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Ravens defensive line coach acknowledges cancer battle

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Ravens defensive line coach acknowledges cancer battle

OWINGS MILLS - Ravens defensive line coach Clarence Brooks has been undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer, he acknowledged publicly Monday through the team's website. The 64-year-old Brooks recently completed chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and has been scheduled to have a tumor removed from his esophagus in late January or early February. Brooks missed both Monday night road games this season undergoing treatment.

Brooks is the team’s longest-tenured coach (11 seasons) and perhaps the most popular coach among players. He mixes tough coaching with a sense of humor, and young defensive tackles Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan have talked about Brooks, who they call “C. B.”, as being instrumental in their development.

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“Clarence Brooks found out that he was going to have to deal with this cancer issue early on in the season,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday at his press conference. “He shared it with the team. Nobody said a word about it to anybody because it was a family matter. That’s the way he wanted it. He’s been getting chemotherapy and his radiation treatments three days a week.

“Clarence Brooks, he’s the best defensive line coach I’ve ever seen. I’ve been around some good ones. He gets on them, he’s demanding, he asks for their very best, he’s very clear in what he wants. He’s not accepting no for an answer. He’s not accepting can’t. Can’t, won’t, don’t. …those are not options. And when it’s not done exactly right man, you hear him going off down there on those guys.  And they love it.  Because I think they know he cares so much about them.”  

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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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