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Newsome was willing to move Boldin to fix defense

Ozzie Newsome AP

At a time when the Ravens are bringing in guys to fill in blanks on offense based on offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell’s Colts memories of them, it’s easy to think how much they could use wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

But Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome told Peter King of the TheMMQB.com that he had no regrets over trading his veteran wideout for a sack of beans, saying the money saved helped rebuild their defense.

“The acquisitions of Elvis Dumervil and Michael Huff are a direct result of the money we saved from that contract,” Newsome said. “And other guys we got—Chris Canty, Marcus Spears, Daryl Smith—were helped by the savings. So if you ask the question, you can’t just say, ‘Do you wish you kept him?’ You also have to look at the unintended consequences of your actions.”

Boldin was shipped to San Francisco for a sixth-round pick, but the real benefit was the $6 million in salary Newsome peeled off the books. Losing tight end Dennis Pitta for the season leaves the Ravens with a hole in the middle of their offense, but Newsome filled many more gaps on the other side with the savings (Dumervil, Huff, Canty and Smith count $6.47 million against the cap this year).

“You have to have an owner who understands the long haul, and I’m fortunate that Steve Bisciotti does,” said Newsome. “When Dumervil came free, unexpected of course, we weren’t looking to spend that kind of money [five years, $27 million], but Steve’s point was, ‘We’re going to be winning, and we’ll never be able to get a pass rusher like that in the draft where we’ll be picking.’ That’s really beneficial for a GM like me, to have an owner who can see down the road and see the big picture. . . .

“I took a safety net from Joe [Flacco], and I’m well aware of that. I’ve been a safety net for Brian Sipe and Bernie Kosar, so I understand what he’ll be missing.”

Dumervil also gives the Ravens long-term cover for outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who’s scheduled to make $7.8 million in 2014, the last year of his current deal. That’s the kind of long-term thinking that has put the Ravens in a consistently successful place, and they’re willing to sacrifice an immediate need for that stability.

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  1. hehateme2 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:39 AM

    Smart move but they’re going down this season.

  2. oldirtyman says: Aug 12, 2013 9:41 AM

    Newsome is making up lies to cover up the terrible mistake he knows he made by letting Boldin leave. Tell the truth, you could have kept Boldin if your primadonna QB didn’t want the money all for himself. Newsome=Idiot

  3. FlashPatterson says: Aug 12, 2013 9:42 AM

    Yeah… or the coach got his superbowl win and wanted to help out baby bro. Just saying its a little suspicious to trade a good player (that the 49ers desperately needed) to your brother for almost nothing. I guarantee there were other teams that would’ve given up more than a 6th rounder.

  4. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 12, 2013 9:44 AM

    Now they have no offense! LOLOLOLOL

    6-9-1, finish 3rd in AFCN

  5. xxsweepthelegxx says: Aug 12, 2013 9:44 AM

    If I didn’t know any better, it looks like Ozzie grew a mohawk in that picture.

  6. flaccodelic says: Aug 12, 2013 9:44 AM

    Agreed that dropping Boldin was a worthwhile move, but Stokely is no Boldin. Hopefully Ozzie’s not quite done at WR.

  7. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 12, 2013 9:44 AM

    Ozzie is a genius. Steelers try to copy us but they are always ten steps behind.

  8. All-American Voltron says: Aug 12, 2013 9:46 AM

    I think we should all learn to trust Ozzie Newsome who has been the best all-around GM in the NFL since the late 90′s. the coaching and the actual gameplay still determines the winners but the Ravens have had a consistently strong rotation of talent since they moved to Baltimore resulting in two Super Bowl rings with two completely different teams.

  9. sportsmeccabi says: Aug 12, 2013 9:47 AM

    Wish this guy was the GM of my team.

  10. robp628 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:48 AM

    Great GM.

  11. barbasol11111111 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:48 AM

    Guy keeps showing off that big brain

    Restoring the defense worth giving up a receiver with 4 tds and about 600 yds in 60 or so catches? You betcha.

    The haters are still trying to convince themselves that Q was Calvin Johnson level productive.

  12. golforepar says: Aug 12, 2013 9:49 AM

    The mohawk is awesome!

  13. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 12, 2013 9:50 AM

    this guy knows what hes doing.

    hes a 2 time world champion for a reason..

    #champs

  14. barbasol11111111 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:50 AM

    The next highest offer for boldin was a 7th rounder…

  15. wryly1 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:51 AM

    Newsome gave$100 meg to a QB who had an 80 or lower rating in HALF of regular season games last year – then loses his top 3rd down/possession receiver and half of OL.

  16. jrazz22 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:52 AM

    FlashPatterson
    Aug 12, 2013, 6:42 AM PDT
    Yeah… or the coach got his superbowl win and wanted to help out baby bro. Just saying its a little suspicious to trade a good player (that the 49ers desperately needed) to your brother for almost nothing. I guarantee there were other teams that would’ve given up more than a 6th rounder.
    ——————————————————–
    If you actually believe this, then you’re an ignorant turd. Re-read the article and you’ll find all you need to know. Just because it wasn’t something you would do, doesn’t make it suspicious.

  17. 49erstim says: Aug 12, 2013 9:53 AM

    Yeah. This is a team with a great upper- management. This is the day and age of salary caps and having to make tough calls in regards to “business”. The slappies strike again. Lol. I expect this defense to be good yet again, but the offense to struggle. That’s a lot of firepower to lose in Boldin and Pitta.

  18. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 9:53 AM

    This team might stumble in to an 8-8 season this year and next. But after that, they are in some real financial trouble that will cripple this team for about a decade. Raiders 2.0.

  19. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 9:56 AM

    barbasol11111111 says:
    The haters are still trying to convince themselves that Q was Calvin Johnson level productive.
    ——————————————————-
    And the homers are still trying to convince themselves they’d have that 2nd ring without Boldin. Playoffs MVP, hands down.

  20. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:01 AM

    As much as I respect Ozzie it was Boldin that got them to the super bowl last year, not their defense

  21. southpaw2k says: Aug 12, 2013 10:01 AM

    wryly1 says:
    Aug 12, 2013 9:51 AM
    Newsome gave$100 meg to a QB who had an 80 or lower rating in HALF of regular season games last year – then loses his top 3rd down/possession receiver and half of OL.

