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“It’s funny you ask the question and the whole fan base, everybody’s going to be like, ‘Don’t do it.’ But Frank’s a better player than what people think,” Harbaugh said. “I get as frustrated with Frank as anybody does, and Frank knows that. He’ll tell you about it and he’ll laugh about it. Frank has got as much talent as any corner in the league. He’s tough, he’s competitive, he’s a physical guy. He loves to play the game. When he gets carried outside of his technique, he struggles just like any corner does. When he stays within himself and plays technique, he plays very well.”

I think you can see why I chose this quote for this week’s segment.

It includes two interesting items. One is it’s about Frank Walker, a player who has caused most Ravens fans plenty of moments of angst and two it’s an example of John Harbaugh trying to say something without saying anything at all. Harbaugh can be entertaining to decipher sometimes.

Frank Walker has been quite the polarizing figure during his two year tenure in Baltimore. I think if you ask most fans if Baltimore should re-sign Walker the immediate reaction would be No and for some it might be a more emphatic, Hell No!

If you are not a Frank Walker fan you might think of two things, G-String (his nickname due to his inability to cover) and “slobbering” on a punter.

Walker has had his struggles at times like any cornerback but when he’s bad he been very bad and in most cases he gets a yellow flag for his efforts.

But if you ask his teammates and his coach he is a popular player in the locker room. He also has shown some glimpses of being the physical corner that some think he could be and hasn’t always been as terrible as most make him out to be. On a team that need secondary depth would the Ravens consider bringing him back?

My guess is probably not. The Ravens have plenty of better options on the free agent market to acquire depth. Names like; Lito Sheppard, Nick Harper, Dre Bly, Fred Smoot and Ken Lucas are just a few. The Ravens will try and sign either one or two since Washington and Webb are both unlikely to be ready for the start of the 2010 season.


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2 Responses to “Ravens Quotables”

  1. Brian says:

    A lot of people forget that Frank Walker played very well in the 2009 AFC championship game vs. the Steelers. Most football fans think that cornerback was a weak position for the ravens this year. It was defiantly not our strongest, but he real problem lies in the lack of a pass rush and giving receivers time to get open deep down field. I believe that if we address our pass rush issue, which we have begun to do, that I would be in favor of brining Frank Walker back for the right price.

  2. Conoon says:

    Sign me up as one of those “Hell no” emphatic fans.

    Yeah, his performance might have been decent in that AFC Championship game… but let’s not forget the defensive we used to have back then. Jim Leonhard and Bart Scott were huge reasons why our backfield wasn’t getting burned every play. And we have to consider how much healthier Ed Reed was 2 years ago.

    Simply put, Walker can’t handle man coverage. It’s great to hear he’s popular in the locker room, but it doesn’t offset his inability to cover. We need a decent player with consistency.

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