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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:02 pm    Post subject: So many shoutouts Reply with quote

Thank you Joe Flacco, for turning in one of the most legendary runs the game of football has ever seen. The things you did in the Super Bowl were nothing short jaw dropping. Elite, not elite, I don't care, because you're good enough to take us to the Super Bowl every year. You don't need to listen to anything the media says, because you've permanently and irreversibly proven them wrong. Regardless of what the rest of the nation thinks, you are and always will be a hero to Baltimore. You want a new contract? Shut up and take my money. You're immortal now.

Thank you Ray Rice. You didn't come through in the playoffs, but that doesn't mean you weren't important. Who knows where we are without 4th and 29, not to mention your contributions throughout the season.

Thank you Bernard Pierce, for giving us excitement every time the ball was handed off to you. You'll get your chance to shine in a starting role very soon. You're one of the smartest and most exciting pure runners out there, and that will lead to a very fruitful career.

Thank you Vonta Leach, for being the bulldozer everyone thought you would be. The Ravens may not be a power running team anymore, but whenever they needed to stick to the run you were there to pave the way.

Thank you Torrey Smith, for being the incredible human being you are. You brings things to this team on and off the field that are beyond valuable, and even if it didn't show in the stat sheet you made a tremendous impact in the playoffs. After two shorts years, you're already one of the most beloved players in Ravens history.

Thank you Anquan Boldin, for never becoming the disgruntled veteran many people in your situation would have been. You fought through age and some on field struggles to play a crucial role in this team's success. Your Super Bowl performance was nothing short of phenomenal - the plays you and Flacco connected on would have been impossible for most. After so many years, you're finally a champion.

Thank you Jacoby Jones, for establishing yourself as a playoff hero. So many memorable plays from this magical run will have your name attached to them. Your explosiveness saved us against the Broncos and essentially won us the Super Bowl. You're one of the best free agent signings Ozzie has ever made.

Thank you Dennis Pitta, for being a worthy successor to Todd Heap (it breaks my heart that he couldn't be here). Reliable may be too cliched of a word, but you are just that. Always there when we need a 1st down, always there in those crucial goal line situations. You're the glue guy every passing game needs.

Thank you Ed Dickson. It hasn't been an easy road for you, getting phased out of the offense this year. Most people thought you were done. But you got your chance in the Super Bowl and made two huge plays for us. Don't think we'll forget about that.

Thank you Bryant McKinnie, for never giving up. You had every reason to, and I can't imagine anyone thinking you would make the comeback you did. You got your chance to redeem yourself, and you passed that test with flying colors.

Thank you Kelechi Osemele, for coming in right away and making an impact. You held the fort at right tackle, then became a dominant guard come January. The way you shut down Justin Smith, injured or not, was terrific at worst and legendary at best. Flacco had a clean pocket for most of the game, and you're largely to thank for that.

Thank you Matt Birk, for showing that you still had something left. Everyone proclaimed you to be dead in the water last year, but you came back and turned in a great performance throughout the postseason. Many players have paid their dues on this team, but none more than you. 15 years and you're finally on top of the world. You deserve it.

Thank you Marshal Yanda, for being the gritty, nasty, dominant lineman that people love to see from a Baltimore Raven. You're as genuine of a star as anyone on this offense, and I have no doubt that Flacco, Rice and crew are as grateful as can be for what you have given to this offense. Ben Grubbs, though a good player, might have been replaceable. You? Not so much.

Thank you Michael Oher, for never complaining. Being shifted back and forth must be extremely frustrating, but you have always embraced the opportunity. You haven't always been the most praised Raven, but you've always given 110% and, during the playoffs, made a very positive impact at right tackle.

Thank you Haloti Ngata, for playing through absolutely anything and still doing it at a high level. When healthy, you're a transcendent, Hall of Fame talent. When playing though injuries, you're still a phenomenal player - I don't care what anyone else says. You are anchor of this defense, this team's most dominant player of the last five years. A man can hope that you find yourself in Canton one day.

Thank you to all of the young guys up front - Pernell McPhee, Arthur Jones, Terrence Cody, and DeAngelo Tyson. The defensive line may have been in flux this year, but you were all there to rise to the challenge. You gave the quarterback pressure when we needed it most.