    ————————————————–

    Please know what you’re talking about if you think you know better than an NFL GM who is coming off a Super Bowl championship. The only guy on the Ravens’ o-line who didn’t return from last year was Matt Birk. It wasn’t “half” the line.

    And you also clearly forgot that Flacco was 4-0 in the playoffs and won the Super Bowl, throwing 11 touchdowns with 0 INTs. He is the opposite of Peyton Manning, who consistently performs great in the regular season, but chokes in the playoffs. Which of those two kinds of QBs would you rather have?

  22. lovefootball4life says: Aug 12, 2013 10:02 AM

    How can an article like this draw so many negative comments so quickly? It was not a secret Boldin was let go for salary cap reasons. So therefore it shouldn’t be a leap to assume they’d spend that savings where they needed to…on defense.

    Sometimes I think people post negative comments just because they can, without attribution, and it fulfills some social deviant fantasies.

  23. justwinsomeday says: Aug 12, 2013 10:03 AM

    This guy is the best in the business. Everytime someone complains about the Flacco contract, do some research. Salary cap hits are $1MM, 6MM, 4MM, 18MM then 20MM x 6.

    Flacco isn’t hurting their cap number for quite a few years and by then they’ll redo it.

  24. audge86 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:04 AM

    So it was a money issue

    Which will happen again and again thanks to Flacco’s contract. All that $$ hits the salary cap eventually

    Better have a plan for that.

  25. myeaglescantwin says: Aug 12, 2013 10:07 AM

    That’s what good general managers do.

    they take the pulse of the team,
    they don’t let that heart rate drop,
    always adding young blood.

    Baltimore is the epitome of a “next man up” philosophy.
    They will continually draft the best available regardless of positional depth.
    I also feel that they get the most out of players, who for one reason or another drop down the draft boards.

  26. randomcommenter says: Aug 12, 2013 10:09 AM

    A big part of ravens success is Flacco wasn’t making any money. Now the ravens will find their hands tied more and more.

    The difference is most teams with a high paid QB get a bump because that QB makes everyone better. Brady, Manning, Big Ben make plays and allow you to get by with less talent elsewhere.

    Flacco is not that kind of player. He will be a drain for years.

  27. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Aug 12, 2013 10:09 AM

    If you really think Michael Huff is going to save your defense you are smoking crack. He can’t cover, he can’t tackle he can’t do much of anything

  28. 4949centennial says: Aug 12, 2013 10:10 AM

    As a Niner fan all I can say is “Thank you Mr. Newsome”!!!

  29. barbasol11111111 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:11 AM

    Boldin was completely absent in the Denver game

    Did he also call the plays, snap the ball, block, pick up the ball and throw it to himself and then take the kickoff before playing DB?

    He’s an average to above average receiver with exceptional toughness and is well into his 30s. One more productive year or so. Trade that for a younger, revamped defense any day.

    You can write off 11 tds and 0 ints if you want, it just sounds silly to do so. Small sample size, we’ll see this year, etc., but you guys act like Boldin is a one man team.

    The mean-spirited bias would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic.

  30. takemytalentstosoutheuclid says: Aug 12, 2013 10:11 AM

    Ozzie Newsome is the best GM in the league. Period. And I’m a Browns fan…. The fact that he works for our rival pisses me off way more than what that tool, Modell, did to us. But you have to give the man respect. He consistantly makes the right decisions on both players and staff.

  31. edgarcaetano says: Aug 12, 2013 10:13 AM

    a 6th rounder was great! teams knew that if boldin wasn’t traded, he’d be cut…so anyone suggesting other teams would offer 3rd or 4th is totally clueless…

  32. cranespy says: Aug 12, 2013 10:14 AM

    Ozzie gets it.

  33. johnster67 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:15 AM

    Say what you want, but here in Dallas, we would take Ozzie as a GM over the megalomaniac clown we have now.

  34. kane337 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:15 AM

    I didn’t know Ozzie had a mohawk.

  35. montero747 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:16 AM

    It’s interesting to watch all of these “perfect GMs” comment on this story. Of course these are the same guys who think they are experts because they play fantasy football. The NFL is a business and it’s up to the GMs to make the tough calls and recognize what is needed. Every team has to change. If you don’t change you die.

  36. lenbias34pt says: Aug 12, 2013 10:16 AM

    What Ozzie won’t say, but fans who watched Boldin all season know, is that Boldin is merely an average WR at this stage.
    He was always slow for a WR and now with age he gets absolutely no separation.

    Sure he is missed in B more, but only because he’d start as a below average # 2 WR which they currently don’t have.

    Just the facts.

  37. rayray52 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:16 AM

    Who won the Super Bowl?

  38. 80sbroncofan says: Aug 12, 2013 10:17 AM

    I think they take a step back this year and finish 3rd in the division. As good as Ozzie is even he can’t replace everyone that was lost during the off season. Good thing the Ravens are pretty much automatic to start with 2 wins this year thanks to Cleveland being in the division.

  39. heyguru1969 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:18 AM

    If Dumervil can replace 90% of Ray Lewis’s production, that sack will seem like it was full of magic beans. Best move for both teams.

  40. baltimoresnativeson says: Aug 12, 2013 10:20 AM

    Ravens D got ran over all last year. (Ranked 17th) And choked away a 21 point lead in the freakin superbowl of all things. Tha Boldin move was necessary.

  41. hakunamangata says: Aug 12, 2013 10:21 AM

    I guess if I was a Steeler fan I’d have to root for other teams to get weaker than for mine to get stronger.

    Glad the Ravens aren’t doing that but you go ahead and root extra hard you guys! You can do it!

    Don’t worry about the fact that you can’t protect an injury prone QB, or open lanes for a non existing running game, or rush the passer and play a simple seam route in preseason. You guys will just wait for Ozzie to keep not making mistakes!

  42. finallythevoiceofreason says: Aug 12, 2013 10:22 AM

    Ozzie is a genius. Steelers try to copy us but they are always ten steps behind.
    -
    Except when they meet in the playoffs or when the Steelers play with a 3rd string 38 year old backup IN Baltimore.

  43. dickjagger says: Aug 12, 2013 10:22 AM

    Ravens fans are fortunate to have such a great GM and owner.. Always got they’re eyes on the big picture.

