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  1. 4 inches.
  2. The Hester-thing: I was shocked that anyone would pick him up after his last Ravens game, but I was happy to see him ball-out back at his old team stadium. He had nothing to lose and played with pride, determination and reckless-abandonment. He found it and found himself again in that game. I wish he had found it with us, but as a football purist I still appreciated the opportunity to see him perform like like that just one more time (even if it wasn't for us). The AFC QB Super Bowl Elite-thing: Funny stuff, yet pretty inventive journalism in hindsight. Just saying...why in last 14 years? Why not last decade? Maybe it was to get more responses or to go back to the pre-SkyGate wins for the Patriots or to add the Cowher era to the Tomlin Era or what??? Let's just do the normal 'every' decade-thing: 10 year AFC QB Comparison 5-5 (Elite Club) Brady 1-2 Ben 1-1 Manning 2-2 (Denver and Idie Teams) Flacco 1-0 Only QB undefeated in the Super Bowl this decade Brees, Rogers, Eli and Flacco. You see what I did? That entire topic is sadly irrelevant. The Steelers/Patriots-thing: Don't care who wins that one. Wait a minute...I just changed my mind. My hate for the Patriots far out weighs my contempt for the Steelers understanding that I would prefer rooting for another root-canal. That said, I would like for the Patriots to win in such an embarrassing performance from both teams that it leaves each team looking forward to the off-season even before the SB has been played. Belichick does a live FB locker-room feed announcing his retirement after another embarrassing SB loss, Brady loses his Uggs endorsements and Kraft shrinks 3 more inches which would officially give him Hobgoblin status for the next Marvel movie...you feel me?
  3. Different era - different game. Those numbers will most likely never be seen again. Passing attempts have nearly doubled. Rushing specialist and schemes are more advantageous. Team speed per defender is off the charts. New blocking rules surrender more defensive advantages. Not to take anything away from Ogden (HoF), but at the same time not to take anything away from this youngster. He deserves all the accolades. There's only one Ogden and hopefully when it's all said and done...people will be saying the same about Stanley.
  4. NO! I don't like that!!! That said, I would love to get D Jax to fill SSS vacancy. He's got a Ravens-edge. You like that?
  5. With the projected increase of 11-15 million cap increase, I would say it's very likely. It will take some creative contract restructuring, position drafting, releases, etc. but they'll get if done. The question is if we want to go for it in 2017 (max it out) or under invest and conserve cap to re-position for 2018 (scale-back). I hope we go for broke. We're just a few players away from competing to winning it all.
  6. Really can't agree that he's got a "long" way to go. There's just not enough games played or targets recorded to honestly evaluate that. Perriman's 1st season is similar to many recent 1-3 year #1 receivers currently. For Example: Comparing Antonio Brown's 3rd Season - His potential level is on pace. BP: 33 receptions - 66 targets - 499 yards - 15 yd average - 53 yd long - 3 TD AB: 66 receptions - 105 targets - 787 yards - 11.5 yd average - 60 yd long - 5 TD How would that have looked if Perriman got double the targets (66 like Brown) this season and/or next season? We just don't know. Based on similar comparisons to several #1 receivers league-wide with similar 1st-2nd-3rd year numbers one would have to honestly reserve over-evaluating potential and projecting growth after only one year of play. Purple Kool-aid or not. There's just not enough there to see yet. Once he gets #1 targets per game we'll have more to access.
