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    Re: Ray Rice has been quiet



    Quote Originally Posted by LukeDaniel View Post
    Wasn't Rice on the Rippa/Strahan show? (whatever it's called nowadays)




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    Re: Ray Rice has been quiet

    He's been on Facebook nearly every day, getting out info about different charities and causes.

    As far as I'm concerned, he's been making plenty of noise, and for all the right reasons.




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    Re: Ray Rice has been quiet

    Quote Originally Posted by LukeDaniel View Post
    Wasn't Rice on the Rippa/Strahan show? (whatever it's called nowadays)
    Ok, you are correct...

    So really, he's gotten the same amount of press then.
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    Re: Ray Rice has been quiet

    I think next year they use Pierce more between the tackles and try to get Rice out in space more. As much as Ray struggled between the tackles, he is still one of the hardest in the league to get down in the open field. Harbaugh has proven that he will put his stud RB on the bench in favor of an up and comer.




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    Re: Ray Rice has been quiet

    I thought Rice was a little off this year compared to previous years in the manner in which he carried himself. It was very subtle, but he exhibited a bit more bravado and swagger, and for him, I am not sure it is a good thing.

    After the epic 4th and 29 conversion it ramped up, subtly again, but just a bit more. Then after the two fumbles in the 1st playoff game he did not seem as relaxed on the field, because usually he just flows and goes. He seemed tight to me.

    Maybe I am reading too much into it and seeing things that are not there, but I hope he says to himself, "Rhu rho. I better really work hard this off season and get my head in the right place to play football from the get go this year."

    He is still a great player. Will be interesting to see how he works and plays without Ray Lewis around.




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    Re: Ray Rice has been quiet

    I think his hold out affected him this year too.




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    Re: Ray Rice has been quiet

    Quote Originally Posted by bt12483 View Post
    I figured after a SB win, he would be one of the main media guys.

    I know he had an appearance on Ripa (?) and Strahan, but other than that haven't heard much from him.

    Maybe he is a little bummed about his playoff performance?


    Colts:
    rush - 15/68
    pass - 1/47
    2 fumbles

    Denver:
    rush - 30/131, 1TD

    NE:
    rush - 19/48, 1TD
    pass - 3/22

    SF:
    rush - 20/59
    pass - 4/19
    1 fumble

    Playoff totals:
    rush - 84/306 for a poor 3.64ypc, 2TDs, 3 fumbles
    pass - 8/88

    In fact I think his stats this year were a bit of a down year for him. I really hope we didn't burn him out 2-3 years ago with over usage (similar to Turner in Atlanta).

    I am glad we have Pierce, because that should push Rice more to maintain top dog status. Even still, I'd be happy giving Rice fewer carries and making him more integral in the passing game such as Sproles in NO.
    See Ozzie thread on Pierce. He wants to draft RB depth because Pierce was injured too much during practices
    and games.


    As people keep forgetting, some of Rice's poor stats occurred in the playoffs because all the defenses were
    stopping Rice up the middle which opened up the great plays to Boldin on the outside.

    The 3rd and inches from Joe to Boldin was on the outside lane made possible by teams shutting down Rice.

    They can't stop everyone which is why we won the SB - geesh!

    Same thing happened to the great Jim Brown in the 64 championship game. Colts threw everything at him to
    stop him and they did but that opened up the outside lane to former Terp Gary Collins who scored 3 TDs from
    Frank Ryan.

    Rice was our Jim Brown and people down't even know it.




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    I think Rice will be just fine going forward. He is one of the special talents in the league, and we are lucky to have him. Now, having said that, Mr. Pierce needs to see the field A LOT -- that dude is a beast. It will be interesting to see if Caldwell designs some plays that incorporate both of them at the same time.




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    Re: Ray Rice has been quiet

    Quote Originally Posted by ballhawk View Post
    I think his hold out affected him this year too.
    What hold out?




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    Re: Ray Rice has been quiet

    Rice is fine. I'm not worried about him. As another poster said, RB's typically don't have huge games in the Super Bowl for whatever reason. Before this SB, the last 100 yard rusher was 6 years ago in the Colts/Bears game where both RB's went over 100.




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    Re: Ray Rice has been quiet

    Quote Originally Posted by leachisabeast View Post
    What hold out?
    He wasn't around in the offseason until they signed him. He missed ota's, minicamp, all that stuff. Might not have affected him but it just as easily could have.




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    Re: Ray Rice has been quiet

    Quote Originally Posted by ballhawk View Post
    He wasn't around in the offseason until they signed him. He missed ota's, minicamp, all that stuff. Might not have affected him but it just as easily could have.
    Do you realize how worthless OTAs and minicamps are to veterans? Highly doubt it had any effect on him at all. He still had a pretty decent statistical year.




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    I concur with the notion that teams keyed in on Rice in the playoffs forcing us to beat them with our other weapons which of course we did. That being said, I also agree he could have played a little better. Especially with regards to the fumbles. When all is said and done though; this is a team game, and Ray definitely had a part in helping us win it all. Having Pierce will definitely help him, and help us win in the future.




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    Let's also remember the regular season games where Cam barely used Rice, or Pierce for that matter.




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    I don't buy that teams were keying in on Rice. Bottom line is he had a bad playoffs. He put the ball on the ground 3 times. Teams did limit him in the passing game. They did not let him run free in the passing game. Pierce was the more effective runner. With the exception of the broncos teams keyed on T. Smith. Teams did not over commit to stop the run.




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