Ricky Proehl

Game 1: Fresh start sours in hurry

The new era of Ravens football looked painfully similar to the old one.

Quarterback Scott Mitchell was as ineffective as Jim Harbaugh. The offensive line was inept, but yesterday there was no Wally Williams or Orlando Brown to blame. An inexperienced secondary was burned for 316 yards passing by a quarterback named Kurt Warner, who had completed only four passes in the league before yesterday's game, his first as a starter.One might say these were the same old Ravens after yesterday's embarrassing 27-10 loss to the St. Louis Rams before 62,100 at the Trans World Dome, but that might be an insult to the 1998 team. After going unbeaten in four preseason games under first-year coach...