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do you see the ravens moving up in the draft to get matt ryan
McNair will be gone
What do you think about Kirk Ferentz?
Boller will back up who ever they get
or if they draft a high rounder QB
Ferentz as you know has tied to Ravens after coaching there
has plenty of experience
Adam, I know the Ravens aren't going to be big spenders in FA due to the cap, but do you see any FAs that might be a good fit with the Ravens?
HB: Ryan isn't that good
to be honest
mid to later first rounder
I'd rather they look at lower first or early second rounder QB like Joe Flacco of Delaware
Adam there has been some discussion among us whether the Ravens have the talent to make another post season run or whether
a rebuild is more prudent, what is your thinking?
OR: Other than QB, I have to think they look at depth on DL
BL: They don't have to rebuild at all
depth is an issue as is QB
Young OL should be ok
Heap, both CBs, D Williams have to be healthy though
Barnes is a player
they're really high on him
he could take a lot of PT from JJohnson next season
Concerned about age of CBs though
and no one pushing them
that's a problem
I think in an ideal world for the Ravens, Barnes would be starting opposite Suggs by the end of the 2008 season
They easily could be 10-6, 11-5 with major improvement at QB
but it will be hard to do
HDD: In their scheme they move the OLBs around
they really don't play a true 3-4
almost all hybrid
so Barnes fits in well
Adam, do you think the discipline problems on this team are too big to handle and do you think players, especially Ray Lewis, are too close to Bisciotti? There's a strong perception that the inmates are running the asylum at One Winning Drive.
Interesting. So here's the million-dollar-question: Which QB in the draft do you feel will most improve the Ravens in the future?
Understand, but I agree that he's likely to take some pt away from Johnson
AW: It's a concern only if the head coach isn't strong enough to handle them
HDD: For sure, Barnes has a high motor
Ozzie drafts well
one of the best
and they got lucky with Gaither
OR: The free agents at QB are pretty weak
do you think the ravens will get a cap specialist - they don't seem to handle that aspect of the game as well as some of the better
BL: It's an ongoing issue
especially bad when you consider the increase in the 2008 cap
At QB, I'd rather them develop a young QB from the draft
and have Boller start unless they can get a solid veteran
I don't think Pennington is the answer
Are you impressed with Troy Smith, or do you think he's Just Another Guy?
AA: Another guy
Could develop into #2 QB
sorry if its was asked already - what aboout Henne
BL: I like him
he'll go around 3rd round probably
strong arm, big QB
accuracy is an issue though
who do you see the ravens getting with there 1st pick in the draft
Moving along with QBs, Joe Flacco from UD is getting a lot of love right now. Is it hype, or could he be a solid prospect?
Veteran QBs: Losman, Grossman, Pennington, Leftwich, Lemon, Culpepper
all should be available
Flacco reminds me of Big Ben
HB: Could be QB
but we need to see the underclassmen that come out
HD: Cross between Cutler and Derek Anderson
just worked out near me
Are there any CB worthy of being drafted in the 1st round
just a shade under 6'6
RAVE: Not sure yet
we have to see underclassmen
QBs seem kind of set
Adam, you said you weren't too high on Ryan, do you like Brohm or Woodson better?
I don't think this year you have to reach for a QB
very deep class of seniors and juniors
HDD: Woodson has most upside
Ryan is ok
but I don't see the need to reach
would rather trade down
Ok what position would you draft for in the 1st round if you were the Ravens?
I like Henne more than most do.
RA: I'd trade down but we need to see the entire underclassmen that come out
Priorities: QB, CB
Adam, who do you think will be this year's Brady Quinn - a highly touted player who drops much further than expected?
depth at several positions
Do you think any of the cornerbacks would be worth picking at No. 8 or any offensive linemen not named Jake Long?
OR: One of the QBs
I heard that the coordinator from the Pats has turned down the Ravens? Is that true. I am concerned now that other people
dont trust our owner and his word.
