There seems to be a fairly significant contingent of NFL fans who are pleased with the Roger Goodell's decision to uphold New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension. Ravens fans should not be among them.
It is important to know the outcome of the NFL's investigation because it might involve draft picks. If the league is heavy handed, maybe they will fine the team and take a way a top draft pick or two from New England, which has nine overall selections.
I think most of these end-of-season news conferences are pretty worthless, especially since the season ended more than six weeks ago. But there was one thing that owner Steve Bisciotti said that should be a major goal for the Ravens in 2015.
It seems to be fitting for the Super Bowl champion to be possibly still involved in a cheating scandal because this has been a year of turmoil for the NFL, whose image has been tarnished and integrity challenged.
The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks will square off in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. Here's Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson's checklist of things to watch:
It turns out Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco¿s rejection of a Pro Bowl invitation due to the impending birth of his third child was a bit more imminent than anyone realized. The Ravens announced on an unrelated conference call Wednesday that Flacco and his wife Dana¿s third son, Francis Michael, was born Tuesday night, weighing nine pounds, seven ounces.
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.
Where all of these Sunday developments leaves the Ravens is weighing the merits of a group of candidates that includes Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Gase is highly regarded by the Ravens, according to sources.
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.
As the sixth-seeded Ravens (11-6) square off with the top-seeded New England Patriots (12-4) in an AFC divisional-round playoff game Saturday at Gillette Stadium, here's a checklist of things to keep an eye on:
This should come as a surprise to no one, but if the Ravens are still standing after Saturday night's playoff matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, it will be because Joe Flacco is still one of the best clutch quarterbacks in the NFL.
So here is a little advice to coach John Harbaugh and coordinators Gary Kubiak and Dean Pees: Be imaginative, creative and unchained. In other words, as Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor once said, "go out there like a bunch of crazed dogs."
Every week, reporter Jon Meoli will serve up five stats you should know heading into that week's Ravens game. This week's stats, prepared ahead of Sunday's playoff-type showdown with the Miami Dolphins, touch on some rate stats at which the Ravens excel, and how they might impact one of the biggest games of the season.