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  1. Actually most of their money is tied up in their QB. If you want to throw around some blame- the front office really f*** that up!!
  2. I agree in a sense. I think whatever problems the Defense had today- it's still a strong, young core with the right mix of vets and those problems can be masked/buried enough to keep them competitive most of the time. (lets see though this theory will be tested the next 2 weeks pitt then raiders.. Brandon Williams coming back soon will help) But the offense- not much they can do here. There's no fix for it this season imo. Declining QB, multiple 2nd/3rd string back-ups starting on the Line, No weapons in the run game, WRS who all pretty much have identical skill set- nowhere really to turn to. Just grit through the season and hope we can sneak into the playoffs and then hope Flacco gets hot and our D-line is healthy enough to overcome the offenses they play.
  3. Who compared this D to the 2000 Raven's D anyway? They barely just started the season... That Ravens 2000 D took a few seasons to develop if I'm remembering correctly. I think this D is fine- they will end up in the top 5. Offense- bottom 5. But next off-season we can allot resources / cash into the O and hopefully turn up with a contender. We have a lot of youth in the D. It's good Tyus Bowser got burned by Mercedes Lewis on that play-action TD. If he's as smart as they say he is- he'll learn from it and it won't happen again! Humphrey looked good too. That PI he got called for down the sideline looked like BS to me. Anyway this is a long season. Cincy and Pitt lost too so we just need to move on from this game today.
  4. He has a burst and cut the other backs don't have but his problem always has been fumbling since college (17 fumbles) to Seattle and more or less- to here so far where he's already fumbled once. If he can get a handle on that- he could be a real boon for us this year.
  5. Nah this loss isn't the worst. Watching Cundiff miss that kick right against NE was much much worse imo! That cost us a SB appearance. This game cost us pride but that's about it right now. Lot of FB left to play this season.
  6. Is anyone surprised though? He was the definition of "boom or bust" prospect coming out. Unfortunately for us he's working towards the latter.
  7. A QB for sure. Flacco has his best behind him imo. But regardless- like guys above alluded to- I think draft OL, RB early as well. Yanda is getting older and seems to be battling injuries annually. Any young QB we get will need a good run game/clean pocket to have any success.
  8. Humphrey is supremely talented athletically and is an all around "A" prospect given his healthy background/work ethic/intelligence etc. He runs a 4.4 40 and has great hip movement for his size/length. You are betting the coaches can mold him into a top flight corner and I can see where they're coming from with the pick, although there's no doubt to me OJ Howard or Rueben Foster is a better/ more talented player right now. I just think Oz was staying safe and filling a need. If the coaches can iron out Humphrey's deep ball problems- I've watched tape on and he's around the WR/ ball but can't seem to make the play for whatever reason- but if they iron that out his floor is a good CB- which is really important in this league. His ceiling is a shutdown. It's low risk, steady reward play. Here is a scouting report on Humphrey from drafttek.com who I like bc they get into the X's & O's of the tape: It is a top-heavy group of corners this year, and Humphrey is competing to be the first taken. He has been an extremely active corner in his two years starting at Alabama. He has very good size, length, and athleticism for the position. While it is important to remember that he has played in a defense that has been packed with future-NFL talent, scouts must also look at the little things involved with Humphrey's game. That is where they see a player that can be special at the next level. Humphrey has good enough feet and athleticism to play man-to-man but where he is special is in zone coverage. His ability to see a route in front of him, and immediately understand the route combination going on is elite. That shows not only great football instincts but also a player that puts in the time in the film room. He reads the route of the man across from him and automatically reacts to what he knows is his responsibility. So many times, you see the man across from him run a short route, and Humphrey knows there is a receiver on a deep route behind him that will come open if he bites or even hesitates. Against Clemson in the national championship his redshirt-sophomore year, DeShaun Watson was thrown off a number of times because he wanted to go to the deep route on Humphrey's half of the field but he never bit on the short route. What made matters worse was Humphrey would read Watson's hesitation after he took away that throw and then he would turn his shoulders and prepare himself to break on the shorter route once it was thrown. At least a handful of times this happened and Watson was forced to tuck the ball and improvise. That is something that coaches preach, but it rarely gets executed properly. Humphrey also has success in press-man coverage. He has long arms and active feet that help him jam the receiver and get into prime-coverage position in the receiver's pocket. Those long arms come in handy when making a play on the ball as well. He times his jumps accurately and usually gets at least a hand on the ball when he is in good position. The combination of both his ability in zone and press-man make him an ideal fit for a team that runs a lot of cover two. Whether playing man out of cover two or zone, he has the skills to be a special player in that kind of defense. He also displays very good ball skills which has resulted in five interceptions in his career. Against the run, he is a step ahead of