Terry Orr is the patriarch of what might be the busiest football family this fall. His oldest son, Terrance, is the wide receivers coach at DeSoto High School, a highly-touted prep team in Texas. Zachary, a backup inside linebacker for the Ravens, is entering his second NFL season. Nick is a sophomore defensive back at Texas Christian University. Their youngest son, Chris, has a chance to start at linebacker as a true freshman for the University of Wisconsin.
The true litmus test for new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and his blended offense that still incorporates many of former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's West Coast offensive concepts is roughly six weeks away.
As the Ravens start their camp, they do so with a desire to build a smoother path through the playoffs by winning a division title to earn at least one home playoff game. Their bigger goal is earning home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with the top record in the AFC.
There seems to be a fairly significant contingent of NFL fans who are pleased with the Roger Goodell's decision to uphold New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension. Ravens fans should not be among them.
There seems to be a consensus among football pundits leaguewide: The Ravens, who annually lose veteran talent and replace it with young and unproven players, will again enter the season as one of the better teams in the AFC, and in good position to make the playoffs for the seventh time in head coach John Harbaugh's eight seasons.
Depth and defense were on display on July 18 when the Arbutus Big Red semipro team opened the Mason Dixon Football League home schedule with a 26-0 victory over the DMV Jaguars at Arbutus Middle School. Interceptions by Neal Curtis – an 80-yard touchdown return – and Mark Johnson – a 35-yard TD – drew attention, but it was the defensive line that earned most of the praise from coach Ulander Giles
Bob Wade has retired as Baltimore City Public School's coordinator of athletics. Wade, 70, began his tenure in 1996, bringing leadership, discipline and success to the Baltimore City athletic program which had joined the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association three years prior. A Dunbar and Morgan State graduate who spent three years playing in the NFL, he is best known for coaching the Dunbar boys basketball team to national prominence. Over 11 seasons starting in 1975, Wade's
Ravens backup quarterback Matt Shaub has been eager to share his insight with starter Joe Flacco as the two learn under Marc Trestman, the offensive coordinator who replaced Gary Kubiak and is keeping the same basic principles in the playbook.
Coordinators Marc Trestman and Gary Kubiak run the same West Coast offense, but their styles appear to be different in practice. Trestman is more involved and certainly more emotional. He is constantly jogging in and out of the huddle, usually chatting with a quarterback or receiver.
The start of the first of three weeks of voluntary OTAs brought the annual questions about the state of the Ravens' offense, which again will have a different look in the upcoming season. But quarterback Joe Flacco, who has started every game for the team over the past seven seasons, remains one of the few constants.
The Ravens will have their first of three weeks of organized team activities, starting Tuesday at the Under Armour Performance Center. More than anything, the workouts will give the Ravens coaching staff a glimpse of what kind of shape certain players are in and how the rookie class acclimates with the veterans, along with providing players a precursor to the mandatory June 16-18 minicamp.