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Ed Reed didn’t fully understand the business of the NFL until now

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After leaving the Ravens and signing with the Texans, Ed Reed said this offseason has been a wakeup call for him in learning about the business of the NFL.

Reed said on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore that he believed after the Super Bowl that the Ravens would be able to keep the nucleus of their championship team together. It was disappointing for Reed to come to the realization that the Ravens were undergoing a major roster shakeup.

I didn’t expect this. Did I want it? No, I didn’t want it. But do I understand it? Yes I understand it,” Reed said, via Sports Radio Interviews. “My heart really felt that we had an opportunity to do some special things because we had a core of people. I honestly didn’t know the true nitty-gritty of the business side of it. I didn’t know all the possibilities that would happen and transpired the last few weeks or so. I didn’t know all that would happen the way it did. That put things in perspective as well to let you know the team is kind of going in a different direction. Not rebuilding but in a sense rebuilding, to make different moves and it just wasn’t economically the best situation for me.”

Reed has handled his departure after 11 years in Baltimore with class, but this is a disappointing time for him. Every star player eventually comes to the realization that as he gets older he gets easier to replace, and for Reed, that realization came when the Ravens let him walk.

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  1. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 26, 2013 1:13 PM

    The team he played for before joining the Texans is a mickey mouse franchise. #MDisRedskinsCountry

  2. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 26, 2013 1:16 PM

    easier to replace? good luck with that. the ravens defense is going to get torched through the air next year. lost 3 starters in the secondary and both ilb. good luckkk hahaha.

  3. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 26, 2013 1:17 PM

    Did he not see other teams losing players after the Super Bowl? Good team = good players = show me the money!

  4. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:17 PM

    Stop liking your own comments.

  5. donterrelli says: Mar 26, 2013 1:18 PM

    He’ll injure himself by preseason from a gust of wind and sit out the year.

  6. meswant says: Mar 26, 2013 1:21 PM

    with the amount of greed players have to play the game is it really any wonder why teams can not afford to keep players??? Years ago a player would start & finish their careers with the same team. Now they want millions of money to play 16 games regular season games.

  7. steelerben says: Mar 26, 2013 1:21 PM

    The split up with Ed could have been messier, like the Bears and Urlacher. I’m not looking forward to when Troy “retires”.

  8. iced107 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:21 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 26, 2013 1:13 PM
    The team he played for before joining the Texans is a mickey mouse franchise. #MDisRedskinsCountry
    ——————————————————–

    Do believe The Ravens have the rings to claim Maryland…

    The only championship the Redskins ever win is the ‘off season champs…’ and when the season starts, we see how meaningful THAT is… *cough* mcnabb, haynesworth..

    I forgot how much of a model Dan snyder is as an owner.. lol.

    not even a Ravens fan

  9. ajgreenshands says: Mar 26, 2013 1:22 PM

    He should read PFT to keep better informed.

  10. swashbucklin says: Mar 26, 2013 1:22 PM

    What people seem to be forgetting is the Ravens D was ranked about 20th last year, and spent most of the season performing worse than that. People don’t wanna give credit where credit is due so they use the circular logic of “ravens D sucks!” “ravens D is the only reason they’re good!” and now we’re back to saying they suck. We won the super bowl with that D last year and we’re only getting better. 12 picks in the draft next month, 2nd most in the NFL. I think we’ll be alright. Oh yea I heard we got some guy named Elvis too

  11. faninvirginia says: Mar 26, 2013 1:24 PM

    Defense will be better this year. They did NOT lose both linbackers, McClain will be just fine. Webb will be back. They will have a safety that can tackle and Thompson and Brown look ok. They also have 12 (I think) draft picks this year. Ellerbe started about 11 games in his career and Kruger 6. Ellerbe was a backup. Ellerbe, Bart Scott, Jameel McClain, Adailus Thomas were all Undrafted. No one evaluates linebackers better than the Ravens. I will miss Ed, and Ray, but we will be just fine!

