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Another tough loss for Ravens

Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:48 pm
Baltimore's loss is Indianapolis' gain.

When I called a source within the Ravens Wednesday and asked how he was doing he didn't sound so good.

"I assume you're calling about Chuck Pagano," he said.

I was.

"When guys here found out," he said, "they were devastated."

I can see why. Pagano did a terrific job with the Ravens' defense this year, an outfit that allowed the fewest offensive touchdowns (21) of anyone out there and ranked third overall. The Ravens always have been tough defensively, but they were especially tough this season -- holding Tom Brady last weekend to no touchdown passes for the first time in 19 straight playoff games.

Maybe that sold the Colts. Or maybe it was Pagano's "presence" that some people talk about. All I know is that he did a credible job with one of the league's best units. And he did a remarkable job against the league's best quarterback, with Baltimore intercepting Brady twice and holding the Patriots to two TDs.

My only question: Is this too much too soon? It was only a year ago that Pagano was promoted from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator. Now he's a head coach of a very successful franchise. That's a huge jump in one season, and it'll become bigger once we know what happens to Peyton Manning.

The smart money is on Manning not returning to Indianapolis, which means the Colts are in rebuilding mode -- starting with the draft of quarterback Andrew Luck. That will buy Pagano time. But the Colts have a decade of success built with Manning, so fans won't be overly patient.

One other question I had is what differentiates Pagano from, say, a Rex Ryan, who was hired away from Baltimore in 2008?

"He has a strong sense of self," one insider said. "He knows what to say and when to say it. Rex sometimes will say things that he doesn't really believe, but he says it because he's brash and people expect it."

I don't care what Pagano says. I just care what he does. Ryan went to conference championship games his first two years on the job, and that would work just fine for Indianapolis.

Pagano is not on the clock, with the honeymoon just starting. But that should last no more than a year. Then we find out what the Colts have in their new head coach.

Category: NFL

Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:39 pm

Top 10 running backs

Here are my top ten running backs:

10) Steven Jackson- explosive running back and deserves to be in the top 10
9) Frank Gore- He is a strong running back on a good team
8) Micheal Turner- He can run up the middle good
7) Darren McFadden- Fast runner to the outside
6) Chris Johnson- Despite an off in year in 2011- still a top 10 running back
5) MJD- Small and can go through the holes.
4) Ray Rice- He has good games and getting total yards
3) LeShon McCoy- Maybe the fastest RB
2) Adrian Peterson- Despite a hurt leg, still a big threat
1) Arian Foster- Vey fast and has the best hands for a running back

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:04 pm

Another tough loss for Ravens

In an alternate reality... the Colts fired Caldwell and hired Jim Harbaugh... Next year he is reuntied with Luck and and the colts never are back on top!

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:26 pm

Another tough loss for Ravens

I love Ravens fans that are still bitter about the Colts leaving Baltimore.  You know, I would get it if you were bitter about the Colts moving from Baltimore earlier this year or maybe two years ago.  However, now its flat out ridiculous.  You now have the Ravens.  Support the team you have and get over the loss of the Colts.  It really isn't that serious.  Was it the end of the world that the Colts left Baltimore?  No.  Was it a world shattering, catastrophic event?  No.  If the Colts left Indianapolis today I might be upset too but I wouldn't still be moaning and groaning over it nearly 30 years later.  For heaven's sake it's time to let it go.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:27 pm

Another tough loss for Ravens

Haha, old Defense, try the Steelers.  They have the oldest Defensive roster in the NFL.  The Ravens have some older players but mix it up with Youth.  Ladarius Webb (2 years), Jimmy Smith (rookie), jameel mcclean (5th year), and plenty more examples of how the Ravens draft.  Remember everyone saying that the Steelers D was old after week 3?????  How did that prediction work out for the rest of the year????  The Steelers D was good, but old.....

Have fun Pagano, in the new abyss of the NFL, Indianapolis.  They will be the bottom dwellers of the AFC South for years to come and it couldn't happen to a more deserving Franchise and Owner.  The Irsay's are GARBAGE, the old man was a daily DRUNK, and Jr. is a pompass AHOLE!!!!!

PS, you can give Baltimore our SuperBowl Trophy and Championship trophies back....Also, I wouldn't mind if you could also return our Uniforms....

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:16 pm

Another tough loss for Ravens

Is Pagano taking Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, or T Suggs with him to Indy?  NO.  Let's see, Marvin Lewis, Jack Del Rio, Mike Nolan, Rex Ryan, etc.., all left and didn't do much to the teams Defenses they went to.  Rex inherited a pretty good D in the Jets, but that is it. 

It is all about the personnel, and the Ravens have it on Defense and will continue to do so with Ozzie Newsome at the helm.  The Ravens will hire another outstanding D Coordinator because that is what the Ravens organization does. 

Keep hatin Steelers fans, you are all truly pathetic, period.  This is a what have you done for me lately League, so try beating the Ravens next year, try not losing to the 49ers, or the Texans, oh yeah and the BRONCOS and TIM TEBOW. BWAHHHHHH, now that is a Shameful loss....hahahahaha

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:01 pm

Another tough loss for Ravens

when i first read the title of the article i assumed it had to do with the football game vs NE,but that would have been entitled ANOTHER TERRIBLE LOSS FOR THE RAVENS,what a shame

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:16 am

Another tough loss for Ravens

I love all the haters taking shots at the Ravens D, fact is this is a very good organization, they will continue to draft well and fill positions of need to keep it one of the best.  Keep hatin haters...

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:54 am

Another tough loss for Ravens

Who's next? Who's the next coach we are gonna make famous?

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:52 am

Another tough loss for Ravens

"Good move by Pagano jumping ship now. It's always best to leave a ship just before it sinks and that tired old defense will be the definition of a sinking ship...and soon."
Wishful thinking by you of course. The same thing is said about the Ravens defense every single year, and yet they continue to dominate and even improve. That tired old defense you are referring to only has 3 guys over 30, and 1 of them already has a replacement on board. Aside from Ray Lewis and Ed Reed this defense is loaded with youth and talent, and it just shows how little you know about the Ravens. Either way he hopped ship and jumped straight on the titanic sitting at the bottom of the ocean. No GM, no talent, no QB, bad owner. Maybe he likes it that way, the challenge of completely rebuilding a team that has nothing going for it. But if you think he landed in a better situation, you're nuts.

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:04 am

Another tough loss for Ravens

     Congrats to Chuck Pagano on landing the Indy HC job.  Hopefully, the next Raven DC will be able to follow in the footsteps left by Marvin Lewis, Ryan, and Pagano.  Big shoes to fill but I am confident the Ravens management will make another right choice in this position.

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