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Ryan Clark is glad the Ravens traded Anquan Boldin

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The Ravens’ decision to trade their No. 1 receiver, Anquan Boldin, to the 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick has been met with approval by one of the players who had to cover Boldin twice a year.

Steelers safety Ryan Clark said on NFL AM that he welcomes Boldin being moved out of the AFC.

“I’m not upset about it at all — I think that was a very good move by the Baltimore Ravens,” Clark said with a laugh.

According to Clark, Boldin is the hardest player to match up with in the Ravens’ passing game, and a player Baltimore will miss in 2013.

“If you look at the plays Anquan Boldin makes . . . you think about the plays he made to get them to that Super Bowl, I think he’s the difference-maker, he’s the guy who brings the toughness to that receiving corps, I think it’s going to be tough to replace him, both leadership-wise, as well as his play on the field,” Clark said.

Boldin led the Ravens in receiving yards all three years he played for them, so it’s easy to see why Clark would think he’s a hard player to replace. On the other hand, the Ravens have a long history of proving that they can find adequate replacements for aging veterans. Clark may find this year that he’s covering a pretty good Ravens receiving corps even without that difference-maker who’s now in San Francisco.

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  1. brownoholic says: Mar 25, 2013 12:18 PM

    Uhhhhm…you don’t HAVE to admit that…

  2. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Mar 25, 2013 12:19 PM

    All the other moves the Ravens made had made sense, but not retaining Boldin for the 1 year he had left on his deal is still a head scratcher.

    Tandon Doss is not the answer.

  3. wisdomnfl says: Mar 25, 2013 12:20 PM

    Boldin was and is a receiver and a tough football player. Those types of guys win championships. I’ll take Boldin any day over a soft fast guy. Big loss for ravens – but time to move forward.

  4. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 25, 2013 12:21 PM

    He is an excellent blocker, they will miss that aspect of his game.

    You can count receivers one hand that can lay somebody out like that….

  5. ingraven says: Mar 25, 2013 12:22 PM

    brownoholic says:
    Mar 25, 2013 12:18 PM
    Uhhhhm…you don’t HAVE to admit that…

    He’s ONLY speaking the TRUTH…

  6. clssylssy says: Mar 25, 2013 12:23 PM

    Boldin will be sorely missed by the Ravens…the Cards found that out in a big way when they were to cheap to pay him. Would have been the best money they ever spent and obviously the Ravens weren’t paying attention to Boldin’s history even before joining Baltimore. Arizona fans still hold a warm place in their hearts for #81 and will even be cheering for him now that he is a part of our biggest rival! Good job San Francisco…Ozzie must have been a sleep after the big SB win, a mistake like that isn’t like him!

  7. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:23 PM

    We are far far superior to that rat family. Think about it.

  8. ravensfan324 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:24 PM

    Considering the 92 yard drive Flacco orchestrated in that dump called Heinz Field two seasons ago, you’d think Ryan Clark would say Torrey Smith was the hardest to cover given that he got behind Clark not once but twice on that drive.

  9. mlbbal52 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:26 PM

    As a Raven fan Ive always liked Ryan Clark hes a beast…

  10. gadzod says: Mar 25, 2013 12:26 PM

    If it wasn’t for Boldin, you wouldn’t have a ring….

  11. blackngold4life says: Mar 25, 2013 12:27 PM

    I’m sure he is

  12. flash1283 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:28 PM

    Jump ball Joe will miss him too.

  13. nzayir says: Mar 25, 2013 12:30 PM

    As a Patriots fan I’m happy that nightmare Boldin is in the NFC. He not Torry Smith (who Dennard locked down) destroyed the Patriots defensive backs in the AFC title game. He made some of the best catches I’ve seen in any game.

    You can’t tell me the Ravens aren’t suffering a huge blow by losing Boldin. The offense won’t be as good period.

  14. cmonelisha says: Mar 25, 2013 12:31 PM

    i was absolutely stunned the ravens traded this guy. boldin was obviously their factor to getting a ring. w.o him they wouldnt of gotten even past the broncos let alone pats or niners.. sure me might not have seperation skills he used to but hes still a beast. and niners got a steal

  15. cacaw420 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:31 PM

    Boldin may have led the Ravens in receiving yards all three years, but he never had more than 921 yards in a single season, ranking 30th, 31st, and 27th in the league in rec yds in his three years in Baltimore. I understand what Clark is saying, but Boldin is by no means irreplaceable.

  16. wakaflockaflacco says: Mar 25, 2013 12:35 PM

    Clark should be more worried about finding a way to cover Torrey without getting burned.

  17. ravioles says: Mar 25, 2013 12:35 PM

    Ryan Clark is the definition of a troll. How did his prediction of Flacco never winning a Super Bowl turnout?

  18. steel2372 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:36 PM

    brownoholic

    Uhhhhm…you don’t HAVE to admit that…

    That is a sign of respect from fierce competitors. Ravens Steelers games are usually very competitive hard hitting games of the year. A dogfight. I see nothing wrong with showing respect to your competition. Clark has nothing to be ashamed of for admitting that. Clark is a beast in his own rights.

  19. steelpenbucs87 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:36 PM

    ravensfan324

    and you don’t think that the coverages weren’t being rolled to Boldin on that play? He was being covered by William Gay because they put Ike on Boldin.