Thank you Ma'ake Kemoeatu, for coming back after all these years. It was a bit of a rough year, but you stuck around throughout the year and answered the call. We remember what you did in your first stint here, and we're glad you were able to come back and get a ring.

Thank you Dannell Ellerbe, for proving everybody wrong. You weren't well liked a year ago, but you came back this season, played at a very high level we had no idea you were capable of, and were quite easily our best pure linebacker this year. We'd love to have you back.

Thank you Paul Kruger, for turning into a monster. Any mentions of the "B" word were silenced instantly and dramatically this season, and in the playoffs you kicked it up another notch. Two sacks in the Super Bowl is incredible, and you will always be remembered as a Super Bowl hero. Enjoy the pay day. You've earned it. We'd love to have you back as a Raven, but wish you the best of luck wherever you end up.

Thank you Terrell Suggs, for doing the impossible. It doesn't matter how many sacks you had, only that you came back from one of the worst possible injuries a football player can have in a matter of five months.

Thank you Courtney Upshaw, for being Jarret Johnson. Sacks schmacks, you showed your abilities as a run stopper in a way no rookie should have been able to do. You're going to play a big role for us in years to come, and we're excited to see you grow and develop.

Thank you Lardarius Webb, for being a great player and a great sport. Your injury was absolutely crushing, but you've still been a part of the team and even if it was just five games, your contribution in that early stretch of the season was extremely valuable.

Thank you Corey Graham, for being yet another great free agent pickup. So many clutch plays, but one that will never be forgotten.

Thank you Jimmy Smith, for saving your best for last. The first two years of your career have been frustrating, I understand that, but you took your Super Bowl opportunity and showed the world that you can go out there and make a difference. it was the most important play in Ravens history, and you were the one to save the day.

Thank you Bernard Pollard, for being Bernard Pollard. You've proven your worth over the last two years and become a legitimate impact player when no one thought you had anything left in you.

Thank you Justin Tucker, for coming through in the clutch. Your two field goals in the Super Bowl were business as usual, with no real concern that you were ever going to miss them. And the game winner in Denver is one of many moments in that game that will go down in history. Next Stover? You're off to a good start.

Thank you Sam Koch, for being Mr. Reliable. Forget about that one little shank in the Super Bowl. You've always been one of the league's better punters, and you've probably been the best fake field goal artist over that time period. Your safety at the end was awesome, too.

Thank you Morgan Cox, because Go Vols.

Thank you Ed Reed, for everything you've done. It would have been incredibly sad if your Ravens career never included a championship. We no longer have to worry about that. I don't know if this was your last game as a Raven, but if it was, what a fitting way to go out. An interception in the Super Bowl. Incredible. We love you Ed, and we can't to see you in Canton.

Thank you Ray Lewis, for everything you've done. What a way to go out. None of us will ever forget just how magical this run has been, and you're at the forefront of it. Your dances in the wild card game were nothing short of perfection. Your performances against Denver and New England were reminiscent of the Ray we've always loved. And the fact that your career concludes with you hoisting the Lombardi Trophy is downright unfathomable. You will always be Mr. Raven, just as Johnny Unitas was Mr. Colt and Cal Ripken and Brooks Robinson were both Mr. Oriole. As far as I'm concerned, you're all equals. That's how much you mean to this city, Ray.

Thank you John Harbaugh, for being one of the best coaches in the entire NFL. Any claims that you are riding this team to success are preposterous. You are an incredible leader of men, an innovative thinker, and you now have a leg up on your little bro. This team has had every reason to fall apart, yet you've always kept them together and in the win colum despite whatever adversity they have faced. Is it too early for Hall of Fame talk?

Thank you Ozzie Newsome, for always being right. Your moves as GM, from 1996 to today, are responsible for what this franchise has become. Your resume is as good as any, and there's no end in sight. Just keep doing your thing on draft day, and this franchise will contend for many Lombardis to come.

Thank you Eric DeCosta and everyone else in the scouting department. It's not just the GM, it's the entire front office that makes this team what it is.

Thank you Steve Bisciotti, for embodying everything that is great about an owner. Your skills are remarkable, your way of handling organizational upheaval is as professional and efficent as it gets, and you know what it takes to put your team in the best position to win. Best of all, you're a Marylander. It's not just a business to you, it's a passion for the game, the team, and the city. And that's what makes you the best owner in football.
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Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause

It's hard to have much to add because you pretty much covered it.

