Welcome to lunchtime links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption. Today we bring you Jimmy Smith’s police report, debate whether or not winning washes away offseason troubles, round up some must follow Twitter handles for Ravens fans, and talk about Terrence Cody’s fresh start.
Jimmy Smith’s official police report is online and it contains some interesting comments. Along with the updates we reported yesterday, it appears that Smith told police he played for the Ravens and that “you will see this tomorrow on ESPN.”
Bleacher Report is asking whether or not winning washes away offseason incidents such as Smith’s and the four other arrests the Ravens have faced this offseason. In a word, yes, it does. We have seen time and time again in sports where a winning season or championship quickly makes people forget illicit activity, as does time. We have a strong feeling that none of this will matter much once September rolls around.
On a brighter note, Matt Miller is power ranking NFL linebacker groups and the Ravens come in at an impressive fourth. It’s hard to argue with the 49ers and Chiefs ranking as the top two, but there are some surprises on the list.
Garret Downing tells us that Terrence Cody is excited to get a “fresh start” with the team. Cody hasn’t developed into the run stuffer the Ravens hoped to see at the nose after drafting him in the second round of 2010, but a lingering hip injury has held him back the last three seasons. If Cody can show that he is finally healthy and start to live up to his draft status, it will be a huge boon for a team that needs depth at the position.
What do you think of the linebacker ratings, and what would you change on the list?