  20. st1llerz1 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:38 PM

    Boldin made the tough catches of flaccid’s often misdirected heaves and was a solid blocker. While I’m sure they’ll try to address the loss in the draft, first year wide receivers rarely contribute much to the offense.

    The ratbird offense is going to need to put up at least 30 per game to cover the rag tag group they’ll throw out on defense. The addition of dumervil can’t cover all those losses.

    As the Nest Burns…

    GO STEELERS!

  21. jacktheraven says: Mar 25, 2013 12:38 PM

    I agree cacaw. Ravens will replace his 900 yards. Boldin had 4 TD passes last season. We’ll miss Boldin, but someone else will take his place.

  22. yoc19 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:41 PM

    Joey Flaccid – highest paid player in the history of the NFL…Let that sit in for a second! Hes Gonna miss Boldin.

  23. jamaltimore says: Mar 25, 2013 12:41 PM

    Ryan Clark is a has been who can’t cover any of the Ravens receivers. I think even TJ who’s your mamma beat him for a game winner a couple of years ago. Quan was great and we’ll miss him but he wasn’t as critical as Derrick Mason was and Joe seemed to do ok when he left town.

    Steelers are on the downside while the Worldchamps are beginning a new era of offensive dominance with a young motivated defense that will put a new reign of purple beatdowns on the AFC North.

  24. cacaw420 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:45 PM

    nzayir says: Mar 25, 2013 12:30 PM

    As a Patriots fan I’m happy that nightmare Boldin is in the NFC. He not Torry Smith (who Dennard locked down) destroyed the Patriots defensive backs in the AFC title game. He made some of the best catches I’ve seen in any game.

    You can’t tell me the Ravens aren’t suffering a huge blow by losing Boldin. The offense won’t be as good period.
    ———————–

    never mind the regular season meeting where Torrey Smith had 6 catches for 127 yards and 2 TDs….we’ll just pretend that never happened.

  25. woodley56 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:46 PM

    ravensfan324 says:
    Mar 25, 2013 12:24 PM
    Considering the 92 yard drive Flacco orchestrated in that dump called Heinz Field two seasons ago, you’d think Ryan Clark would say Torrey Smith was the hardest to cover given that he got behind Clark not once but twice on that drive.

    ———————————————
    3 key words here sweetie……Two Seasons ago…

  26. billb49 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:52 PM

    I admired Boldin for years when he was with the Cardinals, he was fantastic with the Ravins and I’m just real happy he’s going to be with the Niners next season. The guy has always been one of the toughest receivers in the league. He fights for every reception. Kaepernick is going to have two go-to guys in addition to whomever they can get to stretch the field. Niner fans heartily approve!

  27. gordoom says: Mar 25, 2013 12:53 PM

    You cant keep every player on your team every year and expect to win superbowls down the road.
    Clark should know the steelers have held onto every player from there superbowl. They finished 8-8 last year.

  28. humbleminded85 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:54 PM

    flash1283 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:28 PM

    Jump ball Joe will miss him too.
    ——————————————————
    So Joe puts the ball where only the receiver can get it and you make that sound bad but if someone like Rodgers or Brady does it he’s making great back shoulder throws and making the receiver better…right? So when Rodgers would loft those beauty back shoulder throw’s what do you say then? Calling him “Jump Ball Joe” knowing it takes a QB to get the WR open just shows your hatred and inability to give an unbiased opinion. By the way who is your team and QB by the way? Obviously it’s a bottom tier team based off of your daily comments. Waiting for your answer…

  29. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Mar 25, 2013 12:55 PM

    Richard SHerman better have his head on a swivel. Boldin don’t play

  30. petehimself2112 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:55 PM

    Flacco is glad the Steelers kept Ryan Clark and Troy P……. face it steeler fans our operation handles age before its a problem.

  31. sguy2130 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:57 PM

    Ravens fans aren’t worried, they think that Elvis Dumervil will be catching those jump balls Flacco airs out into double coverage from now on.

  32. sbaltimore says: Mar 25, 2013 12:57 PM

    I’m with you, cacaw420. All this “Boldin can’t be replaced” is absurd. The guy is SLOW. Most of his “tough” catches are BECAUSE he is slow and can’t get separation. And people seem to forget how many easy passes the guy dropped before suddenly becoming the “savior” of this year’s post season run. Let’s see how well he does in San Fran behind two REAL top tier receivers — Crabtree and Davis. And let’s see how well the Ravens do without him. The same sort of concerns were voiced after Mason and Heap BOTH got cut in the same year. What’s that? They weren’t missed at all? Neither one did squat for their new teams? Right. That’s what I’m talking about. (Except Boldin will probably do okay/better than Mason or Heap. But he’s not irreplaceable.)

  33. petehimself2112 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:58 PM

    Clark should be concerned practicing qb any way your going to need all your back ups you can get with dumervil now up in the crib.

  34. bmoritz2003 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:58 PM

    Boldin was a freakin’ monster during the postseason. He is THE reason Flacco looked good, he bailed him out time and time again. HUGE mistake getting rid of him.

  35. bunkslurpscrabmustard says: Mar 25, 2013 12:59 PM

    Yea what’s that old saying “if you can’t beat him, hope he gets traded out of your division?”

