Late For Work 10/19: Ravens ‘Discussed’ Merriman In Meetings

Plus Le’Ron McClain is upset by the blame game and Pats safety isn’t going to change his style.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at 9:23 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Ravens ‘Discussed’ Merriman In Meetings

The Ravens have “discussed” pass rusher Shawne Merriman in meetings, according to Jamison Hensley of The Baltimore Sun.

But General Manager Ozzie Newsome told the reporter he couldn’t comment on Merriman because he is still under contract with the San Diego Chargers.

Even so, the organization could pursue Merriman if the linebacker clears waivers and two other big “ifs,” according to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.

“Ravens would have interest in Shawne Merriman w/2 big ifs–if he passes physical in next 24 hours, and if it’s a relatively low-money deal,” King tweeted.

The interest may be mutual. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Merriman’s top choices would be the Ravens, Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys.

But Merriman’s preference wouldn’t matter because reports indicate the San Francisco 49ers may put a claim on Merriman’s $3.269 million contract. They get one of the first shots at Merriman based on their record so far this season.

Because of the size of that contract, it’s unknown whether the 49ers would actually pull the trigger. If they don’t, Merriman could clear waivers and have a say in where he ends up.

The former University of Maryland standout was placed on injured reserve with a calf injury and a minor-injury designation. By rule, once he is considered healthy, the Chargers must place him on waivers.

The prospect of Terrell Suggs and Merriman harassing quarterbacks is intriguing. While Head Coach John Harbaugh said he is pleased with the pressure his team put on quarterback Tom Brady in Sunday’s overtime loss, he said he definitely wants more.

“I think we’ve gotten good pressure,” Harbaugh said. “We had three sacks against a guy [Brady] that is pretty hard to sack. We had a number of quarterback hits that were perfectly well-executed hits. I was really pleased with those, but we want more. We definitely want more, and we’re going to try to get more.”

Why So Easily Persuaded?

Four weeks ago, fans were calling for quarterback Joe Flacco’s starting job. It feels like an eternity ago, but you remember, don’t you?

After Flacco’s four-interception performance in Week 2 vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, many deemed him unfit to lead the Ravens the following week against the Cleveland Browns, let alone in a Super Bowl run. (I thought Flacco was too harshly judged).

Last Sunday, the Ravens lost on the road in overtime to a playoff contender that had a bye leading into the game.

Now people are saying the same quarterback that should have been benched four weeks ago wasn’t given enough freedom? He was held back by coaches?

It seems Flacco’s totally redeemed himself. So much, in fact, that now it has to be Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron’s fault for being too conservative with the third-year quarterback. Now it’s off with Cam’s head.

Why so easily swayed?

It’s fair to be upset with the loss. But if you are one of the many holding an executioner’s gun, make sure your aim is good and you have a compelling reason to pull the trigger.

And don’t forget this is the NFL. Parity is the name of the game. The Ravens beat the Jets, and the Jets beat the Patriots. Then the Patriots beat the Ravens. Baltimore lost to Cincinnati and beat the Browns. Then the Browns go and upset the Bengals. 

The Ravens are down this week. It’s up to you to believe if they can rebound. But stand by your opinion and don’t let one bad game so easily sway you. You are better than that.

Le’Ron McClain Upset By Blame Game

With the ball on the Ravens 20-yard line and facing a third-and-9 situation in overtime Sunday, Le’Ron McClain was penalized 10 yards for shoving Jermaine Cunningham after the linebacker got into McClain’s face.

Some said McClain’s penalty ultimately cost the Ravens a chance at winning. It was a claim that didn’t set well with the two-time Pro Bowler.

He expressed those feeling on his Twitter account, LeRonMcClain33, Sunday night.

“Bmore fans Bmore fans it was my fault we lost the game????? Are y’all serious??? You know what……. Not gonna stoop that low but……

“To all my true fans that understand the game of football!! Not gonna let foolish people or foolish comments get to me. Man see me….

“And big ups to all my haters!!! Hope everybody have a blessed evening. Bounce back next week vs Bills**

Stupid play and I know I’m better then that. On to the Bills!! Short flight home….”

Brandon Meriweather Won’t Alter Hitting Style

The NFL will announce by Wednesday that even first-time offenders could face suspension for “devastating hits” and “head shots.”

But that isn’t enough to get New England Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather to change his style of hitting.

“I’m going to be aggressive, point blank,” Meriweather said during his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI. “I won’t change my game, period. I’m sorry it happened. Heap is actually a real good friend of mine. I talked to him yesterday and let him know it wasn’t intentional and he told me he understood.”

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