Coffee Companion -- 2/25

February 25, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.

Running it back:

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that the Ravens will hand more control of the offense to Joe Flacco, who will have more freedom to audible and call plays. ... Harbaugh said that re-signing Marshal Yanda is a "major issue" on the offensive line. ... Alfredo Simon's appeal to be released from a jail in the Dominican Republic was rejected Thursday. ... Orioles starter Justin Duchscherer felt "awesome" while throwing a BP session.

Hitting the links:

1. Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg pledges to close games and make the bullpen closer [Baltimore Sun]

2. Buck Showalter is baseball's 10th-best manager [Boston Globe]

3. The Orioles are still chasing .500 [Hardball Times]

4. A solid evaluation of the O's bullpen [Camden Chat]

5. Looking into Brian Matusz's crystal ball [Dempsey's Army]

6. Brian Roberts sticks his neck out [The Loss Column]

7. How have the Orioles fared during your lifetime? [Roar From 34]

8. Kelly Gregg makes a cameo in this story about how NFL players memorize playbooks [Fanhouse]

9. Sergio Kindle’s future remains uncertain so the Ravens may draft a pass rusher [Ravens Insider]

10. Defense is likely to lead the way in the draft after racking up numbers on quarterbacks [Fanhouse]

11. What if John Elway had agreed to play for the Baltimore Colts...? [ESPN]

12. Are these Maryland's new football jerseys? [Testudo Times]

13. The "sky is the limit" for Terps recruit Martin Breunig [Recruiting Report]

14. Scott Van Pelt rips Maryland students again [D.C. Sports Bog]

15. Statistical analysis: Alex Ovechkin at even strength, then and now [Capitals Insider]

You said it:

"Do they give out rings for that?" -- @rturning responds to my post on the O's "winning" the offseason

Video of the morning:

Terps WR Torrey Smith talked about his athleticism in this post, but here's visual proof via The Big Lead

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