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[News] Late For Work 1/16: Bold Move Revived Ravens' Season

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Ravens could struggle to retain key defenders. Skip defends Flacco. Jim praises John.

[url=http://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/article-1/Late-For-Work-116-Bold-Move-Revived-Ravens-Season/1cf17fe0-8857-4e91-8be2-43b51b8b6384]View the full article[/url]
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I absolutely hate when Journalist brings up the idea of losing players to Free agency while the team is still in the Playoffs. Find something else to write about, Geez!
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Mayor Michael Hancock strained his quad....suurreeeee.

Big thanks to the writers on baltimoreravens.com. I look forward to reading the LFW page every weekday morning.
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I wish us nothing but the best heading into this weekends game. We have had nothing but hate thrown our way the entire season. Flacco cant get it done and how the defense is too old. Well guess what talking heads on espn... get ready to eat raven cause after sunday you'll know how feels to look stupid when we go into NE take on a cocky pats team that doesn't even get excited for games like this anymore and ray gets to do his dance in NO.
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I said last week that they were talking a short week for the Ravens and I commented it seemed like the longest ever. But I was wrong, THIS WEEK IS !
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I agree with Jeezy. This is not the time to think about that. There is nothing that can be done at this moment. What can be done is beating the Patriots.
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As long as they keep Kruger and possibly ele this team should be solid. They are in dire need of pass rushers.
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Gutsy move that payed off:
1. Keeping Justin tucker and getting rid of Cundiff
2. Promoting Caldwell and removing Cam Cameron mid season

I think John Harbaugh will be around town for a while :)
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With Corey stepping up I think Cary can walk. Dannell and Paul on the other hand would be harder to replace. Hopefully we can keep at least one of these guys...
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Cam would never have called the game Caldwell called on Saturday. Joe would have taken a knee after the punt return for TD. I can't wait to see what's in store for Sunday.
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Nothing to do with the article but that Thanks Ray video at the bottom of this page choked me up. 31 years old and i'm crying like a baby at my desk at work.... Thanks Ray for real!
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I really hope the team leaves the Art Modell patches on their uniforms. If it wasnt for him we would never have had a Ray Lewis or a Ravens Nation.
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With Ray retiring, and, who knows, maybe Ed Reed too, that should loosen up some cap money for those 3 guys. I think if the team were able to negotiate with Flacco directly they'd probably have a deal made already. Joe seems like a reasonable guy. He'd probably understand that the Ravens can only afford so much, and the money would certainly be better than he probably ever expected a few years ago. The problem is Linta. The guy doesn't have any other noteworthy clients, that I know of, and therefore, he's going to bleed the Ravens for every last penny he can get. That's obvious by the way he's always talked about Flacco. He was calling him a top 5 QB even before this season began, and now, with Joe having post-season success, he'll be tightening his grip. He doesn't care about the best interests of the Baltimore Ravens, which, in the long run, are in Flacco's best interests, only what his cut of a big new contract will be.
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Btw, If our team does win the SB expect the following players to retire: Birk, Reed, Lewis (obviously) and possibly Boldin.

If the Raves don't make it, well Birk & Lewis will def retire. Reed will either retire or be on the Colts next year.
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JOE MONEY. You just keep showing everyone what you are capable of Joe. We all know what you can do. This is the best ive seen the offense play. EVER. Getting rid of Cam is the best deision we've made all year. Clearly Joe is a different QB with Jim calling plays. Lets take this dangerous offense to Foxborough and Punch our ticket to New Orleans Baby!! GO JOE! GO RAVENS
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As much as i love Ellerbe - he always has injury issues i want to keep him but lets make a deal ya know hometown discount
Kruger has had 1 good year and now wants to get paid
Williams - said no and work his butt off he has earned his money.

but with lewis retiring :( we have to keep ellerbe and kruger

good luck Ozzy and Decosta
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The Ravens basically made the decision to part ways with Kruger when they drafted Upshaw last year. We can't have three starters at OLB, so unless they get Courtney to bulk up and play DE, Kruger will have to be allowed to go. Unless the Ravens think Upshaw is somehow a bust (I highly doubt that, he's played well for a rookie), they can't justify having three starters at that position.
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The rejoicing over Cam Cameron getting fired gets a little old. He was an excellent coordinator in San Diego. He provided stability and structure to a very young offense here. John is right in that he pushed the passing game, which exposed himself to criticism, He did so while still utilizing Ray Rice enough for him to make three Pro Bowls. I think after a while Cam's voice got stale and a change was needed but the vitriol directed at him is over the top. While apparently stubborn, he certainly seems like a quality person as evidenced what he did for Jamie Costello. He also should be given credit for Joe's development. Maybe someone else needed to get him over the top but maybe with a different coordinator Joe flops altogether. This week is the first common opponent that both Jim and Cam have faced. The Ravens put up 31 points and more than 500 yards last time. With all of the unrelenting Cam bashers I guess we should expect 40 points and 600 yards on Sunday.
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Bayless was being sarcastic he was not giving props to joe .he is a Patriot lover just like every single sports pundit save dameshek . I read an article that both Kruger and Ellerbe fired there agents this week so I think both will want big money . I say Lets beat the Pats, go to new orleans and get another w then we can deal with free agency .
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It's funny how some ppl posting back in week 4 was trashing Cary Williams.. Fact is He is a beast and is "Bout it". With everyone getting healthy are DB's should be able to play care free. We also have to give Jimmy Smith some credit for making a on special teams, changing field position. It's unfortunate we have 2 off the street B's that are out performing him at DB still. The key to the Ravens success is the D LINE and O Line. We need them to show out Sunday. Let's get it Ravens!!
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I would love to keep all three of those young fellas. Ellerbe is my top priority, followed by Kruger, and last is Williams. It should be remembered that Cary shot down a Raven's contract offer already. I could see him being the odd man out.
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Kruger and Ellerbe must be kept. I think with Weeb coming back( I hope his knee is the same), Graham, Chykie who is playing alot better, and Jimmy hopefully finally getting heslthy that our secondary will be fine without Cary.
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Like to keep both Ellerbe and Kruger...

If I have to choose one, I'll have to go with Kruger. With Suggs healthy next season, we might finally have that pass rush duo we've been wanting.
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You all saw how well Kaepernick can run with the football. His 40 time is 4.54. Caldwell could encourage Joe to do some of the same. Joe's 4.84 is almost as fast as Colin's. I betcha Belichick would be really squirming if Joe broke a few 20 yard plus runs. LOL
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I think williams wants webb money and he doesn't have webb skills . good luck to him wherever he winds up . I have a soft spot for kruger and ellerbe but alas i think both are looking for a jackpot payday (profootball talk is reporting both have new agents )skip and stephen neither one are true sports writers they r the national enquirer of the nfl reporters. Love the cover of joe. a positive sign . i can not wait for sunday . i am nervous scared and beyond excited.
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Cary has definitely played better as the season has progressed; but I don't know if he's worth the original offer the Ravens had on the table. His stats look pretty good; but the dude gets beat way too often for my liking.

FOR GOD'S SAKE, CARY...LEARN TO DEFEND THE COMEBACK ROUTE!!!

Ellerbe and Kruger are key pieces to this defense. If it comes down to only keeping one; I guess I'd have to go with Kruger because he stays healthy, compared to Ellerbe.
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We have to win Sunday thats all there is to it. Ray needs to be apart of one more super bowl before he hangs up his jersey. I cant wait for this game!!!
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