Birk Fitting In Well With Ravens

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 14, 2009 – 5:46 pm

For 11 seasons, Matt Birk and Brett Favre battled one another as team leaders of the Vikings and Packers, respectively. Had Birk not left this past offseason as a free agent to join the Baltimore Ravens, the one-time border rivals would’ve been teammates, a seemingly unthinkable proposition even 3 years ago.

Now that’s he’s full-throttle in his 1st season with Baltimore and he’s preparing to face his former team for the 1st time, it’d be easy to look back at his decision to leave home and question it. Instead, Birk says he doesn’t regret choosing a change of scenery, and in listening to his head coach speak, it’s clear the Ravens certainly don’t regret it, either.

“Matt has really been great for our offense and for our team,” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “We have a young offensive line and a young quarterback and Matt’s maturity, his experience, just the kind of guy he is ties the whole thing for us. He obviously has had a tremendous career at Minnesota. The kind of person he is and the character family man that he is has been very good for our team. It really is necessary for our team. He has been really valuable for us.”

Birk met with Twin Cities reporters on Wednesday and indicated his decision to leave the Vikings was not a squabble over money. Rather, it was a decision he made with his family and one that was based primarily on the desire to embrace a new challenge.

“I’ve said before it wasn’t a money thing,” Birk explained. “The offers were very similar. It was a decision that I thought in my heart and in my gut and talking it over with my wife that we wanted a change, a new challenge, a new experience, and a new adventure and that’s why we’re here in Maryland.”

Birk also told reporters that he doesn’t keep regular contact with any old teammates, but that he does check scores around the league, including the Vikings score each week.

The biggest change for the Birks now that they live in Maryland, a time zone away from their home state of Minnesota? Dealing with being away from the support of friends and family.

“We have a new appreciation for those people that you are close to in your life, the people that really care about you and that you really love,” Birk said. “That is kind of a bad thing but obviously a great thing too. It kind of reminds you of who and what is really important.”

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4 Responses to “Birk Fitting In Well With Ravens”

  1. By PurplePeopleEater on Oct 14, 2009 | Reply

    I think Matt’s hiding the entire truth about his decision to move to Baltimore. I always got the feeling that he left the team because he didn’t agree with the (underhanded) way the coaching staff dealt with things around the team. The Quarterback situation is one big indicator here. I have no doubt that the entire team knew that things were going to work out this way all along, but they weren’t allowed to reveal this knowledge outside of the team. Birk didn’t want to continue to put up with things like that any longer and took advantage of the option to move to an equally talented team.

  2. By Brownicus on Oct 15, 2009 | Reply

    Probably, it was my understanding that the Vikings had offered Birk a contract similar to the one the Ravens offered him. So there must of been a good reason he’d want to move his family and leave his hometown to another city.

  3. By Tom Trumper on Oct 15, 2009 | Reply

    Matt Birk is a highly talented and intelligent individual. He will be a success at whatever he attempts. I agree with others about the coaching staff. Brad Childress can grate on an individual who may or maynot see eye to eye with him. Arrogance is the shadow of power and often hides the truth.

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