AA: I can't see them going LT with Gaither on the roster
I think he will be fine
and yanda at RT
Grubbs and Brown inside
although Brown could be upgraded
If they don't go QB, I have to think it will be DE or CB
The coordinator also turned down Atlanta. I think out of loyalty to Belichick and realizing that he's too young at 31. I don't think it had anything to do with the way Baltimore fired its coach.
I guess we need a right tackle and move yanda inside... if he doesnt play right tackle
Do you think Yanda has a future at RT or would he be a better OG?
HDD: CB would make more sense
BM: He's versatile, can play either or
My sense RT is better off
Adam, what about the Michigan QB, Henne? Watching him the other day he shows a big arm. Where is he projected to go in the draft?
he's better than Terry
GIDD: Probably third or could go higher
depending on combine
and post season stuff
Adam, do you think the sloppy ending and the leak to Glazer will impact the Ravens' reputation? Firings rarely go smoothly. It's my understanding that Billick pushing for the vote of confidence and then losing to the Dolphins is what was the final straw along with the players' negative reaction to the idea of Brian being retained. What do you make of the way it ended?
aA: I don't know who told him but it seems like it was a prominent player
I think too many players spoke out against Billick
so they need a strong leader for sure
I would hope if Ryan gets the job he will do well there
and they would respect him
Adam, if the Ravens are looking at younger coordinator types does that indicate they are looking to purge the roster and go younger next season?
I am concerned about decosta and company; their jobs are safe. I would hate to losde continuity that we have there. Is that
Adam, who is your top CB prospect and where in the 1st round should be go?
6,0who is the BEST CB available in the draft this year?
GIDD: not really, they just need a major OC
who can get the most out of the talent
something Billick never did
RAV: Yes, it seems like scouting department and personnel are safe
haven't heard anything bad there
Ravens draft very well
I've heard there really isn't a top 10 prospect at CB this year
Guys: that's all the time I have, we'll do it again as we get closer to the draft
What's your thoughts on Trevor Pryce coming back next year? Do the Ravens expect him to be 100% and a major contributor
Is there any chance we can keep some of the coordinators we coveted on defense; even though Ryan may leave
aaron what coach do you want here
Aaron: Any thoughts on DeCosta or Kokinis getting GM gigs elsewhere?
which player do you think might have done the leaking?
I don't have a preference.
6,0Is there any players left on the practice squad that might amount to something?
I think they should hire either Rex Ryan or Jason Garrett.
Ozzie Newsome said that DeCosta and George Kokinis haven't been contacted by any teams, so I think there's an excellent chance they'll remain in Baltimore.
I think he plays linebacker. It's fairly obvious.
I dont think there is much of a chance for us to get cowher. WOuld you agree?
I think the practice squad isn't exactly filled with talent.
I agree about Bill Cowher. I talked to an Octagon official today, they represent Cowher, and they said he has zero intention of coming back in 2008.
why did the ravens wait so long to put todd heap on the injured reserve
6,0Ray.... that would make sense... speak first, think later
4,0Aaron, is there anyone who might not be on the radar of most us who we should keep an eye on as a possible candidate?
ray was probably giddy
I like Troy smith and the way he managed the game and scrambled really seem to put the steelers in the place and they didnt
seem to blitz as much as the game went on. What are the Ravens saying about him?
They were hoping Todd's leg would improve, that's why. It never did. He had three setbacks with the hamstring. He never should
have tried to play against the St. Louis Rams. Should have waited until after the bye.
6,0I heard Mason on the radio tonight say that he is sure Bisciotti talked to SOMEONE, but not to him.
Do you think its possible that they will move some players on the Oline around? Do they still want to give Chester a chance?
I hear they do like Jim Caldwell. I heard Ray is pushing for Caldwell or Rex Ryan.
Aaron: Do you think that Garrett has enough "juice" to keep the strong personalities in line?
