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Posted on: February 19, 2008 1:52 pm
 

The "True Impact" of Adam Jones to Baltimore

After the smoke has cleared and the rumors have finally come to fruition, Adam Jones is now the starting Centerfielder for the Baltimore Orioles.  He wants to be here, he seems happy to get the opportunity, but what about the fanbase.  I see alot of people around town and throughtout the message boards with open arms for Mr. Jones.  But does that include everybody?

My point falls in line with the theme of February for the United States.  My hope is Adam Jones could provide the foundation to change the perception of baseball in the Charm City.  The new target audience plays basketball and football and calls Carmelo Anthony or Ray Lewis the sports figures in the area.  A small amout play within the city, even less watch a game from Camden Yards.  Could Jones be a stepping stone for a time of change.

Throughout the '50's, '60's, '70's players such as Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron were on the tip of every tounge for baseball fans in the United States, black or white.  Today can you name over ten that make an impact in MLB.  Dontrell Willis, Ryan Howard, a few up and comers such as the Upton Brothers.  The Orioles last major player was Albert Belle and what a great role model to follow.  Here is where Adam Jones steps in towards the entire city.  He has star appeal from all accounts, so if he perfroms the fanbase will embrace him as if he had come up through the system.  What else does he bring?

He comes from a rough, and I mean West Baltimore type rough, neighborhood.  He, whether he wants to acknowledge or not, has alot on his shoulders.  He, being a black male from the "ghetto", is someone that young black children can look up to in the city of Baltimore.  He can make kids intrested in the game.  Jones has the ability to change lives.  How many kids have been thwarted from a life of crime to play football in the city since 1997.  I imagine quite a few.  Now the man is not going to cure cancer, but what he can do is get kids off the street.  Maybe want to play baseball, join a team.  Maybe he along with the Orioles could do a much better job of making it a point to extend thier hands towards the city in whole.  The team is not going to win any attendence prize, so it will not hurt the bottom line.  It might instill future avenues.  Johnny Basketball might see Jones play and say "I could do that too..."  Adam Jones certainly can do alot more for Baltimore than he might realize.

Posted on: February 8, 2008 1:00 pm
 

A future Sign?

After the 2008 season ends, the following players will run out of thier contracts with the Ravens.  It is a large, heavy hitter list of players that will decide the future of this organization and the next five season realistic expectations.

These are the lists of players that are on the current roster of 2007 team whose contracts run out.

Offensive side of the Ball:

Kyle Boller, Mike Flynn, Jason Brown, Justin Green, Demetrius Williams (RFA), Daniel Wilcox, Quinn Sypniewski

 

Defensive side of the Ball:

Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, Kelly Gregg, Terrell Suggs, Dwan Edwards, Dan Cody (most likely will get cut this off-season when he clears his medical exempt), Corey Ivy, David Pittman (RFA), Dwan Landry (RFA), Derrick Martin (RFA)

Special Teams:

Matt Stover, Sam Koch (RFA), B.J Sams

 

This does not take into account the cap hits that most likely will happen when Jonathan Ogden retires.  People continue to think that when he goes, we will knock 10 million off the books.  It is not true.  He re-structed his deal to go into base pay and it is not that high.  The minimum cap hit by the pro-rated bonus means the Ravens will still save, but more like 4-5 million off the books.  Not alot in the grand scheme of things when the Ravens were only projected to have 5 million under the cap to begin with this season.

Suggs will eat up a nice chunk of that money if he re-signs, say the cap charge would be 30/40 % of that money.  It leaves the team 6 million to sign draft picks, Jason Brown (who is a RFA).  It could be completely done without cutting anyone signifcant.  It might mean that you can see the Ravens giving one of the 2008 free agents an extension to lessen the cap figures.  Signing Scott long term would cut his current number of almost 5 million down some, say 3.5 million for the first year.  Cut Mike Flynn could save the team 1.4 million in cap charge.  if they were to extend Ray Lewis to a modest contract say 3 years 20 million range with 10 million up front. They could shuffle his base pay and produce a cap charge at my guess 6.3 million.  This would be a savings of almost 4 million dollars towards the cap.  My only problem is that Lewis might want to have more dollars thrown at him.  You could back load the money into a 5 year deal, where he reduces his cap charges more, but the short contract marks the high extent.  If he goes for the bank, the Ravens are not going to keep him.

Players that place the Ravens in cap constraints. 

These are players that values do not add up to the cap numbers.

1. Steve McNair - He is not going anywhere until at least the end of 2008.  Too much cap hit at this point to cut him, even after June first.  He is signed through 2010 and you could not cut him at least until June 1 2008 and spread the hit over two season.  It would mean a "dead money" cap hit in 2009 for like 2 million or so....

2. Mike Flynn - needs to re-structure to vet minimum to have a shot to stick around.  Not even worth the 2.5 million cap hit he has now.

3. Todd Heap - Man is making alot of money to sit on the sidelines from time to time.  He was on a two year run of seeing all games, but this season went back to the nagging injury bug again.  He will not be cut because he is a fan favorite and still brings alot to the table for the position.  He does however cost the Ravens over 5 million in cap space and it only gets worse in 2008, 2009 seasons as the base pay jumps up to over into the 3-4 million range.

Basically, there are alot of choices to make with this bunch and it could signal a new age in Ravens history.  They could be sentimental and ride the past glories into the sunset or go the Steelers route and let them walk to greener pastures.  I tend to want to continue winning and building back up to the Superbowl Team.  Sign vets on the cheap to be apart of a winning club.  Alot of things can happen over these next two years that show the future path of Ravens football for the next decade.

