Ray Lewis To Host Show That Helps Coaches With 'Anger Issues'
I have yet to meet a football coach that couldn't use some help dealing with the frustrations of the job.
Well, except for maybe former Ravens Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell. But other than him … case in point …
Have no fear; Ray Lewis is here.
He will try to help before one of these guys blows a coronary.
Spike TV is teaming with the former Ravens linebacker for a new series called "Coaching Bad" which will explore coaching and anger management, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The cable network will run eight hour-long episodes, debuting in the first quarter of 2015.
"Spike TV is thrilled to partner with one of the greatest players in NFL history in a compelling new series that will shine a light on the ever-growing issue of coaches and their anger issues," Spike TV Executive V.P. of Original Series Sharon Levy said in a press release. "Who better than Ray to bestow insight and wisdom to these coaches after his storied career as a leader on and off the field during his playing days with the University of Miami and Baltimore Ravens."
Lewis and anger management specialist Dr. Christian Conte will provide guidance and instruction to nine different coaches who move into a "coaching center" in Los Angeles. The coaches come from a variety of sports from across the country and will receive "intense retraining and reconditioning" in a program designed by Lewis and Conte.
Among the coaches featured are former Ravens Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, Bill Romanowski and Glen Davis. They will go through three phases of therapy: assessing the coaches' baseline anger issues, working to create real change, and putting that change to the test.
"For many of those participating, the program may be their last hope to save their jobs — and their marriage," wrote Hollywood Reporters' Lesley Goldberg.
Jimmy Jokes About Wearing Super Bowl Ring To 49ers Practices
Nobody really knows how the joint practices between the Ravens and 49ers will run this upcoming week, but Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has an idea about how to make things interesting right off the bat.
"I might wear my Super Bowl ring out to practice," Smith joked, per The Baltimore Sun.
The joint practices come just 18 months after the two teams faced off in Super Bowl XLVII. And Smith was a decisive force in the Ravens beating the 49ers, 34-31. In the final minutes, on fourth down with the 49ers threatening to take the lead, Smith forced an incompletion on a pass targeted for 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh was yelling to the refs for a holding or pass interference call, but the play stood.
"Hopefully, Coach [John] Harbaugh's brother isn't mad at me for that call or non-call, whatever you want to call it," Smith said.
Flacco Talking Less Trash In Practice
At this time last year, you could frequently hear quarterback Joe Flacco engage in some verbal sparring with outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. Flacco also got on officials, and even his receivers from time to time.
But things have gotten quieter for Joe Cool this time around.
"[A]fter the most disappointing season in his career, Flacco has toned down his act considerably this training camp," wrote The Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. "In fact, I can't recall one instance over the first two weeks of camp where I've heard Flacco trash talk to a teammate or get on a referee or wide receiver. He's barely even celebrated a touchdown."
Perhaps Flacco felt more at ease to be bolder after his Super Bowl MVP performance and the richest contract in franchise history, says Zrebiec. An 8-8 season and being in the middle of installing a brand new offense may have him dialing things back.
But just because he's not trash talking, doesn't mean he isn't leading.
"Don't misunderstand – he's plenty engaged in the practices," Zrebiec wrote. "Flacco is regularly talking between plays with Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak and Quarterbacks Coach Rick Dennison. He spends a lot of time conversing with his receivers when he's on the sideline. I'm not saying that his demeanor this year is better or worse than it was last training camp. It's just different and certainly notable given the fact that Flacco is trying to learn a new offense and rebound from last year's poor season."
Best Draft Class In Years?
We have yet to see the impact the 2014 rookie class has this season, but things look REAL good so far.
Just ask The Sun's Mike Preston.
"It's early, but this could be a good draft class, one of the best in years, he wrote.
"Linebacker C.J. Mosley and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan should get a lot of playing time early, and tight end Crockett Gillmore, defensive end Brent Urban and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro will eventually make an impact. Rookie receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill) also has potential, and the Ravens might have to stash him for a year. Who's a sleeper? Free-agent rookie cornerback Tramain Jacobs from Texas A&M. The young lad has game."
Steve Smith Jukes Jackson To The Turf
Those 35-year-old legs still have it.
Wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. made the "move of the night" at the open practice at Navy Stadium Monday, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley.* *
In a one-on-one drill, Smith faked out 24-year-old Asa Jackson and "[i]t was so bad that Jackson actually fell to the turf."
Hensley added: "Smith then showed he's quickly acclimating to Baltimore by wearing a black-and-orange Natty Boh hat in the locker room after practice."
Ravens Projected Roster
Hensley published his most recent Ravens roster projection – the latest coming after 11 days of training camp competition.
You can check out the full thing here, but I'll highlight a few notes:
- Rookie sixth-round pick Keith Wenning has improved, but Hensley sees the Ravens attempting to store him on the practice squad. It would be a risk, and the Baltimore could lose him to another team if they do.
- The Ravens use that saved roster spot from Wenning for linebacker Albert McClellan. They need him for special teams work, not necessarily defense.
- Kamar Aikan takes Hensley's fifth and final receiver spot. "For the past couple of weeks, it looked like Jeremy Butler was going to get that fifth spot. But journeyman Kamar Aiken has been extremely impressive, catching everything thrown his way. He has the edge at this point."
- Michael Campanaro has been impressive, but struggles to stay healthy and could land on injured reserve.
- Undrafted rookie tackle James Hurst, who had a lot of buzz when first signed, looks to be headed to the practice squad, say Hensley.
- Terrence Cody, who is currently on the physically unable to perform list, doesn't make the cut.
- Tramain Jacobs, who has been catching the eye of the coaching staff, beats out Deji Olatoye for the fifth and final cornerback spot.
- "Giving credit where it's due," wrote Zrebiec. "Chykie Brown's struggles in training camp have been well-documented, but the cornerback does appear to be improving each day. The fourth-year corner may have had his best practice yet, intercepting a deflected Joe Flacco pass and then on the very next play, cutting in front of a wide receiver to knock the ball away." [The Baltimore Sun]
- "Hurst [is] having [a] tough time," added Zrebiec. "Offensive tackle James Hurst was viewed as one of the potential gems of the Ravens' undrafted free agent class because of all the starting experience that he had at North Carolina. However, he's had a rough go of it in camp trying to deal with the Ravens' plethora of pass rushers. His struggles continued tonight as he was called for holding on two difference occasions." [The Baltimore Sun]
- "Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley is set to become the first defensive rookie to start a season opener for the Baltimore Ravens since defensive tackle Haloti Ngata in 2006," wrote Hensley. "Why is Mosley on such the fast track? It has as much to do with his brains as his brawn." [ESPN]
- The Ravens are gambling at backup quarterback. [ESPN]
- The Cincinnati Bengals signed quarterback Andy Dalton to a six-year, $96 million extension. [NFL.com]
- Love this! Jacoby Jones dances with a little girl in a wheel chair, and finishes it off with a dip. [Instagram]