Ozzie is Ravens’ version of Mr. Spock…

One of the main reasons the Ravens have lived long and prospered in the NFL since 1996 is the Mr. Spock-like logic of GM Ozzie Newsome. The passing of Leonard Nimoy at age 83 underscores the main message of the character he played on Star Trek for so long over the course of a combined […]


No deal yet for Torrey Smith as Ravens release Jacoby Jones…

Still no deal with WR Torrey Smith, who is arguably the Ravens’ #1 receiver— and meanwhile Jacoby Jones is cut, saving the team $3 million against the cap. Maybe the Ravens are further along in contract negotiations to keep Torrey Smith than they are willing or able to let on right now. But the longer […]


Making a case for Ravens to draft Dorial Green-Beckham at #26…

The offensive linemen and tight ends have completed their on-field drills at the 2015 Combine as I write this— now it’s showcase time for the QB’s, running backs and wide receivers. First, a review of the Tight End group results. It doesn’t look like a real promising crop of TE’s this year. We know the […]


Crockett Gillmore’s time to shine for Ravens at TE in 2015…

It’s a game of attrition— next man up and all that jazz— but the Ravens suddenly find themselves destitute at the tight end position. I wish Dennis Pitta the best in his future endeavors— and it’s not his fault he’s the best pass-catching tight end the Ravens have had since the Todd Heap era. You […]


I hate to see the Ravens lose Pernell McPhee to free agency…

I don’t blame Pernell McPhee for wanting to get paid market value. He’s almost 27 years old and has played out his 4-year rookie contract with the Ravens. It just seems counter-productive for the Ravens to develop a pass-rushing/run-stopping talent like McPhee and then let him get away—like they did with Paul Kruger and a […]


Vincent Jackson would look pretty good in a Ravens uniform…

The earliest prospects for the Ravens signing outside free agents in 2015 will be the guys who have become too pricey for their current teams. The Ravens have a horrible salary cap situation right now. They’re basically maxed out until they cut or restructure some guys of their own. But there are some quality guys […]


Ravens fans respond to Jon Gruden’s ESPN critique of team…

ESPN recently ran an interview with former NFL coach Jon Gruden about what he thought the Ravens needed to do to get back to the Super Bowl. Gruden’s less-than-world-shaking answer: ““Personally, I think they need to invest in their secondary, they had some issues there, obviously with [Jimmy] Smith getting hurt at the corner position,” […]


What will Ravens do with Haloti Ngata in 2015 ?

Whether or not the Ravens can retain their veteran star defensive tackle Haloti Ngata remains to be seen. Ngata is sitting on a $16 million cap number right now that is crowding the Ravens player personnel budget for 2015. The Ravens brass including Owner Steve Bisciotti, President Dick Cass, General Manager Ozzie Newsome, Assistant General […]


Even Ravens players stunned by loss by Seattle to New England…

You look at the opportunity represented by the top photo for the Seattle Seahawks to put away the Patriots in the final seconds of the game— and you have to ask yourself, “How Did They Lose??”…. Here’s what some of the Ravens players tweeted in reaction to the stunning turn of events: “Gotta give that […]


Ravens fans can spend a day with Ray Lewis through IfOnly

Without question, one of the greatest linebackers to ever play the game of football was former Baltimore Ravens great Ray Lewis, who virtually dominated for all 17 of his seasons in the NFL after a decorated college career at the University of Miami. Lewis racked up numerous accolades along the way, including 13 Pro Bowl […]


Tough roster payroll issues for Ravens and Lardarius Webb…

When Lardarius Webb is healthy (which was a day-to-day dilemma for Webb and the Ravens in 2014), he is one of the better cover corners in the league. But is he worth $12 million in 2015? This is a contractual issue facing the Ravens front office now. Webb, 5-10, 180, was selected by the Baltimore […]

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 28:  Wide receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after scoring a second quarter touchdown against the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium on September 28, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Mixed Year for Ravens Receivers

In what has been a rollercoaster of a year for the Baltimore Ravens, which ended with a 35-31 defeat by Betfair’s marginal Super Bowl outsiders the New England Patriots in the play-offs, there has been plenty of food for thought for the franchise’s management regarding the performances of their wide receivers. While there have been […]


The Yolk’s on me!!— Marc Trestman is Ravens new OC…

I missed the call. It’s not going to be Adam Gase running the offense in Baltimore in 2015. It is former Bears head coach Marc Trestman. Trestman is firmly entrenched in the West Coast style offense, which means he will likely be putting in a lot more short passes to the running backs in the […]