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Ravens team unity was the deciding factor for Jacoby Jones over Panthers

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NEW ORLEANS – Baltimore wideout Jacoby Jones almost didn't get a chance to enjoy his mother's gumbo this week.


Jones, a New Orleans native, visited Charlotte last spring on a free agent tour and was set to sign with the Panthers. But after his agent encouraged him to take his final visit to Baltimore, Jones signed with the Ravens and ended up in his hometown for his first Super Bowl.

Jones said he met with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski during his visit, and came away impressed.

“It was great,” Jones said Wednesday. “I was like, 'Man, I'm leaning this way.'”
Jones said the Panthers' offer was similar to the two-year, $7 million deal he received from the Ravens, whose team unity was the deciding factor.

“When I walked in the locker room, I was done. I was like, 'I'm signing,'” Jones said. “How these guys act to each other, it was like a family.”

Jones' 30 receptions were third most among the Ravens' wideouts, trailing Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith. He averaged 30.7 yards a kick return – tops among players with at least 17 returns
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Jones said he would have been the Panthers' No. 3 wideout, but wasn't sure he would get to return both kicks and punts.

“They were kind of decided of Brandon LaFell” as the second wideout, Jones said. “He played pretty well. They had a returner (Kealoha Pilares). And they had a guy (Joe Adams) they drafted. I was looking at that, too.”


With a Super Bowl trip that included his mother making 150 plates of Cajun food for the Ravens, Jones said he made the right choice.


“The fun part is playing in the Super Bowl, period. A lot of great players and Hall of Famers haven’t made it to the Super Bowl,” Jones said. “But just playing in New Orleans, that puts the icing on the cake.”
--Joseph Person
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wow.

you know, people can say whatever the fug they want about cam and his superman celebrations or the towel or whatever but the problem is clearly much bigger than that.
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SMH

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doesnt seem like a shot at the panthers but a praise of the ravens... team unity is kinda subjective
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I don't know that he's saying the locker room was bad here so much as saying it was better in Baltimore.
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This doesn't surprise me one bit. Say what you want about Ray Lewis, but he has got to be one of the all-time "leaders of men" to ever play in the NFL.
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[quote name='I Registered To Post This' timestamp='1359580494' post='2119339']
wow.

you know, people can say whatever the fug they want about cam and his superman celebrations or the towel or whatever but the problem is clearly much bigger than that.
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starts at the top.

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He's not saying anything bad about the Panthers. He's saying the Ravens was the better choice. Looks like he was right.

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He didn't really take a shot at us lol.
I'm not surprised either, I feel like our players are a lot more layed back then say a Ray Lewis or T suggs. We won't find Beason dancing and preaching, which isn't bad of course.

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[img]http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/theamazingworldofgumball/images/f/f4/ILikeWhereThisThreadIsGoing.jpg[/img]

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Translation: The Panthers locker room has a losing mentality.

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I don't think it was a shot at us either, it's just that the Ravens have more leaders in their locker room, Hurney even said it after he left, someone HAS to step up.

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Nothing to see here

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hard to find a more cohesive team than the ravens tbh

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Honestly though, this is what concerns me since that 2009 season... Remember how after Seifert they completely blew up the team from the inside-out and everywhere in between? It was because Fox said that complacency had snuck in, or whatever you choose to call it. It's not like guys decide, "well, we suck and we're not ever gonna get better. I'm just gonna go through the motions."

Losing takes its toll on the subconscious as well, and I fear that that may be a problem with our team now, especially considering the Hurney comments after he was fired. There is a systemic problem.

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[quote name='countryboi' timestamp='1359580786' post='2119350']
doesnt seem like a shot at the panthers but a praise of the ravens... team unity is kinda subjective
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^This. I once chose a summer stock because the others who had been cast randomly broke into "Time Warp" from Rocky Horror.

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[quote name='Proudiddy' timestamp='1359581567' post='2119368']
Translation: The Panthers locker room has a losing mentality.
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Bullsh*t!

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yep...not a knock on the panthers. he just liked what was happening in baltimore more. can't say i blame him. its a good team thats been together for a while, got a good coach, the team is used to winning and is in the playoffs every year....and they're all on the same page and have only one thing on their mind, winning it all.

that's not us. we've got potential. they've got results. hopefully some year rome will finally be built and that will be us.

good leadership develops unity. thats just something we're lacking. winning also helps bring people together. its building a culture that we just don't have.

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[quote name='2jakefansinva' timestamp='1359581898' post='2119378']
Bullsh*t!
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I'm not saying he is taking a shot at us, because he isn't, but there are some inferences that can be made from what he did say.

And from the stories we've heard over the years since 2009 especially, it's clear there has been some dysfunction in our locker room/organization, at least moreso than teams like the Ravens would ever have.
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[quote name='Proudiddy' timestamp='1359582127' post='2119386']
I'm not saying he is taking a shot at us, because he isn't, but there are some inferences that can be made from what he did say.

And from the stories we've heard over the years since 2009 especially, it's clear there has been some dysfunction in our locker room/organization, at least moreso than teams like the Ravens would ever have.
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I'm here


Not really upset and like Rayzor mentioned we have potential, but it addresses something I wouldn't mind diving into right now:

We've been like this imo since the likes of Minter and Delhomme left. People can say how bad the Jake-era ended, but he was a glue for the whole organization.

It's been apparent certain intangibles are mia on the team and the blame falls at the top. No one seems to be taking the drivers seat for this franchise.

You can have a good attitude, image, and certain style of play, but when you lack direction and leadership, you're not going to produce a consistent winner. I really like some of the players we've assembled over recent years and feel really good about Cam and Kuechly, but for some reason I just feel annoyed and uneasy about this whole organization more than ever.

Now from my perspective, Gross is one of the guys really holding the locker room together (see: lockout practices) but hes aging and may not be here much longer. Someone needs to really take the bull by the horns and lead this team.

JR is JR, Ron's not doing it, but I'm hopeful for Cam and Keek. We'll see what happens.
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[quote name='Proudiddy' timestamp='1359582127' post='2119386']
I'm not saying he is taking a shot at us, because he isn't, but there are some inferences that can be made from what he did say.

And from the stories we've heard over the years since 2009 especially, it's clear there[b] has been some dysfunction in our locker room/organization[/b], at least moreso than teams like the Ravens would ever have.
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what you just said is different from ........

[b]Translation: The Panthers locker room has a losing mentality.[/b]

I would also believe that most teams have more dysfunction in their lockerrooms than the Ravens.

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[quote name='2jakefansinva' timestamp='1359583046' post='2119415']

what you just said is different from ........

[b]Translation: The Panthers locker room has a losing mentality.[/b]

I would also believe that most teams have more dysfunction in their lockerrooms than the Ravens.
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My bad, I wasn't trying to put words in his mouth. What I meant was...

Synopsis: The Panthers locker room has a losing mentality.

That being said, do you disagree that we have a losing mentality?

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[quote name='Proudiddy' timestamp='1359583265' post='2119420']
My bad, I wasn't trying to put words in his mouth. What I meant was...

Synopsis: The Panthers locker room has a losing mentality.

That being said, do you disagree that we have a losing mentality?
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Yes.

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Papa Jerry isnt going to like this...

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