Ravens Schedule & Liars Luncheon intersect…

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RAVENS 2008 SCHEDULE

Preseason:

Aug. 7 — at New England, 7:30

Aug. 16 — MINNESOTA, 7:30

Aug. 23 — at St. Louis, 8

Aug. 28 — ATLANTA, 7:30

Regular Season:

Sept. 7 – CINCINNATI, 1

Sept. 14 – a Houston, 4:15

Sept. 21 – CLEVELAND, 4:15

Sept. 29 – at Pittsburgh (MNF), 8:30

Oct.  5 – TENNESSEE, 1

Oct. 12 – at Indianapolis, 1

Oct. 19 – at Miami, 1

Oct. 26 – OAKLAND, 1

Nov. 2 – at Cleveland, 1

Nov. 9 — BYE

Nov. 16 – at New York Giants, 1

Nov. 23 – PHILADELPHIA, 1

Nov. 30 – at Cincinnati, 1

Dec. 7 – WASHINGTON, 1

Dec. 14 – PITTSBURGH, 1

Dec. 20 – at Dallas, 8:15 (NFL Network)

Dec. 28 – JACKSONVILLE, 1

Get the FULL NFL schedule here…

I live for this stuff…I really do!

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As for the “Liars Luncheon,” it’s been fascinating so far.

For the first time I can remember, Ozzie Newsome  talked about his playing days and pointed out the sheer volume of quality quarterbacks he played with during Alabama and Cleveland days.

He talked about “four traits of great quarterbacks” and he refused to elaborate on the formula, which chuckles from the media.

Newsome doesn’t speak very often publicly. He just loves football. And he’s famous enough around the NFL circles.

But today is HIS day to show he’s running the organization.

He began his comments by talking about the sting of the 2007 season, and it costing him “a very dear friend” in Brian Billick and his departure.

Now that Billick is gone — and considering Harbaugh’s understated persona — it’s good to see Newsome on the dais today tackling the tough questions. That’s good for the organization and good for the fans.

I wish Newsome DID speak more because I KNOW how brilliant he is because everyone who has ever worked with him tells me about his football acumen.

Other notes: Newsome said that the Ravens ability to move up is limited by their lack of a legitimate third round pick. (They did pick up a No. 99 pick with the compensation pick from Adalius Thomas.)

John Harabugh did speak briefly, and said it’s been “awesome” watching the system that Newsome and Decosta and staff use in Baltimore vs. what he saw in Philadephia, where they also did a pretty good job on the final Saturday of April.

Decosta said corners and wide receivers have been the toughest positions to evaluate during this process.

Newsome said that the moving of time allotment from 15 minutes to 10 minutes will be a good thing. Newsome said that he personally sat on five minutes last year when he knew he was drafting Ben Grubbs. He said that teams are already talking about trades now, knowing that they won’t have as much time on the clock. But, he also said, that “we’re used to picking in five minutes after the first round.” So, the Ravens will have no problem with the 10 minute limit.

He said that when the competition committee got together they didn’t like that Brady Quinn sat so long and thought that was unfair as well.

Newsome talked about his relationship with Harbaugh and the new coaching staff. He talked about trust: on both sides and that it’s growing with the two of them over these weeks leading up to the draft.

Newsome said that he hasn’t talked to Jon Ogden in two weeks. He then alluded to “where Gaither would’ve been in this draft.” It certainly feels like he believes Ogden is not coming back and is operating that way. “Jonathan retiring does not have to factor into the equation.”

Newsome also said about QBs: “We could carry four quarterbacks on our roster. It could happen. We carried two, so why not four?”