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Whisenhunt fired; other former Ravens assistants next?

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Whisenhunt fired; other former Ravens assistants next?

Ken Whisenhunt may not be the only former Ravens assistant coach that gets fired in the not-too-distant future.

Things don’t look sunny either for Lions (1-7) head coach Jim Caldwell, or for Colts (3-5) head coach Chuck Pagano. Caldwell became the Ravens’ offensive coordinator late in their 2012 Super Bowl season, and took the Lions job following the 2013 campaign. Pagano was the Ravens’ defensive coordinator in 2011, and was on their staff for four seasons before joining the Colts.

The Titans fired Whisenhunt as their head coach Tuesday, replaced by interim coach Mike Mularkey, with the fan base growing increasingly disenchanted. A former tight ends coach with the Ravens way back in 1997-98, Whisenhunt’s record with the Titans was an awful 3-20. He was unable to duplicate the success he enjoyed as head coach of the Cardinals, when he led them to the Super Bowl following the 2008 season.

Whisenhunt may never get another shot as an NFL head coach, and Caldwell and Pagano may not either if they are let go. That’s another reason why there is so much pressure on head coaches in the NFL. Every coach knows he may never get another opportunity if he fails.

The Lions under Caldwell have the NFL’s worst record. The Colts under Pagano have been a major disappointment after reaching the AFC Championship game last season. Andrew Luck is struggling at quarterback, and the Colts are fortunate to be in the dreadful AFC South, where every team has a losing record. 

If Pagano and Caldwell survive the season, they certainly can’t count on next year.

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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.

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“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.

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