  12. kantnockdahustle89 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:24 PM

    For the millionth time the Ravens get back Webb and a healthy Jimmy Smith. Both of them missed huge chunks of the season last year. Cary Williams (who did start at the end) was torched in multiple games. Corey Graham is still there. Thats 3 solid CBs. Losing Reed of course is the big one but Bernard Pollard was also very average. Their defense will not suffer much. And people forget they werent very good last year…at all.

  13. rushmatic says: Mar 26, 2013 1:25 PM

    Harbaugh is obviously a good coach (Ravens fans would complain that Belichick inherited a good team — so did Harbaugh), but it seems like there are a lot of big changes going on within this organization. This will definitely be an important year for him to show that he’s got the foresight and coaching/GM ability to keep this team in contention.

    It’ll be interesting to see how a well-paid Flacco, large voids in leadership and ability on defense, and a post-SB let-down play out. And I’m not a Ravens fan.

  14. purpleattack says: Mar 26, 2013 1:26 PM

    @andrejohnsonforpresident you are right, no veteran with diminishing abilities has ever been successfully replaced in the history of the game.

    Seriously people, why troll every possible thread on PFT? No one said Reed has nothing left in the tank, he’s still serviceable but not nearly the player he used to be. What is so absolutely wrong with a franchise that is trying to get younger/cheaper making these prudent decisions?

  15. tjrogers09 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:29 PM

    Boys and Girls…Look at the Ravens team and how consistent they are year after year…The defense last season was ranked 17th, a very poor Baltimore defense, and wait, didn’t they win the Super Bowl?
    I hate to see key players go but the defense will be an improvement this year from last especially with the def line additions (Canty/Spears) and line backer (Dumervil) they picked up the last few weeks! They have Webb back, and also have 12 picks in this years draft that is heavy with Safeties and LB’s. They will be a playoff contender without question, which most fans in this website can’t say about their teams on a regular basis…

  16. nite2al says: Mar 26, 2013 1:30 PM

    Everyone is worried about the Ravens defense after the recent personnel losses…why worry about a defense that was ranked 17th? We need to improve!

    The last few SB winners who have kept the team the together have failed to make the playoffs or win a playoff game the following year.

    The NFL is not the same as in the 70s, 80s and 90s. You have to evolve and change year after year. Way to go OZ!

    RAVEN UNIVERSE!!!

  17. ryanrockzzz says: Mar 26, 2013 1:30 PM

    I fail to see how anyone can hate on how the Ravens do business. They are the best team in football until someone takes that away from them. Haters will hate though….

  18. 49ersandshivabowl says: Mar 26, 2013 1:30 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 26, 2013 1:13 PM
    The team he played for before joining the Texans is a mickey mouse franchise. #MDisRedskinsCountry

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

    And yet they’ve won more Super Bowls in the last 20 years than what you guys have even sniffed. You bes’ check yo’self befo’ you wreck yo’self with such
    ‘ignance’………..

  19. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Mar 26, 2013 1:30 PM

    @andrejohnsonforpresident
    LOL! YOu sure talk allot for a person whos team has done nothing. Two plyoff wins in two years (each over the Bungles) WHOOPEE!

    I wish Reed luck but that Texans D is so inconsistant and when they start tanking towards the end of the year again tell me what you think of Reed then cause his mouth will be doing more than his on the field play.

    Ozzie Newsome is the best in the league and the best at refilling positions. Our pass rush will be so sick with Ngata, Suggs and now Dumervil our secondary which still has Webb,Grahm and Jimmy Smith will be fine.

  20. tdrizzle74 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:32 PM

    How can you make multiple millions of dollar annually and be disconnected from the fact you work for a business? Please.

  21. turdfurgerson68 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:34 PM

    Damn Ed, just how many shots to the head have you taken???

    Seriously, I dislike the Ravens as much as anyone (the refs gave them the Super Bowl), but Ozzie made the right decision letting old Ed go.

    Ravens need to get younger, especially on the D.

    They’ll suck for a few seasons, but then again, so will the Steelers.

