NFL Backs Non-Call On Steelers TD
As they do after every game, the Ravens sent to the NFL for review a list of questionable calls made by referees during Baltimore’s divisional playoff loss to the Steelers.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, one the Ravens’ questions was why a false start wasn’t called on Steelers tight end David Johnson on Pittsburgh’s game-winning touchdown. But the NFL backed referee Jeff Triplette and his crew’s non-call.
PFT.com’s Gregg Rosenthal said that after watching the play repeatedly in slow motion, he also believes the officials made a good non-call.
“The confusion comes because Johnson flinches or falls out of his stance,” wrote Rosenthal. ”At full speed, it looks like he may have jumped early. But Johnson flinches right when the ball is snapped, not before. If anything, the flinch causes Johnson to be a second late to the play.”
You can check the play out and judge for yourself in this NFL.com video. A good view of Johnson’s flinch starts at the 50-second mark.
“Getting this one right doesn’t mean that Triplette’s crew had a good night,” added Rosenthal.
The PFT writer pointed to a “clear hold” by Johnson on defensive tackle Terrence Cody moments earlier, but Cody was called for defensive holding. He also said the holding call on Baltimore during the Ravens’ punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter was “questionable.”
The Ravens never pointed to the referees as the reason for their loss.
“I’m not in any position to rate the referees,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said after the game. “It’s not something I’m qualified to do. I don’t have a problem with that right now.”
Rehashing the play may just be pouring salt on old wounds. Just like watching the Steelers beat the Jets, 24-19, in the AFC Championship last night.
The Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck says watching Pittsburgh advance to the Super Bowl was tough for Ravens fans to stomach … unless seeing Pittsburgh take on the Packers serves as validation for Baltimore’s season.
Reed’s Brother Possibly Found, Not Recovered
After 17 days of uncertainty, the Reed family had hoped they would finally get answers about their missing relative Brian Reed.
But after a volunteer group, Texas Equusearch, found a body in the Mississippi River around 3 p.m. Sunday using sonar, divers weren’t able to recover it because river currents carried it away, according to FOX 8 News. The volunteer team had to call off the search at 6 p.m. when they were losing daylight.
“Sometime during the time they were getting their equipment ready, and the time that they had the sonar reading and positively placed the body in the water… they believe the body has broken loose and is no longer in that spot,” Kenner Police Lt. Wayne McInnis told reporters.
Now the Reed’s are still left without the closure they were looking for.
“I’m just shocked that after all of this time, we find him … hopefully … and he’s gone … again,” said Shenata Jackson, a cousin of Reed.
Reed reportedly jumped into the river while trying to evade police.
Brian is the brother of Ed Reed and family members told FOX 8 that the Ravens safety was at the scene along the river after being alerted his brother may have been found.
The search will resume Monday, but there’s concern where the river could take the body next because of heavy river traffic and a strong current.
Mattison On Leaving For Wolverines: Best Decision I’ve Ever Made
Ravens former Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison unexpectedly left Baltimore to take the same role for the Michigan Wolverines. Mattison returns to Michigan after serving as its defensive line coach and coordinator from 1992 to 1996.
Mattison wasn’t able to give parting comments to Ravens fans, but he recently spoke with mgoblue.com, saying that he was thrilled to return to Michigan.
“I guess you never realize how much you miss it till you come back,” said Mattison. “My wife and I were saying that coming up the stairs today. It’s like coming home.”
Asked if it was difficult to leave Baltimore, Mattison said it took a special set of circumstances to leave a great situation with the Ravens.
“I definitely wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for [Michigan Head Coach] Brady Hoke. I was at a great situation, but when it became Michigan, and it became Brady Hoke, it was too hard to pass up.
“I’m glad; it’s probably the best decision I’ve ever made, based on my feeling right now, being here.”
Turns Out, McClain Does Want To Return
When he was cleaning out his locker in Owings Mills for the offseason, Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain sounded like he didn’t think he would return to Baltimore.
“I felt like I would have been used a little more this season. It is what it is,” McClain said on January 17. “I’m over that now. It was four great years in Baltimore, and I’m looking forward to the future. It’s out of my control.”
But McClain has posted messages on his Twitter account that suggest he wants and plans on being back in purple in black.
“I want to come back and play for the ravens so bad. This is home to me, but I just want to be involved more,” he tweeted later that same day. ”Ravens we’ll be back next year…. #FACT.”
Three days later, McClain followed up with another tweet, “Baltimore Ravens all the way to Indy next year,” he wrote. “Gone head and book your flights and hotels…. #Ready2GetBackStarted”
Michael Oher Signing
While most are familiar with his life story depicted in The Blind Side, for the first time Ravens tackle Michael Oher has released the account of his journey in his own words.
In his book entitled I Beat the Odds, Oher gives more detail and his point of view on how anyone can achieve a better life.
Oher will be at the Power Plant Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 12:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. to sign copies of his new book.
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