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Pees will continue to run defense from coaches box


Pees will continue to run defense from coaches box

Could the reason the Ravens played better on defense be because of the man above?

Quite possibly. That's where defensive coordinator Dean Pees was for Sunday's 25-15 win at the Cleveland Browns -- in the coaches box and not on the sideline.

"We do plan on doing that going forward. That was Dean's idea. That's something Dean talked about after the game down in Houston," coach John Harbaugh said Monday, referring to the 43-13 bowout loss to the Houston Texans two weeks ago heading into the bye week.

"He'd actually brought it up with me a couple weeks before that, thinking maybe he'd be a little bit more comfortable doing it that way. There's a lot of different ways to do it. I think he feels good up there where he's got a little (better) view of everything. He can see what's going on and make some corrections."

Pees relays the signals to the other defensive coaches Don Martindale, Teryl Austin and Ted Monachino who are on the field.

They bounced back with a much better effort against Cleveland, which had won two of its previous three games.

One of the NFL's worst defenses, the Ravens held the Browns to 116 yards rushing, a significant improvement over the 207 per game they allowed in the previous three outings.

Trent Richardson had 76 yards in the first half against the Ravens (6-2), but he was held to 29 for the rest of the game.

There were plenty of other areas on the offensive side that needed fixing, too. The Ravens were just 5-for-14 on third downs and had trouble moving the ball in the second and third quarters as the Browns mounted a comeback to briefly lead 15-14.

"We're not as good a football team right now as we intend to be, or as we need to be," Harbaugh said. "We have a good record. We're very pleased with where we're at. I'm proud of our guys. That was a tough game."

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.