But there were several times when Ogden erupted on the sideline. He would throw down his helmet and kick it when the Ravens' offense hit a rut under Billick.
But the course of the franchise was set when it drafted Ogden.
Holding the fourth overall pick in the 1996 draft, the Ravens desperately needed a running back and had the chance to draft Lawrence Phillips, who was considered the best runner coming out of college but had a troubling past.
Though then-majority owner Art Modell wanted to make a splash with Phillips, general manager Ozzie Newsome and director of college scouting Phil Savage held firm that Ogden was the best player available.
Ogden became a fixture at the Pro Bowl, and Phillips lasted three seasons in the NFL.
The first season was an unusual one for Ogden. Because the Ravens had a top left tackle in Tony Jones, Ogden played out of position at left guard as a rookie.
When the Ravens traded Jones the next season, Ogden moved to left tackle, where he immediately established himself as one of the best and most durable players in the game.
From 1997 to 2003, he started 108 games and missed four. Then, in the third-to-last regular season game of 2006, Ogden hyperextended his big left toe in a 27-17 win over the Cleveland Browns.
He missed the final two regular-season games before returning for the Ravens' playoff game, where he limited the Colts' Freeney to no tackles and one quarterback hit.
In 2007, Ogden missed all of training camp but started against the Cincinnati Bengals in the season opener, only to aggravate the injury. He started 10 games last season, his fewest ever.
Ogden said at the end of the season that he was leaning toward retirement and tried to let the toe heal for four months. But he finally came to the decision that he wouldn't play again.
"I tried to work out. I tried to practice on the toe," Ogden said. "But it never came back to 100 percent."
The Ravens are expected to replace Ogden with Jared Gaither, a second-year player out of Maryland.
Ogden said yesterday that there is a "possibility" he could have surgery on the toe.
"We'll have to see," he said. "I don't know yet."
Ogden will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2013.
Baltimore Sun reporter Ken Murray contributed to this article.