  36. rockthered1286 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:59 PM

    “If you look at the plays Anquan Boldin makes . . . I think it’s going to be tough to replace him, both leadership-wise, as well as his play on the field,”
    _____________________________
    Everybody loves to talk about Q’s 4 game stretch in the playoffs where we was great. There’s no question there. But NOBODY talks about the fact that Q had only 4 TD’s in the regular season. That’s 4th best on the Ravens roster behind Pitta, Rice and Torrey Smith. Q’s major issue is separation. Everybody wants to pound on “Jumpball Joe” but the truth is that Flacco wouldn’t have to throw those 50-50s if Q could ever get separation. If you watch Pitta, Torrey, Jacoby? They ALL get that separation. The only person who was dealing with so called “jumpballs” was Q, and it’s because he doesn’t have the step anymore, not because Joe throws bad balls. If you want to pay a 32 y/o WR who cannot get separation and can only put up 4 TD’s in the reg season $7.5M? That’s all you. But I for one am perfectly fine with this move by Oz, and I’d be willing to bet he takes that 6th, adds another of our 12 picks, and moves up to get a WR somewhere in the first 3 rounds. Otherwise the Ravens have 2 burners in Torrey and Jacoby to go along with a crazy good TE in Pitta and a few guys with potential in Streeter, LaQuan Williams and Deonte Thompson. I still like that group without Q.

  37. sixjak says: Mar 25, 2013 1:01 PM

    The guy who takes adderal I’m sure will think covering Boldin will be a cakewalk. Can’t wait for Boldin to catch passes while wearing this big mouth.

  38. bigbensucks says: Mar 25, 2013 1:08 PM

    benroethlisberger7 says:
    We are far far superior to that rat family. Think about it.

    Does anybody else think benrothlisberger7 is an idiot???

  39. imeanwhatisay says: Mar 25, 2013 1:11 PM

    Bolden being traded bother me too.that catches he made was because of no seperation and he has great hands.but the scheme should be different now under Caldwell so you should see more speed and separation as well as the accuracy of the MVP JOE FLACCO

  40. dt74ballance says: Mar 25, 2013 1:12 PM

    Yes, the Ravens are going to miss Boldin. But don’t think for a second that he didn’t pass his knowledge onto Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta, Jacoby Jones, and the rest of the receiving corps of the Ravens.

    You can’t replace Boldin’s toughness, that I will agree with Clark on. But the Ravens will still have a solid passing game.

  41. profootballwalk says: Mar 25, 2013 1:15 PM

    Boldin and Brandon Lloyd had about the identical regular season. That’s how dangerous he was last year.

  42. ravensallday2012 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:16 PM

    Dummervil. Enough said. Afc north is over

  43. navyeoddavee9 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:17 PM

    ravioles: it was Woodley not Clark!

  44. killerstiller says: Mar 25, 2013 1:19 PM

    As a Steeler fan, I am glad he’s out of the conference. I wish we would have signed him before he went to Baltimore.
    He will be missed in Baltimore. Stats can be replaced….toughness & dependability? Not as easy to replace.
    Also, to show what kind of guy Boldin is…he showed up at Torrey’s charity basketball game in Stafford, Va this weekend. That says a lot about his character & the feelings to/from his former teammates. Go luck in SF!

  45. putyournameonit says: Mar 25, 2013 1:20 PM

    bigbensucks says:
    Does anybody else think benrothlisberger7 is an idiot???

    Anyone who uses the name of a player from a team they dislike as their username is the idiot.

  46. ravenator says: Mar 25, 2013 1:22 PM

    Is Clark happy that he plays for a GM who cant balance a checkbook?

  47. ravenator says: Mar 25, 2013 1:22 PM

    Is Clark happy their last playoff appearance was against Tim Tebow, and they lost?

  48. Chris Henry's Wild Ride says: Mar 25, 2013 1:22 PM

    The Ravens do NOT however have a good history of drafting wide receivers…..

  49. mannyzteam says: Mar 25, 2013 1:23 PM

    Why am I the only one that can see that John was throwing lil bro a bone

  50. nite2al says: Mar 25, 2013 1:23 PM

    Funny how Boldin gets all the credit for the SB run and Joe Flacco gets none of it. 11 Tds and 0 picks is nothing to sneeze at.

    Then people say all Flacco did was throw jump balls to Boldin. Hello? Boldin can’t get separation, so you have to throw a jump ball–because he is excellent at fighting for it. Did Flacco throw jump balls to Smith or JJ? No, these dudes separate from DBs.

    Flacco is an elite QB — you need one to get to the Superbowl…while Boldin had a good run, the NFL has proven over and that a QB will make or break you, not a WR.

    <<>>

  51. ravenator says: Mar 25, 2013 1:23 PM

    Is Clark happy his team went 8-8, missed the playoffs entirely and its only going to get worse?

  52. overratedsteelerhater says: Mar 25, 2013 1:23 PM

    whats all these steeler moves? OH THATS
    RIGHT OLD AND NO CAP ROOM…..
    bottom feeders next coulple yrs…

  53. ravenator says: Mar 25, 2013 1:23 PM

    Is Clark happy that the Browns have now surpassed them?

  54. ravenator says: Mar 25, 2013 1:24 PM

    Is Clark happy getting torched by Torrey Smith every game?

  55. ravenator says: Mar 25, 2013 1:24 PM

    Is Clark happy that half his team was cut due to poor management of the salary cap?

