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Zorn hired as new QB coach (updated)

Just four days after losing Hue Jackson to the Raiders, the Ravens have found a new quarterbacks coach, and they're going with a guy familiar with the Mid-Atlantic area. The team has announced that they've hired former Redskins head coach Jim Zorn as their QB coach. Zorn got the nod over Al Saunders, who was with the Ravens as an offensive consultant this season and

Some of this, some of that

Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner is expected to announce his retirement in a press conference today. Is he Hall of Fame worthy? Well, let's see... Warner's a five-time Pro Bowler, two-time league MVP, Super Bowl winner, two-time Super Bowl runner-up and Super Bowl MVP. He has the second highest completion percentage in NFL history, and has posted the three highest single-game passing yardage totals in Super

Harbaugh on where Kruger fits in

It would be fair to say that Paul Kruger was a little displeased with his amount of playing time in his rookie year. Now, with the 2009 season behind him, it will interesting to see how much game action Kruger sees in the coming years. To head coach John Harbaugh, the main issue limiting Kruger is a simple one - he's blocked on the depth

Kruger addresses his lack of P.T.

Without a doubt, Paul Kruger's finest moment as a rookie came back in the Ravens' Week 12 win over the Steelers. With the game in overtime, Kruger picked off Pittsburgh quarterback Dennis Dixon and returned the interception 26 yards to the Steelers' 28. Six plays later, Billy Cundiff booted through a game-winning field goal, giving the Ravens a huge win over their arch-rival and jump-starting

Webb will take rehab slow

As Lardarius Webb works his way back from a torn ACL, he's heard the talk that he might be out through training camp and possibly through part of the regular season. But Webb isn't thinking about any of that or setting any timetables for himself. All the Ravens' rookie cornerback wants to do is rehab his injured knee carefully and get completely healthy. "I'm not

Breaking down the 'Final Eight Plan'

There are a number of factors which will limit the Ravens' attempts to upgrade their roster via free agency or trade this offseason. Barring a shocking late implementation of a new collective bargaining agreement prior to the March 5th deadline, the 2010 season will be uncapped. That will mean that fewer players will be unrestricted free agents this offseason (players will now need six years

It's official: Pees is new LBs coach

It must quite a busy Tuesday morning around Ravens headquarters. Just a couple hours after it was reported that Hue Jackson is leaving Baltimore to take the offensive coordinator position in Oakland, the Ravens announced that they've hired former Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees as their new linebackers coach. The Ravens also announced that Vic Fangio, who was the team's linebackers coach in 2009, is

Hue Jackson heads out west

Reports yesterday indicated the Ravens made an addition to their coaching staff. Today, they've had a departure from the group. Quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson, who has been instrumental in the progression of Joe Flacco over the last two seasons, has accepted the offensive coordinator position with the Oakland Raiders, according to multiple reports. This will be Jackson's third stint as a coordinator; he previously held

A new coach coming to town?

After beating the Patriots in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, the Ravens have reportedly brought on one of New England's high-ranking coaches. According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Ravens have hired Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees to be their linebackers coach. The team has not yet made an announcement confirming the hiring. The interesting part of this reported hire is that the Ravens currently have

Some Championship Sunday ramblings

So, boys and girls, your Super Bowl XLIV match-up is set: We'll see the Colts and the Saints duke it out down in Miami two weeks from now. Anyone care to put down an early prediction? I think Indy will have too much for "Dem Saints" and will take it by a double-digit margin, but that's just me. What an entertaining Championship Sunday it was

Rooting for Rex

This probably isn't the way we all hoped we'd be spending Championship Weekend, but it should still be a fun day nonetheless. Even though the Ravens are out of the Super Bowl hunt, we've got two very entertaining games set up for this afternoon; the Jets and Colts will be the early contest with the Saints and Vikings squaring off in the evening game. If

Clayton: Ravens need a playmaking receiver

Fans and media members have been calling for the Ravens to add a playmaking wide receiver for a few years now. But when the Ravens' receivers themselves start asking for help, that's a telling sign. Talking with reporters earlier in the week, wideout Mark Clayton said that regardless of what happens this offseason with the Ravens' four free agent wide receivers, the team should look

Free agent WRs discuss their future in Baltimore

So far, we know where one of the Ravens' free agent wide receivers stands regarding his future with the team. Actually, no, I take that back. We have no idea where Derrick Mason stands. Mason might be retiring; he might choose to test the free agent waters; he might decide to come back to Baltimore; he might even move on from his playing days and

Gaither says getting stronger is key

Jared Gaither had an injury-filled 2009 season. The Ravens' left tackle dealt with neck, foot and ankle ailments throughout the year, causing him to miss a total of five games. That missed time, Gaither says, will inspire him during his offseason workouts throughout the next handful of months. "Definitely my main focus is [to] get stronger this offseason, cut out some of the injuries for

No "Blind Side" for Oher just yet

Michael Oher had an exceptional rookie season, finishing second in the AP Rookie of the Year voting and proving that he was more than deserving of being the Ravens' selection with the 23rd overall pick in the 2009 Draft. Oher was the Ravens' starter at right tackle seemingly from the minute he held up a purple jersey on draft day, and he brought a physicality

Harbaugh says Flacco played through pain

Recently, an ESPN report claimed that quarterback Joe Flacco's hip/quad injury left him unable to sit down on the Ravens' flight back from Oakland following their regular season finale against the Raiders. Flacco also appeared to have a legitimate limp at times in the Ravens' postseason run. His movement looked limited prior to the Wild Card game against the Patriots, and he seemed to be

Cundiff: "I believe I can be the guy here"

As I mentioned earlier, the Ravens' kicking job will likely be up for grabs when offseason minicamps roll around a few months from now, but one guy who'd like to lock himself in as Baltimore's kicker in 2010 is the one who finished the 2009 season handling that role - Billy Cundiff. "I'd love to come back here," Cundiff said earlier this week. "I really

Stover a possibility in 2010

This entry is primarily about a former Ravens kicker, but I'm going to start it off with news about a current Ravens coach. That might seem like an unusual mix, but hey, I make the rules around here. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Raiders have asked for and received permission to interview Ravens quarterback coach Hue Jackson for an unspecified position. Jackson has

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