It's been such a pleasure watching this team grow up in front of our eyes these past several months. To watch a group of men struggle so much and come through in the end is so gratifying. The pain of the previous 4 years makes it all the better. That collapse in Pittsburgh? Last January in New England? Only made them stronger. Only prepared them more for this moment now, and only made the victory that much sweeter.

We'll always remember the big highlight reel plays, like everything noteworthy Jacoby Jones did this postseason, or Ed Reed's absolutely fitting Super Bowl pick, or Flacco letting Boldin be a man among boys. But there's a lifetime of littler moments during this postseason run that I'll remember as the things that kept this dream alive:

Marshal Yanda, embodying everything that is great about him and about this team, literally shoving Ray Rice across the finish line for the decisive 1st down in double overtime in Denver.

Flacco lofting a perfect pass over the middle from his own end zone to hit Pitta down the field in overtime for a first down. If that falls incomplete, the Broncos start around midfield needing 5-10 yards to set up a game-winning field goal. That pass flipped the field position battle and the rest is history.

Pernell McPhee, doing his best JJ Watt impression as we imposed our manhood on the Patriots in the 2nd half.

Because it breaks my heart that he couldn't be on the field, I'll throw in Lardarius Webb's 3rd down shoestring tackle on Wes Welker in the regular season matchup with the Pats that turned 7 points into 3 and enabled the great escape.

Ed Dickson, shaking off every complaint about him not being tough enough to hold on to the ball after taking the biggest of hits in the biggest game of his life.

The hours of film study and number crunching that had the defense knowing that the ball was going to go to Crabtree on the final play.

Flacco, calling a back shoulder fade on 3rd and short, knowing if he misses it just might be game over for the Ravens against the hard-charging Niners. And he executes it to perfection, getting us into field goal range for the 3 points that would prove to be the difference.

Ed Reed, blitzing the hell out of Kaepernick on the 2 point conversion and forcing his errant throw to keep the Niners from tying the game up.

Dean Pees going with this gut and deciding against Coach Harbaugh's edict to call a zero blitz on 2nd down of the goalline stand to end goalline stands. Pees backs off and plays a base defense when the Niners are expecting blitz and call for a designed roll out. If we blitz there, Kaepernick likely walks into the end zone. Instead, he couldn't find a window with everyone in coverage and his pass falls incomplete. Pees then dials up 2 blitzes on 3rd and 4th down and the rest is history.

Dennis Pitta, taking a monstrous hit from Jerod Mayo and refusing to drop the ball. One play later, he scores a touchdown.

The adjustment by Torrey Smith on his 2nd touchdown in Denver. He is just starting to scratch the surface of what he's capable of doing in this league.

Jah Reid, getting hurt at the right time.

Osemele, the rookie who took on two of the toughest assignments in football in the 2 biggest games of his life in Vince Wilfork and Justin Smith and came out a man.

Paul Kruger, a a 3rd down sack machine. The takedown of Kaepernick was a game changer. Go get paid, you beautiful composer.

Teryl Austin, putting bandaid after bandaid on our secondary all year long and teaching these guys how to be the best, physical player they can be back there.

The press coverage against New England that gave them no breathing space. There was a very clear connection between all of the hits their receivers took and the drops that started piling up on their side.

I know you already said it, but after everything he went through this year for Jimmy Smith to be the guy making the play on 4th and goal was just incredible.

Every sack that Joe Flacco avoided doing his best Ben Roethlisberger impression.

Ray Rice and Torrey Smith on crossing routes for 1st half touchdown passes in the win over the Giants to stop the bleeding and signal new life in this offense and this team.

Art Jones. Always finding a way to contribute. Jumped on the LaMichael James fumble. A sack in the Super Bowl. Held strong after Ngata went out during that desperate last stand.

Josh Byrnes, who will forever be remembered as the man who made the final tackle and made that Super Bowl win a reality.

Dannell Ellerbe, perfecting the blitz up the middle all postseason long.