  56. sndvl99 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:24 PM

    “Difference Maker” since when did a difference maker average 900 yds and 4TDs?

  57. randallflagg52 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:24 PM

    Let’s not kid ourselves, nobody in Baltimore wanted to see Q go especially for only a 6th rounder. He played great down the stretch for us. Oh and that TD where he posed over the Patriots defender, pointing at and taunting him was awesome.

    However, Boldin is getting old and was expensive. This draft class is also very deep in receivers, the Ravens should be able to land a guy like Hopkins or Da’Rick Rodgers in the first two rounds, and they are both bigger bodied players who can go up and get the ball. They would also be cheaper and faster.

    Lost in all this is Tommy Streeter, the Ravens stashed him on IR last year, and I think he could be a good player who will surprise people this year.

  58. ravenator says: Mar 25, 2013 1:25 PM

    Is Clark happy being mediocre on a mediocre team?

  59. 1phd says: Mar 25, 2013 1:28 PM

    Word. So are 49er fans!

  60. sschmiggles says: Mar 25, 2013 1:29 PM

    Q had production in the playoffs because their oline finally stepped up and let Flacco throw it downfield, not because he was bad in the regular season.

    As far as Smith, good luck having another 2 td, 120 yd performance without Boldin opening things up for him. He can run about 3 routes.

    One thing Pats and Ratbird fans have in common–they’re both major homers when it comes to their best players leaving in FA.

  61. rublestiltzkin says: Mar 25, 2013 1:33 PM

    thereisfootballwestofjersey says:Mar 25, 2013 12:55 PM

    Richard SHerman better have his head on a swivel. Boldin don’t play
    ———————————————————
    Pick the receiver who had a big game against Richard Sherman: Calvin Johnson, Roddy White, Greg Jennings, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Smith, Stevie Johnson, Miles Austin, Percy Harvin, Brandon Marshall, Michael Crabtree…………oh wait, trick question. NONE OF THEM COULD DO IT. By the way, why would you bring him into the conversation anyway? Not a single mention of him in this article. Wait, I got it, its cuz you know he’s a shutdown corner, and dudes like that tend to stay on your mind. Class dismissed

  62. gettingpwned says: Mar 25, 2013 1:34 PM

    Clark may find that. And flacco might also see a few more incomplete passes as well.

  63. ravenator says: Mar 25, 2013 1:34 PM

    Is Clark happy his QB has never played a full regular season in how many years?

  64. purpleattack says: Mar 25, 2013 1:35 PM

    Am I too late for “Queue Ozzie is an idiot that has absolutely no idea what he is doing” comments?

    Everyone loves Q, he’ll be missed, but I am not going to call Ozzie an idiot or clueless. They obviously have a plan, sometimes plans call for tough decisions to be made. Fans can’t see past today and now, GMs are paid to setup competitive teams into the future.

  65. yinzer7 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:37 PM

    Clark needs to speak up because Woodley has been silenced by Flacco.

  66. sbaltimore says: Mar 25, 2013 1:41 PM

    Streeter — tall, fast, hungry. L-Will — played with T. Smith at Maryland. D Thompson — waiting in the wings.

    What people fail to realize is JUST how poorly Cam Cameron ran the offense. Not only did he have crappy play calling, and horrendous in game LACK of adjustments, he was horrible at utilizing the talent at hand. (I’m not joking…there were games in which one player (Mason, Heap, etc) would get the ball 8 or 9 times IN A ROW. (Unlike teams that would distribute 10 passes to 8 or nine different players.) Just WAIT until Caldwell gets a full pre-season to prepare. I guarantee no one will be gnashing their teeth over Anquan Boldin any longer. Keep tabs on what he does with the Niners. I guaranteed he’ll get called for penalties for holding on some of his blocks and personal foul penalties for jawing after the play is over. He got away with that in Baltimore; let’s see how it plays in S.F.

  67. shaunypoo says: Mar 25, 2013 1:42 PM

    Whether or not a player is “irreplaceable” is determined more by the intangibles. Boldin didn’t have great yardage totals, and that will easily be replaced. What he did have is a winning attitude, toughness, and was a great blocker, especially in the open field. He was a leader for the Ravens and instrumental in them winning a Super Bowl.

    Can another player get 900 yards and 4 TD’s? Yes, but can they do it while leading the team like Boldin did? The Ravens lost a lot more than the numbers when they gave up Boldin.

  68. ac540 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:42 PM

    Ryan Clark is still talking? The Ravens could bring back Randy Hymes to replace Boldin and he’d still light up that secondary. In fact, let’s do it in week 1. 1-0.

  69. officialgame says: Mar 25, 2013 1:43 PM

    As a fan of another team it’s a hard move to figure out. The Raven’s don’t get past the 1st round of the playoffs with Boldin let alone win the Superbowl. The man made big catch after big catch and was a match up nightmare. Ozzie must think he can’t win next year and is retooling for the future.

  70. jeffa43 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:46 PM

    Clark did not play vs Tebow in the championship game…

    He has a blood disorder.

    He also did not play in the game vs Balt 2 years ago in Heinz..

    Facts.

