Everybody wants somebody else to give Ray Rice a chance

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Two things seem apparent in regards to former Ravens running back Ray Rice.

Plenty of people want to see him get a second chance in theory.

No one, however, seems interested in putting that theory into practice.

A number of coaches at the league meetings mentioned that they think Rice could or should get another opportunity after being cut by the Ravens following his brutal domestic assault of his now-wife.

But it’s almost April, and 16 running backs have been signed in free agency, and Rice hasn’t even had a reported visit.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell has a need at the position after cutting Reggie Bush, and expressed hope for another opportunity for Rice. But when asked if he would be interested, Caldwell backed away.

I don’t foresee that, to be plain and simple,” Caldwell said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “There has to be a need and a fit in all areas. At this point in time, he’s not a fit for us.”

Like Caldwell, Colts coach Chuck Pagano has first-hand knowledge of Rice, but his team just signed Frank Gore.

“I hope and pray that Ray gets an opportunity, because I know there’s still gas left in the tank, so to speak,” Pagano said. “And if somebody gives him that opportunity, I know he’ll make them proud, and I know he’ll make good on that opportunity.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was more careful in his words, saying he hoped for the best for the entire family, stopping short of a full blown endorsement.

“Like anybody you’ve been close to, you want things to work out well for the,” Harbaugh said. “That’s the way we feel about Janay and Ray.”

At the moment, it doesn’t appear that’s going to be playing in the NFL.

64 responses to “Everybody wants somebody else to give Ray Rice a chance

  1. If Ray averaged 5.1 ypc instead of 3.1 ypc, he’d be getting a chance … just like any human who can average 5.1 ypc.

    And just like any human who averages 3.1 ypc (not named T-Rich), he’s getting ignored.

  2. I think he’d be great in DET. He’ll get a chance. He should. If that complete p.o.s. Adrian Peterson is still playing why not Ray Rice?

  3. Hopefully he gets another opportunity if he is physically able to perform the duties of a NFL RB. One event, mistake, or misfortune should not determine one’s life. He has done tons of good in the past and the present and I’m sure that will continue in the future. This is the first time he has ever been in any kind of trouble. If he is remorseful he should be able to continue his career

  4. In his last season, he averaged 3.1 yards per carry and 5.5 yards per reception. It’s reasonable to assume he can’t play anymore, especially after a year away from the game. That’s the reason he isn’t getting another chance.

  5. Unless he’s taking the league minimum, no one is signing him ever again. The plays the least valuable position in football and he was in decline before the incident. Just not worth the hassle.

  6. If Leonard Little and Donte Stallworth got second chances to play in the NFL, Rice at least deserves a shot.

    Unless of course, we’re willing to delve into the lives of every player on every roster and make sure that none of them have ever done anything that would grossly offend us, and ban them from the NFL for life.

  7. If Harbaugh was around it would be the Whiners.

    The new criminal haven appears to be the Cowboys.

    Step up Jerrah. Didn’t your daughter lecture us all on second chances?

  8. After Greg Hardy getting signed, there is no reason for Ray Rice not to be signed. A one year, prove it cheap deal should be done. Unless the Dolphins plan on drafting Gurley, Ray Rice should get a chance.

  9. To reiterate what others have said, his last season of playing he didn’t look good. It isn’t like this guy was a star. He was outplayed by journeyman-level talent in 2013 and then didn’t play at all in 2014. If I’m a GM I don’t give the guy a second thought.

  10. everyone deserves a second chance. he made a terrible decision but he has served his punishment and in my opinion you’re even more terrible of a person if you never forgive and continually want someone’s life ruined without a chance at redemption.

  11. Over the past year I’ve seen comments similar to this one concerning Ray Rice’s production in 2013, both from media writers on this web site, other NFL media writers, and fans like In Teddy We Trust.

    “In his last season, he averaged 3.1 yards per carry and 5.5 yards per reception. It’s reasonable to assume he can’t play anymore, especially after a year away from the game. That’s the reason he isn’t getting another chance.”

    I’d like to add my two cents to the discussion.

    True, in 2013 Ray Rice had career lows in total rush yards, passing catching yards and average yards per rush and catch. It must also be stated that Rice ran behind one of the most EPICALLY BAD OFFENSIVE LINES in Ravens history. He also played 10-15 lbs over his normal playing weight. No Ravens running back had a great 2013. They stunk in pass protection, too. Joe Flacco was sacked a career high of 49 times.

    So in the off season the Ravens signed a new left tackle, center, and drafted a right tackle. We drafted one and signed another tight end that could actually block. Basically the Ravens retooled 2/3 of their offensive line. The result?

