Late For Work 8/17: Is OT Stinchcomb An Option For Ravens?

Plus a reason why Ravens will win it all and should kickoff rule be changed now?

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 at 9:00 am | Categories: Late For Work, Ryan Mink

Is OT Stinchcomb An Option For Ravens?

Owner Steve Bisciotti confirmed that the Ravens are “on the hunt” for free agent offensive linemen.

A new target could be former Pro Bowl right tackle Jon Stinchcomb, who was released by the New Orleans Saints on Monday. One caller during Tuesday’s Fan Forum with PSL holders even brought his name up with the owner.

But is Stinchcomb a realistic possibility?

While it is intriguing, it would be a problematic signing,” The Baltimore Sun’s Ken Murray explains.

“Signing Stinchcomb would give [rookie Jah] Reid time to get up to speed and would avoid having to start him against the Steelers opening night. But what are the Ravens willing to pay him for short-term relief, and is he willing to accept a contract under those terms when there are other teams that would give him a job outright?”

For some background on Stinchcomb, he’s a 32-year-old former Pro Bowler (2009) and five-year starter. He’s 6-foot-5, 315 pounds and a former second-round draft choice out of Georgia. Stinchcomb is coming off a torn quadriceps injury, which he played through during last season.

Quarterback Drew Brees described Stinchcomb, the Saints’ Man of the Year in 2008, as “one of the greatest teammates I’ve ever had.”

For that reason, teams may be willing to shell out big money for the tackle’s services.

The Ravens, as Bisciotti said, are up against the salary cap. According to ProFootballTalk.com, they have just $2.8 million in room.

“If Stinchcomb can show his leg is good, he can definitely get a decent contract as a free agent,” Murray wrote. “He knows he can get a playoff check in Baltimore. It would be a good fit for the Ravens – and allow Yanda to stay at right guard – but probably not as good for Stinchcomb. And the Ravens aren’t going to overpay.”

Reason Why The Ravens Will Win It All

OK, so FOX gave a reason why all 32 teams in the NFL will win the Super Bowl this year.

But still, I was intrigued to see what Peter Schrager had to say about the Ravens.

Here it is: Because Joe Flacco’s ready to join the big boys.

“Now happily married and entering the fourth year of his NFL career, Flacco has a new set of weapons to work with in recently acquired veterans Lee Evans and Ricky Williams and exciting rookie burner Torrey Smith. With veterans Derrick Mason, Todd Heap and Willis McGahee all gone, this is the year Flacco becomes the true leader in the huddle,” Schrager wrote.

The FOX scribe put the Ravens’ chances of winning the Super Bowl at 16-1.

That’s behind 10 other teams: Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers.

Kickoff Rule Should Be Changed Before Season

Numerous Ravens players and coaches have spoken out against the new kickoff rules, which start at the 35-yard line instead of the 30.

Head Coach John Harbaugh doesn’t like it, Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg isn’t a fan, and neither is Pro Bowl special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo.

But what is there to do about it?

Sun columnist Peter Schmuck says the NFL’s decision was a “mistake that needs to be corrected before the start of the regular season.”

“Football is a violent sport and the kickoff is one of its most dangerous plays, which is why the NFL has decided to make it the focus of this year’s push to make the game safer for the players,” he wrote. “That’s certainly admirable on a human resources level, but I just don’t see a lot of tailgaters rushing into the stadium to make sure they’re in their seats in time for the opening touchback.”

I don’t see the rule being changed before the start of the season, however.

Head Coach John Harbaugh said he’s looking forward to re-addressing it next offseason when the competition committee reconvenes and there’s evidence of the new rule’s effect.

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