  44. rockthered1286 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:27 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Aug 12, 2013 9:53 AM
    This team might stumble in to an 8-8 season this year and next. But after that, they are in some real financial trouble that will cripple this team for about a decade. Raiders 2.0.
    _________________________
    Hmmm… I seem to remember a team that stumbled to an 8-8 record last year and are constantly in “real financial trouble” for vastly overpaying a small group of players… Maybe the Ravens can just do what the Steelers do and spend the next 5 years deferring contracts to save money up front in order to stay afloat, then have their fanbase claim it was a brilliant move because the cap will soar a few years down the road, only to turn around and claim the Ravens are screwed for having a similar large cap hit for a small group of players down the road? Hypocrisy runs deep in those rivers, eh?

  45. blackhawks2010 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:29 AM

    Smart move, Boldin’s better days are in the rear view mirror.

  46. sfniners4life says: Aug 12, 2013 10:30 AM

    Lol tell yourself that Ozzie to help you sleep at night. Granted the difference between boldin and not for this years ravens is 8tg worst team to now the 5 worst team. Be prepared for a long season and future years with over paying a qb that’s average at best. Ted balke is best GM in nfl

  47. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Aug 12, 2013 10:31 AM

    edgarcaetano says:
    Aug 12, 2013 10:13 AM
    a 6th rounder was great! teams knew that if boldin wasn’t traded, he’d be cut…so anyone suggesting other teams would offer 3rd or 4th is totally clueless…
    —–
    I sometimes think that less of a big deal would be made out of it had they just released Boldin.

    By trading him they were able to get another draft pick (since Oz can never have too many of those) and they were able to keep him away from conference and division rivals.

  48. siggtacular says: Aug 12, 2013 10:34 AM

    Dumervil will play better week 1 than Von miller

  49. sbchampsagain says: Aug 12, 2013 10:34 AM

    The Ravens have been holding on to old players too long because of their 2008 draft. It left a huge hole on their roster.

    That was the year they drafted Rashard Mendenhall, Limas Sweed, Bruce Davis, Tony Hills, Dennis Dixon, Mike Humpal and King Dunlap.

    Oops. My mistake.

    That was some other team.

  50. jtbsteeler says: Aug 12, 2013 10:38 AM

    The Steelers build mainly through the draft, how are we copying Ozzie “I never met a FA I didn’t like” Newsome?

    If anything, being in the division with us has propelled the Ravens. Trying to keep up with excellence with do that. You should thank the Steeler fans for helping you understand the game. You’ve watched so many of our playoffs runs and SB victories that you’ve actually benefitted from it. haha

    I told you 4 months ago Ozzie would sign a FA WR after the 1st preseason game. I had no idea he would do this….LOL

  51. si1m says: Aug 12, 2013 10:39 AM

    Here’s what else trading Boldin did: gave us an extra 6th (the best offer), which we DEALT to Seattle with a 5th to move up in the 2nd to draft Arthur Brown, their most coveted ILB.

    So yeah. The downstream effects are significant.

    But whatever Steeler kids need to sleep better at night, go nuts friends!

    Pittsburgh meanwhile was getting owned by the Patriots and forced to pay double salary to Sanders. As usual.

  52. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 10:42 AM

    rockthered1286 says:

    …then have their fanbase claim it was a brilliant move because the cap will soar a few years down the road.
    ——————————————————–
    you do realize this is exactly what ravens homers siad to justify Flacco’s cotract, right?

    And there’s a big difference – Ben is a proven, elite QB, and he is compensated accordingly. Flacco is only paid like he’s elite, and can’t even complete 50% of his passes (excluding Boldin).

  53. jtbsteeler says: Aug 12, 2013 10:43 AM

    When that defense finishes outside the top ten again I’ll be around to remind you of the “fail”.

  54. si1m says: Aug 12, 2013 10:43 AM

    sfniners4life says:
    Aug 12, 2013 10:30 AM
    “Ted balke is best GM in nfl”
    —————————-

    lol, this is how you know 100% of PFT comments are random trolls.

    Its TRENT BAALKE bro.

  55. @Cereal_22 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:47 AM

    I wish there was accountability for blog commenters, “Newsome is an idiot”….LOL, yeah he’s awful. Hahahaa

  56. jtbsteeler says: Aug 12, 2013 10:53 AM

    No GM deserves the “Best GM” title with as many draft busts as Ozzie has had. Not being spiteful but give me a break with that. He obviously can’t draft WR’s and he’s drafted 1 CB that was worth anything, McCallister. Webb is injury prone, sorry his knees are done.

    No one in the league signs or trades for more of other teams players than Ozzie Newsome.

  57. rdrs68 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:59 AM

    bringing in Michael Huff to fix the “D”? LMAO!

  58. redskinfansince82 says: Aug 12, 2013 11:00 AM

    As a skins fan much respect at how the Ravens run their ship. They hit home run after home run. My Skins are finally becoming savvy in this department and it’s paying off too. Now if Ozzie can find a few more duds like Kyle Boller I will feel better. lol

  59. hakunamangata says: Aug 12, 2013 11:02 AM

    jtbsteeler says:

    “If anything, being in the division with us has propelled the Ravens. Trying to keep up with excellence with do that. You should thank the Steeler fans for helping you understand the game. You’ve watched so many of our playoffs runs and SB victories that you’ve actually benefitted from it. haha”

    Wow. Does PFT get a tax credit for letting you post?

  60. elimanningup says: Aug 12, 2013 11:05 AM

    Why are people overrating the hell out of Boldin? At this stage of his career, he cannot separate from man coverage. By losing Boldin, the Ravens actually gained more speed/separation at WR.

  61. charlie12212 says: Aug 12, 2013 11:09 AM

    Unfortunate picture of the Oz…didn’t realize he had a mohawk.

  62. djstat says: Aug 12, 2013 11:14 AM

    Newsome gave $120 Million to a QB who has the most wins of any starting QB since 2008, a QB who makes game winning drives and a QB who threw 11 Tds and Zero Ints.

    Hey jealoapf6rings, how many of those rings did you see them win? Your either old or pathetic

  63. chalkruz1989 says: Aug 12, 2013 11:18 AM

    Ozzie Newsome will look like a genius if the Baltimore Ravens can replace Anquan Boldin and the defense improves from last season.