  71. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 25, 2013 1:48 PM

    randallflagg52 | Mar 25, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT
    Let’s not kid ourselves, nobody in Baltimore wanted to see Q go especially for only a 6th rounder. He played great down the stretch for us. Oh and that TD where he posed over the Patriots defender, pointing at and taunting him was awesome.

    However, Boldin is getting old and was expensive. This draft class is also very deep in receivers, the Ravens should be able to land a guy like Hopkins or Da’Rick Rodgers in the first two rounds, and they are both bigger bodied players who can go up and get the ball. They would also be cheaper and faster.

    Lost in all this is Tommy Streeter, the Ravens stashed him on IR last year, and I think he could be a good player who will surprise people this year.

    As I have posted on another thread you are no stranger to steeler threads and your boy ravenator has posted eight times on this thread alone so I suggest you save your name calling to your favorite raven troll.
    You won the SB but it didn’t give you more brains or class…just more mouth. I suggest you give it a rest.

  72. vik3z says: Mar 25, 2013 1:51 PM

    lol @ all the steeler fans that are crushed over the fact the ravens won the super bowl.

    it looks so good on you guys!

  73. purpleattack says: Mar 25, 2013 1:51 PM

    @officialgame “Ozzie must think he can’t win next year”. This is complete horse pooop. Ozzie and Bisciotti have said that they want a team that will make the playoffs every single year. They also stated that they will not go all in after the win to attempt to repeat while mortgaging the first point they made.

    I love how everyone is criticizing the Ravens front office like they don’t have one of the best track records in football since their inception.

  74. turdfurgerson68 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:56 PM

    gadzod says:

    If it wasn’t for Boldin, you wouldn’t have a ring….

    ============================

    If it wasn’t for the refs giving Baltimore the game via that pass interference no-call in the end zone Ravens wouldn’t have a ring….

  75. jamaicanjasta says: Mar 25, 2013 2:02 PM

    rublestiltzkin says: Mar 25, 2013 1:33 PM

    Pick the receiver who had a big game against Richard Sherman: Calvin Johnson, Roddy White, Greg Jennings, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Smith, Stevie Johnson, Miles Austin, Percy Harvin, Brandon Marshall, Michael Crabtree…………oh wait, trick question. NONE OF THEM COULD DO IT. By the way, why would you bring him into the conversation anyway? Not a single mention of him in this article. Wait, I got it, its cuz you know he’s a shutdown corner, and dudes like that tend to stay on your mind. Class dismissed

    ———————-

    Speaking of ‘class’ it seems the professor has forgotten how badly Roddy White burned Sherman on the TD play in the divisional round. So much so, Sherman is STILL talking about it and blaming teammates.

  76. jpfreeman6272 says: Mar 25, 2013 2:08 PM

    brownoholic says:
    Mar 25, 2013 12:18 PM
    Uhhhhm…you don’t HAVE to admit that…

    The first step to fixing the problem is admitting you have a problem. I really thought you knew that based off of the name “brownoholic”.

  77. ravensfan324 says: Mar 25, 2013 2:10 PM

    steelpenbucs87 says:Mar 25, 2013 12:36 PM

    ravensfan324

    and you don’t think that the coverages weren’t being rolled to Boldin on that play? He was being covered by William Gay because they put Ike on Boldin.
    ———————————————————-
    Boldin made two catches on that drive, should have been three if it were not for a drop. However, the play after Boldin’s drop was when Smith got behind that mediocre secondary for the second time and proved to be the dagger.

  78. phreakin says: Mar 25, 2013 2:10 PM

    The Cardinals were not to cheap to pay him. They gave him a more than above his stats deal and then when they gave Fitz his new deal I think 2 years later, Q wanted his redone to be more inline with Fitz’s. Nobody in the league thought Q deserved Fitz money except Q. And that’s why he got sent to the Ravens. And that’s also why I laugh when he says he would never ask for more money in the middle of a deal because that’s a flat out lie. I LOVE him as a player and wish the Cards still had him, but he is a closet diva. He tows the company line in public but behind closed doors he thinks he’s a top 5 receiver even now.

  79. ravensfan324 says: Mar 25, 2013 2:14 PM

    woodley56 says:Mar 25, 2013 12:46 PM

    ravensfan324 says:
    Mar 25, 2013 12:24 PM
    Considering the 92 yard drive Flacco orchestrated in that dump called Heinz Field two seasons ago, you’d think Ryan Clark would say Torrey Smith was the hardest to cover given that he got behind Clark not once but twice on that drive.

    ———————————————
    3 key words here sweetie……Two Seasons ago…
    ———————————————————-
    Yes two seasons ago, which was Torrey Smith’s rookie season. Holding other things constant, shouldn’t Smith become even better by the start of his third season? That being said, I can not wait to see the Flacco to Smith connection multiple times against that inferior secondary.

  80. 6allsohard6more says: Mar 25, 2013 2:19 PM

    I think the way Jocoby Jones showed his big play ability in the playoffs and Superbowl made them want to use him and Smith on the outside and use Pitta in the slot Flacco hive best deep ball in the NFL and they wanna take advantage of that.

  81. chawk12thman says: Mar 25, 2013 2:21 PM

    One of Boldins’ best assets to SF will be that he blocks……..hard…….Kap should get a few extra yards/TDs because of that willingness and talent. Yes he is a great WR, but I think his blocking will be very noticeable…..

