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.
As the Ravens begin the offseason, they already have the foundation for building a stronger team next year because of the youth on both interior lines. Now, over the next six or seven months, they need to add some playmakers.
With a formidable pair of edge rushers in Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, nose tackle Haloti Ngata and a handful of other pass rushers, the Baltimore Ravens appear to have what it takes to harass quarterbacks. But time won't be on their side Thursday night against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
On that unforgettable January night in Denver, the Ravens walked into Sports Authority Field at Mile High as heavy underdogs — a team that few outside their locker room believed had a realistic chance to defeat quarterback Peyton Manning and the top-seeded Broncos — and left victorious four hours and 11 minutes later.
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.
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith made the perennial Pro Bowl cornerback look every bit of his 34 years on Saturday, burning him twice for touchdowns during the Ravens' dramatic 38-35 double-overtime victory at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium.
After missing two of the previous three seasons because of a torn right Achilles tendon in 2009 and a shoulder injury in 2011, Ma'ake Kemoeatu played in 15 games in the regular season, making 13 starts.
Dennis Pitta's 61 receptions for 669 yards were the most by a Ravens tight end since 2006 when Todd Heap led the offense with 73 catches for 765 yards. Pitta's seven touchdowns tied a team record set by Heap in 2005.
Even though Peyton Manning arrived at M&T Bank Stadium in new colors with a new organization, Sunday's game sure felt familiar to the Baltimore Ravens. With Manning pointing at their defenders before the snap, then picking them apart once the ball was in his hands, the Denver Broncos rolled to a 34-17 win.
There has been all this hype about the Broncos and their pursuit of the No. 2 playoff seed, perhaps for no other reason than it's there. Recent Super Bowl history, though, suggests playoff seeding may be among the most overrated of NFL's accomplishments.
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.
The timing is a little peculiar, but the Denver Broncos said adieu to former starting quarterback Kyle Orton on Tuesday. He had a good fantasy run under Josh McDaniels, but turnovers did him in with new coach John Fox. Is he worth a waiver claim? You have to read on to find out.
Chances are a running back will be the first player to come off the board in your fantasy league unless one of your fellow owners has a serious crush on Michael Vick or is the father/mother/sibling/spouse of a current NFL player. Running backs no longer the first dozen players off the board in fantasy football -- and honestly, that makes things much more interesting -- but an elite back is still the way to go if you're picking first overall.
The scouting combine and most pro day workouts have been completed, and with the NFL draft just a few weeks away, there has been a significant amount of shuffling in my third NFL mock draft of the offseason. So who will the Ravens pick?
The 2010 NFL season is over and it's unclear if and when the 2011 season will start, but I have good news for Ravens fans (well, besides the Steelers losing to the Packers in the Super Bowl). That's right, it's mock draft season.