    However, if the Ravens can’t find a replacement for Boldin and the defense is unable to make plays, then he’ll look like an idiot.

    Way too early to tell, but Newsome has a reputation of making smart moves.

  64. elimanningup says: Aug 12, 2013 11:28 AM

    Daryl Smith > Ray Lewis from last year
    Michael Huff > Ed Reed from last year
    Elvis Dumervil > Paul Kruger
    Plus Chris Canty

    The Ravens D is way better than last year

    Only casual fans who are ignorant think otherwise.

  65. theuglitruth says: Aug 12, 2013 11:28 AM

    Sergio Kindle.

  66. southpaw2k says: Aug 12, 2013 11:30 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Aug 12, 2013 10:42 AM
    rockthered1286 says:

    …then have their fanbase claim it was a brilliant move because the cap will soar a few years down the road.
    ——————————————————–
    you do realize this is exactly what ravens homers siad to justify Flacco’s cotract, right?

    And there’s a big difference – Ben is a proven, elite QB, and he is compensated accordingly. Flacco is only paid like he’s elite, and can’t even complete 50% of his passes (excluding Boldin).

    ———————————————

    Flacco’s career completion percentage is 60.5%, markedly higher than what you’re guesstimating. Ben’s career % is 63.1, which isn’t that much higher. And Eli Manning’s career % is 58.6 – are you going to try arguing that Eli isn’t elite?

    Also, quick trivia: Name all the QBs in the entire NFL who made the playoffs each of the last 5 years.

    I’ll even save you the research: it’s Joe Flacco. That’s it. And not only has he made the playoffs every year he’s been in the league thus far, but he’s also won at least one playoff game every year. If that’s not what makes for a good QB, then I would love to find out what does.

  67. jtbsteeler says: Aug 12, 2013 11:37 AM

    What they lose in Boldin is experience and veteran savvy. Who do you see on that roster filling his role? Pitta would’ve be destroyed over a season if he was the go to guy. He’s no Heath Miller.

    Keep trying to de-marginalize Boldin to save face in here. Its obvious that Joe needs WR’s to bail him out. Mason, then Boldin. Now there’s no one to fill that role.

    This should also put to bed anymore Flacco is elite talk. haha, that’s an unexpected result from this mad scramble to “help Joe”.

  68. raider23mike says: Aug 12, 2013 11:39 AM

    What about Rolondo McClain? How much of Boldin’s $$$ did he get?

  69. anonymousraven1 says: Aug 12, 2013 11:46 AM

    @FlashPatterson, if you truly believe that, don’t vote.
    @oldirtyman, Boldin had one year left on his contract, and Flacco’s cap # this year is smaller than last year.
    @wryly1, losing your center to retirement =/= losing half your OL.
    @4512dawg, that’s the point buddy. The defense last year was terrible, and not up to Raven standards.
    @audge86, even Joe Flacco’s agent has stated they’re going to rework the deal between years 3 and 4 before all the money hits.
    @randomcommenter, Flacco makes less money this year than last year.
    @heyguru, comparing Dumervil in his prime to Ray at age 37, when they play completely different positions, doesn’t really make sense.

    If you’re not going to call people out on their ignorance, they won’t know they’re ignorant.

  70. anonymousraven1 says: Aug 12, 2013 11:47 AM

    @raiders23mike, $0 because NFL contracts aren’t guaranteed. Try again!

  71. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2013 11:51 AM

    and colbert cant draft rbs or o line. and yet every year the ravens and steelers are in the mix to win it all. to discredit what ozzie newsome has accomplished via drafting and free agency shows you are clueless. a true ravens fans knows the steelers are a great franchise…the evidence shows it. and a true steeler fan knows the ravens are a great franchise for the same reason. so grow up and face the truth

  72. anonymousraven1 says: Aug 12, 2013 11:51 AM

    @jtbsteeler, your team signed Jerricho Cotchery last year.

  73. lovefootball4life says: Aug 12, 2013 11:59 AM

    anonymousraven1 says: Aug 12, 2013 11:46 AM

    “If you’re not going to call people out on their ignorance, they won’t know they’re ignorant.”

    I actually did LOL. Best line of the day!

  74. hakunamangata says: Aug 12, 2013 11:59 AM

    I love how the second Boldin leaves Baltimore he becomes the second coming of Jerry Rice.

    Honestly he made huge plays but lets be honest, if Aquib Talib doesn’t pull his hamstring then no one is talking about Boldin being a hero in the AFC Championship game.

    Steeler fans should remember he did drop a gimme TD in the endzone two years prior to essentially end our season so please don’t give me the “Boldin is the greatest and you will rue the day” routine.

    You should have gotten over that after the Heap/Mason talk two years ago.

    Check in with me after he goes up against Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson, and Cortland Finnegan for six games this season.

  75. xinellum says: Aug 12, 2013 12:05 PM

    Anonymousraven1, good job, you can educate ignorance but not stupidity but good try. Only thing I would add is that the Ravens have one of the best front office in the league as rated by the other front offices and one of the beat organizations as rated by players. You think Pollard is crying about being cut because he wanted to leave? Do you hear Cary Williams say the Eagles defense is soft and needs to be more like the Ravens? Do you hear Kruger saying the Browns are much improved and almost as good as the Ravens? Do you ever hear anyone happy to be cut from the Ravens when players routinely bash the teams that leave them behind. The Ravens are perennial contenders and players know there are few teams they can go to and be able to say that. I understand a lot of you hate the Ravens and have a good reason, we are the best team in the league, the reigning Super Bowl champs and your jealousy and envy is understandable, especially if you are a Steelers fan.

  76. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 12, 2013 12:08 PM

    That’s five comments for jtbsteeler. Maybe you should change your handle to jtbraven since you love our team so much. Mwah!

  77. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Aug 12, 2013 12:11 PM

    Get ready to watch the Ravens in the next 2-3 Super Bowls! #Dynasty

  78. theuglitruth says: Aug 12, 2013 12:16 PM

    They are only good moves if it works out. Clearly the loss of Dennis Pitta was unexpected, and there are other unexpected events could easily derail the team. The acquisition of Elvis was a fortunate gem….not a calculated move. Flacco’s contract is the elephant in the room and will be a new challenge the team hasn’t had to deal with in past years. It will be a hit or miss season with the Ravens….pure and simple.

