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Happy Thanksgiving Ravens Flock: Thanks for giving me purpose

By Chris Schisler

Raise a glass Ravens Flock. This one is for you. I want to thank you on this day we call Thanksgiving. I used to have a much bigger platform. Just think, I used to get 50 posts out a month no matter what. When I was at this bigger publication (which will be nameless because the real ones know what’s up) I thought of my writing as a career path. I needed to get up content because it was a job and i desperately wanted to work in football. For the ones who’ve followed @Footballman58 on Twitter from the beginning, you know how much I love this game.

Hopefully the Flock needed me, I know I needed this:

I took a little bit of a pause when this big platform I had was lost to me. What was it all for? What did I do everything for? Was I passionate about this pursuit anymore? Did I just waste six years of my life publishing over 600 posts a year (400-500 that I’d write myself rather than leaving to my contributors)? I was lost. I was a bit salty and more than anything I needed a reason to keep going.

When I started this website it all came back. It was the fresh excitement of starting a brand and the spark of trying to build something. Most importantly it was the fun of writing about my favorite thing on this crazy little world we call Earth, Baltimore Ravens football. I started doing things I couldn’t do at my last stop at the editorial subway. I made my own constitution.

The first thing I needed to do was to determine what I was doing this for. I couldn’t do this thinking I’d be a big shot. It wasn’t about showing my former employer up -bitterness is a self-defeating poison. When I thought about why I was doing this, it boiled down to the simple truth that this is fundamentally what I do. I’m a football man. I’m a writer. Without an outlet, I may as well be a schizophrenic mad man walking the streets in unwashed clothes screaming about Greg Roman’s play-calls on third down.

So the first thing that mattered to me was quality. I stopped writing every single day. Writing hasn’t happened on a no matter what basis. When I could give you the best quality content that I could provide I got to my keyboard. When I wasn’t feeling it, it didn’t happen, because that meant you could tell. I wear my emotions on my sleeve and the degree of passion I’m feeling is always felt in my written word. That’s a promise, not an ideal or a goal.

Part of the Flock:

The fact that I have fairly consistently given you content tells me how much the Purple and Black Nest means to me. I appreciate every single subscriber, reader, and passerby. I do this because I love the Ravens. I’m part of the Ravens Flock. When Trent Dilfer hit Brandon Stokely down the seam in Super Bowl XXXV

I was an 11-year-old boy jumping up for joy. When Joe Flacco went 92 yards in Heinz Field to sweep the Steelers the Ravens conquered demons and I felt an inspiring boost. When Lamar Jackson picked up a fourth down against the Chiefs I rejoiced to know that there was nothing that the Ravens Flock couldn’t achieve. Everything in the world was possible.

My dream is to always be connected to the game I love. Football charges me like the yellow sun charges Superman. My goal is to give the Ravens Flock something to read or listen to, that’s content that comes from one of their own. I want to elevate the conversation and to share all I have to give. I take pride knowing that Ravens fans know I’m not just a sportswriter, I’m their sports writer.

When I found myself disconnected from my big platform, I needed something to save me. I needed to know my purpose was still there for me. The Purple and Black Nest was my way out of a spiraling feeling of negative corrosive emotions. It was the main ingredient to me finding a better state of mind. I got some help thinking about what mattered to me and I kept going on with my mission.

A special thank you to:

I’d like to thank my family. They gave me the strength to keep going. They are my biggest fans. I’d like to thank John Langley, my best friend on the planet. He’s always there for me and nobody does Ravens vent sessions better than he does. John may not be part of PBN, but he’s a big reason that it exists. He made me believe in my purpose in a way that nobody else ever has. I consider him a brother and I thank him for that connection.

Thank you to Ashley Anderson. She jumped on board from the word go. Ashley gave this site a voice other than my own and she’s got quite the wisdom and perspective to help the conversation. I would like to thank her for being part of a very small team and for being a captain in our mission to connect Ravens fans with the blog they need.

