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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
Twelve years later, the play sticks in Jeff Mitchell's mind. The one-time Ravens center can still hear the collision, see the Denver player fold and sense the game turning on one bone-jarring hit. "I'd never seen anything like it," Mitchell said of the play that occurred early in the Ravens' victory over Denver in the 2000 playoffs. "Our fullback, Sam Gash, was lead blocker on an outside run when he met up with Bill Romanowski, the Broncos' linebacker who'd been trash-talking all week in the media.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
Twelve years later, the play sticks in Jeff Mitchell's mind. The one-time Ravens center can still hear the collision, see the Denver player fold and sense the game turning on one bone-jarring hit. "I'd never seen anything like it," Mitchell said of the play that occurred early in the Ravens' victory over Denver in the 2000 playoffs. "Our fullback, Sam Gash, was lead blocker on an outside run when he met up with Bill Romanowski, the Broncos' linebacker who'd been trash-talking all week in the media.
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By Gary Lambrecht | October 3, 1999
Ravens C Jeff Mitchell vs. Falcons LB Jessie TuggleRavens center Jeff Mitchell saw a pretty good imitation of Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Jessie Tuggle every day in practice last week. His name is Ray Lewis.Today against the Falcons, Mitchell will plan on seeing Tuggle on many occasions. Although Mitchell will get help from either of his guards, Everett Lindsay or Jeff Blackshear, or fullback Chuck Evans, he knows on most running plays, he will find Tuggle. And the 13-year veteran will be trying to do what he does best -- disrupt and destroy plays.
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November 17, 2002
Today Washington at N.Y. Giants REDSKINS: Out: S Sam Shade (neck); G Brenden Stai (knee). Questionable: RB Stephen Davis (knee); DE Carl Powell (groin); QB Danny Wuerffel (shoulder). Probable: DT Daryl Gardener (back); WR Rod Gardner (shoulder); LB Kevin Mitchell (knee). GIANTS: Out: WR Tim Carter (Achilles-injured reserve); G Dusty Zeigler (knee-injured reserve). Doubtful: LB Nick Greisen (foot) Questionable: WR-KR Ron Dixon (knee); LB Quincy Monk (ankle); P Tom Rouen (concussion); RB Charles Stackhouse (ankle)
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | September 4, 1998
When the Ravens decided to commit to a two-back offensive set, the players who welcomed the news with the most excitement were the guys up front.To put it simply, a two-back attack is just what the offensive line craved. That philosophy guarantees a commitment to the running game, which is music to the ears of any line."We want to be physical. We want to smash people," right guard Jeff Blackshear said.The offensive line, one of the strengths of the team since it moved to Baltimore in 1996, will get plenty of chances to play smash-mouth football.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | October 20, 2000
If the Ravens are going to find the end zone Sunday, they'll apparently have to do it without their starting center and fullback. It's unlikely that either center Jeff Mitchell (ankle) or fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo (turf toe) will play against the Tennessee Titans. Mitchell aggravated a high ankle sprain on Tuesday's off-day when he was working with team trainer Bill Tessendorf, and then tweaked the ankle again in yesterday's practice. "At this point in time, he's not able to take the pressure of a bull rush," Tessendorf said.
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By Mike Preston | September 19, 1999
Ravens run offense vs. Steelers run defense EDGE - STEELERSThe Ravens had some success last week against the Rams, but coach Brian Billick may have moved away from the running game too soon. The Ravens' inside line -- guards Jeff Blackshear and Everett Lindsay and center Jeff Mitchell -- needs to have a solid game against nose tackle Joel Steed and linebackers Levon Kirkland and Earl Holmes. Right offensive tackle Harry Swayne also needs to step up his game from a week ago.Ravens pass offense vs. Steelers pass defense EDGE - EVENIf the Steelers have a weakness on defense, it's at the cornerback position with Chad Scott and Dewayne Washington.