John Harbaugh, silencing everyone who ever complained about his clock management and forever separated himself from the Andy Reid-route his critics said he was destined for by engineering one of the most brilliantly designed self-safeties in NFL history.

Torrey Smith, OJ Brigance, Art Modell, Ray Lewis, and the ghost of playoff's past failures: Because this team was a family and there was never a shortage of motivating tools.

And this story about Steve Bisciotti that I saw on another site and captures everything wonderful and beautiful about this organization:

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Just listened to a woman tell a story on 105.7.

The woman and her family drove in an R/V from here to New Orleans, no tickets to the game, just wanted to be there, were hanging out around the Raven's hotel hoping to see a player going to the game, and Steve Bisciotti came out of the hotel, saw them in all their Raven's gear and talked to them.

They said how they drove and just wanted to be there even if they didn't have tickets. Bisciotti hands them two tickets and says "You're going now."

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epic thread........
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You guys are forgetting Cary Williams Crying or Very sad
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You guys are forgetting Cary Williams Crying or Very sad


Yep, he really came on strong after a rough start to the year. Made some huge splash plays for us.

Forgot OJ too. He's been around the team for so long that he's unofficially a part of the roster. Hopefully that continues for a long, long time.
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Shoutout to Flacco's footwork. Where did that come from? He had one of the worst pocket presences of any QB in the nfl, then all of a sudden (since the Giants game), he was masterful at moving in the pocket (and rolling out while keeping his eyes downfield). I know the line improved dramatically, but Flacco was helping them out like never before by sensing and nimbly shifting from the pressure. Almost all the sacks he took were free rusher or pocket collapsing coverage sacks.

I've never seen a player improve such a major weakness so suddenly and dramatically at the end of a season.
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Shoutout to Flacco's footwork. Where did that come from? He had one of the worst pocket presences of any QB in the nfl, then all of a sudden (since the Giants game), he was masterful at moving in the pocket (and rolling out while keeping his eyes downfield). I know the line improved dramatically, but Flacco was helping them out like never before by sensing and nimbly shifting from the pressure. Almost all the sacks he took were free rusher or pocket collapsing coverage sacks.

I've never seen a player improve such a major weakness so suddenly and dramatically at the end of a season.

I think this has to do with the improvement to the interior line. Flacco usually has to worry about his pocket collapsing from every which way. But with KO's move to LG, the interior of the OL went from above average to elite. He could step into the pocket or know which edge the pressure was coming from and step up and move to whichever side that could buy him a little more time. Anticipating where the pocket is most likely to collapse is a big part of pocket awareness... because it means you can react to events faster having taken the mental reps of what you want to do in those moments.
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Also, shoutout to Ed Reed for forgetting how broken his body was and going all out in the biggest game of his career. He disrupted the 49ers offense on so many key plays and kept them from rolling us over. His awareness of the what the offense is trying to do and what spots he had to get to showed showed his unmatched football IQ and dedication to preparation and film study.
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wackywabbit wrote:
Shoutout to Flacco's footwork. Where did that come from? He had one of the worst pocket presences of any QB in the nfl, then all of a sudden (since the Giants game), he was masterful at moving in the pocket (and rolling out while keeping his eyes downfield). I know the line improved dramatically, but Flacco was helping them out like never before by sensing and nimbly shifting from the pressure. Almost all the sacks he took were free rusher or pocket collapsing coverage sacks.

I've never seen a player improve such a major weakness so suddenly and dramatically at the end of a season.

I think this has to do with the improvement to the interior line. Flacco usually has to worry about his pocket collapsing from every which way. But with KO's move to LG, the interior of the OL went from above average to elite. He could step into the pocket or know which edge the pressure was coming from and step up and move to whichever side that could buy him a little more time. Anticipating where the pocket is most likely to collapse is a big part of pocket awareness... because it means you can react to events faster having taken the mental reps of what you want to do in those moments.


Yea, that's part of it, but we've had a great interior OL before with Yanda, and younger Birk, and Grubbs (who could at least pass block as well as anyone). Flacco was always flat-footed and statuesque in the pocket, but during this run he kept his feet active even while stationary and didn't hesitate to slide around.
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wackywabbit wrote:
diamondbull424 wrote:
wackywabbit wrote:
Shoutout to Flacco's footwork. Where did that come from? He had one of the worst pocket presences of any QB in the nfl, then all of a sudden (since the Giants game), he was masterful at moving in the pocket (and rolling out while keeping his eyes downfield). I know the line improved dramatically, but Flacco was helping them out like never before by sensing and nimbly shifting from the pressure. Almost all the sacks he took were free rusher or pocket collapsing coverage sacks.

