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  1. Random Ravens Thoughts: New Forum Edition

    I like it. Never thought that he FELT like a 29. I hope he keeps this number moving forward. I might actually get this jersey, I’m a fan.
  2. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Offseason Tracker

    Clearly I glossed over their names. Completely saw everyone else. Power of observation certainly failed me there.😂
  3. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Offseason Tracker

    This may be true. But the question still remains, “could the defense have been more successful in sacks and forcing turnovers if we rotated our young pass rushers in more?” Our defense did well overall but creating turnovers in particular could have been an improvement.
  4. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Offseason Tracker

    One could even argue Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews could be added to this list. We preferred sets with Boyle/Williams to ones with Andrews (early in the season) and Hurst (later in the season). Especially given what we saw from Andrews every time he touched the field.
  5. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Offseason Tracker

    The ones that start generally only start due to positional dearth combined with high draft position vs their play in game/practices. Chuck Clark for example is a player who has (according to media/coaches) performed well in practices and his performance in games has definitely performed over what Tony Jefferson has provided to this point. The whole point isn’t that Harbaugh is terrible, that has not been stated. The point is that Harbaugh sometimes takes his philosophy a little too far. Just as he has done with his coaching staff consisting of (generally) his old school connections and their generally outdated philosophies to the chagrin of the team production.
  6. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Offseason Tracker

    Statement 1 doesn’t align with the logic of 2&3. If the Bengals have a tradition of sitting their corners for 2-3 years, that trend still doesn’t excuse the fact that the coach is benching that player regardless of ability. Similarly if the Ravens took their time putting Marlon and Jimmy in the game in their rookie seasons, that doesn’t pair with the logic that Harbaugh has an aversion to playing rookies. Granted it makes some sense that we waited to put them both in. For Jimmy we had a stupid scheme that focused on off man and zone coverage, even though our best corner (Jimmy) was a press man beast, so we had to gradually get him used to those stupid schemes. With Marlon, he had a host of talent in front of him so benching a talented veteran that executes for a new guy is a tough decision. Whereas some of the other personnel decisions are more problematic. While we found ways to incorporate Jimmy and Marlon, we’ve failed to do the same with members of our pass rush. As opposed to deploying them in moments that best would serve their skillset to gather experience- such as with our defensive backs, we minimize their opportunity share thus throttling their development. This could be blamed on Harbaugh’s coordinators having been uber conservative types like Greg Mattison and Darth Pees. But they’re his coordinators for a reason. With Martindale, he seems to be a bit more aggressive and modern, so we’ll see what he cooks up with regard to our front 7 members. He seemed much more likely to utilize our edge players in roles suitable to their skill set. Perhaps under his guidance we will play younger talents more to expose them to experience sooner and allow their development to not go stunted.
  7. Predict the Week 1 Roster

    We utilized that many tight ends because of: 1) Investment in the position with Hurst (1st), Williams (2nd), Andrews (3rd), and Boyle (5th). 2) The talent of the position as Boyle was highly regarded around the league, Hurst was a 1st round pick, and Andrews just set the Ravens rookie receiving record by a TE. Maxx was also a quality H-back when healthy. 3. Lack of talent at other key offensive skills positions kept spots from the TE slot from fulfilling them. So as alluded to these factors are no longer the case. The investment portion favors 3 TEs as that’s what our draft capital has supplied for that position. What’s more the receiver position received so much attention the past two drafts, no way we add a scrub TE to our class over giving a receiver the proper time to develop.
  8. Predict the Week 1 Roster

    I’m sure we’ll have a talented TE on the practice squad that we utilize as our 4th TE. Our offense is flexible enough that if two TEs were to go down in game we could revert to a spread system with only 1 TE. Then we’d have a backup TE on the practice squad that we could bump up. Same with ILB. No reason to have more than 3 when there’s limited snaps to go around. Lastly, Levine is essentially our 4th ILB and in the event of emergency would surely use him there.
  9. Predict the Week 1 Roster

    Offense (24) QB: Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III, Trace McSorley RB: Mark Ingram II, Gus Edwards, Justice Hill XWR: Marquise Brown, Seth Roberts ZWR: Chris Moore, Jordan Lasley, Jaleel Scott SLWR: Willie Snead IV TE: Nicks Boyle, Hayden Hurst, Mark Andrews LT: Ronnie Stanley, Jermaine Eluemunor LG: James Hurst, Ben Powers C: Bradley Bozeman, Matt Skura RG: Marshal Yanda, Alex Lewis RT: Orlando Brown Defense (26) DE: Chris Wormley, Willie Henry, Zach Sieler NT: Brandon Williams, Daylon Mack DT: Michael Pierce, Gerald Willis RUSH: Tyus Bowser, Jaylon Ferguson MIKE: Patrick Onwuasor, Chris Board WILL: Kenny Young, Anthony Levine SAM: Matthew Judon, Tim Williams RCB: Jimmy Smith, Tavon Young, Justin Bethel, Iman Marshall LCB: Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, Anthony Averett FS: Earl Thomas III, DeShon Elliott SS: Tony Jefferson, Chuck Clark Special Teams (3) K: Justin Tucker P: Sam Koch LS: Morgan Cox It wouldn’t be an offseason without a proper redshirt. This year my candidate for that would be Mike Boykin. Talented and explosive player that seemingly adjusted slowly in college, perhaps the same will be true of the NFL level. He has redshirt candidate written all over him. I can’t see us retaining Kenneth Dixon over much more valuable options. Dixon would be our 4th runner, he’s had a history, and only has one more year left on his deal. He does elsewhere after preseason.
  10. Random Ravens Thoughts: New Forum Edition

    Really good post.
  11. OT: XFL signs deals with ABC/ESPN & FOX/FS1 to televise games

    I think it makes some sense. While football is still on the mind, you can lure some customers into the product and then it ramps up from there. If you let football season fall completely from the mind, now you have to convince an audience to care about a sport that they’ve already conceptually buried for the rest of the year. I bet they’re banking on the idea that if your team has gotten eliminated from contention, you may want some other football product to get your mind off of that sorrow. And once they get you, unlike the leagues before they’ll look to excite you into sticking around.
  12. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Offseason Tracker

    Sounds like this guy would be juiced. The kind of player that when you pass him the ball and he’s a homerun threat from everywhere on the field. I’m sure he’s also a distant cousin to David Boston.
  13. Predict the 2020 Draft Needs

    Simple. Predict our top 3 draft needs for the 2020 draft. Be sure to consider: a) What picks we just made b) Notable free agents c) Weakest positions d) Potential retirees e) Potential cap casualties What do you think our top needs will be and bonus points to some prospects you think might fill it in next year’s draft class.
  14. If I’m him, I go with 45.
  15. Baltimore Ravens 2019 Draft Thread

    Calvin was actually one of the players I had in mind when considering Browns production. Ridley put up 821 yds, 10 TDs. I think Brown presents every bit the level of polish as Ridley as a route runner and is more explosive. Just saying by “down” that Tyreek Hill as a 5th round pick with character concerns and no inside track for opportunity shares obtained greater production than 500, with 593 yds, 6 TDs. I think this is actually more telling for the other reason. We know that Harbaugh is very special teams focused and we kept a receiver on the inactive the entire season who had very little special teams value to offer, while our WR depth chart was filled much more with veterans that demanded opportunity shares (M.Crabtree, J.Brown, and W.Snead) plus a similar talent that had shown some value on offense and special teams (Moore). Lasley beat the odds by at least consistently staying on the roster without trickery (redshirt) or an injury to an entrenched player.
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