Eye of the Hurricane

April 27, 2008

Tavares Gooden’s Light at the End of the Tunnel

Filed under: Uncategorized — hcumphrey @ 4:11 pm

Gooden probably thought he was signing up for more big games and successful seasons when he committed to play for Miami, but he was lavishly rewarded today for his hard work in slogging through an embarrassing era of Hurricanes football. Being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens might be the best thing ever to happen to the man. In Baltimore, he will be tutored by Ray Lewis, the prototypical aggressive Miami linebacker, and Ed Reed, another elite former Hurricane, will be another resource for Gooden. Jon Beason, who played alongside Gooden for several years at Miami, had a successful rookie season for the Carolina Panthers last year, and Gooden seems primed to do the same, despite the fact that he was drafted in the third round. (Beason was a first-round pick.) The Ravens were terrible last year–they lost to Cam Cameron’s Miami Dolphins–but, as you may recall, they were very excited to play the then-undefeated Patriots on national television, and they played grittily, only losing late in the game when Bart Scott lost his temper and drew a storm of penalty flags. When Baltimore is successful, their defense is an emotional unit that thrives on creating turnovers; Miami’s success has historically been predicated on the same characteristics. Gooden seems to have been a sage pick by Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens’ scouts.

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