12:09 PM EST, Tue January 17, 2017
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The Joe Flacco paradox

The Joe Flacco paradox

Baltimore Ravens franchise quarterback Joe Flacco is the third highest paid signal caller in the NFL. His $22.1 million average annual salary slots in behind Andrew Luck and Drew Brees. He is payed more on average than Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan and Tom Brady. Flacco’s salary will account for less than 15 percent of the Ravens total salary cap space next season. Judging against his postseason performance since 2011, he is appropriately compensated. 2011 should be included since his individual playoff success was the impetus for his...
2 hours ago
Should the Ravens look at safety in the first round?

Should the Ravens look at safety in the first round?

Lardarius Webb's release would save cap space Safety was not exactly the problem in the Ravens secondary. Eric Weddle performed at an All-Pro worthy level, even if he struggled late in the season, (Carson Wentz barrelling into the end zone and the numerous crack blocks and pancakes he was a victim of against the Steelers). Lardarius Webb on the other end, struggled to start the season in his new position but improved as the year wore on. Weddle is here to stay. Clearly nobody thinks otherwise. Webb however, could be cut. His release would free up $5.5 million. If the Ravens want to get...
4 hours ago
2017 NFL Draft: Grading each position group

2017 NFL Draft: Grading each position group

The deadline for early entrants to declare for the 2017 NFL draft passed on Monday. The vast majority of highly regarded prospects decided to forgo their remaining eligibility and start the clock towards their lucrative second contracts. Overall it appears to be a robust draft class with some positions offering better options than others. This phenomena could impact front office free agency decisions, including the Baltimore Ravens offensive line plan. Quarterback: B+ Mitch Trubinsky. Deshaun Watson and DeShone Kizer are all bonafide first round prospects. Brad Kaaya and Pat Mahomes are...
5 hours ago
Is Joe Flacco still part of the Ravens Solution?

Is Joe Flacco still part of the Ravens Solution?

Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger or Peyton Manning won the AFC Championship in 13 of the last 14 years. This year is no different, Ben Roethlisberger or Tom Brady will represent the AFC in Super Bowl 51. Who is the one outlier? Joe Flacco, “Joe Cool,” “January Joe” or whatever nickname you prefer. For those of you who may doubt Joe Flacco after this season, I have some stats for you. Joe Flacco has the most road playoff wins of all time. He is arguably better on the road than at home, let’s not forget he did all he could to beat Pittsburgh in Week 16. Flacco is up there with the...
6 hours ago
Do Ravens have the backs to run a power based offense?

Do Ravens have the backs to run a power based offense?

Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon are viewed as a pair of running backs that are serviceable, and that have both flashed talent. But neither of them has shown the capabilities to handle a full workload. With Juan Castillo leaving and Greg Roman expected to put his power scheme imprint on the running game, West and Dixon face questions. West is a one-speed back who struggles to re-accelerate after hitting first contact. His vision is not nearly as detrimental to his game as Bernard Pierce's was, but West does leave yards on the field by picking the wrong holes. Dixon's vision is better, and...
23 hours ago
ESPN’s AFC North reporters unanimously select OT Ronnie Stanley as AFCN Rookie of the Year

ESPN’s AFC North reporters unanimously select OT Ronnie Stanley as AFCN Rookie of the Year

Though it was close in decision-making, CB Artie Burns good play, OT Ronnie Stanley’s second half comeback, the final vote shows otherwise; Ravens rookie, Stanley, wins AFC North Rookie of the Year honors unanimously. ESPN’s Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley posted his reason why the nod went to Stanley: “He allowed only three sacks all season while blocking Joe Flacco's blind side. Stanley was also the NFL's best left tackle over the last four weeks of the season, according to Pro Football Focus. Some will go with Burns, but he gave up the most touchdown passes by a rookie corner this...
23 hours ago
AFC Championship: Steelers vs. Patriots. Who are you pulling for Ravens fans?

AFC Championship: Steelers vs. Patriots. Who are you pulling for Ravens fans?

This is going to be one ugly scene on Sunday, but it’s going to be interesting. The Divisional playoffs, AKA the best weekend in pro football, has come and gone. Saturday brought yet another set of blowouts to the table in the same fashion of the Wild Card Weekend. The Houston Texans put in a great effort on defense and made a nice tease, but the bottom-line, they were never leaving Foxborough with a win. Sunday brought in a different outcome, two exciting down-to-the-wire games. After the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys put on the game of the year, the Pittsburgh Steelers gutted out...
Jan 16, 2017
PFF: Ravens secondary finishes ranked in the top 10

