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Ravens offense explodes, on and off the field

For nearly a decade under offensive genius Brian Billick, the Ravens were a team that typically won football games by keeping the opposing team as close to the egg of a goose as possible.

Now, in year two after Billick’s departure, the offense is starting to look like it was supposed to look throughout his tenure.

Indeed, the 38 points that Baltimore scored on Sunday represents more than any scored during the last year of Billick’s tenure, when the team scored 30 points once and less than 20 half the time. 

And the Ravens are also becoming explosive off the field, too.

According to Mike Freeman of, the Ravens didn’t take kindly to remarks from Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter in a recent conference call, during which Johnson at one point said of the Ravens receivers, “You want a bum, you pay a bum.”

Keyshawn Johnson is the bum, that’s why he’s in the analyst seat,” receiver Derrick Mason told Freeman.  “He tried to come back to football but no one would sign him.  He was never that good a player.  He got lucky and signed on in Tampa Bay and won a Super Bowl because they had a great defense.

“Just look at the two people doing the criticizing, that’s all I’m saying.  Keyshawn was overrated and Carter is in the same boat I’m in.  He doesn’t have a Super Bowl ring either.  He’s in the analyst seat without a ring.  At least I’m playing.  He still wants to play but he can’t anymore.  We’re the bums?  That’s why you’re in the analyst seat.  Just be quiet and keep dreaming you still could play.”

(Mason really needs to come out of his shell.)

Apart from the 38 points on the scoreboard and the all points bulletin on Keyshawn’s playing career, the Ravens rang up 501 yards of total offense, and they surrendered only 188.

So if the Baltimore ball-moving unit is waking up at a time when the defense is still playing great, they could be a very serious contender in the AFC, again.

That said, there’s also a chance that the Chiefs are still really, really bad, and that the Ravens will struggle against the likes to the Chargers, Patriots, Vikings, Colts, Steelers (twice), Packers, and Bears.

More on the Chiefs-Ravens game is coming later today, One-Liner style.

[Editor’s note:  In a prior version of this article, we indicated that Keyshawn Johnson directed his “You want a bum, pay a bum” comment to quarterback Joe Flacco.  We misinterpreted Freeman’s article and, frankly, it’s not clear in hindsight what the hell we were thinking when reading Freeman’s article.  Keyshawn didn’t call Flacco a bum, and Freeman didn’t write that Keyshawn called Flacco a bum.  We apologize for the error.  So, to summarize, Keyshawn called someone a bum, but not Flacco.]  

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47 Responses to “Ravens offense explodes, on and off the field”
  1. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 14, 2009 9:29 AM

    The Chiefs are in fact REALLY REALLY bad…but the Ravens are improved. Mason is correct in his statements too and how can you say anything about what he said when Keyshawn makes a remark like that?

  2. Rickah99 says: Sep 14, 2009 9:35 AM


  3. aaron wilson HATES comments says: Sep 14, 2009 9:41 AM

    Ummm that game wasn’t decided until the last few mins… and that defense gave up 24 points to the freakin Chiefs who desperately tried to lose that game… I wasn’t that impressed with the Ravens although Flacco looked pretty good (against the Chiefs though)

  4. drucifer says: Sep 14, 2009 9:43 AM

    Florio typed:
    “That said, there’s also a chance that the Chiefs are still really, really bad…”

  5. underwriter says: Sep 14, 2009 9:48 AM

    Disclaimer: I am a Ravens fan and I was at the game yesterday….
    First, I dont think the score is really indicitive of the game. Defense only gave up 158 yards and 8 first downs….Ravens dominated the entire game…
    Second, Keyshawn was referring to the WR’s, not Flacco, with the above mentioned statement. I love the fire from Mason, but feel that it was overdone. Keyshawn had an ok pro career, but Cris Carter was a stud reciever….
    Next week will be a true test for the Ravens. Only real weakness on the team are the D backs…very fast, but not very physical. We will see how SD goes after them.

  6. Leone510 says: Sep 14, 2009 9:48 AM

    I thought he picked the Bengals to win it all. Which is even funnier.

  7. maxtastic says: Sep 14, 2009 9:48 AM

    Everybody is sleeping on this Ravens team for the 2009 season just because we lost three hard fought games against the Steelers last year. This team is a real contender and we have shown that the last five games. Keyshawn now, Chris Berman during the 1999 season…the pundits usually sleep on the Ravens.

