Happy Tuesday, Ravens Nation! I hope everyone is having a fabulous day at work, school, etc. Remember: it is almost half way through the week! This week, I was happier with the amount of people that asked questions, especially those who emailed me. We have 13 questions to answer, so let's go ahead and begin!
Q1: With the Dolphins adding so many new players, will they be able to defeat the Ravens in Week 5?
Of course, any team in the NFL is capable of beating the Ravens, but is it likely? My answer is no. I see where you're coming from with the additions, but the Dolphins off-season hasn't been all good.
The Dolphins signed Mike Wallace and Dannell Ellerbe, two solid franchise players, right? Sort of. Mike Wallace was a solid wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he wasn't a guy that was too reliable. He fumbled the ball twice, a somewhat high number for a receiver. Wallace looked good for the Steelers, but how will he look with Tannehill throwing the ball to him, instead of Big Ben? Moving on to the other side of the ball, Dannell Ellerbe. Ellerbe was very good with the Ravens during their Super Bowl winning season. Ellerbe made a key play in the Super Bowl, tackling Frank Gore at the 7-yard line to set up one of the most outstanding goal line stands in history. The only problem is he's only started 14 games in his career. His inexperience could really hurt him with a team lacking fantastic leadership, like the Ravens had.
With the additions also came losses. The Dolphins lost offensive lineman Jake Long and LB Karlos Dansby, two guys that will be greatly missed by Miami fans.
It seems to me like Dolphins fans have become cocky after picking up a few guys and drafting Dion Jordan, but in the end, the Ravens are the Super Bowl Champions, and it'll be hard to knock them off their throne in Miami.
Q2: How many former Ravens players have won a Super Bowl after leaving the Ravens?
This may be one of the most fantastic questions ever asked on this segment. This took many hours of research, but I feel like I have every former Ravens player that has won a Super Bowl after leaving the Ravens. Here is a list of them all:
- Corey Dowden [DB] (Won Super Bowl XXXI w/ Packers) - Played with Ravens in first half of 1996 season.
- Tony Jones [OT] (Won Super Bowl XXXII & XXXIII w/ Broncos) - Played with Ravens in 1996.
- Rick Lyle [DE] (Won Super Bowl XXXVIII w/ Patriots) - Played with Ravens in 1996.
- Anthony Pleasant [DE] (Won Super Bowl XXXVI & XXXVIII w/ Patriots) - Played with Ravens in 1996.
- Brandon Stokley [WR] (Won Super Bowl XLI w/ Colts) - Played with Ravens from 1999-2002.
- Howard Green [DT] (Won Super Bowl XLV w/ Packers) - Played with Ravens in 2002.
- Dedric Ward [WR] (Won Super Bowl XXXVIII w/ Patriots) - Played with Ravens in 2003.
- Anthony Wright [QB] (Won Super Bowl XLII w/ Giants) - Played with Ravens from 2002-2005.
- Darnell Dinkins [TE] (Won Super Bowl XLIV w/ Saints) - Played with Ravens from 2004-2005.
- Derrick Martin [S] (Won Super Bowl XLV w/ Packers & XLVI w/ Giants) - Played with Ravens from 2006-2008.
- The Ravens first Super Bowl came on January 28th, 2001. (2000 season) They played the New York Giants, defeating them 34-7.
- The Ravens second Super Bowl victory came on February 3, 2013. (2012 season) They played the San Francisco 49ers, defeating them 34-31 in one of the most entertaining Super Bowl match-ups in history.
Q9: The Ravens staff has many former head coaches and highly regarded position coaches on it. Do you see any of them butting heads trying to enforce their own styles, or have their roles and responsibilities been clearly defined?
- Name of the street he lived on in New Orleans
- Super Bowl tattoo.
- Year of his Birth
- The Sun rising and setting