Thank you to Michael Natelli. He’s a voice you’ll hear from every now and then from this site. Most importantly he’s a friend who gives great advice and encouragement. I appreciate him more than words can express. Ronald Toothe, Darin McCann, Garrett Ferguson, Richard Bradshaw, Jiji Nakaba, and my boy Hugh, all deserve a standing ovation for being in my corner and being my friends even though I’ve never met them in person.

NEXT POST: Ravens offense: Things we want to see against the Browns

There’s a lot of people I didn’t mention. The moral of the story is that I love this site. I love what I do and I am so glad that being part of the Ravens Flock and the Ravens’ blogging community has kept my purpose alive. I appreciate it to the end of the world and back.

Posted in Nest Talks

3 forgotten Baltimore Ravens of the month vol. 3

By Chris Schisler

Three forgotten Baltimore Ravens of the month:

The Baltimore Ravens have had some incredible players that don’t get enough credit. Here is a look at three of those players. In the PBN Nest talk video, I talk about three Ravens who don’t get enough credit from Ravens history.

We started this series in the month of June. Our first three forgotten Ravens of the month were Kim Herring, Corey Redding, and Ed Heartwell. It seemed right to start the series of videos off with three defensive players, one of them being a starter for the 2000 Ravens defense. Spoiler alert, the Super Bowl XXXV team is represented in this month’s video, though it’s not a defensive player. I could tell you, but guys, you have to watch the video, come on (evil laugh).

We decided to go with all defense for the second straight month in July. The first player on the list that month was a great linebacker by the name of Daryl Smith. Gary Baxter and Dawan Landry made up the rest of the list.

This is the first video that I have done for the forgotten Baltimore Ravens of the month series where it wasn’t all defense. Sticking with the trend though, I tried to pick three different time periods of Ravens history. I have one player from the Super Bowl XXXV run, another who played for Brian Billick’s Ravens and one who played for the Ravens in the Joe Flacco/John Harbaugh Era.

NEXT POST: Ravens need to get Justin Houston a Super Bowl ring

I hope you’re into this stuff as much as I am. The forgotten Ravens videos are easily one of the most fun things we do at the Purple and Black Nest. Now that Ravens training camp is underway, we’ll have more and more content rolling out. PBN is your home for all things to do with the Ravens lure, and everything going on with the Ravens right now.

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Baltimore Ravens: Top 10 Defensive Linemen in franchise history

By Chris Schisler

The Baltimore Ravens are known for dominant defense. This is why ranking the Baltimore Ravens top defensive linemen of all-time was a fun thing to do. Here’s a spoiler alert, all the starters from the Super Bowl XXXV defense made the rankings. That is in the discussion for the best defensive line units of all-time. I personally don’t think it’s debatable, the 2000 Ravens defense was the greatest of all-time.

When you do a top 10, honorable mentions are always good to have. The Baltimore Ravens had more than 10 players I could have put on the list. One player that missed the list was Michael Pierce. He was a very solid defensive tackle for the Ravens. He had 151 total tackles for the Ravens in four seasons.

Another player that didn’t make the rankings was Dwan Edwards. He had 120 total tackles in a five-year run with the Ravens to start his 11 year NFL career. He had his best years with the Carolina Panthers, but he had some strong moments with the Ravens. Derek Wolfe and Calais Campbell have a chance to join the ranks of the best defensive linemen. The way that Wolfe played last year made me very tempted to give him a spot here.

I was always a big Lawrence Guy fan. He had three years with the Baltimore Ravens. He’s a rare free agent from the Ravens who actually took a step up after his departure from Baltimore. He’s been a great player for the New England Patriots.

The Top 10 Defensive Linemen in Baltimore Ravens history (Nest Talk Video)

We’ve been going through the traditional depth chart order. So far we’ve rolled through every offensive position group. Now we’re doing our top 10 rankings for the defensive positions. I cannot wait to start talking about linebackers, so keep checking out PBN!

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