Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Friday, March 19, 2010

Can Ozzie Newsome correct another mistake?

During the 2004 NFL Draft the Ravens were boxed out twice on players that they really liked. One was S Bob Sanders. Sanders was plucked by the Indianapolis Colts with the 12th pick in Round 2. The Ravens tried to move up in that round but were unable to, eventually settling for the recently departed Dwan Edwards seven picks later.

You may recall that the Ravens had no first round pick that year having given that up to the New England Patriots in order to draft Kyle Boller the year before. The team was also without a fourth round pick and that proved costly. The player they wanted to obtain after repositioning their board for Day 2 of the 2004 draft was Nathan Vasher.

Vasher would become the 110th overall pick in that 2004 draft, going to the Chicago Bears in Round 4. The Ravens could only sit and watch with regret.

Vasher would eventually go on to be an All Pro and Pro Bowler in 2005.

Yesterday he was released by the Bears. His play has fallen off over the past few seasons.

Some wonder if he’s simply lost confidence, without question the equivalent of kryptonite for an NFL cornerback.

Some think that he simply needs a change of scenery.

Prior to being let go, Vasher was scheduled to make $2.6 million. Last year Frank Walker earned $2.2 million.

You thinking what I’m thinking?

It’s been said that defenders play better when they become Ravens.

Maybe Vasher can recapture that lost mojo and maybe Ozzie Newsome can correct another draft day mistake as he did with the recent acquisition of Anquan Boldin.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Ravens' Mattison attends Gator Pro Day

Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison attended the University of Florida Pro Day workout where quarterback Tim Tebow was the object of the media attention. The Ravens were probably a lot more interested in the performance of tight end Aaron Hernandez, who ran the 40-yard dash between 4.56 and 4.61 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times

Ravens a candidate to play on Thanksgiving?

The Ravens have been mentioned as a potential candidate to play the New York Jets in a road Thanksgiving game. That game and other featured portions of the NFL schedule will be announced Monday at the owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. The entire schedule will be released in April.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Former Raven McCrary "failed rehab" according to his estranged wife

OWINGS MILLS — Former Baltimore Ravens defensive end Michael McCrary has been accused of domestic violence by his wife, Mary McCrary, according to Maryland judiciary court records.

According to the filing, Mary McCrary filed a complaint against her husband on Friday in Baltimore County District Court and was granted a temporary protective order by a judge.

Mary McCrary has alleged that the retired NFL player had a gun during a confrontation and threw a kitchen stool at her. And she accused him of being violent and having “failed rehab.”

The order states that Michael McCrary "shall not abuse, threaten, contact or attempt to contact" his wife.A temporary hearing on the matter is set for Monday with another hearing scheduled for next Friday.The couple is going through a messy divorce and are involved in a custody battle for a six-year old daughter.

McCrary was a two-time Pro Bowl defensive end who registered 71 career sacks.

McCrary is a member of the Ravens’ Ring of Honor as he was inducted after his retirement.McCrary also played for the Seattle Seahawks.

McCrary has been recognized for his work off the field with children in need.

Since retiring, McCrary has struggled with severe knee problems and has had bouts with depression and intense pain stemming from his playing days.

Court records reveal he has been a plaintiff and a defendant in several business lawsuits.Undersized for a defensive end, McCrary was a relentless pass rusher who played the game with reckless abandon.