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Should Steve Smith Sr. retire as a Panther? Ron Rivera thinks so

Should Steve Smith Sr. retire as a Panther? Ron Rivera thinks so

Panthers coach Ron Rivera thinks Ravens receiver Steve Smith Sr. should retire with Carolina. Hmm what now?

Ok, so maybe this isn't as presumptuous as it sounds considering the 37-year-old played 13 of his 16 seasons as a Panther. 

Here's what Rivera said, via ESPN

"[Retiring as a Panther is] up to Steve. I think he should, though. Think of all the years he played here. But it’s up to him."

Smith holds every major receiving record for the Panthers' franchise. But after quarterback Cam Newton arrived, the strain of two outsized personalities contributed to Carolina releasing Smith. 

The decision didn't sit well with Smith, obviously, and he promised there would be "blood and guts everywhere" when he faced his former team for the first time. He torched the Panthers in that matchup, catching seven passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Three years later and contemplating the end of a storied career, perhaps hard feelings have softened on both sides. 

"He’s a dynamic, fiery player that plays every play the way it should be played," Rivera said. "That’s probably the biggest thing about him that I remember, how hard he played the game, how much he wanted to win."

That's also what makes Smith the perfect Raven. He embodies the bold, hard-knock philosophy of Baltimore's franchise. And he said as much himself. 

"When I look in the defensive meeting room and I see, 'Play like a Raven,' 'Baltimore Ravens: We build bullies,' that's what I'm talking about," Smith said to CSN in 2014

"When I think of a Baltimore Raven, what I think of is you go in there, we take your lunch box, we take your sandwich, we take your juice box, we take your applesauce and we take your spork and we break it. And we leave you with an empty lunch. That's the Baltimore Raven way, that's the bully way and that's football."

The Baltimore fans have shown Smith a lot of love, which he has returned in kind

If he decides to go out as a Panther instead of a Raven, it'll be tough – almost as tough as he is. 

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The Ravens appear to have their entire coaching staff returning for the 2020 season

The Ravens appear to have their entire coaching staff returning for the 2020 season

While the Ravens roster will likely remain mostly together for the 2020 regular season, it appears the coaching staff will stay entirely intact, too. 

After both coordinators, Greg Roman and Don “Wink” Martindale, had interviews with the Browns and Giants, respectively, those jobs were filled by Kevin Stefanski and Joe Judge. 

And more recently, quarterbacks coach James Urban and tight ends coach Bobby Engram were requested for interviews by the Eagles. Harbaugh said both Engram and Urban pulled out of the running and weren’t interested.

“It looks like our staff is going to stay together,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I can tell you that. I’m not saying anything couldn’t happen; there are always things brewing for a certain period of time.”

The Ravens have every offensive starter from the divisional playoff game under contract for next season, and now appear to have the offensive coordinator and all of the position coaches back on-board for another run too. The Ravens set a franchise record with 531 points, led by Lamar Jackson.

Things are still fluid, as a job opportunity for anyone on the staff can pop up out of the blue. But for now, the Ravens look like they’ll run the entire operation back for another go at a Super Bowl.

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John Harbaugh defends Lamar Jackson's playoff performance

John Harbaugh defends Lamar Jackson's playoff performance

Coach John Harbaugh, just six days after his team’s disappointing 28-12 loss to the Titans in the AFC playoffs, has already had to defend his quarterback.

Faced with some criticism after Jackson finished 31-of-59 passing, and three total turnovers, Harbaugh mentioned how far Jackson has come in the last year — which also ended in an early playoff loss at home.

“It’s really interesting to look at Lamar Jackson, because look at the progress he made in the last year,” Harbaugh said Friday. “Because the same question, I think you might have asked it last year, how is he going to get better going forward? And he did a good job, right? He’s 23 years old. He’s younger than Joe Burrow. So, he has a pretty good head start right now.”

Jackson is now 0-2 in the playoffs with a 19-3 regular season record. 



He’s likely the MVP this season after he passed for more than 3,000 yards and rushed for 1,000 yards, setting the single-season rushing record for a quarterback along the way. He led the NFL in passing touchdowns and carried the most prolific offense in the league to a league-best 14-2. 

Harbaugh isn’t worried that his quarterback, who is just 23-years-old, hasn’t found his playoff success yet.

“The Manning brothers combined to, they had five losses in their first five playoff games before they won one,” Harbaugh explained. (Joe) Montana, (Steve) Young and (Brett) Favre didn’t start a playoff game until their third season, (Drew) Brees and (Troy) Aikman, until their fourth season, and (Aaron) Rodgers until his fifth season.”

After the season ended, Harbaugh added that Jackson went to his office to discuss the offseason and what he needed to do to improve. 

While Harbaugh and the offensive coaching staff had a plan for Jackson to improve, Jackson “nailed” each and every single critique that the coaches had laid out for him.

“I’m really confident in Lamar and his understanding the things he needs to do to get better, and that he’s going to work really hard to keep building himself up as a player,” Harbaugh said.

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