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Trestman regrets one decision in Arizona


Trestman regrets one decision in Arizona

OWINGS MILLS – If the Ravens are in another close game Sunday, it will be interesting to see how smoothly their offense operates down the stretch.

Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman admitted he made a mistake when he decided to change personnel during the waning moments of Monday night’s loss in Arizona. The Ravens had second-and-goal from the four with 18 seconds left.  Instead of sticking with the personnel on the field, the Ravens made several substitutions, even though they were already having problems with the sideline headsets. 

The play was rushed, the Ravens were flagged for an illegal shift, and the penalty moved them back to the nine-yard line. On the next play, Flacco threw an interception that ended the Ravens’ hopes.

“I decided to flip personnel,” Trestman said. “Had a good play that I thought would work in that situation. I was a couple of ticks late, I think, getting it in. We came out of the huddle, and it was just not what we would want it to be, quite frankly, and that starts with me. Flipping the personnel, I think, diminished the value of what was a really good drive up to that point.

“As I look back, I wish I would have just left the personnel in and got them in the huddle. I think that would have helped us dramatically.

Flacco referred to the Ravens being “out of control” at times on that final drive.

“When you’re out there and when you’re going 100 miles an hour and the bullets are flying, you’ve got to be able to react quickly,” Flacco said. “When you look at it, we just probably weren’t quite quick enough. We had a penalty. The clock was running down a couple other times, and it’s not like we have a timeout to spare. We have to snap the ball and get the play off. I think we were just rushed and things were hectic, and I don’t know the exact reason for that. But that’s how it was.”

At 1-6, the last thing the Ravens need is more hiccups offensively. Trestman and Flacco have clearly discussed what went wrong during that final drive. The upcoming bye week will give the two men more time to evaluate the offense heading into the second half of the season.

“I think Joe (Flacco) has really done a magnificent job working hard with me and (quarterbacks coach) Marty Mornhinweg), being new coaches in the room.” Trestman said.  “I don’t think the process ever stops, it’s a growing process…I  think as the weeks go on, we clean things up, we get to know each other better and the communication is very good. We’re just going got keep working in a positive fashion."

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.


“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.