  22. bmore44 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:37 PM

    If Ravens did not win Super bowl Ed Reed would still be a Raven. The fans like myself are still excited on super bowl win, But I can tell you, if we didn’t get to super bowl and cut Ed Reed this city would of went nuts losing Reed and Lewis same year. Ozzie and harbaugh are rolling dice this year.

  23. azarkhan says: Mar 26, 2013 1:42 PM

    Ed, cutting you lose is how the Ravens spell gratitude.

  24. spideysdog says: Mar 26, 2013 1:42 PM

    meswant,

    are you really THAT clueless to the economics of the NFL? do you realize the money generated by the league. under the new CBA, players account for about 52% of the revenue generated. that leaves 48% to pay coaches front office and scouting, and then allow the owner to pocket 60-70 million per season. that my friend, is just the fluid revenue streams….. gate, parking, concessions and the multibillion dollar television deals. that doesn’t take in to account the annual increase in franchise valuation that provides yet another large chunk of change for ownership if/when they ever decide to be something other than football owners.

    damn I am sick of morons complaining about player salaries. it is more in line with a correct business model than 90% of business out there. you want to fix the economy, have congress and the executive office study the business model of the NFL. it’s a machine. a money making machine.

    fyi, tom cruise makes as much for a single flick as ARod will for the entire year this season and more than any NFL player. he’s filming 4 flicks this year. do the math. when was the last time someone walked out of a tom cruise flick and complained about the 30 million he made for filming an average flick?

    you want to know why players are paid so well? it’s because a meaningless October game between Cleveland and Jacksonville draws better ratings than the World Series or NBA Finals.

    simple economics my friend.

  25. reed20fence says: Mar 26, 2013 1:44 PM

    Ed Reed is always a Raven and always obviously welcome in Baltimore, but he needs to be more circumspect when talking about his discovery of the true business nature of the NFL. What he’s really saying is that the team doesn’t care about its players.

    If the Raven’s weren’t a wiser organization, they could easily send their PR people out on talk shows and counter that these multi-millionaires that have been shown nothing but loyalty and love during their years of service and only interested in leeching every last penny from their employers with little regard for the team’s financial health and viability.

  26. mj1818 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:44 PM

    His absence will make the AFC North a less fun place to play. When you Steelers-Ravens Ed has always been in that conversation. The rivalry is losing a bit of its fun without him and ray.

  27. 6allsohard6more says: Mar 26, 2013 1:45 PM

    Ravens D was ranked 25 to say we can’t replace the players we lost is wrong Kruger,Williams, already replaced we have mlb’s already and might draft another one do anybody rememeber when Rod Woodson left the Ravens they got Ed Reed late in that years draft. Who a lot teams pass on Ravens will find his replacement if they don’t already him one Christian Thompson last years 4th round pick out of South Carolina all the Ravens did was lose avg players on D.

  28. Stiller43 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:45 PM

    Iced107,

    I think the official count is skins 3, ravens 2…

    I hate to get involved with somebody (wrongly) getting involved with a troll, but your facts are wrong.

  29. kabmaforlife says: Mar 26, 2013 1:46 PM

    with the amount of greed players have to play the game is it really any wonder why teams can not afford to keep players??? Years ago a player would start & finish their careers with the same team. Now they want millions of money to play 16 games regular season games.
    =================

    Roger goodell made $30 mil last year and he played not one game!

  30. jamaltimore says: Mar 26, 2013 1:48 PM

    I love Ed Reed on Sunday afternoons. He was the greatest safety to ever play and I was able to watch him from his early days all the way to the end. Great Memories and glad he went out on TOP with the Ravens. He also was a quiet leader in the lockeroom and good in the communty so he was Tolerated by many long term fans and my guess management

    Having said that his attitude the past couple of years about the business, retirement, respect, being with his kids, running practice and his disrepect for the other side of the ball really makes me indifferent about his departure to the Texans and when I read this story I’ve just come to the conclusion that his Bluff was finally called!

    Ed, you walked out on Baltimore not the Ravens. If maybe you took the time to think as much about the business side(like the 10% you paid your agent to walk you out of town), your age and your legacy rather than the normal jibbersh you’d still be wearing black and purple.

