RavenMad: It has been reported that Asst. oaches who are under contract have to have permission to go to other teams unless they are moving to a Head Coach position. My question is does it work the same way with Scouts? If Savage eventually leaves can he take scouts with them if they are just scouts with the new team?
Aaron Wilson: I don't
believe scouts are bound as tightly by NFL regulations at all. They are subject
to standard employee contracts and are usually released to go to other NFL
franchises if that's what they want to do and contracts are nearly up. I believe
some of the Ravens' scouts contracts were extended last year when Phil Savage
almost went to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Expect some defections from people loyal to Savage if he takes another position.
RavenMad: I saw no word in the Jax paper on Brunell potentially being released. Do you think he will be and if so, will the Ravens be interested as a stopgap. I can't see Blake ever being the guy to hold up the Lombardi trophy. In fact I would rather have Kordell Stewart who can at least scramble. Is Jeff Blake really any better than Tony Banks? Both throw a good long ball, can't throw touch passes, make bad mistakes, and have questionable leadership skills.
Jacksonville owner Wayne Weaver hasn't made this critical personnel decision yet
regarding quarterback Mark Brunell's future with the Jaguars. Brunell sells
tickets, and David Garrard isn't quite ready. Weaver would want the input of the
new coach and general manager, two separate positions following Tom Coughlin's
firing. While Brunell has intriguing ability, he's showing obvious signs of age
and is becoming concussion-prone. Personality-wise, he might not like the
Ravens' locker room. I used to cover the Jaguars for The St. Augustine Record
(Fla.) and Brunell is an extremely pious, God-squad kind of guy. He dislikes
flamboyant party animals. I'll leave it to you to surmise which Ravens he
wouldn't want to be teammates with. Mark Brunell is a very nice guy, but he's
also a tad judgmental as was former offensive tackle Tony Boselli. Don't expect
to see him in a Ravens uniform, just as I wouldn't bank on seeing Jake Plummer,
Kordell Stewart, Charlie Batch or Mike McMahon in Baltimore despite heavy
speculation to the contrary. Jeff Blake is your starting quarterback whether you
like it or not, and obviously you're non-plussed. Sorry, join the crowd.
I saw no word in the Jax paper on Brunell potentially being released. Do you think he will be and if so, will the Ravens be interested as a stopgap. I can't see Blake ever being the guy to hold up the Lombardi trophy. Blake is marginally better than Tony Banks, in my humble opinion. There are some similarities between the two mediocre professionals.
Earnest Byner: The
release of someone like a Brunell is a weighted topic because of his popularity.
He has been one of the mainstays in J-ville and still has the ability to win
games behind a good line. They like us need another receiver to to some of the
pressure off the Brunell-Jimmy Smith duo. If they get that along with some
additional help with the offensive line than for sure you will not see this guy
One other item to consider is whether the Jags are in the game of cap control. I haven't heard anything along those lines so Mark is probably in good shape.
Blake is better than Tony and is he has leadership qualities with some learning to go in that area. He has been in some difficult places where he had to handle losing. He will need to handle winning and grow in a couple other areas.
TheFanatic: I think we all have come to
the conclusion that this teams biggest needs are a Right Offensive Tackle, a
Bonifide Top Wide Receiver and Defensive Line help. Free agency starts well
before the draft, and as Ozzie hinted in an article the other day, they could go
to the draft right now and be ready. (I'll take Ozzies comment as being they
have the players rated, and will use the best athlete available approach like
usual). My question being is there a particular need (or two) they would prefer
to fill via free agency prior to the draft targeting a specific player in the
draft they feel strongly will still be there when they pick to fill another
In other words, are we looking to try and sure up the offensive line via a Flozell Adams or Lincoln Kennedy type and draft an Andre Johnson type. Or are we looking more like to try and get a Peerless Price or David Boston type and draft a Gross or Kwami Harris type?
Aaron Wilson: Regarding the needs of a
right offensive tackle, wide receiver and help along the defensive line, you've
certainly depicted the Ravens' greatest areas of need accurately.I believe they
like the wide receiver market in free agency far more than the defensive line
group, and just ahead of the available offensive tackles.
Flozell Adams is likely to stay in Dallas. However, Lincoln Kennedy and Orlando Pace, better football players, could be on the market along with Luke Petigout. Also, Solomon Page of Dallas and a few others will be on the market.
David Boston is likely to be franchised in Arizona. Peerless Price is going to be too expensive and he seems to want to play for the Washington Redskins or Atlanta Falcons. I would think Isaac Bruce as a better pos