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By Mike Preston | December 20, 1998
1 The offensive line must control the line of scrimmage and establish the run.2 Avoid turnovers -- the six last week against the Vikings doomed the Ravens to defeat.L 3 Get pressure on inexperienced quarterback Steve Stenstrom.Pub Date: 12/20/98
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Having grown up in Annapolis, Bill Belichick remembers watching quarterback Johnny Unitas , one of the NFL's pioneers of the pass, drive the Baltimore Colts up and down the field with their version of the two-minute drill. At the time, no one did it quite like the man with the golden arm. Nearly four decades after Unitas retired, quarterback Tom Brady often forgoes a huddle, racing to the line of scrimmage to exploit reeling defenses. Some suggest his New England Patriots are pioneers of sorts with what they have done this season, but Belichick spikes that notion.
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By NFL/KNIGHT-RIDDER TRIBUNE | September 2, 1994
New NFL rules thius season are designed to give offensivve play a major goost.Two-point conversionBall will be placed on 2-yard line after a touchdown: offense has choice of kicking for one point or running or passing for two.Radio helmetsQuarterback will receive plays from coaches through a scrambler-equipped radio in his helmet.Roughing the passerDefense has one step to make contact with passer after pass is released, instead of after completion of throwing motion; stricter enforcement againstdefense's stuffing quarter back to ground or driving him down after ball is thrown.
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Mike Preston | October 17, 2011
Each week, the Ravens keep adding another name to a list that already includes Pittsburgh's Rashard Mendenhall, Tennessee's Chris Johnson, St. Louis's Steven Jackson and Houston's Arian Foster. The Ravens haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 2011. Next up is Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew, who hasn't played against a run defense like the Ravens. They're No. 3 in the NFL, allowing only 76.6 yards per game, and they're only going to get better. "One thing you do see and something that we speak very high on [is]
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December 15, 2003
Brady Smith Loyola Smith did a little bit of everything for the second-ranked Dons. And he did it very well. "You can't find a player who can play more positions on defense," Dons coach Brian Abbott said of Smith, who saw action as a strong safety, cornerback, defensive end and linebacker. "He plays every team's top guy, has a great combination of speed, size and power and can take over a game." Smith, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound junior, finished with 65 tackles, nine behind the line of scrimmage, four sacks, three interceptions and a fumble recovery, as the Dons won their first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title since 1997.
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January 25, 1998
OffenseAudible: A change of plays called by the quarterback at the line of scrimmage.Blindside: The side opposite from the quarterback's throwing arm, where he has less-than-maximum vision when setting to throw.Bootleg: A play in which the quarterback carries the hidden ball away from the direction of the play.Clipping: An illegal block in which an offensive player hits a defensive player from behind.Crackback block: An illegal block executed by an offensive player positioned more than 2 yards outside an offensive tackle.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | September 2, 2006
Demetrius Williams, the Ravens' fourth-round pick this year, could have a major impact. Just send him 3 or 4 yards off the line of scrimmage, get him the ball and stay out of his way. He looks explosive after the catch. David Wells has left Boston, but he won't be forgotten. The Red Sox are retiring his bar stool. I can admit when I'm wrong, probably because I've had so much practice. When the Orioles were courting Frank Thomas during the winter meetings, I shot down the idea. But Thomas has 28 homers and 79 RBIs entering last night's game, and he hasn't broken down.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | November 11, 2007
At a time when the season could be slipping away from the Ravens, there are no more excuses for their offense and besieged quarterback Steve McNair. The Ravens' offense expects to field its original starting lineup for the first time since the season opener. Across the line of scrimmage are the Cincinnati Bengals, who have the NFL's 31st-ranked defense, which is tied with the winless Miami Dolphins for most points allowed. Bengals@Ravens Today, 4:05 p.m., chs. 13, 9, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Ravens by 3 1/2
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November 24, 1999
What's the call?POP-FLY PUNTAztec State is playing Mellon College in a football game.It's fourth-and-six for Aztec. Joe "The Toe" Grullon lines up 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage to punt. Hut! Hut! Hike! Joe takes the snap.Oops! The ball slips out of Joe's hands just as he is about to kick it. He hits the ball with his ankle! The ball soars straight up ... and falls straight down. It lands about a foot in front of Joe. Aztec running back Juan Rodriguez scoops up the ball and scampers across the line of scrimmage.
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By Derek Toney | October 14, 1990
About 10 minutes after Gilman's football team had defeated visiting Calvert Hall, 27-0, word reached the Greyhounds' locker room that Loyola had knocked off No. 1 Poly.Gilman running back Ed Trusty heard the news and said: "We still have to play one game at a time and not take anything for granted."Trusty's performance yesterday was not to be taken for granted. In a little over three quarters against the Cardinals (2-4, 1-3), the 5-foot-7 senior rushed for 198 yards and scored three touchdowns, helping No. 5 Gilman tighten the race for first place in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference.