    Again, Glad, Lucky and Proud you were part of the Black and Purple for so long but your at Texan now so good luck with that. We’ll miss you on Sundays at the Bank but Defense is what we’re built on so we’ll survive without you.

  31. reed20fence says: Mar 26, 2013 1:49 PM

    and by “little regard for the team’s financial health and viability” I mean cap manuerverability and putting a cometetive team on the field.

  32. glac1 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:50 PM

    He didn’t understand the business side of putting a roster together? I thought he was sharper then that! If you’re into the team concept then it doesn’t take a genius to figure out salary cap ramifications…..

  33. nananatman says: Mar 26, 2013 1:50 PM

    That’s why my business is thought product, most people don’t think, granted thought product is easier to steal than a pass but Ed Reed is a thinking player on the field and that intangible quality is nearly irreplaceable and if I had a team he’d be on it.

  34. andrewfbrowne says: Mar 26, 2013 1:50 PM

    I really feel bad for the D coordinators in Baltimore now. How are they all going to get head coaching jobs, now that they are not coaching Ed Reed and Ray Lewis anymore?

  35. theclaim says: Mar 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    iced107 says:
    Mar 26, 2013 1:21 PM
    logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 26, 2013 1:13 PM
    The team he played for before joining the Texans is a mickey mouse franchise. #MDisRedskinsCountry
    ——————————————————–

    Do believe The Ravens have the rings to claim Maryland…

    The only championship the Redskins ever win is the ‘off season champs…’ and when the season starts, we see how meaningful THAT is… *cough* mcnabb, haynesworth..

    I forgot how much of a model Dan snyder is as an owner.. lol.

    not even a Ravens fan

     Yeah not even a football fan clearly. The Skins have 3 rings, the Baltimore Browns have 2. The Colts 1 since RUNNING AWAY from Baltimore in the middle of the night.

  36. rexryanstoecheese says: Mar 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Mar 26, 2013 1:30 PM

    @andrejohnsonforpresident
    LOL! YOu sure talk allot for a person whos team has done nothing. Two plyoff wins in two years (each over the Bungles) WHOOPEE!

    I wish Reed luck but that Texans D is so inconsistant and when they start tanking towards the end of the year again tell me what you think of Reed then cause his mouth will be doing more than his on the field play.

    Ozzie Newsome is the best in the league and the best at refilling positions. Our pass rush will be so sick with Ngata, Suggs and now Dumervil our secondary which still has Webb,Grahm and Jimmy Smith will be fine.
    __________________________

    “thebrownswillalwaysloose”

    America; getting more stupid by the minute.

  37. jamaltimore says: Mar 26, 2013 1:56 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:Mar 26, 2013 1:13 PM

    The team he played for before joining the Texans is a mickey mouse franchise. #MDisRedskinsCountry

    ————————————-
    Your very close moron! Your losing franchise plays in a hole in Landover so that makes you PG’s team! Congrats with that and everything that goes along with it. Worst Owner and Stadium in the NFL or at least in the running for both!

  38. fordwuzanazi says: Mar 26, 2013 2:02 PM

    Hey Stiller43,
    I believe since the Ravens have been a franchise, the count between the Foreskins and the Ravens is Ravens 2 and Redskins 0. And while we are at it the count is Ravens 2 and Stellas 2 from 1996 til now. Browns ZERO. Good move Modell, Cleveland is for Losers. Ravens couldn’t win until they existed. City of Baltimore has 5 Championships.

  39. dashmooz says: Mar 26, 2013 2:03 PM

    rexryanstoecheese:

    {LOL! YOu sure talk allot for a person whos team has done nothing. Two plyoff wins in two years (each over the Bungles) WHOOPEE!}

    Why do people say stupid things like this? His assertion has nothing to do with whether his team has won a Super Bowl. If that was true – all Cowboys, 49er and Steeler fans would be correct all the time, and the rest of us would be eternally wrong just b/c our teams haven’t won as many Super Bowls.