  79. jacktheraven says: Aug 12, 2013 12:31 PM

    The Ravens D needed a huge upgrade. They, basically, traded Boldin for Dumervil, Canty, Huff, and Smith. That’s 4 starters on D. There isn’t a GM in the NFL that wouldn’t take that deal. Now, haters on here, who know nothing, think The Ravens made a big mistake. We’ll see.

  80. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2013 12:33 PM

    and not did the steelers sign cotchery…they signed plax. jb is so scared of the ravens it clouds his judgement

  81. jtbsteeler says: Aug 12, 2013 12:34 PM

    Joemontanafluke,

    Just happy about the “panic” from Ozzie after one game. And I told you it was going to happen. I know your team better than you do.

  82. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2013 12:35 PM

    oh. and they drafted homes and wallace. and couldnt wait for them to leave

  83. theuglitruth says: Aug 12, 2013 12:37 PM

    @hakunamangata

    I wouldn’t underestimate the impact of his departure…even Newsome knows he’s exposed Flacco to failure with the move.

    The decision to move Boldin was necessity, not a strategic move.

  84. howiehandles says: Aug 12, 2013 12:37 PM

    Wish Ozzie was the GM of my team. They traded an aging Boldin, not Megatron.

  85. thegonz13 says: Aug 12, 2013 12:45 PM

    Boldin could be hard to replace both because he’s a talented receiver and a veteran locker room presence. However, I understand Ozzie’s thinking behind the move.

    Contrary to others, I wouldn’t be so quick to write off the Ravens this season. I just don’t think they’ll repeat as SB champs, but they’ll have a winning season. Sure, they lost some key components but Newsome must know what he’s doing. After all, he did put 2 SB champs together…

  86. elliotlc says: Aug 12, 2013 12:52 PM

    I like the pic looks like he’s got a mr t hawk needs the rings and gold chain he would be the coolest exec in the league

  87. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2013 12:56 PM

    um, jb. good gms make moves to try to improve their teams. guess you dont what thats like

  88. jtbsteeler says: Aug 12, 2013 1:02 PM

    Im drowning on all the purple kool-aid in here…

  89. jessieboom says: Aug 12, 2013 1:02 PM

    haha, they’re not going to be winning

  90. jtbsteeler says: Aug 12, 2013 1:08 PM

    “um, jb. good gms make moves to try to improve their teams. guess you dont what thats like”

    Three SB’s since 2006, trust me I do.

    I called these signings months ago and I’m calling a 2-6, 3-5 start for the Ravens. Look at your schedule, you don’t have the offense or the CB’s to avoid it.

  91. jacktheraven says: Aug 12, 2013 1:19 PM

    JB- You have a crystal ball? You may look foolish AGAIN with your predictions. Other than being a hater, what proof do you have?

  92. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 1:25 PM

    goodellisruiningtheleague says:

    Get ready to watch the Ravens in the next 2-3 Super Bowls!
    ——————————————————–
    DWTS is having a reunion half-time show?

  93. pongonfl says: Aug 12, 2013 1:44 PM

    That is great reasoning, and these guys should not be having to explain themselves, but if your going to say anything about it, admit that Flaccos mulah was a big issue. Right? money is money. Losing Boldin freed up money to pay flacco what he was demanding. Or paying him demanded cuts that led to Boldin going to SF.

    Its crap to say that losing boldin payed for a new defense…money is money, you do not get QB cap and a rest of the team cap, lol

  94. ravenut06 says: Aug 12, 2013 1:52 PM

    I think its funny when a Steeler fan comes into a Ravens story and says there is to much purple kool-aid in here. Just goes to show the genius of the many Steeler fans, not all but many.

  95. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:00 PM

    how about you tell us what is good about the steelers. your supposed elite qb is coming off a poor 2nd half. no proven rbs. no tight ends. mediocre receivers. you lost harrison and wallace. polamalu cant stay healthy. and this is a team that is 8 and 8. you slam ozzie but tell us about colberts drafting. in 08 you drafted bums and ozzie took flacco and rice. i see ravens 10 and 6 or 11 and 7 and competing with the bengals while pitt endures another subpar season.
    as far as your six rings…very impressive. but how about since the amazing run in the 70s when they won 4 in 6 years, they have won 2 in 33 years. balitmore dallas ny giants green bay washington san fran and new england have won as many or more. since the 70s run of greatness truth is the steelers have been good but not nearly as great as you think they are

  96. ravenut06 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:04 PM

    When will some people learn. First Mason and Heap were let go…….The Ravens are in trouble. Losing season awaits…….what happened…playoffs. Year after year the Ravens lose big time players and year after year the Ravens make the playoffs. Here is a novel idea….why dont you make that prediction when the Ravens stop making the playoffs. As mentioned above they are the only team to make it to the playoffs the last 5 yrs. You can not argue that.

  97. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:07 PM

    same weak joke would apply to the steelers

  98. spellingcops says: Aug 12, 2013 2:19 PM

    siggtacular says: Aug 12, 2013 10:34 AM

    Dumervil will play better week 1 than Von miller
    ——————————————
    This is literally the dumbest comment I’ve ever read on PFT. The only reason Dumervil had as much success as he had was because of Von. Also, Dumervil sucks against the run. Miller sucks against nothing. Well, except for blatant holds around his neck while jump ball Joe is throwing up another miracle rainbow. Keep talking Bmore, you overdrew your luck bank last year.

  99. skarfacci says: Aug 12, 2013 2:22 PM

    They were playoff caliber before all those guys. And they will remain that way. Dallas Clark is a solid addition. Stokley is steady performer as well. Solid QB in Flacco and good to exceptional defense. What’s not to like about the Ravens? A team, one player does not make. I’d say Ray Rice is more valuable to the Ravens then Boldin.

  100. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 2:24 PM

    scoobies05 says:

    …but tell us about colberts drafting. in 08 you drafted bums and ozzie took flacco and rice.
    ——————————————————–
    So 08 was a wash then.

