Baltimore’s Arrest Problem

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The team has had an array of arrests since the end of the 2014 season which ended with a divisional playoff loss to the Patriots in New England.

The team has cut nose tackle Terrence Cody [animal cruelty charges], cornerback Victor Hampton [driving while impaired charge] and running back Bernard Pierce (drunken driving charge) all within a day of learning of their incidents.

The team seems to have learned the hard way from last offseasons major headlines around running back Ray Rice, who struck his now wife in an elevator at a hotel in Atlantic City.

It wasn’t until TMZ got hold and released video of the incident at the Ravens took action, finally saying ‘so long’ to Rice and cutting ties with him all together.

Now the team seems to be going right in the other direction, getting rid of players right away after they get in trouble off the field.

Pierce knew that his release was coming. He told the arresting officer while en route to the precinct following his arrest: “Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI? I’m getting cut tomorrow, not like you care.”

Pierce also asked if “the incident could be kept off the books.”

The reserve running back was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, exceeding maximum speed (55 mph in a posted 30 mph zone) and driving a vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed on a highway.

While they may not have wanted to take swift action, they needed to, as they would have looked foolish leaving him on the roster after they already released Hampton and Cody after their incidents.

How bad have things gotten with the Ravens off the field?

They have had nine members of their organization arrested over the past 13 months, which began with the Rice scandal.

General manager Ozzie Newsome said last month that the team will avoid signing and drafting players with any domestic violence incidents in their past.

Baltimore Team president Dick Cass told ESPN that the Ravens don’t have a zero-tolerance policy, despite it looking seriously like they do after their three releases this offseason.

“We have to look at each case individually,” Cass told ESPN.com at the NFL owners meetings Monday. “We look at a number of factors and make a decision based on those factors. It’s not a zero-tolerance policy at all. We’re still going to be willing to take second chances on people if they deserve it. I think it’s a mischaracterization to say it’s a zero-tolerance policy.”

For now, the Ravens have to live with their decisions. They also should look as to why it’s happening and what they can do to stop their players from getting in trouble.

Ravens Keeping RB Justin Forsett With Three-Year Deal

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The Ravens are keeping their top running back from last season, as they have come to terms with running back Justin Forsett. The back was an unrestricted free agent coming off a breakout season in which he rushed for 1,266 yards.

Kubiak Announces He’s Staying Put with the Ravens

Despite garnering interest for head-coaching vacancies, Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has decided to stay with the Ravens, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

“It is flattering and humbling to be invited to interview for a number of NFL head coaching positions, and I greatly appreciate these opportunities,” Kubiak said in a statement released on the team’s website. “But I have decided to stay with the Ravens. This is a special organization and we, like [head] coach [John] Harbaugh says, are building something great. I want to be a part of that and contribute in whatever ways I can.”

Kubiak attracted interest from the New York Jets and Chicago Bears, who are still searching for head coaches. But he will not interview for the openings, which is good news for the Ravens, who are seeking stability for quarterback Joe Flacco and an offense that ranked among the best in franchise history.

Before joining Harbaugh’s staff, Kubiak was the head coach of the Houston Texans for eight seasons, compiling a 61-64 record and leading them to two AFC South titles.

Ravens vs Patriots – A Rivalry With Respect Trickled In

For the third time in four seasons, the Ravens and Patriots will do battle in the AFC Playoffs, this time it’s first Divisional game of the biggest NFL weekend of the year, and this time instead of a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, it’s for a trip to the AFC Title game the following weekend vs either the Colts or Broncos.

The two teams have traded barbs over the years, but at the end of the day, each one this week is keeping it pretty clean as they get set to take the field yet again in New England.

“Our focus is on the game,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “We have enough to worry about with the opponent we’re going to play, how well-coached they are, how good their players are.”

The Ravens won the playoff battle the last time around, winning a trip to the Super Bowl in which they were able to win the famous “Harbaugh Bowl,” topping the San Francisco 49’ers and John’s brother Jim in the game two years back.

Now as the clubs meet yet again, the main players in the storylines are the same – Tom Brady for the Pats, and for the Ravens, players like Joe Flacco and Terrell Suggs, who still to this day won’t say Brady’s name in interviews.

