Sunday, August 28, 2011

Do the Ravens Need to Get Another Backup Quarterback?

I heard several local sports talk hosts say that the Baltimore Ravens need to go out and get a veteran backup quarterback to replace Marc Bulger.  The idea being that if Joe Flacco goes down, a veteran would be able to step in and still lead the team to the Superbowl.  I personally don't think that the Ravens don't need to do this for three main reasons:

Reason #1 - Joe Flacco rarely gets hurt.  Marc Bulger made a whole lot of money last year just to carry a clipboard.

Reason #2 - I would rather use that money to build more depth on the offensive line or to improve the pass rush.

Reason #3 - The impressive play of rookie Tyrod Taylor. Tyrod Taylor has played so well in the preseason so far that I have no problem with him backing up Joe Flacco.  Remember 2008?  Joe Flacco didn't have much experience either when he came in as a rookie and the team went all the way to the AFC Championship game.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ravens Fall to Eagles in First Pre Season Game

The Baltimore Ravens lost to the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night but there was some bright spots.  I thought that  backup rookie quarterback Tyrod Taylor showed a lot of potential considering it was his first NFL game.  I also thought that Pollard and Kruger played very well on defense.  The offensive line still remains  a major concern however.

The Ravens will take on the Kansas City Chiefs next at home on Friday, August 19th at 7:30 pm.  Go Ravens!!!

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Deion Sanders Didn't Disappoint During Enshrinement Speech

I was expecting an emotional speech from former Baltimore Ravens player Shannon Sharper, but former Ravens player Deion Sanders gave a pretty emotional speech as well today at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement ceremony.  Sanders revealed that he created the Primetime persona as a way to get rich and provide for his mother.  Deion also surprised everyone by putting a bandana on his Pro Football Hall of Fame bust at the end of his speech.

Both former Ravens players Sharpe and Sanders gave great inspirational and emotional speeches.  After the induction ceremony, Deion broke down while being interviewed on the NFL Network when he started taking about his mother.  Deion then went on to say the it was one of his best nights ever.

After seeing Sharpe and Sanders get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I can just imagine what it'll be like when Ray Lewis and Ed Reed eventually go in.

Former Raven Shannon Sharpe Delivers Highly Emotional Speech

Former Baltimore Ravens player  Shannon Sharpe became only the 8th tight end inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Shannon Sharpe holds the NFL record for the longest TD in an AFC Championship game when he broke one for 96 yards against the Raiders cementing the Ravens first trip to the Superbowl.

Sharpe thanked many people for his success during his enshrinement speech including former Ravens owner Art Modell and mentioned the Baltimore fans among others.  Most of all Shannon Sharpe thanked his grandmother Mary Porter who raised him and his brother Sterling Sharpe who inspired him.  In an emotional speech, Sharpe outlined his childhood growing up in low income conditions and how it drove him to be the man he is today.

The Ravens probably would not have gone to the Superbowl in 2000 without the leadership and productivity of Shannon Sharpe that year.  In tribute to Shannon Sharpe, here is a rare footage of an interview when he played for the Ravens:

Shannon Sharpe and Deion Sanders have Much in Common

Former Baltimore Ravens players Shannon Sharpe and Deion Sanders seem to have a lot in common:

- Both are former Baltimore Ravens players
- Both are going into the 201l Pro Football Hall of Fame Class today
- Both have won Superbowls with 2 different teams
- Both became football talk hosts after retirement
- Both changed their jersey numbers when they played for the Ravens
(Shannon changed from 84 to 82 and Deion changed from 21 to 37)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ravens Sign Fullback Vonta Leach

The Baltimore Ravens have acquired Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach from the Houston Texans. This free agency acquisition should help Ray Rice in the running game tremendously.

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