  101. zachk5 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:24 PM

    3 words: Defense Wins Championships

  102. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 2:28 PM

    spellingcops says:

    siggtacular says:

    Dumervil will play better week 1 than Von miller
    ——————————————
    This is literally the dumbest comment I’ve ever read on PFT.
    ________________________________
    Hey spellingcops, do you think he might’ve been using sarcasm, as there’s a good chance Von Miller won’t be playing in wk 1 from suspension?

  103. jtbsteeler says: Aug 12, 2013 2:34 PM

    Galactic goat ropes performed by Ozzie Newsome this offseason.

    WNST(your local radio) agrees with me.

  104. tedmurph says: Aug 12, 2013 2:37 PM

    justwinsomeday says:Aug 12, 2013 10:03 AM

    This guy is the best in the business. Everytime someone complains about the Flacco contract, do some research. Salary cap hits are $1MM, 6MM, 4MM, 18MM then 20MM x 6.
    ———————————————————-

    Thanks for deriding us about doing ‘research’. Those are his base salary numbers. His cap #s are: 6.8, 14.8, 14.6, 28.6, 31.2, 26.8. This post got 80 ‘thumbs up’ and 10 ‘thumbs down’ from the ‘knowledgable’ fan base. Ozzie may be a genius. As for raven fans…

  105. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 12, 2013 2:45 PM

    JB- You have a crystal ball? You may look foolish AGAIN with your predictions. Other than being a hater, what proof do you have?

    Coming from anyone but you Jack and its not funny. Coming from you it is very funny because that’s what I think about all your posts.

  106. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:49 PM

    superbowl mvp and probowl rb blows away the steeler 08 draft. but good try

  107. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:59 PM

    and just so you know. wnst is awful. try 105.7 the fan. and why do u listen to baltimore radio anyways? is it that bad in pitt for you?

  108. bakkhus says: Aug 12, 2013 3:02 PM

    I don’t know which is funnier: the bitter Steeler fans who must know they’re in for another clunker of a season or the dirtyoldman who is dumb enough to call Newsome an idiot over Flacco’s contract without realizing that Flacco’s cap number this year is only 7 million.

    It ain’t his contract that caused the trade of Boldin. It was Boldin’s age and his cap number this year. The Ravens didn’t want to sign him to a multi-year deal, and didn’t want to pay what was due this year on a one year deal. They would have loved to keep him, but the NFL is as much a numbers game as it is getting talent.

    The Ravens are going to be fine. They’ll be the team to beat in the AFC North, and they’ll win the division again.

  109. jacktheraven says: Aug 12, 2013 3:04 PM

    @Nofool- Not funny pal. I don’t make foolish predictions.

  110. bakkhus says: Aug 12, 2013 3:05 PM

    spellingcops- are you really that clueless?

    Dumervil was a solid defensive player before Miller even saw a down in the NFL- and Miller is going to be suspended in week 1.

    Dumervil could fall down and hope someone trips over him all game and STILL outplay Miller in week 1 this year.

  111. tedmurph says: Aug 12, 2013 3:05 PM

    Ozzie is a great GM, but ravens yahoos claiming the D is fixed are jumping the gun. Lost Lewis and Reed’s leadership, Ellerbe, Kruger and Williams. Dumervil was a score. There’s a reason you got Spears, Smith, Canty and Huff for 6.5 mil. All are on the wrong side of 30 and were all released for a combination of injury, underachieving, cap casualty or new regimes. Webb and Suggs at full strength will help, but there’s a lot of moving parts here, we’ll see.

    Can’t really blame Oz for Flacco’s bad contract. He made a fair offer last offseason, Flacco and his agent rolled the dice and won. Not a fan of Flacco as an elite QB

    I don’t blame him on Boldin either. a big cap hit for a guy his age. Pitta going down now makes it look worse. Especially when you have to bring in guys like Stokely and Clark.

    9-7, 10-6

  112. lovefootball4life says: Aug 12, 2013 3:08 PM

    jtbsteeler is gloating and wants credit. Yeah he called a signing but he was way off on why.

    His prediction became credible, even I believed it would happen when Pitta and Dickson went down and Doss gets banged up in the preseason opener. They didn’t fill with deep ball burners. They filled with slot-type middle of the field short yardage guys – the area Pitta, Dickson, and Doss play.

    You were lucky jtbsteeler but I believe deep down inside you are wishing Steelers would be doing something to fix their issues the same way.

  113. jtbsteeler says: Aug 12, 2013 3:15 PM

    8 Baltimore drafted starters on offense

    5 Baltimore drafted(or Bal FA) starters on defense.

    Thirteen Ozzie Newsome drafted starters. Yeah, the “best in the business”

    21 out of 22 starters were drafted or “homegrown FAs” by the Steelers. Yeah, we’re copying the Ravens, yes we are…

    3 SB’s in 7 season’s. I’ll never be jealous of the Ravens and “their way”.

  114. ravanator says: Aug 12, 2013 3:27 PM

    Hey Steeler fans boys, your posts with no factual information to back them up are hilarious. It is obvious to me most of you are older then Dick LeBeau and twice as bitter about being losers. Have fun battleing the Bengals for the basement of the AFC North.

  115. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:38 PM

    ravens won the sb. steelers missed the playoffs. thats why you are so bitter.

  116. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:39 PM

    and with the way colbert drafts, bmore thanks colbert for keeping all of that homegrown “talent”

  117. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:47 PM

    dont worry jb. when the steelers miss the playoffs again i will be there to remind you

  118. southpaw2k says: Aug 12, 2013 3:49 PM

    spellingcops says:
    Aug 12, 2013 2:19 PM
    siggtacular says: Aug 12, 2013 10:34 AM

    Dumervil will play better week 1 than Von miller
    ——————————————
    This is literally the dumbest comment I’ve ever read on PFT. The only reason Dumervil had as much success as he had was because of Von. Also, Dumervil sucks against the run. Miller sucks against nothing. Well, except for blatant holds around his neck while jump ball Joe is throwing up another miracle rainbow. Keep talking Bmore, you overdrew your luck bank last year.

    ———————————————–

    Definition of irony: Idiot rants about a post being the “dumbest comment ever” when he doesn’t even realize Dumervil had his best sack totals to date in 2007 and 2009, before Von Miller was ever in the league.

    Kids, take note. Don’t be like this guy.

