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Old 01-12-2012   #1
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Ravens' Leach: 'It's really just another game'

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Preston: Leach best free-agent acquisition in Ravens history
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Ravens fullback Vonta Leach has several nicknames like "The Hammer," "Coke Machine" and "Sweet Feet," but he already has made a name for himself as one of the best free-agent acquisitions in team history.

Only tight end Shannon Sharpe in 2000 made such an immediate impact as a free-agent signee on a Ravens list that includes safety Rod Woodson, receiver Derrick Mason, defensive tackle Sam Adams and defensive end Michael McCrary, who is in the team’s Ring of Honor.

But old "Sweet Feet" has brought instant success and helped running back Ray Rice, who tweeted on the day the Ravens signed Leach, "Let the fun begin," have one of his best seasons.

Since the off season when Leach signed a three-year deal worth $11 million, the Ravens have rushed for 1,996 yards with Rice gaining 1,364 on 291 carries. During the first half of this season, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron toyed with the idea of trying to make quarterback Joe Flacco the centerpiece of the offense.

But in the second half , the Ravens turned to Rice, who then turned to his 6-foot, 255-pound body guard, Mr. Leach.
I always liked Vonta.
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Default Re: Ravens' Leach: 'It's really just another game'

First playoff game in his career is "just another game?"
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First playoff game in his career is "just another game?"
I think he played in the playoffs w green bay. But I think the main point is playing against his former team.
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Default Re: Ravens' Leach: 'It's really just another game'

What an idiot. This isn't "just another game", this is playing in the ****ing playoffs.
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What an idiot. This isn't "just another game", this is playing in the ****ing playoffs.
That's a bit harsh. I took it as his response to playing his old team.
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Default Re: Ravens' Leach: 'It's really just another game'

Well, Vonta you are "a beast" for the money you're making, I am okay with Vickers and Casey!



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That's a bit harsh. I took it as his response to playing his old team.
Playing against his old team or not, it's a playoff game. It's more than "just another game"
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Default Re: Ravens' Leach: 'It's really just another game'

It sounds very professional of him to say this, as long as his main point was about playing the Texans. But I remember reading an article about Danniel Manning training harder than ever, because he's been to the playoffs before and a playoff game really is a big deal.
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Did Craig James really kill 5 hookers while at SMU?
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Default Re: Ravens' Leach: 'It's really just another game'

I hope cushing cracks his head open like dunta used to do in practice.
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What an idiot. This isn't "just another game", this is playing in the ****ing playoffs.
His response was answering a direct question - actually a series of like questions: "Since this is the Texans, would a victory over them be sweeter vs. some other opponent?" As usual, the press, always looking to start some sh*t, pressed him on the "well, they didn't pay you blah, blah, blah..." aspect. To his credit, he said the situation ended up being a win-win. He essentially said that he got his money and the Texans' offense is chugging along fine with Casey and Vickers. Everyone is happy.

He had already addressed the importance of the game from the playoff aspect.

I thought his responses were rather classy; he gave props to Foster, and he had nothing but respect for our defense - "they're one of the best front sevens we've faced all year" or words to that affect. So he didn't let the press bait him into saying something really stupid.
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Default Re: Ravens' Leach: 'It's really just another game'

No reason to crack on him. He didn't bad mouth this team when he found out they wouldn't pay him what he wanted. I don't think he'd hate on this team or its fans when we all got Leach to the Beach and helped him get some acclaim.
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Default Re: Ravens' Leach: 'It's really just another game'

This guy should've been re-signed and should've been here for Houston's first playoff run. Seriously, who would you rather have....Jacoby or Vonta?

For as great as the running game was this year, imagine how great it'd be with Tate and Foster running behind Vonta. Also the last time the Ravens defense really got hit in the mouth and ran all over was when vonta was leading the way last season. (hmm, makes you wonder why they wanted him so bad)

I have nothing bad to say about Vonta Leach...he's a hell of a FB (best in the league) and a hell of a football player.
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This guy should've been re-signed and should've been here for Houston's first playoff run. Seriously, who would you rather have....Jacoby or Vonta?

For as great as the running game was this year, imagine how great it'd be with Tate and Foster running behind Vonta. Also the last time the Ravens defense really got hit in the mouth and ran all over was when vonta was leading the way last season. (hmm, makes you wonder why they wanted him so bad)

I have nothing bad to say about Vonta Leach...he's a hell of a FB (best in the league) and a hell of a football player.
While I love Vonta - and was one who wanted him to stay - I kinda like the flexibility Casey brings to the position. Vonta is by far the better blocker but there's no way he makes the kind of catches that Casey does.

I think Vonta is correct, things kinda worked out for both sides.
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While I love Vonta - and was one who wanted him to stay - I kinda like the flexibility Casey brings to the position. Vonta is by far the better blocker but there's no way he makes the kind of catches that Casey does.

I think Vonta is correct, things kinda worked out for both sides.
How many catches does Casey have during the regular season? If it only happens in practice does it really count? (and this isn't a knock on Casey...he just isn't used enough to try to argue that facet of his game as being a deciding factor over what Vonta brings to the table).

Vonta Leach on Sundays is >>>>> than what Casey has brought to the table (or what he's been allowed to bring to the table.)

I wish he was on this team. He was a leader and enforcer on offense and is exponentially worth more than Jacoby Jones, who essentially ended up with his contract.
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How many catches does Casey have during the regular season? If it only happens in practice does it really count? (and this isn't a knock on Casey...he just isn't used enough to try to argue that facet of his game as being a deciding factor over what Vonta brings to the table).

Vonta Leach on Sundays is >>>>> than what Casey has brought to the table (or what he's been allowed to bring to the table.)

I wish he was on this team. He was a leader and enforcer on offense and is exponentially worth more than Jacoby Jones, who essentially ended up with his contract.
If it's Vonta vs. Jacoby your arguing, then I concede. Other than the occasional big punt return, J.J. has been most disappointing relative to his contract extension.

I already said Vonta was/is a better lead blocker than Casey; hell, he's the best in the league. But there's no way Leach can get downfield like Casey has. Casey has 4 catches for 20+ yds (one being a 62-yd bomb) to his credit this year. That's pretty dang good for a part-time FB. No way does Vonta do that. In fact, Leach's total reception yardage is 69 yds from 15 catches - his longest being 11 yds.

I readily admit there have been times I've really missed having that hammer leading the way for Foster/Tate. But there's something to be said for a FB that can get open and beat the LB that's covering him deep.

And the fact that Casey isn't used more often is on Dennison/Kubiak. They call the plays.
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Default Re: Ravens' Leach: 'It's really just another game'

It's not like our rushing game took a hit when Leach left, don't see how anyone is still upset that he left. Things worked out for both sides, and I'm genuinely happy that Leach got paid, continued to have success and all for a top notch winning organization.
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I think Vickers has done a nice job just dont toss any game winning balls his way... or any for that matter.
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