Flock Mailbag: Should Saying S*per Bowl Be Banned?

Ryan Mink answers Ravens’ fans’ most pressing questions heading into camp.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

I’m back answering your questions once again, dearest Flock community.

In case you’re not part of The Flock or don’t know what this is, the questions arrived via Twitter @1WinningDrive and the Ravens’ official Facebook page.

If your question isn’t used it was either A) really off the wall, B) unanswerable or C) I just didn’t have enough room to get it in. Many of you have similar questions, so I try to hit the hot topics. Make sure to send more questions next week.

Now, let’s get this final pre-camp mailbag rolling…

Parker Smith: Don’t you think that the terms pl*yoffs and S*perbowl should be banned amongst Raven fans so that we don’t jinx our boys???

Mink: Happy Festivus Maximus!

While there isn’t any Brian Billick-like ban coming as far as I know, I will say that this is a serious issue around Owings Mills. Players watch ESPN and they talk to fans in the community. They know people are predicting a (watch out, here it comes!) Super Bowl run. That sets very high expectations and Ravens coaches don’t want players thinking they have a ticket to Dallas reserved.

With that said, I don’t think managing expectations will be a problem. Head Coach John Harbaugh does an excellent job of keeping his team focused on the task in front of them. As evidence, Baltimore has never lost to a sub-.500 team during Harbaugh’s tenure. Harbaugh also told 105.7 The Fan that the Ravens “don’t care” about the predictions and I believe Baltimore’s players (including Matt Birk) are hard enough workers and professional enough not to let the predictions get to their heads.

So to answer your question, Parker, use the word playoffs and Super Bowl till your jaw hurts. I don’t believe in jinxes anyway.

@acejr13: do you have any chance of signing Terrell Owens? Or have you shown any interest in him?

Mink: According to T.O.’s agent Drew Rosenhaus, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome contacted him about Owens during the offseason. But Rosenhaus also said he hasn’t heard from Newsome since the Ravens traded for Anquan Boldin. Rosenhaus said he “wouldn’t bank on seeing Terrell in a Ravens uniform.” It would stand to reason that there’s no longer interest and thus not much of a chance. It’s time for the T.O. debate to be put to bed.

Lou Hoehl: Are the Ravens even remotely interested in re-acquiring Adalius Thomas? If not, why do you think that is?

Mink: Now that I’ve squashed one free agent signing, I’m keeping the swatter out for one more. No, I do not believe the Ravens are interested in bringing Adalius Thomas back, and this is not from conversations with Newsome or anyone in the front office; it’s from looking at the roster. Thomas used to play where Jarret Johnson and Sergio Kindle now roam. Think the Ravens want to replace either of those guys with a soon-to-be 33-year-old linebacker who was released on April 26 and remains a free agent. We all loved A.D., but the Ravens have moved on and so should we all.

Joshua Stein: With Ed Reed’s comments about Troy Smith echoing those of Terrell Suggs from two years ago, do you get the impression that some of the players feel Smith could do a better job than Flacco? Do Joe’s teammates have complete confidence in his abilities?

Mink: It’s clear that Joe Flacco’s teammates have a world of confidence in him.  They all see the amount of work he puts into the game and the quiet fire he has to win. There’s a lot of respect for Flacco in the locker room. I don’t know if players feel Smith could do a better job or not, but I don’t think that’s why Reed made those comments. Reed wasn’t taking away from Joe, but rather trying to build Smith up. Smith is a very funny, likeable guy and he has a lot of friends in the locker room. The players are sticking up for their pal because they know the situation Smith is in.

Thomas Crowley: Who are your superbowl picks for this year?

Mink: Since I’ve given my blessing to use the word Super Bowl, I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t give you my picks.

I think it’s obvious that I’m going to take the Ravens in the AFC.  Out of the NFC, I’m going with the defending champs – the New Orleans Saints. Their team is still stacked, the defense is still pretty young and the offensive line is intact. Should make for an interesting Week 14 matchup at M&T Bank Stadium.

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