  82. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 25, 2013 2:24 PM

    ravenator says:

    Is Clark happy that half his team was cut due to poor management of the salary cap?
    —————————————————-
    No, but Ed Reed is unhappy his team couldn’t manage their cap.

  83. micahernst says: Mar 25, 2013 2:26 PM

    Boldin is probably happy too, he’s going to win a Superbowl for the 2nd year in a row.

  84. silverbackdk says: Mar 25, 2013 2:29 PM

    The Ravens have a long history of no no. 1 receiver – there was a reason they traded for Q in the first place. Big mistake to trade him in my opinion.

  85. purpleattack says: Mar 25, 2013 2:32 PM

    @crownofthehelmet, couldn’t manage their cap? What do you think they are doing by cutting Reed exactly? LOL, this place is either full of trolls or clueless people.

  86. sbaltimore says: Mar 25, 2013 2:40 PM

    Hey micahernst…it could happen. I think the Niners are the odds on favorite to win the NFC. But if they do, Boldin might have some part in it, but I think it’ll be a bit part, rather than a major part. And for that kind of money, one would expect a major contribution. It could happen; Boldin’s not a bad receiver. He’s just a slow receiver. And when you’ve already got Crabtree and Davis, Boldin is going to have to wait his turn. I just don’t see him contributing the way some folks here expect him to. But could he get back to back shots at a super bowl? Absolutely. Is he going to be worth what he’s getting paid? That depends.

  87. scoobies05 says: Mar 25, 2013 2:40 PM

    hey stillerz1. cant wait to see you declining squad this your. no rbs and replacing wallace with plax….wow….great front office there. your d better be prepared to give up less then 6 pts a game to have any shot to win. as the steel melts. go ravens!

    in all seriousness the steelers always field good teams. its jokers like this who make these boards fun

  88. iamedreed says: Mar 25, 2013 2:41 PM

    ryan clark should be thanking anquan boldin for dropping the GW touchdown pass in the AFCCG in hines field to get him his 2nd ring

    good riddance q

  89. purplereign52 says: Mar 25, 2013 2:42 PM

    And im glad that there Offensive line it still terrible and ryan clark still cant cover….maybe he should tell his QB that baltimore just got Dumervil….and Sizzle and Doom might kill big ben the raper with that trashy line….not to mention there defense is avg of about 35 years old…

  90. dt74ballance says: Mar 25, 2013 2:48 PM

    purpleattack says: Mar 25, 2013 2:32 PM

    @crownofthehelmet, couldn’t manage their cap? What do you think they are doing by cutting Reed exactly? LOL, this place is either full of trolls or clueless people.

    ——–

    Reed was a free agent. He wasn’t cut.

  91. purpleattack says: Mar 25, 2013 2:51 PM

    @dt74ballance, you’re correct. I think the point stands, they make prudent decision in order to manage the cap.

  92. Cereal says: Mar 25, 2013 2:55 PM

    Have you met Torrey Smith ? Get ready for his break out season, he’s getting better

  93. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 25, 2013 2:57 PM

    purpleattack, Reed wasn’t cut, they couldn’t re-sign him because they had no money.

    You’re a Ravens fan and you didn’t even know that, but you call other people clueless? You take the ravenator prize.

  94. steelerchicken says: Mar 25, 2013 3:00 PM

    Can the Steelers release Clark?

  95. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 25, 2013 3:02 PM

    purplereign52 | Mar 25, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT
    And im glad that there Offensive line it still terrible and ryan clark still cant cover….maybe he should tell his QB that baltimore just got Dumervil….and Sizzle and Doom might kill big ben the raper with that trashy line….not to mention there defense is avg of about 35 years old…

    With a handle with a 52 in it you shouldn’t be calling Ben a raper after all your man crush was no angel. You raven morons make me laugh because you win the March paper Super Bowl hands down with your mouths…it’s a shame you have do it on the field to count. Little things amuse little minds.

  96. ravenator says: Mar 25, 2013 3:04 PM

    Steelers fans can’t hack it that their front office is atrocious. They can only wish they had Oz running the show. Any fan that says Colbert is better is just plain lying. Hate on haters. Cheers!

  97. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:15 PM

    “cacaw420 says:
    Mar 25, 2013 12:45 PM

    never mind the regular season meeting where Torrey Smith had 6 catches for 127 yards and 2 TDs….we’ll just pretend that never happened.”
    _____________

    Since the Pats always get to the playoffs what happened in the regular season is of no consequence.

    It was also the coverages the Boldin was pulling that helped Smith be as effective as he was.

    The Ravens have done a pretty good job this offseason, but letting Boldin go is the one thing that stands out to me as a big mistake.

  98. watermelon1 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:19 PM

    And the Ravens are glad that the Steelers made the moves that they did… for example, keeping Ryan Clark. The Ravens LOVE that move.

    If I was Ryan Clark, I’d be more concerned about getting my own game right. And then I’d worry about the under-the-radar Browns, and the Bengals that have been to the playoffs the last two years… before I worry about trying to sneak little jabs in at the Ravens.(Yes, he complimented Boldin… to take a jab at the Ravens)

    The Ravens made a huge signing of Dumervil but they still have to find someone to play safety. Reed AND Pollard gone? That’s scary. And the Ravens better hope Jimmy Smith is ready for full-time duties, or they’ll find out just how valuable Cary Williams really was.

