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Late For Work 1/27: Take A Close Look At Tom Brady’s Arm

Speculation on coaching staff, Pagano’s intro. press conference, re-draft has Ngata No. 1.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Friday, January 27th, 2012 at 9:20 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Take A Close Look At Tom Brady’s Arm

Remember the mad respect Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gave Ed Reed in a press conference prior to the AFC championship, saying the safety doesn’t have any weaknesses?

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

That’s because it sounds like almost every other sound bite you’d expect to hear prior to facing a respected opponent before a major showdown. Usually you talk up your adversary, rather than feed him fodder and motivation.

“When you break the huddle, you find where [Reed's] at,” Brady told reporters the week leading up to the showdown.

No fake.

Take a look at the picture snapped by the Associated Press (H/T Boston Herald) from the Pats-Ravens battle.

It’s of Brady’s arm, and if you read closely you can see three things Brady wanted to remind himself of before every snap.

  • “KNEES FLEXED — DOWN, DOWN!”
  • “NO TURNOVERS”
  • “FIND 20 ON EVERY PLAY.”

Speculation On Ravens’ Coaching Announcement Today

Chuck Pagano was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Colts yesterday.

The Baltimore Sun points out that the Ravens have remained “mum” on what will happen with their own staff.  They will break that silence today at 11 a.m., when Head Coach John Harbaugh holds a press conference.

Here’s what you could expect, according to Jeff Zrebiec.

“All indications are that linebackers coach Dean Pees remains the clear front-runner to succeed Pagano as the Ravens’ defensive coordinator, and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will stay in his current position,” wrote Zrebiec.

He went on to say that the reason behind predicting Cameron’s return, besides finishing strong last season and helping the team to two AFC-title games in four years, was that a league source said the offensive coordinator called his assistants and gave them instructions for the upcoming weeks.

“Yet another sign that he will return next season,” wrote Zrebiec.

For more speculation on what will happen with the coaching staff, CSNBaltimore.com’s John Eisenberg explains to PFT.com’s Mike Florio why he’s changed his mind about the possibility of Cameron and the Ravens mutually agreeing to part ways. Now the columnist is “leaning” toward Cameron staying.

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A Look At ‘Front-Runner’ Pees

With Pees looking like the “front-runner,” you may be searching for a little more information on his background.

Prior to coming to the Ravens in 2010, Pees was the defensive coordinator on Bill Belichick’s staff in New England for four years.

During that time, the Patriots were the only team in the NFL to finish in the top 10 in scoring defense each season, according to The Sun.

Here are some other notes from the news site:

  • In 2006, Pees’ unit set a franchise-record for points allowed per game (14.8), which was also the second lowest total in the NFL.
  • In 2007, the Pats went 16-0 (lost in Super Bowl to Giants) and Pees lead a unit that allowed the fewest yards by a New England defense in 28 years. They were second in the league with 47 sacks.
  • In 2008, the defense allowed just 309.9 yards per game, good for second best in the league.
  • In 2009, Pees’ final year, the Pats finished fifth in scoring defense.
  • After his departure, New England’s defense plummeted to 25th and 31st in yards allowed per game in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Pagano’s Introductory Press Conference As Colts Head Coach

In his introductory press conference as the Colts head coach, Pagano admitted he thought he was going to end up in Indianapolis.

But not under these circumstances.

“I thought for sure that I was going to be coming to Indy to play for a world championship,” Pagano told media. He said he would have preferred coaching the Ravens defense in the Super Bowl over arriving for this reason.

The Ravens’ former defensive coordinator said the last few days have been a “whirlwind.”

He hadn’t even taken shower after the AFC championship loss before Harbaugh called him into his office to tell him the Colts wanted him to fly in for an interview.

Two days later, he accepted the job offer.

“Words can’t describe the emotions that I’m going through right now and the feelings,” Pagano said. “Coming off probably the most devastating loss that I’ve ever been a part of in the AFC championship game and to go in that locker room and see those faces and we all know how hard it is to get to that stage and to see the tears. It’s an all-time low, and the last thing I ever expected came across my table and now I sit here at an all-time high.”

2006 Re-Draft Makes Ngata No. 1 Pick

What would the Ravens look like today if in 2006 they drafted running back Reggie Bush with their 12th-overall selection, and the Houston Texans took defensive tackle Haloti Ngata at No. 1?

I don’t even want to imagine it.

But with six full years of hindsight, ESPN’s Mel Kiper says that’s how the draft should have gone down.

“[Ngata's] played in 94 of 96 possible regular-season games, plays a premium position, is a Pro Bowl shoo-in and would dominate in any system,” wrote Kiper. “Safe to say the guy Ray Lewis pushed for to free up the Baltimore linebackers has worked out just fine, and the future holds plenty more.”

With Haloti going No. 1 in Kiper’s re-draft, the best person on the board by the time Ravens were up was Bush. He originally went to the Saints at No. 2.

“People who want to call Bush a bust simply aren’t watching the tape,” wrote Kiper. “He’s only a disappointment if you had Hall of Fame projections because of where he was taken. But Bush has done plenty.”

Good for Bush, but no thanks. The Ravens are happy with Ngata.

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