  119. purplereign2 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:50 PM

    raider23mike says:
    Aug 12, 2013 11:39 AM
    What about Rolondo McClain? How much of Boldin’s $$$ did he get?

    ——————————————–

    Considering they didn’t pay him, $0.00. . .

  120. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 4:29 PM

    purplereign2 says:
    What about Rolondo McClain? How much of Boldin’s $$$ did he get?
    ——————————————–
    Considering they didn’t pay him, $0.00. . .
    _________________________________
    I wouldn’t say $0.00. They had to at least buy an egg to put on their face.

  121. dunnd4d4 says: Aug 12, 2013 4:36 PM

    You can all keep commenting about Joe and the receivers all you want, why you would I have no idea. Joe Flacco 11 Td 0 int in the postseason. Either way the D-line of Suggs, Canty, Spears,Ngata,Dumervil and any combination of the the group is going to cause mass havoc on the NFL this year. And thats just the starters. Our backups can start on most teams. This D is going to be Nasty.

  122. purplereign2 says: Aug 12, 2013 4:37 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Aug 12, 2013 2:24 PM
    scoobies05 says:

    …but tell us about colberts drafting. in 08 you drafted bums and ozzie took flacco and rice.
    ——————————————————–
    So 08 was a wash then.

    ——————

    Oh yea, quite a wash, Superbowl MVP and top 5 RB. . . versus a bunch of no name flops and Spindenhall.

  123. purplereign2 says: Aug 12, 2013 4:51 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Aug 12, 2013 4:29 PM
    purplereign2 says:
    What about Rolondo McClain? How much of Boldin’s $$$ did he get?
    ——————————————–
    Considering they didn’t pay him, $0.00. . .
    _________________________________
    I wouldn’t say $0.00. They had to at least buy an egg to put on their face.

    Nah we just borrowed the egg your secondary laid against Tebow in the playoffs.

  124. mpetey123 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:07 PM

    As a Ravens fan i’ll be honest our team has tried to copy the winning recipe from Pittsburgh, our owner even said so. Take it as a complement Steeler fans. But anybody who doubts Newsome ability as a GM is just absurd. Yeah he has had misses, who cares, the greats strike out from time to time. His hits outweigh his misses, isn’t that all you can ask for in a GM? Boldin had a number in mind on his value, the Ravens had a different number so they traded him. It sucks because Boldin is quality but the NFL is a business. But some of the things people are saying about the Ravens are just silly. Joe’s contract is cap friendly and is not taking money from anyone else, and quite frankly he deserves his pay. The D wll be better this year than last year so that should help in some games we could have won last year. And last year the people said Pitta was nobody and our number one receiver was a joke, now Pitta and Boldin are Sharpe and Rice in their prime!!?? Pitta and Boldin are quality but stuff happens, the Ravens can deal with stuff. And whoever says Ozzie loves FAs that is just not true. Ozzie brings in players, who doesn’t,but most of his FAs are smaller splashes. Bottom line Ravens are a quality product with a quality front office, thinking otherwise is patently untrue. I root against the Steelers but I would never say they were not a quality team.

  125. theuglitruth says: Aug 12, 2013 5:52 PM

    Funny how Raven’s fans are so quick to dismiss Boldin and his impact….especially considering the anguish they went through when Lee Evan’s dropped that pass in the playoff’s.

  126. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:16 PM

    i dont think anyone is diminishing boldin’s impact. he was ok during the season and amazing in the playoffs. the ravens and q disagreed on his value for the upcoming season. and the whole nfl loved him so much that san fran offered up a 6th rounder. no doubt he was a key contributor to the super bowl run…but it was time to move on. and i can pretty much gurarantee all the raven detractors would be calling q old and slow had he stayed. instead he is now the greatest wr ever

  127. scoobies05 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:37 PM

    outstanding post petey. i agree with everything you say

  128. bighurt228 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:42 AM

    The Ratbird fans drink some mind altering koolaid. Seems EVERY move the man makes he’s called the great Ozzzzzz. Even signing 2 over the hill, slow receivers and he’s still called brilliant?? Guess reality will bring this high flying jock sniffing bunch down when flunkco has no one to LOB the ball to and get lucky this year. 8 and 8 seems like wishful thinking. I say 7 and 9 is more like it. They won’t even finish above third in their division.

  129. bbbbwindows says: Aug 13, 2013 2:00 AM

    Boldin performed very well in the clutch. A big part of the opportunity he had to do so was Joe Flacco putting the ball in his face mask while he was draped in coverage. He was too slow to get separation but strong enough to outfight smaller dbs/lbs on short intermediate routes. It will be seen in SF this year that Boldin needed Flacco more than Flacco needed Boldin. Kapernick will not have the same success, he’s not as talented as Joe is in the passing game.
    Baltimore’s defense was at best mediocre last year. Ed and Ray were over the hill, I hate to say. Kruger was above but didn’t play half the downs on defense last year. Ellerbe was solid for an undrafted FA but no superstar. Pollard couldn’t cover and finished the year with 6 broken ribs.
    To get Chris Canty, Marcus Spears, Daryl Smith, Elvis Dumerville and Micheal Huff is unbelievable. Add these guys to a healthy Suggs , Ngata, Upshaw, Art Jones, McPhee and Cody and you now have the strongest and deepest front seven in the NFL.
    Getting a healthy Webb with Jimmy Smith, Corey Graham and Huff and you have a great secondary. Drafting Matt Elam, Arthur Brown and Brandon Williams is additional help but these rookies probably won’t start.
    I’ll take a top 3 defense over one aging, slow possession receiver every single day. This shows the genius of the wizard of OZ.
    By adding in Clark, Shiancoe and Stokely they now have solid possession receivers to go with blazing outside speed in Smith and Jones. A probowl backfield, a probowl offensive line, and a superbowl mvp QB won’t hurt either. Oh yea, don’t forget the outstanding special teams (Tucker is money) and the most successful NFL Coach in the last five years (total wins, 9-4 playoff record,3 AFC North crowns, 3 AFC CH games, Superbowl, etc) .
    This is THE BEST , most complete and deep Raven squad to ever take the field.
    See you in N.J in February.