The Ravens are impressed with Troy, but not to the point where they're getting carried away.
Aaron, Adam implied BB underutilized talent is that his opinion or more the common perception and if so does that put a damper on him returning as an HC in the near future
6,0I like everything I've heard about Caldwell, too, but knowing Ray wants him makes me a bit leery now.
I hope Ryan doesn't get the job, I'm not so confident in his ability
Some of these brats need to be put in place
I don't think there's a lot of confidence in Chris Chester. I think they would like to experiment with Marshal Yanda at guard, but it's
tough because you have Jason Brown and Ben Grubbs coming on strong at those spots. Brown would be a good center, too, in my opinion, which
could open a spot up for Yanda. The problem is they need Yanda at tackle.
I don't know Garrett well enough to say if he can stand up to people.
I think BB will resurface eventually as a head coach, but not this year.
I did talk to Brian very briefly today and put an update on him on the club level. A lot of times guys, I will put information there during the day before I write my final article of the night and post it on the front page of the site.
I know there are some veteran players on this team that are really speaking out; but wouldnt it be silly to listen to them when alot of them are on their way out?
I agree that they need to get control of the locker room. That starts with personnel decisions, too. They need to think about personality and character as well as talent.
Yes, it would be a mistake in my opinion.
6,0When aren't Some of our Vets speaking out?????
Can you conceive of any situation in which Rex comes back as DC, or would that be a situation that could come back and undermine
the new HC?
I don't know if someone asked this but. What are the chances that Troy might become the starter for next year?
4,0Aaron, have you heard anything on contract talks for Suggs?
....given that he is so beloved by some of his defensive players, that is.
I was just going to ask that
I think it will be tough to retain Rex as defensive coordinator if the players are mad that he didn't get the job, could be
uncomfortable for the new head coach. Very sensitive situation potentially.
I don't think that Troy is guaranteed anything, but he could warrant a shot. I think he has leadership qualities.
4,0One reason I'm not in favor of Ryan getting the job is that he would be the players ' choice. At this point, they need to get away from worrying about what the players think
I've heard that the Suggs' contract talks are going well. Something might get done and they wouldn't have to franchise him.
Yeah, that's what I figured. I love Rex as a DC, but I'm not so sure about him as a HC.
That's exactly the point about Ryan. It's tough because they want a fresh start and he would represent the status quo, albeit the
successful aspect of the status quo in Baltimore.
Aaron in your estimation what players are gone next year? Thanks
6,0And if someone else offers Rex a HC job why would he want to come back here as DC.
Aaron: Do you think Flynn will retire? Or will they retire him?
At what point do they tell JO they are moving on with or without him?
Keep in mind this depends on the new coach, but here goes a few possibilities: Steve McNair, Mike Flynn, Jonathan Ogden, Samari Rolle, David Pittman, Derrick Martin, Devard Darling, Musa Smith and Justin Green.
I think they will have to cut Flynn if they want him gone. He doesn't want to retire.
I think they are eager for J.O. to retire. He can have a long time to contemplate his future, probably until before the draft.
Also do you think Mike Anderson is gone?
Yes, he was a panic signing that hasn't panned out at all. The guy is positively ancient, also a lot of strong rumors about him being insubordinate to Billick in a major way last season.
4,0I hope whoever the new coach/OC is does a better job of using the backup running backs than Billick did
They need the cap room from Flynn and Anderson, but with Chester stinking it up, can they afford to cut Flynn?
How could they do worse?
I think they need Flynn still.
What happened to Clayton? He was doing well in camp and then nothing.
He wasn't completely healthy all year.
Yeah, I was afraid of that. will he regain form?
Aaron if they pick up a center in the draft would we still need Flynn? Assuming the new center beats them out; or they move brown back to his college position whic is center
6,0Do you think we might be looking at a not so good season again because of a major rebuilding?
4,0That ankle injury really hurt him. Also, didn't help that the QBs were either unhealthy or just not playing well all year
I don't know. It's impossible to predict how Mark will respond.