    A career journeyman running back who’s played for 4 different teams over the course of 6 seasons, (getting cut from each one) gains a career high 1,266 yards and 8 TDs, and was named to the All-AFC team and the Pro Bowl. His name? Justin Forsett. I don’t think that was an accident.

    My point is that, while Rice may indeed have lost a step, (in addition to his six years in the pros, he was used heavily for 3 years at Rutgers) the state of the Ravens o-line during 2013 was a huge factor. His criminal activity aside – and as a Ravens fan I fully agree that the NFL’s and Ravens response to his act was egregiously awful – I think Ray might have something left in the tank. Unfortunately, his act was so heinous and toxic (and caught on camera) he may never get the chance to prove it.

  12. His inability to get on a roster has nothing to do (unfortunately) with being a woman abuser. He stinks. He stunk in 2013. He stunk when he played in 2014. Running backs do not get better with age.

  13. Please people, this wasn’t a mistake. He knocked out a woman. A mistake is not something of this magnitude nor was it an accident. He lied to people when the door opened too and yes, he dragged her out of the elevator like she was a garbage bag. Why she stayed with him is up to her, maybe Cha Ching, maybe just love for him but either way, he gets paid not only to play but to represent as a professional for kids to aspire too..

  14. Personally, I believe this is what is going on.

    1. Adrian Peterson: Good RB, showed remorse before being caught. Under contract, has value. Will be playing.

    2. Greg Hardy – We might know he is guilty but the charges have been dropped, so he is by law – innocent of the charges. He has alot of remaining ability. Will be playing.

    3. Rice – Showed no remorse until after caught. Was caught on tape showing no remorse. Declining ability. Will not be playing

  15. The Patriots, with their strong Rutgers ties, could be the team to at least give him a camp invite. Having Rice in camp would dilute some of the other dozen conspiracy charges the Patriots are currently facing.
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  16. Risk and Reward. There is no reward to pick him up. Ray’s skills have deminished the last few years….he’s just not worth the media attention to bring in a 2nd rate RB & PAY him a league min. It’s best to grab a young stud in the draft. I don’t very the least bit sorry for him ….he has tons of money.

  17. When the first video was made public, Harbaugh unsuccessfully tried to convince the world that Rice was such a “great guy” with so much talent. Why doesn’t he take him back? Harbaugh not only doesn’t understand the rulebook, he also is unaware that punching your fiance in the face is unacceptable behavior.

  18. I still think the Steelers blew a great opportunity to start the playoffs with a bang!!! They needed a running back and Rice would have been really motivated to play against the Ravens. It would have been great theater!

  19. The bottomline is Roger doesn’t want Ray to play and none of the owners want to piss off Roger. Ray is no longer an every down back but would be great in red zone formations.

  20. bigjdve says:

    “Personally, I believe this is what is going on.

    1. Adrian Peterson: Good RB, showed remorse before being caught. Under contract, has value. Will be playing.

    2. Greg Hardy – We might know he is guilty but the charges have been dropped, so he is by law – innocent of the charges. He has alot of remaining ability. Will be playing.

    3. Rice – Showed no remorse until after caught. Was caught on tape showing no remorse. Declining ability. Will not be playing”

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    Your logic is incredibly flawed. Peterson didn’t show any kind of remorse until well after he was caught, and there’s no way to know just how effective he’ll be now that he’s 30 years old.

    There is NO presumption of any guilt on Greg Hardy. There is zero “I think he’s guilty” or “Doesn’t matter what the court said in dropping charges, he’s guilty” excuse. Once charges were dropped, that spelled the end of his case. He’s playing because his case has been thrown out and he is still effective.

    Rice showed plenty of remorse after his incident. His initial press conference with Janay was preposterous, but even before he was served his initial 2-game suspension, he made several public statements where he talked about how sorry he was for his actions on the night in question. Claiming he hasn’t shown any remorse for his actions is ridiculous.

  21. Kingmj4891 says:

    If Ray’s wife can forgive him we all should too. He is human made a mistake and deserves a second chance.
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    Unlike his wife, Ray isn’t letting us live the life of a millionaire on his money.

  22. So Greg Hardy pushes his girlfriend onto a futon of guns and he should be banned for life. Ray Rice punches his girlfriend like she is a dude and drags her like a caveman and he deserves a second chance?

  23. Perhaps he chose to avoid the veteran combine so people will debate whether he should have received a second chance rather than proving his skills have eroded.

  24. The CFL might be a good place to start. His skills were diminishing before he got cut and then suspended. A NFL team may sign him but thats maybe later during the season as other backs get injured. The guy is pretty much radioactive.

  25. The video which the media played over and over and over pretty much done him in! Some team will take a chance, but who and when??? This year?? Next year???

