Ravens coach John Harbaugh made some changes to his defensive staff Friday, adding two new assistants, including a former NFL head coach, and altering the roles of several others. Leslie Frazier, a former NFL cornerback who was the Minnesota Vikings head coach for parts of four seasons and spent the past two years as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator, was named the Ravens' new secondary coach.
In a season when he had to live up to being a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie, second-year inside linebacker C.J. Mosley's growth as a leader has coach John Harbaugh just as excited about his future as his play on the field.
For Za'Darius Smith, a fourth-round NFL draft pick this year out of Kentucky, it will be his second opportunity to build on a strong performance. In the weeks that followed his big game against the Steelers, when he sacked quarterback Mike Vick on back-to-back plays, Smith's impact waned.
This week's five stats that stand out focus heavily on the Pittsburgh Steelers passing game, the Ravens' ability to stop them, and of course, the injuries that have hampered the Ravens this season but haven't slowed Pittsburgh.
An examination of the in-game win probabilities and expected point values of every play this season reveals costly turnovers, big opposing passing plays, and crushing penalties to be the biggest swings in the Ravens' 12 close games.
Lions defensive end Devin Taylor's facemask penalty on the last play of regulation that allowed an Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary touchdown pass Thursday hits home for Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil.
A disappointing season for Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown has taken another difficult turn, as a back injury has kept him from climbing back up the depth chart after a bye week shuffle moved him down the wide receiver pecking order.
After the Ravens began the second half of the season with a home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach John Harbaugh said a combination of good practices and the right opportunities could help some young players into bigger roles by the end of the year.
Only now, a little over six weeks after the Rams traded him to the wide receiver-needy Ravens for a future seventh-round pick, does Chris Givens feel that he's found his comfort zone. As he prepares to face his former team Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, he's unburdened of the disappointment of diminished playing time in St. Louis and enjoying getting another chance.
Ravens rookie outside linebacker Za¿Darius Smith is being credited with getting a hand on Jacksonville kicker Jason Myers¿ 26-yard field goal miss on Sunday, at least within the team facility in Owings Mills.