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Pollard: "Don't blame the coach"

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Pollard: "Don't blame the coach"

Three days removed from the Ravens' 31-29 win over Dallas, safety Bernard Pollard was still fuming over how the defense played in that game.

When he met with the media Wednesday, Pollard, often smiling and warm with the media, was all business and still upset with the defensive performance Sunday, which included 227 rushing yards by Dallas, the most ever allowed by a Ravens team.

That came after the Chiefs rushed for 214 yards against the Ravens the week before.

"We should be pissed off and we are pissed off with the way we played," Pollard said on Wednesday.

"We have to take a stand. Two weeks in a row, two hundred freakin yards rushing," he added. "We gotta take a stand in what we do. We gotta walk out there with pride."

Pollard also strongly defended first-year defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who has borne some of the criticism for a defense that ranks 26th both overall and against the run.

"Don't blame the coach. Don't blame the coach," Pollard said. "Coaches don't play. Dean has made great calls. It's about us going out and executing. We have not executed."

Certainly the loss of reigning Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs has been a factor in the Ravens' defensive decline, and now Pees and the defense have also lost their inspirational leader in Ray Lewis (torn triceps) and its top cornerback in Lardarius Webb (knee).

Pollard, though, said the defense still has talent and has to show it with physical play and sound tackling. That was in short supply against Dallas. And that, Pollard said, is on the players, not Pees.

"The coaches have done a great job," Pollard said. "They're here all day, every day, planning, putting things together for us to go out there and get the job done but it's on us to execute. Man, they can't press a button and make us wrap up a tackle. We are pros. We have to go out and play like it."

 

 

 

 

 

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward. 

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