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Ravens to hire Greg Roman: Three reasons the addition makes sense

Ravens to hire Greg Roman: Three reasons the addition makes sense

The Ravens are expected to add Greg Roman to their offensive coaching staff, according to multiple reports, and confirmed by CSN. Here are three reasons why adding Roman fits, regardless of what his title is:

1. The running game is Roman’s forte, as he showed during stints as an offensive coordinator with the 49ers (2011-14) and the Bills (2015-16).  

The Bills were ranked No. 1 in the NFL in rushing in 2015, and in five full seasons as an NFL coordinator, Roman’s teams have never ranked lower than eighth in rushing. Anyone who watched the Ravens closely this past season knows their running philosophy needs to change. In fact, I think the success or failure of their running game is the key to their 2017 season.

2. Roman knows the Harbaugh family.

Roman worked on Jim Harbaugh’s staff with the 49ers, and at Stanford.  The positive things Harbaugh told his brother certainly carried weight with Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

3. Roman’s experience as a play-caller is a good sounding board for offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg

The Ravens were too pass-happy last year.  That is not Roman’s DNA. His believe in the running game should help the Ravens achieve the play-calling balance they sorely need.

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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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