The Ravens were pretty coy throughout the preseason about who would be their primary return man. Still, it was moderately surprising to see Steve Smith Sr., the team¿s No.1 receiver, go back to field the Broncos¿ first punt.
Three days after the Ravens' season ended with a divisional round playoff loss to the New England Patriots, John Harbaugh expressed confidence in the organization's future, and the chances of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak remaining part of it.
The purple-and-black clad Ravens long have been the NFL's bruise brothers. With linebacker Ray Lewis leading the bullying, the Ravens¿ defense beat people up and laid down the law, especially when playing at home.
Baltimore Ravens: Ozzie Newsome is the patriarch of one of the NFL's most bountiful coaching trees, an impressive and expanding group of former Ravens assistants now having success as head coaches elsewhere.
What was going on with ESPN¿s ¿Monday Night Football¿ during the first quarter? The primary camera shot was so far back and wide, I thought I was looking at high-school game film shot with a Kodak from atop press box ¿ in 1967.