Kirby Wilson in the running for Ravens offensive coordinator job?

 

Could the division rival Ravens be poaching the Steelers coaching staff? Running backs coach Kirby Wilson who became very involved in the Steelers offense this season (in the second half), is among four candidates for the Ravens offensive coordinator position, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. Wilson was once looked at as Mike Tomlin’s hand picked successor to Bruce Arians but Wilson was severely burned in a house fire that winter when Arians was fired by Steelers ownership. The Steelers offense started to take off this season when Mike Tomlin became more involved in the offense that really started going into the Lions game on November 17th where the Steelers started fully coming around to the “no huddle” offense, thanks to Tomlin forcing it on offensive coordinator and making Haley still with it. From there, Wilson also saw his role grow behind the scenes, team sources say. WilsonRead More »

Ravens sign Elvis Dumervil

 

According to the Denver Post, OLB Elvis Dumervil has signed with the Baltimore Ravens, agreeing to a multi-year deal, per the report. Dumervil picked the Ravens over the Broncos. Pittsburgh looked into Dumervil but were not a finalist for him. Dumervil’s deal is expected to average around $6.5 million per season in the first two years. Overall, Dumervil’s deal comes out to 5 years, $35 million with a cap hit of just $2.5 million in 2013. The Dumervil signing kills any chance of James Harrison becoming a Raven. Harrison was scheduled to visit the Ravens on Monday and he has found little to no suitors on the open market.

Ravens looking at James Harrison as a situational pass rusher

 

LATEST ON JAMES HARRISON James Harrison has clearly played his hand wrong. The 34 year old linebacker this week turned down an opportunity to return to the Steelers for around $4.5 million in 2013, but the Steelers asking Harrison to take a paycut hurt his pride too much and he made the decision that he would be willing to accept less money elsewhere than take a paycut with the Steelers. That’s how things are playing out and in the realm of things it’s a dumb decision by Harrison. While agent Bill Parise has held preliminary discussions with a number of teams, including the Saints, Eagles and Ravens, a lot of these discussions have been the agent reaching out to the team, not the team reaching out to the agent. However, the Ravens continue to emerge as a possible landing spot. The Ravens have expressed interest in bringing Harrison in forRead More »

Ravens defense to take huge hit for 2012

 

The Baltimore Ravens vaunted linebacking corps won’t be so vaunted in 2012. After losing Jarrett Johnson to free agency, the hits keep coming to the Ravens front-seven and the latest hit is a significant one, losing 2011 defensive player of the year Terrell Suggs to a torn achilles that is expected to sideline him for the rest of the season. There’s not a player on that defense who impacts a game more than Suggs who led the Ravens with 14 sacks, 10 tackles for loss and 7 forced fumbles in 2011. This is like Pittsburgh losing Troy Polamalu for the year. The biggest concern for the Ravens moving forward is the sudden drop they are likely to have in the sack department after recording 48 sacks in 2011. After Suggs team-high 14 sacks, the next highest sack total on the team was Pernell McPhee who had 6 sacks on theRead More »

Around the NFL: Ravens can’t handle Success

 

Around the NFL Ravens stumble in Seattle: Just a week after giving their coach a Gatorade bath and celebrating like they were headed to the Super Bowl, the Ravens today once again showed they can’t handle success. Baltimore (6-3) stumbled in Seattle (3-6), losing 22-17, against a 2-6 team at the time with no offensive attack. Joe Flacco threw 52 times, posting a 67.4 QB rating and averaged just 4.9 yards per pass. A week after torching the Steelers on third downs, Baltimore was 5 of 12 on third downs. The Ravens are now 6-3 in an AFC North division and there is still a ton of football left. Baltimore falls a game behind 7-3 Pittsburgh and host the 6-3 Bengals next week. Cleveland fell to 3-6 on the season and won’t be a factor in the AFC North. Texans the best team in the AFC?: The Houston Texans (7-3) suddenlyRead More »

Steelers – Ravens: What We Learned

 

Steelers – Ravens Post Game Buzz The Steelers didn’t get the memo that the preseason ended. The Ravens pounded the Steelers in all three phases and until today, the Steelers were never so physically dominated on both sides of the ball ever in the Mike Tomlin era. The shocking part wasn’t that the Steelers lost in Baltimore but just how they took such a beating and showed no emotion defensively. However, more shocking wasn’t the enept play from the defense, but the performance from the offense that was clicking on all cylinders in the preseason, and just had no continuity on Sunday afternoon. To no surprise, there is a panic from Steelers fans and NFL pundits are clamoring on the Steelers age factor. The good news for the Steelers is that they get Seattle at home next week, followed by Kerry Collins and the Indianapolis Colts in week 3 beforeRead More »

5 Key Matchups to Watch: Advantage goes to Steelers in several key ones

 

Steelers – Ravens Since 2008, the Pittsburgh Steelers are 6-2 against the Baltimore Ravens and psychologically own the Ravens, winning every big game that counts during that span, including two post-season victories in the past three years. The Steelers have always been the one’s coming up with that big play or two, which becomes the difference in the game. Baltimore though is trying to tell themselves on the belief that the Steelers have been lucky. “They’ve {Pittsburgh} just been really fortunate, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said on the Jim Rome show this week. If you’ve seen it, it comes down to one or two plays…..Don’t be fooled. Yes, they’ve won, but don’t be fooled. Like people say, ‘Pittsburgh’s won six of the last eight,’ but look at the scores. It’s like one play here and one play there. A lot of those wins could go the other way, ” Suggs said. ManyRead More »