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By MIKE PRESTON | August 9, 2009
On draft weekend in April, University of Georgia linebacker Dannell Ellerbe kept watching the clock and waiting for the phone to ring. No NFL team called during the two days, as each hour passed slowly. A lot of teams called shortly after the draft was over, but a dream and reportedly $2,000 more in bonus money persuaded Ellerbe to sign a free-agent contract with the Ravens. And now the fight is on. "I just want to prove myself and show everybody that I'm good enough to play in the NFL," Ellerbe said.
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September 8, 2008
QB B- Joe Flacco managed the game well, especially considering that he is a rookie. He had a few misfirings but for the most part did a nice job handling the pressure. He had a touchdown run, and his block led to another touchdown off a double reverse. OL A The Ravens dominated the Bengals up front, particularly in the second half. The Ravens found a lot of yardage to the left side behind tackle Jared Gaither and guard Ben Grubbs.Center Jason Brown was dominant at the point of attack.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | November 11, 2007
At a time when the season could be slipping away from the Ravens, there are no more excuses for their offense and besieged quarterback Steve McNair. The Ravens' offense expects to field its original starting lineup for the first time since the season opener. Across the line of scrimmage are the Cincinnati Bengals, who have the NFL's 31st-ranked defense, which is tied with the winless Miami Dolphins for most points allowed. Bengals@Ravens Today, 4:05 p.m., chs. 13, 9, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Ravens by 3 1/2
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By JAMISON HENSLEY | October 29, 2007
On Sept. 14, 2003, in the greatest feat over the 10 seasons at the Ravens' stadium, Jamal Lewis hammered his way to 295 rushing yards in a 33-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns, breaking the NFL mark, held by the Cincinnati Bengals' Corey Dillon, by 17 yards. Lewis had predicted the feat three days earlier in a phone call with Cleveland linebacker Andra Davis, saying he would break the record if he was given 30 carries. "It was like Babe Ruth pointing to the fence before the home run," Ravens coach Brian Billick said.
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By MIKE PRESTON | September 18, 2007
It was 16 hours after the Ravens had held on for a 20-13 victory over the New York Jets, and Ravens secondary coach Dennis Thurman still had his game face on. He seemed irritated, disgruntled and was downright nasty at times. That happens when a game that should have been a rout turns into a nail-biter because a secondary loaded with Pro Bowl players calls it a day a quarter before the game ends. The Ravens had trouble keeping their focus. Of New York's 235 passing yards, 176 came in the fourth quarter when the Jets had scoring drives of 68 and 81 yards.
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By MIKE PRESTON | September 17, 2007
The Ravens gave New York Jets wide receiver Justin McCareins the game ball last night and, of course, he dropped it. McCareins dropped two game-tying touchdown passes in the final two minutes, ruining a comeback attempt by New York as the Ravens held on for a 20-13 victory. While McCareins became the goat, it certainly opened up some questions about the Ravens' secondary, which supposedly had taken care of communication problems in training camp. It's apparent the secondary still has bugs to work out, as exemplifed by extra defensive backs Corey Ivy and Gerome Sapp looking so confused.
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By MIKE PRESTON | November 29, 2004
Quarterback: Of the Ravens' first six plays, five were passes. Poor coaching. Boller isn't ready to carry an offense. He was erratic and tried to force passes. If the Patriots defenders could catch the ball, he would have been intercepted three times instead of once. He isn't ready for prime time yet. GRADE: D- Running backs: Chester Taylor ran hard and made yards when there were no holes. Several times he ran through tackles by safety Rodney Harrison, one of the hardest hitters in the league.
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By MIKE PRESTON | November 6, 2006
Quarterback B Steve McNair came out smoking in the first half but cooled down in the second. He has been lucky this season that some of his bad passes have not been picked off. He could easily have had two returned for touchdowns yesterday. But he did complete 21 of 31 passes for 245 yards. Running backs C Despite trying to get the running game going, the Ravens weren't really effective. Jamal Lewis had 72 yards on 24 carries and the team finished with 129 on 38 carries, but 30 yards came on a wimpy draw to Musa Smith at the end of the half instead of the Ravens attempting a long pass.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | September 2, 2006
Demetrius Williams, the Ravens' fourth-round pick this year, could have a major impact. Just send him 3 or 4 yards off the line of scrimmage, get him the ball and stay out of his way. He looks explosive after the catch. David Wells has left Boston, but he won't be forgotten. The Red Sox are retiring his bar stool. I can admit when I'm wrong, probably because I've had so much practice. When the Orioles were courting Frank Thomas during the winter meetings, I shot down the idea. But Thomas has 28 homers and 79 RBIs entering last night's game, and he hasn't broken down.
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