  8. josh says: Sep 14, 2009 9:48 AM

    Mason may want to put up or shut up!
    Derrick Mason Career stats
    Age 35
    years in league 12
    receptions 794
    Yds 10,108
    TDS 52
    2x pro bowl
    Chris carter
    Age 43
    years in league 15
    Receptions 1,101
    Yds 13,899
    TDS 130
    8x pro bowl
    3 time all pro
    All decade team
    Walter payton award
    So unless Mason has a serious breakout over the next 3 yrs and scores 80 tds, 3700yds, 6 pro bowls, etc etc etc…. I’d say he doesn’t belong ont he same field as Chris Carter!
    The Chiefs are bad!!!! VERY bad!

  9. Big Stretch says: Sep 14, 2009 9:52 AM

    Keyshawn is totally over rated, the best aspect of his game was convincing people he was better than he actully was.

  10. swervinmervin says: Sep 14, 2009 9:58 AM

    Classic. Good stuff from Mason. He’s 100% correct about both MEshawn and Chris Carter. They’re both overrated and they both are bitter because nobody wanted them anymore at the end of their careers. Remember when Carter came back for Miami? LOL…
    Those analysts say so much and never get called out. ITs about time. I remember Carter laughing at Oakland for not picking Crabtree. Now Crabtree is going to hold out for the whole season. Where’s Carter manning up to his original comments? He’s a coward. They all are.
    Keep it up, Mason!!!

  11. JohnComp12 says: Sep 14, 2009 9:59 AM

    If im not mistaken Mason and Key both have been number 1 WRs on their teams for the most part of their careers, and have pretty similar career numbers. Main difference, Key has a ring. So if Key is a bum, what does that make Mason?
    He also shouldnt be on the attack towards Carter when he has 300 more catches and 30 more TDs. I think theres more to this, maybe Mason couldnt get an analyst job when he was going to retire and now hes upset? What he should do is let his play do the talking and let us, the fans, decide whos a bum and who isnt.

  12. Fan_Of_ Four says: Sep 14, 2009 10:00 AM

    Is it at all possible for Florio to talk about someone without a backhanded comment ? Do you like or respect anyone ?

  13. Cj34 says: Sep 14, 2009 10:09 AM

    @ aaron wilson HATES comments
    ummmmm……if you watched the game you’d know the defense was responsible for 10 points. The other two touchdowns were off a blocked punt in the endzone and an interception ran back inside the 5 yard line. If you want to say the Ravens weren’t impressive that’s fine but the defense gave up ONLY 180 yards to the freakin Chiefs.

  14. packerssuck says: Sep 14, 2009 10:18 AM

    Carter may say dumb shit but Mason is delusional for making any type of comment about his playing career. Carter is 700X the receiver of Mason and I am pretty sure that isn’t a debatable point.

  15. killachap says: Sep 14, 2009 10:19 AM

    AMAZING! Derek Mason said what the 5 people who still watch ESPN would love to say to Keyshawn Johnson. It’s good to see someone stand up to this clown. I dont really agree with Chris Carter because I feel he was phenominal, but the keyshawn comment was right on point

  16. tkebean says: Sep 14, 2009 10:20 AM

    Since I don’t think anyone outside of Kansas City thought the Chiefs had a chance to win the game, I think the bigger story is that the Chiefs’ 3rd string QB put up some nice numbers against the Ravens D. 16 of 24 for 177 and 2 TDs. The run D is stout as always but that secondary is going to cause the team problems. One of the worst teams in the league should not be putting up 17 points and this was a close game till the end of the 4th quarter. Flacco looked pretty good. Made a couple really nice plays but a 60% completion rate against the Chiefs D? Not good. Croyle put up a 66% completion rate against supposedly one of the best defenses in the league. After watching that game, it looks like the secondary is going to be real weakness and could knock this team out of the playoffs.

  17. Play4Blood says: Sep 14, 2009 10:21 AM

    Regarding Mason’s comments…and I’ve never used this phrase in my life…Oh snap!
    Flacco is the genuine article. The Ravens’ defense looks like they may have a transition period from Ryan’s leadership, though. I figure they’ll get that sorted out quickly, though. Way too much talent and experience to not get their stuff together.

