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Steve Smith rips Steelers safety Mike Mitchell on his 'hit list'

Steve Smith rips Steelers safety Mike Mitchell on his 'hit list'

Ravens receiver Steve Smith said last year that Steelers safety Mike Mitchell was on his “lifetime hit list,” and Smith took a couple of verbal shots at Mitchell after the Ravens’ 21-14 win over the Steelers on Sunday.

To review, Smith last year accused Mitchell, his former teammate in Carolina, of spearing him and then gloating about it.

Replays showed that it was actually Lawrence Timmons that hit Smith, but never mind that.

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There was no love lost between Mitchell and Smith.

Just this morning, Mitchell’s Instagram account posted a photo of Smith getting hammered by Mitchell last season and proclaiming, "A lot of talk! Today's the day we find out"

Smith and the Ravens get to talk the loudest after a 21-14 win. Smith finished with four catches for 47 yards.

So after the Ravens 21-14 win, Smith was predictably asked about Mitchell. At one point he implied Mitchell wasn’t worth talking about, but this being Steve Smith, of course he talked about him.

“You ever try to build a house with a screwdriver?” Smith asked. “I’m a foundation guy. He’s a cabinet.”

“Any time I mention his name it just increases who he is, and he’s not much.”

“At the end of the day I’m a competitor," Smith later added. "He ain’t on my level. Never will be. He’s not even on the same level as my kids.”

And people were worried this rivalry had lost its villains?

Smith and Mitchell will see each other again in Week 16 at Heinz Field … on Christmas Day, no less.

Happy holidays ...

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

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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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