  130. pizzon says: Aug 13, 2013 8:37 AM

    Ozzie is a genius. Steelers try to copy us but they are always ten steps behind.

    what exactly is there to copy, who the hell in their right mind gives a QB that kind of contract who ISNT an elite top 5 QB. as for fixing the defense thats a joke. outside of Dumervil, Canty, Huff are hardly going to fix anything. McClain was a headcase and Boldin was actually outside of Rice the most important player on that offense. nice try Ozzie. back to playing second fiddle to the Steelers..

  131. purplereign2 says: Aug 13, 2013 10:19 AM

    bighurt228 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 12:42 AM
    The Ratbird fans drink some mind altering koolaid. Seems EVERY move the man makes he’s called the great Ozzzzzz. Even signing 2 over the hill, slow receivers and he’s still called brilliant?? Guess reality will bring this high flying jock sniffing bunch down when flunkco has no one to LOB the ball to and get lucky this year. 8 and 8 seems like wishful thinking. I say 7 and 9 is more like it. They won’t even finish above third in their division.

    —————-

    Well the Steelers have paved the way for finishing third in the division, so I guess if we did finish third we would finally be ‘emulating’ the steeler way like you claim we do.

  132. jtbsteeler says: Aug 13, 2013 1:05 PM

    “This is THE BEST , most complete and deep Raven squad to ever take the field.
    See you in N.J in February”

    I love this, Raven fan knowledge on full display. I thank you for writing this.

    After signing two geriatric receivers, NOW it’s the deepest and most complete Raven squad ever.

    With 80% of WR corp who can’t consistently catch a pass in a game…

    bbbbWindows speaks for all Ravens everywhere.

  133. bbbbwindows says: Aug 13, 2013 2:03 PM

    I didn’t see Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones or Ed Dickson dropping too many balls in the playoffs last year. Certainly Stokely and Clark aren’t known for dropping anything. That leaves us with blazing speed and good underneath possession recievers. Flacco and Caldwell now have all the tools they need to be a top 5 offense.
    Hating on the Champs won’t fix that porous Steeler offensive line or keep Ben heathy. It won’t make Worilds, Heyward, Gay, Adams, McClendon or Hood NFL caliber players either.
    Face it….the Steelers have a serious lack of talent. They can’t protect Ben and they can’t run the ball. Their offseason pickups were Wm Gay and Guy Thumper, two of the worst players in the NFL. They have a good chance of going 6-10 IF they stay healthy. Sad to see a once great franchise in disarray. They just never replaced the guys that made them great. A Seriously poor front office has destroyed that team. Losing Bruce Arians was the final screwup and put the nail in their coffin. There are only 3 players on the Steelers that would start for the Ravens (Pouncey,Brown and Taylor). What a massive disparity in talent. The beatdowns are coming, but you already know that. My condolences.

  134. jtbsteeler says: Aug 13, 2013 2:25 PM

    bbbbwindows,

    Your yapping is duly noted. Don’t disappear…

  135. lovefootball4life says: Aug 13, 2013 3:37 PM

    jtb try going back and reading a little slower this time.

    bbbbwindows is talking about the whole team, not just the receivers. It is the whole team that wins games not just the receivers. You are fixated on the receivers and want to tell fans how bad they are which is really ironic considering the state of your own team’s WR core.

  136. scoobies05 says: Aug 13, 2013 3:56 PM

    jb i have asked you this before…please tell us whats so great about the steelers. your gm cant draft running backs or linemen. your qb cant stay healthy and throws game ending pick 6′s when he is in the game. you have no proven rbs that are nfl starters. you may get miller back..other than that no te. your receivers are adequate at best. you have had draft bust after draft bust. your hof safety cant stay healthy. you lost the heart of your d to the bengals. all of this coming off an 8 an 8 third place season. you guys are in trouble

  137. bbbbwindows says: Aug 13, 2013 4:47 PM

    Ravens are 14-4 in AFC North last 3 years and one game they started the whole second string. Going for a THREE-PEAT this year.
    RAVENS ARE!!!!
    STEELERS WERE!!!!

    The NFL is smack dab in the middle of the HARBAUGH-FLACCO DYNASTY.

    THE MOST WINS in the NFL in the last 5 years!!!

    PLAYOFFS EVERY YEAR, 3 AFC CH GAMES AND A SUPERBOWL.

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES JB……steelers were lucky to be 8-8 last year and go 6-10 this year!!!!!!

    You still got the Pirates though, start liking baseball!!!!!

  138. getyourownname says: Aug 14, 2013 8:48 AM

    jtbsteeler says:
    Aug 12, 2013 10:38 AM
    The Steelers build mainly through the draft, how are we copying Ozzie “I never met a FA I didn’t like” Newsome?
    ***************************
    Yes, this perfectly explains why the Steelers have a total of 16 or 17 players still on their roster from all drafts between 2007 and 2012, while the Ravens have 22 merely from the 3 drafts 2010-2012 (exlcuing 2013 for both teams because no cuts have come yet).

    Besides, everyone (including knowledgeable Steeler fans) knows the Steelers can’t sign FAs because they have been in cap hell for a while.

    Ozzie has had some misses, but a couple of yinzers are always good for a laugh. Their motto: Who needs stinking facts when you have the dogma you want?

  139. doall24 says: Aug 14, 2013 7:48 PM

    i have always been a big anquan boldin fan, i have to admit the players aquired by the ravens do seem to help the defense and the team. unless boldin would have caught the majority of flacco’s passes and touchdowns, the move was solid to save the 6 mil. tough decision, but that’s the business of the nfl these days.

  140. qckappa says: Aug 18, 2013 3:26 PM

    Ozzie Newsome is an excellent GM. Only 4 other teams have won 2 or more Super Bowls in the last 15 years. Those numbers speak very loudly, especially when you consider it was done with two different coaches, two different quarterbacks and in two different ways(the first one by their defense, the second one by their offense). That leaves the Ravens as better than over 85% of the rest of the league. I for one think there was something else going on with Boldin, he is a big WR and most DB’s do not want to tackle a guy that is 25+ pounds bigger than they are, and he is clutch. They saved $6m letting him go, okay, what about the salaries no longer owed Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, hmmmm. We’ll see, I think they will suffer in the short term but it is a zero sum game. So far, he is winning big time! Time will tell on this move. A 6th rounder, really… for that kind of player, hmmm.

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