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RG3 injury will force Ravens to prepare for old nemesis McCown instead

RG3 injury will force Ravens to prepare for old nemesis McCown instead

Reports that Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss significant time with a shoulder injury will change the Ravens’ game plan for Sunday’s game in Cleveland. Instead of preparing for Griffin, the Ravens will expect to see Josh McCown starting at quarterback for the Browns, and McCown has been a nemesis for the Ravens.

McCown threw for 457 yards and two touchdowns last year in Week 5 against the Ravens, as the Browns left M&T Bank Stadium with a 33-30 victory. The Ravens won the Week 12 rematch against the Browns in Cleveland, 33-27, but McCown still threw for 212 yards to go along with one touchdown and one interception. McCown also beat the Ravens when he was with the Bears in 2013, when Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman was the Bears’ head coach.

Trestman’s familiarity with McCown and the Ravens’ previous games against him will help their preparation. However, this will be the Ravens’ first look at McCown since Hue Jackson took over as Browns head coach.

The Ravens have enough experience dealing with McCown to know that he is capable of hurting them. But the Ravens’ are coming off an excellent defensive performance in Sunday’s season opener against the Bills, and McCown isn’t as mobile as Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, nor is McCown as mobile as Griffin. The Ravens sacked McCown a total of five times in two games against him last season. If the Ravens’ pass rush can harass McCown in Week 2, it will improve their chances for a 2-0 start.

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Report: Ravens extend defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to three-year extension

Report: Ravens extend defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to three-year extension

According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the Ravens have made another move to keep their defense intact long-term. 

Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale has reportedly signed a three-year contract extension that will make Martindale the highest paid defensive coordinator in the NFL. But as for the future, the team expects him to be a head coaching candidate after the 2020 season. 

Martindale, 56, has been in Baltimore since 2012 where he started as the team’s linebackers coach. He held that position through 2017 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2018. 

In 2018, his first season as coordinator, he led the Ravens defense to a league best 292.9 yards allowed per game and was runner-up for Associated Press Assistant Coach of the Year.

The Ravens lost some significant pieces after 2018 season and were without Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Eric Weddle and Za’Darius Smith in 2019. After struggling in three of the first four weeks of the season, the revamped defense eventually took shape. 

Baltimore allowed just 15.1 points per game after the Week 4 loss to Cleveland, where it allowed 40 points — their most all season. 

Through the whole season, the Ravens allowed 300.2 yards per game, which ranked fourth in the league. They also ranked third in total points with 17.6 points allowed per game. 

The unit took shape with some key mid-season acquisitions — most notably Marcus Peters, Jihad Ward and Josh Bynes — and lifted the unit to one of the best in the league along with its NFL-best offense.

In a season of new contracts for the Ravens defense, they’ve now extended cornerback Tavon Young, linebacker L.J. Fort, defensive lineman and linebacker Patrick Ricard, Peters and, most recently, safety Chuck Clark in the last year.

Now, the man leading the defense will be in the fold for a few more years, too. 

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Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

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Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

Baltimore Ravens’ starting left guard Bradley Bozeman showed off one of his many talents earlier this week as he dominated a 72-ounce steak dinner. 

Bozeman accomplished this feat at The Big Texan Steak Ranch while traveling with his wife. The restaurant is famous for this eating challenge, which involves eating over 4 pounds of steak, shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad topped off with a butter roll in under an hour. 

Although Bozeman is an absolute unit of a person, this was still no small feat. Bozeman strategized during the meal in order to ensure success as he switched from steak sauce to honey. Yet, Bozeman still questioned his ability to successfully finish with just 2 ounces of steak left. He even instructed his wife who was filming in the audience to shut the camera off in fear of getting sick on camera.

“I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn’t think it was going to be that tough,” Bozeman told ESPN. “The last bite was rough.”

Bozeman pushed on and not only finished the steak, but even had a little carrot cake for dessert. His prize? Free dinner, a t-shirt, and most likely a massive stomach ache. 

Despite his claim that this was “the toughest food thing” he’s ever done, Bozeman flashed a big smile holding the prized shirt which read “I ate it all!”

Bozeman is now one of only approximately 10,000 people who have successfully finished the meal, with over 110,000 people having tried. 

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