I've never seen a player improve such a major weakness so suddenly and dramatically at the end of a season.

I think this has to do with the improvement to the interior line. Flacco usually has to worry about his pocket collapsing from every which way. But with KO's move to LG, the interior of the OL went from above average to elite. He could step into the pocket or know which edge the pressure was coming from and step up and move to whichever side that could buy him a little more time. Anticipating where the pocket is most likely to collapse is a big part of pocket awareness... because it means you can react to events faster having taken the mental reps of what you want to do in those moments.


Yea, that's part of it, but we've had a great interior OL before with Yanda, and younger Birk, and Grubbs (who could at least pass block as well as anyone). Flacco was always flat-footed and statuesque in the pocket, but during this run he kept his feet active even while stationary and didn't hesitate to slide around.

But that was two years ago. Flacco has increased his awareness since then... plus, KO is flat out better than Grubbs in every respect as a LG. Grubbs was not an elite pass protector. He allowed too much penetration from big dominating guys. Whereas when KO gets his hands on a defensive player, it's over. He just dominates them to no end. Grubbs was very good because of his athleticism, but KO is just as athletic (in small areas) and so much more powerful. Between KO and Yanda, defenders get zero penetration. Grubbs could stay on a block, but his guy would still push him back and cause the pocket to shrink in space.

There was a greater consistency to the interior OL with KO at LG than Grubbs. Grubbs simply was never on the level of play KO has been in any facet of his game. KO seems smarter as well. Stunts were a problem when Grubbs played LG, but with KO over there, rarely did it seem like our left side was confused. Part of this could be sample size, but until now, KO has simply outclassed anything Grubbs was able to do at that spot. And it's made the interior pass blocking go from good to elite.
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Epic congratulations all around!

Also, our coordinators need a lil bit more love than they are getting, mainly Jerry Rosburg. I, as much as anyone, want to give credit for the last two plays of the Super Bowl to Harbaugh, but I'm sure Rosburg had just as much a say in that as anyone. And I love the gutsy call to try and run for the first down with Tucker, though it didn't work, it was still a great call with the highest of stakes on the line and I respect that.
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RavensTillIDie wrote:
Epic congratulations all around!

Also, our coordinators need a lil bit more love than they are getting, mainly Jerry Rosburg. I, as much as anyone, want to give credit for the last two plays of the Super Bowl, but I'm sure Rosburg had just as much a say in that as anyone. And I love the gutsy call to try and run for the first down with Tucker, though it didn't work, it was still a great call with the highest of stakes on the line and I respect that.

I agree. I thought both of those calls were brilliant. Heck, I didn't even think of taking a safety there. The announcer mentioned it... and I was thinking, "why would they want to take a safety?!" And then I thought about it... and I was like... "that's actually not a bad idea... I've just never seen it done before".. And the fake field goal was awesome and gutsy. If we got 7 points there... which was very possible... that might've gone down as one of the most brilliant play calls in Super Bowl history... and suddenly us winning by 3 points (even though it didn't matter since we ended up scoring 7 after forcing them to punt) would've just magnified the result of that score. Suddenly commentators are saying, "had the Ravens kicked a field goal the game could've lost that game". Sure that's not reality, since in an alternate universe the lights never go out and we win by 30 points... but it's definitely a talking point that I'm sure they would've magnified no less.
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Shoutout to Terrell Suggs for being, IMO, the most important player on the Ravens defense for the last 3 years, but getting overshadowed by all the other big names on this defense. The defense steadily improved every week as you got healthier. Fans of other, softer teams around the league think you're a bad sport or dirty player, but you're actually just having fun and always keeping it all about football. You're a total team player and the defense is at its best when you're playing your best.
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diamondbull424 wrote:
wackywabbit wrote:
diamondbull424 wrote:
wackywabbit wrote:
Shoutout to Flacco's footwork. Where did that come from? He had one of the worst pocket presences of any QB in the nfl, then all of a sudden (since the Giants game), he was masterful at moving in the pocket (and rolling out while keeping his eyes downfield). I know the line improved dramatically, but Flacco was helping them out like never before by sensing and nimbly shifting from the pressure. Almost all the sacks he took were free rusher or pocket collapsing coverage sacks.

