to contribute to the Ravens. ... The Capitals beat the Lightning in a shootout
Baltimore is blessed with a bunch of talented sports bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. I often link up to these local writers in my morning Coffee Companion posts, but instead of just exchanging anti-social links with them, I have decided to be slightly less anti-social by exchanging emails with them in a somewhat regular feature called Blogger on Blogger.
Five months after a botched draft-day deal between the Ravens and Bears, Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo said Friday that he and Ravens coach John Harbaugh have "cleared the air" about what went down.
Ray Lewis has been excused from the Ravens so the linebacker can deal with a family member's illness. ... Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that Marshal Yanda's back injury is "not a serious thing." ... Harbaugh also said the Ravens are giving Joe Flacco more control at the line of scrimmage. ... The Orioles turned in another ugly performance in a 6-5 loss to the Athletics. ... Jeremy Guthrie is dealing with shoulder stiffness that could push his next start back a day or two. ... Cal Ripken Jr. is a good guy.
Less than 24 hours after the Ravens offense produced just six points in a 13-6 preseason loss to the Eagles, general manger Ozzie Newsome addressed one area of concern by trading for Bills wide receiver Lee Evans.
Forgive me for being in a positive mood, but it¿s Friday morning, NFL football is back and there were some bright spots in the Ravens¿ preseason loss to the Eagles last night. Also, did I mention it¿s Friday morning?
There is nothing flashy about a fist to the face -- especially when you're on the wrong side of the fist -- but that's the type of mentality the Ravens want to bring back on offense this season. That's why their two notable moves in free agency so far have been re-signing bulldozing right guard Marshal Yanda and inking All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach to a three-year, $11 million deal (making him the NFL¿s highest-paid fullback).
I've watched the video from Joe Flacco's first press conference of the 2011 season, and I'm trying not to read too much into his comments. Obviously, seeing a little public swagger from Flacco -- even if that swagger is still delivered via monotone -- is a good thing for a quarterback who can no longer be called a young quarterback.
Shortly after Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith shook hands and the NFL lockout ended, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome issued a statement. "We will be making a number of roster moves in the next 48 hours that will free up salary cap space," he said. It didn't take long for us to find out who would be moved.
Today could be the day that the lockout clouds clear and NFL sunshine beams down on Baltimore and the rest of this football-crazed nation. The players and owners have reportedly agreed to a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement, and the players will vote to approve the deal -- and end the lockout -- at 11 a.m.
The Orioles allowed six home runs Thursday night in a 10-4 loss to the Red Sox. It was their ninth loss in their past 10 games, and afterwards, Orioles manager Buck Showalter closed the clubhouse and challenged his players to increase their effort and execution. ... The agent for Marshal Yanda said the versatile offensive lineman would be open to staying with the Ravens, saying Thursday that Baltimore is "not a place you rush to leave." ... It appears that Alfredo Simon will start Saturday's game against the Red Sox followed by Mitch Atkins on Sunday.
Nnamdi Asomugha is atop the offseason wish list of many Ravens fans, and understandably so. Adding a Pro Bowl player such as Asomugha, who has been one of the NFL¿s top cornerbacks the past few seasons, would give the Ravens a difference-maker at every level of their defense. With Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Asomugha, the Ravens would again have the makings of a truly elite NFL defense.
We haven't heard much from Ravens coach John Harbaugh since April's NFL draft. Sequestered in his office until the end of the lockout, Harbaugh and his staff have been busy tinkering with Xs and Os and making a plan of attack for whenever a new collective bargaining agreement is reached between the players and the owners. But Harbaugh came out of hiding Thursday to discuss the Ravens' offseason on WBAL Radio.