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Posted on: January 18, 2008 11:05 am
 

Ravens Head Coach Options

When did the Ravens job become one that everyone stays away from as if it were a lost cause?  When do assistant coaches turn down the chance to take over their own job?  Last time a hot shot coach, Gary Kubiak,  turned down head coaching jobs in 1997/1998, it took him 8 years to be considered again.  The Cowboys can keep Jason Garrett and his will to extract every single dollar from Jerry Jones.  Now, did I think his intentions were solid about considering the Baltimore Ravens, yes.  I just have that little friend on my shoulder whispering in my ear as well saying " he did it to increase his pay in Dallas", as well.

Bring on Marty.  Not so fast.  I agree Marty is a great head coach.  He is the ninth highest coach in wins, but he also had a long career.  You have to be good to have both.  He would provide that ability to show the Veterns to look up to him, as long as they followed his hard nosed ways.  He would provide a great teacher to the game for the younger players.  He would be able to pick and choose some of the better assisant coaches such as Cam Cameron, Dom Capers, Brain Shottenhiemer, Rex Ryan, John Harbaugh, etc.... because he is the older vet coach that gets respect from alot of people in the NFL.

What about home grown talent?  You have Rex Ryan, the players want him, but would it not be the same style of coaching that has led to distractions whenever they have lost since 2004.  If things are good, no problem, everyone on the same page.  If things go south, you start to hear alot of cherping from Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, Jonathan Ogden, Willis McGahee.  Rex Ryan is going to be a good head coach, but I think he gains respect from players, but they look at him, not up to him.  He is "thier" guy.  Those types get walked over because the relationship is different.  He becomes the top cheeese, he changes.  The relationship tries to stay the same, but it cannot.  It would cause issues and I really think this is the reason that Rex is not a top choice.  It is why the Ravens want fresh blood at the helm.

Who is it then?  John Harbaugh, from the Eagles....Sorry when I first heard, I instantly think of his more famous brother Jim, coach of Stanford.  He lacks leadership positions such as defensive coordinator, but he spent 10 years in coaching.  He had to learn a thing or two from Ray Rhodes, Andy Reid, and Jim Johnson.  So the track is set.  He even learned what not to do by talking with Marty Morningweig, the offensive coordinator.  He comes from a family of coaching.  He has one less season as a coordinator to Jason Garrett, but seven more seasons of coaching.  He was a defensive back coach in college ranks and pros.  Those make really good head coaches for some reason.  The Colts Tony Dungy brings to mind.  He is energetic and in your face type of coach.  He has the lunchpale mentality of the city.  Maybe that is why he is highly regarded.

I know Ozzie and Steve will make a good choice.  Steve really cares about bringing winning football to Baltimore.  Remember......This guy once sat in the same stands as us from 1997 to 2002.

Posted on: January 18, 2008 11:05 am
 

Ravens Head Coach Options

When did the Ravens job become one that everyone stays away from as if it were a lost cause?  When do assistant coaches turn down the chance to take over their own job?  Last time a hot shot coach, Gary Kubiak,  turned down head coaching jobs in 1997/1998, it took him 8 years to be considered again.  The Cowboys can keep Jason Garrett and his will to extract every single dollar from Jerry Jones.  Now, did I think his intentions were solid about considering the Baltimore Ravens, yes.  I just have that little friend on my shoulder whispering in my ear as well saying " he did it to increase his pay in Dallas", as well.

Bring on Marty.  Not so fast.  I agree Marty is a great head coach.  He is the ninth highest coach in wins, but he also had a long career.  You have to be good to have both.  He would provide that ability to show the Veterns to look up to him, as long as they followed his hard nosed ways.  He would provide a great teacher to the game for the younger players.  He would be able to pick and choose some of the better assisant coaches such as Cam Cameron, Dom Capers, Brain Shottenhiemer, Rex Ryan, John Harbaugh, etc.... because he is the older vet coach that gets respect from alot of people in the NFL.

What about home grown talent?  You have Rex Ryan, the players want him, but would it not be the same style of coaching that has led to distractions whenever they have lost since 2004.  If things are good, no problem, everyone on the same page.  If things go south, you start to hear alot of cherping from Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, Jonathan Ogden, Willis McGahee.  Rex Ryan is going to be a good head coach, but I think he gains respect from players, but they look at him, not up to him.  He is "thier" guy.  Those types get walked over because the relationship is different.  He becomes the top cheeese, he changes.  The relationship tries to stay the same, but it cannot.  It would cause issues and I really think this is the reason that Rex is not a top choice.  It is why the Ravens want fresh blood at the helm.

Who is it then?  John Harbaugh, from the Eagles....Sorry when I first heard, I instantly think of his more famous brother Jim, coach of Stanford.  He lacks leadership positions such as defensive coordinator, but he spent 10 years in coaching.  He had to learn a thing or two from Ray Rhodes, Andy Reid, and Jim Johnson.  So the track is set.  He even learned what not to do by talking with Marty Morningweig, the offensive coordinator.  He comes from a family of coaching.  He has one less season as a coordinator to Jason Garrett, but seven more seasons of coaching.  He was a defensive back coach in college ranks and pros.  Those make really good head coaches for some reason.  The Colts Tony Dungy brings to mind.  He is energetic and in your face type of coach.  He has the lunchpale mentality of the city.  Maybe that is why he is highly regarded.

I know Ozzie and Steve will make a good choice.  Steve really cares about bringing winning football to Baltimore.  Remember......This guy once sat in the same stands as us from 1997 to 2002.

 
 
 
 
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