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    I wonder if Birk would have any interest in coaching?

    I'd love for them to part with Andy Moeller and have Birk be Juan Castillo's assistant.
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    class act and I will always be grateful for his contributions here. Remember when he played the whole year with a gash on the bridge of his nose that opened up every game? Tough, smart guy and I wish him the best in retirement.

    This is just the first move for a team that will look a lot different next year
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    Quote Originally Posted by wickedsolo View Post
    I wonder if Birk would have any interest in coaching?

    I'd love for them to part with Andy Moeller and have Birk be Juan Castillo's assistant.
    Now that would be a perfect fit in my opinion. Someone who is already close and familiar with the OL schemes and personnel. He's already mentioned frequently in the past how much he loves being here




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    Class act, great player for us. I was amazed at how well he played this year, since last year it pretty much looked like he was close to done. Really was a driving force on this Super Bowl team, and deserves a lot of credit for that. Sad to see him go, but I recall him saying he hardly ever got hurt, didn't even tape before games, etc., so perhaps a wise move to go out on top, and healthy.




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    Quote Originally Posted by NC Raven View Post
    Class act, great player for us. I was amazed at how well he played this year, since last year it pretty much looked like he was close to done. Really was a driving force on this Super Bowl team, and deserves a lot of credit for that. Sad to see him go, but I recall him saying he hardly ever got hurt, didn't even tape before games, etc., so perhaps a wise move to go out on top, and healthy.
    Thank, you Matt! You're a class act and a great role model...something that can't always be said for NFL players. Enjoy retirement; you've more than earned it!!




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    Thanks Matt!!! What a great career, and I am so happy you got your ring here in Baltimore!

    Enjoy the time with your family!
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    Seems like Birk could be a good coach one day. I wonder if he'll go down that road.




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    GREAT man on and off the field, thanks Birk!
    now, whos gonna make the O line calls, Gino or Yanda?




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    Quote Originally Posted by iggyman555 View Post
    GREAT man on and off the field, thanks Birk!
    now, whos gonna make the O line calls, Gino or Yanda?
    Probably Yanda, but I see no reason why Gino can't. He seems like a pretty intelligent guy.
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    just curious, any idea if he'll stay in the Baltimore area?
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    I'm glad they were able to get those vets, like Birk, that ring.
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    I would like to say thanks for making this decision in a timely manner. It gives the Ravens the entire free-agency period and the draft to consider options. I am sure that Gradkowski is the heir apparent, but it never hurts to have options.

    It really grates on me when a player gets to training camp, and then suddenly decides his heart isn't in it...leaving the team with very little options in replacing him.




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    If Matt is indeed retiring, I think his timing is perfect.

    Have to admit, a year ago I was hoping he'd retire after a disappointing 2011 season. Turns out I was way off base on that one since there's no question Birk played better in 2012 and was a vital part of the O-line.

    That said, I believe it's time for the Ravens to get younger on the O-line -- just as they will hopefully do on the defensive side of the ball. Not sure yet if Gino is the answer at C, but he will get his opportunity.

    As to Matt Birk, I'd just say congratulations on going out on top, thanks for all you've done, and good luck in retirement.




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    He gave the Ravens 4 mostly good seasons. A couple hiccups here and there, but mostly he was pretty darn solid on the field, and ALWAYS without a doubt a standup guy in the locker room and on his own time. A lot of people (myself included) bitched and moaned when they let Jason Brown leave, but once again Ozzie proved that he knows what's he's doing. Glad to see Matt walk away on his terms, and go out as a champion. He was one of the guys that I was most happy for after the SB. Happy trails, Matt, and thanks.
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    Re: Birk Retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenswintitle View Post
    just curious, any idea if he'll stay in the Baltimore area?
    Not sure, but didn't he grow up in Minnesota?

    As for coaching, he certainly could, but we are talking about an Ivy League graduate with a degree in economics. Future is wide open for this dude. Good guy, great community member, very good player. Nothing but the best Matt!




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    Someone on scout posted it saves betweeen $2M-$2.5M in CAP space but I'm not sure if that includes dead money. Still along with Rays CAP figures, it should give some breathing room to sign Boldin or Ellerbe, I think.

    YOu gotta feel happy for him. He said he was returning for one more shot at a SB ring. What a great career with pro bowls and to go out a champ with a ring. He has a foundation that gives millions to old players in need like Jack Mackey when he was sick and dying. I was always pissed at Marty Ass for having TP of the Squeelers on talking about his good works instead of Birk talking about his.

    Best Wishes to a good Raven. He did a lot for the Ravens after Flynn left and was much better than Flynn. Don't rag on him cause he's old.




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