Monday, June 18, 2007


If you watch NFL team reports from OTA’s whether on NFL Network or ESPN, inevitably you will see footage of the most highlighted of all positions in all of sports – quarterback. And as you watch you will notice that nearly every team has their quarterback practicing in a red jersey to differentiate him from the rest of the team. The exception of course is if the team uses red in their home and away color scheme like the Chiefs, Redskins and Cardinals. Then the quarterbacks wear gold/yellow jerseys. The intent of course is to keep QB's free from incidental contact, hits and injuries.

Now that is not far removed from Jack Lambert’s circa 1970’s comments when he insinuated that the league protects the quarterback so much, they may as well put them in dresses.

I wonder if Brian Billick was a Jack Lambert fan.

The Ravens are the only team I’m aware of that don’t alter the color of their quarterbacks’ practice jerseys.

When I asked one person in the Ravens organization about this all to important oversight, I was told that the team isn’t worried about their quarterbacks because they all stink. I was told dressing the team’s QB’s in red is the equivalent of worrying about a beat up old car when you’re learning to parallel park.

That was a joke, right?

I’ll tell you what is undoubtedly a jokethe industry that has spawned from the NFL Draft and the thousands upon thousands of mock NFL drafts.

Whether you think they are worthwhile or not is a matter of opinion. Personally after I look at Mel Kiper’s big board, I have a decent handle on where players should go and that’s really all I need given the volatility of a typical NFL Draft.

That said, I find this extremely comical – a 2008 NFL Mock Draft available on line today!

I’m not kidding. has the 2008 first round mapped out prior to the teams stepping foot upon the field in 2007. The site’s Grand Poobah, Michael Abromowitz (sounds like a Penn St. LB) and his crystal ball show the Ravens with the 27th pick in the ’08 draft and here’s what he predicts they will do with the pick:

27. Baltimore Ravens- Dwight Lowery, CB, San Jose St.- Quarterback looks like a possibility, but I really think the Ravens are interested in making Troy Smith their quarterback. If that is not the case, Chad Henne is a possibility. Samari Rolle and Chris McAllister will be 31 and 30 when the season starts, so youth at CB is needed. Lowery has nice size at 6-1, 185 and can come in immediately and be the nickleback.

By the way, in case you are wondering, Abromowitz & Co. have the Cowboys picking first courtesy of that Brady Quinn trade during the ’07 NFL Draft. And with the first pick in the 2008 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas.

So, will Phil Savage then return to Baltimore as Eric DeCosta’s assistant and Romeo Crennel as Rex Ryan's replacement?


Juliet said...

If they are right, Phil Savage is out and where art thou Romeo?

Gary Baxter Wants to come home said...

Funny I've wondered the same thing. Then again, I've wondered why it's taken Cleveland so long to figure out why former Ravens don't make good current Browns.

Mike Preston said...

Camp Creampuff doesn't require QB's to wear red. The camp is so docile, what's the point? Just give them a lollipop and let them ride the good ship.