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Objectivity last won the day on November 11 2007

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  1. Machado is one of the top players in the game. Who wouldn't want him signed long term to their club? The odds of finding one person who can replace what he's capable of are incredibly long. That being said, there's one knock about Manny that I can't get out of my mind, and I know I'm being unfair in saying this. A few years ago, Manny got hurt and was given the option of taking time off and healing and getting back in time for the playoffs or having season ending surgery. He chose the surgery and wrote off the rest of the season. To me, if you have that option, you try to recover and rehab knowing if it doesn't work surgery is still an option and you'd still be ready for the next season. There didn't seem to be a need to end the season at that point, but there didn't seem to be any hesitation or frustration about making that decision. That makes me question his commitment somewhat. And, like I said, I know that's not a fair thing to say because I don't know all the variables. All I know is what I saw and the impression it made.
  2. Wieters has been a good player for the team. When he first came up, people here had him inked into Cooperstown. That's hard hype to live up to. In relation to that, he's a bust. Compared to his peers, we're lucky to have him.
  3. Dumervil will be 32 at the start of next season. Suggs will be 33. At some point, their best isn't going to be as good as what is was the year before. Regardless of who is chosen, the truth is that our defense needs an influx of young talent to learn from and replace our old talent. At the same time, our offense is underwhelming with few true weapons at WR, an underwhelming running game and a line that doesn't protect Flacco (or any other QB) the way it should. Behind the scenes, this team needs a three year plan based on age and expiring contracts. A LT in the first round would be the first step in that direction - someone we could count on for the next five years or beyond. After that, there are a lot of different options available. Regardless of direction, this team needs to get strategic once again. It's great that it typically does well with undrafted talent, but that should be a nice surprise, not an essential part of fielding a winning team.
  4. There have been plenty of dumb penalties, but I wonder if some of them aren't the team trying to cover for their deficiencies. They know their weaknesses better than us and they know the cause better than us. For years, I've felt we'd had the players and the depth to outperform the bad game planning and calling of Pees. Now, the talent isn't their and they can't hide his weaknesses. If taking dumb penalties is what's necessary to be put in a fighting chance to win when you're told to play seven yards off on third and three, then take the penalties and the benefit from the other times the officials don't catch you making the same mistake.
  5. <p><p><p>Happy Birthday.</p></p></p>

  6. I agree about a future restructure. I would have picked after next season as the likely time, but I think they'll need to be creative to absorb the hit from Rice's contract. As for Flacco's contract, he gets criticized constantly because he was the first QB to cash in under the new CBA. Look who followed him - Romo, Dalton, Ryan, Kaepernick. Am I missing anyone? All those contracts are as big or bigger. Like it or not, his contract is the going rate for a QB during his first renegotiation. Basically, in today's NFL, teams have three choices - pay $100M for a QB they drafted and groomed after 4/5 years, sign some mediocre short-term solution or draft a new QB to develop and be back in the same situation after 4/5 years. Realistically speaking, if the Ravens want to be competitive, what alternative do they have? The "elite" QBs aren't going to become free agents. He's better than those who will be available. Would you be happy with them cutting ties, drafting a rookie and hoping that player is the second coming of Flacco (3 AFC title games in six years and 1 SB win)? I think you'd be disappointed. As it is, the Ray Rice situation is going to have long term effects. If Bisciotti sees errors in the way his leadership team handled this you could see massive offseason turnover in a lot of positions, including Ozzie, Cass, Harbaugh and Byrne (not that he's at the same tier).
  7. I'd say the same thing to this that I would say to people who add people to their Hall-Of-Fame ballot after the first year, "What has he done between his last game and now to make him more worthy?" I understand the view of "no statues for living people." Agree or not, I understand it. But to think a time limit is necessary to determine whether Lewis is "a big deal" seems a bit ridiculous. Also, regarding Lewis and Atlanta, I'll leave the last word with the homicide detective who investigated the case. "?I don?t think Ray Lewis ever should have been charged with murder. I don?t think he committed a murder.?
  8. <p><p><p>Happy Birthday</p></p></p>

