Never said that he or anybody else didn't try and talk to him.
It goes more to my point that these guys are their own men...when it comes to off field stuff, there isn't much you can do unless you are going to convince single, famous millionaires to never go out of the house and enjoy themselves.
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Now Trevor Pryce and even Jaworski are chiming in with their opinions. Talk about overblown (IMO)
I couldn't disagree with you more. I like Ray. I like Reed. I like Jarrett Johnson. I like McGahee and hope he helps the Browns beat the Bengals this weekend. I guess I don't fit your "inclination" and I would suspect the vast majority of Raven fans are the same.
Ray's job now is to be an analyst...that means he is supposed to find out the facts of a certain situation, or the facts are given to him, and he is supposed to tell us what they mean in his informed opinion.Quote:
I don't see the big deal. Ray was asked a question and he answered it. Its his job now. Its not like he spent the prior week formulating some deep profound response to an obviously loaded question from Wingo.
In this case, clearly, he had nothing in the way of facts to buttress his wild speculations on a "lack of leaders" in the Ravens locker room. Moreover, as has been repeatedly pointed out, he was holding the Ravens locker room leaders to a far higher standard than what was in place when he was a leader, or for any leader in any NFL locker room for that matter.
At best it was slovenly analysis...at worst, it was a deliberate attempt to drum up a story where there was none.
In terms of the Ravens, your are right, it is not a big deal. They've already moved on, and save for some probably hilarious locker room humor in the months to come, this incident is closed.
As for Ray, I hope he does better next time, because I do think he's very smart and articulate and could bring some thoughtful insight to that job. If not, then he will just be one of far too many "analysts" that are just getting paid for much of the same analysis that is done on these message boards. And as soon as his "newness" wears off, he'll be gone from TV.
Ray is not your typical former Raven. He is our Jim Brown, Johnny U, Brett Favre or whatever. Few can have a post-player resume like Ozzie.
This is just not winner case for Ray, does Ray has a big ego? Sure! Will he be wrong? Sometimes and sometimes not.
However what is important - He was the greatest and the most valuable Ravens in the first two decades of this franchise.
Ray's not so off base now it would seem