What they’re saying about Ravens’ chance to rebound in 2016…

Was the 5-11 Ravens disaster of 2015 an anomaly or was it the beginning of a losing trend which will take years to reverse? As we head into Ravens training camp, I sampled the opinions of some football people in the media and some Ravens fans who know the sport well enough to be taken seriously: […]


Ravens’ walking wounded report to camp this weekend…

The 2016 season really begins here for the Ravens— how many of their veteran guys under contract and recovering from surgery or chronic injury can really contribute to a team starving for their talents? The injury recovery guys report early to the facility beginning this Friday. They include QB Joe Flacco, OLB/pass rusher Terrell Suggs, […]


Ravens drama over signing a kicker is unusual…

The Ravens finally signed their kicker Justin Tucker to a 4-year extension. Tucker is one of the three best placekickers and kickoff guys in the NFL. He had been reluctantly willing to play under the franchise tag in 2016 if a long-term deal could not be struck, but was quite clearly unwilling to re-sign with […]


Why I hate PFF’s low ranking of Joe Flacco and Ravens offense

Pro Football Focus is purely statistics-based in its seemingly objective and unbiased reviews of pro football players and teams. The problem with purely statistics-based judgement is it does not account for anomalies in recent results or trends. It’s more of a “what have you done for us lately?” mentality. It looks at numbers but not […]


Don’t count the Ravens out of playoffs in 2016…

There are a lot of ways to fill the informational blight when your NFL team is on summer vacation. One way is to make predictions for your team’s expected W-L record in the coming season…and for your rivals. The Ravens are catching some negative vibes from such prediction makers…as in from all three ESPN writers […]


Two Ravens who could surprise with major contributions in 2016

For the past two years I’ve been touting defensive end Brent Urban (6-7, 303, Virginia) as the future young difference maker in the pass rush for the Ravens. Unfortunately I must have jinxed the Canadian athlete because for two years in a row Urban has suffered preseason injury and got left behind on the DL […]


Is Ravens offensive coordinator on a short leash in 2016?

Marc Trestman “the Quarterback Whisperer” was expected to build upon the offensive production of previous Ravens coordinator Gary Kubiak in 2015. It didn’t happen like that. In fact, while Kubiak was busy winning a Super Bowl for Denver, the Ravens offense regressed for a number of reasons under Trestman’s direction—although many of the reasons were […]


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Ravens fans are gonna love a healthy Jerraud Powers at cornerback…

As Ryan Mink reported for the Ravens website, the Ravens used a point system in offseason practices to keep track of which defenders got their hands on the ball and how often. They counted forced fumbles, interceptions and even just picking up a loose ball. So who topped the leaderboard at the end of minicamp? […]


Only one Raven in NFL Top 100 Players list this year…

I never put a lot of stock or faith in the NFL’s annual Top 100 Players list because it is not a truly universal poll of all the players—they do a cross-section ballot at best, and there’s a lot of biased input from the NFL marketing and production departments with regard to getting up and […]

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens winces in pain on the final drive of the fourth quarter against the St. Louis Rams at M&T Bank Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens won, 16-13. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Joe Flacco not mentally prepared to get hit on surgically repaired knee

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is still working his way back from a serious knee injury, which cost him the final six games of last season and his streak of 137 consecutive starts. And while he expects to be ready on the first day of training camp next month, Flacco admits he’s not sure how he’ll react […]


Last look at Ravens minicamp standouts…

Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees says he was extremely happy with the improvement and direction of his secondary coming out of minicamp last week. Here are Pees’ five reasons why Baltimore’s secondary should be much better: 1)      Hiring of Secondary Coach Leslie Frazier; 2)      Addition of field general and playmaker Eric Weddle; 3)      Move of Lardarius Webb to […]

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 21:  Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Coliseum on December 21, 2014 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Five NFL teams that improved during the 2016 offseason

Rex Ryan can claim that the Bills are the NFL’s 2016 offseason champions, but since pads aren’t worn during the offseason, that hollow title is up for debate. Offseason activities across the league ended Thursday with 25 teams wrapping up their mandatory minicamps. The other seven teams finished last week. So now we can look back at free […]


The curious release by Ravens of tackle Eugene Monroe

You felt it coming, but you also know it should have worked out better for Eugene Monroe in Baltimore. The Ravens gave up a lot (two mid-round draft picks) to get him from Jacksonville a few years ago. They liked his play at left tackle enough to give him a sweet contract extension as recently […]