  99. Just a Fan says: Mar 25, 2013 3:21 PM

    Look at all the praise for Boldin. Yet Hines ward blazed the trail for him and was called dirty. Bunch of hypocrites you all are.

  100. lovefootball4life says: Mar 25, 2013 3:41 PM

    First 20 or so comments from the usual Steeler trolls. Given the Steelers secondary Boldin’s grandmother could play for the Ravens and have a good game.

  101. scoobies05 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:43 PM

    two quick things nofool. we both know if the steelers could actually get someone to go there steelers nation would be all over this site telling how this signing puts them over the top. its just how it works. second of all the ravens did win the superbowl. or did u forget

  102. hypocycloid36 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:50 PM

    Ravens Fans:

    No one is upset that the Ravens won the Super Bowl…they won. The organization now has two. Good for you…now catch up with that other team in Maryland. The Redskins have been to 5 Super Bowls and won 3. The fans of the STEELERS, Patriots, Cowboys, 49′ers, Packers, Giants, and dare I say it, even the Raiders really don’t care until you at least match the Redskins.

    You guys seem to have a serious case of “little man confidence like that barking terrier down the street. “look at me, look at me!! We won the Super Bowl! We’re the bestest most greatest team everest since 1996! Hate on Haters!! In Ozzie we trust!!”

    Redskins fans in Maryland must find you guys really annoying…js

    GO STEELERS!!

  103. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 25, 2013 4:00 PM

    hypocycloid36 | Mar 25, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT
    Ravens Fans:

    No one is upset that the Ravens won the Super Bowl…they won. The organization now has two. Good for you…now catch up with that other team in Maryland. The Redskins have been to 5 Super Bowls and won 3. The fans of the STEELERS, Patriots, Cowboys, 49′ers, Packers, Giants, and dare I say it, even the Raiders really don’t care until you at least match the Redskins.

    You guys seem to have a serious case of “little man confidence like that barking terrier down the street. “look at me, look at me!! We won the Super Bowl! We’re the bestest most greatest team everest since 1996! Hate on Haters!! In Ozzie we trust!!”

    Redskins fans in Maryland must find you guys really annoying…js

    GO STEELERS!!

    Very well said…especially the barking terrier as I envision little ravenator and randalflagg barking away…hahah

  104. thetooloftools says: Mar 25, 2013 4:04 PM

    Ranvens Rooters can thank Flacco Nation for Boldin’s departure. Great recievers make great Qb’s. I NEVER remember a GREAT qb who had no name nothing receivers. Just a few, Bradshaw had Stallworth and Swann, Stabler had Belitnekoff and Branch, Tarkington had Rashad, Fouts had Joiner and Winslow, please feel free to add more names…. My point is if you have recievers who drop the ball, cannot get separation from defenders, or run inconsitant routes, the QB isn’t going to look very good ever. Flacco ate up so much cap space they had to take the new shiney wheels and treads off the car and now put some worn used stuff on.
    We’ll see how the Raven’s “Road To Repeat” rolls now. I won’t even get into offensive lines……….

  105. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 25, 2013 4:10 PM

    scoobies05 | Mar 25, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT
    two quick things nofool. we both know if the steelers could actually get someone to go there steelers nation would be all over this site telling how this signing puts them over the top. its just how it works. second of all the ravens did win the superbowl. or did u forget

    You also know scoobie the last free agent of any consequence for the steelers was James Farrior. We are never building our team this way.
    For all you barking terriers I know I know you won the Super Bowl. You tell us every third sentence how could we ever forget.. Your frequent reminders will be replaced by frequent reminders when you don’t win this year so toughen up your sensitive skin….can’t wait.

  106. cocheese000 says: Mar 25, 2013 4:19 PM

    Steeler fans know very little about football. They always say we have 6 and Baltimore has 2. They are so dumb they don’t even know all of the championships the Colts won while they we here in Baltimore.

  107. dt74ballance says: Mar 25, 2013 4:32 PM

    Ravens fan here.

    Did we overpay Flacco? In my opinion, yes we did. But I rather see him still in a Ravens uniform than with another team. (Trent Dilfer, he is not, but Dilfer was way better than Elvis Grbac was.)

    Is Flacco an ELITE QB? In my opinion, he needs to win another Super Bowl AND Super Bowl MVP for me to call him ELITE.

    Do I expect the Ravens to be competitive enough to make the playoffs? Yes.

    Do I expect them to win in the playoffs? I expect them to win at least one game in the playoffs. Anything after that, is icing on the cake.

    I’m not gonna sit here and say that they are gonna repeat and win a second straight Lombardi Trophy. Common sense tells you that it’s hard to even get back to the big game back to back.

    But I will say that the Steelers (who I don’t hate, but respect) will have a fight on their hands both times we face them this coming season. That won’t change.

    Don’t expect the Ravens to just fall down and let you guys (Steelers, Bengals, Browns) to run all over them.

  108. cfeeley52 says: Mar 25, 2013 4:35 PM

    What we find really annoying are fans that say the ravens need to “catch up” to their teams # of superbowls when the majority of those lombardis (or in the redskins case ALL of them) were won before the ravens were even a franchise…

    In reality we are one of the best teams since 1996, that’s why fans need to bring up their own teams accolades pre-1996 to compare to us…

  109. ravensbob says: Mar 25, 2013 4:38 PM

    Anquan is my 2nd all time favorite Raven behind Ogden. That said, Pitta in slot, Ravens draft Tyler Eifert. Better offense in 2013.

