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September 27, 2004
THE KEY PLAY JAMAL LEWIS' 75-YARD TD RUN Score: Ravens lead 17-9 Quarter: Fourth Situation: Ravens' ball, first-and-10 at their 25-yard line Play: The Bengals had the momentum, having scored nine consecutive points to cut the Ravens' lead to eight. The Ravens came out with two tight ends, looking to push the Bengals to their right and create a cutback run for Jamal Lewis. Fullback Alan Ricard (39) went in motion to the right. Quarterback Kyle Boller handed off to Lewis at the 19. Lewis took a quick stutter step to his left to avoid the tackle of the Bengals' Justin Smith (90)
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Mike Preston | August 1, 2011
When the Ravens agreed to a three-year contract with fullback Vonta Leach on Sunday, it was an indication of the team's offensive plans. It was a statement. The Ravens want to return to old-school football, where they grind a team with their defense and pound it into submission with a strong running game. Few players like collisions the way Leach does. He's the Ravens' new crash test dummy. "Fullbacks are like dinosaurs," running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery said. "So when you get a chance to get a legitimate one, you've got to grab them.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2002
After weeks of speculation, fullback Sam Gash made his return to the Ravens' practice field yesterday and felt he was back where he belonged. "My wife and I kept our place hoping that it would work out, and finally it did," Gash said. "It's a great organization that you enjoy playing for." Gash, 33, signed a one-year contract last weekend and is expected to back up Alan Ricard and serve as a mentor to the younger running backs. The mentoring is nothing new for Gash, but the backup role is a change.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER | October 20, 2005
By default, the Ravens are turning to a player who just won't go away. Receiver Randy Hymes figures to have another opportunity when the Ravens play the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Hymes might replace Mark Clayton, who suffered an ankle injury against the Cleveland Browns and missed most of that game. Hymes caught just one pass in more than 50 snaps in place of Clayton against Cleveland, but the reception went for 19 yards and converted a third down. As has been the case during Hymes' four seasons, he made the most of limited chances.
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By BRENT JONES | August 10, 2005
Depleted corps: Jamaine Winborne and Zach Norton rotated at left cornerback for Chris McAlister, who had the day off. With Dale Carter and Deion Sanders also out, the young players proved, at least for a day, that they can run with the big boys. Norton had a solid tackle on Chester Taylor and looked sharp knowing his responsibilities. Winborne knocked down a pass intended for Devard Darling. Good and bad: Kyle Boller threw about as perfect a pass as possible on a 22-yard corner route for a touchdown to Derrick Mason over the outstretched hand of Will Demps.
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By JAMISON HENSLEY and JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER | October 14, 2005
The Ravens received another reminder about their tumultuous start yesterday when coach Brian Billick fielded his second question this season about job security. Just one of three AFC teams with either one or no victories, the Ravens (1-3) have lost by an average margin of 16.7 points. "I don't have the time quite frankly to focus on me or my situation," Billick said. "There's really no right answer for you that could come from me, management, from ownership, that will satisfy those that want to have that perspective.
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By Steve DeClue and Steve DeClue,Special to baltimoresun.com | August 17, 2005
Though Ravens head coach Brian Billick is remaining tight-lipped about negotiations with Peter Boulware, he did admit one thing - the former Raven looked pretty good in a workout earlier today. "We're still evaluating where we are with that and whether we can make that happen or not," Billick said. "Everything about him [Boulware] looked good, fresh. We'll see how we move forward." Boulware, the Ravens' first round draft pick in 1997, was released in May. He played seven seasons in Baltimore before knee and toe injuries forced him to sit out all of 2004.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | October 12, 2002
Tight end Todd Heap and defensive end Tony Weaver were born in 1980. Free safety Will Demps and several other Ravens starters were born a year earlier, and any resentment over the fact that the Colts left Baltimore after the 1983 season, moving to Indianapolis, is lost on them. "For me, the Colts have always been in Indianapolis," Weaver said. "Them being here once, it doesn't matter much to me. I'd love to go beat them and get another win, but as far as a rivalry because they once played here, it isn't there for the players."
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | December 27, 2004
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers' touchdown drive to start the second half - one that included 12 straight runs - looked familiar to Ravens guard Mike Flynn. "That's the kind of stuff we used to do," Flynn said. It was fitting that Flynn used the past tense. Ravens running back Jamal Lewis bulldozed through opponents for a 2,066-yard season a year ago, but the dominant, overpowering running game that was the hallmark of the Ravens offense a year ago has been largely absent this season.