    The facts for the Ravens are this:

    They did win the Super Bowl and nothing can be done to ever take that away. However, assertions that they are ‘going to be fine’ are just ridiculous. How about a dose of reality:

    1) Flacco was wildly inconsistent throughout his career until a magical 5 game stretch where he played out of his mind. Now that the Ravens have backed the truck up to his house – that will limit what they can spend on other players. Flacco will have to carry the team more now, and I don’t think he can do it consistently.

    2) They have lost 8 starters (Reed, Pollard, Ray Lewis, Kruger, Birk, Boldin, Cary Williams, etc). I don’t care how much you talk about your other players – that is a TON of players to lose to just assume everyone is going to be Pro bowl material. Of that vaunted secondary you had last year that shut down Brady – 3 guys are gone, including the best safety and best MLB ever. Talk all you want about how great you are going to be – I don’t see it.

    3) Best one of all – the Ravens got LUCKY with that last second TD in the Broncos game. That was not you – that was ALL Broncos secondary foulup. Nobody gives up that play – and yet they did. Any other team playing in the last 30 seconds wins that game, and if they do – the Ravens are an afterthought, again.

    Dumvervil and Suggs will be great together, but I don’t see them playing as well as the Ravens used to.

  40. ravenmuscle says: Mar 26, 2013 2:09 PM

    Its hilarious hearing the trolls on this board blabbing about LOSING three starters from our defense…first of all it was SIX. BUt what Mr. Troll forgets is that they all were either OLD….SLOW…grossly overpaid by their new teams…or could no longer cover anyone in pass coverage. Ellerbe ($35) millom from Dolphins…Kruger ($40) million from Browns…give me a break. Ray and Ed and Pollard were useless in our SEVENTEENTH ranked defense in pass coverage. And Cary Williams was one of the worst cover corners in the entire league that the dumb Eagles gave $18 million for for three years. And we know how well the Eagles judge talent…Michael Vick…Jason Peters…Asomugha…LOL.

    Lets just see how things play out in the season. All that I know for a fact is that the Redskins ALWAYS win the Superbowl in March with a Clinton Portis and Albert Haynesworth and inevitably lay a big fat egg in December. I’ll bet RGIII doesn’t keep running the next time he sees Haloti Ngata coming. RGIII is lucky his leg didn’t completely fly off his body.

  41. bigbadal21 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:12 PM

    Ed Reed doesn’t fully understand anything.

  42. hehateme2 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:14 PM

    The Ravens got Flaccoed!!

  43. hehateme2 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:15 PM

    Ellerbe won’t be around long enough to see $35M. Focus on the guaranteed money. Get the facts straight.

    Big loss for the ravens

  44. iamedreed says: Mar 26, 2013 2:19 PM

    glad you got one last payday cause the 45 million+ you’ve already been paid by the ravens (most for a safety in NFL history) wasn’t enough

    but it just didn’t “economically” fit?

  45. ravenmuscle says: Mar 26, 2013 2:20 PM

    Mr. dashmooz:

    Did you not watch the Superbowl…our pass defense was horrible BECAUSE of Ed Reed…Ray Lewis…Cary Williams…Bernard Pollard…and Ellerbe…plus Kruger is a SITUATIONAL pass rush specialist.

    All the STARTERS you are talking about were the REASON our defense was ranked 20th for most of the year.

    Quit equating starters with quality defensive players…THAT they were NOT.

  46. overratedsteelerhater says: Mar 26, 2013 2:26 PM

    the best thing now would be if the redskins
    left maryland for northern va.then the only real
    maryland team would’nt have to hear from
    that other circus anymore!!!!!
    GO RAVENS!!!

  47. therealpittbull says: Mar 26, 2013 2:29 PM

    Reed can’t blame himself. The game has changed, and quickly overnight. Veterans are seeing red, as the new collective bargaining agreement only benefited the owners, the Quarterback, and one other player the coach deems extremely beneficial to the teams success. Other players will continue to be let go, “play for pay” contracts of 1-2 years, and hope the team wants you back. Eventually, this will fail, as the level of play will become watered down, with savy vets being pushed out of the league, in favor of rookies with no true skill or dedication. This Collective Bargaining Agreement, along with “pretty in pink”rule changes may have sealed the fate on our beloved NFL.