  110. scoobies05 says: Mar 25, 2013 4:40 PM

    you may be right nofool…but the steelers arent winning it either. as far as free agents go ravens operate by right player right price. which is how we got dumervil. by the way some of your fellow steeler fans are looking at plax as a big signing…care to comment?

  111. wakaflaccoflame says: Mar 25, 2013 4:52 PM

    “Ranvens Rooters can thank Flacco Nation for Boldin’s departure. Great recievers make great Qb’s. I NEVER remember a GREAT qb who had no name nothing receivers. ”

    Of course you don’t because you don’t watch football. Tom Brady and Troy Brown. I thought of that in all of 3 seconds.

  112. wakaflaccoflame says: Mar 25, 2013 4:55 PM

    Also, Torrey Smith had more of an impact that Boldin. Before Smith came, defenses didn’t have to worry about covering deep and could just lock down Boldin. After Torrey came, Boldin was able to move more freely underneath and make plays. Torrey Smith also led the league in Yards Per Catch if I recall correctly. Hell, even JACOBY JONES helped out Boldin. You can say that Boldin helped Flacco, but those speed recievers bailed out Boldin so that safeties couldn’t just double him.

    Also its funny Ryan Clark says that Boldin is the most difficult to cover when it was Torrey Smith who always gets behind him for big plays LOL

  113. gizzmonic says: Mar 25, 2013 5:00 PM

    Who came up with the classicly accurate “jump ball joe” Dead on who ever you are.

  114. johntonioholmes says: Mar 25, 2013 5:17 PM

    Boldin basically won them the SB. Flacco stoopidly throws twice to a covered Boldin and he makes 2 phenomenal catches on their second to last drive.

  115. theuglitruth says: Mar 25, 2013 5:35 PM

    I can’t wait to see Ozzie blow another draft pick like he did with Sergio Kindle….lol. He picked Sergio over probowlers Daryl Washington, Sean Lee, and Navarro Bowman!

  116. blackngold4life says: Mar 25, 2013 5:54 PM

    Noooo one cares about AFL championships! LMMFAO quit beggin! We talkin NFL and Superbowls..Not black n White TV with leather helmets

  117. nite2al says: Mar 25, 2013 6:28 PM

    I’m tired of people playing the ref card for the Superbowl.

    Does PI automatically give you 6 points? No. Then how is that the 9ers win the game?

    The hail mary in Denver…if the pass is incomplete, does Denver get the ball, the win? No, there is still time for the Ravens to score.

  118. scoobies05 says: Mar 25, 2013 6:48 PM

    do all of you who call joe flacco “jump ball joe” have any idea how ridiculous you sound. try watching games instead of highlights. the ravens scored 35 on denver and 34 on san fran…two top 5 defenses. and every pass was not chuck it and hope for the best. i can admit joe is not the best qb in the league. but he is one of the most successful which is all that matters. and as far as boldin goes….great clutch receiver. but he cant get open. so through hrs of practice joe and q worked on those back shoulder jump balls…thats all anquan could do. thats a great qb. so learn something about football before you all spout off about a topic you know nothing about. go ravens!

  119. scoobies05 says: Mar 25, 2013 8:38 PM

    why do pre super bowl championships get discredited by steeler fans? because they didnt win any. they make fun of football back then but the fact remains they were an awful franchise and not good enough. now to give them their due…in the superbowl era no team has one more. but the nfl existed before 1967. you want your history respected yet you dont respect the history of the league

  120. ericbleedspurple says: Mar 27, 2013 12:09 AM

    It’s unbelievable all the dumb comments being written by stupid Pittsburgh fans. There’s not one player that the Ravens chose to let go that is irreplaceable. On defense we’ve upgraded. Spears, Canty, Suggs, Niagta, and Elvis isn’t too shabby. Harrison even wants to join. Offensively we haven’t really changed. Boldin was a lost but with a better offensive coordinator we’ve already showed we have a great group. I’m more concerned about making sure we sign McKinney and that he shows up in shape than the lost of Boldin. Oher can’t play the left side. As long as we keep our offensive line like we did during the end of the season and the post season then Flacco will continue his success. Our special teams is solidas well. All these fools taking about one player being why our post season ended in a SB win are clueless. You need to be solid in all the phases of the game for success. The Ravens are 2-0 in the SB. We’ve been to the post session five years straight with Flacco. We’ve made it to the AFC championship game two years straight. I love hearing history lessons from Pittsburgh fans but in the last twelve years we’ve been more successful in the SB. The Steelers are in danger of being behind Cleveland if things don’t turn around for them. The whole organization is turning into bottom feeders. Meanwhile we’re upgrading and balancing youth with experience on defense. We’re fine at corner. Safety and ILB will be addressed in the draft and FA. We already drafted and molded a center last year during the draft. In Ozzie we trust. You bottom feeding trolls and haters are so transparent and amusing.

  121. dissed215 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:27 AM

    Everyone knows if this story was about a player in the Ravens secondary being glad that a Steeler WR was traded, Steelers fans would trash him. Since it’s Ryan Clark, the man is just “speaking the truth”.

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