I've never seen a player improve such a major weakness so suddenly and dramatically at the end of a season.

I think this has to do with the improvement to the interior line. Flacco usually has to worry about his pocket collapsing from every which way. But with KO's move to LG, the interior of the OL went from above average to elite. He could step into the pocket or know which edge the pressure was coming from and step up and move to whichever side that could buy him a little more time. Anticipating where the pocket is most likely to collapse is a big part of pocket awareness... because it means you can react to events faster having taken the mental reps of what you want to do in those moments.


Yea, that's part of it, but we've had a great interior OL before with Yanda, and younger Birk, and Grubbs (who could at least pass block as well as anyone). Flacco was always flat-footed and statuesque in the pocket, but during this run he kept his feet active even while stationary and didn't hesitate to slide around.

But that was two years ago. Flacco has increased his awareness since then... plus, KO is flat out better than Grubbs in every respect as a LG. Grubbs was not an elite pass protector. He allowed too much penetration from big dominating guys. Whereas when KO gets his hands on a defensive player, it's over. He just dominates them to no end. Grubbs was very good because of his athleticism, but KO is just as athletic (in small areas) and so much more powerful. Between KO and Yanda, defenders get zero penetration. Grubbs could stay on a block, but his guy would still push him back and cause the pocket to shrink in space.

There was a greater consistency to the interior OL with KO at LG than Grubbs. Grubbs simply was never on the level of play KO has been in any facet of his game. KO seems smarter as well. Stunts were a problem when Grubbs played LG, but with KO over there, rarely did it seem like our left side was confused. Part of this could be sample size, but until now, KO has simply outclassed anything Grubbs was able to do at that spot. And it's made the interior pass blocking go from good to elite.


Grubbs just got more and more overrated when he was here, honestly. He peaked early in his career. His return midway through 2011 didn't provide the lift anyone expected it to, yet no one seemed to notice and everyone sung his praises. He wasn't worth what New Orleans paid him, he didn't deserve the Pro Bowl he was selected to, and I was glad to see him go.
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diamondbull424 wrote:

But that was two years ago. Flacco has increased his awareness since then... plus, KO is flat out better than Grubbs in every respect as a LG. Grubbs was not an elite pass protector. He allowed too much penetration from big dominating guys. Whereas when KO gets his hands on a defensive player, it's over. He just dominates them to no end. Grubbs was very good because of his athleticism, but KO is just as athletic (in small areas) and so much more powerful. Between KO and Yanda, defenders get zero penetration. Grubbs could stay on a block, but his guy would still push him back and cause the pocket to shrink in space.

There was a greater consistency to the interior OL with KO at LG than Grubbs. Grubbs simply was never on the level of play KO has been in any facet of his game. KO seems smarter as well. Stunts were a problem when Grubbs played LG, but with KO over there, rarely did it seem like our left side was confused. Part of this could be sample size, but until now, KO has simply outclassed anything Grubbs was able to do at that spot. And it's made the interior pass blocking go from good to elite.


Grubbs just got more and more overrated when he was here, honestly. He peaked early in his career. His return midway through 2011 didn't provide the lift anyone expected it to, yet no one seemed to notice and everyone sung his praises. He wasn't worth what New Orleans paid him, he didn't deserve the Pro Bowl he was selected to, and I was glad to see him go.

Agreed. I also don't think we win this Super Bowl with Grubbs and without KO. KO at LG has flat out been providing elite play... the only top 5 lists Grubbs deserved to be on was top 5... at left guard. KO, with a greater sample size, is probably a top 5 OG. He's just flat out dominant and it's incredible having both him and Yanda inside and how they just stop any DL in their way. They're both smart and tough SOBs inside that play with nastiness. To think we've got KO at such a low salary for at least another three years at such a low rate. All we need now is a consistent LT option to protect Flacco's blindside and we're good... and by consistent, I mean, I don't trust McKinnie over a full 16 games in a regular season.
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