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By BRENT JONES AND PAUL MCMULLEN and BRENT JONES AND PAUL MCMULLEN,SUN STAFF | September 12, 2005
Any thought by the Ravens of slowly working running back Jamal Lewis into the lineup went away shortly after kickoff. Lewis proved to be the workhorse back he has always been in the first half of last night's regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, rushing 12 times for 35 yards. The yardage total was low for Lewis, but the Pro Bowl back showed little signs of a hurt ankle that had him on the injury report or being out of football shape. The Ravens had projected an equitable split between Lewis and backup Chester Taylor, who led the league in the preseason with 207 yards.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER | October 15, 2005
All of the preseason hype surrounding the arrival of Rex Ryan's 46 defense has faded and been replaced with a vexing question: Where is it? Where has the unorthodox, attacking formation that was supposed to turn offenses upside down been through the first quarter of the season? "That was going to be just part of our package, but everyone wanted to say that was what we were going to be," Ryan said. "Well, let the media say that, and we'll just be like whatever. Let people think that. "That was the plan.
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By JAMISON HENSLEY and JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER | October 14, 2005
The Ravens received another reminder about their tumultuous start yesterday when coach Brian Billick fielded his second question this season about job security. Just one of three AFC teams with either one or no victories, the Ravens (1-3) have lost by an average margin of 16.7 points. "I don't have the time quite frankly to focus on me or my situation," Billick said. "There's really no right answer for you that could come from me, management, from ownership, that will satisfy those that want to have that perspective.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER | October 8, 2005
It does not take Rex Ryan long to explain why his run defense, after three games, is second in the league. "Your run defense starts through the middle with two great tackles," said Ryan, the Ravens' defensive coordinator. "That's your anchor. The ball has to go east and west and not north and south. When that happens, you're going to be pretty good." It has been happening for the Ravens primarily because defensive tackles Kelly Gregg and Maake Kemoeatu have been virtually unmovable. The tandem helped keep Curtis Martin, Chris Brown and Edgerrin James all under 100 yards this season.
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By BRENT JONES AND PAUL MCMULLEN and BRENT JONES AND PAUL MCMULLEN,SUN STAFF | September 12, 2005
Any thought by the Ravens of slowly working running back Jamal Lewis into the lineup went away shortly after kickoff. Lewis proved to be the workhorse back he has always been in the first half of last night's regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, rushing 12 times for 35 yards. The yardage total was low for Lewis, but the Pro Bowl back showed little signs of a hurt ankle that had him on the injury report or being out of football shape. The Ravens had projected an equitable split between Lewis and backup Chester Taylor, who led the league in the preseason with 207 yards.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2005
Flanked by two teammates with Louisiana ties - Ed Reed and Alan Ricard - Ravens cornerback Deion Sanders challenged his professional sports colleagues to donate $1,000 to help with the relief effort from the wreckage caused by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Sanders asked each team from the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball and the NHL to elect a captain to serve as the point man in collecting the money. Sanders said he will oversee the project, and his goal is to give at least $1.5 million from the NFL players alone to the Red Cross.
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By Steve DeClue and Steve DeClue,Special to baltimoresun.com | August 17, 2005
Though Ravens head coach Brian Billick is remaining tight-lipped about negotiations with Peter Boulware, he did admit one thing - the former Raven looked pretty good in a workout earlier today. "We're still evaluating where we are with that and whether we can make that happen or not," Billick said. "Everything about him [Boulware] looked good, fresh. We'll see how we move forward." Boulware, the Ravens' first round draft pick in 1997, was released in May. He played seven seasons in Baltimore before knee and toe injuries forced him to sit out all of 2004.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER | October 8, 2005
It does not take Rex Ryan long to explain why his run defense, after three games, is second in the league. "Your run defense starts through the middle with two great tackles," said Ryan, the Ravens' defensive coordinator. "That's your anchor. The ball has to go east and west and not north and south. When that happens, you're going to be pretty good." It has been happening for the Ravens primarily because defensive tackles Kelly Gregg and Maake Kemoeatu have been virtually unmovable. The tandem helped keep Curtis Martin, Chris Brown and Edgerrin James all under 100 yards this season.
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By BRENT JONES | August 10, 2005
Depleted corps: Jamaine Winborne and Zach Norton rotated at left cornerback for Chris McAlister, who had the day off. With Dale Carter and Deion Sanders also out, the young players proved, at least for a day, that they can run with the big boys. Norton had a solid tackle on Chester Taylor and looked sharp knowing his responsibilities. Winborne knocked down a pass intended for Devard Darling. Good and bad: Kyle Boller threw about as perfect a pass as possible on a 22-yard corner route for a touchdown to Derrick Mason over the outstretched hand of Will Demps.
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