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Five interesting Steve Bisciotti quotes from Ravens press conference

Five interesting Steve Bisciotti quotes from Ravens press conference

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti rarely addresses the media, so when he does, people listen closely. During his “State of the Ravens” press conference Tuesday, Bisciotti gave measured responses, and continued his support for general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh despite the Ravens (8-8) missing the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.

Here are five of Bisciotti’s most interesting comments:

1.) On his feelings about the 2016 season, in a word:

“Bewildered. I thought our offense started playing better, and then our defense collapsed in the last four weeks.”

2.) Bisciotti expressed faith in Newsome, Harbaugh, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta, and quarterback Joe Flacco. However, he admitted they all needed to improve their performance.

“I think John (Harbaugh) can coach better, I think Ozzie and Eric can draft better, I think Joe can play better, and I think if all of them do – and I think they’re capable and determined to be better – then I think next year we’re sitting here with a playoff-caliber team.”

3.) On the Ravens’ getting too pass-happy this season:

“I was really disappointed in the lack of a running game, a lack of a commitment to the running game. I don’t think that we’re going to be successful putting the ball in the air 600-some times. It’s just not our identity. I think it’s bad, and I think that we’ll change it.”

4.) On showing patience with the Ravens’ power structure:

“I didn’t get where I was by just firing people. I think it’s a bad model, especially in this business.”

5.) On not making decisions out of anger:

“I don’t think you can manage anything really with anger. I may have been angry after games, but that’s why John and I don’t talk after games.”

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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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