Forgotten QB Wright is confident if called


Relegated to scout team, he says he's `a playmaker'

replay malfunction costly



November 11, 2003|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

If given the chance - and based on the history of the Ravens under coach Brian Billick, he will get it one way or the other - quarterback Anthony Wright already knows what the team wants him to do.

Whether Wright starts Sunday's game at Miami in place of Kyle Boller, who is likely out for the season with a torn right quadriceps, or backs up Chris Redman, his instructions are simple.

"The thing for a quarterback in this league is to not lose the game, at worse," Wright said. "I feel like, at worse, that is what I can do, not lose the game. I'm going to do everything in my power to win it because I feel like I'm a playmaker."

Wright displayed some play-making ability early in training camp and was often mentioned by Billick as being in the mix along with Redman and Boller to start the season.

But heading into the preseason games, Boller and Redman took all the first-team snaps, and Wright has done little more than run the scout team since.

His confidence, though, has not wavered.

"I believe in myself, I believe in this team and I believe in the things that we can get done with this team," said Wright, who had five starts in his two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. "I understand the weapons that I have around me, which makes me very comfortable. I understand the concepts the coaches have for this offense, and therefore, it makes it a lot easier."

While there may not be an open competition for the starting job this week, the Ravens were not exactly giving Redman a ringing endorsement and seemingly left open an opportunity for Wright.

"He's a good athlete, has a live arm, and we like the way he acts around the players," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said of Wright.

Zastudil's funny bounce

Dave Zastudil took responsibility for his strange punt that traveled about 35 yards in the air, then bounced nearly 20 yards back toward the line of scrimmage after it hit the ground.

The ball was picked up at the Ravens' 45 by receiver Dane Looker, who raced down to the 1 before Harold Morrow made the tackle. The Rams scored on a 1-yard run by Marshall Faulk the next play to go up 14-0.

"I've had punts bounce back before, but nothing like that," Zastudil said. "It all boils down to I basically cost the team a touchdown. I didn't hit the ball well, then I wasn't over there to make the tackle, so I take full responsibility for those seven points."

Replay unavailable

That play may have never happened had the replay system been working.

The Ravens thought Looker stepped out of bounds before recovering the fumble, which would have nullified the play.

But quarterbacks/receivers coach David Shaw, who is in the booth and usually alerts Billick to challenges, had no access to a replay.

"I wanted to challenge it," Billick said. "But someone came into the booth and told David Shaw, `We've been told the replay is not functioning.'"

An ESPN spokesman said the network had an equipment problem in one of the two trucks used for the Sunday night games. ESPN had to use fewer cameras and no replays or graphics for the first seven minutes of the first quarter.

No Ogden bunny hop

After scoring the second touchdown of his career in the second quarter against the Rams, left tackle Jonathan Ogden could have jumped around like a bunny like Tampa Bay's Warren Sapp did.

Instead, Ogden showed about as much emotion as he would after a key block.

"I'm not jumping around like a fool," said Ogden, who was lined up as a tight end on the play. "I just gave my little Hulk Hogan pose and went back to the huddle. That's it."

Modells to speak

Ravens owner Art Modell and his wife, Pat, will be the featured guests at Ravens Football 101 tomorrow evening at M&T Bank Stadium. Ravens coaching assistant Mike Pettine also will make a presentation.

Sun staff writers Jamison Hensley and Milton Kent contributed to this article.

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