Is there any hope that PJ Daniels will amount to anything?
I doubt they would draft a center, but you never know.
How bout BJ sams; is he done.
4,0I can't see him coming back
4,0Sams that is
They aren't real high on P.J. or they would have waited a little longer for his hamstring to heal up. He had a decent camp, and a
strong preseason game, but it's not enough.
Are they going to line Figurs as a way to stretch the field more next year?
Sams is out.
They still need to teach Figurs how to play wide receiver. He's a really raw prospect. You can use him on fly patterns, but that's
about it. Bad hands, technique and routes. Great speed, though.
4,0Aaron, who do you like to win this weekend?
Never thought I'd seriously ask this, but ......are they interested in retaining Darling?
Jacksonville and Washington.
No on Darling, maybe for the veteran minimum, but no real money. There are better receivers in the draft honestly.
Surprised you guys don't have more coaching search questions.
how do they feel about the CB depth considering how Martin and Pittman played the last few games?
If Ogden retires, who should get the start? Terry? Gaither?
By the way, what you guys are doing is working. The site is growing fast.
I would go with Gaither. I think Terry is too soft.
As far as coaching, looks like they already have a narrow list or is that the wrong read
Here are some names: Jim Caldwell, likely the first interview, then Tony Sparano and Jason Garrett next. Then, Rex Ryan on Sunday. Then, who knows? It could turn into a free for all by next week. They will likely try to talk to Kirk Ferentz, but it doesn't seem like he's interested in leaving Iowa.
I think Gaither is someone that can be developed, but I question his football awareness.
I'm glad we decided to can our coach during a year where there are just a few vacancies!
Ouch, Cameron would truly suck.
4,0Not a fan of Cameron, at least as HC.
How about Marty, with Cam as OC?
I don't want Marty.
Aaron, any idea what they think about Martin and Pittman? Will we go CB early or let those guys develop?
I think Marty is too old. Bisciotti doesn't want to have these coaching searches all the time. I do think Marty could fix this situation.
Doesn't seem like Marty wants to coach again, though.
I think we need someone with fresh ideas
we haven't had a ton of succes in 2/3 rounds past couple of years - good chunk of those were on the O side - do you attribute that
lack of success to poor coaching on that side (not just BB but the entire crew) or just not so hot picks?
4,0Every coach we've heard so far outside of Ryan has been an offensive coach. Is that likely to continue with the next batch of
names that comes out after this weekend's games? Or is there a defensive coach that could emerge?
I think the picks were so-so. Dan Cody was bad luck. Terry was a reach. Musa got hurt. Figurs and Yanda were slight reaches, but
are good prospects still.
So far, no defensive gurus on the short list. However, I expect them to talk to Singletary at some point.
Who is your favorite for new HC?
Hey Aaron what was this I heard out in the YBR that the Ravens asked permission to speak with the Browns O Coordinator Chudinski(I
think thats how you spell it)?
Regarding a guys like Chester and Terry, could better coaching help? Or conversely, has poor coaching possibly hindered them?
I don't have a favorite, but I hear they are very high on Jason Garrett.
I think Chester is too small and Terry isn't tough enough. Don't know how a new coach could affect their futures.
It's really hard to say without talking to any of them. I would think Marty Ball would be a shock to these guys' systems since they're used to a soft training camp.
Do you see MA, Flynn, or Ogden here next season?
RE: Chud - The last time we tried to "hurt" a Division opponent, we got stuck with Keydrick Vincent?
No to Anderson, maybe to Flynn and Ogden.
I think Ogden is coming back now that a new coach with a new system is coming in
I know, Keydrick wasn't a good signing to say the least. Nice guy, though. He paid me the courtesy of calling me at 7:30 a.m. to tell me that Ozzie cut him. I told him the night before that he was probably getting cut.
Ogden doesn't want Marty or Rex necessarily.