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Ravens Roundtable : Talking Heads Edition

“Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground.”

Even though I’ve spent several days hanging by the pool I’m not crazy from the heat just yet. Today’s round table theme deals with Talking Heads. Not David Byrne’s band though I do love the song, “Once in a Lifetime”. but instead many Ravens have been very active behind the microphone giving interviews and opinions as we gear up to start another season.

The days go by, as we get closer to Training Camp as this Monday things get underway at least for rookies, quarterbacks and select vets. The money may not be gone for some but that doesn’t mean they don’t want more of it. Finally will this season be the one where Baltimore nabs it’s second title in franchise history or will they come up short ‘same as it ever was’?


1) What should we make of the comments towards now 2nd string quarterback Marc Bulger? Joe Flacco seemed concerned with chemistry while Ed Reed stated he was “just another guy”. Will Bulger be able to fit in?

Jonathan Scruggs you’re up :

Joe is just doing what all good quarterbacks do. He’s sticking up for his men. Like a Company XO defending the training and integrity of the soldiers beneath him, Flacco is standing by Troy and John and letting the public know that he’s not exactly thrilled by the fact that one of them must inevitably be released. I have no doubt that Joe has the utmost confidence in Bulger as his backup, but the three young quarterbacks have been together since the beginning and none want to see one of their brethren cast off. I mean do you really want to be the one to tell Porthos that he’s out of the Three Musketeers because D’Artagnan has joined the group?

Gene Winner, your thoughts:

Anytime there is change it can ‘rock the boat’ as they say, and in this case the move may impact his friendships. Knowing the team can’t keep 4 Qb’s, means one of his buddies will be gone.  Also, Flacco knows that Bulger provides some real competition, so in a good way it is a motivational tool.  In the long run Bulger will help Flacco—a vet QB on the team is important. It does show the organization is serious about having capable depth behind Flacco.

And lastly, Jergs weighs in.

Anytime a new player comes into the locker room it can bring a level of uncertainty to the  team. It will take some time to develop the same camaraderie that Smith, Beck and Flacco seemed to have. Bulger’s signing signals change is ahead and that could mean one or both of Flacco’s back-ups will be out of a job. No one ever likes to see a friend out of work. As for Flacco I’m excited he actually spoke up and gave his opinion on something. This season is a big one for the young quarterback and I’m hoping that his comments are a sign that he will exert more leadership both on and off the field. He just defending his guys and hopefully Bulger will become one too.


2) Speaking of Ed Reed, he’s been unusually friendly with the media these days. What do you think of his recent statements about his injury, his contract and the notion that the Ravens organization “wasn’t there for him”? In addition, how should the Ravens proceed with this situation?

J-Sizzle :

When Ed signed his contract three seasons ago he became the highest paid Safety in the NFL. Since then ridiculously undeserved monster payouts have been handed out making him 7th or 8th on the list, and that doesn’t sit well. Ed knows how important he is. He knows that even when playing hurt he’s still the best in the game. As such Ed feels like he should be paid as the best.  That being said, Ed is an idiot. You want to demand more money? Fine, but don’t call out your team and demand more cash when there’s doubt as to whether or not you’ll even ever play again. You’ve got a bad hip, a bum neck, and lingering shoulder issues. Get healthy, play the game, and then demand your reward.

Gino Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner :

Don’t know what to make of the great awesome player Ed Reed, its sounding like he wants to be paid more. Did these differences begin last year? The organization never pressured him on his decision about retirement; they gave him his space.    Can you blame the Ravens for not wanting to discuss a contract with a player who was considering retirement and who has injury issues?  I think most fans would like to know why he waited until April to have surgery. 

Mr. J :

I realize that this all a part of the game that players play but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Contracts are an internal matter and it’s something that should be discussed with the organization in private. It’s more surprising in Reed’s case because he traditionally shies away from the media like a vampire to sunlight. His comments have been interesting, that is if you can actually follow what he’s saying. His statements have been charged with emotion and it’s hard to tell exactly what he’s upset with the organization about besides the fact that he wants more money. His emotional reaction to things is somewhat understandable. He’s facing something no athlete ever wants to, the prospect that his playing days may be over.


3) Derrick Mason said in an interview “Anything less than a Super Bowl win, really, is a disappointment to us,” Do you agree that this year is -Super Bowl or bust?

Jonathan :

Every single team in the NFL has the same goal come September 7th. Make it to Dallas. Win it all. Whether you’re the lowly Rams or the mighty Ravens, anything short of the Super Bowl is ALWAYS a disappointment. This year it is hard to not be even more anxious to get over the hump  since the Ravens have gotten a lot better on paper and have made the playoffs the last two seasons. There’s no reason to think they should be able to win it all this year, especially with all the looming questions surrounding their rivals. This year has to be Super Bowl or bust. Just like every other year.


Why not go for it! Every team should have that goal in mind.  Of course you don’t want to forget that the journey is difficult and they will face challenges along the way. They need to take it one game, one play at a time, and remember that the talking is done of the field.

M. J. :

All the moves the franchise has made this off-season point to a now or never attitude. This is the deepest team in Ravens history. Of course every team dreams of championship victory in July but Baltimore feels that this could be their year. They have a solid top ten defense and with new offensive weapons like Anquan Boldin added to the mix there is plenty to be excited about. In order for these dreams to become reality though offense must be able to score on a consistent basis and not falter against the better defensive units. If that improves the Ravens could make an unprecedented third playoff appearance and possible beyond.

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