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2016 could be a pivotal year for the Ravens franchise

2016 could be a pivotal year for the Ravens franchise

When the Ravens last went 5-11, they returned the following year with a new head coach and a new quarterback. With John Harbaugh calling the shots and Joe Flacco making the throws, the 2008 Ravens went 11-5, advanced to the AFC championship game and jump-started the most successful stretch in franchise history.

Eight seasons later and now three plus years removed from winning Super Bowl XLVII, the franchise appears to again be nearing a crossroads.

They have failed to make the playoffs in two of the past three years after winning at least one postseason game in each of Harbaugh's first five seasons. Their roster is still led by a nucleus of players mostly in their 30s, many of...

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