most of the corners in this class. Playing on that Alabama defense, a player who doesn't like contact would stick out like a sixth finger. That peer pressure has forced him to be a willing participant in the run game. He looks for opportunities to blow people up, and at worst, he gets low and delivers a good enough hit to get the job done. He also closes on the ball extremely quickly. He does need to be more disciplined about wrapping up, but as mentioned earlier, he is ahead of the pack in this area. He also does a decent job of taking on lead blockers. If there is one area I think he has a weakness, it would be in situations where he is in man coverage with no help. His feet and speed are very good for his size, but the receivers with truly elite speed and quickness will get their fair share of separation from him when left on an island. The ideal fit for him would be in a Tampa-Two scheme, but there are other schemes where he can have success. Because of his combination of skills, a lot of teams are going to be interested in him in the first round, should he declare himself. He comes from a family rich with athletic success. His father was a football star both at Alabama and in the NFL, and his mother was a track star at UAB. He also has very good character, and I would go out on a limb in saying this is probably one of Nick Saban's favorite defensive backs in his time at Alabama, both on and off the field. Compares to (Current NFL Player): Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (New York Giants) Strengths- Terrific size and length for the position- Great athleticism with track speed and quick feet- Closes quickly and isn't afraid to throw his body around- Outstanding awareness in coverage and football IQ- Good ball skills and timing- High character and work ethicWeaknesses- Not a lockdown corner that can be left on an island- Needs to wrap up better as a tackler
  9. Hopefully his Alabama brethren will keep him focused. I listened to some of his interviews and he sounds like a cold blooded killer. All he seemed to care about was destroying the defender in his path. He talked about it deeply too saying he wanted to destroy their souls. Reminded me of a young mike tyson-like insanity. Could go either way for us. If he channels it properly- I feel sorry for the other team's QB.
  10. I think The Ray Rice video was the first time it happened to the NFL and a team in the social media era. I think society has since been sufficiently desensitized to it. They showed Mixon's video for some reason on espn during the draft. Its equally brutal if not worse. He hits her like lightning and she drops like a brick. Breaks 4 bones in the girl's face. The uproar over it is much less than with Ray Rice so only conclusion is that less people care today than they did with Rice.
  11. Looks good but I wouldn't change our second 3rd Rnd Tim Williams pick- that could become the steal of this entire draft if he keeps his head on straight.
  12. This is just my take using the recent draft as evidence - The team tried a multi-year experiment with offense and now that experiment has come to an end. We are seeing the results of what was learned. After the Superbowl win when Flacco played the best football of his life and the Veterans who were the identity of this team left, the Front Office embraced the league's overall shift toward offense, and decided to change its DNA reflecting that offensive philosophy while hoping/betting Flacco had turned a corner and become an MVP caliber player. Though Flacco remained a decent player - he never lived up to that contract to be paid as a top-3 player in the league where you'd rely on the fact that the player would be able to make up for team short comings. That is what you're betting on when given such a cap-eating contract- that you (as a team) are depending on the player to make up for areas where you can't allocate enough resources where you could've before. So now, having seen what Flacco is over the course of so many years, the Front Office has decided to go back to its roots. With a strong defense, and hopefully a resurgent run game, we should be able to go back to the time when we get into the playoffs year after year, and nobody wants to play us, and we have a legitimate shot at winning the games. Maybe the team could've at the very least taken one offensive skill position player rather than one of the myriad defenders they took- but I think it just shows this team has re-shifted its focus / philosophy back to what it knows best- defense. Looking to next year- I foresee an ugly, mediocre-type season again where we rely on Tucker's leg and our Defense being good enough to seal victories, but I also see the birth of a juggernaut. If our young pass rushers develop, 2018 could be our return back to the Ravens of old where we legitimately contend year after year. All we need right now is to fix a run game and add some WR talent for our QB, and that could take another year while we give time for this defense to learn and grow together. We'll see the real benefits of this draft in two years, and I think that's when we'll go back to being a legitimate contender for years to come.
  13. Round 4 is late to seriously address WR imo. They don't care for this yr about offense. Difficult to get good players right now to man the OL, protect our QB, and get legit weapons for him. Team is all in on Defense. Hopefully it works. These defensive guys will get a yr of experience this year and will hopefully grow into dominance next year. And next year they will try to get some O to balance and create an all around powerhouse. Thats what I'm thinkin at least.
  14. Man forget top 5 D we are aiming for #1. Pretty crazy draft but seems like Oz is just sticking to his stregnths. Feels like he knows this yr is is a step. Next yr we'll focus on getting #5 help.
  15. Pittsburgh just got hines ward 2.0... Oh well - we'll just have to help ourselves to more Defense!!