PFF: Ravens secondary finishes ranked in the top 10

The Ravens secondary was berated as it fell apart down the stretch of the 2016 season. Injuries crippled the unit as the overall defense fell down the ranks of total defense after being ranked number one at points during the 2016 season. However, considering the whole body of work over the course of the 2016 season, the Ravens secondary was very good. Pro Football Focus (PFF) would agree as it ranked the unit as the 10th best secondary in the NFL for the 2016 season. PFF’s Matt Claassen writes about the Ravens, “We weren’t quite sure what to expect from Eric Weddle with his new team...
Jan 15, 2017
Baltimore Ravens offensive line should be the identity of the entire offense

Baltimore Ravens offensive line should be the identity of the entire offense

As my colleague Evan Mazza mentioned earlier today, the Baltimore Ravens need to solidify the offensive line this offseason starting with re-signing right tackle Rick Wagner which I agree with. I’ll take it a step further and say not only do the Ravens need to solidify the offensive line, the unit needs to represent the identity of the entire offense. This offensive line needs to be the biggest strength for the Ravens offense going forward. When you look at the Ravens offense since 1996, the team has no doubt had its struggles with this unit. However, when you look at the Ravens offensive...
Jan 15, 2017
Rick Dennison back to Baltimore?

Rick Dennison back to Baltimore?

With Juan Castillo leaving the Ravens, Baltimore is currently looking for a new offensive line coach. The offensive line coaching job is still vacant and many suspected it would be an in-house replacement. It seemed like Richard Angulo would be the guy but he was promoted to the assistant offensive line coach. It seems Baltimore will be shopping to bring somebody new in. The rumor is the Ravens are interested in bringing back Rick Dennison. Rick Dennison was with Baltimore for one year, 2014. He was the quarterbacks coach here with the Ravens under Gary Kubiak’s offense. Dennison is a...
Jan 15, 2017
Path to the NFL: DB prospect Nehemiah Coward

Path to the NFL: DB prospect Nehemiah Coward

Nehemiah Coward sits down with Baltimore Beatdown to talk about his journey in football and what he thinks he can bring to the table on the NFL level. Nehemiah Coward comes from a small school in division II football from Central State University Marauders (HBCU) in Ohio. On the field, he has a knack for making the big plays particularly on special teams as he has five career blocks and a 109-yard missed field goal return for a touchdown. Marauders coaches have utilized Coward’s athleticism as he has the ability to play cornerback, nickleback and both safety positions. Gamer’s like...
Jan 15, 2017
Ravens seven round mock draft 3.0

Ravens seven round mock draft 3.0

This is the third edition of my Ravens seven round mock draft. The Ravens selection is still at 16, but as player rankings change, and college football came to a close as Clemson knocked off Alabama, it’s time to create a new mock draft. Yet again, I used the Walk the Mock draft simulator to complete my draft. First Round: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan Unless the Ravens add a wide receiver before the draft, the position will be the team’s biggest need. It is time to add an elite option, and that is absolutely what Davis is. I believe Davis is not only a better player than...
Jan 15, 2017
The Baltimore Ravens must solidify the offensive line this offseason

The Baltimore Ravens must solidify the offensive line this offseason

Step 1 of the 2017 offseason is completing the offensive line. The Ravens enter this offseason with one goal in mind: find the pieces of the puzzle to make the 2017 postseason. Some pieces are in place, but there is more to find as they enter the process of free agency and the draft. While some of the pieces include cornerback help, one or two wide receivers and another pass rusher, the most important piece is completing the offensive line. Three lineman are guaranteed to be back next season. Ronnie Stanley, who is coming off an exceptional rookie season, Alex Lewis had a good rookie year...
Jan 15, 2017
Brandon Williams and Rick Wagner make top 25 2017 free agent list

Brandon Williams and Rick Wagner make top 25 2017 free agent list

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com ranked the top 25 free agents of 2017 and two Baltimore Ravens made the cut. Brandon Williams was listed at number 9 (second best defensive tackle) and Rick Wagner was listed at number 24 (top tackle). If Baltimore wants to keep either player, they will have to spend big money. The biggest question is will Baltimore break the mold and spend huge money in free agency? Like I have said in previous articles, last year was rare because they spent relatively big money to sign Eric Weddle. My take is simple, re-sign Rick Wagner and let Brandon Williams walk. With some...
Jan 14, 2017
Ray Lewis comments on Tom Brady and dumb New England Patriots’ fans accuse him of murder on Twitter

Ray Lewis comments on Tom Brady and dumb New England Patriots’ fans accuse him of murder on Twitter

Since everyone these days is against, “fake news” how about New England fans educate themselves and stop calling Ray Lewis a murderer? Ray Lewis saw what we all saw during the AFC Divisional playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans tonight. Patriots QB Tom Brady gets hit and of course he proceeds to complain to the referees about why there is no flag on the play like he is notorious for doing. Tom Brady was HEATED after he didn’t get a flag on a Jadeveon Clowney tackle: https://t.co/KgeSUV5lMG pic.twitter.com/1TIB4xtXuE— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL)...