  18. ppdoc13 says: Sep 14, 2009 10:21 AM

    @ aaron wilson….
    did you watch the game. you sound like peter king. essentially you looked at the score and started talking.
    KC had 24 points. 7 came off a punt block TD. 7 came off a INT run back 70 yards to the 6 yard line. 3 cam off a drive that led to a 53 yard field goal.
    there was one drive with a good contested 50 yard long ball that the offense actually did its job and scored.
    so i’ll give the Ravens D credit for giving up 10 points for real and a 6 yard drive for a TD. giving up 188 yards in total offense while our offense had over 500 yards of total offense. we had more rushing yards than KC did total offense.
    if you don’t know what you are speaking of, STFU.

  19. Nick says: Sep 14, 2009 10:22 AM

    The Ravens are my team but I can’t be too excited about that win. Fake Aaron Wilson isn’t completely accurate though.
    The defense gave up 10 points. Special teams and offense gave up 14. If not for that, I’d be happy.
    Cam Cameron said they wanted to get a bunch of snaps in offensively. He basically made it sound like they were treating it as a preseason game, hoping to try a lot of stuff out. That’s great for KC, but they better put that away for SD next week and play regular Raven football.

  20. FLACCOallDAY says: Sep 14, 2009 10:33 AM

    The ravens defense gave up 10 points, a blocked punt and a pick back to the 5 yard line accounts for the other 14

  21. tbtsm15 says: Sep 14, 2009 10:36 AM

    Mason disregarded criticism from analysts because they’re too old to play football? What awful logic.
    I wonder if he will still feel the same way in two years – when he’s too old to still play.

  22. 49ersrevenge says: Sep 14, 2009 10:39 AM

    If you didn’t see the game, don’t comment. A blocked punt that leads to a touchdown is not the defense’s fault. Anybody who saw the game knows the Raven’s defense is still spectacular.

  23. SmackMyVickUp says: Sep 14, 2009 10:47 AM

    I always liked Mason for his tough play style. I like him even more now. Like to hear a response from Carter or Keyshawn.

  24. tonyinmd says: Sep 14, 2009 10:54 AM

    They were calling the WR’s bums not Flacco…,0,5110974.story

  25. Evan2442 says: Sep 14, 2009 10:58 AM

    Aaron Wilson- you clearly didnt watch the game…the defense didn’t “give up”24 points to the Chiefs. the chiefs scored on a blocked punt in the end zone and scored another TD from 6 yards out when Flacco threw a pic that was taken that far down into Ravens territory. right there is 14 points. the chiefs only had 188 yards of total offense and 50 odd yards or so came on one play, a bomb to Mark Bradley. the chiefs only rushed for 29 yards all day. so the game was closer than it needed to be, but it was turnovers that kept this game close. the Ravens dominated every aspect of the game, besides that and penalties. any day you give up less that 200 yards and 29 yards of total rushing, i think you have to be pretty happy with the performance.

  26. darrius_heyward-bey-butterfingers says: Sep 14, 2009 11:08 AM

    Keyshawn paved the way for guys like Dwayne Jarret and Mike Williams to find their ways out of the league sooner. Nobody wants the next Keyshawn.

  27. killwithme says: Sep 14, 2009 11:13 AM

    There’s also a chance John Harbaugh had bet the Ravens minus the 13.5 at the window or over the wire…
    1:30 left in the game 4th down, up by 7 already. We don’t kick the field goal because a touchdown and XP covers the spread. For god’s sake we don’t want to blow this bet…
    gambling doesn’t affect the NFL…ha.

  28. maxtastic says: Sep 14, 2009 11:20 AM

    Everybody is sleeping on this Ravens team for the 2009 season just because we lost three hard fought games against the Steelers last year. This team is a real contender and we have show that the last five games. Keyshawn now, Chris Berman during the 1999 season…the pundits usually sleep on the Ravens.

  29. Steelers 3:16 says: Sep 14, 2009 11:29 AM

    I remember being at the NFL Draft in 2007 and Keyshawn was running his mouth from the analysts seat like always.
    In the second round, the Panthers ended up taking Dwayne Jarrett and the crowd at Radio City that was left (this was middle second round, most people leave after the first) were getting on him hard… Keyshawn! You’re out of a job again!
    Mason has it right. Keyshawn is the bum. One of the most over-hyped receivers of all time.

  30. killachap says: Sep 14, 2009 11:34 AM

    Please contact ESPN and get the responses from each of theses guys. I want to hear Johnson’s excuse to this.

