Ismail: Ravens offense more consistent, potent


Ismail: Ravens offense more consistent, potent

As we prepare for the AFC Championship, we go behind enemy lines and bring in Ravens radio color analyst Qadry Ismail to break down the Baltimore Ravens.

Perhaps more than any other team, the Ravens have looked like a totally different team in the playoffs. The team limped into the playoffs and fired their offensive coordinator late in the season.

But since Jim Caldwell took over the offense and Ray Lewis announced he would be retiring, the Ravens have rediscovered their fire.

Ismail says the Ravens have a more "consistent, potent offense."

A large part of that offense has been the deep ball.

"I think the one thing Jim Caldwell has shown is that, it's not just about taking shots, but it's about being calculated with your decisions," says Ismail.

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Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.