  48. nite2al says: Mar 26, 2013 2:36 PM

    @ rexryanstoecheese:

    Flacco is not widly inconsistent. The Ravens offense isn’t made of 5-yard Tom Brady passes where the receiver has run for the other 5 yards. If Brady threw deep a few times a game, he might be a little inconsistent too.

    Flacco has flourished since we got rid of Cameron, which I have been calling for for years. He will show all the doubters this year that he is elite, mark it!

    Who cares what Flacco did in the regular season? Fantasy geeks! He makes the playoff every year and that’s when he is great, so the regular season is kind of irrelevant.

    People, please start looking at the plays on the field, not stats. Flacco has made great play after great play during the last 3 playoff years.

    You can talk “ifs” all day. Denver wasn’t in the wrong defense, the DB misplayed the ball. Nobody gives up that play? You don’t watch enough football. We aren’t the first team to score on an amazing play; it’s part of the game, like a punt return TD and a kick return TD by a losing team in a playoff game, lol.

    RAVEN UNIVERSE!!!

  49. CKL says: Mar 26, 2013 2:40 PM

    I swear, if Ed Reed had lived in the 60′s he would have been called a hippie. I do not mean it as an insult, he’s just a different dude.

  50. bullsonparade1977 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:42 PM

    You guys make Baltimore look stupid… Only intelligence coming from this room are from people outside of Baltimore. And what’s with all this WE talk? How come just because you are a FANatic of your hometown team you think you play right along side these extraordinary athletes or you have a direct impact on winning a superbowl? Hell, people are arguing what team belongs to the state of Maryland to another team who doesn’t even reside in that state… Geesh… Quit making yourself and America look stupid…

  51. nite2al says: Mar 26, 2013 2:49 PM

    @dashmooz the above post was for you.

    You all forget, we won the SB last year without our best defensive player, Lardarius Webb.

    Dudes like Pollard are a dime a dozen. Kruger was overrated. Ellerbe finally had a good season after 4 years on the team and his void has been filled. Leadership from Reed and Lewis will be missed, but that will pave way for others. I could go on and on… We have a great organization, system and an elite QB. It’s today’s NFL and we sitting pretty good.

    RAVENS UNIVERSE!!!

  52. rabidbillsfan says: Mar 26, 2013 2:49 PM

    I see alot of good point here on both sides of the coin. Yes, the Ravens D was not “Dominant” last season, but, the offense clicked just enough to get them to the post season, and that’s all that matters. Over shawdowed in the prolific numbers of Joe Flacco is the fact that the Ravens doubled up every other team in the postseason on turnovers. That comes, in part, from the veteran leadership that was lost. Now, the good news though, is, the Ravens loaded up the exact position they needed to to offset the loss of Reed and the rest of the secondary, and that was the pass rush. Elvis is an upgrade over Kruger, and Suggs will be fully healthy. Upshaw can rotate in nicely and you still have Ngata. Your top corner comes back and Smith has shown promise. A Safety in the draft, Elam could be there, and this Defense is in about the same shape it was last season, but younger. Remember, Boldin was a 2nd round pick by the Cards, and it’s not out of the question for the Ravens to acquire a guy similar to him in round 2/3. Will the Ravens repeat, probably not, but I still see them competeing in the post-season again next year. Coaching can do wonders for a team.

  53. ajgreenshands says: Mar 26, 2013 3:04 PM

    thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Mar 26, 2013 1:30 PM

    ———–
    Lose has one “o”. Loose means not fastened tightly.

  54. jprcox says: Mar 26, 2013 3:14 PM

    I am very surprised that 35-40 is such a dramatic age in the NFL. I play basketball with a group of 38-50 year olds and we “run” on the younger, undisciplined youth and use our brains so much better – with perhaps “some” physical limitations – but that is more about duration than anything.

    I am just surprised that an in-shape 40 year old isn’t more effective. It seems like someone COULD keep in shape if they wanted.

  55. watermelon1 says: Mar 26, 2013 3:23 PM

    The author of this article couldn’t be more wrong.