  9. My only concern is that this approach will proved dated. With the running game devalued almost universally in the NFL, why spend so much to stop the run if few teams are committed to running. Personally, I can still see the benefit. Shut down the run, make the other team one dimensional and then have CBs and safeties who smother the receivers. But, if you're heavily invested in run stoppers chances are their WRs are better than who you're putting against them.
  10. I had to stop laughing at this before I replied. A straight shooter? This is the COLUMNIST (not a reporter by any stretch) who writes glowing articles about the players/coaches who give him inside information and goes after those who don't play his game. Going back a few years, there was a "name" player on defense who was just awful. IIRC, it was Samari Rolle, but I could be misremembering. Anyway, he was getting called out for truly atrocious play by fans. All of a sudden, in the middle of all that, Preston writes a glowing article about how wonderful he is and people just don't understand. Preston sees himself as a kingmaker. I think Tony's take is pretty close. The final decision was Harbaugh's. In the end, he was the one who said Kubiak was his next offensive coordinator. That being said, I'm sure a Ozzie and Bisciotti was in his ear telling him if his picked Hostler is would all be on his shoulders if it didn't go well. I think that and an honest look at both men's credentials made the choice a lot easier. I do see one significant potential danger though. If Harbaugh and Kubiak clash, Kubiak has all the leverage. Virtually the entire offensive staff will be guys loyal to him. Can Harbaugh be the boss who lets the people around him do great work, without worrying about the details and just overseeing everything. Can he let go enough to be a CEO instead of a COO?
  11. Prosecutors cut deals every day. It's their job to prosecute and get the conviction. But, in most cases, the entirety of the case is not dependent solely and exclusively on purchased evidence. From what we've been told, that's the case in this instance. Also, the AP alert I received today says a federal judge has ruled that ARod can't use sealed documents from his arbitration to file for appeal. So basically, ARod can't challenge his suspension that was based on secret evidence because then the secret evidence would be made public and we'd know how legitimate it is (or is not). If that happened to you, would you call it justice?
  12. I can think of two reasons. First, if he truly feels he's being railroaded by a group of people who have bought evidence and witnesses to arrive at a prearranged outcome, what benefit is there to doing that. Second, and more importantly, his Fifth Amendment freedom to not have to testify as a witness. Admittedly, this wasn't a court, just an arbitration hearing, but a choice to not testify should in no way indicate any person's innocence or guilt.
  13. Arod has never failed a drug test. The evidence against him, for the most part, has never been made public and would likely be inadmissible in a court of law. The primary witness against him is being supported by MLB and the basis of its argument is evidence that it paid $125k to purchase. I don't like ARod, but what's that expression about letting 100 guilty people go if it means protecting one innocent person from false punishment? There are a lot of crooks out there, we know who many of them are, even if they've never been convicted. ARod is guilty in the eyes of most people. Once his contract is up (or he's cut), he will never play professional baseball again. He will never be invited to old timer's games. He won't be in the Hall of Fame. He'll be an extremely wealthy nobody. I'm happy with that as a punishment. I'm not comfortable with a punishment based on secret evidence, all of it from highly questionable sources. If they can do it to him with all his money and visibility, what protects any of us if someone decides to make us target #1 for whatever agenda they have?
  14. I absolutely agree. Flacco hasn't been perfect and makes mistakes, which all quarterbacks do from time to time. Personally, my biggest complaint is that he takes sacks when he should throw away the ball. That being said, with all the other issues this team has, the Ravens are really Joe Flacco away from being the New York Giants.
  15. Is it the offensive plan or the play calling? Caldwell's weakness is that he's never called an offense before. If I remember correctly, he has built game plans before. Maybe the solution is to have someone else call plays or turn over everything to Flacco. A bit extreme, but it can't be worse than this.
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