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By Ken Murray | October 26, 2000
Quarterback D Tony Banks did not produce a touchdown in six of his last nine starts, dating to last season. He had his moments - the five TD passes against Jacksonville, two against Cincinnati - but he was much too inconsistent for a team with playoff ambitions. The wheels flew off when he threw three picks in the third quarter against Tennessee, leaving Brian Billick no choice but to change to Trent Dilfer. Up until then, Banks had done a good job of protecting the ball. Running backs B+ The rushing numbers are almost identical to last season's midseason stats, but the potential is much greater.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | November 21, 2000
Last season, the Ravens' offense was a paint-by-numbers project. This season, the Ravens are into impressionism. The difference was readily apparent in Week 12, when they bulldozed the Dallas Cowboys for a franchise-record 479 total yards and a 27-0 win. Two years in the making, coach Brian Billick's offense has gone from abstract to artful, from the drawing board to the team's record book. Not only was 479 a franchise high, so were the 250 rushing yards the Ravens gouged out against the NFL's worst rush defense.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | August 23, 1999
Ravens coach Brian Billick envisions an offense that will put together an occasional long drive, avoid turnovers and use its speed to hurt opponents with the big play. The vision started to take shape in Saturday night's 19-6 preseason victory over the NFC champion Atlanta Falcons. Quarterback Scott Mitchell and wide receiver Jermaine Lewis awakened together, after so-so starts in the preseason opener against Philadelphia. They combined for four, key pass plays in an 83-yard drive in the first quarter, resulting in a 24-yard field goal by Scott Bentley.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | April 16, 2001
While the offensive line represents a draft priority, the Ravens insist that it's far from an early-round lock. With a line anchored on the ends by tackles Jonathan Ogden and Leon Searcy, the Ravens will tap into the draft for help at the interior, the team's predominant question mark. But it's not a sure bet that they will automatically jump at taking Michigan tackle Maurice Williams or Nebraska center Dominic Raiola with the first round's 31st and last pick. The Ravens could end up addressing the offensive line in the middle rounds.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | November 21, 2000
Last season, the Ravens' offense was a paint-by-numbers project. This season, the Ravens are into impressionism. The difference was readily apparent in Week 12, when they bulldozed the Dallas Cowboys for a franchise-record 479 total yards and a 27-0 win. Two years in the making, coach Brian Billick's offense has gone from abstract to artful, from the drawing board to the team's record book. Not only was 479 a franchise high, so were the 250 rushing yards the Ravens gouged out against the NFL's worst rush defense.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2000
The Ravens might as well hold their offensive line meetings in the trainer's room. All five starting linemen - center Jeff Mitchell (knee and ankle), left tackle Jonathan Ogden (ankle), left guard Edwin Mulitalo (ankle), right guard Mike Flynn (finger) and right tackle Harry Swayne (hamstring) - are nursing injuries heading into Sunday's game with Dallas. Only Swayne is likely to be sidelined as of yesterday. That's why if misery loves company, this is the tightest group on the team. "We always say there's a sniper up in the stands just biding his time taking his shots at us," Mulitalo said.
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By Ken Murray | October 26, 2000
Quarterback D Tony Banks did not produce a touchdown in six of his last nine starts, dating to last season. He had his moments - the five TD passes against Jacksonville, two against Cincinnati - but he was much too inconsistent for a team with playoff ambitions. The wheels flew off when he threw three picks in the third quarter against Tennessee, leaving Brian Billick no choice but to change to Trent Dilfer. Up until then, Banks had done a good job of protecting the ball. Running backs B+ The rushing numbers are almost identical to last season's midseason stats, but the potential is much greater.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | October 20, 2000
If the Ravens are going to find the end zone Sunday, they'll apparently have to do it without their starting center and fullback. It's unlikely that either center Jeff Mitchell (ankle) or fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo (turf toe) will play against the Tennessee Titans. Mitchell aggravated a high ankle sprain on Tuesday's off-day when he was working with team trainer Bill Tessendorf, and then tweaked the ankle again in yesterday's practice. "At this point in time, he's not able to take the pressure of a bull rush," Tessendorf said.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | October 19, 2000
The Ravens' offense is limping nowadays, and so is one of its most consistent offensive weapons. On Sunday against the Washington Redskins, starting fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo sustained a bruise and sprain of his right big toe, an injury commonly referred to as turf toe, and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans. The Ravens' second-leading receiver, Ayanbadejo injured the toe when a teammate fell on his heel and jammed his toe into the turf during Matt Stover's second-quarter field goal.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1998
In the past three days, Jeff Mitchell has been the center of a lot of attention.With regular center Wally Williams not attending minicamp because of contract negotiations, Mitchell, 6 feet 4, 300 pounds, has been running with the first-team offense. And holding his own.Mitchell, in his second year out of the University of Florida, isn't ready for prime time yet, but he has made steady progress since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the first full week of training camp last season.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2000
The Ravens might as well hold their offensive line meetings in the trainer's room. All five starting linemen - center Jeff Mitchell (knee and ankle), left tackle Jonathan Ogden (ankle), left guard Edwin Mulitalo (ankle), right guard Mike Flynn (finger) and right tackle Harry Swayne (hamstring) - are nursing injuries heading into Sunday's game with Dallas. Only Swayne is likely to be sidelined as of yesterday. That's why if misery loves company, this is the tightest group on the team. "We always say there's a sniper up in the stands just biding his time taking his shots at us," Mulitalo said.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | August 23, 2000
Jeff Mitchell isn't known for his quickness, but he has proved to be a fast learner. The Ravens' starting center isn't the biggest player on the team either, but the fate of the offensive line may rest on his shoulders. In a span of four years, Mitchell has gone from the lineman who couldn't run-block to the one running the show, representing the keystone to the Ravens' new-look attack front. Besides directing blocking assignments before each play, Mitchell has the added responsibility of playing between Edwin Mulitalo and Mike Flynn, two guards who have combined to start eight NFL games.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | April 15, 2000
While the Ravens haven't hid the fact that they will take an "offensive" approach to this weekend's NFL draft, they may not limit themselves to just the skill positions. The Ravens will have a good chance to boost their firepower with a versatile running back and a play-making wide-out with their two first-round choices. After that, they hope to shore up their offensive line in a draft short on stars but deep in guards and tackles. The biggest area of concern remains right guard, where third-year reserve Mike Flynn would probably be expected to start right now. The Ravens then would look to secure some insurance to a front line that has been hindered by injuries and the loss of two starters, guard-tackle Everett Lindsay (signed with Cleveland)
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