  26. If other guys like Hardy, McDonald, and Peterson get shots, Rice should as well. As long as he’s comfortable with not making nearly as much money, teams like the Chargers, Redskins, Jets, Titans, Cardinals, and Dolphins could all use an extra back with pass catching ability.

  27. bearsalwaysbearit says: Mar 26, 2015 11:00 AM

    Hopefully he gets another opportunity if he is physically able to perform the duties of a NFL RB. One event, mistake, or misfortune should not determine one’s life. He has done tons of good in the past and the present and I’m sure that will continue in the future. This is the first time he has ever been in any kind of trouble. If he is remorseful he should be able to continue his career
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    What a reasonable way to look at it, and I agree 100%.

    I really think that a large portion of the angst about these guys is that they make so much money. Well, so what? They shouldn’t be treated special, but they also shouldn’t be seen as cannon fodder for society’s love/hate relationship with celebrities.

    I’ve said this over and over: redemption is much more powerful than judgement and banishment. These cases represent awful behavior, but I see no harm in allowing these guys a second (and final) chance, with a very short leash.

  28. The one and only reason that Peterson and Hardy will be playing and Rice will be sitting at home is the video. It has been burned into the national consciousness. Thirty seconds of Ray Rice flooring his fiancee shown in grainy black and white over and over will trump horrible evidence and statements any day because one is concrete and the other is abstract.

    We’re all capable of reasonably saying that beating a child with a stick and opening wounds on his genitals is a heinous crime. But we didn’t see it. So there’s not emotional reaction.

    We’re all capable of reasonably saying that throwing a woman into a pile of guns and threatening her life is a despicable act. But we didn’t see it. So there’s not an emotion reaction.

    We can all be as reasonable as we want, and rationalize as much as we want, but unless you actually see it, you aren’t going to have that same visceral reaction.

  29. Not too many teams need a RB whose biggest asset is his ability to catch the checkdown.

    Much like Freddie Mitchell, Rice went from a 4th & Forever hero to out of the league lickety-split.

  30. jnasty5000akajungguns says: Mar 26, 2015 12:38 PM

    I’m saying Raiders or Browns. Why not the Browns?
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    Oakland refused to make an offer to Hardy, a guy they could have really used to pair with Mack. There’s not much of a chance they will bring in Rice.

  31. bucrightoff says: Mar 26, 2015 11:04 AM

    Unless he’s taking the league minimum, no one is signing him ever again. The plays the least valuable position in football and he was in decline before the incident. Just not worth the hassle.
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    I agree with everything you said except the part about playing the “least valuable position in football”. You are way off on that. WAY off.

    IMO – RB is the most valuable skill position. Russell Wilson is “just another guy” without Marshawn Lynch and the play-action pass game he takes full advantage of.

    A RB is a QB’s (and offenses) most versatile and best weapon. The Play-action pass can only work if the defense respects the run. When you want to slow the game down, you need a running game. Having a RB as an outlet receiver for 4 yards is Tom Brady’s favorite 3rd down play.

    No one ever heard of a defense “wearing” down because they gave up a lot of yards through the air. The RB is an essential part of any successful offensive game-plan. Ask Tony Romo if his RB helped him at all last year?

  32. annapterp says: Mar 26, 2015 3:11 PM

    When will Karma pay a visit to the infamous Ray Lewis?

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    What did Ray Lewis do?
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    He befriended the wrong guys and then pretty much refused to rat them out.

  33. I hear he’s willing to play for anyone. That means he’ll wear a Steeler uniform.

  34. securb2013 says:
    Mar 26, 2015 12:40 PM
    The bottomline is Roger doesn’t want Ray to play and none of the owners want to piss off Roger
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    Gingerhole works for and at the liberty of the owners, no matter what his ego thinks. If a team picks up Rice and that toolbag said a peep, well I imagine the owners are already sick of this guy’s screwups. He’ll huddle in a corner like the cowardly rat he is.

  35. I’m very grateful I was never judged by my worst moment. I really don’t seem to recall Peterson showing any remorse for his actions at all. All he seems to be doing is blaming Minnesota for suspending him for beating a four yr old bloody. Someone help me here, what exactly has he done that has shown any remorse?

  36. So Ravens can keep Suggs, Lewis, but not Rice? Cowboys signed Hardy but not Rice? So unless there’s not a video of what you’ve done everyone else is ok with it? None of the above should’ve kept playing either

  37. Why not give Ray Rice another shot, its not like he killed the president he gave his wife a slap. It is a hole lot of the NFL commissioner s and coaches that have hit their wife or girlfriend, I wish that the saints had him.

  38. Cowboys, Bengals, or Raiders is where all of the riffraff go. I wouldn’t count out Redskins as well…that team attracts scrubs like moths to a flame for some reason.

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