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Jerry Rosburg: Ravens did 'great job' with intentional holding

Jerry Rosburg: Ravens did 'great job' with intentional holding

Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg seemed to have a sly grin on his face on Thursday as he recalled how his punt team "understood the concept really well" on the final safety against the Bengals.

The concept, of course, was blatant holding, some involving takedowns that would please a wrestling coach. That allowed punter Sam Koch to wander around near the goal line and burn off the final seconds of the game clock before taking a safety for a 19-14 win.

"The guys did a great job," Rosburg said at his Thursday news conference, saying each player was "really impressive and using different techniques with their hold, some around the neck, some hanging on to a leg, some on a shoulder pad, but they all understood the concept really well."

Penalties have been a problem for the Ravens all season, but on this play, they were openly encouraged and embraced. The Ravens Web site even put together a short clip of the best takedowns on the play.

Rosburg, who has been a special teams coach in the NFL for 15 years, said he had no doubt the play would be officiated exactly as it was: Yes, it was a penalty — or, really, about eight of them — but since they occurred in the field of play and not in the end zone, the game would not be extended. Clock at 0:00, game over.

Rosburg said that after the play, as the officials huddled and discussed it, "Guys kept asking me on the sideline, but I was confident they’d get it right."

The next day, NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino told NFL Network that the Ravens found "kind of a loophole" in using intentional holding, and said, "I think you'll see the Competition Committee review this."

The Competition Committee addresses potential rules changes.        

For his part, Rosburg said the Ravens simply played by the rules.

"The rule is what it is now, and we just played it that way," Rosburg said. "It’s up to them. If they change the rule, then we’ll do something different.”

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Ravens held a moment of silence in remembrance of George Floyd

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Ravens held a moment of silence in remembrance of George Floyd

The Ravens organization held a team-wide moment of silence on Thursday to in honor of George Floyd, whose funeral took place on Thursday as well.

According to a statement released by the team on Twitter, the moment of silence took place at 3:45 p.m. ET and lasted 8 minutes and 46 seconds. The timeframe was the same length as how long Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin was recorded kneeling on Floyd's neck, restricting him of air and ultimately causing him to die.

The gesture by the team was in accordance with the NAACP and other organizations that deemed Floyd's funeral on Thursday as a "National Day of Mourning." 

Ravens fullback Pat Ricard shared a message head coach John Harbaugh had written to the team informing them of the moment of silence. Taking place through Zoom, Harbaugh hoped that players and their families would join in to honor Floyd.

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Shannon Sharpe says Drew Brees should retire after anthem comments

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Shannon Sharpe says Drew Brees should retire after anthem comments

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees drew criticism on Wednesday after saying he "will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country" when asked his thoughts about players kneeling during the national anthem. 

Several DMV athletes like Ed Reed and Mark Ingram shared their thoughts on Twitter. Many of Brees' teammates, such as Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Emmanuel Sanders, along with many others, all voiced their dismay and disappointment of Brees' comments.

Former Baltimore Ravens tight end and co-host of FS1's Undisputed, Shannon Sharpe, spoke about why he disagreed with the quarterback's comments, saying that Brees should hang up the cleats as a result.

"I don't know what Drew is gonna do, but he probably should just go ahead and retire now," Sharpe said. "It will never be the same.

"Take it from a guy who's been a leader in the locker room for a number of years," Sharpe continued. "At every step, I've been the leader in the locker room. What he said, they will never look at him the same. It wasn't what he said, it's how he said it. It was the fire. I will NEVER respect the man."

Brees issued a long apology on Instagram on Thursday. He wrote that he recognizes that he can be "part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement" and vowed to "fight for what's right."

But for Sharpe, Brees' apology doesn't make up for the quarterback's initial comments.

"Brees still just doesn't seem to get it. He issued an apology, but it's meaningless," Sharpe said. "The guys know that he spoke his heart the very first time around."

The Hall of Fame tight end also took issue with Brees making kneeling for the national anthem about disrespecting the flag, when that was never the purpose behind ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to take a knee.

"Even after Colin Kaepernick told you what he was doing. Even after all of this, nobody mentioned the flag. He brought it up on his own," Sharpe said. "Drew, I don't know what you were thinking. I don't know what you hope to accomplish, but whatever you hope to accomplish, it failed miserably.

"Black people have been fighting for this country, even though they did not get the rights that the flag said," Sharpe continued. "The flag is supposed to mean something, it's supposed to mean everything. All people. Freedom. Liberties. But if a black man doesn't have the same freedom and liberty as the white, what good is the flag?"

Sharpe also expressed his disappointment that someone like Brees, who has spent the majority of his life playing football with a black men, to not understand the justice they are currently fighting for.

"What's made the black fight so hard is people like Drew Brees," Sharpe said. "If you can't get a guy that grew up with blacks in the locker room, from Peewee to high school to college to the NFL, to understand the black man's plight, who will? What about guys that are not around blacks on a daily basis?"

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