When asked who the QB for the Pats was during an interview, Suggs simply responded “He’s the quarterback for the New England Patriots.”

The Ravens remain behind the eight-ball according to move lines, as The Standard has them as underdogs for Saturday, as well as 15/2 underdogs to win the AFC, and 17/1 to win the Super Bowl.

This battle could once again come down to who wins the QB battle, as the last time around, Flacco was just a bit better than Brady, and the Ravens won.

In the 2011 and 2012 AFC Championship Games combined, Flacco completed 59.8 percent of his passes (43-of-72) for 546 yards with five touchdowns and one interception (100.8 passer rating).

Brady connected on 56.6 percent of his throws (51-of-90) for 559 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions (60.3 rating).

“It’s not really me outdueling Tom or him outdueling me,” Flacco said. “We’re not playing against each other.”

True, but it appears while both teams have been are busy this week talking about how much they like one another, it’s going to come down to a simple fact on Saturday – execution.

Ravens vs Steelers NFL Wild Card Inactives

Ravens: OT Eugene Monroe, DT Timmy Jernigan, TE Phillip Supernaw, DT Casey Walker, DT Terrence Cody, DE Steven Means, CB Chris Greenwood

Steelers: CB Ike Taylor, RB Le’Veon Bell, DE Clifton Geathers, OL Chris Hubbard, TE Michael Palmer, WR Lance Moore, QB Landy Jones

Ravens vs Steelers Wednesday Wild Card Injury Report

BALTIMORE RAVENS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Arthur Brown (thigh), DT Timmy Jernigan (foot, ankle), T Eugene Monroe (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Chris Canty (ankle, thigh)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Mike Adams (illness), RB Le’Veon Bell (knee), TE Heath Miller (not injury related), QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), TE Michael Palmer (groin)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Troy Polamalu (knee), CB Ivan Taylor (shoulder, forearm)

Video: CBS Ravens vs Steelers AFC Wild Card Game Preview

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the AFC Wild Card matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ravens Earn Playoff Spot with 20-10 Win Over Browns

The Ravens needed help Sunday to get to the postseason, but got that and also took care of business to return to the promise land of the NFL postseason.

The Browns hung around vs the Ravens into the fourth quarter, but the offense finally came to life, scoring 17 points to take home a 20-10 win.

Down 10-3 in the fourth quarter, the Ravens kicked a field goal and then took the lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith with 7:33 left.

Flacco’s 2-yard TD throw to Kamar Aiken with 3:44 remaining clinched it.

To reach the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years, the Ravens needed help from the Chiefs, and Kansas City helped with a win over the Chargers in KC.

Rookie quarterback Connor Shaw got the Browns to a 10-3 lead in the fourth, but finally both the offense and defense delivered, holding Cleveland in check and scoring two TD’s and a field goal.

Flacco went 8 for 9 for 161 yards and two touchdowns during a 17-point fourth quarter. He finished 22 for 36 for 312 yards, and the two TD passes gave him a career-high 27 for the season.

Justin Forsett had 119 yards rushing for the Ravens, who will open on the road next weekend.

With quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel out with injuries, Shaw made his NFL debut for Cleveland. The Browns were also without suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon, and they placed cornerback Justin Gilbert on the inactive list after the rookie reportedly showed up late for a team meeting.

The Browns took a 10-3 lead in the third quarter when Shaw went 3 for 3 during an 80-yard drive. Shaw scrambled in the pocket before connecting on a 49-yard completion to rookie Taylor Gabriel, who started in place of Gordon. That was followed by a 2-yard touchdown run by Terrance West.

Baltimore closed to 10-6 with 10:37 left when Justin Tucker kicked a 28-yard field goal after a 39-yard completion from Flacco to tight end Owen Daniels.

Cleveland followed with three straight runs and a punt, giving the Ravens the ball again with 8:23 to go.

Flacco completed a 53-yarder to Smith before hitting the wide receiver in the middle of the end zone for the go-ahead score.

West ran for 94 yards and Shaw went 14 for 28 for 177 yards, but the Browns finished the season with five straight losses and serious off-the-field issues that must be resolved.

For now though, it appears the Ravens will play either the Bengals or Steelers, as the two will play for the AFC North title on Sunday night in Pittsburgh.