angelica4 asks: I heard Brian Billick on WNST yesterday say that Kordell Stewart and Hugh Douglas were priorities for the Ravens. They just weren't priorities right now. If they aren't priorities now, then what are there priorities right now. I heard today that K. Stewert is close to signing with the Bears. I heard Douglas would make his mind up between 3 teams this weekend. The Ravens were not one of those three teams. They are losing out on alot of chances to improve this team and I don't understand why. What are they doing right now? Do they have a strategy? I don't know if it is wise to bank on Redmann's back and the draft to make a major impact for the upcoming season. We were supposed to compete for the playoffs this year. At this point I don't see how we can. Maybe you know something that the fans don't. I hope so anyway. Could you shed any light on this.
Aaron: The priorities are upgrading at quarterback, right tackle,
defensive line and receiver. Kordell Stewart might not decide immediately and
could last through the week for Ravens to make a bid. Hugh Douglas is probably
out of reach. Perhaps Ravens could pursue Vonnie Holliday.
Ravens are regrouping this weekend and will try to do something. Right now, they're in flux. Things could look much better in a month or so.
ladyraven127 asks: I am very concerned about how Blake not coming
back will be effecting the draft. I am mainly concerned about RT, DE and Wide
Receiver positions. What, if anything has changed or, is happening because of
Blake not being an option anymore.
And B) How confident are the Ravens that Redman will be able to start this year? I'm very apprehensive about his back problems. I know that he is saying his back feels really good. I guess so. The operation he had relieves back pain. Does that mean however, that he will be able to take a hit and keep on clicking?
I'm not a happy camper. Really, I'm not.
Aaron: I wouldn't be highly concerned about the Ravens reaching for a
quarterback with their first pick. They will address areas of need, but will
concentrate on highest rated players. In this case, it will probably be a
lineman. Jeff Blake's departure probably means a quarterback being picked in the
second round instead of the third now. The Ravens aren't confident in Redman's
back yet. That has to be proven in training camp.
We don't know if he can take a hit yet. Redman said his condition is better. He has more flexibility already. He hurt his back in college squatting. He's hopeful.
Keep the faith. The Ravens may have a trick or two up their sleeve still.
RavenMad asks: 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
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.
Aaron: 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.
awalt asks: Hi all, I was surprised to see this in the Sun this morning: Contrary to previous reports, the team tendered defensive end Adalius Thomas a one-year contract worth $605,000 and would receive only a sixth-round pick as compensation. It seems to show at least a much lower assessment of where Adalius' game is. Are the Ravens not satisfied with him? Is this just some technique to save some money without hopefully demotivating Thomas? He was a 4th round pick if I recall, sounds like he is dropping in value...
Earnest Byner: AD is a quality player and has flashed some excellent
qualities from a variety of positions. That is is strong suit and that is what
makes him a player that can be around for a while. Along with what he does off
the field there has to be a desire to have him as a part of the team. I am sure
the low tender has more to do with a the process and not reflective of AD and