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  1. I figured I would make a separate thread about this, but I have never been more convinced of a Ravens free agent signing than Cordarrelle Patterson. I think he can fill a slotback type role similarly to how Percy Harvin was used at Florida under Urban Meyer. Patterson has a one cut running style with a speed to power conversion that is the perfect fit next to Lamar in a zone read look, provides a threat on the option that must be respected, and has the ability to convert a wide receiver screen into respectable gains regularly. Additionally he would provide a substantial upgrade at kick returner. Additionally, though he has a different style of play, I think Tavon Austin could also fill a slotback type role.
  2. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Offseason Tracker

    Going on record saying that we should let Mosley walk.
  3. Who are the greatest never was' of the NFL?

    Ravens CB Chris Mcalister was arguably as good as any of the cornerbacks on the 2000s all decade team, Champ Bailey, Ty Law, Ronde Barber, Charles Woodson; but he could have been far better if he didn't party so hard and perpetually get busted for DUIs, etc. Also Jamal Lewis managed to rush for 10,000 yards despite multiple knee injuries, a Brian Billick / Kyle Boller offense, and jail time. 2003 Jamal ran for 2000 yards with Kyle Boller and Anthony Wright playing quarterback, and Travis Taylor and Marcus Robinson starting at wide receiver. Peter Boulware was also decimated by injuries.
  4. Random Ravens Thoughts: New Forum Edition

    Karlos Williams was just reinstated, he’d be a good low risk signing
  5. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Offseason Tracker

    Brandon Carr: Keep Michael Crabtree: Couldn't catch AIDs from a hooker, please cut Joe Flacco: Trade/cut. Tony Jefferson: Keep Sam Koch: Cut Jimmy Smith: Keep Willie Snead: Keep Eric Weddle: Cut Brandon Williams: Begrudgingly keep Marshal Yanda: Keep Free agents to chase: Tavon Austin, Cordarrelle Patterson - I think both could do wonders in a hybrid role in a pistol offense.
  6. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Offseason Tracker

    Any word on how Kaare is recovering? I thought he played well enough in the preseason to beat out Koch when you factor in cap space.
  7. Ravens 2018 Draft Grades (forum)

    I still can’t get over the Hayden Hurst pick. Age matters in the draft.
  8. Ravens 2018 Draft Grades (forum)

    Bumping this for the end of the year.
  9. Zigging While the NFL Zags: A Personal Advantage

    I mean we took geriatric Hayden Hurst in the first he can’t be any worse
  10. All-Whiff Team

    Tank Carradine and Ernest Shazor deserve spots on this list
  11. Zigging While the NFL Zags: A Personal Advantage

    If what round is it worth taking a flyer on Kyler Murray?
  12. Zigging While the NFL Zags: A Personal Advantage

    Tavon Austin is another name that falls in my list of scheme fits that have fallen out of favor with most of the league
  13. I haven’t fully fleshed this thought out, but it occurred to me today that under Lamar, Baltimore has been the only team that has consistently rushed more than it has thrown, and that if the Ravens were to stick with this strategy it may create a key advantage in the draft, namely that players who are scheme fits for Baltimore may not fit the offensive schemes of most pass heavy teams throughout the league. In some ways this is not dismilar to most of the 2000s where from 2002-2008 or so only three teams consistently ran a 34 defense, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and New England, which essentially allocated the vast majority of 34 scheme fits across three teams, who not coincidentally tended to have top ranked defenses. Similarly, if the Ravens commit to running this pistol based quasi flex bone scheme they will be drafting players for different attributes than the remainder of the league, which should increase the quality of the scheme fits they are able to draft. I.e. mobile quarterbacks, what I will term slot backs - the Ty Montgomery’s and Cordarelle Patterson’s of the world that lack the shiftiness to be an every down running back and the hands to be a wide receiver but thrive in space, and bigger receivers / undersized tight ends that can block on the perimeter and have sufficient speed to be a threat to run deep. Further, as an outlier offense, the Ravens would play teams every week that are not constructed to stop such a scheme. I believe running such an offense can be a path to long term success but doing so will require a full commitment next off season, such as carrying three mobile quarterbacks, sign free agents who thrived as athletes in college but have struggled to adapt in the nfl, and getting bigger at receiver. Thoughts?
  14. Worst head coaching matchups in the Super Bowl

    Gruden v Callahan. In short, Gruden won with Dungy's talent and Callahan won with Gruden's offense.
  15. Worst head coaching matchups in the Super Bowl

    Both Bikkick and Fassel were likely elevated by their assistant coaches. By my count, six assistants in the Super Bowl became head coaches, and they all took their teams to the playoffs. http://www.hoffco-inc.com/sb/gms/35-rost.html
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