For all the talk about the Ravens' overhauled defense, their offense is also in transition, and much of the burden has fallen on Joe Flacco's shoulders to help accelerate the learning process for the team's new pass catchers. Judging by the results ¿ Flacco threw two interceptions and 28 incompletions in the 49-27 loss to the Broncos ¿ the situation remains a work-in progress.
The decision, made with the fan base still in the midst of celebrating the organization's second Super Bowl title, was mildly criticized at the time, but the second guessing is growing louder by the day. It certainly didn't help that Boldin's dominant performance came just three days after his former team opened its season with a 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Like a lot of people in Baltimore, I watched San Francisco 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin play a great game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but I'm not sure he would be that effective with the Ravens this season.
A tight budget could make it extremely difficult to retain many unrestricted free agents, which includes offensive tackle Michael Oher, tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, cornerback Corey Graham, middle linebacker Daryl Smith, defensive end Arthur Jones, strong safety James Ihedigbo and kick returner Jacoby Jones. And the Ravens may not be able to expand their payroll with high-dollar free agents from other teams
Three-receiver sets were by far the most commonly used personnel grouping in the NFL last season. Even the Ravens used them on nearly half of their snaps. By putting an extra wide receiver on the field, the Ravens are able to stretch defenses and take full advantage of Flacco's strong arm. They are still trying to determine which three wideouts are their best combination, but the three-receiver sets are here to stay in Baltimore and in the NFL as a whole.
Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce took turns tearing through defenses last season. But in the second quarter of the Super Bowl, the Ravens sent the Pro Bowl running back and his rookie understudy onto the field together for the first time all season.
Dating back to his high school days, the lanky quarterback has inspired tall tales with his rocket right arm. When the Ravens first got a glimpse of it, they knew they could construct their offense around it. With his elite arm strength, Flacco can attack the field vertically and from sideline to sideline, challenging the defense to cover the entire field. Meanwhile, with fearful defensive backs anticipating deep passes, shorter throws are easier to complete and opportunities emerge for the
When veteran cornerback Chris Johnson signed a one-year, $905,000 contract to remain with the Ravens in March, the 33-year-old did so with hopes that he'll ultimately finish his career with the reigning Super Bowl champions.
Jacoby Jones has been back cutting and catching balls on the practice fields for the Ravens, a week after he Cha-Cha-ed and waltzed his way to a third-place finish in the latest season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
Signs of change are everywhere at the Under Armour Performance Center these days, from the Lombardi Trophy that sits in a glass case in the lobby to the title-winning banners that hang in the indoor practice facility to the various new faces that occupy the locker room.
The projected front seven of the Baltimore Ravens defense weighs will weigh just under a ton, which is also about the same as a smart car, a large walrus or the Johnny Unitas statue outside M&T Bank Stadium.
Unless you are a football junkie, you probably don't know or don't care that the Kansas City Chiefs hired Chris Ault, the man who invented the Pistol offense and coached Colin Kaepernick at Nevada, to a consulting gig. But it might interest you that the Baltimore Ravens reportedly expressed interest in Ault.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. This week, we exchanged emails with Dan Ciarrocchi, a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association who writes about fantasy football for Pro Football Focus and the Redskins for Hogs Haven.
As general manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens put the finishing touches on their draft board in preparation for Thursday's 2013 NFL draft, there is a new class of collegiate prospects who have smitten Ravens scouts, coaches and front-office decision-makers. The scouting process is long, tiring and taxing, but each spring, there are players like Yanda who become the object of the Ravens' eye and other NFL teams.