Late For Work 12/10: Kubiak: Suggs Is A Hall of Fame Player

Plus, Chester denies cheap-shot claims and Hensley says not to expect coordinator changes.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 9:09 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Kubiak Says Suggs Is Hall of Fame Player

The Houston Texans are focusing on quarterback protection this week and they feel they have a pretty good reason for the emphasis.

Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak is well aware of linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs’ dominating performance against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger last week in which he notched 1½ sacks and five quarterback hurries.

Now, Suggs is visiting Reliant Stadium Monday and Kubiak isn’t underestimating what his team is up against.

"He’s a Hall of Fame player," Kubiak said during a conference call with Baltimore media.

"I think they’re built right down the middle with three Hall of Fame players – from [free safety] Ed [Reed] to [inside linebacker] Ray [Lewis] to Terrell. It’s just amazing. When you look at those three guys and what they do and the problems they present for you as an offensive football team, I think he’s playing at the highest level I’ve ever seen him play at, and damn, he’s played at a high level for a long, long time."

That’s a big compliment for a player that had his self-described worst season last year. Now he’s back to wreaking havoc and commanding major attention in opposing offensive game plans.

"I’ve got a lot of respect for him," Kubiak added. "He’s a big, big challenge for us, but that’s anybody who plays him. They’ve got that same challenge."

Chester Denies Cheap-Shotting Harrison

Guard Chris Chester denied the Pittsburgh Steelers’ accusations that he cheap-shotted linebacker James Harrison on an extra point.

After the Ravens’ only touchdown of the game, Chester was flagged for a false start. Harrison felt Chester uncharacteristically fired off the line and lunged at him.

"It was just a mix-up in the huddle, I kind of thought we were doing something else," Chester told Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. "I mixed it up. I can understand the way it looks, but it wasn’t anything malicious. No, that’s not really my style."

Head Coach John Harbaugh didn’t even want to entertain the accusation saying, "I [couldn't] care less what [Harrison] thinks about that."

Harrison wasn’t injured on the play, but he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the "shoot out" from the line was deliberate.

As Wilson noted in his article, Chester doesn’t have a reputation for being a dirty player.

ESPN’s James Walker wrote that while Chester’s play was a bit strange, overall he doesn’t feel either team played dirty Sunday night.

Lewis to Players: Save Your Money

With a potential NFL lockout looming, 15 year veteran Ray Lewis has a message for all players: Save your money.

"More importantly, not just save it, don’t spend a lot of it," Lewis said. "You really don’t know what’s going to happen, you just don’t know."

Lewis said he doesn’t understand why the NFL and the players union aren’t closer on a new collective bargaining agreement.

"I know it enough to say it’s a bad thing," said Lewis. "I don’t get it, realistically. I don’t get why both sides are so far apart when your product is who we are. We go out there and lay our lives on the line every time we step on the football field.

"That part should be respected and appreciated from Day One. The other business side about when you want to get into money or you want to get into this or that, I just think that’s a whole other issue. I think you always should protect your product, and that’s what my argument or my stand is."

Hensley: Don’t Expect Coordinator Changes

In his weekly Q&A with fans, the Baltimore Sun’s Jamison Hensley helped manage expectations about who will hold coordinator positions in Baltimore in 2011.

Various fans asked Hensley if the Ravens would ever consider former Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels as an offensive coordinator and Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis or 49ers Head Coach Mike Singletary as a defensive coordinator.

Hensley squashed all those suggestions like a bad habit.

"There is absolutely no way that McDaniels is hired as the OC during the season," responded Hensley. "And I doubt that he would be hired by the Ravens after it. Even if the Ravens want to make a change, remember McDaniels is the one who turned his nose up at the Ravens during their head coaching search a couple of years ago. That hasn’t been forgotten."

The Sun’s reporter added, "The Ravens are 8-4 and are headed to the playoffs for a third straight year. The defense has held teams to under 20 points in three straight games. No way Mattison is getting the boot. As far as the offense goes, it has underachieved. But it overachieved under Cameron in 2008. So, there are rumblings that the players are unhappy. My guess is Cameron is here in 2011."

Week 14 Picks: Ravens vs. Texans

Analysts say the Ravens are ticked off from last week’s bitter loss and they’ll take it out on the Texans with the nation watching Monday night. Of the picks I looked up on the Web this morning, everyone unanimously selected the Ravens as the winner – some believe they will have an offensive rebound against one the league’s worst defenses.

The Baltimore Sun: Six of six pick Ravens
WJZ’s Mark Viviano: Ravens 31, Texans 17
ESPN: Seven of seven pick Ravens
SI.com’s Peter King: Ravens 23, Texans 20
USA Today: Eight of eight pick Ravens
Yahoo! Sports: Three of three pick Ravens
Sporting News: Six of six pick Ravens
Pro Football Talk: Two of two pick Ravens

Total: 35 Ravens picks, 0 Texans picks

Flacco Plunging For Special Olympics Maryland

This is a nice little video featuring quarterback Joe Flacco with Olympic skater Kimmie Meissner and former Raven Michael McCrary. They came together to promote the Polar Bear Plunge in January to help support Special Olympics Maryland.

 

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