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Ravens to erect a Ray Lewis statue

Ravens to erect a Ray Lewis statue

The irony of the overlap between football and religion is that the ultimate prize in the NFL is worshiped like the golden calf from Exodus 32. Folks in Baltimore will eventually be able to bow at the sculpted likeness of linebacker Ray Lewis. Via ESPN.c…
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  • Jim Harbaugh: A penalty is a penalty on the first play or the l…

    Jim Harbaugh: A penalty is a penalty on the first play or the last play

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    After the officials did not call pass interference against Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith on the 49ers’ final offensive play of the Super Bowl, many observers who agreed with the non-call said that in a key play with the championship on the line, the off
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  • League’s new officiating guru defends key Super Bowl non-call

    League’s new officiating guru defends key Super Bowl non-call

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Dean Blandino wasn’t in charge of the league’s officials during Super Bowl XLVII.  But he is now, and he’s doing his best to explain away the decision not to throw a flag on Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith for defensive holding/pass interference agai
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network: Jerod Mayo, AFC East offseason previ…

    PFT on NBC Sports Network: Jerod Mayo, AFC East offseason preview

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    We’re easing into the offseason this week on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network and Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo will help us with that process on Thursday. Mayo will talk to Erik Kuselias about the state of the Patriots after their loss to the R
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  • Rewriting History: Now that 2012 is wrapped, we have some persp…

    Rewriting History: Now that 2012 is wrapped, we have some perspectiv…

    CNNSI.com Feb 7, 2013
    Now that 2012 is wrapped, we have some perspective on last season's rookies. If teams could do the first round over again, who would they draft? Don Banks has the answer.
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  • First look at free agency: Cleveland Browns

    First look at free agency: Cleveland Browns

    ESPN.com Feb 7, 2013
    Here's what the Cleveland Browns should do with their prime free agents. The NFL free-agency period begins March 12. SHOULD RE-SIGN K Phil Dawson. It should be a priority to keep Dawson. He made 29 of 31 field goals (93.5 percent) in 2012, including sev…
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  • Ray Rice is head over heels for Joe Flacco

    Ray Rice is head over heels for Joe Flacco

    Ravens running back Ray Rice thinks his quarterback is the best in the game right now, and he has two reasons. The Super Bowl title is one, but Rice may have some mild head trauma after an accident during the Ravens victory parade. Rice was the latest t…
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  • Ravens won’t restructure contracts to keep team together

    Ravens won’t restructure contracts to keep team together

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    When the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV, they restructured a lot of contracts to ensure that the nucleus of their title team remained together as long as possible. The result was not a repeat championship. The Ravens made the playoffs in two of the next thr…
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  • PFT Live: Joe Linta, Anthony Becht

    PFT Live: Joe Linta, Anthony Becht

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Thanks to his Super Bowl MVP award and expiring contract, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is the man of the hour. That’s going to make for a busy few weeks for Joe Linta, Flacco’s agent and the man responsible for hammering out a new deal with the Raven
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  • Report: Eagles hire Billy Davis as defensive coordinator

    Report: Eagles hire Billy Davis as defensive coordinator

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    The Eagles appear to have found a defensive coordinator, and it was neither a college coach waiting for National Signing Day, nor someone involved in the Super Bowl. According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com, the Eagles are hiring former Browns assista…
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  • John Settle will coach the Browns running backs

    John Settle will coach the Browns running backs

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has reached into his recent past to find his team’s running backs coach. John Settle was fired by the Panthers before Chudzinski left his post as the team’s offensive coordinator, but it clearly wasn’t because Chudzinski
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  • McShay's mock draft 2.0: AFC North

    McShay's mock draft 2.0: AFC North

    ESPN.com Feb 7, 2013
    ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay put together his Mock 2.0 . As always, you'll need an Insider subscription to see the entire post. But I have received permission to share with you some details about the teams in the division: 6. Cleveland Browns Kiper's …
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  • Tony Casillas: 1990s Cowboys used medicine meant for horses

    Tony Casillas: 1990s Cowboys used medicine meant for horses

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Former Cowboys defensive lineman Tony Casillas says that when the team was winning Super Bowls in the 1990s, players frequently used a medication meant for horses. Asked on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas about Ray Lewis’s alleged use of a banned substance cont
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  • Steelers could be facing another purge of veterans

    Steelers could be facing another purge of veterans

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Last year, the Steelers had to cut players like linebacker James Farrior and receiver Hines Ward in order to get in line with the 2012 salary cap. As Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explains it, last year’s changes could be a “drop in the
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  • First look at free agency: Cincinnati Bengals

    First look at free agency: Cincinnati Bengals

    ESPN.com Feb 7, 2013
    Here's what the Cincinnati Bengals should do with their prime free agents. The NFL free-agency period begins March 12. SHOULD RE-SIGN DE Michael Johnson, OT Andre Smith, CB Terence Newman, CB Adam Jones, LB Thomas Howard, DT Pat Sims, DE Wallace Gilberr…
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  • Jacoby Jones hopes to retire a Raven

    Jacoby Jones hopes to retire a Raven

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    After he was abruptly and unceremoniously cut by the Texans on May 1, receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones found a new home in Baltimore.  Now, after playing an indispensable role in the Ravens’ Super bowl win, Jones hopes it’s permanent. “I want to
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  • Wake-up call: Cam Cameron to get a ring

    Wake-up call: Cam Cameron to get a ring

    ESPN.com Feb 7, 2013
    Like every morning in the AFC North blog, here's your wake-up call ... RAVENS: Even though Cam Cameron was fired as Ravens offensive coordinator during the regular season, he remained close with John Harbaugh and even texted the Ravens coach through the…
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  • Video - Cold Hard Facts 01:27

    Cold Hard Facts

    Feb 7
    Darren Woodson shares his thoughts on who should be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL and which player is worth the most.
  • Video - Would Baltimore Ravens have won Super Bowl without Ray Lewis? 01:37

    Would Baltimore Ravens have won Super Bowl without Ray Lewis?

    Feb 7
    Dwight Freeney and Donovan McNabb join "NFL Total Access" to discuss how important the emotional leadership of retiring linebacker Ray Lewis was to the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl run.
  • Video - The Baltimore Ravens have offseason priorities 01:59

    The Baltimore Ravens have offseason priorities

    Feb 7
    Albert Breer joins "NFL Total Access" with a report from Maryland about what the Baltimore Ravens offseason personnel priorities are, and how they will address them.
  • Video - Inside the Huddle: Super Bowl Red Zone, Refs, Stats and Tackles 02:06

    Inside the Huddle: Super Bowl Red Zone, Refs, Stats and Tackles

    Feb 7
    Inside the Huddle reveals Super Bowl secrets: Kaepernick's red zone playoff stats, officials in denial over defensive holding calls, the increase in Super Bowl scoring production and what will happen to all those left tackles who are now free agents?

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Williams, Titans may be the best thing for each other

    Feb 7
    To paint Tennessee's hiring of well-known NFL pariah Gregg Williams on Thursday as nothing more than an act of desperation is not a totally baseless characterization. For either Titans head coach Mike Munchak or Williams himself.
  • Don Banks: Taking a second look at 2012 NFL Draft's first round

    Feb 7
    With the Super Bowl in the books, we can now stand clear enough to view the NFL's 2012 season through the prism of history, all 267 games worth (256 in the regular season and 11 in the playoffs). Before looking ahead to 2013, let's look back one last ti…