    Reed’s age has nothing to do with being able to let him go.

    It’s winning the Super Bowl that made it easier or even possible for the Ravens to let him go. Along with many other veterans who had a lot more to do with winning the Super Bowl than Flacco.

    But, since they won the Super Bowl… the Ravens could get away with(just barely) letting go of these guys.

    It’s well documented that Harbaugh has always wanted this to be “his” team. Well, now he’s finally kicking out the last few guys that players listened to more than him. The guys who would put Harbaugh and the coaches in check when they obviously weren’t doing what was best for the team.

    Will be interesting to see how this team stacks up next year. They got a huge signing with Dumervil. Sure hope the NFL schedule doesn’t make us wait ’til the end of the season to see Texans vs. Ravens. Reed vs. Ravens. Give me that match-up sometime before the end of October, please!

  56. davehamgood says: Mar 26, 2013 3:24 PM

    The Patriots know what they are doing all the time.Wake up!Patriots #1.

  57. gridassassin says: Mar 26, 2013 3:25 PM

    At least he had the class to thank his fans in Baltimore. I guess that is lost on the simpleton rube known as Brian Urlacher.

  58. watermelon1 says: Mar 26, 2013 3:30 PM

    Everyone needs to STOP bringing up the “last second touchdown in the Denver game.”

    The Ravens gave up TWO special teams kick return touchdowns in that same game! You say no team gives up a last second touchdown? I say no team should give up two kick-return touchdowns… especially not with a kicker like Justin Tucker and rules that have moved the kick-off up even further. The touchback should pretty much be the ONLY play in that scenario.

    So, please stop with the “luck.” Both teams gave up what they did. Both teams scored what they did. And none of it was because of officiating. They were all clean scores. Ravens won the game. But why did the Ravens even have the chance to score that touchdown? Because the Ravens DEFENSE got the ball back after the Ravens offense turned the ball over AGAIN.

  59. melikefootball says: Mar 26, 2013 3:32 PM

    Hard to believe Reed didn’t get it. I love the game but it has lost a lot of being a game. The greed factor has set in and no loyality by players which has forced the owners to follow same path. Even fans have lost a lot of caring and many would rather look at players as in the fanasty game than as the team they go for. hard to even shell out the cash for a players jersey when he may be gone the following year. As far as I’m concerned it is a big shame the NFL football has reached this position. When you throw in the scare factor with all the rule changes it is far from the game our fathers followed.

  60. ccjcsr says: Mar 26, 2013 3:48 PM

    Good luck in the Wade Phillips play everything underneath defense then oops get beat deep! #nosecondary

  61. ccjcsr says: Mar 26, 2013 3:49 PM

    jprcox says:
    Mar 26, 2013 3:14 PM
    I am very surprised that 35-40 is such a dramatic age in the NFL. I play basketball with a group of 38-50 year olds and we “run” on the younger,

    _________________________________

    I call BS on this…#noskills

  62. iced107 says: Mar 26, 2013 7:43 PM

    Stiller43 says:
    Mar 26, 2013 1:45 PM
    Iced107,

    I think the official count is skins 3, ravens 2…

    I hate to get involved with somebody (wrongly) getting involved with a troll, but your facts are wrong.

    Stiller43 says:
    Mar 26, 2013 1:45 PM
    Iced107,

    I think the official count is skins 3, ravens 2…

    I hate to get involved with somebody (wrongly) getting involved with a troll, but your facts are wrong.
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    What facts? I never said they had more rings – i simply said Ravens has the rings to claim so..

    Redskins have been to the playoffs4x since ’95 (when the Ravens moved)…4 play off appearances..Raven’s have 9 appearances and 2 rings since then..

    That’s a fact for ya,and I’m not trying to put words in anyone’s mouth.

    Again, not even a Raven’s fan – but call a spade a spade..BTW I’m not a troll, thats ‘logicalvoicesays’.

  63. guitarkevin says: Mar 27, 2013 10:32 AM

    There is no way Ed Reed spoke an entire paragraph without saying “man” like 5 times. Who wrote this column anyway????

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