Baltimore Ravens news and daily links: 6/19

Jeff Curry

Today's Baltimore Ravens news from across the internet.

Spagnuolo offers high praise for Ravens' defensive coaching staff - Carroll County Times: Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens' defensive coaching staff received some high praise last week from new Ravens senior defensive assistant Steve Spagnuolo. Spagnuolo is a 15-year NFL coaching veteran who has now spent time with five organizations. He was hired by the Ravens early last month. "I'm not over in the offensive meetings ... but this defensive coaching staff is as fine as I’ve ever been around," Spagnuolo said last week.

Top highlights of the Baltimore Ravens' offseason - baltimoresun.com
Offseason? What offseason? Since winning Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, it's been non-stop for the Ravens. They had a parade through the streets of Baltimore.

Spagnuolo-Ravens partnership could benefit both parties - Carroll County Times: Baltimore Ravens
Steve Spagnuolo’s demeanor hasn’t changed. The last few years haven’t been easy for the Baltimore Ravens’ recently hired senior defensive assistant. But the Spagnuolo that met with the media last week at the Ravens’ team headquarters still carried and presented himself with the same personality characteristics that, along with his coaching resume, helped make him one of the most highly sought-after head coaching candidates in the NFL not too long ago.

After a turbulent start to the offseason, the Baltimore Ravens had a productive set of spring workouts - baltimoresun.com
When organized team activities began last month, the Ravens probably had to set out a sizable chunk of time for name games and other ice breakers so everyone could put names with new faces. Once they got on the field together, though, they had to have liked what they saw.

Bryant McKinnie Is Ravens' New Old-Timer
"I looked around and I was like, ‘Wait, who’s been around longer than me?’" McKinnie said. "Ray Lewis is gone, Ed Reed is gone, Matt Birk is gone. I’m like, ‘Wait a minute …’" Yes, McKinnie is the oldest player on the Ravens roster at 33 years old. Born on Sept. 29, 1979, McKinnie is two days older than Ravens cornerback Chris Johnson.

Ray Rice ready to take leadership baton from Ray Lewis
Rice, 26, the three-time Pro Bowl running back, says he wants to be one of the new team leaders in his sixth NFL season. Whiile some wonder if quarterback Joe Flacco has the rah-rah personality to lead, Rice, himself usually a quiet guy, is ready to assist. "A leadership role is something I definitely don't mind taking upon now, because I was mentored by one of the greatest leaders probably ever to play the game in Ray Lewis," Rice said.

Late For Work 6/18: Ray Lewis Most Overrated Raven Of All Time?
Lewis Most Overrated Raven Of All Time? This ought to get the blood boiling in Baltimore. Future first-ballot Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis is the most overrated Raven of all time, says Dave Dameshek of NFL.com.

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