I am a big believer that you can tell a lot about a person based on whom they choose to follow on Twitter.
My Twitter feed is a blur of football players, NFL analysts, beat reporters, and other sports personalities (plus the occasional swimsuit model), so even though this is a down time in the NFL offseason, my feed is blowing up around the clock with about 20 football tweets a minute. I'll let you decide what that says about me.
Sometimes it is necessary for me to follow certain people -- I won’t name names -- but otherwise, I've whittled my feed down to the folks I enjoy most. Since it is a slow news day, I figured I'd share the best of the bunch. Here are my 12 must-follows for Ravens fans on Twitter. If you aren’t following these NFL tweeters already, go. Now.
Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt): A former agent and executive with the Green Bay Packers, there is no one better when it comes to the business of the NFL and translating front-office and agent speak.
Will Brinson (@WillBrinson): Brinson, who blogs about the NFL for CBS Sports, doesn’t take himself too seriously and offers a light-hearted mix of commentary and analysis on all things NFL.
Chris Brown (@smartfootball): Brown, an author and contributor for Grantland, is a great resource when it comes to X-and-Os and the origins of offenses and defenses in both college and the pros.
Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler): An NFL draft analyst for a couple of sites, Brugler is a helpful follow every spring if you are looking for intelligent but unpretentious scouting tidbits on draft prospects.
Greg Cosell (@gregcosell): Cosell has been with NFL Films for 33 years and probably watches more film than some coaches. He knows his X-and-Os and is a historian of the game, too.
Doug Farrar (@SC_DougFarrar): Shutdown Corner editor and a self-described "football dork," Farrar is one of the most versatile NFL bloggers, giving smart takes about news on and off the field.
Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks): A former scout with three teams, including the Ravens, he brings a scout’s perspective to Twitter, sometimes sharing experiences during his Ravens days.
Gordon McGuinness (@PFF_Gordon): McGuinness, who crunches numbers for Pro Football Focus, mostly on the Ravens and the AFC North, is the best source for useful stats for the Ravens.
????? ?????????? (@NFLosophy): Who is this masked man? He claims he used to work for an NFL organization. Anonymous or not, he lifts the veil on what goes behind the scenes with NFL teams.
Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS): When it comes to analyzing the game (and those who also analyze the game), Prisco, a columnist for CBS Sports, never sugar-coats anything when giving his take.
Aaron Schatz (@FO_ASchatz): The editor-of-chief of Football Outsiders, Schatz provides helpful stats and smart, sometimes snarky analysis. He's a Pats fan, but you should get past that.
Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL): Tucker, a Princeton grad who played offensive line in the NFL, is thoughtful and candid about his experiences and interactions between players and coaches.