Friday, January 17, 2014
Wake-up caw: No Pro Bowl for Haloti Ngata
By Jamison Hensley
And then there were three. That's the number of Ravens playing in the Pro Bowl this season after defensive tackle Haloti Ngata withdrew from the game.
Ngata declined to go to Hawaii because he and his wife are expecting their third son to be born on Tuesday, according to the team's official website. He's been replaced by the Dallas Cowboys' Jason Hatcher.
This was the fifth straight Pro Bowl for Ngata. The Ravens who are still playing in the Pro Bowl, which will be held Jan. 26, are: kicker Justin Tucker, guard Marshal Yanda and linebacker Terrell Suggs.
Here's the rest of your wake-up caw:
- Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin has reached a deal to become the Detroit Lions' defensive coordinator, according to the NFL Network. The Ravens need to find an offensive coordinator as well as make hires to coach the secondary, running backs and perhaps quarterbacks.
- The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston believes hiring a new offensive coordinator is just the first step to fixing the Ravens. "Thinking the Ravens can turn this offense around overnight is like believing they would have brought back Jim Caldwell as offensive coordinator had he not become the Detroit Lions' head coach," Preston wrote. "Here in Baltimore the Ravens have quarterback Joe Flacco, kicker Justin Tucker and, and, and ...Well, that's about it."
- When asked about wide receiver Anquan Boldin, Suggs told NFL Network (via Comcast SportsNet): "He's in the NFC Championship, and here I am commentating on it."
- Tight end Dallas Clark is unsure about retirement. “I don’t know right now,” Clark said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “The body feels great. It’s just got be the right situation. Being the third-down guy, just coming in on third down, that’s tough. I love being a bigger part of the game plan and things like that. It’s just gotta be the right situation, we’ll see what happens.” This really isn't a Ravens story anymore. Clark is an unrestricted free agent in March, and the Ravens are unlikely to re-sign him.