  31. Siggtacular says: Sep 14, 2009 11:36 AM

    derrick mason>johnson and carter

  32. Siggtacular says: Sep 14, 2009 11:36 AM

    derrick mason>johnson and carter

  33. KHat says: Sep 14, 2009 11:43 AM

    Unfortunately one thing that doesn’t seem to have changed much since Billick’s tenure is the number of penalties Baltimore accrued and how it influenced the game. The KC touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters were immediately preceded by Baltimore infractions that resulted in automatic first downs – Tavares Gooden’s illegal use of hands and Jarret Johnson’s roughing the passer. With eight penalties resulting in a loss of 65 yards yesterday, the Ravens would have gotten their butts kicked if they had been playing a team capable of converting on their own and maximizing on Baltimore’s mistakes.

  34. ppdoc13 says: Sep 14, 2009 12:49 PM

    You sound like Peter king. You did not watch the game so stfu. Less
    than 200 total yards given up and 14 of their 24 points on
    a punt block and an int return. If u don’t like the ravens just
    say so. Because what u did say made u sound like the moron I
    suspect u r. Oh yes, and have a nice day

  35. sullijo says: Sep 14, 2009 1:05 PM

    Peter King picked the Chiefs to go 8-8. This guy is considered an NFL expert? What a joke….

  36. troll_aikman8 says: Sep 14, 2009 1:14 PM

    Mason is way out of line.
    Keyshawn and Carter called the Raven WR’s bums…which isn’t far from the truth. Nobody disrespected Flacco’s game.
    KJ and Carter are obnoxious people (most WR’s are) but they are each 100x better than Derrick Mason will ever hope to be. Seriously. Johnson and Carter spent the majority of their career playing #1 WR. Going up against the other teams shutdown corner. Mason, just be quiet and hope you get an analyst job when they cut you next year.

  37. jts28 says: Sep 14, 2009 1:40 PM

    Haha one of my all-time favorite NFL moments belongs to Keyshawn Johnson. When Dwayne Jarrett was drafted, Keyshawn said he couldn’t wait to have him on the team (Carolina) and was excited to begin grooming him to become a stud WR. Keyshawn was cut the next day, hahahahahaha. I guess the Panthers agreed with Mason.

  38. Kevin from Philly says: Sep 14, 2009 1:42 PM

    Keyshawn Johnson is Freddie Mitchell plus 4 inches and a ring.

  39. FootballFan says: Sep 14, 2009 1:45 PM

    Maybe you’re splitting the points scored by the offense and defense, but I know that the Ravens scored over 40 points against the Eagles last year.

  40. FootballFan says: Sep 14, 2009 1:50 PM

    Oops. Ravens 36, Eagles 7. Please disregard previous comment. Thanks.

  41. Zeppelin53 says: Sep 14, 2009 1:58 PM

    The Ravens put up 41 on the Texans last year.

  42. golongboyee says: Sep 14, 2009 2:04 PM

    aaron wilson HATES comments = MORON
    and troll_aikman8, if you think KJ is better than mason……than troll_aikman8 = MORON

  43. steeltownpride says: Sep 14, 2009 5:07 PM

    It was KC lol Not the Steelers , Titans, Chargers , Patriots or Colts .
    You shouldnt be tied with the worst team in the AFC in the 4th quarter . But your close to what ? Losing another game to the Steelers ? lol
    Wake me up when you beat someone worth beating then call me ok ? Until then its just HYPE as usual . Mason is a tough lil guy but he looks dumb making his comments about Cris Carter . He couldnt hold Carters jock . More or less compare to him .

  44. spyboots says: Sep 14, 2009 6:08 PM

    Uh, the Chiefs were playing without their starting quarterback.

  45. realityonetwo says: Sep 14, 2009 6:29 PM

    Good points, Mason. Now, since you’re on two of my teams, go out and get me more than four damned catches a game…

  46. Ravens Macg says: Sep 14, 2009 6:38 PM

    Moronic statement. Didn’t Miami turn it around last year? KC could this year. New coaching staff, GM, front office etc. This is the NFL. Anything can happen. The key for you pathetic squeeler fans is to not jump out the window when they don’t even make the playoffs this year!

  47. jb10 says: Sep 14, 2009 7:33 PM

    i am not a ravens fan nor a mason but i may start to cheer mason on! his comments about meshawn were right on. i’d rather see michael irvin in the seat than meshawn.
    i agree where is chris carter now that crabtree still has not signed. at least heyward-bey was in camp and is playing.

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