  7. I'm with you. I hope I'm proven wrong, as well. At some point we have to put the team first.
  8. You can be a GREAT QB coach and never be an OC and be a part of a GREAT Offensive Team. Just saying.
  9. Good point. I was 'Camp Marty' during the interim, but think he would have serve better back in his QBC role for Joe. Firstly, nobody hates Brady as much as I do (who hasn't been committed, yet.). When I used "i.e. Brady..." as it relates to contracts it was not as if I didn't already know how those contracts go. I've detailed it several times before. I used that point knowing that all agents and franchise QBs and players have the power to influence their franchises to better their teams. When change is needed in-order for the team to succeed and ultimately elevate team direction they utilize it. It's simple. They just say "Make it happen!" publicly. There's no money lost. There's just more trust, belief and resolve communicated to everyone else on the team. That's what leadership looks like. That's an open acknowledgement that this individual (Joe) would prefer his offensive unit to be considered 'elite' above all other things. The weird-thing about this is if you research when they stopped questioning if 'elite' QBs were actually elite - it was after the entire offensive unit was crowned first. More importantly to this topic: Marty offers our franchise QB Joe a comfort-zone of complacency. This will only result in mediocrity thinly masked in stats (i.e. Completion and Tight-end Records set recently) - not successful team outcomes and/or championships if this continues. Pitta and Joe love the Marty decision, but does anyone else...really? Ask yourself: Is Joe or the rest of the offense better-off due to this? Why is Marty here as OC? This most likely can't be about OC 'continuity' (Admittedly, we don't historically do that. ). It can only be about a 'comfort-zone'. That doesn't win Super Bowls.
  10. There are very few that are truly 'the best' at their positions. The real challenge is working to make others acknowledge that you truly are one of the best at what you do. Very good overall statement; however, I think you've missed my point on this one. The 1st question you have to ask is, "Did Marty improve Joe's play or not this season?" If you feel he has than we simply have a difference of opinion. It's my opinion that he did not based on games coached. I was in 'Camp Marty' the entire time during his interim duties as OC because of the continuity and familiarity aspects of Joe and his relationship with the team. A mid-season change like bringing in someone else would have been too much, but a change is needed now. Marty is not the answer. You believe he'll right the ship, but I see more of the same. He's no Kubiak - who had so much league-wide respect that demanded Joe's respect. On the other hand, Marty pretty much pandered to Joe's ego which hampered Joe's play and didn't challenge his resolve (examples: Pass to Run ratio especially when the run was abandoned while averaging good gains, allowing Joe to run too many short 'comfort-zone' pass plays for minimal gains and calling many plays that didn't highlight/maximize the strengths of the other skill-players based-on situational awareness. Yes, every NFL player has an ego, but every NFL player should also not let ego get in the way of development. Joe's problem is not arm-strength, ball placement, the playbook, etc. It's mental. He's said on several occasions that he wants to be considered 'elite' and I truly want that for him, but it's not about what you say - it's what's displayed. There has been a noticeable regression since our last appearance in the AFC Championship. Marty should have been allowed to continue-on as a QB Coach after this season. He's not the type of guy who can turn our offense around nor elevate Joe. My thoughts are really about the rest of the offense. The Dixen and West paring could be one of the best tandems in the league, our o-line could also be elite and with 2 of the fastest receivers in the league...? We'll let's just say it's not all about Joe's ego it's about the team. Marty coached to Joe's ego - not the unit.
  11. Does Our Organization Really Want to "Help Joe"? Really? Here's the deal: If we really wanted to help Joe the 1st thing to do is to acknowledge and accept who he is. He will never likely be a top-tier QB by the end of his career. He is a reasonably efficient QB who if put in the right conditions can have 'top-tier' QB games from time to time. I'm still a fan of Joe's, but I think our organization is completely missing the boat on what it would take to elevate his play and make it more consistent. More play makers, coaching continuity and dedication are good, reasonable wishes, but Joe's more important need is urgency. It's mental beyond everything else. Firstly, have him admit to himself that he's not a top-tier QB currently although he's had a few great games (playoffs and SB). This will only challenge him to work harder to get to that goal and/or humble him enough to know that he must sacrifice enough to help the entire offensive unit to become top-tier. This may mean giving-up some of his salary to procure more talent around him (i.e. - Brady). Coaching/Continuity: The Marty-thing was a mistake. It won't help Joe to get there at all. The best move would have been to keep Marty as a QB Coach (only). That's adequate continuity. He should have just remained as a season fill-in and continue his earlier role because of his amicable relationship with Joe, but change is needed. Bring-in a new OC that runs the current system, but lights a fire under Joe and doesn't allow him to dictate his play, scheme or even allow him to over-assess his development. Start with the most difficult variations of the current scheme during the off-season and stay with them. Lastly, address his ego before it's too late. Yes, Joe has a huge ego. Examples of this are the "I don't want to be lining up at Z and X. I want to line up behind center..." wildcat rant even though the play averaged over 10 yards per attempt, on the ELITE question "I mean, I think I’m the best," he said back then. "I don’t think I’m top-five, I think I’m the best. I don’t think I’d be very successful at my job if I didn’t feel that way. I mean, come on." and his consistent insistence on not audibly out of bad play calls, work with the entire receiving core and skill players during off-seasons and generally not accepting critic even when it's due. This said, it's mental. If the organization wants to truly help this soon to be 10 year veteran QB and elevate the team as well, challenge is resolve - don't pander to his comfort-zone. He performs better in that role and so does the rest of the team.
