Happy Friday, Baltimore Beatdown!!! Congratulations for making it through the week alive! Unfortunately it was a slow news-day and I could only find 5 decent article. But nonetheless, here's today's fresh-hot "Cup of Joe"!
Don't let the title deceive you. The article pretty much sums up what we know already; Baltimore is focusing on re-signing all of their players before they start looking in the free-agent pool.
"[Ryan was] like a dad, like a brother, man," Reed told Werder. "We wanted Rex as the head coach in Baltimore. We did not want him to leave. It hurt when he left. We knew he was a great coach. There was a reason why that defense was the way it was. I would play anywhere with Rex -- in a dark alley, on the street, in high school football, sandlot, anywhere -- because he makes it fun. He loves this game. He truly loves this game and there’s a reason why those guys in New York back him the way they do."
The agreement Maryland reached to play two home football games at M&T Bank Stadium will net the Terrapins roughly $2 million more per contest than if the games were played at Byrd Stadium. In other words, Maryland needed a gimmick to make some cash.
Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome professed his desire to secure some home-run hitters for his team’s passing game during several interview sessions in this offseason. While he has praised the pass-catching abilities by the Ravens’ receivers, quarterback Joe Flacco did not really have a deep threat this past season. Newsome took care of this problem by drafting wide-receivers Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss. And with new deep threats and a healthy offensive-line, Ravens fans have reason to look forward to an exciting offense in the upcoming season.
The Baltimore Ravens have been around since 1996, and their initial No. 1 draft pick — Ray Lewis — has been there every step of the way. Now entering his 16th NFL season, Lewis shows limited to no signs that he’s slowing down. However, the fact remains that sooner or later Lewis is going to hang up his cleats, and when that time comes it's better to be safe than sorry.