Aaaand finally, with the last pick of the first round, reigning champs the Baltimore Ravens went defense (natch) by taking Safety Matt Elam out of Florida.
With Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed moved on, the Ravens needed a spot filled in their safety corps. Oh, and just a side note, the last time the Ravens took a safety in the first round, was in the 2002 Draft, when they picked up Ed Reed himself. If Baltimore gets even half the man Reed is out on the field, they did themselves pretty good.

Aaaand finally, with the last pick of the first round, reigning champs the Baltimore Ravens went defense (natch) by taking Safety Matt Elam out of Florida.

With Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed moved on, the Ravens needed a spot filled in their safety corps. Oh, and just a side note, the last time the Ravens took a safety in the first round, was in the 2002 Draft, when they picked up Ed Reed himself. If Baltimore gets even half the man Reed is out on the field, they did themselves pretty good.

I’m still trying to process the events of last night.  Gotta say one thing. It’s nice to see Ed Reed get what he deserves.
What a sport!

I’m still trying to process the events of last night.  Gotta say one thing. It’s nice to see Ed Reed get what he deserves.

What a sport!

Champions
by @steven_lebron
When the playoffs started, there was tremendous buzz surrounding young quarterbacks like Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. In another group were veterans with Super Bowl pedigree: Manning, Brady, Rodgers.
So of course, it’s Joe Flacco who wins it all, throwing 11 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and tying Peyton Manning in both playoff wins and Super Bowl wins in the process.
The first half belonged to the Ravens. Flacco was connecting with his receivers, the past rush on defense got to Kaepernick when it needed to, keeping the “bend but don’t break” mentality in the red zone that was so effective throughout the playoffs.
Of course, after Beyonce’s half-time performance, and a 108-yard kick-off return from Jacoby Jones, this was headed into forgettable Super Bowl game territory: and then the power outage happened.
We can all speculate what really happened: some say it was a sign that God didn’t actually care about football, or the Dome blew their load after seeing that halftime performance (full video here, if you missed it), or maybe Steve Tasker was the one behind it, since it gave him a 15-minute sideline reporting audition for millions of people to see around the world.
Regardless, the entire concept of momentum gained steam as the 49ers came storming back from a 28-6 deficit and was goal to go with two minutes left in the game, needing a touchdown to take the lead.
Whether it was the play calling, or the quarterback in his 10th career start, or the Ravens defense bending but not breaking one more time, the 49ers didn’t find the end zone, and the celebration started in Baltimore, led on Twitter by Wendell Pierce, better known as Bunk from “The Wire”. Seriously, if you haven’t seen his Twitter timeline tonight, you should.
And so, Joe Flacco no longer has to answer the questions about being elite, Ed Reed adds a title to his Hall-Of-Fame credentials, Ray Lewis gets to ride off to the sunset (or Disney World), and John Harbaugh can brag about this to his brother, but maybe he should give it a few family dinners before he does so.
Another season wraps up. Another playoff full of surprises and filled with exciting finishes (ignoring that first weekend of playoff football, which was terrible).
We’ll start all over again in September. And as usual, no one knows what’s going to happen next season. Except that we’ve seen the last on field dance from Ray Lewis forever.
What does everybody think?

Champions

by @steven_lebron

When the playoffs started, there was tremendous buzz surrounding young quarterbacks like Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. In another group were veterans with Super Bowl pedigree: Manning, Brady, Rodgers.

So of course, it’s Joe Flacco who wins it all, throwing 11 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and tying Peyton Manning in both playoff wins and Super Bowl wins in the process.

The first half belonged to the Ravens. Flacco was connecting with his receivers, the past rush on defense got to Kaepernick when it needed to, keeping the “bend but don’t break” mentality in the red zone that was so effective throughout the playoffs.

Of course, after Beyonce’s half-time performance, and a 108-yard kick-off return from Jacoby Jones, this was headed into forgettable Super Bowl game territory: and then the power outage happened.

We can all speculate what really happened: some say it was a sign that God didn’t actually care about football, or the Dome blew their load after seeing that halftime performance (full video here, if you missed it), or maybe Steve Tasker was the one behind it, since it gave him a 15-minute sideline reporting audition for millions of people to see around the world.

Regardless, the entire concept of momentum gained steam as the 49ers came storming back from a 28-6 deficit and was goal to go with two minutes left in the game, needing a touchdown to take the lead.

Whether it was the play calling, or the quarterback in his 10th career start, or the Ravens defense bending but not breaking one more time, the 49ers didn’t find the end zone, and the celebration started in Baltimore, led on Twitter by Wendell Pierce, better known as Bunk from “The Wire”. Seriously, if you haven’t seen his Twitter timeline tonight, you should.

And so, Joe Flacco no longer has to answer the questions about being elite, Ed Reed adds a title to his Hall-Of-Fame credentials, Ray Lewis gets to ride off to the sunset (or Disney World), and John Harbaugh can brag about this to his brother, but maybe he should give it a few family dinners before he does so.

Another season wraps up. Another playoff full of surprises and filled with exciting finishes (ignoring that first weekend of playoff football, which was terrible).

We’ll start all over again in September. And as usual, no one knows what’s going to happen next season. Except that we’ve seen the last on field dance from Ray Lewis forever.

What does everybody think?

"For Baltimore!" — Ed Reed, who finally gets his well deserved ring.

"For Baltimore!" — Ed Reed, who finally gets his well deserved ring.

Ray Lewis may be the heart of the Ravens ‘D, but Ed Reed is most certainly the soul.

Ray Lewis may be the heart of the Ravens ‘D, but Ed Reed is most certainly the soul.

