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Soon-to-be free-agent receiver Wes Welker likely can remove the Ravens from his list of potential destinations. Welker’s wife launched a Facebook tirade against Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis after Sunday’s AFC title game, in which Mrs. Welker criticizesUpvote Share TweetAs the Eagles' new coach, Chip Kelly faces more challenges than simply finding a quarterback. The biggest one? Adjusting to the NFL game's many differences, says Andy Staples.Upvote Share TweetThe fact that the Ravens and 49ers are coached by the Harbaugh brothers promises to be one of the most discussed angles to Super Bowl XLVII and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh had his first chance to address the topic on Monday. Harbaugh said that he hopes to …Upvote Share TweetJim Caldwell will remain the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator next season.Upvote Share TweetThat goofy Ray Lewis retirement party countdown billboard apparently had an impact on Lewis and the Ravens. There are new billboards in Baltimore that likely won’t impact the looming 2013 rematch between the two teams. According to the Ravens’ officUpvote Share TweetAfter last night’s AFC title game, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs told the Patriots to have fun at the Pro Bowl. Two them won’t. Guard Logan Mankins and receiver Wes Welker won’t be going to the Pro Bowl, because they are injured. They’ll be reUpvote Share Tweet
Jim Nantz takes on Cleveland media over Mike Lombardi criticismThe man known for his “hello, friends” greeting has a very different message for the enemies of new Browns V.P. of player personnel Mike Lombardi. Jim Nantz of CBS has launched an assault against those in the Cleveland media who are criticizing the teUpvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com Updated Jan 21, 2013OK, before we go any further, we have to address Michael Phelps's new look. Apparently, Phelps has been hanging out in a lot of coffee shops and going to a lot of Japandroids concerts since the summer Olympics. Or perhaps he's just a really big fan of t…Upvote Share Tweet
No decision on Browns' defensive schemeThe biggest reservation I had with the hiring of Ray Horton as the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator was his scheme. He learned the 3-4 defense during his days in Pittsburgh and that's the style of defense he ran as the defensive coordinator in Ar…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Ravens talk with J. Michael and Patriots talk with Tom CurranThe Ravens reversed the result from last season and outlasted the Patriots on the road Sunday to advance to the Super Bowl. Monday’s PFT Live will be devoted to talking about that game from both angles. J. Michael of CSN Baltimore will join Mike FlorioUpvote Share TweetTight end Owen Daniels was added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster Monday, making him the ninth Texan and the second AFC replacement tight end in the all-star game. Daniels will go in the place of the injured Rob Gronkowski, since Bengals tight end Jermaine Gr…Upvote Share TweetThe Ravens are headed to the Super Bowl, and a day before the big game, Hall of Fame voters will decide whether Art Modell gets inducted. Modell passed away just before the start of the season at the age of 87, but his spirit remains with the Ravens. Th…Upvote Share TweetThe next two weeks are going to be filled with plenty of storylines. There’s the brothers Harbaugh squaring off in the Super Bowl, Colin Kaepernick’s stunning rise and Ray Lewis‘ farewell tour, for starters. There’s also going to be a lot of “IsUpvote Share TweetFOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Ravens safety Ed Reed is going to the first Super Bowl of his 11-year NFL career. It's more special to Reed that he will be playing the biggest game of his life near his hometown. Reed grew up in St. Rose, La., which is about 17 mil…Upvote Share TweetPatriots Coach Bill Belichick was criticized for being too conservative, for not talking to CBS and for everything else under the sun after a loss in the A.F.C. title game.Upvote Share TweetA look at how the Bills scout the Senior Bowl. Members of the Dolphins shared their thoughts on the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Patriots WR Wes Welker was left to lament missed opportunities after Sunday’s loss to the Ravens. Jets NT Sione Pouha isUpvote Share Tweet
Leavy explains decision to uphold key Pats fumbleThe AFC title game changed dramatically when, after the Ravens opened an eight-point lead on the first snap of the fourth quarter, a run by Pats running back Stevan Ridley resulted in a helmet-to-helmet hit that seemed to knock him out on his feet, caus…Upvote Share TweetFOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Ravens coach John Harbaugh has prided himself in changing the bad-boy culture of the Ravens. The Ravens have talked at length about how faith has helped them in this playoff run and they'll even recite passages from the Bible in pos…Upvote Share Tweet
49ers and Ravens: The More Physical Teams WonSan Francisco used its bruising ground game, and Baltimore relied on its rugged defense, to advance to the Super Bowl.Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Jan 21, 2013Ravens head coach John Harbaugh reacts to having to face his brother Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.Upvote Share TweetThe Ravens are the first underdog of more than a touchdown to win both the division and championship playoff rounds.Upvote Share TweetFOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For the past two games, the Ravens were 9.5-point underdogs. And, for the past two games, the Ravens have beaten Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. You don't have to like the Ravens. But you certainly have to respect the playoff run they…Upvote Share TweetPatriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t talk to CBS immediately after Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, but he did talk to the media afterward, and he continued emphasizing the same things: He was disappointed in losing, and he didn’t think the loss could bUpvote Share Tweet
Is Defense (and Running) Still the Key to Winning in the N.F.L.?New England and Atlanta, high-scoring offenses in the regular season, were each shut out in the second half.Upvote Share Tweet
We Went There: Ravens-Patriotsgrantland.com Updated Jan 21, 2013My friend Garrett, of Boston, has been calling Ravens QB Joe Flacco "FlaccoLOL" all year. Every one of those Bad Joe Flacco Games this season, with th...Upvote Share Tweet
About Last Weekend: The Ravens' Revengegrantland.com Updated Jan 21, 2013In case you were busy writing the first part of a gritty 3-D trilogy reimagining the story of Humpty Dumpty called "HD Volume One: Sitting on a Wall,"...Upvote Share Tweet
Is Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis the key to the team's success?Jan 21The "NFL Total Access" crew debate whether or not the Baltimore Ravens would be in the Super Bowl without linebacker Ray Lewis.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco: Super Bowl quarterbackJan 21Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's stellar 2012 postseason continued Sunday in the AFC Championship Game. Has Flacco done enough to silence his critics?
'The Coaches show': What impact has Jim Caldwell had on the Baltimore Ravens' offense?Jan 21Brian Billick and Dennis Green discuss what has changed for the Baltimore Ravens since Jim Caldwell became their offensive coordinator.
John Harbaugh and Baltimore Ravens ready for challengeJan 21Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh discusses how his team will prepare for the Super Bowl, coaching against his brother and if the feeling of heading to New Orleans has set in yet.
Clayton's mailbag: Diversity efforts need refiningJan 21The Rooney Rule is nice in theory, but the NFL's diversity efforts must evolve. Plus, reader questions.
Peter King: Two compelling championship games produced HarBowlJan 21ATLANTA -- The Niners are back. Hard to believe it's been 18 years since Steve Young threw six touchdown passes to shred the Chargers, then mimed having a monkey on his back while begging Harris Barton to rip it off, only to throw up a Gatorade/cookie m…