Podcast Episode 24: End of Harbaugh era on the horizon for the Ravens?

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Welcome to Episode 24 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell, editor Nolan McGraw, and author Ian Schultz.

At the top of Episode 24, we analyze where the 4-5 Ravens are following their third straight loss on Sunday at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers (5:44). We take a deep dive into the biggest moments that led to Baltimore’s loss, and look at the big picture issues that have made the Ravens a mediocre team since winning Super Bowl 47.

With the Ravens currently on their bye, Jake, Nolan, and Ian dished out their Positional Report Cards (25:28) and went over Who’s Trending (36:35) following Baltimore’s loss.

Up next, we welcome in our latest guest, Wayne Viener of Terp Talk and Capital Sports Blog (43:22). Wayne and Jake went over the fallout of the D.J. Durkin firing and predicted what’s next for the administration of Maryland athletics. Viener also went into the X’s and O’s of both the Terps’ 24-3 defeat to Michigan State and Maryland’s upcoming game in Indiana this Saturday.

After Wayne’s call-in, Nolan and Ian jump back in and share their thoughts on what’s happened at College Park over the last week (58:00). Jake also has a rant for Don’t Be A Jerk (1:02:53) stemming from a bad experience at M&T Bank Stadium this past Sunday.

To wrap up the show, we dive into our weekly numbers segment, taking a look at the best Baltimore sports athletes to wear the number 24 (1:16:09).

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Podcast Episode 18: Talking Orioles with MASN’s Steve Melewski, introducing our Maryland Football expert Jay Stavros

Welcome to episode 18 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell, editor Nolan McGraw, and author Ian Schultz.

At the start of the show, our Maryland Football expert Jay Stavros makes his podcast debut (3:46). Stavros has been covering the Terps all season long for Charm City Bird Watch. Jake and Jay dive into Maryland’s 42-13 win over Minnesota from this past Saturday and examine where the team is after their 3-1 start.

Up next, we welcome in a very special guest as MASN Orioles reporter Steve Melewski joins the program (11:20). In this exclusive interview with Jake, Melewski shares his insight on the futures of Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Buck Showalter, and Dan Duquette. Melewski also offers his opinion for how the Orioles will address these big decisions after the 2018 season ends over the weekend.

After Melewski hops off the phone line, Nolan and Ian come on to react to what was discussed between Jake and Steve (28:04).

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Up next, it’s time for more football talk. The guys reveal what they learned from the Ravens’ 27-14 win over the Broncos (42:21), go over Who’s Trending in either a good or bad way (48:32), and break down some things to watch for on Sunday Night Football when the Ravens go to war with the Steelers in Pittsburgh (1:07:51)

To wrap up the show, we dive into our weekly numbers segment, taking a look at the best Ravens & Orioles players to wear the number 18 (1:20:48).

The Charm City Bird Watch Podcast is brought to you by Seven Sports Bar & Grille. Starting October 1, you can get 10% off any entree when you mention the promo code ‘Charm City‘ to your server at Seven!

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Ravens rookie tight end Hayden Hurst out 3-4 weeks with stress fracture in foot

OWINGS MILLS — After the suspension of Jimmy Smith and the injuries sustained to offensive linemen Ronnie Stanley and James Hurst, the Ravens got hit with more bad news on Friday when Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported via Twitter that rookie tight end Hayden Hurst will miss 3-4 weeks with a stress fracture in his foot.

As mentioned by Garafolo, Hurst is undergoing a procedure today that includes getting a screw inserted in the foot. It is unknown which foot sustained this injury, but that will likely be revealed when either team reporters, the Ravens, or Hurst himself shares a photo on social media. This is the type of injury that will probably require a walking boot, so it will be hard to hide.

If Hurst does end up only missing 3-4 weeks, that would likely make the September 23 game against the Denver Broncos his return date and his NFL regular season debut. So far in the preseason Hurst has caught five passes for 41 yards and a touchdown.

This is a really tough blow for the Ravens and it will throw another wrench into forming the 53-man roster. Hurst was drafted 25th overall and filled a gaping hole for the Ravens, as the tight end position was clearly their weakest area heading into the draft. A month into his first NFL training camp, Hurst has already dealt with multiple injuries. He missed some time at the beginning of camp with a ‘soft tissue issue’, and now this ailment will force him to sit out the beginning of his first NFL season.

In terms of the 53-man roster, Hurst’s absence will make the decisions at tight end even more interesting. Throughout camp, questions have been swirling over if the Ravens will keep four tight ends on the team, something they rarely do. Now the Ravens will likely have no choice but to keep four tight ends, with three healthy come week 1. Nick Boyle has been reliable throughout camp, but Maxx Williams and Mark Andrews have also missed time with injuries. With Hurst already out the first handful of games, Williams and Andrews need to stay on the field.

Another name to keep an eye on is Darren Waller. If Williams or Andrews suffers another injury setback over the next week, Waller could also make the team. After serving a year-long suspension, Waller returned to practice two weeks ago and has reportedly made some plays. His reliability and passion for football have been questioned, but he could still make his way onto the roster in the wake of Hurst’s injury.

Although Hurst’s current injury time-frame sees him returning to the field by September 23, given the nature of stress fractures and procedures involving screws, it could end up being a longer recovery window. As someone who’s suffered a stress fracture before (I had one in my back during my junior year of high school), it would not surprise me at all if we don’t see Hurst until October.

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