Tonight in the third quarter, of the Raven’s first home Monday Night Football game since 2007, Ed Reed intercepted Andy Dalton. He returned the INT for 34 yards and a touchdown. This nets is total career interception yards at 1,487. Good enough to pass Rod Woodson and set a new NFL record.

Tonight in the third quarter, of the Raven’s first home Monday Night Football game since 2007, Ed Reed intercepted Andy Dalton. He returned the INT for 34 yards and a touchdown. This nets is total career interception yards at 1,487. Good enough to pass Rod Woodson and set a new NFL record.

A photo of Tom Brady’s arm from the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Knees flexed — DOWN, DOWN!NO TURNOVERSFind 20 ON EVERY PLAY

A photo of Tom Brady’s arm from the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Knees flexed — DOWN, DOWN!
NO TURNOVERS
Find 20 ON EVERY PLAY

The governor just went to Home Depot to copy the key to our city.
We’re not worthy, Mr. Reed.

The governor just went to Home Depot to copy the key to our city.

We’re not worthy, Mr. Reed.

Ball. So. Hard.
Ravens win and the city of Baltimore can thank Mr. Reed.
*Let’s hope he’s okay!
(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Ball. So. Hard.

Ravens win and the city of Baltimore can thank Mr. Reed.

*Let’s hope he’s okay!

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

In Ed They Trust

Am I missing something? I mean, the Houston Texans are starting a rookie QB today, right? If so, young Mr. Yates had better keep one eye on his offensive weapons(Johnson, Foster, etc.) and the other eye on #20, Ed Reed. It’s just my humble opinion, but I think Reed will dictate whether or not the Texans have much, if any, success through the air today. More so than the Texans own QB.

Yes, we will hear how the monster of a man, Haloti Ngata will dominate in the trenches. He is that good. Of course we’ll hear about the great Ray Lewis. 52 standing in the middle of the Baltimore defense as a menacing presence & staring into Houston’s backfield, hoping to rattle every bone in the opposition’s body. Lewis will certainly leave his mark on the game, but I have this sneaking suspicion that his good friend Ed Reed will do the same, and in a more dramatic fashion. 

You see, Ed Reed doesn’t want to just make a great tackle or defend a long passing play. No, Ed Reed wants to make sure that you know the real estate he roams —about 20 yards in every direction from wherever he may be at any given moment— is his, not yours. You had better not throw a pass up for grabs to your best WR, even if he is Andre Johnson, thinking, “It’s okay, Reed is on the other side of the field.”, because that would be foolish. Not only will Reed pick it off, but he will take it. To. The. House. He plays mind games with QB’s. He does so because he is a student of the game. Priding himself on knowing more about what’s going on than any of the other 21 guys on the field with him every play. 

He doesn’t just try to out smart you. Oh, no. He will also lay a lick on a WR & do it within the constraints of the new NFL flag football rules. He will side swipe a RB like a car speeding through a red light. He is a tiger on the prowl for his next prey. Hungry for his next meal of 6 points. 

He is one of the best players you will ever watch play defense. 

He is Ed Reed, Baltimore’s field general. 

(w.W.)

In Ed They Trust

Am I missing something? I mean, the Houston Texans are starting a rookie QB today, right? If so, young Mr. Yates had better keep one eye on his offensive weapons(Johnson, Foster, etc.) and the other eye on #20, Ed Reed. It’s just my humble opinion, but I think Reed will dictate whether or not the Texans have much, if any, success through the air today. More so than the Texans own QB.

Yes, we will hear how the monster of a man, Haloti Ngata will dominate in the trenches. He is that good. Of course we’ll hear about the great Ray Lewis. 52 standing in the middle of the Baltimore defense as a menacing presence & staring into Houston’s backfield, hoping to rattle every bone in the opposition’s body. Lewis will certainly leave his mark on the game, but I have this sneaking suspicion that his good friend Ed Reed will do the same, and in a more dramatic fashion.

You see, Ed Reed doesn’t want to just make a great tackle or defend a long passing play. No, Ed Reed wants to make sure that you know the real estate he roams —about 20 yards in every direction from wherever he may be at any given moment— is his, not yours. You had better not throw a pass up for grabs to your best WR, even if he is Andre Johnson, thinking, “It’s okay, Reed is on the other side of the field.”, because that would be foolish. Not only will Reed pick it off, but he will take it. To. The. House. He plays mind games with QB’s. He does so because he is a student of the game. Priding himself on knowing more about what’s going on than any of the other 21 guys on the field with him every play.

He doesn’t just try to out smart you. Oh, no. He will also lay a lick on a WR & do it within the constraints of the new NFL flag football rules. He will side swipe a RB like a car speeding through a red light. He is a tiger on the prowl for his next prey. Hungry for his next meal of 6 points.

He is one of the best players you will ever watch play defense.

He is Ed Reed, Baltimore’s field general.

(w.W.)

Who are the toughest QBs to read? Brady. Peyton. Brees. Rivers. Palmer.

The easiest? Younger guys — and most of the QBs in Cleveland.

Ed Reed via ESPN Magazine


- steven lebron

Who are the toughest QBs to read? Brady. Peyton. Brees. Rivers. Palmer.

The easiest? Younger guys — and most of the QBs in Cleveland.

Ed Reed via ESPN Magazine

- steven lebron

This picture of Ed Reed is awesome. It almost defines him.
What do you think would be the best song to pair with this photo? I nominate Jay-Z and Kanye West - Welcome To The Jungle.
"I look in the mirror, my only opponent."

- steven lebron

This picture of Ed Reed is awesome. It almost defines him.

What do you think would be the best song to pair with this photo? I nominate Jay-Z and Kanye West - Welcome To The Jungle.

"I look in the mirror, my only opponent."

- steven lebron