  12. Does Our Organization Really Want to "Help Joe"? Really? Here's the deal: If we really wanted to help Joe the 1st thing to do is to acknowledge and accept who he is. He will never likely be a top-tier QB by the end of his career. He is a reasonably efficient QB who if put in the right conditions can have 'top-tier' QB games from time to time. I'm still a fan of Joe's, but I think our organization is completely missing the boat on what it would take to elevate his play and make it more consistent. More play makers, coaching continuity and dedication are good, reasonable wishes, but Joe's more important need is urgency. It's mental beyond everything else. Firstly, have him admit to himself that he's not a top-tier QB currently although he's had a few great games (playoffs and SB). This will only challenge him to work harder to get to that goal and/or humble him enough to know that he must sacrifice enough to help the entire offensive unit to become top-tier. This may mean giving-up some of his salary to procure more talent around him (i.e. - Brady). Coaching/Continuity: The Marty-thing was a mistake. It won't help Joe to get there at all. The best move would have been to keep Marty as a QB Coach (only). That's adequate continuity. He should have just remained as a season fill-in and continue his earlier role because of his amicable relationship with Joe, but change is needed. Bring-in a new OC that runs the current system, but lights a fire under Joe and doesn't allow him to dictate his play, scheme or even allow him to over-assess his development. Start with the most difficult variations of the current scheme during the off-season and stay with them. Lastly, address his ego before it's too late. Yes, Joe has a huge ego. Examples of this are the "I don't want to be lining up at Z and X. I want to line up behind center..." wildcat rant even though the play averaged over 10 yards per attempt, on the ELITE question "I mean, I think I’m the best," he said back then. "I don’t think I’m top-five, I think I’m the best. I don’t think I’d be very successful at my job if I didn’t feel that way. I mean, come on." and his consistent insistence on not audibly out of bad play calls, work with the entire receiving core and skill players during off-seasons and generally not accepting critic even when it's due. This said, it's mental. If the organization wants to truly help this soon to be 10 year veteran QB and elevate the team as well, challenge is resolve - don't pander to his comfort-zone. He performs better in that role and so does the rest of the team.
  13. An Inspirational Warrior. I'll always be thankful for having the opportunity to witness your greatest.
  14. Take that 1st sentence and flip it around (Inspired, pride-full, no-quit and all-out competitive effort with a touch of nastiness added.).
  15. Just one of the plain UGLIEST, uninspired, pride-less, defeated and disenfranchised efforts I've ever seen from our franchise. And the mere fact that it was Steve Smith Sr.'s last NFL game makes it UNPRECEDENTEDLY heartless. We've been coming into games flat while closing out this season (Patriots, Eagles and Steelers) and failing to putting together 4 quarters of winning football, but this game....we lacked competitive focus throughout. Breaks my heart. The Good: We have the building blocks (or more appropriately based on this season "rebuilding blocks") to right the ship, but we need our nastiness back. There's talent, but it's obviously going to take more to get it back to 'Playing Like Ravens' literally.